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Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay La-Bouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.
As well as crafting unique and engaging origi-nal material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs – combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.
Most recently, Ninebarrow’s second album, ‘Releasing the Leaves’, was released to wide-spread critical acclaim. Recorded and produced in the duo’s own studio and mastered by Mark Tucker (whose other credits in-clude Show of Hands and Fairport Convention) the album received a raft of stellar reviews including five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Dance and Song Magazine produced by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Receiving airplay on national and regional radio stations across the UK, it was described by Suzi Klein on BBC Radio 3 as demonstrating the duo’s harmonies ‘to perfection’. It was also awarded four stars by The Telegraph and listed in the paper’s Top Folk Albums of 2016.
Following the critical acclamation that the duo have received, they’ve been in high demand and have been receiving bookings at a plethora of folk clubs, music venues and festivals across the country. As well as headlining in their own right, Ninebarrow have also provided support for some of the folk greats, including Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands and Fisherman’s Friends.
Engaging, charismatic and humorous – Ninebarrow are winning new fans wherever they go. See them live, and you’ll quickly understand why.
‘Stunning’ – Maverick Magazine
‘Immaculate’ – EFDSS Magazine
‘Genuine British folk music charm’ – The Telegraph
‘Apt, appealing and pitch –perfect’- R2 Magazine
‘Damn fine’ – Mike Harding
‘Perfection’ – BBC Radio 3
Top Folk Albums of 2016 – The Telegraph
Best Debut Album of 2014 – Fatea Magazine
Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums Shortlisted 2014
UK Songwriting Competition Finalist 2014
Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award Winners 2013
Records of the Year 2013 Ukulelehunt.com