Thursday, 20 February 2014

COMING YOUR WAY

Award Winners

Winners of the best duo at this year's  Radio2 Folk Awards, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are heading to the Midlands in March.

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin receiving their award
The West Country pair have made a fantastic leap in the folk world considering that not long ago they were unearthed, by Steve Knightley of Show of Hands, busking on Sidmouth seafront and in pubs as part of the town's folk festival.
So it was no coincidence they received their award from Knightley and fellow Show of Handser Phil Beer.
They will be coming  fresh from their award-winning appearance at the Royal Albert Hall to play at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Birmingham on March 30 with doors opening at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10. Henry and Martin, who are based in Exeter, beat off some stiff competition, to bag the award, in the form of fellow nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Jenderson and Catrin Finch and Seckjou Keita.

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The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0gbZylhi0g
Close Your Eyes www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ9rleG4NVY

Sticking with the Folk Awards one of the other nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker will be playing The Kitchen Garden venue this Sunday March 2. Tickets are £8 in advance either from the cafe or www.wegottickets.com. Show starts at 8pm and doors open 7.30pm.

The Carrivick Sisters
The following night, Monday March 3, the cafe plays host to The Carrivick Sisters. Identical twins Charlotte and Laura from South Devon will be playing their own bluegrass sounds as well as few selected covers. Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the night. Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts 8pm. Tickets available from the cafe or www.wegottickets.com.

On Tuesday March 11 versatile and thoroughly entertaining trio Lady Maisery take to the stage at the Birmingham venue. Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans will be bringing their own particular harmonies and dance moves from 8pm. Tickets are £10 and available from the cafe or www.wegottickets.com. Doors open 7.30pm.

Anais Mitchell
Moving to the centre of Birmingham on Wednesday March 5 the Glee Club will be playing host to another Folk Awards winner of best traditional track. Anais Mitchell from the US. Anais performed the winning song Willie of Winsbury at the Radio2 awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall . Tickets are £13 which includes a £1 booking fee and doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7.45pm. Ned Roberts will be in support.

At the same venue on Wednesday 26 will be The Webb Sisters. The Kentish girls Charley and Hattie will be supported by Sam Semple. Tickets are £13 including a £1 booking fee and doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7.45pm. The Glee Club box office number is 0871 472 0400.

The Red Lion folk club in Kings Heath, Birmingham welcomes singer/songwriter and Radio2 Folk Awards nominee for Best Original Song Chris Woods on Wednesday March 5. Advance tickets for members are £13 and for non members £14, if booked online there is a £1.40 booking fee.
On the following Wednesday, March 12, the club welcomes guitarist Sam Carter with special guest fiddle player Sam Sweeney who was a nominee for Musician of the Year at the Folk Awards. Tickets in advance for members are £12 for non-members £13 and if booked online £14.30 including 10% booking fee.

Another duo will be playing at the venue on Wednesday March 19. Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow from Yorkshire who will be supported by Chris Quinn. Advance tickets for members are £12, £13 for non members and if booked online £14.30 which includes a 10% booking fee..
Doors open at 7.15pm and the shows starts 7.45pm. For tickets either log on to the club's site or www.wegottickets.com.

Folk rock legends Fairport Convention will be playing Town Hall, Birmingham on Tuesday March 4. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £24 plus a £2.50 transaction fee which will be charged on all sales except where bought from the venue or Symphony Hall in person. Call the box office on 0121 780 4949.

They have been going in one form or another for more than 50 years and there is no sign of them stopping any time soon. Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Patsy Watchorn and Gerry O’Connor carry on The Dubliners legacy as The Dublin Legends on Friday March 7. The Town Hall show starts at 8pm and tickets are £25 plus £2.50 transaction fee. Call the box office on 0121 780 4949.


Rodriguez
The search for Sugarman is over and he is appearing at the Symphony Hall on Tuesday March 11. The rediscovered Rodriguez is coming to Birmingham for the first time as part of his Searching for Sugarman tour. The cult singer/songwriter will be supported by classical guitarist Chloe Charles. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £29.50 plus the £2.20 transaction fee. Call the box office on 0121 780 4949.

On Saturday March 15 the wonderfully ornate Town Hall welcomes self taught virtuoso Andy McKee. Andy will be performing two sets without support. Tickets are £19.50 plus the £2.50 transaction fee and the show starts at 8pm. Call the box office on 0121 780 4949.

Appropriately enough on St Patrick's Day, Monday March 17, Birmingham Symphony Hall brings together two legends of Irish folk music. Lifetime achievement winners at the BBC2 Folk Awards Clannad will be sharing a stage with Mary Black perhaps the most famous and successful of the family musical dynasty. Tickets are £28.50 or £32.50 plus the £2.50 transaction fee. Call the box office on 0121 780 4949.
The Second City is offering an alternative at the Town Hall on the same night in the form of  fellow legends Tom Paxton and Janis Ian and will be sharing the stage with acclaimed musician Robin Bullock. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £26.50 plus the £2.50 transaction fee. Call the box office on 0121 780 4949.

Jim Causley
In Wolverhampton the Newhampton Folk Club, which meets in the upper room of the Newhampton pub, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, welcomes Devon accordionist Jim Causley who is no stranger to the Folk Awards either. He is well known on the folk circuit playing alongside some of the biggest names on the scene. The show starts at 8.30pm. For tickets, which are £8 in advance or £10 on the door, call 01902 820958 or 340603 or email: dlmaher50@yahoo.com for details.

Wolverhampton welcomes founder members of Bellowhead on what is their last tour as a duo. John Spiers and Jon Boden will be taking to the stage at the city's Wulfrun Hall on Tuesday March 18. The duo will be supported by Black Country blues/acoustic singer Sunjay Brayne who is fresh from his supporting run with Steeleye Span. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £16.50 which includes a 10% booking fee that applies however you buy your tickets including in person.