Sunday, 27 October 2013

Halloween Scream 2013

The Halloween Scream is a special podcast for the scare season - a tale of terror illustrated with music and poetry. 

Dare you tune in the temporaral wireless and find a way to defeat ... The Beast In The Attic?

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The show features:

A Time That Never Was... by Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks

Souling Song by Kristen Lawrence

It's Halloween by Laura Warfield

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe

Ghost by Matt Stevens

Introduction To Horror, presented by Arch Oboler

Watching Ghosts by Helen Dorothy

Graveyard by True Gents

Along Destiny Road, a poem by Dave Alton
Horror by Paul Sop

The Bet by Show Of Hands

O! Death by Sproatly Smith

The Gravedigger by Jake Thackray

The "Other Dance"... from Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett, read by Babba.

The Dark Morris by Steeleye Span

Seven Years Old by Sedayne

"Tis Now The Very Witching Time Of The Night", from Hamlet, read by Richard Burton

The Unquiet Grave by Moonrakers

The Moonwraith by Bonfire Night

Halloween Radio Broadcast by Bing Crosby and Lena Home

Goetia AD72 by English Heretic

Samhain Eve by Dahm The Bard

Death Is Just A Dream by Ken Nicol

Monday, 21 October 2013

October 2013's FolkCast is out now!


It's live! Grab FolkCast 090 and stick it in your ear. 
Featuring new music from The Demon Barbers - Day Of The Rabblement - Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer - Whalebone - The Bad Shepherds - Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Beau - Doug MacNearney - Zeptepi - McDermott's 2 Hours - Merry Hell - Barricades Rise - Skylark Song - James Bell - Fabian Holland - Roving Crows.

Plus, Babba presents The Story Behind The Song: The life and times of Dr William Price - eccentric, nudist, enthusiastic lover, father to many, many children and the man who opened the door to the acceptance of cremation in Britain.

Find out how you - yes, YOU! - can become the proud owner of a FolkCast/Merry Hell umbrella!
Go to FOLKCAST 090 to grab your free download.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Bellowhead jingling bells for Christmas

Bellowhead will be embarking on a major tour of the UK throughout November, and dates are selling out fast!

Bellowhead: Big band, big show
Renowned for the intense drama and theatricality of their live performances, since their formation in 2004 Bellowhead have occupied a unique place in Britain’s musical landscape: a blistering 11-piece band fusing English folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music which has also succeeded in placing themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene. 

Later, on December 1st, Bellowhead will be releasing a proper old fashioned sort of Christmas single, ‘Christmas Bells/Jingle Bells’, but with a customary Bellowhead sort of a twist. 

At the end of 2013 they will continue their custom of seeing in the New Year in riotous style. Previous New Year’s Eve parties at the Southbank Centre have included such wonders as boxer-shorts bingo, an ABBA ceilidh, and sailor and circus themed performances. This time the end of year revelry will be held at Bristol Old Vic, with the promise of sundry delights and surprises in store for the lucky partygoers. 

The band's "who has the daftest hat?" competition has a clear winner...
And  the excitement continues into 2014 with the publication of a Bellowhead songbook by Faber Music in March. The following month the band will celebrate their 10th anniversary with two very special concerts: Manchester Bridgwater Hall on 19th April, and London’s Royal Albert Hall on 20th April

November 2013 Tour Dates:

Thu 7 Nov BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex am – SOLD OUT
Thu 7 Nov BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex pm – SOLD OUT
Sun 10 Nov BLACKBURN            King George's Hall
Mon 11 Nov AYLESBURY        Waterside Theatre
Tue 12 Nov BIRMINGHAM           Symphony Hall – LAST FEW TICKETS
Wed 13 Nov GUILDFORD              G Live
Thu 14 Nov BEDFORD Corn Exchange – LAST FEW TICKETS
Fri 15 Nov WREXHAM William Aston Hall
Sat 16 Nov PORTSMOUTH          Guildhall
Sun 17 Nov EXETER                    Great Hall
Mon 18 Nov TRURO                       Hall for Cornwall
Tue 19 Nov FROME                  Cheese & Grain – SOLD OUT
Wed 20 Nov LEICESTER              Montfort Hall
Thu 21 Nov ABERYSTWYTH        Arts Centre
Fri 22 Nov CHESTERFIELD       Winding Wheel – SOLD OUT
Sat 23 Nov FOLKESTONE           Leas Cliff Hall

December 2013

Tue 31 Dec BRISTOL Colston Hall

January 2014

Fri 24 Jan DUBLIN The Button Factory

Monday, 14 October 2013

Fairport look forward to winter (tour)

Legendary folk band Fairport Convention announced the finalised dates and venues of their Winter Tour today (14 October).
Fairport: put up against a wall and shot (by a photographer)

The thirty-date tour will start at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury on Friday 31 January and visit theatres in England, Wales and Scotland. The final concert of the tour will be at The Union Chapel in London on 9 March.

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene and their annual Winter Tour has become a much-loved cultural institution.

The band frequently introduces new material as well as drawing on its vast back catalogue so every year's Winter Tour features a unique programme of music. For 2014, Fairport's concerts will feature a mix of material from their most recent album as well as classics from the band's earlier repertoire. There will also be some brand new and previously unperformed songs destined for Fairport's next studio album.

The concerts will open with a short opening solo set from talented singer/songwriter Edwina Hayes. Edwina has worked with Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith and Roger McGuinn among others.

Edwina Hayes photographed at
Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2005 by Kevin Smith
"As a band, we always look to the future," says Simon Nicol who co-founded Fairport Convention in 1967. 

"After nearly fifty years on the road we still really look forward to getting out there to play in front of audiences. Although we regularly record new albums our first love remains live performance."


31   Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre   01684 295074

1   Milton Keynes, The Stables   01908 280800
2   Canterbury, The Gulbenkian   01227 769075
4   Oxford, St.John The Evangelist Church   01865 613504
5   Lincoln, Drill Hall   01522 873894
6   Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn   01743 281281
7   New Brighton, Floral Pavilion   0151 666 0000
8   Llandudno, Venue Cymru   01492 872000
9   Salford Quays, The Lowry   0843 208 6000
11  Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre   01926 334418
12  Exeter, Corn Exchange   01392 665938
14  Hunstanton, The Princess Theatre   01485 532252
15  Colchester Arts Centre   01206 500900
16  Bury St Edmunds, Apex Theatre   01284 758000
18  Chesterfield, The Winding Wheel   01246 345222
19  Gateshead, Sage Gateshead   0191 443 4661
20  Edinburgh, Queens Hall   0131 668 2019
21  Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall   0113 243 0808
22  Burnley, The Mechanics   01282 664400
23  St Albans, Alban Arena   01727 844488
26  Worthing, Connaught   Theatre 01903 206206
27  Tunbridge Wells, The Assembly Hall Theatre   01892 530613
28  Farnham, The Maltings   01252 745444

1   Weston-super-Mare, Playhouse Theatre   01934 645544
2   Pontardawe Arts Centre   01792 863722
4   Birmingham Town Hall   0121 780 3333
5   Ulverston, The Coronation Hall   01229 587140
6   Southport, The Atkinson   01704 533 333
7   Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre   01484 430528
9   London, The Union Chapel   0207 226 1686

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Line-up finalised for Great British Folk Festival 2013


Butlins once again proudly presents The Great British Folk Festival at their Skegness resort from Friday 29th November to Monday 2nd December. Four years on, the event is now firmly placed on the folk and acoustic festival circuit, respected by fans and artists alike.

Two of the most influential artists on the international folk scene, FAIRPORT CONVENTION and STEELEYE SPAN will be headlining this year’s festival. The Lincolnshire roots of Steeleye Span go back to folk duo Maddy Prior and the late Tim Hart; Tim was born in Lincoln and ‘Steeleye Span’ is a character in the Lincolnshire folk song, ‘Horkstow Grange’ – a song not actually recorded by the band until the album of the same name in 1998.

English singer-songwriter JUDIE TZUKE makes her much anticipated Great British Folk Festival debut this year; having tasted much chart success in her career and a loyal following for her music.

Cara Dillon
BARBARA DICKSON, too has enjoyed great chart success that has also seen her work in musicals, theatre and TV in her illustrious career, though her roots remain in folk, to which she has always returned. 

The crystal voice of Northern Irish singer CARA DILLON is highly renowned in the folk world, whether on traditional songs or on more unexpected projects, such as the soundtrack for a Disney film starring Tinker Bell!

BOB FOX, the highly regarded folk singer who has featured in the massively successful ‘War Horse’ stage musical, returns this year with old recording and touring partner, BILLY MITCHELL. Ex- Lindisfarne and Jack The Lad, Billy brought his own band last year and they raised the roof.

Chris While and Julie Matthews play for the first time at the festival this year as members of ST. AGNES’ FOUNTAIN. Named after a line in the carol Good King Wenceslas, they will be performing traditional songs for the festive season alongside their fellow members, founder David Hughes and Fairport’s Chris Leslie.

BBC Folk Award winner JIM MORAY will also make his first appearance at the festival this year. Expect beatboxing, melodeons, electric guitars and thumb pianos, mandolins and rappers.
Edward II

With an enviable reputation in the ‘live’ arena, EDWARD II mix English folk with reggae, rap and jazz instrumentation into a dazzling brew that will move you and groove you!

TIR NA NOG have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk! What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced.

AHAB bring their flavour to The Great British Folk Festival, and have been described by BOB HARRIS as “blistering live...sheer class”.

Originally formed by ex Faces and Small Faces man, the late, great Ronnie Lane, SLIM CHANCE add a fascinating ingredient to the weekend and will of course be celebrating Ronnie’s songs. The band are fast becoming a must-see at festivals and beyond.

GARY FLETCHER played one of his earliest solo sets at a Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival at Skegness, and has since established an enviable reputation for classy writing and performance, allowing a long-overdue spotlight on this multi-instrumentalist composer and bassist with The Blues Band.

Martyn Joseph
MARTYN JOSEPH’s debut performance at the festival last year saw more than a few "newbie's" jaws drop – and he’ll be making a welcome return this year.

ACOUSTIC STRAWBS remain in a league of their own and RICHARD DIGANCE will be serving up his mix of daft comedy and sentimental songs. 


  • ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE & DAVE PEGG in 'Music & Mirth'
  • DAVE SHARP (The Alarm)
  • BRUCE & JAMIE WATSON (Big Country) 
  • TAKE 3 (Jacqui McShee, Gerry Conway & Alan Thomson)
  • LUKE JACKSON will now be appearing with MARTYN JOSEPH
  • and TOM LEARY (Feast of Fiddles) will be joining GARY FLETCHER 

Prices for this event start at just £66 per person for the entire weekend including accommodation (based on four sharing a Silver apartment), access to most of the Resort facilities and all live entertainment. To book a Butlins break call 0845 070 4730 or visit * All guests must be aged 18+ years