Friday, 7 August 2009

Show Of Hands' County Towns Tour

A capital performance is coming to a county town near you later this year, courtesy of Show of Hands. They’ve sold out the Royal Albert Hall three times, headlined at festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD, supported the likes of Peter Gabriel and Jools Holland and been voted the public’s “Best Live Act” in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. At the end of October they embark on a fast-selling 37-date tour of English county towns; what could be more apt for the Devon-based act described by Peter Gabriel as “one of the great English bands”. The tour coincides with the October release of the acutely topical Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed* – probably their most hard-hitting album to date. Steve Knightley has penned a wealth of songs steeped in the English tradition while Phil Beer is a dazzling multi instrumentalist who as The Scotsman observed, “can play nearly every stringed instrument known to man”. Joined by regular guest Miranda Sykes on double bass and vocals, this is folk nudging the mainstream. It pitches into rock, blues, country and world music, played on a multitude of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro. Starting the show each night will be their special guest, the intriguing and unique French-Geordie, Flossie Malavialle (pictured). The Show Of Hands Tour Dates are here. * Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed - as I mentioned in the August 09 edition of FolkCast, you could make up a very good compilation album of new 'folk' songs inspired by the banking and MPs expenses scandals. Unfortunately, Show Of Hands seem to have used the working title I had in mind! Phil

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Cropton ... off

Cropton Folk & Roots Festival Cancelled The hurriedly planned Cropton Folk n Roots Festival near Pickering in North Yorkshire, planned for August 7 to 9, has been cancelled. A decision was made last week in view of the low ticket sales and a poor weather forecast.* All ticket holders are being refunded or have the option of transferring their ticket to another North Yorkshire Folk event, The Osmotherley Gathering, Sept 11th - 13th. The organisers say: "Cropton Folk & Roots Festival is a new venture organised jointly by Festival on the Moor and Roots North. Both organisations have a history and reputation for excellent entertainment and value to ticket holders, but in this case we didn't feel able to guarantee the usual high standards." However, a similar event is planned for Cropton next year. Festival organiser, Jeanette Grainger said: "We apologise to those who had bought tickets for the festival. Cropton has the potential to be a great venue. We feel that with a longer lead time and some wet weather-proofing, we can definately run a superb event there next year". More info at * June and July have been wet, and organisers of all kinds of outdoors events live in fear of a wash out. But weather forecasts for Britain are rubbish any more than three days ahead - and certainly weeks ahead. You can't rely on them at all - and ironically, 24 hours in advance, the forecast for the weekend is just about perfect festival weather - sunny, warm and dry. However, it's understandable that the organisers don't want to take financial risks, and FolkCast wishes Cropton and organisers Jeanette and Richard all the best of luck for the future. Just a thought though... Festivals, especially new festivals, need people to buy tickets in advance, but people are increasingly reluctant to buy in advance because so many festivals, especially new festivals, are being cancelled. It's a classic chicken-and-egg scenario. It's too easy to be too chicken ... and too easy to be left with egg on your face!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

3 Daft Monkeys - gigs announced

The Cornish trio are hitting the festivals hard this year - and then heading for Holland. Plus, there are some theatre gigs, too. More details at their website CATCH THE MONKEYS! August * Thurs 6th - Acoustic Gathering presents 3 Daft Monkeys @ Vivaz. * Sat 8th - Belladrum Festival , Scotland. Hothouse Stage, 1pm Moved from Friday 7th * Sun 9th - Boomtown Fair, Forest of Dean. * Sat 15th - Sterts Theatre, Liskeard. * Sat 29th - Watchet Festival, Somerset. * Sun 30th - Rackenford Beer Festival. * Mon 31st - Poole Park Festival. September * Wed 2nd - Cafe Wilhelmina, Folkbal, Wilhelminaplein, Eindhoven, Holland. 8.00 pm * Fri 4th - Burgers Cafe, Hertogstraat 2, Eindhoven, Holland. 10.00 pm * Sat 5th - Keltisch Festival, Holland. * Sat 5th - Ruigoord, Amsterdam, Holland. 10.30 pm * Fri 18th - Alchemy Festival, Hall Farm Park, Lincolnshire. * Sun 20th - Knockengorroch Festival, Scotland. * Wed 30th - Fiddle Festival of Wales October * Sat 3rd - Ethandune Ale and Cider Festival, Trowbridge. 01225 762439 / 01225 710535 * Thurs 22nd - Fibbers, York. 08700 600 100 * Fri 23rd - Civic Hall Bar, Wolverhampton. 08703 207 000 * Sat 24th - Bullingdon, Oxford. 08444 772 000 * Sun 25th - Cox's Yard, Stratford. 01789 404 600 * Tues 27th - The Black Cat, Horsham. 07988 225 360 * Wed 28th - The Globe, Cardiff. 02920 230 130 * Thurs 29th - Queens Hall, Narberth. 01834 861 212 * Fri 30th - The Met, Bury. 01617 612 216 * Sat 31st - The Perfect 5th, Taunton. 01823 330 978 November * Sun 1st - Academy 3, Manchester. 01618 321 111 * Tues 3rd - Luminaire, London. 08444 772 000 * Wed 4th - Mr Kyps, Poole. 01202 748 945 * Fri 6th - Louisiana, Bristol. 08704 444 400 * Sat 7th - The Hippo, Plymouth. 08700 600 100 December * Wed 2nd - Junction 2, Cambridge. 01223 511 511 * Thurs 3rd - Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. 01326 211 222 * Fri 4th - Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. 08704 444 400 * Sat 5th - Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter. 01392 667 080

Monday, 3 August 2009

Beautiful Jo

The latest edition of FolkCast - 043 - is online now. There's a special feature this month about the downloadable re-releases just out on the Beautiful Jo label - and we play tracks from six of those albums. I'd just like to say that it's really nice of them to name a record label after my missus... Full details in the ShowNotes at