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Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby

International Songwriters And Performers

Staggeringly good...truly magical guitar work, vocals to lift your heart and soul, with songs that are utterly unforgettable

Next Gig
The Neely G Sessions
29 December 2016

Full details on the gigs page

October 2016: Busy times

We’re delighted to welcome our new representatives, Pam and John Knighton! We met when they invited us to perform at BAMFEST last year and we’re excited to be working with them in this new relationship. Pam and John can be reached on 07754 470133 or via info@knightonmm.co.uk

We’ve been very busy flitting from London to our new home in Ireland, to Spain and to Nashville, where we both resumed our studio session careers, working on a new album by songwriter Reckless Johnny Wales.

We’re now ready for our autumn tour, to promote the new ‘live’ album, recorded at St.Pancras Old Church in London, on the last show of our spring tour. We’re thrilled that “This Night, These Dreams and You” from the album, has been played extensively on several stations on the Blues & Roots Radio network!

We’ve added two dates in Holland, one in Dublin and we’re looking forward to all the UK shows which kick off on the 21st October at Deal Folk Club. Check our Gigs page to keep up to date with where we are.

Dublin City FM DJ Peter Grogan, has put together a charity record, in aid of ArtAid. World, a voluntary group of artists who use the arts to help fight HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. We were invited to donate a track and “Alice’s Song” appears alongside offerings from several other artists.

We hope you can come and see us somewhere near you on the tour! Bring a friend!


July 2016: We got married!

Last Friday - 22nd July - Cathryn Craig became... Mrs.C.Willoughby!

We've been together for 19 years, but the triplets are due next month, so we thought we'd better make them legitimate.

Our minister was The Right Reverend Phil Kaufman, RMD (Road Mangler Deluxe) and we had about 20 guests that we've known for over 20 years, here in Nashville.

Our ring-bearers were Patti and Michael Snow and the photos were taken by Denise Fussell.


July 2016: live album and upcoming gigs

The last show of our spring tour took place at St Pancras Old Church in London and was recorded live. We are thrilled with the results of the recording and we're very happy to be releasing the project as an album on 1st August 2016 - see In Concert Saint Pancras Old Church for more detail.

This is a departure for us, as we have always preferred 'studio' to 'live' recording and we hope you like it!

We're looking forward to next month when you can catch up with us at Broadstairs Folk Week and Saltburn Folk Festival - see our gigs page for more information.


March 2016: Great album reviews

We are delighted that our new album In America is receiving such great reviews. You can read more about these here.

'In America' has been 'Album Of The Week' on Blues & Roots Radio, FATEA'S 'Along The Tracks' and in Ireland on Charlie McGettigan's Arts Programme on Shannonside Radio.

Colum Sands on BBC Ulster did a half hour programme on us featuring the album and we've had significant play on RTE by Niall Toner and on Dublin City FM by Noel Casey and Peter Grogan.

Several stations on the Blues & Roots network have given us regular airplay here in the UK, in Canada, the US and Australia. We often appear on Brian Player's 'Acoustic Cafe'


January 2016: New Album In America now officially released

We're proud to announce our latest CD 'In America', featuring some of our most personal songs, recorded in Nashville this summer. The digi-pack design includes a 12-page booklet, containing lyrics and brief backgrounds to the material. You can order the CD from the Albums page or from the In America page where you can also listen to soundbites.

The CD, or individual tracks is also available from iTunes and Amazon.


Cathryn Craig is from Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter. She has sung with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen.

Her great-grandfather Jacob Sowder was recorded by Cecil Sharp and is featured in Sharp’s book "English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians".

 

Brian Willoughby is well known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.

Both have accompanied Nanci Griffith.

 

 

“They catch a mood that could produce goosebumps on sheet metal"
(The Glasgow Herald)

“Long live traditional music, even when it's only just been written”
(The Living Tradition)

“…sublime guitar work and one of the finest voices around”
(Folking.com)

Their “Alice’s Song” was an Aled Jones “highlight of the year” on BBC Radio 2.

Cathryn was Simon Mayo's star guest on BBC Radio 2Day, live from Nashville.

The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton named the duo as his “Folk Gig Pick” in 2015.

In America” is the current album, recorded at TJ Tunes in Nashville

Thanks for dropping by. Rest a while here on our website where you can listen to our music, watch a video or two and see where we’re playing.
Cathryn and Brian

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