Tuesday, 1 March 2016

COMING YOUR WAY & NEWS

Coming Your Way

The big event for folkies is just on the horizon with the Radio2 Folk Awards coming back to the Albert Hall on April 27.

Not before time the late, great Sandy Denny is to be inducted into the hall of fame and there is also to be Lifetime Achievement Award which is yet to be announced. However, all the other nominees are listed below.
Folk Singer of the Year 
Eliza CarthyRhiannon GiddensSam LeeEmily Portman
Best Duo
Gilmore & RobertsPhillip Henry & Hannah MartinKathryn Roberts & Sean LakemanMarry Waterson & David A. Jaycock
Best Group
LeveretLynchedStick In The WheelThe Young’uns
Best Album
Damien O’Kane – Areas of High Traffic, Lynched – Cold Old Fire, The Unthanks – Mount The Air, False Lights – Salvor, Show of Hands – The Long Way Home
Horizon Award
Rosie HoodSam Kelly, Lynched, The Rheingans Sisters
Musician of the Year
Ross AinslieAndy CuttingRichard ThompsonDan Walsh
Best Original Track
The Rheingans Sisters – Mackerel, Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock – Sing Me Into Your Tune, Rufus & Martha Wainwright – Sweet Thames, Flow Softly, Spiro – The Vapourer
Best Traditional Track
Sam Lee – Lovely Molly, Ghazalaw – Moliannwn, Stick In The Wheel – Seven Gypsies, The Furrow Collective – The Unquiet Grave
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
Causeway Trio, Brighde ChaimbeulJack Cookson, Benammi Swift

Back from left Mark Woolley, Christy Lee
 and Paul Cargill. Front from left Mick Mitchell,
Mark Radcliffe, Fluff and Rusty Mabbutt
With a slightly tenuous link Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast will be in Wolverhampton at The Slade Rooms, Broad Street on St Patrick's Day March 17.
The band will be playing a wide range of covers from the world of folk along with original songs.
Tickets are £13.75 (£12.50 Ticket + £1.25 Booking Fee), are available from Midland Box Office: 0870 320 7000 or online at www.wolvescivic.co.uk

The Keston Cobblers Club will be on their Wildfire album tour and you can catch them on March 3 at the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth where they will be joined by special guest Mack Hofberg. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £12. The following night they play The Convent, Stroud again doors open 8pm and last entry is 9pm. Tickets are £12.50 plus £1.50 booking fee and there is a minimum ag of 14.  Then on March 5 they will be at The Forum, Tunbridge Wells however if you haven't got your ticket already it may be too late as the gig is sold out.
They play the Hare & Hounds, King's Heath, Birmingham on March 9, doors open at 7pm and tickets are £12.50 plus £1.25 booking fee. This is  followed by Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff on Mar 10. Proceedings begin at 7.30pm and tickets are £11. The next port of call is the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge on March 11. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £11 or £13 and subject to a 10% booking fee. It's an all seated gig and minimum age is 10. Finally they play the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal on March 12 doors open 7.30pm and tickets for the few seats that are left are £12.50 and £11.50 both subject to a £1.50 booking fee.

Renaissance music duo Ian Pittaway & Andy Casserley who are The Nightwatch will be bringing their unique style to Conquest Theatre (Folk in the Foyer), Tenbury Road, Bromyard HR7 4LL on March 11 from 7.30pm were tickets are £8 and then Number 8 Theatre, 8 High St, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 1BG on March 19 again from 7.30pm and tickets are £9.

Fay Hield who has just released her latest album Old Adam will be touring in March with the Hurricane Party beginning on the 10th at Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, the show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £17.50. From there they will head to Firth Hall, Sheffield on the 15th. Again the show starts at 7.30pm and tickets range from £5 to £16 dependant upon concessions and pre-booking. This is followed by The National Centre For Early Music, York the next night where the start time is the same and tickets are £15 or £13 with concessions. They then move on to The Witham, Barnard Castle on the 17th where the show starts are 8pm and tickets are £12 in advance and £14 on the door. Their next port of call is The Atkinson, Southport, the show starts 7.30pm and tickets cost £14 or £12 with concessions. There is a booking fee and 2 percent will be added for using a credit card. Finally on the 19th the The Convent, South Woodchester, Stroud will live stream the performance from 9pm with tickets costing £7.50.


Folk Awards nominees Stick in the Wheel are playing Winemakers Club, London (advance tickets only) on March 12. Tickets cost £10 plus £1ad the show starts 7pm. This is followed by Village Folk, Chellaston, Derby on March 18 where the doors open 7.15pm and the show starts 8pm. Tickets are £12.

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston will be bringing their sound to Mycenae House, Blackheath, London on March 4. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £12. This is followed by The Old Chapel, Alfriston BN26 5TL 01323 841 414 on the fifth. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £16.50. On March 11 you can catch them at Hernhill Village Hall, Kent ME13 9JG 01227 392560. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £11. The following night at Longwick Village Hall, Bucks HP27 9QY. Again doors open at 8pm and tickets are £11.
The duo then move on to Firbeck Village Hall, S.Yorks, S81 8JY 01709 709406 on March 18. Door times and tickets are as above. They play Shutlanger Village Hall, Nr Towcester, Northants, NN12 7RU 07941 368958 on the 19th. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £13. Then it's on to Burnetts Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Wales, SA67 8AX 01646 621530 on March 23. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £10. They then head to the West Midlands to Katie Fitzgerald's, Stourbridge. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £11 plus a booking fee. The following night they will play Stonnall Village Hall, Stonnall, Walsall on the 25th. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £11 and finally, Rudry Parish Hall, Caerphilly, Wales, CF83 3DF 07773 222625 on March 26. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £11 plus a booking fee of £1.10.


Blues and folk band Babajack will also be playing a round of gigs this month starting on March 5 at The Rose & Crown, Charlbury starting around 8.30pm. Then in The Prince Albert Music Club, Stroud on March 8 where doors open 8pm and tickets are £10. This is followed by a lunchtime gig at The Bell Inn, Bath on March 13 starting at 1pm and finally The Iron Road, Evesham on the 16th.

Hattie Briggs will be releasing a limited edition EP next month and you pre-order the disc at www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/young-runaway or by seeing her live from March 26 where she will be playing Stroud Subscription Rooms where doors open 7.30 pm and tickets are £12 in advance and £14 on the door, http://www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk/whats-on/hattie-briggs/ she will be supported by The Black Feathers.

York based buskers and rowdy band Blackbeard's Tea Party will be coming to Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury on March 11 where the show begins at 8pm and tickets are £13. The following night they play The Borderline, London and on March 12, doors open 7pm and tickets are £15 inc booking fee. There is also a minimum age of 14 for the show. You can also see them the following night (13th) at The Talking Heads, Southampton where the show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £12.


Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman who are putting together a new album have a pretty full March ahead of them starting on the fourth at Cheese and Grain, Frome where the show starts at 8pm and tickets are £14. The following night they play Marlowe Theatre Studio, Canterbury. Again the show starts 8pm and tickets are £14  including booking fee. On March 7 they are at Cambridge Junction where the show starts at 8pm and tickets are £13.50 in advance. The following night they play The Bicycle Shop, Norwich which is now sold out. The award-winning duo move on to the Village Hall Letwell, nr Worksop followed by two Glee Club gigs first in Nottingham on March 10 where the show starts at 7.45 and tickets are £12.50 and in Birmingham the following evening the show starts 8.30pm and tickets are £13.50. The husband and wife team move on to Black Duck Folk at the Village Hall, Sutton Benger on March 12 where the show starts 8pm and tickets cost £12.50 plus a booking fee. They then move on to The Brook Inn, Plymstock on the 14th. The show starts 8pm. They end the month at The Lantern, Bristol on March 23. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £13.44 including booking fee, finally they play The Spring, Havant the following night where the show starts 8pm and tickets are £16 or £14.40 with concessions. They will be supported by Kings of the South Seas

Beth Porter is bringing her particular sound with The Availables to The Stables, Milton Keynes on March 3 from 8.45pm, tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the night and there is a handling or booking fee. They then move on to play a house concert in Backwell from 7pm on the fourth, then on to The Brewhouse,  Bath on March 6 from 4pm. She is at the The Bicycle Shop, Norwich  (supporting Rachel Ries) the following night 7.30pm. Tickets are £8. Then on March 18 she will play Walcot Chapel, Bath from 7pm and then The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers from 8pm.

The Poozies also have a busy month ahead starting on March 10 Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 01227769075, doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £15 or £7.50 for students. The following night they play Huntingdon Hall, Worcester  phone 01905 611427. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £15. On March 12 they hop over to Centenary Centre, Peel on the Isle of Man. Again the show starts 8pm and tickets are £15. The following night they come back inland The Musician, Leicester, call 0116 251 0080. On Monday 14 they play Forest Folk, North Boarhunt, doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £15 for members and £12 for non members. This is followed on the 15th  at The Apex Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £16. The Theatre Severn, Shewsbury, Shropshire welcomes the band on Friday March 18, 01743 281281. The show starts 8pm and tickets cost £15. The following night you can see them at Kirkgate Arts Centre, Cockermouth, 01900 826448 from 8pm and tickets are £15 with concessions starting from £10.
At the end of the tour it will be a sad goodbye to Sally and Mairearad. Sally is touring with the reformed Fotheringay as well as doing solo gigs in and around Leicester, many for the charity LOROS. You can get a copy of her EP, Love Rat by visiting her website.


Irish songbird Cara Dillon kicks off her March gigs on the fourth at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Shaftsbury call 01747 854321. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £22.50 or £20 if you are an ars centre member. The March 11 gig at the Ram Club, Thames Ditton, has sold out but the website will post any returns, call 0208 686 9421. The following night at Blackheath Halls, London, call 020 8463 0100. The show is at 8pm and tickets are £21 or £19 with concessions and there is a £2 booking fee unless bought from the box office.
The March 18 gig at the Tithe Barn, Nailsea, 01275 790915 is also sold out but you can catch her the following night at Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £20 but there is an online booking fee. On March 20 she is at the Artrix, Bromsgrove, 01527 577330. The show starts 7.30pm and the few tickets which are left cost £20. She ends the month on the 31st at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, 028 8224 7831. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £20.

Veteran Reg Meuross is launching his new album at several venues starting in London on March 3 at the Green Note Cafe, Camden. The show starts 8.30pm and tickets cost £10. The following night is the West Country Launch at the Village Pump, Trowbridge. He will be supported by Bryony McGinty and the show starts 8pm with tickets £8. On March 15 he will be playing a charity gig with Anna Tanvir (harp) which starts at 5pm at the Creation Congregational ChurchCrediton and finally on March 25 the North of England Launch is at the Ukranian Centre, Doncaster.

Four Square will be embarking on their album promotion run called The Fuel Tour. They kick off on March 5 at  Mellor Brook Community Centre, Lancs where the show starts 8pm and tickets are £12 or £13.85 if bought through the online ticket agency. They then go on to play at The Forge, Camden on March 8. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £12 or £10 with concessions. Next it's on to the Canteen, Bristol on March 10 and the following night they play Hanger Farm Arts Southampton. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £12 or £10 for concessions. On March 15 you can catch them at Dartford Folk Club followed the next night at The Lamb Folk Club, Eastbourne.
On St Patrick's Day they play Alexander's Chester where the show starts 8pm and tickets are £7 including booking fee. The band then move on to The Ram Folk Club, Thames Ditton on March 18. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £10 for members and £12 for non-members. Then if you fancy a trip to the continent on the 20th they move on to the Netherlands to play De Compangie, Veghel Netherlands and the following night they appear at Meneer Frits, Eindhoven.. They come back to Blighty on March 26 to play The Temperance Hall, Ireleth, Cumbria. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £8, £4 for under-18s and £18.50 for a family ticket, which admits four one of whom must be a child and all the ticket prices will incur a booking charge when booked online.


Birmingham based singer/songwriter, Dan Whitehouse, will be heading out on a Spring tour supporting Eddi Reader for most of it. On March 25 he opens at City Varieties, Leeds. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £24.10 which includes booking fee. They move on to The Sage, Gateshead on March 26 where the show starts 8pm and tickets are £24.50 including booking fee. Then on the 27th he plays the Memorial Hall, Sheffield. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £24.75 and may incur a booking charge. At the Green Note Cafe, London he comes out supporting award-winning Scot, Kris Drever who plays three nights at the venue all of which are sold out. Whitehouse is then back on stage with Reader at Komedia, Bath on March 29. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £23.50. He finishes the month at The Arts Centre, Newbury. Doors open 7.45 and tickets are £23.50.

Bella Hardy will be getting some miles under her belt when she starts her March tour on the 24th at The Tolbooth, Stirling which starts at 8pm, tickets are £13 and £11. She then moves on to Montrose Folk Club on March 25 with the show beginning at 8pm and tickets £11. Then she is off to Eastgate Arts Centre where the show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14, £12 and £6 for schoolchildren. This is followed by a show at The North Wall, Oxford on March 30 with the show starting at 8pm and tickets are £14 or £12 concessions and there is £1 booking fee. Hardy then sees out the month at The Forge at the Anvil, Basingstoke on the 31st. The show starts 7.45pm and tickets are £16 or £14 concessions including a booking fee.


Peter Knight's Gigspanner is coming to the Midlands on March 3 when they play Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, call 01905 611427. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £16.50. The following night you can see them at All Saints Church, Wokingham. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14. On Saturday March 5 they play All Hallows Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, call 01159 821710/ 07973 286720. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. This is followed on March 6 at Manor Farm Parlour Concert, Ardley, Oxon where the show starts 8pm. They come to The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere on March 11, call 015394 88444. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £16 or £14 if you are a friend of the venue.
On Saturday March 12 their gig at Carperby Village Hall, N Yorks, is sold out. However, the following day they play The Guildhall, Preston where the show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £13.50.
They play The Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House, Buxton on Wednesday March 16, call 01298 72190. The show starts7.30pm and tickets are £17.50 but there are concessions available. They then move on to The ACT, Hinckley, Leics on March 17, call 01455 631609 or 07577 444366. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £14 for non-members and £13 for members. You can see them at Key Studio at Vivacity, Peterborough on March 18, call 01733 207239. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £15 including booking fee. The following night, March 19, they play The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, call 01986 873285. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14. Then the band move on to Hitchin Folk Club, Sun Hotel, Hitchin for their gig on March 20. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £12 members and £14 non-members.
On Monday March 21 they play Colchester Arts Centre, call 01206 500900. Doors open 7.45pm and tickets are £12 and £10 concessions. This is followed on the 22nd at Dartford Folk Club, 01322 222553. Then on Thursday March 24 they will perform at The Convent, Stroud, Glos, call 01453 835138. Doors open 8pm and tickets are £15 plus £1.75 booking fee.
Two dates at The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall on March 25 and Maker-with-Rame Community Hall, Kingsand, Cornwall on March 26 have both been postponed until later in the year so check their website for updates. On the last day of the month they play The Alexander Centre, Faversham, call 01795 594460. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £16.50.

Another group of veterans of the folk scene, The Fureys, are heading out on tour in March starting on the fourth at the Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl, call 01745 330 000 moving on to The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield the following night, call 01246 345 222. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £19.50 and £18 with concessions.
They move further North on March 6 to play City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds, call 0113 243 0808. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £22 and £21 including booking fee.
On March 8 they play Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe, call 0844 854 2776. Again the show starts 7.30pm and tickets are are £19. They then move on to St Helens and the Theatre Royal on March 9, call 01744 756 000. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £18.50. Then it's on to Coronation Hall, Ulverston on March 10, call 01229 587 140. Show again starts 7.30pm and tickets are £18 and £17. On March 11 they can be seen performing at The Village Hall, Chipping on March 11, call 01995 61364. The following night they play the Spa Theatre, Bridlington, call 01262 678 258. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £19. This is followed on March 13 at The Playhouse, Alnwick, call 01665 510 785. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets range from £19.50 to £17.50. Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles hosts the band on March 15, call 01721 725 777. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £18 or £10 for schoolchildren. Whitehaven Golf Club welcomes them on March 16, call 0774 947 5655 or email Sian siankeekle@yahoo.com. The band then move on to Brunton Hall, Musselburgh on March 17, call  0131 665 2240. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £18.50 or £20.50. Then on March 18 they play FTH Falkirk, Falkirk, call 01324 506 850. Again the show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £19.
On Saturday March 19 they play the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, call 0141 332 1846. It's another 7.30pm start and tickets range from £18 to £20. The band finishes the month on Sunday March 20 at Buccleuch Arts Centre, Langholm, call 01387 381 196. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £19 and £17 with concessions.



News

The Bromyard Folk Festival, which will run from September 9 to 11, has announced some of its line up for this year's event which so far includes Oysterband, Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys, Jez Lowe, Rusty Shackle, The Young'uns, Les Barker, Keith Donnelly. Also on the bill are, Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, Granny's Attic, Inlay, Winter Wilson, She Shanties, Two Coats Colder, BarlowCree, Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman,  Georgia Lewis,  Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Dave Bordewey, Young & Gittens, Jim Mageean,  Tuneworks, Graeme Knights, Arthur Mills & The Black Eyed Fridays, NYFTE,  The Julie July Band and there is still more to come.

Edd Donovan & the Wandering Moles is in the last stages of putting their second album together. The album is called Making Mountains (Vol 1.) and will be released in early Summer on Paper Records Label. It will include new tracks plus songs and tunes which have been well received in their live performances.
Edd and the Moles will be coming back to The Convent, South Woodchester for the official release show on Saturday April 18 where you'll be able to get a copy of the album ahead of the official public release date. It’s going to be a special performance with a nine-piece band, the whole extended Wandering Moles collective, that define the mountainous sound of the album.


Other bands and artists who are releasing albums in the near future include Claire Hastings on April 29. The winner of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the year 2015 will release her debut album Between River and Railway on Luckenbooth Records.

Former Horizon Award nominees Pilgrim's Way are releasing their first album for five years. Red Diesel is due out on March 18 and if you think you are not going to get your money's worth then on the album they play 40 instruments between the four-piece band.

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc release their second album Deliverance on April 1. The band is Norwegian Olav Luksengard Mjelva, Kevin Henderson from Shetland and Swede Anders Hall. The album will be released on NFB Records and distributed through Proper Music and Highlander.

Robert Lane releases Ends and Starts on March 26 and if  you want to catch him live he is at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, supporting Kelly Oliver on March 21 and will be launching his album at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on the 26th.

Dallahan will be releasing their second album, Matter of Time, next month on April 11. They will be touring throughout April, May and July.

Award-winning Breabach will be releasing their new and fifth album Astar on March 11. The band have spent five years touring and the tracks on the disc are inspired by the people and places they have seen. They are on tour throughout march and check their website for dates.

The Paul McKenna Band is marking its 10th anniversary with the release of their fourth album, Paths That Wind which has been produced by John McCusker and features Mike Vass and James Lindsay. The band will touring next month.