Old Adam Artists

Fay Hield

Fay released Old Adam in Feb 2016 and wanted to share some of the thinking behind it to help people explore songs and get into their singing. Alongside making award winning albums and touring, Fay lectures in Music at The University of Sheffield.

Nancy kerr

A mesmerising singer and empathetic songwriter, working both solo and in a number of collaborative ventures, Folk-Singer-of-the-Year-2015-Nancy shares her insights into how the tradition works for people, looking at some of the deeper questions of representation.

Gavin Davenport

Long time resident of Sheffield now located elsewhere, Gavin is steeped in the tradition spending time both performing and recording taraditional materials and working on educational projects with organisations like EFDSS and Halsway Manor to share his skills and knowledge.

Karine Polwart

Delightful singer and weaver of dreams, Karine has spent a lifetime working with traditional songs and developing new songs from everyday stories. From a background in community social work, Karine’s music speaks to the core emotion, opening doors and minds.

Jon Boden

Local beer drinker and pontificator will join us for a session or two at his fancy.

Sarah Price

Revolutionising the notion of Audience Research from a management style, ‘number of bums on seats’, Sarah really gets inside people’s minds to develop a deeper understanding of what audiences experience.

Julia Bishop

Co-editor of the Penguin Book of Folksongs and mover and shaker with The Carpenter Project,  Julia shows us what can be done when it comes to researching archives and their contents and compilers.

Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne

Rooted in the traditions of the British Isles, and performing with a refreshing gumption, Cohen sings and plays melodeon and concertina. One third of Horizon Award nominees Granny’s Attic, Cohen also teaches and performs solo.

Ben Nicholls

The King of the South Seas himself joins us – best known as bass player in bands including Full English and Seth Lakeman, Ben also plays concertina, banjo and more.  His own projects are usually theme driven and always experimentally exciting.

Lucy Wright & Simon Keegan Phipps

Two academics from The University of Sheffield, Lucy and Simon have been working on a project exploring how all things digital have affected how we do this folk thing. Previous work has included Englishness (Simon) and Carnival Morris (Lucy).

Jane Hodson

It’s not often we have an academic linguist in our fold, but The University of Sheffield’s Jane is very much one of our own – interested in how we use dialect in our singing, both past and present.

Harriet Johnson & Kate Thompson

Our own General manager Kate met Harriet singing around Sheffield. They soon became firm friends, bonding over a geeky interest in how the voice works and developed a great teaching relationship.  Interested in the technicalities of how voices work, with a strong focus on the human side they’re committed to helping you enjoy getting the most out of your voice.

Casey Strine

An enthusiastic lecturer in Biblical Studies at The University of Sheffield, Casey is interested in the ways people construct their history and how they tell those stories. A very hands on teacher, Casey will have you engaging with your own stories and traditions in no time. 

Gill Loomes 

Gill Loomes is a singer, musician (predominantly hammered dulcimer and English concertina), and clog dancer, from Ripponden, in the Ryburn Valley, West Yorkshire. 

 She has also worked for several years in disability advocacy and is a passionate autism advocate and activist. She has acted as a research consultant, notably for the International Disability Rights Monitor and theAutism Education Trust, and is a qualified teacher – specialising in Further Education for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities

 She is currently undertaking a PhD in the Department of Sociology, University of York (a socio legal study of mental capacity) and is finding that her passion for traditional story songs is informing her approach to questions of social discourse – especially the contemporary discursive representation of minority groups, such as disabled women.