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BETH ORTON WHEN Beth Orton broke on to the music scene in the mid-1990s the term 'folktronica' was virtually invented for her. Initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit and The Chemical Brothers, she soon established her own mix of folk, pop and electronica with the acclaimed 1996 album Trailer Park. In the years since its release Orton has moved away from Trailer Park's electronic sound and moved towards more strippeddown, traditional folk.

CARA DILLON FORMER child prodigy Cara Dillon's collaborations with her husband Sam Lakeman have long been admired by appreciative audiences worldwide. Her sensitive interpretations of traditional works and beautifully crafted original pieces have pushed Dillon to the top of her field.

COMUS THIRTY-five years after disbanding, Comus are back together. The long-awaited reunion of this cult folk band, who are famed amongst record collectors for claiming fantastically high prices for their vinyl, has been helped by internet chat-rooms and a Swedish metal band. Mikael Ekerfeldt and his band Opeth constantly referenced the band, named an album after their song My Arms, Your Hearse, and organised their 2008 appearance at Sweden's Melloboat Festival.

THE DEMON BARBERS THIS year started with a bang for The Demon Barbers when they were presented with Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - just deserts for their energetic and eclectic live displays throughout 2008. They will perform their Demon Barber Roadshow including their famous sword dancing routine.

ADRIAN EDMONDSON AND THE BAD SHEPHERDS ONE afternoon, just before Christmas 2007, Adrian Edmondson was wandering around London, drunk. The next morning, hung-over, he awoke to find a mandolin sitting in his house - a mandolin he had no memory of buying. Sooner or later, Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds were born: a band who play punk music on folk instruments, with Edmondson on vocals and mandolin.
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Date:Aug 28, 2009
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