Wednesday, 26 May 2010

New CD from Swarb

It's to be called raison d'etre, and has nothing to do with his love of dried grapes...

Full details at Dave Swarbrick's own website.

Beverley Festival SELL-OUT of Proclaimers tickets

Tickets for Beverley Festival’s headline act The Proclaimers, on Sunday 20th June, are now sold out.

Festival organiser Chris Wade said “We are delighted by the take up of tickets for this concert. It is the first time we have sold out so far in advance of the festival.  It is a pity that so many people will be disappointed at not being able to purchase tickets, but with a limited sized venue it is not possible to accommodate more single event ticket holders. We have to retain some spaces for those who have purchased Weekend and Day tickets for the festival”.

Weekend and Day tickets, and tickets for all other events are still available, and with headline act for the Friday being Eddi Reader, with Henry Priestman as support, this an excellent alternative to the Sunday night concert.

For more details on the full programme, visit the festival’s website or call the Festival Office 01377 217569.

Artists include:
The Proclaimers, Eddi Reader, Roy Bailey & Tony Benn, The Demon Barber Roadshow, The Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, Martin Simpson Trio, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Dervish, Charlie Dore & The Hula Valley Orchestra, Barbara Dickson, Blazin’ Fiddles, Koshka, Do─čan Mehmet, Ivan Brackenbury,  Jerry Harmon (USA), Jeni & Billy (USA), Sean Taylor, Karen Tweed, Ellen & The Escapades, Tyde and lots more …………..

A packed programme of music and dance, as well as Comedy, Literature, Poetry, Youth and Kids events, all promise to make the festival a must for festival goers in June
Full weekend tickets: Adult £93 / Concession £75 / Family (2 x Ad & 2 x Conc) £246

For all events there are individual adult and concession tickets available - here are just a selection of these with more info available from the festival website:
  • Eddi Reader, Henry Priestman, Karen Tweed - £19.50 Adults / £16.50
  • Comedy Club Friday - Mitch Benn, Rory Motion - £8.00  Adults / £6.00
  • Friday Festival Village Passes - £5.00 Adults / £3.50
  • Martin Simpson Trio, Dogan Mehmet , Sean Taylor  - £15.50 Adults / £13.00
  • Mid-Summer Party - Demon Barber Roadshow; Gandalf Murphy - £17.00 Adults / £14.50
  • Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band & Support in Beverley Minster - £16.00 Adults / £12.50
  • Comedy Club Saturday - Ivan Brackenbury, Rory Motion - £10.00 Adults / £8.00
  • Charlie Dore, Ellen & The Escapades,Whiskey Dogs,Jerry Harmon  - £13.00 Adults / £11.00
  • Koshka, Blazin Fiddles- £15.50 Adults / £13.00
  • Writing on the Wall  - Roy Bailey & Tony Benn - £12.00 Adults / £10.00
  • Saturday and Sunday Festival Day Passes - £7.00 Adults / £5.00

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Show Of Hands in the tropics

Show of Hands' hugely popular annual signature festival on the Dorset heritage coast was missing a vital ingredient last year – the band’s multi instrumental wizard Phil Beer, who was away fulfilling a lifetime dream of competing in the Tall Ships Race.
But this year the festival is at full strength with Mr. Beer firmly back on board for the event at Abbotsbury’s glorious Sub Tropical Gardens near Weymouth on Saturday, July 3.

Phil and Steve Knightley, together with regular guest Miranda Sykes on double bass and vocals, will spearhead over six hours of non-stop open-air entertainment on Abbotsbury’s West Lawn.  

They will be aided and abetted by special guests topped by jokey punk folksters Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds.

Meanwhile the “impossibly talented” Rodney Branigan from Texas will be bringing his progressive folk fusion music to Abbotsbury and doubtless making jaws drop with his simultaneous playing of two guitars. 

Another highlight of the eclectic line-up will be spellbinding folk-classicists Spiro, (FolkCast 042) an instrumental quartet who The Word described as “Like Detroit techno played by a travelling band out of a Hardy novel”! The Bristol-based band comprises Jon Hunt on guitar, Jane Harbour on violin, Alex Vann on mandolin and Jason Sparkes on accordion.

The line-up is completed by the unique French-Geordie singer Flossie Malavialle who proved a popular support act for Show of Hands on their autumn 09 tour and has since supported Fairport Convention. 

The event starts at 3pm. Tickets are available on 01305-871130, price £22 (adults); £11 (children) or a special offer family ticket for two adults and up to three children for £50. The Abbotsbury Tourism box office is open 9am-1pm and 2-5pm Mondays to Fridays Further information on or email 

Concertgoers are invited to bring low-backed seating, rugs and picnics into the grounds - entry to the West Lawn area is from 1.30pm. The grounds open at 10am for those interested in looking round the magnificent 20-acre gardens (admission included in ticket price). For the youngsters, children’s entertainer Rob Pudner will be on hand with his circus skills and storytelling and face painters will also be at the ready.


Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Kerfuffle to split

Young Midlands folk band Kerfuffle is calling time at the end of this year to pursue individual projects.
From their website:
As those of you who have seen the band in recent months will already have heard,
Kerfuffle is coming to an end this year. After nine years of working together, the time has come for us to dedicate ourselves to other projects. We have every intention of going out on a high and have a busy summer including gigs in France and Italy as well as UK festivals including Priddy and Sidmouth, culminating in a farewell set at our home away from home, Shrewsbury Folk Festival. We look forward to seeing you out there in the coming months! Sam, Hannah and Jamie will tour the Lighten the Dark material in December 2010 with a yet-to-be announced fourth musician in Tom's stead. 2010 will be our ninth and final year as a band, nine years in which we have been privileged to have some of the most dedicated fans anywhere, fans who have time and time again amazed us with their kindness, generosity and passion for music. You know who you are, and you have our gratitude. Fans of the band will be able to follow our other work: Sam remains busy with Bellowhead (whose as-yet-untitled new album will emerge in the autumn), Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings (who are on tour in May) and Fay Hield(whose album Looking Glass will be released on Topic later this year). Information about all these gigs and more can be found at his personal website. Hannah has a new vocal trio, Lady Maisery (featuring Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans) and an accordion group featuring Karen Tweed and Becky Price as well as continuing with the Demon Barber Roadshow, whose new stage show Time Gentlemen Please opens in Leeds on Saturday 15th May. Hannah and Sam will continue their work as a duo; expect a follow-up to Catches and Glees in 2011. Jamie is currently on tour in his Horizon-nominated duo with Katriona Gilmore, whose debut Shadows and Half Light will be followed by a second album later this year; more details on their website. Tom will be appearing (along with original Kerfuffle member Chris Thornton-Smith) on Sheffield singer Charlie Barker's new album Ghosts and Heroes, scheduled for release in July. He also maintains an active online voice at, where he has been known to ramble incessantly about travel, photography, books and, occasionally, music. Goodbye and thanks for all the fish! Sam, Hannah, Jamie and Tom

Monday, 17 May 2010

Summer Sizzer is launched

FolkCast 052 for May 2010 is now available to download from the website -
This edition is the Summer Sizzler, which means maximum music and minimum chat - a soundtrack to enjoy again and again all summer long! Download it, put it on your MP3 player, burn it to disc, and you've got 80 minutes of excellent new music to enjoy, with no chat to get in the way.
This show features music from: Circus Envy - Tinkerscuss - Andy Raven - Hot Buttered Rum - Duane Andrews - Andy Patterson - Dala - Michael Wark - Maria Dunn - Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga - She Swings She Sways - Clive Gregson - Roy Jay - Spiral Dance - David Wilcox - Jesse Manno - RM Hubbert - Rebecca Blackman - Joe Holtaway - Dahm The Bard.
See the ShowNotes for full details and links.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Lancashire Hotpots' drummer dies in mysterious circumstances

Tom McGrath, known as Willie Eckerslike - the drummer for comedy/folk band The Lancashire Hotpots who have been featured several times on FolkCast - has been found dead at his home in mysterious circumstances, and it has since emerged that he was being investigated for child sex offences.
Of course, it would be inappropriate to comment on that aspect of the situation, but FolkCast's thoughts are with the other members of the band, and Tom's partner and son, who must all be going through a very tough time.
More details here.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

A message from Seth Lakeman

A message from Seth Lakeman...
My new studio album 'Hearts & Minds' is out on the 14th June and I'm giving away a track from the new album for free! You can download for free from my website simply by posting a message to Twitter or Facebook to help spread the word!
We had a great time recording Hearts & Minds with Tchad Blake in Wales, it was a really great experience and I can't wait for you to hear the album. Keep checking my websites for updates on the album, single and new video and I'll see you on the road very soon. Have a great bank holiday weekend! Seth Tour Dates Sat 8th May - RIB Festival, Isle of Wight Fri 14th May - Komedia, Bath Tue 18th May - Daphne du Maurier Festival, Cornwall Fri 21st May - Kasbah, Coventry Sat 22nd May - Shepley Spring Festival, Huddersfield Sun 6th June - Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Sun 20th June - HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Thu 1st July - Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks Sun 4th July - Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire Fri 9th July - Whitley Bay Playhouse, Tyne & Wear Sat 10th July - Garforth Community College, Leeds Wed 14th July - The Cheese & Grain, Somerset Sat 17th July - Chagstock Festival, Devon Sun 18th July - Guilfest, Guildford Wed 21st July - Old Royal Naval College, London Fri 30th July - Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Sat 4th September - Weyfest, Surrey Sun 5th September - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London

I am the Queen of the May, tra-la-la!

Happy May Day to one and all!
May's FolkCast will be the Summer Sizzler - all-music, no talk. If you are a musician who would like to be part of that, and has a suitably summer sound to contribute, see here for details of how to get your music to us. I hope to get the show available on t'web on May 16.
Pip pip!