Rising folk roots stars in concert
A duo who exploded on to the national folk roots scene a few years ago are performing in Sheffield.
Dorset-based Ninebarrow have carved themselves a niche in the folk roots scene for their outstanding harmonies, delicate instrumentation and engaging songs.
In 2017, they were nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the Horizon category for Best Emerging Artist.
One of the highest accolades in their genre, it was made even more exceptional because it was only a few months prior to this that Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere relinquished their jobs as a teacher and GP in favour of a full-time music career .
That act of faith that has clearly paid dividends.
Since then, the duo have continued their upward trajectory, graduating to more senior award categories, most recently picking up the Best Duo title in the 2019 Folking.com awards.
Named after Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills, the duo have released three critically-acclaimed albums with their most recent, The Waters and The Wild, receiving five-star reviews in the Morning Star and EDS Magazine.
The 11-track record, which was released in 2018, highlights how their inspired songwriting is ever evolving and displays the duo’s incredible vocal harmonies through original songs mixed with innovative arrangements of folk standards, all wrapped in lush, sensitive arrangements and flawless musicianship.
The album has been described by folk luminary Mike Harding as “absolutely monumental”.
Their modern and inventive take on the folk tradition has captivated audiences across the country.
The concert on Friday, June 21 at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: www.ninebarrow.co.uk/sheffield.