Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Coming Your Way

The Second City has some impressive shows coming up this month, Eddi Reader will be performing at the Town Hall. The former Fairground Attraction singer has built an impressive solo career and will be bringing her talents to Birmingham on October 10. 

Eddi Reader will play the Town Hall
Her new five song  EP Back the Dogs is due for release next month. The Show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £22.50 plus transaction fee which is £3 + £1 if posted.
This applies to all ticket sales except where bought in person from the venues. You can contact the box office on 0121 780 4949. Findlay Napier is Reader's special guest.
At the same venue a week later on the 17th is the incredibly talented and in demand Seth Lakeman who takes to the stage as part of his extensive tour promoting his latest album Word of Mouth. Lakeman is also touring Denmark and his British leg includes special guest Kim Churchill from Australia. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets, which are selling fast, are £19.50 and £23.50 plus transaction fee (see above)

Also coming to the ornate city centre venue on the 19th are the ever popular singers Fisherman's Friends. The shanty experts from Port Issac will be on stage at 7.30pm and tickets are £21.50 plus the standard transaction fee.

The Red Lion Folk Club, Vicarage Road, King's Heath, Birmingham is playing host to award-winners The Roving Crows on October 1. Tickets are £11 and doors open at 7.15 for a 7.45pm. The Celtic rock group released their third album Deliberate Distractions last year.
At the same venue on the 8th accordionist and poet Jim Causley and Lukas Drinkwater take to the stage. Tickets are again £11 and all shows start at the same time unless otherwise stated. Next year Causley will be recording his first album of entirely original songs.
On October 15 the inspirational and legendary Nic Jones and Joe Jones are playing there. Tickets are £18. All female group The Shee bring their act to the club on the 22nd. Doors open 7.15pm and shows start 7.45pm. Please also note there is a 10% booking fee on tickets. The Shee can also be seen performing at The Guildhall in Lichfield on October 18, tickets are £15 or £13.50 for members and the show starts at 8pm.

The MAC in Birmingham welcomes Vashti Bunyan on October 7. Now living in Scotland Bunyan brings her sound along with her story of life, disillusionment and rediscovery to the MAC theatre. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £18 and £16 with concessions. Radio2 Folk Award nominees Faustus are coming to the same venue on the 10th. The trio who have been together since 2006 will be on stage at 8pm. Tickets are £13 or £11 with concessions.

Jim Causley is at the Red Lion Folk Club
With his new eponymous album recently released Black Country bluesman and acoustic guitar player Sunjay Brayne is touring but he will be supporting Dire Straits bass player John Illsley at the Robin2, Bilston, Wolverhampton on October 2. Advance tickets are £15 or £17 on the night. Brayne will be fronting his own show at Newhampton Folk Club in the upper room of the Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans,Wolverhampton on October 11. The show starts 8.30pm. Brayne will be supported by Eddy Morton. Tickets are £8 in advance or £9 on the night.
If you can't make it then you can also catch his act at Common Folk which is held at Pelsall Cricket Club, Walsall Road, Pelsall, Brayne is performing there on October 23 at 8.30pm.

The Carrivick Sisters are having a busy time and South Devon twins Laura and Charlotte will be gracing the Derby Folk Festival on October 4, the festival runs from the 3rd to the 5th. The following day the siblings will be playing at Hayfest Hayfield, Derbyshire which runs on the same dates. Also appearing at the festival are award winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.
On October 9 the sisters are playing  SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle, Shropshire and tickets are £10 with the show starting at 7.30pm. Then on November 16 you can catch them at The Guildhall, Lichfield Arts Centre Lichfield, Staffordshire. Tickets are £11 or £9.90 for members.

Midlands outfit The Old Dance School can be found at The Musician, Leicester on October 22. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night, however if you book through WeGotTickets then there is a 10% booking fee added. The show starts 8pm.
The following night they play the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, tickets are £12 but there is a 10% discount for friends of the theatre and the show starts at 8pm. TODS will be bringing their particular sound to Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham on the 29th where tickets are advertised at £12 but buying online will incur booking fees. The show starts at 7.45pm. The following night the band make their way up to The Mill., Banbury. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £15 or £13 with concessions. Call the box office on 01295 279002.

Alun Parry is coming to Staffordshire
Liverpudlian singer, activist and Woody Guthrie fanatic Alun Parry will be playing Unicorn Folk Club which meets in the function room of The Bradford Arms, Ivetsy Bank, Wheaton Aston, Staffs, ST19 9QT on Friday, October 24. The show starts at 8:30pm and tickets are £4. The club is also playing host to Stourbridge musicians Kim Lowings and the Greenwood Friday October 10.

The Kitchen Garden cafe in King's Heath, Birmingham has a really impressive line up for this month with Manchester's 4Square playing there on October 1. Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the night but booking online will incur a fee. Show starts at 8pm.
One of the more original acts which is appearing there is The Hut People from Yorks. If you have never seen them before then you are in for a real treat. The duo of Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond play the cafe on October 5. Tickets are £8 in advance and the show starts 8pm.
The following night  Maz O'Connor will be performing there. O'Connor released her album This Willowed Light earlier this year. Tickets are £9 in advance and the show starts 8pm. Then on the 12th you can catch Scottish singer and composer Kate Young who releases her debut album Swimmings of the Head on October 10. Tickets are £5 in advance and will incur a booking fee when bought online. 
Radio2 Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker are due on stage there on Sunday October 19 where they will be supported by Kim Lowings and the Greenwood. Tickets are £8 in advance with the show starting at 8pm. On October 26 the venue plays host to Caddy Cooper tickets are £6 in advance and the show starts at 8pm.

Folk circuit veterans Oysterband are playing as part of Lichfield Festival of Folk on Saturday October 25 in the city's cathedral. Call 01543 262 223 doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £19.50

If you want to hear some heavenly harmonies then don't miss The Staves on October 26 when they play Institute Temple, Birmingham. The trio have a new EP out called Blood I Bled. Tickets are £12 but subject to a transaction fee of 10%. The show starts at 7pm.
Seth Lakeman will be in Birmingham

The impressive collection of musicians which make up The Full English will be performing on Halloween at Warwick Arts Centre on Friday October 31. The band made up of Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Ben Nicholls, Rob Harbron and Sam Sweeney will be performing in the Butterworth Hall and the show starts 8pm. Tickets are £17.50 + £1 booking fee. Please note the venue cannot accept American Express cards at this time.

The Woodman Folk Club which meets on Fridays at the Ashwood Marina, Ashwood Lane, Kingswinford is welcoming the trio Jaywalkers on Friday October 10. Jay, Mike and Lucy will be bringing the own particular take on bluegrass and folk to the club from 8.30pm. Tickets are £8 for members and £9 for non-members.


Album releases to look out for this month include Pantomime Cannon from Threepenny Bit who are an eight piece folk orchestra from Hampshire. This is their third album of traditional and self-penned tunes and songs and is available now from their website.

Five piece band The Willows release their Amidst Fiery Skies on October 6. The Cambridge outfit have put together their second album which is released by Elk Records and distributed by Proper Music. The Willows will be playing The Musician, Leicester on October 2. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night.

The compilation album which marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One features artists such as Bella Hardy, The Young Uns, Katriona Gilmore and Tom Oakes among many others. The album is in aid of the Poppy Appeal and is released on the Haystack Record label on October 13.

In The Wake of Neil Gunn is the new album from Mike Vass. The collection from the Scottish composer and fiddle player was inspired by a book he read while recovering from Lymes disease. The album is released on October 20 by Unroofed Records.