Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley

Alex Cumming (The Teacups) & Nicola Beazley (The Rosie Hood Band) are an exciting English Box & Fiddle duo performing both songs and tunes from around England, America and beyond. The duo saw the release of their much anticipated debut album in late 2016, which was very well received. It came hot on the heels of concerts and festival appearances in folk clubs in Bristol, Dorset and Sheffield, at the legendary Green note in London, appearances at the folk weeks in Sidmouth, Broadstairs, and here at Gate to Southwell. Sandwiched in between all of this was a short tour of Canada in July all building up to the release of their debut album.

A cheery, energetic and upbeat album, mixed in with tales of drama on the high seas, jealous lovers, and sheep shearing, long-lost traditional English and American tunes, and a master-class in musicianship from 2 of folk’s bright new young stars evolving and progressing a tradition while at the same time staying true to its roots. This, matched with a lively, knowledgeable, yet entertaining live performances, the two are much sort after on the scene.

“No nonsense English folk music at its very, very best” – Downend Folk Club

“a great synthesis of traditional material and modern inspiration” – Fatea Magazine

“…their instrumental skills are wonderful” – Folk Radio UK

“Two musicians right at the very top of their game” – Downend Folk Club

“highly skilled at their craft” – Oakenhoof

2018 Line up

Southwell Festival