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Carrivick Sisters

4**** Q Magazine

“The Carrivick Sisters and Boden & Spiers offer up some of the delights of British folk music but The Carrivick Sisters are pick of the crop. There's is so much good American folk and country music that sometimes some fine homegrown music can easily be overlooked. The Carrivick Sisters play a variety of bluegrass instruments (essentially guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and fiddle) and although they are still only 21, From The Fields is their fourth CD - and very enjoyable it is too.” Martin Chilton, The Daily Telegraph

“Comparisons to Alsion Krauss & Union Station would not be out of place, for they are that good, swapping lead vocals and playing Dobro, mandolin and the rest like hardened veterans, but it’s the English folk influences they bring to their music that give them a unique sound.” R2 Magazine (Rock ‘N’ Reel) 4 **** review

“Formidable multi-instrumental skills and songwriting, maturing at such a steep curve they’ll soon be orbiting far beyond anyone else” Q Magazine 4 **** review

“Jaw-droppingly talented… The headline is that this is fantastic work and I'd urge anyone to get hold of the album or take the chance to see them play….this new album is music of full maturity, capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with pretty much any album I've heard in the last few years”.  Flying Shoes review of ‘From The Fields’ “They are at their best singing together, but the way they play all of the bluegrass instruments is almost frightening. Their fiddle, mandolin and vocal work on their songs ‘Now I know’ is almost too hot for comfort. So young, so much talent.” John Atkin, Froots Nov/Dec 2011

“Charlotte’s guitar playing on ‘Today is a Good Day’ is simply breathtaking and the wonderfully swaying ‘Song of the Night’ has traces of the McGarrigles about it and equally cements their already growing reputation as masterful songwriters.” Americana UK

"I am very impressed by The Carrivick Sisters, one of the best young duos I’ve ever heard. The girls sing and play as one and their work is characterised by great musicality. They are not only very talented instrumentalists and singers but they write really good songs as well." Ralph McTell

“Demonstrating rare instrumental and vocal superiority that puts their colleagues to shame… this is one duo which is going places.”   Maverick Magazine 5***** review

“Is there anything these young ladies can't do?”  Folk & Acoustic Music

“The Carrivick Sisters keep turning in album after album of bluegrass blood harmonies to die for…Indulge your eardrums with a luxurious treat” FATEA - July 2011

“Great gig last night, absolutely fantastic performance and a sell out show” Manager,  Watermark Theatre

 Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They have performed both in the UK and internationally.

Both sisters have had varied musical influences. Laura started out with Classical violin at 10 but was soon more interested in folk music, playing along to Chieftains CD’s. Charlotte also started out classically, but in her case with guitar. Charlotte picked up the mandolin a few years later and in 2003 they attended the ‘Sore Fingers’ bluegrass course. This was where Laura first heard the dobro, which she started playing a year later. In recent months Charlotte has taken up the clawhammer banjo, sometimes bringing a more old timey feel to their sound.

They recorded their first CD 'My Own Two Feet' five years ago at home. Their second CD, "Better Than 6 Cakes" was recorded at Modern World Studios in September 2007 and attracted great critical acclaim. That year they even won the South West Buskers and Street Entertainers Competition and are four times winners of BBC 3’s Upstage Talent Show. Their third CD - “Jupiter’s Corner” - was released in early 2009. It was mixed by Joe Rusby at Pure Studios and received rave reviews including a 5* review in Maverick Magazine. Also during 2009 they were invited to SxSW in Texas, toured in Canada and Europe and later in the year played alongside Martin Simpson, Ralph McTell, Eliza Carthy, Show of Hands, The Coal Porters, Po’Girl, Uncle Earl and Curved Air amongst others.

Starting 2010 as runners-up in the BBC Young Folk Awards, Laura and Charlotte went on to play at major venues throughout the country, headlining in their own right but also sharing bills with such names as The Quebe Sisters, Sara Watkins and Crooked Still. That summer they managed to fit in 26 festival appearances including The London International Guitar Festival, Glastonbury, Llangollen Eistedffod and a whole host of folk festivals. Other highlights included a live session on BBC’s Womans Hour and several regional TV and radio appearances.

In October 2010 the Devon twins went into the studio again with Joe Rusby and several top musicians including BJ Cole to record their 4th album ‘From the Fields‘ and this outstanding CD was released to huge acclaim in spring 2011. In October 2011, Laura and Charlotte set up the Bath Bluegrass School with John Breese and this is already proving to be a huge success.

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From The Edge -   October 7th 2013

From The Fields - 2011

Jupiter’s Corner – 2009

Better Than 6 Cakes – 2007

My Own Two Feet – 2006

Selected Performances 2013

Gainsborough Old Time Festival

The Stables

Cornerstone Art Centre

Ashcroft Art centre

Limelight Theatre

Dartmouth Festival

St Georges, Bristol

Colston Hall, Bristol

Wimborne Festival

Lamar Tree


Purbeck Festival

Selected Performances 2012

St George’s Bristol

Forest Arts Centre

Kirkgate Arts Centre

Knaresborough Theatre

Beverley Festival

Bath Americana Festival

Diddmarton Bluegrass Festival

Air in G (Rural Touring)

Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

Tours to Europe & Ireland 


2011 Selected Performances

Chester Folk Festival

Cambridge Festival

Brussels Folk Club             

Glastonbury Festival

Nettlebed Folk Club

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Broadstairs Folk Festival

Purbeck Festival

The Courthouse, Hereford

2010 Selected Performances

BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’

International Guitar Festival, London

Glastonbury Festival

St Ives Summer Festival

Llangollen Eistedffod, Wales

Saltburn International Festival

Ards International Guitar Festival, Ireland

2009 Selected Performances

Vancouver Island Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Festival

Harrison Festival, British Columbia

European World of Bluegrass Festival

Teaching and Education

As well as performing together, Laura and Charlotte also offer workshops on individual instruments (mandolin, guitar, fiddle and dobro). Having taught both from home and for the BBMA (British Bluegrass Music Association) as well as at a number of festivals the Carrivick Sisters have experience teaching a wide range of abilities and age groups. They have also visited schools, presenting folk and bluegrass music in an engaging and child friendly way.   

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