Coope Boyes & Simpson
In 1993, three blokes from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with a name like a firm of solicitors, released an album of acappella songs full of social comment and (in the words of Folk Roots) ‘harmonies you could chew’.
They were, of course, Coope Boyes and Simpson, and the album was Funny Old World. Q Magazine named it as their Roots Album of the Year in 1994.
Twenty three years later, with a career that has encompassed at least a dozen albums, numerous tours and festival appearances, as well as a Folk Awards nomination, Coope Boyes and Simpson are releasing Coda, their final studio album.
Album release date: 30/09/16www.coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk
O'Hooley & Tidow
One of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today; Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it's their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine. Lyrically and musically, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.www.ohooleyandtidow.com
Born in Rotherham of Irish parents, Ray Hearne still lives and works in the town and tries in his songs to bring the two cultures together; Irish and South Yorkshire; contemporary songs in a traditional idiom.
His most recent album, Umpteen, was releasd in May 2016www.rayhearne.co.uk
Hark Hark is the collective name for Christmas shows as performed by Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser. Each year new material becomes the main part of the shows but old favourites have to be revisited as there are many beautiful carols that are only sung by them. The repertoire is either sung in a cappella four part harmony or accompanied on various instruments including piano, soprano sax, fiddle, accordion and traditional flutes.
Jo Freya is an extraordinary musician and composer. Known as the 'mistress of reinvention' she continually astounds by being involved in many new and varied projects. She has been at the forefront of the UK folk music scene for many years with bandswww.freyamusic.com
Anarcho-punk pop-folk funsters Chumbawamba joined No Masters in 2005 and released four albums on the label.www.chumba.com