Monday, 30 January 2017

NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY

February


Coming Your Way


Blair Dunlop is hitting the road for a new tour on the back of his successful album Gilded. Dunlop will be accompanied by his regular musicians JJ Stoney - Keys and vocals and Fred Claridge - Drums and vocals. 

Blair Dunlop
The ReGilded Tour kicks off on February 2 at Club Ifor Bach, 11 Womanby Street, Cardiff. CF10 1BR. 
Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £11. Support is from Kitty MacFarlane.
On February 3 the show moves on to Victoria Hall, Church Street, Radstock, Bath. BA3 3QG. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £12 in advance £14 on the night. Support is again from MacFarlane. The following night February 4 is at Selby Town Hall, York Street, Selby, North Yorkshire. YO8 4AJ. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £13 in advance or £15 on the night.
On February 5 he heads north of the border to be part of Celtic Connections at the Hug & Pint, 171 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4 9AW. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £9. It's back to England on February 6 to play The Live Rooms, Station Road, Chester. CH1 3DR. Doors open 7pm and tickets are £11. On February 8 you can see the band at The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £13. Then it's off to Derby on February 9 to The Flowerpot, 25, King Street. DE1 3DZ. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £10. Tickets are available from the venue but it has a strictly cash only policy.
The show moves on to Hampshire on February 10 to play The Lights, West Street, Andover. SP10 1AH. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £12 or £10 with concessions, plus booking fee. On February 22 you can see the show at The Fleece, 12 St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ. Tickets are £13.50 and doors open 7pm.
The following night, February 23, Dunlop plays Sage, Northern Rock Foundation Hall, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead. NE8 2JR. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14.51. The band is off to Manchester on February 24 to play The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High St, Manchester. M4 1QB. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14.85 including booking fee. Then to finish the month off it's off to Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London. NW1 7AY. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14 or £10 for U-26s and there is a booking fee.


If you are interested in Broadsides and the origins of folk traditions in general then on February 25, in association with the English Folk Dance & Song Society(EFDSS) and the Traditional Song Forum(TSF), the Bodleian Library, Oxford will be staging its annual conference celebrating street literature with Broadside Day which runs from 9.30am to 5pm.
There will be talks on topics from Cumbrian ballad sellers to urban hazard songs, and Andrea Franklin (Department of Special Collections) will introduce highlights from the Bodleian’s collections. Tickets £18 and £15 for TSF and EFDSS members.
Later in the evening at 7pm at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, those who have attended the Broadside Day can get reduced price tickets to Broadside Ballads, a new musical commission featuring Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann leading a five piece band. The music brings to life broadside ballads found in the collections of the Bodleian Library. Tickets for conference attenders are £10 and £7 concessions

Peter Knight's Gigspanner will be out on the road this month starting on February 23 at the Preston Minster, Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BT. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £15. The following night, February 24 you can see them at Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £15. Finally on February 25 they will play Hepworth Village Hall, Towngate, Hepworth, Holmfirth, HD9 1TE. Doors open 7.30pm with the show at 8pm. Tickets are £12.50 plus an extra 50p if booked online.
Please note tickets will not be posted out but you will receive an email confirmation and tickets will be reserved on the door.

Daria Kulesh will be releasing her latest album Long Lost Home this month. She will officially launch the album at Cecil Sharp House on February 23 where she will be playing with the full band and joined by friends Jonny Dyer, Timur Dzeytov, Vicki Swan, Pete Morton, Phil Underwood, Jason Emberton and Kate Rouse. If you can't wait until then she will be performing on February 2 at Crookes Folk Club, The Princess Royal, Sheffield, S10 1NW. Show starts 8.30pm and entry is free.
Then on February 5 she is the special guest singer at the Russian Balalaika Evening with Bibs Ekkel and Sergey Pushnin, Rossotrudnichestvo, Kensington, London, W8 5ED. Show starts 7pm and tickets are £15. Please be aware that this event has sold out for the last two years.
On February 8 she will be playing as part of KARA at The Mermaid, St Albans, AL1 3RL. Show starts 9pm and entry is free. Then on February 20 the band move on to The Pheasantry, Chelsea, London.  SW3 4UT. The show is a double bill with Pete Morton. Doors open 7pm and show starts 8.30pm, tickets are £15. The following night, February 21, you can see Daria and Jonny Dye​r at Bracknell Folk Club, The Sun, Windlesham, GU20 6EN. Show starts 8.30pm.
Then on February 23 it's the big night with Daria and friends for the official launch of her new album Long Lost Home at Cecil Sharp House, London, NW1 7AY. Doors open 7pm and the show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 or £10 for U-26s and there is a booking fee.


Mike Giverin, Lucille Williams and Jay Bradberry who are the Jaywalkers have released a new 5-track EP, Songs We Like, which is available from their website for £5. They will be on the road this month kicking off on February 10 at Bury Met, Market Street, Bury, Lancs. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £10. Then on February 12 they can be seen at Wallasey Folk & Acoustic Club, In Spire Coffee Shop, Breck Road, Wallasey CH44 3BD. On February 17 you can catch them at EDDA Community Arts Centre, Ainsdale Liverpool Rd, Southport PR8 3NE. The following night, February 18, you can see them perform in the main hall at Bollington Arts Centre, Wellington Rd, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5JR. Doors open 7pm and show starts 7.30pm with tickets £10. To round the month off on February 23 you can catch them at Burnett's Hill Chapel, Pembrokeshire Martletwy, Narberth SA67 8AX . Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £10.


Guernsey born British/Portugese singer Nessi Gomes has released her debut album Diamond & Demons and will be taking to the road to both perform and promote the release starting on St Valentine's Day, February 14, where she will play The Melting Pot Cafe, Cornwall, Krowji, West Park, Redruth. TR153AJ. Show starts 7pm.
On February 16 she will be with a full band  which is Gomes, Misha Mullov, Lotte Cutts, Angelique Lihou, Scott Jowett at the The Old Malt House, Little Ann Street, Bristol, BS2 9EB. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £8.54 including booking fee.
On February 18 you can see her at The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill, Manchester. M4 2AF. She will be part of the Music As Medicine show which kicks off at £6pm and tickets are £10.11 in advance or £12 on the night. On February 21 she will be with special Guests at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £10 online or £12 on the door. Finally on February 28 she is off to Groove & Move, Steffisburg, Switzerland. Show starts 6.30pm.


If you haven't heard Good Times Will Come Again, the latest album from duo Megson, then you are missing out on a fine album but you can catch up with Stu and Debbie Hanna, and maybe pick up a copy, as they go on the road this month starting on February 3 at the Village Pump Club, Trowbridge. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £13. Support is from Camilla Johns and Andy Nowak. Then on February 4 it's off to North Shropshire Folk at the Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Heath Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. SY13 2BY. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £10 or £8 with concessions.
They are off to the north on February 5 to play The Greystones, Sheffield. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £14.30 including booking fee. On February 7 it's back to the Midlands to play Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX. Show starts 8.30pm and tickets are £15. Then they hop back up north on February 16 to Copmanthorpe Methodist Church, Main Street Copmanthorpe, York. YO23 3SU. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14.30 including booking fee.
On February 17 you can catch them at The Sage (two), St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £13.44. Staying in the north on February 18 they perform at St Barnabas Church, 1a St. Barnabas Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.TS5 6JR. Doors open 7pm and show starts 7.30pm, tickets are £13.20 or £11 with concessions, both include booking fee. To round off the month on February 24 you can see them at Aylesbury Folk Club, at the Limelight Theatre, Queens Park & Limelight Theatre, Queens Park, Aylesbury, Bucks HP21 7RT. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £15 or £13 concessions and £12 and £11.70 concessions for club members.


The legendary Ralph McTell has announced the first dates on his About Time Tour where he will be appearing with Wizz Jones. Unfortunately the first of the dates on February 9 at the Tolmen Centre, Falmouth is sold out. However, on February 11 McTell will be performing at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £20 plus a 60p booking fee. On February 11 you can catch the show at The Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. RG9 2BP . Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £23 or £21 concessions and includes a £1 restoration levy. The following night, February 12, you can see the two musicians at Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London. W12 7LJ. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £22 and £20 concessions and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Prolific singer/songwriters Luke Jackson and Amy Wadge, who have last year both released new albums Tall Tales & Rumours and Amy Wadge respectively, will be touring together throughout this year and their first gig on February 3 at the Corn Exchange, Corn Market, Faringdon, Oxfordshire is sold out. The following night, February 4, you can see them perform at Coolham Live Music Club, Billingshurst Road, Horsham, West Sussex. RH13 8QN. Doors open 7.15pm and show starts 8pm. Tel: 07889 775173.
Then on February 5 it's off to Anteros Arts, 7-15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich. NR3 1LJ. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £12. On February 7 you can catch them at Junction 2, Cambridge, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £14 in advance which includes booking fee.The pair come to the Midlands on February 9 to play Huntingdon Hall, Worcester. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £14 or £12 with concessions. Finally on February 10 they will play Stanley Halls, London. Doors open 7pm and tickets are £14 plus booking fee.


Northern Irish songstress Cara Dillon last year released her latest album Upon A Winter's Night and has also featured on her father-in-law Geoff Lakeman's debut album After All These Years. She will be playing her first gig of the month on February 4 at Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA), Falmouth University, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall. TR10 9LX. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £20 or £17 concessions plus booking fee.
The following night you can see her perform at The Plough Arts Centre, , 9-11 Fore St, Great Torrington. EX38 8HQ. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £22, £20 with concessions and £18 for supporters of The Plough. She is off to Lincoln on February 26 to play the Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £20.
The following night, February 27, she will be performing at Nettlebed Folk Song Club, The Village Club, High Street, Nettlebed, nr. Henley, Oxfordshire. RG9 5DD. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £18. To round off the month she will be play Junction 2, Cambridge, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £22 in advance.

On FebruarySteve Tilston, who last year teamed up with Jez Lowe to release The Janus Game, will be playing Davy Lamp Folk Club, Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Show starts around 7.30pm. Then on February 15 you can catch him at The Willows Folk Club, Willows Catholic Club, Bryning Fern Lane, Kirkham PR4 2BQ. He will be appearing with special guest Hugh Bradley. Show starts 8.30pm and entry is £10.
A few nights later on February 18 he will be performing at Farnsfield Acoustic, Village Centre, New Hill, Farnsfield. NG22 8JN. Again he will be joined by Hugh Bradley. Doors open around 7.30pm and show starts 8pm. Tickets are £12.50. To finish the month on February 24 Tilston will play Everyman Folk Club, The Riverside Centre, Great Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew, Saxmundham IP17 1LL. Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts 8pm, tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the night.


Ange Hardy is coming from a busy and successful year and will be starting this month on February 1 with Lukas Drinkwater playing at Biddulph Up In Arms, St Lawrence's Church Congleton Road, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7RG. Doors open 7.30pm and show starts 8pm, tickets are £12.
Then on February 3 they are off to Ruskin Mill, Old Bristol Road, Gloucestershire. GL6 0LA. Doors open 7.30pm and show starts 8pm, tickets are £8 or £6 with concessions. The following night, February 4, you can see the two perform at Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock. PL18 9QX. Doors open 7pm and show starts 8pm. Tickets are £12 advance, £13 on the night and there will be a £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts and it's £6 for under-18s. You can also hear them at an afternoon show on February 5 at Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham, Devon. TQ5 OLT. Doors open 2pm and show starts 2.30pm, tickets are £12 in advance or £14 on the day.

Double winner of the Scots Singer of the Year, Siobhan Miller will be releasing her second solo album, Strata on February 24 while also kicking off her promotion tour starting at The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh. EH8 9JG. Doors open 7pm and show starts 8pm, tickets are £17.
The following night on February 25 she plays Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock. PA15 1HJ. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £12 and £10. She is coming to the West Midlands on February 26 where she will play Hare & Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham. B14 7JZ. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £10 plus £1 booking fee.
The following night, February 27 you can catch her performance at St Mary's, Parish Church, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon. TQ12 5LD. Show starts 7pm and tickets are £11 including booking fee. She finishes off the month on  February 28 at the Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell, London. EC1V 0DX. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £13 in advance.


Like The Full English Shake The Chains is a collective which this time has been commissioned by Folk By The Oak with support from Arts Council England, Help Musicians, and Folk Alliance, to explore the role of song in militancy, social upheaval and unrest and trying to bring about change to create a more equal society. The band, which will perform classic and new protest songs, includes Nancy Kerr, Findlay Napier, Hannah Martin, Greg Russell and Tim Yates.They start the tour on February 23 at  St George's Hall, Great George Street(off Park Street), Bristol, BS1 5RR. Their special guest for the show will be Steve Knightley. Tickets are £18, £15, £5 Students and U-18s plus fees.
The following night, February 24 you can see them at Firth Hall, The University of Sheffield, Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield. S10 2TN, when the special guest will be Martin Simpson. Show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £14, over-65/Unwaged/Staff £10, U-26/Student £6 in advance or £16, £12 and £7 on the night.
Then on February 25 they play Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SP. The special guest will be Chris Wood. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets range from £7.50 to £15. The following night February 26, they head off to The Guildhall, Derby. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £15.75. Special guest is Boff Whalley formally of Chumbawamba. The final gig of the month is on February 27 at St Johns, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London. E2 9PA. Show starts 7pm and tickets are £17.60 including booking fee. Special guest for the concert is Peggy Seeger.

Scottish songstress Barbara Dickson will be touring on the back of her new EP Five Songs. The tour includes featuring Troy Donockley. The EP contains three traditional tracks, Farewell to Fiunary, Palace Grand, The Laird O’ the Dainty Dounby, October Song and The Hill a new song from Dickson. She kicks off the tour on February 1 at Town Hall, Birmingham. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets range from £29 to £32.50 but there are limited numbers left.
Then it's off to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on February 2. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets range from £22.50 to £24.50. On February 4 you can see her at the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £25.50 or £24 concessions including fees. She is off to the Isle of Wight on February 5 to play the Medina Theatre. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £32.50. The concert on February 7 at Customs House, South Shields is already sold out. You can catch her performance at the Playhouse, Harlow on February 9. Show times as above and tickets are £32. Dickson is off to the Regal, Evesham on February 10. Doors open 7pm and there are a few tickets left at £34.10.
The following night, February 11, she plays Union Chapel, London. Doors open 6.30pm and show time as above and tickets are £30 plus booking fee in advance or £38.70 plus fee. The show at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes on February 12 is sold out.
She heads to the Midlands again on February 14 to play Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. Show time as above and tickets range from £26 to £29.50 with a 10 percent discount for friends of the theatre. It's off to Weston-Super-Mare on February 15 to the Playhouse. Show time as above and tickets are £27 or £26 for over 60s including booking fee. The following night, February 17, she will perform at the Princess Theatre, Hunstanton. Show time as above and tickets are £36.
The next gig is on February 18 at The Harlequin, Redhill. Show time as normal and tickets are £29. She is off to West Cliff Theatre, Clacton on February 19. Show time as above and tickets are £29.50 including booking fee.
The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft is the next venue on February 22. Show time as shown and tickets are £24 or £22 with concessions. The February 23 gig at The Stables, Milton Keynes is sold out and so is the next concert is at The Garrick, Lichfield on February 24.
The next gig is across the border at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline. Show time as above and tickets are £32 plus reservation fee. She is then staying in her home country to play the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. Show time as already stated and tickets are £30 plus £2 booking fee. She finishes the month at the Concert Hall, Perth on February 28. Show time as stated and tickets are £25 plus £1.50 fee but it seems there are few spaces left.



News


As well as being part of musical production The Transports, this year The Young'uns are on a vocal mission to bring communal singing to the heart of cities across the nation. On the Singing Cities tour they intend to explore communal harmony singing and song writing through fun, workshops through informal gatherings in pubs.
The trio, Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes, want to celebrate grassroot songs and stories. The tour promises special guests, concerts, singing pub crawls and lots of laughs. Places are limited to 45 per weekend and all attendees must be over 18. Ticket cost is £105 plus VAT and includes access to all workshops, concerts and events. Accommodation and food not included and the cities they will be visiting are Sheffield for two dates, London, Durham and Manchester.

The Bromyard Folk Festival is celebrating its silver anniversary this year. The weekend-long festival which runs from September 8 to 10 has put together an impressive line-up of artists to celebrate its 50th year. The artists involved include Le Vent du Nord,  Jamie Smith's Mabon,  The Mighty DoonansGoitse Rusty Shackle, CrowsKeith Donnelly and Granny's Attic to name but a few.


American-born blues supremo Eric Bibb will be joining the line up for the folk festival at Hatfield House on Sunday, July 16. He joins the bill which includes the Levellers, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby and Shake the Chains on the main stage line-up at Folk By The Oak's 10th festival at the Hertfordshire stately home.

Among his other projects Martin Simpson will be back in the studio to record his 20th solo album and will be touring later in the year.

Sadly Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston have decided it's the end of the road for them and they will be playing their last concerts as a duo over the next few months. The pair have been gigging and recording for seven years but they both feel it's time to go their separate ways. Sykes has a solo tour coming up in May and Rex will carry on with teaching mandolin, writing and producing.
They said: "We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who were a part of our team – promoters, our agents Amanda, Vicky and Liz, and to Steve (Knightley) and Phil (Beer) who have given us so many great opportunities.
"We would also like to thank all of our fans for all of the support you have given us over the years. And hope to see you at one of our final gigs."
You can see them on February 4 at Kingskerswell Parish Church, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon.  TQ12 5LD. Doors open 7pm and show starts 7.30pm, tickets are £12.10 including booking fee. Then on February 10 you can catch them at Jubilee Hall, Bowden Lane, Market Harborough, LE16 7JD. Doors open 7.30pm and show starts 8pm, tickets are £11 plus booking fee.
Then on February 17 it's  on to Victoria Sports & Social Club, 84 High Street, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6AA. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £12 and £10. On February 24 they will be performing at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, Exeter. EX14 1LZ. Show starts 8pm and tickets are £12 plus booking fee. To round the month off on February 25 you can catch them at Victoria Hall, Church Street, Radstock, Bath. BA3 3QG. Show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £12 in advance or £14 on the night.


Tom Robinson, Steve Knightley and Martyn Joseph will reform as the Faith, Folk and Anarchy trio that will be the final act on Shrewbury Folk Festival’s main stage on August Bank Holiday Monday. The trio haven’t performed together since a reunion show in 2004. Other headliners who have been confirmed include Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford, Irish Music Award-winning band Cara, and Jamie Smith’s Mabon. They will join the likes of  Loudon Wainwright III, Eric Bibb, Jon Boden, The Unthanks, Oysterband, The Young’uns, Le Vent Du Nord and Seth Lakeman among others.

Scottish musician Gary Innes of Mànran, who have recently released a new album The Two Days, is releasing ERA, his first solo album in 12 Years. Innes released his first solo album, How’s the Craic, back in 2005 and has since released multiple collaborative albums with Ewan Robertson, of Breabach, all-accordion band Box Club and has three albums with his current band Mànran. However, after 12 years of working on other projects, he is now back with a full album of self-composed tunes and even some self-penned songs, performed by some of the very best musicians and singers in the Scottish music scene.


Fellow Scot Ewan McLennan is heading off to Holland for a short tour. He will also be teaming up with George Monbiot this month to carry on with the Breaking the Spell of Loneliness tour taking it to Scotland. They will play Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. From there they will head south to Aberystwyth and then Birmingham. You can look forward to McLennan playing festivals later in the year. For more information visit the artist's website.

Flamboyant eight-piece band The Amazing Devil have released their debut album Love Run and will be playing at Underbelly, Hoxton on February 15. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £5 and £6.

Kate Dimbleby will be releasing her new album Songbirds on February 23 at the Now Gallery, London starting at 7pm and tickets are £8. The album has been produced and will be released on the growing Folkstock label. It features 11 original tracks from the artist which are mainly a Capella.