Sunday, 31 October 2010

If anyone can, Kan can

New instrumental folk group Kan (Brian Finnegan of Flook, Aidan O'Rourke from Lau, Ian Stephenson and Jim Goodwin) is heading out on their maiden tour of England beginning next week, with their debut album set for release soon.
Click here for tour dates.


KAN (photo by Louis De Carlo)
Brian’s grounded in the Irish tradition, Aidan in the Scottish, and both are highly accomplished improvisers and celebrated composers with a brace of solo CDs each, and neither afraid to take risks and explore new sonic frontiers.


Yorkshire guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Ian Stephenson has worked with his band 422, with Kathryn Tickell and Chris Stout. He is teamed with rhythm master Jim Goodwin, drummer and percussionist with the Halle and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The boys from Kan (the Mayan god of seeds, trivia fans!) have been mates for years, meeting through their love for traditional music at sessions and then later guested on one another’s records.



Meanwhile, Ian Stephenson's solo album has just been released. More details here.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Second show of Show Of Hands

Just four days after completing their Spires and Beams tour of UK cathedrals, minsters and churches, Show of Hands will embark on a major 15-date autumn concert tour stretching from Truro to Teeside (Nov 17-Dec 5). 




The tour takes in Salisbury, Manchester, Stafford, Stockton on Tees, Buxton, Truro, Reading, Ipswich, Camberley, Bristol, Gateshead, Bradford, St.Albans, Canterbury and London’s Bloomsbury Theatre.

Regular guest Miranda Sykes joins Phil Beer and Steve Knightley, along with thrilling Texan guitarist Rodney Branigan, who plays terrific self-penned songs as well as performing a few party tricks, as seen at this summer's Abbotsbury festival....


SHOW OF HANDS' AUTUMN TOUR 2010

NOVEMBER

17th: SALISBURY City Hall Tickets from Box Office: 01722 434434 or  www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

18th: MANCHESTER, Royal Northern College of Music Tickets from RNCM Box Office 0161 907 5200, or www.rncm.ac.uk

19th: STAFFORD, Gatehouse Theatre Tickets on: 01785 254653

20th: STOCKTON ON TEES, Arc Theatre Tickets from ARC Box Office 01642 525199 or www.arconline.co.uk

21st: BUXTON, Opera House Tickets from venue Box Office 0845 127 2190 or  www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

24th: TRURO, Hall for Cornwall Tickets on sale 01 Sept on 01872 262466

25th: READING, Concert Hall Tickets from venue Box Office 0118 960 6060 or www.readingarts.com

26th: IPSWICH, Corn Exchange Tickets on sale from 01473 433100 /  www.ipswichregent.com

27th: CAMBERLEY Theatre Tickets from venue Box Office 01276 707600 or www.camberleytheatre.biz

28th: BRISTOL, Colston Hall Tickets from venue Box Office 0117 922 3686 or  www.colstonhall.org

29th: GATESHEAD, The Sage (Hall One) Tickets from Box Office 0191 443 4661 / www.thesagegateshead.org or email ticketoffice@thesagegateshead.org

DECEMBER

2nd: BRADFORD, St George’s Hall Tickets from Box Office 01274 432000 or www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

3rd: ST ALBANS, The Alban Arena Tickets: 01727 844488

4th CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian Theatre Tickets 01227 769075 SOLD OUT

5th: LONDON, UCL Bloomsbury Theatre Tickets 020 7388 8822

Tattie Jam on the road

Scottish folk duo Tattie Jam take to the road for an extensive club tour of England and Scotland in November and December. Catch them if you can. 




NOVEMBER

13th Saturday @ 8PM
BALLYHENNAN RESTAURANT & BAR, TARBET, Aryll & Bute G83 7DA  www.ballyhennan.com  Tel. 01301 702 393

14th Sunday @ 6.PM
THE PRINCE OF WALES, Foxfield, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA20 6BX www.princeofwalesfoxfield.co.uk  

 16th Tuesday @ 8.45PM
SANDBACH FOLK CLUB, Market Tavern, 8 The Square, SANDBACH, Cheshire
 CW11 1AT  www.sandbachfolk.com  Tel. 01270 762 099

 18th Thursday @ 9PM
THE BOAT INN, 209 Ferry Road, JACKFIELD, Telford, Shropshire
TF8 7LS  www.boatinnjackfield.com  Tel. 01952 884 483

19th Friday @ 7.30PM
BEDSTONE & HOPTON CASTLE VILLAGE HALL, BEDSTONE, Shropshire
SY7 0BE  www.artsalive.co.uk  Tel. 01547 530 282

20th Saturday @ 7.30PM
THE LION BALLROOM ARTS CENTRE, LEOMINSTER, Herefordshire SY7 0BE  www.lion-ballroom.co.uk  Tel. 01568 612 164

21st Sunday @ 4PM
THE CANTEEN, 80, Stokes Croft Road, BRISTOL BS1 3QY http://thecanteenbristol.wordpress.com  Tel. O117 923 2017

22nd Monday @ 8.30PM
THE BELL INN, BATH, 103 Walcot Street, Somerset BA1 5BW 
www.walcotstreet.com  Tel. 01225 460 426

23rd Tuesday @ 8.15PM
RINGWOOD FOLK CLUB, Elm Tree Inn, HIGHTOWN, Ringwood, Hampshire
BH24 3DY  www.ringwoodfolk.org.uk  Tel. 01425 673 713

24th Wednesday @ 8.30PM
BALDOCK & LETCHWORTH FOLK CLUB, ‘The Stables’, The Three Horseshoes,
102 Norton Rd, LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY, Hertfordshire SG6 1AG  www.madnanny.co.uk  01767 683 583

25th Thursday @ 8PM
CB2 BISTRO, 5/7 Norfolk Street, CAMBRIDGE CB1 2LD  www.cb2bistro.com 
Tel. 01223 508 355 (tickets: 07584 041 602)

26th Friday @ 8.15PM
THE RAM FOLK CLUB, The Old Cranleighan Club, THAMES DITTON, Surrey
KT7 0HB  www.theramclub.co.uk  Tel. 0208 686 9421

27th Saturday @ 8.30PM
THE SNOWDROP INN, 119 South Street, LEWES, East Sussex BN7 2BU  Tel. 01273 471 018

28th Sunday @ 8PM
HORSHAM FOLK CLUB, Normandy Centre, HORSHAM, W. Sussex RH12 1JF  www.horshamfolkclub.co.uk  Tel. 01403 276 273

29th Monday @ 8PM
THE BARGE, 63 Layfield Road, GILLINGHAM, Kent ME7 2QY  www.thebargepub.co.uk  Tel. 01843 868 757

30th (St Andrew’s Day) Tuesday @ 8PM
THE FARNCOMBE CAVERN, The Freeholders, St. John's St, FARNCOMBE, SURREY GU7 3EJ  www.thefarncombecavern.co.uk  Tel. 01483 416 741

DECEMBER

1st Wednesday @ 8PM
THE MAN OF KENT, 6-8 John Street, ROCHESTER, Kent, ME1 1YN  08721 077 077

2nd Thursday @ 7.30PM
THE CUTTY WREN FOLK CLUB, The Duke William Inn, 16 North Terrace,
 SKELTON-IN-CLEVELAND, North Yorkshire TS12 2ES  www.cuttywrenfolkclub.co.uk  Tel. 01287 622 623

3rd Friday @ 8PM
THE NURSERY INN, Hopps St, off Hart Lane, HARTLEPOOL TS26 8RA  www.nurseryinn.co.uk  Tel. 07813 767 303

4th Saturday @ 8.30PM
THE WHITE HART FOLK CLUB, MICKLEBY, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire TS13 5LU  Tel. 0191 291 1113

5th Sunday @ 8PM
THE BOTHY FOLK CLUB, The Park Golf Club, Park Rd West, SOUTHPORT, Merseyside PR9 0JS  www.bothyfolkclub.co.uk
9th Thursday @ 8PM
THE COMMODORE, 112-117 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh

12th Sunday @ 7.30PM
DOW’S, 9 Dundas Street, GLASGOW G1 2AH  www.dowsbar.com  Tel. 07584 041 602

15th Wednesday @ 8.30PM
HOOTANANNY, 67 Church Street, INVERNESS IV1 1ES  www.hootananny.co.uk 
Tel. 01463 233 651

16th Thursday @ 9PM
THE OLD BRIDGE INN, Dalfaber Road, AVIEMORE, Morayshire PH22 1PU  www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk  01479 811 137

17th Friday @ 12.30PM
THE LEMON TREE, 5 West North Street, ABERDEEN AB24 5AT  www.boxofficeaberdeen.com  Tel. 01224 641 122

Monday, 25 October 2010

The Men from U.K.U.L.E.L.E

FolkCast's plans to form the Vuvuzela Orchestra of Great Britain have come to nothing, but The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is going international, with shows scheduled in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, Luxembourg, and Germany, as well as the UK.

Writes the band orchestra: "On our return to England we are really looking forward to a special gig at Cecil Sharp House in Camden on 11 November: 'Waly Waly on the Ukulele - Ukulele settings of Cecil Sharp'. This will be an evening of UOGB arrangements of songs collected by Cecil Sharp. The concert marks the end of Sharp's 150th birthday year."

Other dates in the UOGB diary:

2010

October

Monday 25th
Tuesday 26th
Epsom Playhouse
42 Ashley Avenue, Town Centre, Epsom KT18 5AL
Performance time: 8.00pm
Box Office: 01372 742555 / 742227
Online booking:
[2]http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/

November

Tuesday 2nd: SOLD OUT
Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall)
881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019-3210, USA
Performance time: 7.30pm
Box Office: +1 212-247-7800
Online booking:
[3]http://www.carnegiehall.org/

Thursday 4th
Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Centre
Mercyhurst College
501 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546, USA
Performance time: 7.30pm
Box Office: +1 814-824-3000
Online booking:
[4]http://marydangeloperformingartscenter.createbot.com/

Saturday 6th
Convocation Hall
University Of Toronto
31 King's College Circle, Toronto ON M5S 1A1, Canada
Performance time: 8.00pm
Box Office: +1 416-870-8000
Online booking:
[5]http:http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/100044A7B4DAB4B2

Thursday 11th
Waly Waly On The Ukulele: Ukulele Settings Of Cecil Sharp Music
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regents Park Road, London, NW1 7AY
Performance time: 8.00pm
Box office: 0207 485 2206
Online booking:
[6]http://folkshop.efdss.org/Tickets.htm

New Zealand tour

Friday 19th
Regent On Broadway Theatre
PO Box 1723, 63 Broadway, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: +64 6 350 2100 / 0800 4TICKETS
Online booking:
[7]http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/

Saturday 20th and
Sunday 21st
Town Hall Auckland
50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: +64 9 357 3355
Online booking:
[8]http://www.the-edge.co.nz/

Tuesday 23rd
Founders Theatre
221 Tristram St, Hamilton, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: + 64 7 838 6600 or +64 0800 Ticketek or 0800 842 538
Online booking:
[9]http://www.ticketek.co.nz/

Wednesday 24th
Hawke's Bay Opera House
101 Hastings Street South, Hastings, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: + 64 06 871 5282 / 0800 4TICKET
Online booking:
[10]http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/

Thursday 25th
TSB Theatre
92 - 100 Devon St West, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: + 64 6 759 6060 or + 64 0800 Ticketek or 0800 842 538
Online booking:
[11]http://www.ticketek.co.nz/

Friday 26th and
Saturday 27th
Michael Fowler Centre
111 Wakefield Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: +64-4-801 4231 or + 64 0800 Ticketek or 0800 842 538
Online booking:
[12]http://www.ticketek.co.nz/

Sunday 28th
Edgar Centre
116 Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: + 64 0800 4TICKETS
Online booking:
[13]http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/

Tuesday 30th
Queenstown Events Centre
Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: + 64 0800 4TICKETS
Online booking:
[14]http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/

December

Wednesday 1st
Auditorium Town Hall
86-95 Kilmore Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: + 64 0800 Ticketek or 0800 842 538
Online booking:
[15]http://www.ticketek.co.nz/

Friday 3rd
Trafalgar Centre
Paru Paru Road, Nelson, New Zealand
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: + 64 0800 Ticketek or 0800 842 538
Online booking:
[16]http://www.ticketek.co.nz/

Wednesday 15th
Symphony Hall
Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA
Performance time: TBC
Box Office: 0121 780 3333
Online booking:
[17]http://www.thsh.co.uk/

Saturday 18th
Brighton Dome
12A Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE
Performance time: 8.00pm
Box Office: 01273 700 747
Online booking:
[18]http://www.brightondome.org/

2011

January

Tuesday 11th
Lorensbergsteatern
Box 53 150, 400 15 Gothenburg, Sweden
Performance time: TBC
Box Office: 031-708 62 00
Online booking:
[19]http://www.lorensbergsteatern.se/default.asp

Thursday 13th, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th
Ukulelescope - the UOGB's silent film show in collaboration with the BFI
Reginateatern
Trädgårdsgatan 6, 753 09 Uppsala, Sweden
Performance time: TBC
Box Office: 018-727 83 40
Online booking:
[20]http://www.reginateatern.se/

Sunday 16th, Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th
Ukulelescope - the UOGB's silent film show in collaboration with the BFI
Scalateatern
Wallingatan 32-34, 111 24, Stockholm, Sweden
Performance time: TBC
Box Office: 08-14 35 75
Online booking:
[21]http://www.scalateatern.se/

Saturday 22nd
Warwick Arts Centre
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office: 024 7652 4524
Search site
Online booking:
[22]http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/

Thursday 27th
The Alban Arena
Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD
Performance time: 8pm
Box Office:01727 844488
Online booking:
[23]http://www.alban-arena.co.uk/

Saturday 29th
O2 Academy Bournemouth
570 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, BH1 4BH
Doors: 7pm
Performance time: TBC
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Online booking:
[24]http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_south&query=detail&event=406567&
interface=bourneacad

February

Tuesday 15th - tickets go on sale on 17/01/2011
Philharmonie Luxembourg
Etablissement public Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte
1, place de l’Europe, L-1499 Luxembourg
Performance time: 8:00
Box Office: +35 2 26 02 27-1
Online booking:
[25]http://www.philharmonie.lu/

Wednesday 23rd
Das Wormser
Von-Steuben-Straße 5, 67549 Worms, Germany
Performance time: TBC
Box Office: +49 62 41 26 72 05
Online booking:
[26]http://www.worms.de/extern/das-wormser/

Thursday 24th
Friday 25th
Saturday 26th
Konzerthaus Dortmund
Brückstr. 21, 44135 Dortmund, Germany
Performance time: 8:00
Box Office: +49 231 – 22 696 200
Online booking:
[27]http://www.konzerthaus-dortmund.de/

Sunday 27th
Theater am Aegi
Aegidientorplatz 2, 30159 Hannover, Germany
Performance time: TBC
Box Office: +49 511 - 989 33 33
Online booking:
[28]http://www.theater-am-aegi.de/

Friday, 22 October 2010

Mabon on Celtic collection

Welsh band MABON have been chosen to appear on a new box set CD featuring some of the finest artists in Celtic music today.
Compiled by musician and broadcaster Mary Ann Kennedy, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s World on 3 and BBC Scotland’s Global Gathering, the triple CD set Beginner’s Guide to Celtic will be released on November 1 on the Nascente label (part of the Demon Music Group, the UK’s largest independent record company).
The 44-track CD traces the history of Celtic music featuring key acts from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. The first CD, “Sparks”, showcases the icons of Celtic music – the original sparks that ignited the Celtic music scene while CD2 “Bright Fire” focuses on “bright burning contemporary acts.”
Mabon’s File Under Biddley track will appear on CD3 - “Beacons” – which highlights acoustic acts that “mix influences, break down boundaries and cross borders”. Mabon’s acclaimed Interceltic sound, which takes on board influences from central and eastern Europe as well as kletzmer, was deemed perfect for the recording which also features such great acts as Cerys Matthews, Capercaillie, Karine Polwart, John McCusker , Peatbog Faeries, Salsa Celtica, Altan, Brenda Wootton and Battlefield Band. 
Says Mary Ann Kennedy:”This compilation represents the broadest possible side to Celtic music and reclaims the territory from all that Celtic pish! When we were researching artists for the album Mabon stood out as a breath of fresh air in Welsh music.” 
On Monday (October 25) Mabon release their own live album, Live at the Grand Pavilion - capturing all the energy and pizzazz of their acclaimed live show and underlining their fast-rising status on the folk roots and world music scene. 
Led by the indecently talented young accordionist and tunes meister Jamie Smith, Mabon have won over festival and theatre audiences across Europe with their insatiable and unique blend of InterCeltic music and rabble rousing funk folk. 
Back on Welsh home turf last autumn the all-male six piece recorded Live at the Grand Pavilion on the final atmospheric “homecoming” night of their buoyant OK UK tour, in Porthcawl, on the South Wales coast. Accompanying the 10-track CD is a free bonus DVD filmed on the same tour at the Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight – making a complete 107 minute value package perfectly showcasing their exemplary musicianship and intoxicating live act.
Drawing inspiration from the traditional music of the Celtic countries, 27-year old Jamie’s compositions see jigs and reels jostling for space alongside other dance-related forms including Breton an dro, French mazurka and Galician muinera in an exuberant, feelgood show. 
Mabon (meaning autumn equinox), also features Young Scottish Musician of the Year finalist Calum Stewart on wooden flute and pipes and stand-out fiddler Oli Wilson-Dickson (Ruth Angell deputises on fiddle on the new album). Keeping it in the family, Jamie’s father Derek Smith, who founded the original Mabon, plays acoustic guitar and the line-up is completed by Matt Downer on bass and the irrepressible Iolo Whelan on drums and percussion. 
Next week Mabon are off to Copenhagen where they will showcase for Wales at the world music trade fair.
On November 4, Mabon resume their autumn UK tour with dates in Cardiff, Stamford, Hebden Bridge, Worcester, Uley, Swindon and Bristol.

Battlefield Band celebrates Chilean miners' rescue




This track came about after three of the band were working in the studio. During a break from recording they were watching the rescue of the Chilean miners and, when the last miner made his safe return to the surface, the boys decided to write this tune - a celebration as opposed to the many other tunes and songs written about mining tragedies.

Enjoy Scotland's Welcome to the Miners of Copiapo.



Direct link to video

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Unexpected Guests

"We had a Saturday night off, so we thought we'd drop by," declared the surprise support act opening for Ken Nicol and Ashley Hutchings on Saturday evening in Clitheroe. Who was this mystery duo? Only Jerry Donahue and Doug Morter!


The support slot had been arranged at nearly the last moment, so there was no time for pre-publicity. That meant that the busy crowd in the smart, modern theatre was unaware that Jerry (ex-Fairport Convention) and Doug (former Magna Carta member) would be doing a short set. Added value!


Doug is also one of the massed ranks of ex-Albion Band members, and was clearly delighted to be reunited with the band's founder, Ashley: "My ex-governor ... The Guvnor!"


Jerry and Doug's set was mainly drawn from Doug's pen, augmented with electric guitar from the Californian legend, Jerry - although as we discovered, Jerry actually splits his time between homes in Hollywood and .... West Bradford near Clitheroe, Lancashire!


Following a short interval the show as billed got under way and - even though I must declare an interest as both Ken and Ashley are friends - what a show it is. As a singer-songwriter duo, K&A work well on record but really sparkle on stage. There are times of genuine magnificence in songs such as Raggle Taggle Lad and The Song Of Two Bridges, both from their 2010 album Copper, Russet & Gold.


Ashley plays acoustic bass guitar and adds his distinctive vocals, as well as his lovely and evocative recitations of poetry and prose, while Ken is the musical powerhouse, his fingers flying on the fret-boards of a trio of acoustic six-strings (no, not all at the same time). His playing on his solo musical piece The Bridge was mesmerising.

Towards the conclusion of the varied set the pair were joined by vocalist and guitarist Becky Mills (ex- Waking The Witch), whose fabulous voice fitted into the duo's sound like a jigsaw puzzle piece to complete the picture. Becky - who, along with Abby Lathe, features on the album -  shouldn't be left in the wings for so long, chaps. The way her vocals click together with Ken's lead is just right, with Ashley's bass (both vocal and stringed) filling out the sound to make a very satisfying whole.

The Copper, Russet & Gold tour continues right through until February, and is a highly recommended night of quality, crafted musicianship. I can't guarantee any surprise guests, but simply as a duo K&A are a delight.

TOUR DATES (scroll down linked page to relevant month)

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Gandalf's early early Halloween show

Sleepy Hollow legends Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams will descend from the mists of the Hudson Highlands to host their annual.

'GRAND SLAMBOVIAN EXTRA~TERRESTRIAL HILLBILLY~PIRATE BALL', A Halloween Concert and Costume Ball

Granted, they descend 10 days early for a Halloween concert, but descend they do!

Thursday October 21st: The Grand Slambovian ~ Extraterrestrial ~ Hillbilly ~ Pirate Ball Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QP
Tel 0207 4859006 Tickets http://rhythmgigs.com £19.50 adv (£23.00 on door)– From 8pm www.electricballroom.co.uk

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York in the late nineties, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams' live shows are where the real magic comes down, earning them critical acclaim as well as a fiercely loyal following. On stage they create an enchanting atmosphere, using traditional folk instruments, electric guitars, the occasional theremin and the distinctive singing and songwriting of Joziah Longo. Citing influences as diverse as Hank Williams, Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band and early Pink Floyd, the band's music is a mental roller coaster of whimsical and thought-provoking songs.

The Circus band includes founding members Sharkey McEwen (guitars, mandolin, backing vocals), Joziah Longo (lead vocals, guitars, harmonica), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute, theremin), Tony Zuzulo (percussion), and touring members Chen Longo (bass) and Orien Longo (keyboards, backing vocals).

A date with a monkey ... or three

The devilish, dervish-like and delicious 3 Daft Monkeys (as featured on FolkCast 054) are releasing a new album and hitting the road for an autumn gig tour of England.



Their new studio album, The Antiquated & The Arcane (out on 1st November) draws heavily from 3 Daft Monkeys experiences on the road and takes the listener on "a rollercoaster journey via the frenetic, the serene and the surreal".


Named in homage to the band’s local “Antiquated and the Arcane Society” where weird and wacky characters meet to talk about unusual or strange occurrences in Cornwall throughout history, it is an anthology of stories both shared with, and experienced by, the Monkeys. 


With a line-up consisting of Fiddle (Athene), 12 String Guitar (Tim) and Bass (Jamie), 3 Daft Monkeys weave world music influences around classic folk melodies. 


The band's DIY approach to the music industry has seen them sell thousands of copies of each of their previous three albums without the backing of any record labels or widespread media attention (maybe FolkCast played a small part...). 


Their reputation as one of the best live acts on the circuit has been earned from almost non-stop touring, whether that be on 40 date tours across the length and breadth of the UK, or playing to over 20,000 people at festivals including Cropredy, which led to them receiving the rare honour of being invited back the following year.

3 Daft Monkeys - The Antiquated & The Arcane Tour 2010
(click venue names for linkies!)


October



November


Sunday, 10 October 2010

At last the October 2010 show...

We're back! New show out now, featuring a huge crop of brand new music! Grab it from www.folkcast.co.uk - artists featured are: Leatherat - 3 Daft Monkeys - Raurri Joseph - The Demon Barbers - Acoustic Earth - Chris While and Julie Matthews - Chris and Siobhan Nelson - Mike Katz and Mike Whellens - Galley Beggar - Jez Lowe And The Bad Pennies - Billy Teare - Kathleen O'Sullivan - Will & Ed - Chuck Owston - Black Rat. Our folk poet Dave Alton tells the story of Old Sykes, His Wife And Their Gold, and Babba unlocks the door on the most devastating event in British history ... the Black Death!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Christmas is coming

Albion Christmas Band Tour 2010


Simon Nicol, Ashley Hutchings, Simon Care and Kellie While are heading your way once again spreading their brand of Christmas joy across England and Wales in December.
DateTownVenueBox Office
09/12/2010 Pontardawe Arts Centre 01792 863722 
10/12/2010 Southampton Centre 2000 02380 652333 
11/12/2010 Hailsham Pavillion 01323 841414 
12/12/2010 Wellingborough The Castle 01933 270 007 
13/12/2010 Norwich Assembly Rooms 01603 630 000 
14/12/2010 Pocklington Arts Centre 01759 301 547 
15/12/2010 Bury The Met 0161 761 2216 
16/12/2010 Newcastle Under Lyme New Vic Theatre 01782 717962 
17/12/2010 Maidenhead Norden Farm Arts Ctre 01628 788 997 
19/12/2010 Lichfield The Guildhall 01543 262223 
20/12/2010 Crosby Civic Hall 0151 928 1919 
21/12/2010 Canterbury Gulbenkian Theatre 01227 769 075 
22/12/2010 Worcester Huntingdon Hall 01905 611427 

St Agnes Fountain 2010

Chris While, Julie Matthews, David Hughes and Chris Leslie will head off again with their annual Xmas show. 
DateTownVenueBox Office
02/12/2010 Leyland Worden Arts Ctre 0161 761 2216 
03/12/2010 Barton on Humber The Ropewalk 01652 660380 
04/12/2010 Halesworth The Cut 0845 673 2123 
05/12/2010 Canterbury  Cathedral ISC 01227 831493 
06/12/2010 Maldon St Mary's Church 01621 856503 
07/12/2010 Farnham The Maltings 01252 745444 
08/12/2010 Worcester Huntingdon Hall 01252 745444 
09/12/2010 Totnes Dartington Hall-The Barn 01803 847070 
10/12/2010 South Petherton David Hall Arts 01460 240340 
11/12/2010 South Petherton David Hall Arts 01460 240340 
12/12/2010 Hitchin The Sun 01462 812391 
13/12/2010 Nettlebed Folk Club 01628 636620  
14/12/2010 Lechlade Memorial Hall 01367 253510 
15/12/2010 Marlborough St Mary's Church 01672 512465 
16/12/2010 Banbury The Mill 01295 279002 
17/12/2010 Thoresby Riding Stables 01623 794700 / 01623 870668 
18/12/2010 Thoresby Riding Stables 01623 794700 / 01623 870668 
19/12/2010 Birmingham Town Hall 0121 780 3333