Folk Alliance 2016

12744176_10153963978727953_1498226526232926928_nPhew… that was a busy couple of weeks!

I (Craig) have just about caught my tail after getting back from the huge Folk Alliance International conference, over in Kansas City, Missouri. Not sure I quite managed to say hello to all 2,500+ delegates, but very much enjoyed (re)connecting with friends and colleagues from the USA, Canada, England, Wales and loads more. Many’s a great conversation had, plan for world domination mooted, and exciting things in the pipeline, for many years to come.

The trip would not have been possible without the support of Creative Scotland, to whom I say a very big thank you. Whilst my time in KC was simultaneously the shortest and longest week (as is usually the way), I very much appreciate the opportunity of attending, and the business generated, across the TTP roster, as a result.

RURA win Live Act of the Year!

TradAwards_74RURA have been named Live Act of the Year, at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards – Scotland’s “Folk Oscars”.

Undoubtedly one of Scotland’s busiest acts throughout the last twelve months, RURA fought off competition from Treacherous Orchestra, Skipinnish and Nae Plans to clinch the prize.

The Glasgow and Edinburgh five-piece released their second album, Despite the Dark, in April, which led them on to two UK tours, a three-week Canadian tour and some 15 festivals across five countries, including the main stages of the Cambridge and Winnipeg Folk Festivals, as well as Denmark’s Tønder Festival and Belladrum, in the Scottish Highlands.

The album was also awarded five stars from leading world music magazine Songlines, who hailed the band to be “one of the most exciting acts on the Scottish folk scene”.

Next year (and into 2017) is already shaping up to be another very busy one for the lads – kicking off at a headline gig at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, in the city’s iconic Old Fruitmarket, just a few weeks after they round off 2015 at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party celebrations.

Steven Blake and Adam Brown represented the band at the glittering ceremony, at Dundee’s Caird Hall on Saturday 5 December.

Fantastic work guys!

Now representing… Vishtèn!

Vishtèn2015PROMO1We’re delighted to now be representing the fantastic Vishtèn – from Prince Edward Island and Quebec – in the UK!

Having first seen the trio at the 2008 Shetland Folk Festival (as a punter) it was with some delight that TTP’s Craig Corse met up with the band at the 2015 East Coast Music Association expo week in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to discover that the band were – until now – without UK representation.

For the past decade, this Acadian trio have acted as Francophone musical ambassadors throughout the world. Twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to form a sophisticated sonic signature. Their tight sibling harmonies, layered foot percussion, virtuoso acoustic and electric instrumentation create an expansive sound that would be difficult to reproduce, in sheer complexity, by a quintet – let alone a trio. Vishtèn’s trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, harmonium, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp, moog, electric guitar and percussive dance make for a unique tour de force of the traditional and contemporary, fusing Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern sensibility and rock influence.

After touring extensively on three continents, the name Vishtèn is now synonymous with Acadian music worldwide. In addition to releasing five albums and performing at thousands of international festivals – from the Vancouver Olympics to France’s Interceltique de Lorient – their music has been showcased on American television (ESPN) and the Japanese film, Finding Anne.

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RURA hit the road for UK tour, after globetrotting summer

A3 Autumn - jpegOne of this year’s most in-demand and critically acclaimed Scottish folk acts, RURA will embark upon a 13-date UK tour this weekend – their second UK run of 2015.

Having released their second album, Despite the Dark, to unanimous critical acclaim in April, the Glasgow and Edinburgh based five-piece has garnered widespread praise and a wide-reaching following.

Following the album’s release tour, the band went on to visit some 11 festivals this summer, across five countries – including the world renowned Cambridge Folk Festival, and Denmark’s Tønder Festival to an estimated 4,000-strong open-air crowd – as well as a three-week Canadian tour that culminated at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Further summer highlights included flying visits to Malta, Germany and Sweden, as well as the mainstream Belladrum festival, in the Scottish Highlands.

In July, leading world music magazine, Songlines hailed RURA to be “one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” in a five-star review, whilst also selecting this upcoming tour as one of their autumn highlights.

The band returns to the UK on September 11, kicking their tour off in Aberdeenshire’s Finzean Hall, and tour until October 3, when the tour will close at Mallaig’s Fèis na Mara festival. Intervening dates see the band visit Orkney to the north, and New Milton, in Hampshire, in the far south. They will also call in to the Ramsbottom Festival, in Greater Manchester, Bury St Edmunds, London, Didcot, Plockton, the Isle of Skye, Aviemore and Findhorn, as well as their adopted home city of Glasgow.

Having first come to prominence in 2010, as award winners at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, it is no stretch to say that the band have become a must-see live act, carving out their own path and niche amongst the well-trodden folk scene.

Such wide-ranging appeal comes from a powerhouse mix of masterful instrumentation and songcraft, and so too of musical traditions and contemporary ideas. Lead, looping melody lines from fiddler Jack Smedley and Steven Blake, on Highland pipes and whistle, are bolstered by a punch-packing rhythm section of bodhran and guitar from David Foley and Adam Brown – a powerful combination, matched by the earthy honesty of singer-songwriter Adam Holmes’ vocals. With the addition of effects pedals, the quintet far transcends the conventional boundaries of “folk” music – and to evidently winning effect.

RURA’s fiddle player, Jack Smedley said: “We’ve had a fantastic summer, and can’t wait to get back out on tour. Since the release of the album we’ve barely stopped, just a weekend off here and there, between touring and festivals. To have audiences respond so enthusiastically to something we’ve all been working on for years is a great feeling, and so to be visiting a good few new venues is very exciting – as it is to be returning to old favourites!




11 September – FINZEAN, FINZEAN HALL – – 07971 296 566
19 September – GLASGOW, THE HUG AND PINT –
23 September – BURY ST EDMUNDS, THE APEX – – 01284 758000
24 September – LONDON, THE COURTYARD –
25 September – DIDCOT, CORNERSTONE – – 01235 515144
26 September – NEW MILTON, FOREST ARTS CENTRE – – 01425 612393
29 September – PLOCKTON, PLOCKTON HIGH SCHOOL – – 01599 544706
30 September – PORTREE, ISLES OF SKYE, AROS – – 01478 613750
1 October – AVIEMORE, THE OLD BRIDGE INN – – 01479 811137
2 October – FINDHORN, UNIVERSAL HALL – – 01309 691170


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RURA returning to Orkney

Stromness Poster - Orcadian logoOne of the most in-demand and critically acclaimed Scottish folk acts, RURA are set to return to Orkney in just a few weeks.

They will visit the county to perform just one concert – in Stromness’ Town Hall on Saturday, September 12 – as part of a 13-date UK tour. Tickets for the gig will go on sale this Saturday, August 15.

The Glasgow and Edinburgh based five-piece last visited Orkney three years ago, for the 30th anniversary Orkney Folk Festival. Since then they have become a must-see live act and, according to leading world music magazine, Songlines; “one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene”, appearing at festivals and venues the length and breadth of the country.

Support on the evening will be provided by award-winning local duo, Gnoss – Graham Rorie and Aidan Moodie – who are both students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow.

RURA’s appearance in Orkney has come about through their Orcadian manager, Craig Corse – and prompted by the sell-out success of two gigs with Blazin’ Fiddles, who are also on his roster, next week. He said: “I’m delighted to be bringing RURA to Orkney in a few weeks’ time – it’s going to be a great night.

“The band has had a fantastic year, everyone’s talking about them – from the folk glossies and national press, to festival directors bowled over by how much sound just five guys can make, to unsuspecting audiences who have never heard of them before and then find themselves jumping around like a nutter in a rammed tent. They are genuinely a fantastic act, very much carving out their own path in the well-trodden folk scene – and I can’t wait to bring them back.”

The band’s second album, Despite the Dark was released in April this year to unanimous critical acclaim – including a handful of five-star reviews – and since then, the guys have barely stopped to catch their breath.

Highlights over the last six months include: a three week Canadian tour, including the prestigious closing set of the Winnipeg Folk Festival; the two main stages of the Cambridge Folk Festival – where they sold the most CDs of any artistes (a line-up featuring, amongst many others, The Proclaimers, Joan Baez and Passenger); festivals throughout Europe, including flying visits to Malta, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, as well as the more mainstream Belladrum; and a month-long April tour supporting their CD’s release – a run which culminated at the Shetland Folk Festival.

Such wide-ranging demand comes from a powerhouse mix of Highland pipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, bodhran and flute, provided by Steven Blake, Jack Smedley, David Foley and Adam Brown, matching singer/songwriter Adam Holmes’ haunting songcraft. With the addition of effects pedals, the quintet far transcends the conventional boundaries of “folk” music – and to evidently winning effect.

“I’ve wanted to bring them up for a few years now,” Craig explained, “but with five in the band plus an engineer, van hire, accommodation etc, the costs quickly rack up. It was a fairly substantial risk to commit to bringing Blazin’ Fiddles up, but the speed at which both their gigs – totalling well over 400 tickets – sold out was unbelievable, and so we’ve been encouraged to include Orkney on this run.

“In one way or another the guys have ended up visiting each other’s home areas this year, and it was actually them as much as me that wanted to come north – so that I could be included in that as well. No pressure, then…!”

He continued: “They went down a storm at the folk festival a few years back, and so where better to return to than the Stromness Town Hall? I’ve every faith in the Orkney folkies giving them a cracking night once again. They have loads more coming up, this year and well into 2016, that we can’t yet reveal – this is a band, and night, not to be missed.”

RURA’s guitarist, Adam Brown said: “We’re all really pleased to be coming back to Orkney – and not just to keep the manager happy! I’ve actually visited a few times, with different bands, and there’s something very special about audiences there that makes you want to come back – a genuine warmth and enthusiasm, that makes you feel really welcome. There’s also a great sense of pride in what’s going on locally, and so we’re looking forward to having the Gnoss lads opening the night.”

Gnoss’ fiddle and mandolin player, Graham Rorie added: “We’re very much looking forward to supporting RURA in Orkney. We see them around in Glasgow a lot, the last time being when they played a blinder at their packed out album launch earlier this year – it was some night. Orcadians should expect nothing less here; a guaranteed great night in store!

RURA’s performance in Orkney has been made possible through sponsorship from The Orcadian. Craig added: “I’d like to thank Leah, Mervyn and everyone at The Orcadian that has helped to make the night possible. I’ve always found the paper to be hugely supportive of live music in the county, and so to have the team involved in bringing one of this year’s must-see bands is fantastic – and genuinely invaluable. It wouldn’t work without them.”

Tickets for RURA’s concert in the Stromness Town Hall go on sale this Saturday, August 15. They will be available from JB Rosey and Grooves, or online, at – while stocks last.


Blazin’ Fiddles heading to Orkney!


One of Scotland’s top folk bands, Blazin’ Fiddles, are set to play two dates in Orkney this August, as part of their annual Scottish tour

The band now features Orkney’s own Kristan Harvey, from Birsay, and, despite a number of hugely successful and popular Orkney Folk Festival appearances, over the band’s 15-year history, this is the first time that the group will visit the county out with the event.

They will play in the Birsay Community Centre – Kristan’s local hall – on Thursday, August 20, followed by the King Street Halls, in Kirkwall, on Friday 21st.

The stage will be opened on both nights by Orcadian duo, Saltfishforty – aka Brian Cromarty and Douglas Montgomery – hot off the back of their own summer touring.

Whether playing London’s Royal Albert Hall, or the Tankerness Hall (as went down a storm during their 2013 Orkney Folk Festival visit), Blazin’ Fiddles never fail to set the hearts of their audiences alight. Whilst many have tried, no other band in recent history has quite managed to capture the same excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once, as Blazin’ Fiddles.

With a ‘Blazers’ performance comes the rare opportunity to hear the regional expressions and individual style from each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, and Nairn’s Ruairidh Macmillan, alongside Orcadian Kristan – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. True to their name, fiddles and bows come ablaze, atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, respectively, delivering a musically intoxicating and inspiring evening for all.

Looking ahead to her first visit home, with the band, Kristan said: “Every time I look at Blazin’ Fiddles’ tour dates and I get to ’20th August – The Birsay Hall’ it puts a great big smile on my face. It’s a pleasure to play anywhere with the Blazers, but this one will be just a bit special for me! I had my first shot at performing in the new hall in Birsay at the folk festival last year and it was a brilliant night, so I’m very much looking forward to bringing Blazin’ Fiddles to the hall, and home to Birsay! To get a second night’s concert at the King Street Halls is just great and I’m very excited about the whole thing, I must say!”

Bruce MacGregor, a founding member of the band, added: “Orkney has a special place in the Blazin’ Fiddles history. We’ve had some monumental shows over the years, and the folk festival has given us so many great stories and memories. Okay, some of them are a wee bit hazy! I can’t wait to do some full Blazin’ Fiddles shows up there with this new line up. I’m sure people will be blown away by the young talent in the band now.”

Whilst travelling to concert venues and festivals throughout the UK, Saltfishforty have crossed paths with Blazin’ Fiddles on a number of occasions, including tutoring at the band’s residential October school, Blazin’ in Beauly. As such, both acts are already well known to each other, ensuring two memorable evenings ahead. Saltfishforty’s focus on Orkney music takes in traditional, contemporary and original material, boldly crossed with influences from Americana to East European folk, plus a high-octane whiff of heavy metal. The result is a sound of raw attack and multi-dimensional richness – and one which will no doubt ensure that audiences are well and truly fired up.

These two concerts have come about through a further local connection – Blazin’ Fiddles recently signing to the roster of Glasgow based, Orcadian folk agent, Craig Corse, of TwentyTwo Promotions.

Craig said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be bringing Scotland’s top folk band to Orkney again, and to be hosting their first dates here outside the folk festival. One of the first things I noticed, when taking them on, was that their annual Scottish run had never seen them come across the Pentland Firth. With Kristan now part of the four-fiddle frontline, and myself as agent, it seemed an ideal opportunity – and with dates either side allowing the loop up and back down the A9, everything seemed to fit in place. Also to have Brian and Douglas available, and up for both nights, is fantastic – they are going to be absolutely cracking gigs.”

Tickets for Blazin’ Fiddles performances will go on sale next Saturday, May 30. Tickets for Birsay can be bought in the Dounby Co-op, whilst those for Kirkwall will be available from Grooves. Both can also be bought online, at For more information on the dates, head to, or find out more about the band themselves at

Blazin’ Fiddles performances in Orkney have been made possible through sponsorship from The Orcadian.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO)

We’re heading to the AFO conference tomorrow – come say hello!

This year the conference has moved to Ettington Chase, just outside Stratford upon Avon, for two days of seminars, discussions, networking, and – where we come in – trade stands.

If you’re about hands, come say hello – or for more info:

The Poozies still have The Voice, as they embark on UK tour

“Britain’s premier Celtic roots, all woman super-group” (FRUK), The Poozies are returning to UK stages this month – their first tour since founder member Sally Barker’s success on BBC1’s The Voice UK.

Having won her way to the final of the primetime competition – and into the hearts of the general public, and a certain Sir Tom Jones – Sally remains the lead vocalist and guitar player in the band that she co-founded over 20 years ago.

The Poozies burst on the folk scene in the early 1990s, turning heads as they crossed the genre with pop, rock, soul and many other varying influences. It is this winning formula that has seen them stand the test of time; remaining one of the most exciting and pioneering live acts on the scene.

Since The Voice, the band – also featuring fellow co-founder Mary Macmaster, and Eilidh Shaw and Mairearad Green – has been working on their upcoming album, to be released in 2015. Many of the tracks will be included in their live sets – offering audiences the first chance to hear their new material, before the CD release.

The four-strong group have also played a handful of summer festivals this year, however the November tour is their first concentrated run back together.

Looking ahead to the dates, Sally said: “I can’t wait to get back on the road with The Poozies. I loved being on The Voice, and was gob-smacked when Universal offered me a record deal afterwards, but the terms meant that I wouldn’t have been able to tour or record with The Poozies – so I declined, and opted to stay with the girls. With the new album coming out in the spring, we’ve exciting times ahead!”

The Poozies’ tour kicks off in Kendal, at the Brewery Arts Centre, on Thursday 13th November, followed by The Tolbooth in Stirling on Friday 14th and then Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre on Saturday 15th.

The following week they play Sally’s hometown of Leicester, on Monday 17th, at The Musician, then move on to mac in Birmingham on Tuesday 18th, before heading south to Bridport Arts Centre (20th), The Spring in Havant (21st) and Newbury’s Arlington Arts Centre (22nd). The tour concludes on Sunday 23rd, at the Sage Gateshead.

Highly regarded as masters of intricate arrangements – and boasting a powerful combination of rhythmic, punching acoustic guitar, the growling electro-harp, dexterous fiddle and accordion, and spine-tingling songs in four-part harmony – The Poozies draw material not only from a multitude of genres; their own compositions, the rich vein of traditional Scottish Gaelic culture, contemporary folk and pop, and, in their words, “any enticing genre”.

Whilst Sally has played a number of summer dates opening for Sir Tom Jones – her mentor on The Voice¬ – as well as touring as a solo artist, her back catalogue features tours with Robert Plant and Bob Dylan. Of her band mates; Edinburgh-based Mary Macmaster has appeared with Sting, Eliza Carthy and June Tabor, amongst many others, whilst younger members Mairearad Green, from Achiltibuie, and Eilidh Shaw, from Taynuilt, boast a back catalogue including Tony Christie, Karen Matheson, Eddi Reader and Karine Polwart.

Reflecting on the band’s current position, Eilidh said: “Although the band has been going for a long time, everything feels really fresh, and something very exciting is happening – like we are on the crest of a wave on the sparkly sea!”


For further information, images, or to arrange an interview with any member of the band, please contact:

Craig Corse, TwentyTwo Promotions – 0777 555 6813

Full listings:
13 November (Thursday) – Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre – / 01539 725 133
14 November (Friday) – Stirling, Tolbooth – / 01786 274 000
15 November (Saturday) – Peebles, Eastgate Theatre – / 01721 725 777
17 November (Monday) – Leicester, The Musician – / 0116 251 0080
18 November (Tuesday) – Birmingham, mac – / 0121 446 3232
20 November (Thursday) – Bridport, Arts Centre – / 01308 424 204
21 November (Friday) – Havant, The Spring – / 023 9247 2700
22 November (Saturday) – Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre – / 01635 244 246
23 November (Sunday) – Gateshead, Sage Gateshead – / 0191 443 4661


October’s been a fairly mental month – as well as a hop over to Canada, we’ve just returned from WOMEX, the World Music Expo, which, this year, was in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.

RURA had been invited by Creative Scotland and the British Council to showcase on the offWOMEX stage – a slot they absolutely nailed – and so Agent Craig had to duly follow. Tough break…

Over just two and a half days at the conference, we met loads of new festivals, promoters and artistes, from around the world – leading to many interesting, and potentially very exciting conversations. We’re still working our way through the contacts and information to hand – with Cape Breton’s last and Galicia’s first flights just 39 hours apart, there’s a wee bit of a backlog…

Celtic Colours

Craig (Agent Craig) is over in Cape Breton, at the fantastic Celtic Colours festival.

The 10-day event is very similar to the Orkney and Shetland Folk Festivals at home, in that events are spread out throughout the Island – often with in excess of an hour’s drive from the central Baddeck/St Ann’s base. Also local, Cape Breton music is very much at the heart of the programme – alongside the national or international artists that have travelled from afar.

Craig’s staying at the Silver Dart Lodge in Baddeck, until Sunday 19th – if you’re around, be sure to say hi. Email, or tweet @TwentyTwoPromo

New website!

Hello, and welcome to the new TwentyTwo Promotions website!

We’ve redesigned the site from the inside out; it hosts roughly the same features as before – tour dates, availabilities, artiste biographies, clips, samples – alongside new sections on TTP projects, outside the agency.

Crucially, though, as well as a nice shiny new look, the crux of the redesign was making it more friendly on the inside, to update. Therefore, yearlong waits for news – which certainly haven’t been through having nothing to say! – are now a thing of the past.

There will still be a few tweaks here and there, but, for now, come away in…