Bright Season formed in 2013 bringing together the talents of singer and guitarist Michael J Tinker, fiddle-player Ella Sprung and accordionist Simon Dumpleton. Together they perform traditional and self-penned songs and tunes, displaying their own individual gifts and combining to deliver stunning arrangements and harmonies.
Included in their set are traditional ballads such as The House Carpenter, a cappella arrangements of John Ball and the shape-note song Africa and also tune sets drawing on influences from European folk. This is particularly brought to the fore with Ella’s Nyckelharpa. Bright Season have toured around the country, and in addition to playing headline shows they have also supported, among others, Martin Simpson, Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party and Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker.
Michael J Tinker has performed and recorded with Damien O’Kane (Kate Rusby band) and Katriona Gilmore and was the imagination behind a collaborative project with Bella Hardy, Josienne Clarke, The Young’uns, Tom Oakes, Ian Stephenson and Gilmore&Roberts with a guest track from Jon Boden. The album, ‘Songs for the Voiceless’ received critical acclaim (4**** Guardian, Telegraph, Maverick Magazine) and toured in November 2014.
In addition he has supported Bellowhead, Lucy Ward, Sam Carter, Maz O’Connor and many more.
Ella Sprung is a fiddle player, singer and dancer. She specialises in French, Breton, and Scandinavian folk music, and performs with European folk dance band Trip the Light and folk groups Gallivant and Jack’s Rake. In addition to playing the fiddle she also plays the Swedish Nyckelharpa.
Simon is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed with numerous people including Kirsty Bromley and in the ceilidh band Trinculo. He has recently produced recordings for Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, Hekety, Outre Manche and the Melrose Quartet.
“…very impressive… a perfect combination.”
Now Then Magazine
“…Bright Season pull it off with aplomb.”
R2 (Rock’n’Reel) Magazine
“[an] eclectic menu… reworked with imagination and dispatched with insight.”
“…a stunning blend of voices and instrumentals…”
The Living Tradition
“This is pure and simple folk… and something you really must make the effort to hear.”
“…a trio that is more than capable of getting the best out of what they choose to do.”
“If ever three musicians were meant together, Bright Season are it. A stunning blend of instruments and voices. Truly mesmerising.”
Ant Miles, Downend Folk Club