Leading lights of the folk revival will be playing a special Eden Session this summer. Many more up-and-coming folk acts will playing throughout the day, adding to the Session's festival feel.
Frank Turner, a singer-songwriter from Winchester, will be headlining with his band, The Sleeping Souls. His most recent album, England Keep My Bones, hit number 12 in the UK album charts last year. The record is his fourth studio album, following 2007’s Sleep is for the Week, 2008’s Love, Ire and Song and 2009’s Poetry of the Deed.
Frank is former frontman of post-hardcore group Million Dead, who split in 2005.
Despite an obvious move towards the folk genre, much of Frank’s solo work still
displays his punk sensibilities.
This video, shot on a beautiful sunny day, is for Frank's joyful ode to his hometown of Winchester.
Indie-folk four-piece Stornoway hail from Oxford and have toured around Europe and the US and opened Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last year.
They are due to release their new album this year, following the success of their 2010 debut record Beachcomber’s Windowsill, which spawned the singles Zorbing and I Saw You Blink.
Warm harmonics, a great vocal and a catchy tune – all perfectly set off by a video shot on a roundabout in a playground!
Eleven-piece contemporary folk band Bellowhead will also be playing on the day. In 2005 after playing only four gigs, the band won the Best Live Act category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards before releasing their debut album Burlesque the following year.
They followed it up with 2008’s Matachin and 2010’s Hedonism. They are recording a new album this year.
Get a taste of Bellowhead's incredible stage presence in this video recorded last year at the Bournemouth O2 Academy.
Seth, who performed on the Biotik stage as part of last year’s Primal Scream Session, has released six albums, included 2004’s Mercury-nominated Kitty Jay and his latest offering, Tales from the Barrel House. His intense violin riffs accompany both foot-stomping anthems and thought-provoking ballads, all with a distinct West Country flavour.
Gathering inspiration from his roots, Dartmoor-based Seth went so far as to record one track from Tales from the Barrel House inside a disused copper mine. The rest of the songs were created at Morwellham Quay, a mining port on the north bank of the River Tamar, whose cooperage provided the album’s title.
Hertfordshire-based The Staves use three-part vocal harmonies in combination with subtle acoustic arrangements to create a beautiful, bittersweet and sometimes haunting sound.
They are due to release their self-titled debut album in July this year, following last December’s release of the Mexico EP. Another EP, called Motherlode, is due to be released at the end of this month. The group have previously provided backing vocals for recent albums by both Tom Jones and Fionn Regan and are supporting Bon Iver on their upcoming North American tour.
Mull Historical Society is otherwise known as singer-songwriter Colin MacIntyre. Colin has released three albums under the Mull Historical Society name, with a fourth named City Awakenings released earlier this year. He has also recorded two albums under his own name.
A wonderfully surreal video for this Mull Historical Society single from 2003.