Sunday, 30 August 2015




As the dust settles on Shrewsbury Folk Festival the next big Midlands gathering is Moseley Folk Festival which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Scott Matthews has been added to the bill
Some of the biggest names in folk and the wider music world has graced the stages of the festival in the Birmingham suburb over the past 10 years. They have included The Waterboys, Ocean Colour Scene, Echo & The Bunnymen, Billy Bragg and Richard Thompson.
This year's festival, which runs from Friday September 4 to Sunday 6, will continue the tradition of bringing some of the best known musicians to the Second City. The line up this year has just added Wolverhampton singer Scott Matthews and includes SpiritualizedAnna Calvi, John Smith, Du Blonde, The Pictish Trail, Blossoms, and Jo Summers. There will also be IdlewildGaz Coombes, The Cadbury Sisters, Sivu, Andy Shauf and Eliza Shaddad.
The festival has pulled one out the hat for the closing night with The Monkees which will be two original members Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz, they will join The Unthanks, folk legends Martin Carthy &Dave Swarbrick, Goodnight Lenin and Josienne Clarke &Ben Walker.
The full line up is:
Spiritualized, Scott Matthews, Anna Calvi, Du Blonde, John Smith, Blossoms, The Merrylees, Pictish Trail, The Lost Brothers, Charlie Cunningham, The Vryll Society, Joseph Summers, Mike Bethel, Ministry For The Interior, The Strangest Feeling, Peters & Dog, Andy Wickett & World Service and Balsall Heathens.
Idlewild, Gaz Coombes, Dawes, False Lights, Olivia Chaney, Eliza Shaddad, Houndstooth, Abi Budgen, Sivu, Andy Shauf, Stick In The Wheel, The Cadbury Sisters, Wooden Arms, Stylusboy, Harper's Ferry, Joanne Rowe and Eleanor Dattani & The LEDS
The Monkees, Polyphonic Spree, The Unthanks, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, Goodnight Lenin, Joseinne Clarke & Ben Walker, Peacock Angell, Stephen Steinbrink, Aaron Fyfe, Cut A Shine, Twelfth Day, David Campbell, Michael King, Stuart Caley, Kim Lowings & The Greenwood, Dan Hartland, Thea Hopkins, The Lost Notes and Bonfire Radicals.

Staying in the Second City the MAC welcomes three folk heavyweights in Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr on Saturday September 19. The show in the theatre starts at 8pm and tickets are £17 or £15 with concessions.

On September 23, The Red Lion Folk Club, King's Heath, host A Brief History of Music - Blast from the Past with Chris Irving providing support. Tickets are £11 for members and £1 extra for non-members. Doors open at 7.15pm and show starts 7.45. Then on September 30 Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver come to the venue with support from The Dovetail Trio, tickets and times are as above.

The Kitchen Garden Cafe in King's Heath, which is also involved in the Moseley festival, has a busy month with Dubliner John Doyle playing the cosy venue on Sunday September 13. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £10 and may incur a booking fee if done online.
Cardboard Fox
The following Tuesday, September 15 the venue welcomes Bob Dylan & The History of Rock 'n' Roll which is a one-man-show by Michael Gray, author of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia and Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan again doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £12.
On Sunday September 20 Red Shoes play the cafe the bring the special blend of tales woven a wide range of music and voices which are drawn from a pretty good selection of musical genres. Doors open 7.30pm for and 8pm start and tickets are £10
Next day Monday September 21 the cafe plays host to Cardboard Fox. The winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut this four-piece band of  Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters), Joe Tozer and John Breese have their roots in bluegrass music.
Doors again open 7.30pm for an 8pm start and tickets are £10.

Not wanting to be left out Nottingham is staging the first ever Robin Hood Folk Festival. The event organised by promoter and manager Robert Stevenson is being staged at picturesque and majestic Newstead Abbey on September 4-6th.
The line up includes Eric Andersen who will be giving a special VIP concert on the Thursday before the festival starts. There are 90 tickets at £40 which includes champagne and canapes and the funds will go to the restoration of the abbey. Anderson will be playing two sets of songs inspired by Byron's poems and as a bonus the audience will go off in groups of 20 to have a private tour of the Abbey.
The Moulettes
The line up is as follows:
Robin Hood & The Sheriff of Nottingham, D.H. Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, The Hut People, Terry & Gerry, Heg & The Wolf Chorus and Oysterband.
Bric-a-Brac,  MoiraiKate In The KettleThe Long Mondays, Martin Simpson, Ben ReelMoulettesElliott MorrisEric AndersenGreg Russell & Ciaran AlgarBoat To RowJohn Spiers and Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band.
There will of course also be plenty of other activities including arts and crafts and archery workshops along with plenty of traditional food and drink.
Tickets for the festival range from £27, full weekend tickets range from £90 (plus £15 camping fee) and are available from the festival website or the Nottingham Tourism Centre, Long Row, Nottingham.

Another folk festival being held this month is Stroud's which runs from Friday September 18 until Sunday September 20. The festival is set over several venues in the Gloucestershire town and features an impressive list of workshops covering almost every aspect of folk music, dancing and singing.
The event will feature New Rope String Band, legend Steve Tilston, Lisbee Stainton and 2015 BBC folk awards winner Hattie Briggs.

Heading towards Wales another standout festival which will be getting under way this month is Bromyard Folk Festival which runs from September 11-13.
Granny's Attic
The line includes Sharon Shannon, Breabach, Gerry Colvin Band, John Doyle, New Rope String Band, The Young’uns, Emma Sweeney, Allan Yn Y Fan, The Hut People, Speldosa
Granny’s Attic, Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley, Mick Ryan and Paul Downes, Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman, Keith Donnelly, Niamh Boadle, Vera van Heeringen, Flossie Malavialle, Ursula Holden-Gill, Peter and Barbara Snape, Bordewey/Young Band, Roisin Ban, Dr Sunshine, Flos and Friends, David SwannThe Bounty Hounds, Tunewrights, Gareth Lee and Annie Baylis, Tom Lewis, Floot Street, Pete Rhys, Barry Goodman, Graeme Knights, Kristy Gallacher, Jim Mageean, Speake and Lowe, Kiss The Mistress and The Falconers.
Fans wanting to see Simon Fowler’s Merrymouth will be disappointed to learn he can no longer make the festival weekend.

Coming back to the West Midlands The Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford will be back after its summer break and on September 18 the Ashwood Marina venue welcomes Mike Wilson & Damien Barber. Both of these musicians come with a great folk pedigree. The show starts 8.30 and entry is £9 for members and £10 for non-members.
The following week, September 25 the club welcomes Liz Simcock where again the show starts 8.30pm and entry is £6 for members and £7 for non members.

Award-winners Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar will be playing the Stafford Gatehouse on Monday September 7. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are £10, plus a 50p per ticket booking fee, up to
8 tickets in one transaction.

Shropshire outfit Whalebone are continuing their Seasons tour with more dates this month which are
Saturday September 5 at Churchover Community Centre, Warwickshire, Friday September 11 Kingstone Village Hall, Herefordshire,, Saturday September 12 Shustoke Village Hall, Warks. Friday September 25 Salford Priors Memorial Hall, Worcs, Saturday September 26 Glasbury (Radnor) Village Hall.
Another Shropshire venue Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury is hosting duo Paper Aeroplanes on Sunday September 13 unfortunately the gig is sold out.


Albums which are being released this month include the long-awaited follow up album to Live at Calstock from Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin which is Watershed which is released on September 25.
On the same date Mountain Meeting is released the new album from Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottoson.
Stafford musician Frank Ryan has released a new album inspired by the search for his ancestors. Blood & Water is available by contacting Frank on
Scottish musician Ross Ainslie releases his new album Remembering on Great White Records.
Blackmore's Night release their new album All Our Yesterdays on September 18 through Frontiers Music.
Stourbridge bluesman Sunjay Brayne is in the last stages of putting his new album together under the production of Eddy Morton who has recently also released his own album Rainbow Man and been hands on with Tipton musician Gary O'Dea's new album Fly.
Also from Stourbridge Kim Lowings & The Greenwood have their new album in the pipeline and you can catch them at the Moseley Folk Festival (see above).

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