Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Suzanne Vega's charity gig

AMERICAN singer songwriter Suzanne Vega is to headline a one-off concert in the UK to raise money for street children in Latin America. Suzanne, whose hits include Tom’s Diner, Luka, Left of Centre, Marlene on the Wall, Frank & Ava and Zephyr & I, will play the benefit gig to celebrate the tenth anniversary of children’s charity Casa Alianza in the UK. The singer, who has had seven British top 50 albums, is a long-standing supporter of the charity which helps street children in Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua. The concert at Birmingham Town Hall on 12 July is the only date so far announced in the UK on Suzanne’s European and Asian tour which also takes in dates in Hungary, Germany, Russia, Italy and Israel. Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, New York based Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labelled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she continues to give sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known venues. Suzanne, a long-standing supporter of Casa Alianza, maintains her commitment to children’s rights and is delighted to be headlining this 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for Casa Alianza. “I am really glad that Casa Alianza came up with the idea of this concert and am really happy to be taking part,” she said. “Casa Alianza is an organisation which becomes deeply involved where it sees the need. It offers help, education and legal representation for children who are living on the streets. “I love English audiences and really hope they come out to support us.” Performing with Suzanne Vega is guitarist, songwriter and producer Gerry Leonard who was music director for David Bowie on his 2003/4 Reality world tour and DVD and has also played with Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright and Avril Lavigne. The event at Birmingham Town Hall on July 12 from 7.30pm is being presented by Stourbridge music venue Katie Fitzgerald’s whose co-manager, Black Country musician Eddy Morton, will be support artist. “We are delighted that a singer songwriter of such international renown as Suzanne Vega is supporting us with this benefit concert,” said Eddy. Casa Alianza funds a series of projects including street educators, hostels, education, health advice, legal representation and family reintegration for children living rough on the streets of Central America and Mexico. It works with more than 12,000 children each year, many of whom have been abandoned, orphaned or abused. Tickets for the Casa Alianza 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert cost £27.50 and are available on 0121 780 3333 and the website. For more information see

Friday, 15 May 2009


Seth Lakeman's UK tour starts on Sunday in Birmingham and takes him to towns and cities including Barnstaple, Perth, Reading, Buxton and Warrington. The show at the outdoor Minack Theatre in Porthcurno, Cornwall, on Tuesday night will be filmed and Seth will be doing a signing at 2pm at Border's Cardiff before he plays at St David's Hall that night. There are still tickets left for some of the dates on the tour but the Minack Theatre, Shrewsbury, London and Saltaire have already sold out. Seth will be playing a new festival in Suffolk this September - Harvest at Jimmy's. Taking place on 12th and 13th September, Harvest at Jimmy's is a family-friendly spectacle of food and music taking place on Jimmy Doherty's farm, a name a lot of you will be familiar with from his BBC documentary series. Seth will be headlining the Sunday evening and a whole host of talent will be joining him, including chefs James Martin and Rachel Allen both showcasing their culinary skills. There'll be plenty of other live music, children's entertainment and food including the Jamie Oliver Experience. Tour dates and festival appearances: May Sun 17 -Symphony Hall, Birmingham Tues 19 - Minack Theatre Porthcurno SOLD OUT Fri 22 - Theatre Seven Shrewsbury SOLD OUT Sat 23 - St David's Hall, Cardiff Sun 24 - Union Chapel, London SOLD OUT Mon 25 - Victoria Hall, Saltaire SOLD OUT Tues 26 - Opera House, Buxton Wed 27 - Hexagon, Reading Thurs 28 - Queens Hall, Barnstaple Fri 29 - Parr Hall, Warrington Sat 30 - Festival of Arts, Perth June Wed 3 - Komedia, Bath Sun 21 - Beverley Folk Festival Sat 27 - Folk Im Schlosshof, Germany July Fri 3 - National Forest Folk Festival Sat 4 - Two Rivers Folk Festival Thurs 23 - Trowbridge Village Pump Festival August Sat 1 - Stokes Bay Festival Sat 8 - Belladrum Scotland Fri 14 - Cropredy Festival Sat 29 - Shrewsbury Folk Festival Sun 30 - Solfest, Cumbria September Fri 11 - Bromyard Folk Festival Sun 13 - Harvest at Jimmys Fri 25 - Pontardawe Arts Centre

Thursday, 14 May 2009

An Evening with Steve Knightley and Martyn Joseph

22 Jun 09 - WINGFIELD, SUFFOLK Wingfield Barns, Church Rd, Wingfield, Eye, Suffolk, IP21 5RA Tel: Richard Patterson, 01379 384080 23 Jun 09 - CANTERBURY Kingston Barn, Kingston Rd, Kingston, Canterbury, CT4 6JB Email: 24 Jun 09 - Nr LIPHOOK, HANTS Venue TBC Phone for details Tel: 01428 725276 01 Jul 09 - DEVORAN, Nr TRURO Devoran Village Hall, Quay Rd, Devoran, Cornwall, TR3 6PW Tel: 01872 864662 (after 6pm) Email: 02 Jul 09 - TOPSHAM The Globe Hotel, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0HR Tel: 01524 414043 Website - 03 Jul 09 - WELLINGTON, SOMERSET Arts Centre, Eight Acre Lane, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8PS Tel: 01884 33969 : Email : Online -

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

FolkCast 040 - May 2009 - RELEASED!

. After our technical problems of last month, the May 2009 edition is finally available to download! Well, better late than never... I'm flying solo this month, but there is still the usual mix of great music and special items. Music this month comes from Ella Edmondson - The BibleCode Sundays - Steve Knightley - Adam Balbo - John McNair - No Fixed Abode - Bob Fox - Hallelujah Chicken Run Band - The McDades - John Dory - Damien Barber & Mike Wilson - Craig D'Andrea. Our folk poet Dave Alton tells the tale of Bringing The Tide To Morpeth, accompanied by Italian guitarist Pino Forastiere, and Babba tells the story behind the song of The Plains Of Waterloo. If you've any comments about the music or items in the show, please post them here. To hear the show, go to All the best, Phil Presenter/Producer

Sunday, 3 May 2009


Just a reminder that you can read the thoughts of Chairman Ken, as he tours the small 'alls and concert venues of GB with SS at 2009 On The Road. The only problem is we've only got one "follower" (Hi KTM!), and he's got nine (including us)! :-( Phil

Saturday, 2 May 2009


Good news! My computer is fixed. Bad news... I'm now about a week behind on preparing for the May show, as I haven't been able to access vital files until now. Rather than rush, I'm going to push back the deadline for the show until May 13th. The show might be online before then, but I can't promise ... so watch this space! Phil