28th October 2018: Sophie Frear / Bernard Hoskin / Flashback Photograph
Bernard Hoskin is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge whose distinctive and original sound is based upon English songwriting and world music rhythms as well as the more common folk, country and blues styles. An experienced performer, he accompanies himself on 6 and 12 string guitars and mandolin playing a mixture of original and traditional songs and covers. He has produced twelve CDs.
He has opened up for many of the big names of the folk scene including Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Harvey Andrews, John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee, Clive Gregson, Andy Irvine, Phil Beer, Colvin Quarmby, Johnny Dickinson, Pete Atkin, June Tabor and the Oysterband, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Megson, Gigspanner, Henry Priestman, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Carrivick Sisters, O'Hooley & Tidow, Tim Edey, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Blazin' Fiddles, Wild Willy Barrett, Steve Tilston, Heidi Talbot.
Milkmaid Folk Club wrote of him: "Bernard treated us to a selection of his classic folksongs. All were delivered with consummate ease yet also with an unwavering passion and resolve as if it were their first public unveiling. His finger picking happily reminded me of some favourite guitarists who were playing in those crowded smoky clubs in the early 70s. His personal style of guitar work coupled with his friendly stage presence and lyrically engaging songs all made for an absorbing evening."
Sophie Frear is a 17 year old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Cambridgeshire who’s been gigging for 5 years at numerous pubs, festivals and private functions in various music styles.
Her original song ‘Beautiful disaster’ went viral with 23,000 likes, 800,000 views and over 10,000 shares on Facebook when she was 13.