Meet the Artists


Corvus
Corvus

Rebec
Rebec

Tom Yates
Tom Yates

Mike Billington
Mike Billington

Keith Hancock
Keith Hancock

Gorton Morris
Gorton Morris

Victoria Berringer
Victoria Berringer

Joe Beard
Joe Beard

Mark Richard Sutcliffe
Mark Richard Sutcliffe

Tom Shepley Band
Tom Shepley Band

Martin Stimson
Martin Stimson

Tony Nyland
Tony Nyland

CORVUS

Corvus are an act who perform their own material, some cover versions of songwriters Corvussuch as Leonard Cohen, Richard Thompson, Sonny Condell, The Decemberists and anyone else whose material takes their fancy. They also perform traditional material and Bill’s own poems set to music. Instrumentation includes guitars, Appalachian dulcimer, mandolin, recorders, oboe, crumhorns, rauschpfeife, Highland bagpipes, Spanish bagpipes, Bulgarian bagpipes, Indian harmonium, kalimba, dumbek, ghatam and various percussion. Hurdy-gurdys have just arrived!

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REBEC

Rebec were formed in the early 1970s by Bob Cross and John Senior who wrote their Rebec own songs in the renaissance style using guitars, recorders and renaissance flute. In 1975 Mike Billington joined forces with Bob and there ensued some fifteen years collaboration during which the duo performed at folk clubs, concerts, theatre, festivals, TV and radio. The sound was to become augmented by violin and ‘cello and later, scored in six parts for strings/recorders, voice & guitar. Nicky Wright, Gill Turner, Anne Wride and Paul Hickman were all, at various times, part of the band’s string section.

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TOM YATES

Tom was a regular on the Cheshire and North West folk scene back in the 1960s/70s Tom Yatesbefore he left for Antwerp where he sang and wrote his songs up to his untimely death in 1993. Tom’s first album was on the CBS label in 1967 and later he released two more LPs in the 1970s. He colllaborated with Duncan Brown on some songs. Tom will also be remembered for the gigs he did in the clubs and for the folk club he ran at The White Horse in Disley where he lived up to his move to Belgium.

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MIKE BILLINGTON

Mike Billington started his musical career with REBEC in 1975 and mike_billingtonwas a founder member of the ceilidh bands MADCAP and MAGGOTY. He currently plays with both bands and CORVUS. Mike is interested mainly in traditional folk song and instrumentals but has a keen liking for music of the renaissance. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays recorders, crumhorns, shawm, rauschpfeife (and just about anything else you can blow!) and a variety of bagpipes from England, Scotland, Spain, Bulgaria and Hungary. Also, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, ukulele and mandolin are amongst others instruments he tries his hand at. Mike also currently is a member of RADNOR the band formed by Joe Beard. The band perform Legends of the Edge, a multi media show including songs, narration and slide show. Mike produced and presented the folk programme on BBC Radio Manchester back in the 1980s and was agent for Nic Jones and Jez Lowe for a number of years.

VISIT MIKE’S PAGE ON THE CORVUS WEBSITE

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KEITH HANCOCK

This World We Live In was Keith Hancock’s first album. Released in 1986 it was a Keith Hancockmilestone in his career. The album came about as a chance meeting with his old school buddy Clive Gregson. Keith sang a few of his self-penned songs at a Gregson & Collister gig, and Clive immediately offered to produce. A few short months later Keith was in The Sutherland Brothers’ Sweet Sixteen Studio in Stoke on Trent in the North of England. Gavin Sutherland engineered and the session guys were a bunch of friends that Keith had grown to know and respect, playing the folk clubs in and around Manchester.
The songs are an eclectic grouping of different styles which probably has been the hallmark of Hancock’s career ever since. The album received pretty much total acclaim from the folk press and beyond. This is the first time Keith’s first album has been available on CD and Epona are proud to make this EPO007; Keith Hancock 007 has a certain ring we think! Licensed to thrill!
Keith went on to play with some of the folk world’s biggest names. He toured with Richard Thompson soon after the album was released. Just four years later The Keith Hancock Band toured the UK. Featuring Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick and Ruari McFarlane it firmly demonstrates how fast Hancock’s career was progressing.
For the next twenty years Hancock toured the world in one guise or another. He spent four years in a very successful pairing with Lee Collinson touring Australia and Canada extensively. He has played with some of the biggest names in music.
Keith retired from full time touring in the mid 90s to become a single parent. Now he is back doing occasional tours anywhere in the world. Keith Hancock lives in Saigon, Vietnam, where he makes a living as a highly successful writer, touring his music as and when he has the time. He owns and runs Saigon Districts, a Saigon based website and writes for many other sites all over the world.

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GORTON MORRIS MEN

Rushbearing was very much a part of village life over a hundred years ago in the North West of England. Rushes would be cut every year and ceremonially strew ed on the floors of churches for the poorer parishioners of the congregation to sit on. The more afluent would sit at the front of the church in hired pews. GMM were formed in 1975 (ironically 200 years after the original side broke up) and were later to revive the rushbearing ceremony in the township of G orton, Manchester where they rehearsed and danced.

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VICTORIA BERRINGER

Victoria is originally from County Durham and now lives in Leek.

Her first solo albuVictoria Berringerm “Just Singin'” was released by Epona in 2014 and features traditional and contemporary songs, all sung unaccompanied.

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CHRIS (JOE) BEARD

Chris, or Joe, as he is more popularly called was part of the legendary Purple Gang who rose to fame with their hit single Granny Takes a Trip in 1969, a single championed by the pirate radio stations of the time and also John Peel.

Joe was a resident at the famous Poynton Folk Centre in the 1970s/80Joe Beards and his recent musical project is the revival of his Gothic masterpiece Legends of The Edge, an eighty minute multi-media performance of the songs with narration tracing the well known story of Alderley Edge linked into the Arthurian myths where, as legend has it, Arthur and his knights lie sleeping under the Edge at Alderley” waiting until they are needed when dire peril looms”.

Epona Records have released the two recorded versions of “The Edge”; the first includes Harry Boardman as the wizard with Harry Ogden providing narration and the second version is performed by King’s Ranson with narration by Mike Billington.

Joe’s recently published book, “Taking The Purple” can also be ordered from the Epona shop.
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RADNOR BAND

MARK RICHARD SUTCLIFFE

Mark acted and sang as a child at The Municipal Hall in Colne. He joined his first band aged seventeen when he also started to learn guitar and write songs.

A huge influence on Mark’s writing and playing came about when he saw Bob Dylan perform in Cologne in 1984. He also met Joan Baez. Mark was then to go to college to study creative arts which included art and music.

In 1990 Mark joined rhythm and blues band “The Thin Men” and later, in 1998, a Bob Dylan tribute band, “With Bob On Our Side” as front man; both bands and still up and running to this day. More recently he has played with  “The Mighty Sealions” and has performed solo up and down the country over the years in France, Belgium, Poland and the Czech Republic.

“Pig Boy Rides Again” is Mark’s first solo album and all songs are written by him.

Mark Richard Sutcliffe

Mark Richard Sutcliffe


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TOM SHEPLEY’S BAND

Part of the Epona ethic is rerelease classic LPs from the North West and we are very thrilled here at Epona to have released in 2015 for the first time on CD the one and only album from the band.

The band played the folk scene in the North West, Cheshire and beyond back in the 1970s/80s and comprised Pat and Jamie Knowles, Martin Colledge and Nan Trench.

Essesntially the band’s forte was the collection and performance of music of Cheshire and the North West and Jamie’s tireless research was very much at the forefront of this album.

Tom Shepley Band

Tom Shepley Band


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MARTIN STIMSON

Martin hails from Mossley and Epona released his third album, but first for the label, in December 2015.

Martin Stimson

Martin Stimson


RADNOR

Radnor was formed in 2013 and the personnel is Joe Beard (guitar, vocals), Mike Billington (recorders, ukulele, percussion), Sean Brennan (fiddle), Rosa Sheard (vocals) and Andy Stark (keyboard).

The band came together to perform Joe’s gothic suite Legends of The Edge but have also expanded the repertoire to include Joe’s songs outside those in The Edge.

The band’s first foray onto CD is in the form of a two track single Photograph and Eyes of Antwerp Blue (EPO S01)

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TONY NYLAND

Tony Nyland

Tony Nyland

As a solo artist Tony Nyland has played extensively in Folk Clubs and Festivals throughout the UK and the Channel Islands and was regularly featured on local and national radio. He has performed with a variety of bands including: Manchester based Gorton Tank; The Hong Kong Kaylee Company; Tony Nyland and The Bilious Brothers; Zingari Swing; and the ceilidh band The Quiet Man.

Tony Nyland is the latest artist to join Epona Records and his new album Slowly To The Moon (EPO 019) is his first solo album in 30 years and contains ten new and original self-penned songs.

Previous solo albums have included Follow That With A Bucket And Shovel; Tony Nyland Uh-Oh and No More Bleeding Hearts. Two albums were recorded with Zingari Swing: The Heart Takes Flight (2003) and Shadows in the Underground (2005).

Further details can be found at Tony Nyland’s website www.tonynyland.co.uk

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