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Van Eyken

In justᅠeightᅠmonths Tim van Eyken and hisᅠnew bandᅠVan Eykenᅠhave made a huge impact on the folk world.ᅠSinceᅠmaking their debutᅠperformance lastᅠJune Tim andᅠhis all- starᅠband haveᅠreleased a highly influential album,ᅠ performed at mostᅠof the top UK folk festivals and at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Feb 2007 Tim van Eykenᅠwon the award for Best Traditional Track for 'Barleycorn' amid fierce opposition from Seth Lakeman, Salsa Celtica and Kris Drever. The albumᅠ'Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves'ᅠ has received spectacular reviews in the mainstream press andᅠbeen acclaimed everywhere from 'MOJO' to 'The Sun'.ᅠFor five years Tim toured the world as the fourth member of Waterson:Carthy.ᅠ This was an apprenticeship of a life-time and not only honed his instrumental skill but also saw him develop into one of the most assured and captivating singers around. Joining Tim on fiddle is Nancy Kerr,ᅠwhoseᅠpartnership with James Fagan has established them as one of the most acclaimed and enduring acts on the folk scene.ᅠ On electric guitar is OliverᅠKnight, Lal Waterson's son and collaborator on their landmark albums 'Once in a Blue Moon' and 'Bed of Roses'. On percussion is Pete Flood, currentlyᅠriding high on the Bellowhead wave of success as well as performing with The Farmyard Animals and the Treecreepers. On double bass is Colin Fletcher whose sublimeᅠbass can also be heard in Lisa Fitzgibbons band.

'a clarion call for tradition?... a triumph' - Neil Spencerᅠ The Observer

'Van Eyken encourages the songs to speak for themselves, and finds they still have plenty to say' - The Sunday Times **** Pop CD of the Week