BBC Folk Awards Best Musician nominee Dan Walsh combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.
Walsh has recorded seven solo albums to much critical acclaim. Most recently he returned to his first love and recorded ‘O’Neill’s Tunes’ – a collection of traditional Irish tunes played in his unique take on clawhammer style which was described as ‘expertly played’ and ‘difficult to find any fault with’ by Songlines magazine as well as receiving airplay on BBC Radio 2. He is an in demand performer with a hectic touring schedule in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and throughout Europe. He has also released two banjo tablature books including a very successful book of clawhammer arrangements of Irish folk tunes which inspired the O’Neill’s album.
Jasmine Beth plays original songs about problematic people of all kinds–from problem gamblers to problem politicians. Her main influences are folk and country singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, and Roger Miller. She spends a lot of time on the road, touring Australia and the UK regularly.
Her single ‘The Gambling Man’ (2021) was a Finalist in the Great American Song Contest 2021, shortlisted in the Australian Song Contest 2021, and Commended in the UK Songwriting Contest 2021. Her unreleased single ‘We Go Together’ (2023) was Commended in the UK Songwriting Contest 2023.