Based in the North Cotswolds, but influenced by Celtic music from around the UK and beyond, Brimstone’s style is a wonderful combination of trad, contemporary and originals. This creates a beautiful sound which simply makes you feel great.
In 2021 to 2023 Brimstone were invited back to Bromyard Folk Festival. The band have also played at Cheltenham Festival providing Irish background music for racegoers. In 2023 Brimstone played in the Living Tradition Centre at Warwick Folk Festival.
Brimstone have played at Gloucester Folk Trail, Malvern RHS Shows and played many private events—ceilidhs and background music. Brimstone had a regular monthly gig at the Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden before teh pandemic. Brimstone has played at Oxford Folk Weekend, the Seabrights Arms Worcester, Worcester Museum and Art Gallery, Radnor Fringe Festival and Tintern Fete.
In 2017, the band played at Asparafest, Stratford upon Avon River Festival, Malvern Spring Show, The ArtYard Cafe, Enstone, and St Aldates Tavern in Oxford.
In 2016, Brimstone formed as a band and were on stage at the Cotswold Living Landscape Festival and headlined at HanFest in Hanwell, Oxfordshire.
There is a special energy that emerges from Brimstone which is based on years of playing together, friendship, fun, and a desire to entertain.
Clare Charlton has been playing the whistle for over 18 years. She enjoys flowing harmonies and fast jigs. She can't usually smile when playing—but would, given a chance! Clare is also the caller for the band, she has been described by many as a ‘patient’ caller but does like to add a bit of fun!
Photo credit Lindsay Fuhs
An early band member before launching into university and becoming a professional musician was Jon Doran. Jon is a talented musician and vocalist. In 2019, he was a finalist at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. He now plays as a duo with Janice Burns and as a trio with the Northern Assembly. He has supported The East Pointers during one of their UK tours. Find out more about Jon by visiting his website: https://www.jondoranmusic.co.uk/