Twice-nominated at BBC Folk Awards, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left, recorded in London with producer Julian Simmons (Guillemots, Ed Sheeran, Albert Lee), explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by Gilmore & Roberts’ passion for stories.
From the steady groove of the intriguing ‘Doctor James’ to the relentless pounding of ‘Scarecrow’, and ‘Silver Screen’s wistful introspection, the album encompasses elements of folk, bluegrass and rock while maintaining the Yorkshire-based pair’s own distinctive stylings, assisted by several carefully chosen guest musicians. Ben Nicholls (Seth Lakeman band) on double bass and Tom Chapman (Urban Folk Quartet) on cajon and drums comprise the rhythm section across the album, backed up by piano from Will Foster (The Fratellis). Prodigious Georgia-based band Larkin Poe (sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell) guest on several tracks, featuring heavily on the slow-burning ‘Shuffle & Deal’.
Katriona Gilmore (The Albion Band) and Jamie Roberts (Kerfuffle) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and have released three albums together since 2008. All three albums received much critical acclaim, leading to a Horizon Award nomination at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a tour supporting Fairport Convention. The Innocent Left has delivered a fresh haul of accolades, including a ‘Best Duo’ nomination at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a ‘Song of the Year’ FATEA Award and first prize in the Acoustic/Folk category of the UK Songwriting Contest.
2013 BBC Radio Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’ – Nomination
2012 UK Songwriting Contest, Acoustic/Folk category – WINNER (‘Doctor James’)
2012 Fatea Awards ‘Song of The Year’ – WINNER (‘Doctor James’)
2012 fRoots Critics Poll, Album of the Year – Runner Up
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