Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several years after spending their school years together in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. From tentatively performing a few songs at their local Redbourn Folk club in 2012 and later being asked to appear at one of the club’s guest nights, the group soon secured support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country which in turn have led to opportunities to support many fantastic artists including The Fisherman’s Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Sam Carter, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney and Clannad. They were also honoured to join legendary fiddler Dave Swarbrick on a successful UK solo tour in the spring of 2014, and released their debut album ‘A Curious Tale’ in June of the same year.
Said The Maiden was awarded Bristol Folk Festival’s prestigious Isambard Folk Award in 2015, and as a result opened for folk super-group The Full English at the 2015 Bristol Folk Festival. They were also voted ‘Best Act’ by the public at the Great British Folk Festival’s Introducing Stage for the festival’s opening night, and are thrilled to have been invited back to the festival in December 2016 to perform on one of the main stages.
They are currently on a UK tour to promote their latest album “Here’s a Health.” – the new release is a showcase of how Said The Maiden has developed and grown over the last year or so, displaying more than ever the distinctive sound that defines them – from soaring acapella harmonies and fresh new arrangements of traditional songs, to their own compositions inspired by sea songs and shanties. Said The Maiden are self-releasing the EP which was officially launched on 10 January 2016.
"I like anything these girls do...their harmonies are extraordinary!" - Dave Swarbrick
"I really like the way their voices blend together...brilliant!" - Mike Harding
"A great act. Check them out!" - Clannad
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Stomping Boondocks are a lively Folk, Gypsy, Irish and Celtic rock band based in the South West, UK.
Performing original music from their history of a wide genre of music, Stomping Boondocks also put twists on classic folk songs and tunes to bring their own feelings out through their music.
“The song is enjoyable on several levels. The strings are very pleasant and upbeat throughout. The percussion is just right and the vocals are delivered with feeling and emotion” – Review of Salmon Mountains
The band are currently recording their debut album which will be due for release in summer 2017 and will be showcasing their new songs as they take to the stage in support of the wonderful Said The Maiden
“I like the beat! It has catchy lyrics. It reminds me of a pirate movie! All in all it is pretty good! I have enjoyed listening to it.” – Review of Matty Groves
Stomping Boondocks will be appearing in their ‘unplugged’ version for this show, bringing the best of their music in a more intimate and laid back way, but still delivering a fun show all the same.
“Blown away by their professionalism and performance! They had everyone on their feet to dance the night away. Lovely friendly guys, cannot recommend them highly enough!” Charters School
As well as playing with Said The Maiden, Stomping Boondocks have been lucky enough to grace stages with the likes of 3 Daft Monkeys, The Wonder Stuff and The Men They Couldn’t Hang in previous lives, and have booked in a few performances for festivals throughout the summer.
“We cannot recommend these guys enough! We had them play at our wedding and everybody loved them. Not only was the music great but they also got everyone involved and having an awesome time. Organising what we wanted was also a breeze as they are a great bunch of guys and very approachable. Thank you again!”
"With his virtuosic guitar stylings, Edward Naysmith is quickly becoming a prominent figure in the world of folk. Many have likened his work to the revivalist singer/songwriters of the late 60s. He quotes from such greats as Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Nick Drake, yet offers something highly original. A real 21st century rarity."