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Folk music has a long history of being socially conscious, a tradition that Ribbon Road keep strong in all of their works. When recently releasing their latest album No Redemption Songs, a luscious collection of haunting tunes inspired by the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Miner’s Strike, the group built on an already strong back catalogue of folk songs focusing on contemporary issues. Now there’s a chance to catch the band performing their intelligent narratives, as they play The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe on Sunday 18th January.

Ribbon Road is a loving, family affair, as singer-songwriter Brenda Heslop is accompanied by her husband Geoff, a legendary producer who has worked with the likes of Bert Jansch, Kathryn Tickell, Rab Noakes and Dick Gaughan, while their daughter Jill completes the trio on keyboards and backing vocals. There’s an added dimension to the group, though, as Heslop is inextricably tied to Northumberland. Working as a shepherd in the hills, she looks after hundreds of sheep and is proud to carry on the tradition. But the band aren’t sheep within the folk genre as Brenda’s soft vocals are contrasted by Geoff’s attention-grabbing twang. If you like your folk with a little bit of bite, then Ribbon Road are well worth checking out.

Ribbon Road play at The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe on Sunday 18th January.

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