Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Reg goes Electric

Reg Meuross - fundraiser for Bridport Museum and Electric Palace charities

Reg Meuross: acoustic for the Electric

Saturday 1st June

Doors 7pm, starts 8pm

In a joint fundraiser for Bridport Museum and the Electric Palace charities, FolkCast favourite Reg Meuross brings to the Electric Palace, in Bridport, Dorset, the South West launch of his latest album, ‘Leaves and Feathers’ , a collection of beautiful songs, performed with warmth and depth.

He will be joined by Jess Vincent (vocals) and Jane Pirie (cello). There will be support from Bridport’s own singer-songwriter Peter James Millson.

‘LEAVES & FEATHERS’ was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios and captures some of the warmth and intimacy of Reg’s live performances.

The sumptuous art deco interior of the Electric Palace provided the setting for Reg’s album photo shoot.

Reg said: “I chose Electric Palace for the photoshoot for my album cover and for my South West album launch, because it’s one of the most beautiful and lovingly preserved theatres and I want to support the people who run it. They know what a special place it is and manage it accordingly”.
You can buy tickets from:

Bridport Tourist Information Centre
Bucky Doo Square
Telephone: 01308 424901
Open 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday

or via This Link

For more information see: www.regmeuross.com

Thursday, 16 May 2013

North Wind blows into UK

Le Vent Du Nord

UK Tour Dates July & August 2013

Le Vent Du Nord (Wind from the North) perform traditional Québécois music in French which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany.

The group uses a very diverse range of musical instruments augmented by Québécois Foot Percussion presented via a most entertaining, energetic and engaging stage show.

They will be touring in the UK this summer:

July 2013

Tues 23  New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-u-Lyme, ST5 0JG
Tel: 01782 717962 Tickets £15.00  -- From 7.30 p.m.

Wed 24   The Sage, Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne& Wear, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661 Tickets £15.00 -- From 7.30 p.m.

Thurs 25. Borough Theatre Town Hall, Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales HP7 5HD   
Tel: 01873 850805 Tickets £15.00 -- From 7.30 p.m. 

Fri 26. WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9DG    
Tel: 0118 960 6060 Tickets & times - see website

Sat 27. Cambridge Folk Festival Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 8DW 
Tel: 01223 357851 Tickets & times - see website 

Sun 28. Cambridge Folk Festival Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 8DW 
Tel: 01223 357851 Tickets & times - see website (Afternoon concert) 

Sun 28. Warwick Folk Festival Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP 
Tel: 01926 776438 Tickets & times - see website (Evening concert) 

Tues 30. The Playhouse Theatre, 126 -130 High Street, Weston-Super-Mere, BS23 1HP 
Tel: 01934 645544 Tickets £16.50 -- From 7.30 p.m.

August 2013

Thur 1. The Hawth, Hawth Ave., Crawley, W.Sussex, RH10 6YZ
Tel: 01293 553636  Tickets £16.50 -- From 7.30 p.m.

Fri 2. Sidmouth Folk Festival Ham Marquee, The Ham, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8XR 
Tel: 01395 577952 Tickets & times - see website 

Sat 3. Wickham Festival Blind Lane, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5AL 
Tel: 023 8071 1818 Tickets & times - see website 

Sun 4. Madfest 2013, Building 21, Elscar Heritage Centre, Wath Rd, Elscar, Barnsley S74 8HJ
Tel: 01226740203 Tickets £15.00 (Under 16 £10.00) -- From 7.00 p.m.

About Le Vent Du Nord & Their Latest CD - Tromper Le Temps
To coincide with ten successful years of touring and recording Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord released their seventh album ‘Tromper Le Temps' in 2012. Renowned as ambassadors of Francophonie they are acknowledged as one of the key groups in Quebec’s traditional music revival.
Since their formation in August 2002 Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and Simon Beaudry have enjoyed great success which in turn has allowed them to take their music to other countries. Over the course of the last decade the band has played close to 1,000 concerts in North America and Europe.

Le Vent Du Nord perform traditional Québécois music in French which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from Ireland and Brittany. The album Tromper le Temps sees Le Vent du Nord pushing their own limits and exploring their vocal harmonies and musical textures. Through the course of the thirteen tracks the band take you on a trip of several historical periods. The lyrics and poetic scenes that have marvellously survived the passage of time are wonderfully pertinent to our present day realities, socially, politically and personal. The group use a very diverse range of musical instruments augmented by Québécois Foot Percussion presented via a most entertaining, energetic and engaging stage show. Whilst music changes with time and fashion Nicolas, Olivier, Réjean and Simon proudly continue to anchor their musical traditions in the present with fluid arrangements, great instrumentals, vocals, and the best in contemporary production. Prior to receiving The Académie Charles Cros Award for World Music their previous album La Part du Feu earned them their second Juno Award (Canadian Grammy's) .

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

CD Review - Union Jill

Respectable Rebellion

Review by Carys

For the first few seconds of this album's opening track, "The Queen of Holloway", I found myself surprised. The last thing I expected from two Yorkshire lasses was Americana, but there is certainly a tinge of bluegrass laced throughout Sharon Winfield and Helen Turner's brilliant third album, "Respectable Rebellion".

 The aforementioned first track features Andy Seward on banjo, and the voices here could be mistaken for an American twang in places. And yet... this nonetheless manages to remain a wonderfully English folk album by two very talented women. I say that as a compliment of the highest order, because they sing with passion and feeling and you come away convinced that they write and sing from experience.

"The Queen of Holloway" celebrates the Suffragette movement, and it feels only right that I should be listening to it in the week of a local election. Whenever an acquaintance voices their surprise that I have never missed the opportunity to vote, my answer is always the same "Women died so I could vote." It's good to hear them celebrated here by an uptempo opener that demands your attention and then refuses to let go with the next song, "Trailblazer", the story of women who delivered aeroplanes to the front line during the Second World War.

Now, I always feel somewhat uncomfortable with the word 'feminist'. It seems to have so many negative connotations, and yet, many of these songs memorialise incredibly positive female role models, something that is sadly lacking in mainstream society these days. Perhaps this album should be required listening in all schools, so children can understand that women have always done great things, just not always in the public eye. But I digress. 

With a name like Union Jill, surely the collaboration itself is more important, with the whole something far greater than the sum of its parts. A little digging on the interwebs told me that Helen is the soprano and Sharon a tenor, but at times it feels as though they are a single, inseparable entity as they mesh vocals, guitars and mandola, together with guest performances including Fairport's Ric Sanders who lends his virtuoso fiddle playing to 'Morecambe Bay', an angry retelling of the fate of the Chinese cocklepickers in 2004. 
Sharon and Helen

From the disturbing lyrics of "Grandfather's ghost" to the masterful overlapping vocals of "Mad Alice" the latter based on the tale of a woman hanged in York in 1825 for the 'crime' of madness, this is an album that has instant appeal and yet is one you'll find yourself returning to again and again.

I urge you, go out and buy this album. Union Jill has managed to create a unique sound which I hope one day will be instantly recognisable, without ever being predictable.

(www.unionjill.org, released: 11th May 2013)

Hear Union Jill's earlier releases via Soundcloud

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Martin Simpson goes Vagrant for his birthday

Martin Simpson celebrates his 60th birthday on Monday 6th May and a professional career into its fifth decade with a splendid, intimate new album Vagrant Stanzas, to be released on 29th July.
Martin Simpson: on the verge
Richard Hawley says of Martin: “He’s the best I’ve physically been in the presence of, and I’ve been in the presence of some great players” 

As well as the standard single CD and DL, Vagrant Stanzas will also be available in a limited edition Deluxe 2CD set with 20 page booklet.

You can hear two previews on YouTube:
Delta Dreams

The Green Linnet

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Line-up change for Outside Track

A statement from The Outside Track

Narah Rendell and The Outside Track
"It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Norah Rendell from the Outside Track ranks. It’s been a fantastic 6 years with her but following the birth of her son she has decided to focus on projects closer to home, so we wish her all the best of luck! 

Aoife Scott
"However we now look on with great excitement for the future as we welcome in a new band member – Aoife Scott.

"Aoife is part of the legendary Black family - which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary - and has been surrounded by and immersed in music from an early age. You can read more about her, and listen to some clips below.

Over the next few months the band will be in Australia, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands, so we look forward to introducing you to Aoife along the way.


"That the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree is an oft-stated truism, but in Aoife Scott’s case that doesn’t make it any less valid. She has been surrounded by and immersed in music from an early age, from listening to her grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage workings of festivals both here and abroad. Now she is making her own way in the music business. 

"Aoife moved to the west coast of Ireland several years ago and her passion for the native Irish language spoken there is reflected in her choice of songs. She possesses a voice that evokes the wild western landscape: fragile one minute and forceful the next. Her experiences while living in the west, the people, the places and the sounds of Connemara, can be heard in her remarkable and unique performances. Now living in Dublin, her character-laden voice has been quietly generating a buzz amongst her fellow musicians for several years.

"Her work includes prestigious performances with some of Ireland's finest musicians and international acts including Sharon Shannon, Séamus Begley, Brian Kennedy, Altan, Cherish the Ladies, Eddi Reader, John Prine, and of course the Black Family.

"Aoife's vocal talents were featured heavily in the IFTA award winning TV series 1916 Seachtar na Cásca. Her evocative singing packed a powerful emotional punch in the conclusion of all seven episodes of a landmark TV series. She has also made other TV appearances on the BBC's Imeall Geal, and TG4's An Nollaig Linn, and Ceol na nOileáin."

Seth Lakeman's Autumn gigs go on sale

Seth Lakeman has announced a UK tour in October with his band plus special guest Lisbee Stainton. They’ll be touring from the 29th September starting in Weston-Super-Mare and finishing on the 18 October at Bury’s Drill Hall. The band will be visiting cities including Brighton, St Albans and Norwich and will be playing 4 dates in Scotland.

Seth and the band will be playing tracks from all his previous studio albums plus a few brand new songs on the Autumn tour. All October tour dates are on sale now.

Sun 29 WESTON SUPER MARE Playhouse Theatre

Tue 1 GLOUCESTER Cathedral
Wed 2 NORWICH Open
Thu 3 DARTFORD The Orchard Theatre
Fri 4 BRIGHTON St Georges Church
Sat 5 ST ALBANS Arena
Sun 6 HARROGATE Royal Hall
Tue 8 DURHAM Gala Theatre
Wed 9 ABERDEEN The Lemon Tree
Thu 10 LERWICK (Shetlands) The Mareel
Fri 11 GLASGOW Oran Mor
Sat 12 LANGHOLM The Buccleuch Centre
Sun 13 HALIFAX Victoria Theatre
Tue 15 BILSTON Robin 2
Wed 16 BRECON Brecon Theatre Brycheiniog
Thu 17 BEDFORD The Corn Exchange
Fri 18 BURY Drill Hall

Meanwhile, Seth's May tour starts in just over 2 weeks in Oxford.

22 May WORTHING Connaught Theatre WEBSITE
29 May YEOVIL Octagon Theatre SOLD OUT
01 June BATH Music Festival WEBSITE
14 June LEEDS Grand Theatre WEBSITE