Tony Nyland’s new album, his first solo waxing in 30 years Slowly To The Moon, (EPO 019) has now been released and is available from the shop.

Following soon after will be the new Corvus album shoes of the skin of a bird (EPO 020). The album has now been recorded and at the final mixing and mastering stage. The album will have as its cover, a charcoal drawing of two crow by Annette Hetherington whose painting “Ready of Not” adorns Mike Billington’s new album Imbolc (EPO 018).

Epona are proud to announce a new artist to the rosta; Tony Nyland, a singer/songwriter of high pedigree. His new album, Slowly To The Moon, (EPO019) a collection of ten new songs with just Tony and guitar (and occasional keyboard) is scheduled for release at the end of January 2017. There are also plans to re-release his No More Bleeding Hearts with The Bilious Brothgers, previously only available on cassette, in the very near future.

Mike Billington’s new album Imbolc is now mastered and ready for manufacture. Release date will be 1st February 2017 with a catalogue number of EPO018. Imbolc is a collection of teraditional songs and tunes on which Mike plays guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, bowed psaltery, oboe, recorders, crumhorns, dudy, Bulgarian djura gaida, Swedish sackpipa and varoious percussion. Session musicians include Maartin Allcock, Mike Harding, Phil Davenport, Rory Scammell, Mickey Van Gelder, Karen Dyson, Shelley Rainey, Iain Bowley, Willy Simpson and Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly of Tir na n’Og.

It’s been quiet at Epona Towers of late but things are stirring and our new CD issue is the two track disc from Radnor. Two songs written by Joe Beard Photograph and Eyes of Antwerp Blue. Available in the shop at the budget price of £3.

Furthermore, Joe Beard’s gothic masterpiece telling the stories of the myths and legends of Alderley Edge has been available in two separate recordings; one by Joe Beard and Friends and the other by folk rock band King’s Ransom. These are available in the shop for the normal price of £10 each but can now both be purchased as a pair for £15.

The next Epona full album release will be Mike Billington‘s second solo album Imbolc and includes session artists Maartin Allcock, Mike Harding and Tir na n’Og’s Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly.

A second Corvus album is also half completed and will be titled shoes of the skin of a bird. The title, as with the first album gloves of the skin of a fish (EPO 001) is a line from the Irish 8th century poem Donal Og. Bill Pook of Corvus is in the process of recording his first solo album.

Mark Sutcliffe is also nearing completion of the follow up to Pig Boy Rides Again (EPO 012)

John Constantine is currently working the remainder of the Tom Yates tapes with a view to releasing an album that will include the unfinished John Ball suite and his religious songs.

Our newest release is the third album, but his first on Epona, by Martin Stimson and the CD is entitled Of Rivers and Ribbons and now available in the shop. Welcome to our new member of staff, Trupti Lyndon, whose first assignment was the design of the booklet for the album. Trupti is based in London and specialises in design, illustration and animation.

Corvus have started recording their second album to be titled “shoes of the skin of a bird”.

Other releases during 2015 are How Do You Do? by Tom Shepley’s Band (EPO 014), Standard Settings by Pat Knowles (EPO 015) and the Live album by the Keith Hancock Band; Keith with Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick and Ruari McFarlane (EPO 016)

Epona is breaking new ground with an exciting rock album by Mark Sutcliffe titled Pig Boy Rides Again. (Epona EPO 012) Release date 27th April 2015.

Keith Hancock‘s Compassion album has now been released with the catalogue number EPO 013. Release date 20th April 2015.

Keith Hancock‘s first LP This World We Live In (EPO 007) has been released on Epona and is available from the shop.

Keith’s spring tour for 2015 sees him at…….

8th April Edinburgh Folk Club
17th April Bacca Pipes, Keighley
24th April Northwich Folk Club
3rd May Bothy Folk Club, Southport
4th to 15th May Tour of Holland
20th May Cross Keys, Uppermill
22nd May Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford
24th May Chester Folk Festival
26th May Eagle Inn, Salford
28th May Wellington Inn, Wolviston

September sees the release of our ninth album with Victoria B Berringer‘s first album called Just Singin’. Victoria is originally from County Durham and currently lives in Leek.
Fourteen tracks grace this charming collection of traditional and contemporary songs. “The Moorlaugh Shore”, “The Snows They Melt The Soonest” and “Lovely Joan” contrast with songs by Peter Bellamy, Huw Williams and Robert Burns.

Epona’s first releases in 2015 will be on 1st February.
Both are recordings of Joe Beard’s gothic masterpiece which traces the stories surrounding the myths and legends of Alderley Edge.

EPO 010 THE EDGE. Originally released in the 1980s on cassette only, this album features Harry Boardman as the wizard and musicians Joe Beard, Gerry Robinson, Di Robinson and Pat and Jamie Knowles. Narration is by Harry Ogden who at the time produced and presented the folk programme on Picadilly Radio in Manchester.

EPO 011 LEGENDS OF THE EDGE. Recorded in 1988 by Cheshire based folk rock band King’s Ransom. The wizard is played by Richard Hemingway and narration is provided by Mike Billington who at the time produced and presented the folk programme on BBC Radio Manchester.

Other CDs for release in 2017 include Mickey Van Gelder‘s lovely Jewish songs which range from the psalms to more recent film composers Gershwin, Sondheim and Bernstein.

The second CORVUS album is currently in preparation and provisionally titled “shoes of the skin of a bird”.

A second solo album by Mike Billington is also in preparation.

Hurdy-Gurdy supremo Rory Scammell is currently recording his first solo album which, hopefully will be avaiable on Epona in the near future.