Sunday, 1 January 2017



Hello and Happy New Year to everyone! Many thanks to all those who followed, commented, shared, contacted and read Folkall throughout 2016. I hope you will continue to do so in 2017. I am reintroducing the "what's on" section of the blog which unfortunately was unsustainable during the first year of our new life here in Ireland. Thankfully most of the changes with our new home and land are in place and hopefully that will allow more time to produce a regular monthly listings and news page. If you have any news, information, albums, DVDs or books which you would like to be reviewed and publicised on Folkall then please do get in touch either by email at, on facebook at or on twitter at  Folkall would like to wish all musicians, singers, performers, publicists and all those involved in keeping the great tradition of folk music alive every success over the coming year.  Regards Danny


Renowned singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph will be touring for most of January including a gig as guest of EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House.

Martyn Joseph
He kicks off his new year on January 18 playing  The Lantern@Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
Tel: 0844 887 1500. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £18.27 including booking fee. The following night he moves on to play Cecil Sharp House,  2 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 7AY. Doors open 7pm and show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £16 or £10 for those under 26. There is also a £2 booking fee.
On January 20 he will be playing at  Clair Hall, Perrymount Rd, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN
Tel: 01444 455440. There is a link to the website but it gives very little information about the event. Joseph then moves on to Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle St, Bridgwater TA6 3DD on January 21
Tel: 01278 422700. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £16 or £15 for members and concessions.
He is off to Derby on January 26 to play the Guildhall Theatre, Market Place, Derby. Tel: 01332 255800. The show starts 8pm and tickets are £16.25 or £14.25 with concessions.
It's over to the Midlands on January 27 to play the Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY3 8FT. Tel: 01743 281281. Shows starts 8pm and tickets are £17 with a 10% discount for friends of the venue.
Joseph then heads south on January 28 to The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU
Tel: 01908 280800. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £18 with a £2.80 booking fee and a further £1.80 fee if booked online.
To round the month off, on January 29, he will be appearing at The Brook, 466 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 3SD. Tel: 023 8055 5366. Doors open 7.30pm with the show starting approx 8pm. Tickets are £16 in advance or £18 on the night.

The English Folk Dance and Song Society(EFDSS) will be running a fantastic array of events at Cecil Sharp House throughout the first month of 2017 one of which is a talk from academic Angela McShane entitled Drink, Song and Politics in Early Modern England.
McShane has published several works including papers on political broadside ballads; the domestication of politics, and on 'political' drinking in seventeenth century England. The presentation is on January 11 from 7.30pm. Entry is £8 or £6 EFDSS members.
The venue will also be hosting Saturday Folk Music Workshops which are designed for all levels of musician whether you want to learn to play from scratch or improve your technique and musical confidence you can do so under the guidance of professional folk musicians.
Classes will be run in accordion, banjo (five string), fiddle, guitar, melodeon (D/G with at least two right hand rows) and song. There will also be a mixed instrument class - Stepping Stones to Sessions. The spring term starts on January21 and enrolment is open now.
Spring term runs 21,28 January; 4,18 February; 4,18 March; 1, 8, 22 April. Termly fee £108 or  £86 concessions which covers the nine weeks.
There are also the Monday Folk Choir Workshops where you can learn folk songs from England, the British Isles and beyond. This class is suitable for adult singers over the age of 16 and for all abilities, without the pressure and commitment of public performance. Material is taught by ear.
The spring term begins January 16 and runs 16, 23 January; 6, 27 February; 6, 20, 27 March. The session run from 7 to 9pm. Term fees are £70 (£56 concessions).

Husband and wife folk duo Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts are kicking off the new year with a Rural Dorset Tour starting on January 12 at Sandford Orcas Village Hall Sherborne, Dorset.  Tel: 01963 220208. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £10, £6 for under-18s and there is also a £25 family ticket. The following night they move on to Morden Village Hall, Wareham, Dorset. Box office: 01929 459431. Venue: 01929 459431. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £9, £6 under-18s and £25 family.
On January 14 you can see them at  Broadwindsor Comrades Hall Beaminster, Dorset. Tel: 01308 867644. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £9. Then it's off to Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall Piddletrenthide, Dorset on January 15. Tel: 01300 348247. Show starts 4pm and tickets are £9, £6 under-18s and £25 family ticket. On January 27 they play Charfield Memorial HallWootton Road. Charfield, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01454 261180. Doors open 7.30 and show starts 8pm, tickets are £8 and £6. Then to round off the month on January 28 they play Minety Village Hall,  Hornbury Hill. Nr Malmesbury, Wiltshire.  Tel: 01666861281. Show starts 7.30pm.

Sean's brother Seth, is one of the first artists confirmed for this year's Lakefest at Eastnor Castle Deer Park on August 10  to 14 2017 and he too is on tour in the New Year starting on January 22 as part of Celtic Connections (with Wildwood Kin) at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £18. He will be playing solo at Woodend Barn, Banchory on January 24. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £19.80.
He moves on to Eden Court Theatre, Inverness the following night. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £19 and their is discount for friends of the venue. Staying in Scotland Lakeman plays The Assembly, 3 Skene Terrace, Aberdeen. AB10 1RN on January 26. Show starts 7pm and tickets are £18 with a £1.75 booking fee. The show is for over-14s and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. He is off to Dumfries on January 27 for the Big Burns Supper when he will play Easterbrook Hall. Show starts 9.30pm and tickets are £22.50.
On January 28 Lakeman plays Pocklington Arts Centre, East Riding, Yorkshire. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £18. Finally he plays the Brewery Arts Centre, (The Malt Room), Kendal. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £16 early birds, £18 standard and £20 on the night. Unfortunately for his fans the gig at the Village ClubHigh Street, Nettlebed, nr Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5DD on January 30 is sold out

Blair Dunlop, with his full band, is to play the 400 Hall, Repton, Derbyshire DE65 6FH on January 28. The show is essentially a warm up for the Re-Gilded Tour which starts February 2. Dunlop will be supported by Kitty MacFarlane. The show starts 6.45pm and tickets are £12 in advance. If you can't wait that long you can hear Dunlop playing live on Radio 2's Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe on January 4. Fans will also be glad to hear he is working on his fourth album which is scheduled for release in the Autumn.

The Levellers and Show of Hands will both play the all-day Hatfield Festival in the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Adult tickets for Folk by the Oak cost £33 until midnight on January 31, 2017. Tickets will cost £45 on the day of the festival, subject to availability. It is £18 for children aged five to 15 and those aged four and under do not require a ticket. Show of Hands will also be playing The Royal Albert Hall later in the year.
Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes also have solo projects on the go throughout 2017.
On January 12 Knightley plays the Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £18. The following night he plays City Hall (CH3),  Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Tel: 01722 434726. Show starts7.30pm and tickets are £18. All tickets bought online will incur a £2 booking fee, there is no fee if bought over the telephone or in person. Box office: 01722 434434.
On January 14 you can see him at Wychwood Folk Club, Tiddy HallShipton Road, Ascott-Under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, Oxon. Tel: 01993 831427. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £16 in advance or £18 on the night. Box office: 01993 831427. Then it's on to ACE Space, St Nicholas Road, Newbury, Berkshire on January 18 where he will be supported by Megan Henwood. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £18. Early Bird tickets at £16 are available until two weeks before. The following night Knightley will be appearing at Hernhill Village Hall, The Playing Fields Hernhill, Kent. Tel: 01227 392560. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £18. Box office: 01227 392560.
The singer/songwriter is then off to St Edith’s Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent on January 20. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £17 plus booking fee. Box office: 07538 822115. You can catch his performance on January 25 at Exeter PhoenixBradninch Place, Gandy Street. Exeter, Devon. Tel: 01392 667080. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £18 or £16 plus booking fee. Box office: 01392 667080. On January 26
26/01/17  The Plough Arts Centre9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon. Tel: 01805 622552. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £19. Box office: 01805 622552. Then he is off on January 27 to Bridport Arts Centre9 South Street, Bridport, Dorset. Tel: 01308 427183. Show starts7.30pm a\nd tickets are £17 plus booking fee. Box office: 01308 427183. To finish the month off, on January 28 he moves on to Modbury Village HallBack Street. Modbury, Devon. Tel:  01752 893051. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £18. Box office: 01752 893051.
Phil Beer begins his solo run on January 11 at The Brook Inn33 Longbrook Street. Plympton St Maurice, Devon. Tel 01752 297604. Show starts 7pm and tickets are £18 plus booking fee. Box office: 01752 297604. The on January14 he will be playing at Firbeck Village HallNew Road, Firbeck, South Yorkshire. Tel: 01709 709406. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £14 plus booking fee. Box office: 01709 709406.
On January 19 you can see him at The Barn, Square and Compass Inn, Windmill Hill, Ashill, Illminster, Somerset. Show starts 9pm and tickets are £14 plus booking fee. Box office: 01823 480467. The following night you can catch him at Pavilions TeignmouthThe Den, Teignmouth, Devon. Tel:  01626 249049. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14. Box office: 01626 249049. On January 27 he will be found Norden Farm Centre for the ArtsAltwood Road, Maidenhead, Berks. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £15 plus booking fee unless paid by cash over the counter. Box office: 01628 788997.
Beer is then off to Wiltshire Sutton Benger Village Hall, Chestnut Road, Sutton Benger, Chippenham, Wiltshire on January 28. Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts 8pm and tickets are £14 in advance. Box office: 07415 861597. He rounds off the month on January 29 at Chipping Norton Theatre2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Tel:  01608 642349. Show starts 7.45pm and tickets are £16.50. Box office: 01608 642349.

Miranda Sykes gets things going on  January 27 at Chettle Village Hall,  Blandford Forum. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £12. Then on January 28 you can see her at Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £12.

Luke Jackson will be teamed up with Amy Wadge, both of whom brought out new albums in 2016,  and touring in the new year starting on January 20 at  The Live Room, Caroline Street, Saltaire. Tel: 07855 164182. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £12 and £11 in advance and £13 and £11 on the night. Then on January 21 they play Ellel Village Hall, Main Road, Galgate, Lancaster. Tel 01524 840539. Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm and tickets are £12 plus an online booking fee. They head to the Midlands on January 22 to play Fulford Village Hall, Tittensor, Stoke on Trent. Tel: 07480 615671.  Doors open 7.30pm and show starts 8pm. Tickets are £12 and can incur a booking fee depending on where you buy your ticket.
On January 25 they head to Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury. Tel: 01227 769075. Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts 8pm. Tickets are £13 or £11 concessions. There is also a £1.50 fee for tickets which are posted out. On January 26 you can catch them at the Market Theatre, Wyeside Arts, Builth Wells. Tel: 01982 552555. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £13 or £11 with concessions.
The following night you can see them perform at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. Tel: 01239 621200. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £13 or £11 concessions. Staying in Wales you can catch them at Acapela, Cardiff on January 28. Tel: 029 2089 0862. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £14 plus booking fee. On January 29 they play St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter. Tel: 07508 169049.  Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £12. To wrap things up on January 31 they will play Telford's Warehouse, Chester. Tel: 01244 390090Doors open 7pm and the show starts 8.30pm. Tickets are £13.75. 

Veteran Steve Tilston has teamed up with fellow stalwart Jez Lowe and on January 24 they will be playing Celtic Connections at Old Fruit Market, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ. Tel: 0141 353 8000. They will be marking the 50th anniversary of Fairport Convention playing their debut gig at St Michael’s Church Hall, Golders Green. Show starts at 8pm and tickets are £22. Then on January 29 they will be appearing at Walthamstow Folk ClubYe Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 4SA. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £10 plus booking fee.

The Carrivick Sisters, twins Laura and Charlotte, will be officially launching their 10 Years Live album on January 13. The album was recorded live the Convent, near Stroud last October and features six previously unrecorded tracks and new versions of six others. You can catch them live at Chesham Folk Club Chesham, Buckinghamshire on January 16. The show starts 8.15pm. On  January 19 they play the Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham on Sea, Somerset. 
The following night you can see them perform at Blue Sky Café, Bangor, North Wales. Doors open and the show starts 8pm. Tickets are £10 plus 10% booking fee. Then it's off to Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham on January 21. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £10 with £8 concessions. It's over to the West Midlands on January 22 where they play Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £10. Staying in the region on January 23 they play Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham. Doors open 7.30 and show starts 8pm. Tickets are £10. The sisters travel north for at show on January 27 at Roots Music Club, Doncaster, South Yorkshire although the venue has no listing for this gig. Seeing out the month on January 29 they travel to the other end of the country to play Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, Devon. Show starts 7.45pm and tickets are £10 and there is a discount available for club members.

The theatrical and dramatic duo Ma Polaine's Great Decline are also kicking off the year with a tour starting on Saturday January 14 at Hyde Tavern's cellar, 57 Hyde Street, Winchester. Doors open 8pm, and the show starts at 8.45pm. Tickets are £5 plus a booking fee. Tickets will also be available from behind the bar. The following night, January 15 they will be performing at Green Note, Camden. Doors open 7pm and the show starts 8.30pm. Tickets are £9 plus a booking fee.You can catch the duo at Vinyl Head Cafe, Ramsgate website on Saturday January 28 starting at 2pm. This place is great, Humbi the boss has built a little community around coffee and records, with cool local art on the walls. On the same night they play a house concert in Faversham. The gig isn't a private event and you can call 01795 531398 for more detail and tickets. To finish the month on January 29 they play the Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable. Entry to the gig is free and it starts 3pm.


Top folk musicians such as Oysterband, Eliza Carthy & Saul Rose and Levellers Acoustic will headline The Big Session Festival in Buxton this year. 
Following its success in 2016, the festival will return for an extended four days over the bank holiday weekend, April 28 to May 1. 
The first festival of the summer will include performances by Honey Rider, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, The Hut People, Ray Cooper, Nancy Kerr & the Sweet Visitor Band and Jess Morgan. To entertain those travelling to the festival by rail, the ‘Folk Train’ will return, leaving on the Saturday at 11.49am, from Manchester Piccadilly and arriving just in time for the afternoon workshop and evening concerts. 
On Monday morning there is The Big Session May Day Ramble led by Oysterband’s own John Jones
Passengers on the Folk Train will need to pay the normal fare. To buy tickets call the Buxton Opera House box office on 01298 72190 or visit

Jethro Tull The String Quartets, is an album of classic Jethro Tull repertoire, imaginatively arranged for Classical string quartet with the flute, guitar and vocals of songwriter and producer Ian Anderson, and will be released on March 24.
Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song) has already been released.  The String Quartets was recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral and in St Kenelm's Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire. All the tracks are performed by The Carducci Quartet with additional performances from Ian Anderson.

James Haigh has recently joined the EFDSS’s national youth folk ensemble, a group of the best young musicians in the country. They will be on tour in summer and will include a performance at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Cambridge Folk Festival has announced the first artists who will perform between July 27 and 30 in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall this year. Jake Bugg will headline Sunday night. Folk and roots pioneers Oysterband, multi-award winning folk trio Lau and US rockgrass favourites Hayseed Dixie are also on the bill. Tickets are £167 for a full festival ticket, £27.50 (Thursday), £59.50 (Friday), £70 (Saturday) and £70 (Sunday) are available from Camping at Cherry Hinton Hall and Coldham’s Common is available. Concession tickets (disabled access and carer, under 21, Cambridge city resident) are also available.

The first acts for this year’s Cropredy festival, which is marking 50 years of Fairport Convention, have been confirmed, with Marillion and Richard Thompson leading the list. The annual event, hosted by Fairport Convention, will take place on August 10-12 – and it’ll also mark five decades since the band’s inception. It's sadly poignant that one of the founder members Dave Swarbrick died last year. You can read an interview with him from 2014 at
Other artists confirmed for the festival include The Divine Comedy, Dougie MacLean, Show Of Hands, Pierce Brothers, Cats In Space, Gigspanner Big Band and Gerry Colvin.

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin will be joining The Gigspanner Big Band at Nettlebed Folk Club on January 16. They will be using this opportunity to record a live album to be released in the summer to coincide with their appearance at Fairport's 50th Cropredy Convention on August 11. The duo will be heading out on the road in February kicking off at the Artrix, Bromsgrove and will be going into the studio to put together a new album in the spring.

Another band which has brought the world of the strangeness and theatre into their music is The Amazing Devil who have released their debut album Love Run which is available on the usual download sites. The band comprises a group weird and wackily-named members who are Scarlet Scarlet on vocals, The Blue Furious Boy on acoustic, vocals and piano, Catherine-Wheel on electric guitar, Hell Wish on cello and vocals, The Widdershin on flute and vocals, Omar Ghosh on drums​​​, Old Man Lug on bass and Fossegrim on violin.
They will be playing a charity fundraiser on January 18 at Phoenix Artist Club, Soho. The cash raised will go to Refugee Community Kitchen. They will be supported by Robert Hallow and the Holy Men Doors open 7pm and the show starts 8pm. Tickets are £7 and £10 plus booking fee. 
On January 27 you can catch them at the Green Note, Camden again with support from Robert Hallow and the Holy Men. Doors open 7pm and the show starts 8.30pm. Tickets are £8 plus booking fee.

Other acts who will touring in 2017 include John Smith who will also be releasing a new album. Merry Hell will be on the road from January 13 starting in Liverpool and their new album Bloodlines is available now from the band's website and download sites. Robyn Stapleton releases her new album Songs of Robert Burns on January 20. She will be touring her native Scotland from January 15 starting in Dumfries. Christy Moore has four shows at Vicar Street, Dublin however January 2,3 and 12th gigs are sold out only January 11 is available.