"To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware.

 The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists."

                 The Guardian 

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September 19, 2019

Summer greetings to you all. We hope you're all doing well out there.
 
We have a very exciting piece of news for you as well as some dates for your autumn diaries, and a few updates.

We were totally over the moon to learn last week that we have been nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track. Reedcutter’s Daughter was nominated alongside tracks from Ye Vagabonds, Lisa O’Neill ft Radie Peat, and Vri.
 
We honestly didn’t think we stood a chance because there have been so many amazing releases over the last 18 months and there have been a few changes to the format of the awards which have made it even tougher to get a nomination. But we got one...and so we’ll be off to the awards ceremony in Manchester in October!

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We're out and about quite a bit over the next few m...

October 4, 2018

We recently released a new video of The Last Ploughshare, a song from the album which looks at our (mis)treatment of the natural world. Take a look.

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And we've been delighted with the feedback and coverage of the new album so far. Some highlights are -


A live session on Radio 3's In Tune. 

Working Chap, from the new album, was played on the Radio 2 Folk Show. 

Songlines gave Many a Thousand a 5 star review and included a track on the cover mount CD. They said 'Beautiful weighted playing...This duo treats contemporary subject matter in folksong as well as anyone this reviewer has heard.'

We had an interview in the most recent FRoots and they gave us a 5 star review, saying 'Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are unequivocally troubadours of our times...Their singing is sublime an...

September 2, 2018

Hi all,

We hope you've had an amazing summer. We've been out and about playing the festivals and we've been working hard to prepare for the launch of our new album 'Many a Thousand' - an album made possible by the many kind donations we received through our crowdfunding campaign. 

The official release date is 7 September but you can pre-order CDs and downloads through our website - http://www.jimmyandsidduo.com/

We'll be launching the album at the very grand Kings Place in London on 6 September and then touring across the UK. It's our biggest ever tour and we're travelling to most areas of the country so do come out if you can - we'd love to see you.

We'll be joined for a few of the dates by 3 incredible musicians (Tom Moore, Fred Harper, and Twm Dylan) and a master sound engine...

May 4, 2018

After 7 years of developing and playing our own brand of folk music all around this beautiful country it feels like time to make our 3rd studio album which we're calling 'Many a Thousand'. We've been busy writing, collecting, arranging and recording for a while now and recently enlisted the help of some of our favourite musicians to play on the album. This has worked so well that we're hoping to have them with us for some of the album launch tour in September. 

Our last album 'Night Hours' received great reviews and we've had a wonderful time touring that material around the country and talking to people about the issues tackled within the songs (not least soil erosion!). That album hinted at a more contemporary sound for us and we hope to push this elem...

April 20, 2018

Dear all,

We've been a bit off the radar over the winter whilst we worked on new material for our next album. Things are progressing nicely on that front and we'll be in touch soon to share details and to ask for your support in making it a physical thing. But for now we thought it was time for an update on our live dates.

We're up and down the country at folk clubs and venues through April and May before hitting the festivals. See a full list below.

 

We hope to see you somewhere along the road!

To keep us sane through the cold months we have been out and about a few times. We were in London twice; at the Southbank Centre as part of their Friday Tonic series in February and we kicked off the Time & Tradition Festival in Hall 1 at King's Place in mid-March. Both amazing, pres...

September 13, 2017

It's been a busy year with 42 gigs down since April and there are stories attached to every one of them. Below are a few highlights.

May 4, 2017

More gigs have been added to the website here for September and October. These include a return to Bromyard Folk Festival for their 50th anniversary and a first visit to Settle Folk Festival.

April 19, 2017

Here's the last in our series of 3 videos recorded at the Hermitage moorings back in autumn last year. There's more information about the song on our lyric/info page here  

http://www.jimmyandsidduo.com/moved-on

April 14, 2017

After a lengthy break over the winter we're gearing up to get back on the road with lots of lovely gigs and festivals over the spring and summer. I've washed my hair, polished my concertina and eaten a steady five a day all winter in preparation for a season of cheese and humous lunches. Jimmy has been in Peru learning the nose flute and growing a mean banjo nail. Lots of new and old venues to visit on the way around and we're really happy to be supporting Lady Maisery for a few dates in May. Check the gig list here.

 

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