Bernard Hoskin

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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 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, Isaac Guillory, Andy Irvine, Phil Beer, Colvin Quarmby, Johnny Dickinson,
Pete Atkin, June Tabor and the Oysterband, Dougie MacLean, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Megson, Gigspanner, Henry Priestman, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Carrivick Sisters, O'Hooley & Todow, Lucy Ward and the Amy Wadge Band.

He has produced eleven CDs and a Rock and Reel magazine review wrote of “his fine tradition of crafting accessible, mellow acoustic folk with occasionally well-placed African pop flavours ...reminiscent of the work of Ralph McTell, Paul Heaton, Johnny Clegg and the later work of Paul Simon.”

"Bernard was terrific! Great voice, great songs, superb guitarist." - Epping Folk Club

"A great night, everyone enjoyed it, lovely songs brilliantly performed and some lovely stories to go with them" - Bradford on Avon Folk Club

"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 start to the evening." - Milkmaid Folk Club

"Bernard Hoskin was brilliant last night, ranging from haunting self penned numbers to Steve Goodman (for those of us old enough to remember and young enough not to forget). An accomplished performer on guitar and mandola, he instantly connected with the audience." - Owd Boots Folk Club, Nottingham

"an incredible singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who has released nine albums to date and has supported many famous names, past and present, whilst simultaneously establishing himself as one of the finest male solo artists working in the contemporary folk music field today." - Beverley Folk Club

"a popular troubadour with an accomplished and individual guitar style, well constructed songs, good stage presence and ambition" - Mardles Magazine

"The lingering taste & perhaps the last thing to strike the listener is the sheer quality of the songs which, like the album as a whole, are memorable, highly accomplished & carefully crafted yet achieve an effortless feel." - NetRhythms, review of Notes in the Margin

"Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bernard performs songs with the unhurried, slightly wistful, airy, summery feel of classic 60s folk singer-songwriters, creating a reflective, gentle and fundamentally positive space, which it was a treat to inhabit during his deservedly well-received set." - Rychard Carrington,

"breezy folk-pop that is rich in melody, harmonies and is as catchy as possible" - Rock 'N' Reel, UK.

Lyrical attention to detail and unusually hypnotic musical interpretation make this a fine indie product with deep substance" - Independent Songwriter, USA

"exemplary singer-songwriter Bernard Hoskin brings thought provoking songs & flowing, often African-inspired, guitar work." - Acousticity

A selection of venues played:
Cambridge Folk Festival, Ely Folk Festival, St Neots Folk Festival, Folk on the Pier Cromer, The Junction Cambridge, Corn Exchange Cambridge, Acoustic Routes Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Club, Milkmaid Bury St Edmunds, Norwich Arts Centre, Colchester Arts Centre, Kontra Roots Finedon, Baldock Folk Club, The Cut Halesworth, 12 Bar Club London, Half Moon Putney, The Bedford Balham, The Apex Bury St Edmunds, The Vortex London, High Barn Gt Bardfield, Great Knight Folk Club Northampton, Stortfolk, Ely Folk Club, Windsor Arts Centre, Troubadour London, The Shed Bedford, Hat Factory Luton, Y Theatre Leicester, The Institute Kelvedon, Suffolk n Good Festival, Live At The Cottage Debenham, Loughton Folk Club, Virtually Acoustic Islington, Strawberry Fair Cambridge, Bedford Folk Club, Haverhill Folk Club, Slough Arts Centre, Royston Folk Club, South Hill Park Bracknell, Goring Unplugged, Harpenden Public Halls, Zaks Milton Keynes, Togfest Milton Keynes, Red Lion Manningtree, Plough Inn Walthamstow, Wensum Lodge Norwich, Saffron Walden Folk Club, Mad House Derbyshire, Loughborough Acoustic, Graduate Centre Cambridge, RMA Tavern Portsmouth, Rooting For Africa Hebden Bridge, The Granary Buckingham, Dr Wu's Leeds, The Musician Leicester.

Radio appearances:
BBC Regional, BBC Cambs, BBC Suffolk, BBC Beds, Cambridge 105