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In their own words…
"We want to bring folk music to life - to rescue folk and traditional music from its staid musty image. We are passionate about it - our motivation is to see you out there in the audience really enjoying yourselves at our gigs - singing, clapping and dancing.
Our music is about life. It's all there - love, hate, comedy, tragedy, sex, booze, crime, war, and heroism. Some of our songs were written and sung centuries ago - but they remain just as relevant today because under it all people, their emotions and aspirations, don't change and our music is more than anything about people."

Martin Neal
Martin is originally from Sidcup, Kent and now lives in Leicester after attending university there. As part of his course he spent a year at La Roche sur Yon in Western France where he was impressed by the amazing street music and arts scene. Whilst there he bought his first trusty Norman guitar, a B20 12 string to which he has since added a B50 12 string, imported personally from Canada. A versatile musician and self confessed perfectionist Martin has been playing guitar for twelve years

Paul McHugh
Originally hailing from Grimsby in Lincolnshire Paul now lives in Leicester. He inherits his vocal talents and love of traditional music from his grandfather who taught him many of the old songs that Norcsalordie now perform. With an amazing memory Paul carries a vast repertoire of songs in his head. Proud of his heritage Paul writes the lyrics for Norcsalordie's original material drawing upon the sometimes bloody history of the East Anglian fenlands for inspiration.

Great fans of all aspects of folk music from tragic to comic and from haunting to bawdy, Norcsalordie look outside the folk world as well as to the recognised traditionalists for their sources of inspiration. Their playlist contains all time favourites, songs you learned as a child, obscure folk songs and ballads, regional anthems, modern songs played in folk style, self penned material and all the time Martin’s relentless driving guitar and vocal harmonies underpin the music. The result is traditional English folk music delivered in an exciting contemporary style.

Oh and by the way it's pronounced Nork-sa-lordy, just don't ask us what it means.

A wide selection of Norcsalordie videos are available for viewing on YouTube

Maggie May

Preacher and the Slave

She moved through the Fair

Blaydon Races

Cursed Cornelius

Sun Arise

Over the Hills and Far Away

Wolds Maidens Lament

The Islander

Whip Jamboree

Drunken Sailor

Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

and others


"Their music is superbly performed, buoyant, catchy and individual. Their stage presence is such that it encourages the audience to take part and ‘buy in to’ their performance and image. That in itself is very rare. They have a unique take on an old fashioned style of music, which makes it both contemporary and engaging" - Andrew Franks

"Norcsalordie are a fine young duo that have the talent to take a worn out, tired old folk song, give it a good kick up the ass, a shake down and produce something sparkling and fresh" - Mick Woods

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