Home/Upcoming Gigs

Fish Records Presents...

The best in folk, roots and acoustic music gigs

Sunjay, Kyshona Armstrong and Hope In High Water

The Met Studio

Monday
Jun. 05


7.45pm

The Met Studio
The Met Studio
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street
Stafford
ST16 2LT
01785 254653

Monday 05 Jun 2017

Sunjay is one of the UK’s brightest young stars and is gaining critical acclaim from the national press and his peers. His latest album, his fourth, Black & Blues, was released in November 2015. “Quite a few of these songs I have been singing & playing since I was about 5 years old. My dad taught me Buddy Holly songs when I first started playing guitar. Pretty soon I realized that finger-picking the guitar looked much better than strumming. That was my introduction to the blues, although I don’t think I would have been able to define ‘Blues music’ at the time. There was something about that kind of music that intrigued me. It’s funny to look back now and to realize that I knew very little about the content of the song!” In 2014-15 Sunjay continued to build upon his reputation as a great performer and a rising star, with two headline tours across the UK and continued critical acclaim for his third album "Sunjay". He has had the opportunity to share the stage with some the industry’s finest supporting Steeleye Span, Passenger, Chris Smithier and Show of Hands. After a sold out tour with Sarah Darling and Jenn Bostic as part of Nashville In the Round in September 2016, Kyshona Armstrong returns to the UK. Originally from South Carolina, Kyshona has been resident in Nashville since 2014. Her songwriting skills and powerful, emotional voice are demonstrated on her latest two albums 'Go' and 'The Ride'. We encourage you to check out Kyshona's songs and voice to understand the buzz that followed her last visit to the UK. Kyshona was recently named one of the Top 5 Roots Artists to watch by CMT Edge (country music television) been featured on NPR's "World Cafe Live" and network television shows "Conviction" and "Criminal Minds". Hope In High Water are a duo from Milton Keynes whose distinctly British take on acoustic Americana has captivated audiences across the UK since early 2014. The pair incorporate folk, blues and country into their compositions, delivering what R2 Magazine described as ‘exuberant songs performed with passion and intensity’. This a return to Stafford having supported The Stray birds last Autumn. Their debut album ‘Never Settle’ is released on 26 May 2017.

Jonathan Byrd & The PickUp Cowboy (support Kyshona Armstrong)

The Hive

Monday
Jun. 12


7.45pm

The Hive
The Hive,
5 Belmont,
Shrewsbury,
Shropshire,
SY1 1TE
01743 234970

Monday 12 Jun 2017

Opening date of Jonathan Byrd's 2017 UK tour. JONATHAN BYRD is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says, “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.” Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style. After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky is getting the attention he deserves. After the positive reaction to his last years tour Jonathan is back in June with his Pickup Cowboy Johnny Waken and it is not to be missed.

Jonathan Byrd

Biddulph Up In Arms

Wednesday
Jun. 14


7.30pm

Biddulph Up In Arms
Biddulph Up In Arms
01782 523277

Wednesday 14 Jun 2017

JONATHAN BYRD is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says, “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.” Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style. After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky is getting the attention he deserves. After the positive reaction to his last years tour Jonathan is back in June with his Pickup Cowboy Johnny Waken and it is not to be missed.

Low Lily

The Met Studio

Monday
Jul. 03


8.00pm

The Met Studio
The Met Studio
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street
Stafford
ST16 2LT
01785 254653

Monday 03 Jul 2017

The US-based string and vocal trio LOW LILY explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weave together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary. The members of Low Lily are seasoned musicians and have individually toured and performed with the likes of Solas, Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, Adrienne Young,Childsplay, among others. Low Lily’s self-titled album (2015) brings their influences together in a collection of six songs which includes original and traditional material on three voices, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, double bass, and trombones. "Clean, economical arrangements... a wonderful album." Sing Out!’s Best of 2015 "...(they) compellingly mix contemporary folk and bluegrass sensibilities with a sensitive use of their keen musicianship." Fatea (UK)