Sonic explorer Roshi Nasehi sounds like she’s landed in London from outer space. Her unlikely palette of sounds and ideas audibly rip up the rulebooks, while her off-kilter tastes and classical training bring unsettling novelty to the electronic template. As well as penning her own material, Roshi reinterprets the Iranian folk music of her childhood which, when combined with expansive electronics, dislodges the traditional notions of Iran to transport you to a Persia of the future.
Singer-songwriter Jon Byrne was raised in the tough industrial town of Barrow-in-Furness and, unsurprisingly, the colourful geography of his hometown has found a place in his music. Jon isn’t afraid to write from the wrong side of the tracks and pulls no punches in his delivery, although he has had a few punches thrown in his direction...
Americana singer-songwriter Jimmy Livingstone has been described as a modern day Glen Campbell crossed with Richard Hawley. His songs carry a folkloric quality that echo the music of America’s Deep South, while his plaintive lyrics reveal an affinity with the great outdoors and a love of nostalgia.
Mary Epworth makes the sort of outsider folk that naturally holds her contemporaries at a distance; rather than attempting to recreate purist English roots music of years passed, she pours enough originality into her own songs to enliven a genre that can easily feel tired and cliché
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards have become a celebration and focal point for the folk world. For the last two years the event has been opened up to the public and this year the ceremony was held in Glasgow as part of the Celtic Connections Festival.