DKOS artist for Sat 21st Jan 23 – Foxpalmer / Ruben and The Bridge / Cora Davis / Brad Reid / Carmell Gunning
Foxpalmer. – London
Foxpalmer / Andy Payne /Abbi Behravanfar. /Leonardo Gonzalez
With a unique mix of rock, Americana style folk and lush indie, theirs is a striking sound, as captivating as it is different.
Having played a long list of dates everywhere from Glasgow to their native London, the outfit have more than proved themselves as a compelling live act, the spell woven around audiences and their fan base ever expanding. It’s in this arena that they’ve proven their strongest as songs like ‘Forever’ and ‘Dead’ have struck a chord with anyone who’s ever loved and lost, the lyrics heart breaking and the music sublime. With an impressive industry response, the track has so far landed itself on 2 editions of the national Rock & Metal Magazine ‘Fireworks compilation CD including their special 100th edition. Sold in national retailers.
Reuben and The Bridge
Reuben and The Bridge – Reuben Wilkinson – Briget
Reuben and The Bridgeare a charismatic duo from West Yorkshire, who make well-crafted, folk-tinged arrangements of an eclectic repertoire drawn from the last sixty years. They also perform their own compelling compositions, drawing from their diverse musical influences.
Bridget’s mother was Irish and she was immersed into a musical world from a young age. Taking up the violin aged four, she also learnt to play piano and various other instruments, which led to her becoming a music teacher.
Reuben has always loved to perform. He was a cathedral chorister in his hometown of Bradford. He later took up acoustic guitar, being heavily influenced by the local folk scene.
The duo have been performing together for the past five years (after meeting on a dating website!). Reuben brings his guitar and warm and powerful lead vocals, while Bridget brings her own style of both lyrical and fiery fiddle playing, as well as haunting harmony vocals. They play all kinds of venues and are known for making strong connections with their audiences.
Corra Davis – Mora Scotland
Corra Davis is a singer-songwriter based in Morar on the West Coast of Scotland. She started writing her own songs from the age of 14 and has been performing them live ever since.. Now 17, she has supported artists in her song writing capacity such as: Arbour Green; Hector Shaw; Adam Holmes; and Hannah Fisher and Sorren MacLean and performing as part of a traditional band she has supported with Breabach, Manran, Session A9 and Ross Ainslie and Tim Edey. Corra has a passion for writing music but also sings in Gaidhlig which has opened opportunities for her to play at different festivals such as Blas, Arisaig Americana Festival and several Scotland on Tour support slots. Corra is looking forward to performing her own music more regularly across the country and has been hailed as a rising star and advocate of songwriting in her local area.
Brad Reid – Canada
Brad Reid’s fresh fiddle phrases connect old traditions with modern popular music, while drawing on global influences such as latin percussion, classical, jazz, and hip hop. Nominated for a 2022 Canadian East Coast Music Award, and two 2021 Nova Scotia Music Awards, he’s been described as “traditional yet innovative” by Irish Music Magazine, and “a true pleasure” by Fiddler Magazine. Through his arrangements with stimulating new chords, Brad Reid presents a side of the classic Cape Breton sound in a way that is continually growing. Brad’s newest album, entitled The Bridge, will be released in March 2023, with one single already streaming.
Carmel Gunning – IRELAND
Carmel Gunning is an Irish composer and musician, from Sligo, Ireland. Gunning is one of Ireland’s most accomplished tin whistle players who is also known for her singing and flute playing and also plays guitar and button accordion. Gunning’s rich stylised form of whistle playing and tradition stems from her homeland of Geevagh in South County Sligo. This background and tradition aided Gunning’s introduction to traditional Irish music which took place at an early age.
Gunning has tutored MA and BA music students at the University of Limerick. She recently celebrated her 45th anniversary as a music teacher in 2014 and has endeavoured to pass on the Sligo musical tradition to younger players. Among former pupils of the Carmel Gunning School of Music is flute and whistle master Liam Kelly of the group Dervish, Orlaith McAuliffe, London, Olivia McTernan and June McCormack among others.
She has played Irish music around the world playing concerts from Norway to Australia and from America to Japan. In 2006, Gunning lead the St. Patrick’s Day parade and played a number of concerts in Perth, Australia and in March 2007 she undertook a tour of Massachusetts, USA where she played a various venues giving masterclasses to experienced student and playing concerts.
She is the organiser of Carmel Gunning School of Music, Sligo Town. Gunning founded a summer school festival in the 1990s and it attracts pupils from across Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.