Friday 27 March 2015


Coming Your Way


The Kitchen Garden Cafe, King's Heath, Birmingham has an impressive bill of music for the month of April Starting with Josh Harty & Kelley McRae on Thursday 2nd. Tickets are £7 in advance or £8 on the night. The doors open 7.30pm and show starts 8pm.

Kelley McRae & Josh Harty
McNeill & Heys play the cosy venue on Tuesday April 7 supported by Laura James, tickets are £7 and the opening and show times are as above.
Larkin Poe take the stage on Wednesday April 15 with support from Raevennan Husbandes. This is a standing only show which is being staged at the Hare & Hounds, York Road, King's Heath and tickets are £13 in advance or £15 on the night. Times are as above.
Midlands singer/songwriter Gren Bartley will be playing the venue on Sunday April 26. Tickets are £10. The Julie July Band will be presenting the Sandy Denny Songbook at the cafe on Wednesday April 29. Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the night.

Just down the road the Red Lion Folk Club is hosting Scottish band Barluath on Wednesday April 1. Opening times for all shows which are on Wednesdays are 7.15pm with the gigs starting 7.45pm. Tickets are  £11.
Then on April 15 folk legend Andy Irvine brings his distinctive voice to the venue supported by Jack McNeill & Charlie Heys. Tickets are £12.  EnChanté take to the stage on April 22 and tickets are £11. Then last one of the month on April 29 is another legend of the folk circuit Julie Felix, tickets are again £11.

Staying in the Second City award-winning Blair Dunlop & Emma Stevens are coming to the Glee Club on April 29. Tickets are £11 plus a £1.25 booking fee. Doors open at 7pm with last entry at 7.45pm.

Scottish singer/songwriter Kris Drever is with  Boo Hewerdine and will be playing the Hare & Hounds, King's Heath. Drever as part of Lau has put together a new album The Bell That Never Rang which is due out on May 4. Tickets are £12.75 and the show starts 7.30pm.

Bella Hardy will be returning to the MAC Birmingham for only her second visit on Friday April 24 with her tour promoting her seventh album, With The Dawn. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £14 or £12 with concessions.

Red Moon Road
Moving to the Black Country The Woodman Folk Club, Ashwood Marina, Kingswinford welcomes Liverpudlian Gary Edward Jones on Friday April 17. Tickets for members cost £7 and non-members pay £1 more. Shows start around 8.30pm.
Then on April 24 the Red Moon Road, from Canada, take to the stage with tickets for members £10 and again for non-members £1 more. Show times are as above.

Near neighbours Stourbridge Folk Club hosts founder member of The Bushbury Mountain Daredevils, Eddy Morton for the launch of his new album, Rainbow Man, on Thursday April 16. Tickets are £5 with doors opening at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. At the end of the month the club, which meets at Katie Fitzgerald's pub, welcomes Babajack on Thursday April 30

In Wolverhampton, Vin Garbutt who is now back in full swing after a long illness is playing at the Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Whitmore Reans on Saturday April 18. Garbutt will be supported by highly acclaimed Stourbridge blues/folkman Sunjay Brayne. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12.50 plus a 10% booking fee.

Louise Jordan is kicking off her European tour starting in Holland but she will be coming back to Blighty for a concert on Sunday April 26 where she will be playing the Black Book Café, Nelson Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire. The show is at 2pm.

Beth Porter and her new album
Husband and wife team Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman are bringing the Tomorrow Will Follow Today tour to the Artrix Theatre, School Drive, Bromsgrove on Monday April 20 supported by Hattie Briggs. Tickets are £14.50 or £12.50 with concessions and the show starts 8pm.
Then on Saturday April 25 they play the Civic Hall, Martins Way, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire. Tickets are £12.50 in advance or £15 on the night. Doors open 7pm and show starts 8pm.

Maz O'Connor, who is one of the artists on the recently released F Spot Femmes Fatales album, is bringing her talents to the Met at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Monday April 13 with support from Polly Barrett. The show starts at 7.45pm and tickets are £10 or £8.50 with concessions.

Beth Porter has released her debut album Open Doors and will be performing for the first time in the Second City at the Ort Arts Cafe, Moseley Road, Birmingham on April 24. No information on tickets prices is available as yet.

Don't Touch the Walls, a modern folk-rock band with members from Cannock and Birmingham are releasing their debut album, The Creation of Noah. The band will be officially launching the self-produced album Thursday April 23 in the Met Studio at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre at 8pm. Tickets are £5. The band have been working with Pete Morgan from Fish Records, Stafford 


Peatbog Faeries
The 2015 Beverley Folk Festival has gathered an award-winning line-up, including nominees in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Among those who will be playing are Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, nominated for the Best Duo Award, and Nancy Kerr, nominated for Folk Singer of the Year. Nancy will perform with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting. Seth Lakeman, the Scottish group Peatbog Faeries. Sharing the finale concert on the Sunday is Barbara Dickson. Beverley Folk Festival runs from June 19 to 21. To book, visit

Plans for the ninth Derby Folk Festival are well under way, with this year’s event on October 2-4. This year's festival will feature events in the City Marquee on the Market Place, the Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and, for the first time, Derby Cathedral. Free music events will take place in The Old Bell Hotel on Saturday, and Derby Cathedral on Sunday, which will be available to festival ticket holders and the public. The Market Place will host more fringe activities including The Arts & Crafts Fair, Flashmob Ceilidh dancing and more. Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman will headline the Friday evening, with Eddi Reader performing on the Saturday night. Sunday's final concert will feature Faustus and Melrose Quartet.
There are more names still to be announced. Festival tickets are available from

The all-day folk festival returns to the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 19. Acts on the main stage include Moore Moss Rutter joining Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bellowhead, The Unthanks, Nancy Kerr, Keston Cobblers’ Club and Lady Maisery. The Acorn Stage will feature Moulettes, The Young’uns, Blair Dunlop and Jess Morgan. Tickets for Folk by the Oak until midnight July 18 are £37. Tickets are £42 on the day of the festival, subject to availability. Children aged five to 15 pay £17 at all times, while youngsters aged four and under do not require a ticket. All under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over 18.

Billy Bragg
Two Tone legends The Beat will join folk Billy Bragg and Seth Lakeman in providing music for this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. Organisers at the South West TUC are busy preparing for the three-day festival which commemorates the six Dorset farm workers who were transported to Australia in 1834 for forming a trade union. While the main rally day on the Sunday, which includes the march, is free there are events going on throughout the weekend and tickets for these are on sale now.
Other artists to feature in the festival are Thee Faction, Jonny and The Baptists, Dana Immanuel and Irish punks Neck who in the marquee on Saturday night, with female indie band The Tuts, Chris T-T and the Hoodrats and Curtls Eller's American Circus performing on Friday night.
Speakers on the Sunday include TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady, TUC president Leslie Manasseh, Angela Eagle MP and Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner. The festival runs from July 17-19.

The new Lau album, The Bell That Never Rang, (produced by Joan Wasser) will be released by Reveal Records May 4 2015. They will also be heading off on a summer tour where you can catch them at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on May 24. Show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £18.

Seth Lakeman and the Peatbog Faeries will all be playing at this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival which runs from May 14-17. Lakeman will headline Saturday night’s line-up. Also playing the Saturday night stage are folk rock band Danny and the Champions of the World, acoustic folk star Lisbee Stainton, and local act Jack & Paddy.
Tickets range from £20 to £110. For more information, go to www.keswick mountain

Bellowhead will headline the official Cardigan Castle opening concert this summer with support from Welsh band 9Bach. The concert on July 25 will be the first major open air event at the castle, which is reopening on April 15 after a £11m restoration. There are only 1,000 tickets available at £20 each. Both Bellowhead and 9Bach have been nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards which will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on April 22. Tickets for the concert are available from Theatr Mwldan’s box office on 01239 621200, and online at

The Justice Café returns to Dorset’s Shire Hall, the Historic Crown Court on High West Street, Dorchester, on Saturday 18 April for a new season of talks and performances and this year’s launch is a concert from Scottish folk singer, Ewan McLennan. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £8 for members and concessions, and are available from Dorchester Arts. or 01305 266926

Tickets are now on sale for Mary Chapin Carpenter who is playing at Town Hall, Birmingham on July 15. Tickets are £27.50 plus their usual booking fee and the show starts at 7.30pm.

Folk instrumentalist group Whalebone from Shropshire have put together a new album, As Turn The Seasons. The 16-track album features their particular take on tracks such as Raggle Taggle Gypsy, John Barleycorn, Here Comes the Sun, Whiskey in the Jar, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Fairytale of New York and is available from the band's website at £10. You can catch their act at Quatt Village Hall, nr Bridgnorth on April 4. Show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £10.

The Full English is a folk group set up to promote the project of the same name from English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS). The band is embarking on its farewell tour and as its last act it is giving people a chance to make their own music with some of the members running workshops in Sheffield courtesy of Soundpost which was set up by the band's organiser Fay Hield and partner Jon Boden from Bellowhead with  Sam Sweeney and Andy Bell.
Booking for The Full English weekend, which covers an impressive range of musical skills workshops, is now open. The sessions from October 23-24 are run by some of the most respected and talented folk musicians in the UK including Fay Hield, Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr, Rob Harbron and Jon Boden. Booking forms can be downloaded from the Soundpost website. Soundpost is a successful project and places tend to be booked up fairly quickly.

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