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Uiscedwr - from the Royal Northern College to the Cambridge Folk Festival
Described as fiery, passionate and versatile, Uiscedwr (pronounced “ishka-dooer”) are holders of the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Formed by Anna Esslemont (fiddle & vocals) and Cormac Byrne (bodhran & percussion) in 2001, the pair are now joined by guitar to complete the unique Uiscedwr sound.

Anna Esslemont (fiddle and vocals) met Cormac Byrne (bodhran and percussion) whilst they were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 2001. They soon discovered their similar appetite for traditional music of not only the British Isles but of more diverse countries and cultures.

Anna and Cormac spent many nights working tirelessly at their new found ideas and played their first gig together as Uiscedwr in the summer of 2002. Shortly after, they added guitar to the line up, mainly as a harmonic extra to allow them to explore larger musical timbres. The trio then won the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in December 2002 after beating off stiff competition from the UK’s most promising new folk acts.

An unforeseeable occurrence led to the departure of the band’s guitarist in February this year, to be replaced by Ben Hellings whose debut gig (St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on the South Bank, London) went down a storm. Since the award, Uiscedwr have been delighting audiences, playing at some of the leading folk festivals in Britain, such as The Hexham Gathering, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth International Festival and Towersey Festival. The trio also found time to fit in a trip Sweden, to perform at the Falun Festival, where they were warmly welcomed by the public, and received great reviews.

“…..their rhythm catches me, it is lively, playful and romantic, it feels like Uiscedwr can show their tradition…… Unfortunately the concert ends too soon….. I would have liked them to continue for much much longer.” – from Falu Kuriren 11-07-03

Now a member of the discerning Moneypenny agency, expect to see a lot more of Uiscedwr in 2004.
Demand has been high for their debut album, recorded at Kate Rusby’s studio in Barnsley and to be released in spring 2004. The band aim to continue making a bold impression on the folk scene, and they will carry on working and playing late into the night (every night!) in their small house in Manchester.

Anna Esslemont: Fiddle & Vocals
Cormac Byrne: Bodhran & Percussion
Ben Hellings: Guitar


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