Bigger stage for Kris on return to city

Folk musician Kris Drever
Folk musician Kris Drever

A year ago Kris Drever was celebrating double success in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Folk Singer of The Year and Best Original Track for If Wishes Were Horses.

The month before, the Scottish singer, guitarist and songwriter was performing to a full house at The Greystones in Sheffield.

He returns to the city – and a bigger stage – on Sunday (April 15) as his solo tour comes to the Memorial Hall at the back of the City Hall.

“My first time in the Memorial Hall under my own name,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to this tour. I’ve been working on sounds, writing new music and reworking old songs.”

Many folk music enthusiasts will know Kris Drever as an outstanding performer in the company of some of the best artists on the folk, roots and acoustic scene – the likes of Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Eddi Reader, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Julie Fowlis and Karine Polwart – as well as alongside Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke in Lau.

His tour features material from the last album, If Wishes Were Horses, and his 12-year back catalogue.

Some are being performedlive for the first time. Fans are invited to post requests on his Facebook page.

n Sheffield-based Martin Simpson has been nominated in the BBC Folk Awards 27 times over 15 years, more than any other performer.

So it was no surprise to see the acoustic and slide guitarist on the shortlist again for Musician of the Year at last week’s ceremony in Belfast. Twice a winner in the past, he was pipped this time by Mohsen Amini.

n US banjo player, guitarist, singer and songwriter Joe Newberry and Canadian fiddle player, step dancer and singer April Verch are at The Greystones tomorrow (Friday). They mix folk, bluegrass and old -time Americana.