Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Sunday, 25 April 2010
What about a little Swedish folk music with my new group (I am the one on
Well actually, the first tune is from Finland and the second from Germany
(where the nyckelharpa player was born), but we perform them in a Swedish
way, and we mostly play Swedish music. Hopefully the next piece our fiddler
puts up on YouTube will be something from our own country.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
I've long wondered whether anything could be done to cast off the old fashioned image of Morris Dancing and allow the brilliant music and moves to come shining through, in the way that Michael Flattely did with Irish Dancing. Personally, I love the traditions of Morris, and enjoy watching a good side in full flight, but the style of dress and the way the music is performed does seem to create something of a problem for a lot of English people, who cringe away in horror at the very mention of their native folk art, as though someone had suggested spending the evening going electricity pylon spotting (not that there's anything wrong with that....).
Sadly, and undeservedly, Morris Dancing is a laughing stock. That needs to change.
Well, if anyone can give Morris the boost it needs, it's got to be The Demon Barbers, who have ably demonstrated in their live show just how exciting, nay thrilling, the dancing and music can be - the equal of anything on the world folk scene.
Now the Barbers are taking it to the next level, with the launch of Time, Gentlemen, Please!, which they say invites three young hip hop dancers for a night out at their local pub 'The Fighting Cocks'.
"Clog, Rapper Sword and Morris meet B-boying, Popping and Krump in this humourous and unmissable visual feast. Think Riverdance with a false moustache, Stomp with bells on and both sitting in the front seat of a Bugatti!"
Box office 0113 224 3801
Book securely online www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk
Tickets £10.00, concessions £8.00
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
It's Folk Against Fascism week from next Thursday, and lots of gigs are taking place with artists demonstrating loudly that folk music is not about to be hijacked by certain right wing political parties...
NB: Folk are Against Fascism every week, not just on the dates below. Fascism: never a good idea.
Here's a list of some of the events happening as part of FAF week. There are probably more:
* Thursday April 22nd - Prince Albert, Brighton - Mary Hampton, Jim Causley, Joe Burke
* Friday April 23rd - The Goose is Out - Dave Swarbrick
* Friday April 23rd - Black Smock's St George's Day Bash, Vauxhall, London
* Friday April 23rd - 1in12, Bradford
* Friday April 23rd - Roy Bailey supports FAF and is playing at the St George's gig in Derby
* Saturday April 24th - Sage, Gateshead, Kingsmen, Young Uns, Dogan Mehmet
* Saturday April 24th - Darwin Suite, Derby, PBS6
* Sunday April 25th - Keiran Halpin, the Bell Inn, Bath (lunchtime event)
* Sunday April 25th - Walthamstow Folk Club, Dave Delarre
* Monday April 26th - Julian Gaskell and his Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, the Bell Inn, Bath
* Tuesday April 27th - Megson at the Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
* Tuesday April 27th - Leicester, Musician, PBS6
* Wednesday April 28th - Green Angels, the Bell Inn, Bath
* Thursday April 29th - Woody Guthrie Folk Club, Liverpool
* Saturday May 1st - Hailsham Pavilion, Chumbawamba, Demon Barber Roadshow
* Saturday May 1st - Launch of Barnsley FAF, 12-4 outside Barnsley Topshop
* Sunday May 2nd - FAF Village Fête. Evening concert sold out, but please come along for daytime fun.
* Sunday May 2nd - Poppy and friends, the Bell Inn, Bath (lunchtime event)
* Monday May 3rd - Nowt So Queer as Folk, afternoon and evening concert at Cecil Sharp House
More info from the FAF website.
The real ale tasting notes are shaping up, the Orange Tree stage programme has been finalised including some wonderful musicians and performers who we can promise will entertain and delight whilst you are sipping your ale and eating lots of yummy food in the glorious June sunshine! Now is the time to snap up the few remaining weekend tickets.
New for this year we have joined forces with EFDSS (English Folk, Dance & Song Society) to bring you a showcase in the Big Top on Sunday of some of the finest and up and coming musicians on today's folk scene. We have also teamed up with our friends Tonder who present the premier folk and roots festival in Denmark. We are now officially twinned and we'll soon be announcing a very special competition to win tickets to the festival in Denmark in August this year.
For Oyster fans, their will be a unique live performance by the 'Holy Bandits' - the seminal 90s album where their song writing came of age. In the spirit of their recent very well-received acoustic 'Oxford Girl' tour, Oysterband and friends become Holy Bandits and perform the whole album (plus a few other things) live, featuring James O'Grady, Rowan Godel, Ian Kearey and Al Scott as well as John, Alan, Chopper, Ian & Dil.
So come and join thousands of music fans this June at De Montfort Hall and Gardens, Leicester, to celebrate the best in contemporary folk and roots music. We are very excited about the line-up for 2010, which includes headliners The Proclaimers, Kate Rusby and, of course, festival hosts Oysterband. We also have Stornoway, Dervish, Cara Dillon, Chris Wood and many more. For the full line-up check out the website www.bigsessionfestival.com
As well as the amazing line-up, Big Session can boast the whole package: from its green credentials with fastidious recycling, beautiful setting in De Montfort Hall and Gardens, through to the fabulous Kidzone. To make sure everyone enjoys the festival whatever the weather, with all sets are undercover on indoor and outdoor marquee stages. There will also be a fantastic range of quality food and drink offering as well as a huge range of real ales and ciders from local breweries.
So what are you waiting for? Make the Big Session part of your summer of festival fun and book your tickets today. Weekend adult tickets cost £75, child tickets cost £27.50 and children under five are free. Day tickest and camping are available here or from the box office 0116 233 3111.
"Bigger than a garden party, smaller than Glastonbury, the Big Session is the perfect weekend for anyone who loves festivals but doesn't have the wellies and prefers proper toilets!" fRoots
Friday: THE PROCLAIMERS, CARA DILLON, THE ROCKINGBIRDS, CHRIS WOOD, IAN KING, JOHN SMITH, RAY COOPER, JULIAN GASKELL & THE RAGGED TROUSER PHILANTHROPISTS, 6 DAY RIOT.
Saturday: KATE RUSBY, DREADZONE, STORNOWAY, HOLY BANDITS, CHUMBAWAMBA, NANCY ELIZABETH, DAMIEN O'KANE, WHAPWEASEL with GORDON POTTS, MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS, TYDE, MOULETTES,
THE RANELAGH RENEGADES, RAGHU DIXIT, BLAIR DUNLOP.
Sunday: OYSTERBAND, JACKIE OATES, KATHRYN ROBERTS AND SEAN LAKEMAN, DERVISH, MEGSON, KERFUFFLE, WILL POUND & DAN WALSH, JAMES FINDLAY, MOULTON MORRIS.