Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Ken heads to NZ and Oz

FolkCast's very own Ken Nicol has left the UK for Australia and New Zealand for a two month tour.
Ken and stringy friend

A singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Ken will be playing his own unique blend of folk, blues, ragtime and fingerpicking fabulousness at a series of solo shows right across New Zealand before moving on to Australia for more gigs, mostly based in Victoria State, although he's also visiting South Australia and Western Australia.

Here are the dates:

Sat 29th. Coro­na­tion Hall, Waipu, New Zealand.
Mon 31st.  Art­works The­atre, Wai­heke Island, New Zealand.
Thurs 3rd. Biddy Mulligan’s, Hamil­ton, New Zealand.

Fri 4th. Tau­ranga Acoustic Music Club, Tau­ranga, New Zealand. TBC
Sat 5th.
  Thirsty Dog, Karanga­hape Rd, Auck­land, New Zealand.
Sun 6th. Helensville Hill­top Hide­away, Auck­land, New Zealand.
Fri 11th: Ken Nicol in Con­cert –fea­tur­ing Dominic Fin­leyThe Gem The­atre, Emer­ald VIC (P.A.VE Fes­ti­val Event)Door 7:30 – show 8pm
New Zealand.
Sat 12th. Welling­ton — House con­cert. Details to follow.
Thurs 17th. Le Café, Pic­ton, 12/14 Lon­don Quay, Pic­ton. New Zealand.Fri 18th to Mon 21st: The Can­ter­bury Folk Fes­ti­val. South Island, NZ.Thurs 24th. Grey­mouth. Details to follow.
Fri 25th. Have­lock Town Hall, Have­lock, New Zealand.
Sat 26th. The Free House, Nel­son. 95 Colling­wood St, Nel­sonSun 27th. Blenheim. TBC.
Vic railway insWeds 30th: Ken Nicol’s  Acoustic mas­ter class @ Vic­to­rian Rail­way Insti­tute Hall, Queen Street, War­ragul, (next to Gipp­s­land Taffe) Vic­to­ria. 7:30pm — 9:15pm, lim­ited spaces. Tick­ets only $30. For bookings/info call 0417 780 493
Spe­cial offer: $40 duel ticket offer, for Ken’s work­shop, and con­cert
on sat 3rd 
Thurs 1st:  Ken Nicol in Con­cert –fea­tur­ing Dominic Fin­leyRyan's hotel, Traralgon
Trar­al­gon, Vic­to­ria — Ryan’s Hotel, 171 Franklin Street
Door 7:30pm – show 8pm
$15 on the door, reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. Call 0417 780 493
Fri 2nd: Ken Nicol in Con­cert –fea­tur­ing Dominic Fin­ley
Upwey, Vic­to­ria –Bur­rinja Cul­tural Cen­tre, 351 Glen­fern Rd
Door 7:30 – show 8pm
Tick­ets $22, call 9754 8723 
Sat 3rd: Ken Nicol in Con­cert –fea­tur­ing Dominic Fin­ley
War­ragul, Vic­to­ria –The Vic­to­rian Rail­way Insti­tute hall - Queen Street, (next to Gipp­s­land Taffe) Doors 7:30pm/show 8pm
$20 Admis­sion, includes free wine and soft drinks. Reser­va­tions call: Christina on 0459 573 082
Sun 4th: KEN NICOL in Con­cert - Fea­tur­ing Dominic Fin­ley. 
Cran­bourne Folk Unit­ing. Cran­bourne Unit­ing Church, 41 Les­don Ave. Cran­bourne, Vic­to­ria. Doors 7pm — Show 7:30pm.
Thurs 8th:  South Coast Folk Club, Port Noar­lunga Bowl­ing Club, Hunt Park, River Road, Port Noar­lunga, South Australia. 
Fri 9th: The Wan­neroo folk club, Perth.
Mon 12th. The Dome Cafe, Mary­lands, Perth.
Check Ken's website for further details and updates and follow his adventures via Twitter

This is the sort of schtick you can expect. Easy!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Guitar Greatness: 3 Boxes, 7 gigs, 12 tracks

From Richard Thompson, Pink Floyd and The Shadows comes a trio, all featured in Guitar Player's ‘1,000 Great Guitarists’ with each contributing their unique ‘box’ (ie guitar) styles and a result that is much more than the sum of its parts.

3 Boxes are CLIVE GREGSON, MARK GRIFFITHS and ANDY ROBERTS, while the 4th side is legendary producer JOHN WOOD (John Martyn, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, etc.), with whom they have just completed their debut album. Entitled ‘Strings Attached’, it contains 12 instrumentals, penned individually by Gregson, Griffiths or Roberts and played by all three, live in the studio. The album was recorded in Eastbourne, England and mixed by John Wood in his Analogue Studio in Northern Scotland.

Released on 21st April, the trio will be promoting ‘Strings Attached’ with a UK tour immediately thereafter, with dates as follows :  

22.04.14               LONDON                                           Green Note
24.04.14               BRISTOL                                     Hen & Chicken
25.04.14               ARNOLD, Notts                              Bonington Theatre
26.04.14               BUDLEIGH SALTERTON, Devon      Budleigh Guitar Festival
27.04.14               BUDLEIGH SALTERTON, Devon      Budleigh Guitar Festival
29.04.14               BIRMINGHAM                                Kitchen Garden Café
30.04.14               UPPERMILL, Lancs                              Cross Keys

3 Boxes defy any attempt to put them in one, since their self-penned music encompasses a vast range of musicality – from swing, folk and blues to ballads and beyond. Their dexterity and interplay creates a raft of rhythm and melody on which they sail far beyond any perceived barriers. Producer John Wood has captured the dynamics of their live studio performances and added a magical extra dimension of resonance and clarity.

The band travelled to Southern California to shoot their first video. Directed by award winning film-maker Nigel Dick, ‘Wranglin’’ features the trio deep in the Mojave desert, accompanied by their muse the Spirit Of The Desert, as they perform the lively track. The video can be seen here :    

Sunday, 23 March 2014

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Johnny Coppin: new album and tour

Veteran folk singer, songwriter and broadcaster JOHNNY COPPIN has a new album set for release (on April 7th), and he is on tour now.
Johnny Coppin

BORDERLAND is a new collection of songs from England, Ireland, Wales, and the USA. Included are the much requested song Homeward, Joseph Baker (by Pete Coe) and Safe Home. 
In this Centenary Year, there are three songs of the 1st World War: John Condon, Dream of England, and Gloucestershire From Abroad. The album also includes three traditional songs: The Brazier’s Daughter with new tune by Johnny, Mary from Dungloe - learnt from Christy Moore's sister Eilish, and the Welsh song Cariad Cyntaf (First Love) with new words in English written by Johnny. Also included is  Moonlit Apples – a setting of a poem by John Drinkwater. 
Guest musicians include Karen Tweed, - ex-Poozies, and ex-Swap on accordion, Paul Burgess - John Kirkpatrick Band and Old Swan Band on violin and recorders, Mike Silver on guitar and backing vocals, Geoff March, ex- Decameron on cello), and John Neilson on accordion and co-writer of the title track.
Johnny is a singer/songwriter and composer who began his career as a founder member of the folk band Decameron. After going solo, he went on to work for many years as a duo with Phil Beer (Show of Hands). He has recorded over twelve albums including 'The Winding Stair', 'Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill', 'Edge of Day' (a collaboration with Laurie Lee), and 'Roll on Dreamer'.
Says Johnny: "The aim of the new album was to capture a solo performance, and get right to the heart of these songs of borderlands - about people and places, love and war.
I had such a great time recording with fine musicians like Karen Tweed - and it's wonderful that the CD design has artwork by my partner Katharine Neilson ".
Johnny tours solo and also as a duo with singer/songwriter Mike Silver. Playing guitar and piano, his music is essentially English and always melodic and evocative. Johnny has performed at many festivals and was commissioned to write songs for the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. This year he will be launching the Borderland album on a tour in the Spring, and performing his tribute to Laurie Lee at his Centenary celebrations June 2014 onwards.
Johnny Coppin also presents an Acoustic Music programme every Saturday at 5.30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire

  • Mon 24 WARWICK Folk Club  The Warwick Arms, High Street Warwick CV34 4AT 8pm - Tickets 01527 401121  norman.e.wheatley@blueyonder.co.uk
  • Sat 29  NAILSWORTH  - Town Hall, Glos. - Borderland CD LAUNCH concert 7.45pm - Tickets from Stroud Tourist Information 01453 760900

  • Tue 1 CRAMLINGTON, Northumberland - Cramfolk - at Concordia Leisure Centre, Forum Way NE23 6YB 7.30pm - Tickets Keith Taylor  01670 715106 info@cramfolk.co.uk
  • Wed 2   WOOLER, Northumberland - venue tbc..
  • Tues 22  DARTFORD  Folk Club - Working Men’s Club,  Essex Road, DA1 2AU   8pm - Tickets 01322  222553  pam@collsp.plus.com
  • Fri 25 THORNBURY, S Glos - United Reform Church 7.30pm - Tickets 01454 41642

  • Fri 2 TROWBRIDGE - Friday Folk, The Lamb Inn 8pm tel 01225 707346 www.villagepump.org.uk

Monday, 17 March 2014

Debra Cowan in England/Scotland in March/April

Superb American traditional singer Debra Cowan is heading for England (and a trip into Scotland) later this month, playing in:

Ulverston - Southport - Skipton - Moffat - Windlesham - Swindon - Horsham - Rochester - Ashford - Burton-Upon-Trent  - Stockport

How to describe Debra? Think of the voice quality of Maddy Prior, add skilled and assured guitar and an American twist to traditional and modern songs - plus a big dash of amusing stories and an appealing personality - and that's her.  Do get along to see Debra. She's fab!

Dates and details: http://debracowan.com/calendar/

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Peggy will be fretting with Fairport soon!

Last week I recorded an interview with Fairport Convention bass player Dave Pegg for our Cropredy Festival preview podcast (coming soon!) and his injured left hand was swollen and stiff. He couldn't make a fist with it, so handling a bass fretboard was out of the question.
Peggy: before the accident
However, Peggy is confident that he'll be back in bass action for Fairport's "acoustic' tour in May and June. Good news - although his son Matt was doing stirling work deputising with the band on bass duty for their winter tour.
Dave says: "In January, I severed a tendon in the first finger of my left hand while I was emptying the dishwasher. The irony is I'd just spent two days chain-sawing firewood without incident."
"My hand was in a splint for six weeks so I couldn't play bass or mandolin on Fairport's winter tour. Luckily, Matt is a bass player too - like father like son - and he was available to deputise for me. Now I'm raring to get back on the road and really looking forward to playing with the band again."
Fairport Convention's semi-acoustic spring tour will have an intimate feel and will visit thirty-odd venues and festivals between Thursday 1 May and Saturday 7 June. The concerts will feature a mix of new songs and long-established favourites from the Fairport repertoire.
The band's line-up features Simon Nicol (vocals, guitar), Dave Pegg (bass guitar), Ric Sanders (violin), Chris Leslie (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Gerry Conway (percussion).
After the spring tour, Fairport will be preparing for their annual open-air music festival at Cropredy in Oxfordshire which takes place on 7, 8 and 9 August.
Hastings, St Mary In The Castle   01323 841414
Brighton, The Concorde 2   01273 673311
Chatham, Central Theatre   01634 338338
Bristol, Bristol Folk Festival   0845 402 4001
Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club   01422 845265
Pocklington, The Arts Centre   01759 301547
Kendal, The Brewery Arts Centre   01539 725133
10  St Helens, The Citadel   01744 735436
12  Nettlebed, Folk Song Club   01628 636 620
13  Ipswich, Cameo,
15  Leek, The Foxlowe Arts Centre   01538 385260
16  London, The Borderline   0844 847 2465
17  Malpass, Malfest   01948 820549
18  Cardiff, The Globe   0871 220 0260
20  Lytham St Annes, The Lowther Pavilion   01253 794221
21  Ilkley, Kings Hall   01274 432000
22  Bury, The Met   0161 761 2216
23  Worcester, Huntingdon Hall   01905 611427
24  Broseley, The Birchmeadow Centre   07890 057832
25  Looe, Millendreath Festival   01503 262028
26  Nottingham, Lowdham Village Hall   0115 966 3596
29  Spalding, South Holland Centre   01775 764777
30  Didcot, Cornerstone Arts Centre   01235 515144
31  Uttoxeter, Acoustic Festival Of Great Britain   0333 9000 919

Chipping Norton, The Theatre   01608 642349
Cambridge, The Junction   01223 511511
Norwich, Open   01603 763111
Clacton, West Cliff Theatre   01255 433344
Wimborne, The Tivoli Theatre   01202 885566
Beckenham, St Georges Arts Festival   0208 663 6996