Mike Wilson & Damien Barber
Nominated Best Duo
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010
Two of the finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United Kingdom; it is difficult to accept that these relatively young men, have a combined 40+ years experience of performing at folk venues.
Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina. Though he has lived for a long time in West Yorkshire he retains a strong East Anglian identity.
Mike Wilson is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event. His musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East – rural and industrial folk song both traditional and modern.
Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.
“Under The Influence’ is chock full of nothing but great songs brilliantly sung”.
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
“Damien Barber’s sound, style and presence combines the best of Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones”.
“The Wilsons are what they are, they do what they do and say what they say, it’s very direct and I love that”.
Date of event:26th September 2015