Friday 3 May 2013



Durham singer Jez Lowe will be playing at the Newhampton Arts Centre, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton as part of the Folk 21 day at the Dunkley Street venue on May 11.

Jez Lowe is part of Folk21 at
the Newhampton Arts Centre
The evening will be filled with music from artists such as  Roger Davies from Huddersfield, Alun Parry from Liverpool, duo The Raven, from London and three piece band Long Lankin. The concert starts at 7pm with doors opening 6.30pm. Tickets are £12.50.
The daytime portion of the Folk21 event will be a gathering of like-minded people and organisations who are all passionate about playing, promoting and prolonging folk music especially at the local level. The intention is to get together exchange ideas, look at the local situation in regards to folk music, promotion, collaboration, co-operation and survival for small folk venues to keep the scene vibrant at a local level and of course through to a national level.

Kate Rusby will be at the Moseley Folk Festival
  in Birmingham
Although the Moseley Folk Festival in Birmingham, which is on from August 30 to September 1, has yet to announce its full line up you can whet your appetite on names such as Kate Rusby who will play on September 1, she is also appearing at the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on September 20, at the Warwick Arts Centre on December 6 and Wolverhampton's Civic Hall on December 7. The festival will also include The Dublin Legends, who are essentially the remaining members of the legendary Dubliners and The Begood Tanyas from Vancouver, who are also in Shrewsbury for the local folk festival on August 26, also confirmed is Katherine Priddy and the Cadbury Sisters.

Instrumentalists Whalebone will be playing Hartshill Community Centre, Warwickshire on May 11 and Wrockwardine Village Hall, Shropshire on May 18. The band members will also be running a music workshop at Wenlock Pottery on June 2. The day runs from 10.30am to 5pm, and the cost, inclusive of music book containing all the tunes and food throughout the day is £60. For more information call 01746 765268.

Seth Lakeman

Lisbee Stainton will be bringing out her new album called Word Games later in the year and she will be in the Midlands at the,  Artrix Theatre Bromsgrove on November 7. She will also be busy as the special guest with Seth Lakeman's tour this month where she will be playing Oxford Town Hall on May 17 she will also be in the city of dreaming spires on July 7 for the Cornbury Festival which runs from July 5 to 7 at the Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire. Lakeman will be playing the Robin2, Bilston, Wolverhampton on October 15.

Gemma Hayes, who is currently touring Ireland, is working on songs ready to go into the studio for another album so watch this space for more news.

The Oyster Band who were last year enjoyed the successful Ragged Kingdom tour with June Tabor are looking to get a new album ready for release in January 2014, if you can't wait until then you can catch them on two dates at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival which runs from August 23 to 26. On August 24 the band will be playing a set as themselves and next day they will be the Oyster Ceilidh Band with friends.

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