The Kimberleys


The Kimberleys have developed a sound which is both true to the tradition and refreshingly original. Great folk anthems such as Tam Lin and Elsie Marley retain their familiarity, but with fresh and vital arrangements they shine like new pennies recalling the excitement of folk revival greats such as Fairport Convention and Pentangle. Isobel Kimberley possesses a startlingly original voice and, coupled with her singular guitar skills and idiosyncratic approach to instrumentation, she defines The Kimberleys’ sound in a unique fashion. Vocalist, guitarist and arranger Jim Kimberley is the perfect complement and foil to Isobel’s strong musical personality with a sparse and rhythmic approach to the guitar, inspired arrangements and uncanny familial vocals. Released in June 2018 their debut album was voted one of the top ten releases by and their tour supporting Americana rising star Robert Vincent was universally well received. This year they have been included on compilation CDs with David Starobin and Gordon Giltrap and, with a history of sessions with Dave Swarbrick and Andy Cutting, their calibre as musicians is unshakeable. Their live shows are a charismatic rollercoaster, folk fans love them and newcomers to traditional folk are inevitably drawn in. With a new album in the pipeline this is an exciting time to see The Kimberleys live.

Where to find them

The Mayflower: Sun 30, Start: 17.10 – Finish: 18.30

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