"Transatlantic Feral Folk..."

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Michael was born and raised in the rust-belt USA of Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Douglas and has been an active contributor to the acoustic folk scene on both sides of the Atlantic since the mid-1960's. He learned accordion aged 7 and soon added guitar and mandolin to his repertoire, developing his love of Celtic roots and country music and accompanying his own original songs. During the late 60s, with folk duo, Him & His Friend Michael played the Greenwich Village circuit in legendary venues such as Café Wha?, The Bitter End, The Gaslight Café, The Village Gate and Cafe Borgia. He toured universities and small venues throughout the mid-west, and in the early 1970s joined trio Changing Horses - still touring and playing larger venues such as the legendary “It’s Here…” in Chicago. In the late 70's, now a member of traditional Celtic/English folk band Widdershins, Michael toured the northern USA alongside well-known professional musicians such as Gamble Rogers, Fats Johnson, Chuck & Mary Perrin, and The Paul Winter Consort. It was during this period that Widdershins wrote and performed their well-received radio production of songs and music inspired by Tolkien’s 'Lord of the Rings'. He left the states in the mid-70s and while working as university lecturer in Iran during the revolution, met and later married an English girl. They started a family and the UK became his permanent home. While working as the Director of the Colchester Arts Centre, he was also a resident at the Colchester Folk Club as a member of Flash Company. This four-piece, close harmony folk group were signed to Plant Life Records in the early 80s for their first album ‘Castle Keep' which features more of Michael's original compositions. The band went on to play folk clubs and festival venues around the UK, supporting artists such as Martin Carthy, the Watersons, Alan Taylor, Harvey Andrews and Arizona Smoke Revue, etc. Now in the 1990s Michael joined an Irish band- Cuisle, that toured in Germany and gradually evolved into the five piece Celtic folk band Temple Bar. This popular line-up toured UK folk clubs, music venues and festivals and produced one album, ‘Eating Rainbows’.

Musically,
Will loves "anything with a groove" and has played and composed since the early 70s. He started with classical recorder aged 7 and picked up a guitar for the first time aged 10. Throughout the 70s & 80s, he played with bands Felix, Aircraft, Liane Carroll and his band Wide Open were winners at the Inner London Jazz Awards in 1977. He also played support for 'Lindisfarne', 'Argent', Wilko Johnson and other well known 70's bands. Will's appeared at Olympia Festival of Mind & Body, The Marquee, Rock Garden and music festivals across the UK. In more recent times he's played lead guitar with bands Local Heroes, and Moonshine before joining Stone Junction in 2013. Will's impressive back catalogue of original compositions includes the album 'Earthscapes' with Trevor Nightingale, released by Luminar Records in the 80's (commissioned and published by Studio G), music for contemporary ballet companies Ballet Rambert and London Contemporary Dance Company along with many writing partnerships including projects with Liane Carroll and Kenny Craddock. In 1985, Will formed audio productions company, Dynamic Audio Production which swiftly went on to garner clients such as Chappell/Warner Music, EMI, Macmillan Publishers and Air-Edel. Recording and production assignments have seen him working across the musical spectrum, with artists such as: Trevor Watts (contemporary jazz), Michael Lewis (TV and film composer), and Peter Knight (ex-'Steeleye Span'). Will joined Stone Junction in 2013 and has recorded and produced their first album.

Kim is a musician, singer and songwriter living and working in the South East of England. She plays guitar, flute, and harp and has been a a regular on and around regional sessions and the regional folk scene. Her origiinal songs have an escapist quality which evokes the mythical England of old with hints of Celtic, medieval and the classic folk artists of the '60's and 70’s. Kim has been writing songs and performing, both solo and with various bands, for around 20 years and her music has attracted a niche following of primarily pagan and traditional folk music fans with a penchant for nature and literary references.
Kim is an artist whose primary talent is a fearlessness to defy stereotypical categorisation. She is a musician who passes through boundaries spectacularly, not afraid to experiment with genres and create hybrids of fantastic advances. Kim’s own back catalogue has 3 albums and 2 singles including ‘Songs from the Uglee Meadow’, released in 2008 and the follow-up album,
‘The Hollows’, released in 2019 on CD, vinyl and digitally.
Kim joined Stone Junction in 2019 managing to learn an extensive back-catalogue of material in a miraculously short space of time. She has also added a sympathetic freshness and approach while providing a seamless blend of continuity to the band’s established sound and vocal harmonies.

As well as playing folk, country, bluegrass, and a bit of rock & roll, Justin has been playing bass professionally since graduating from Westminster University with a music degree. He has worked with with artists ranging from Boy George to Sir Tim Rice and has quite a number of notable credits to his name. Recently, playing with Dead Man’s Corner and a fledgling bluegrass lineup, Justin has also played in many different bands over the years and has displayed a unique ability to embrace many genres and musical styles. Justin joined Stone Junction in 2020 with the same passion as the rest of the band to enhance and share their unique and original sound. The addition of his double-bass playing has added a new dimension and dynamic to the band’s ever-expanding musical repertoire.

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