Sunday, 27 April 2014

May's FolkCast show is out now

From the sunny streets of an idealised England to doomed romances both modern and ancient... From a trip to the bathroom to a journey to the Far East... From murderous gangs of lovers to deep-voiced deadly goblins...From a wooden man to a wee man...From the battle of Agincourt to a fight defused by tea and biscuits...It's all in this month's edition of FolkCast! 

The best in folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music
from the UK and around the world

Music from:

The Men With Strong Arms - Crafting For Foes - Daria Kulesh - Crossharbour - Fifteen String Trio - The Rambling Roots - Tammerlin - Gavin Pennycook - Simon Mayor - Megson - Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - Mather & Robinson - The Young 'Uns.

Click here to go to the show!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Sarah McQuaid in Britain and Ireland

The UK's hardest working folkie*, Sarah McQuaid, is gearing up for another round of touring. Here are the dates, and if she is playing near you we heartily recommend going along.

Check her website for further details, and listen to our interview with Sarah here.

*debatable claim copyright FolkCast

Sarah McQuaid
19 April 2014
Miss Peapod’s -- Jubilee Wharf, Commercial Road, Penryn TR10 8FG
Tel 01326 374424 -- Tickets £9 advance, £10 door -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)

27 April 2014
Folk On The Moor -- Westward Inn, Lee Mill Bridge, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9EE
Tel 01752 331121 -- Tickets £9 (Members £7) -- 7:45pm (Doors 7:15pm)
This will be Sarah's second visit to this friendly club! Membership scheme available: discounts on all nights and posh membership cards. Membership is £10 for a whole calendar year. For more info, visit or ring 01752 331121 or 01752 708770.

29 April 2014
Live At The Star -- The Admiral, 72A Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA
Tel 0141 563 0454 -- Tickets £9 -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
This will be Sarah's fourth appearance at this superb club, now in a new venue. For more info, visit or ring 0141 563 0454.

30 April 2014
Resipole Studios -- Acharacle, Argyll PH36 4HX
Tel 01967 431506 -- Tickets £10 advance, £12 on door, U16 half price -- 7:30pm (Doors 7pm)
Advance booking essential as seats are limited! This will be Sarah's second visit to this beautiful art gallery (and occasional concert hall) in the South Highlands. For more info, visit or ring 01967 431506.

1 May 2014
Gairloch Community Hall -- Achtercairn Brae, Gairloch IV21 2BP
Tel 01445 771006 -- Tickets £8 advance, £10 door -- 7:30pm (Doors 7pm)
There will be a raffle and coffee and cake cafe, proceeds of which (together with a portion of the ticket sales) will go to benefit the local swimming pool. Tickets are available from The Gale Centre, Poolewe Swimming Pool or Gairloch Leisure Centre. For more info, visit or ring 01445 771006.

2 May 2014
Ardross Community Hall -- Ardross, Ross-shire IV17 0XN
Tel 07711 372525 -- Tickets £10 (£7 concessions) -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)

3 May 2014
Gable End Theatre -- Old School, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney KW16 3NX
Tel 01856 701301 -- Tickets £9 advance/£10 door -- 8pm (Doors 7pm)

6 May 2014
The Ceilidh House & Heritage Centre -- Corran, Arnisdale, Near Glenelg IV40 8JH
Tel 01599 522280 -- Tickets £10 adult, £5 child/OAP -- 7:30pm (Doors 7pm)
A beautiful little hall set in a stunning location. On Monday 5 May, the night before the concert, Sarah will be giving a one-hour “Introduction to DADGAD” guitar workshop ( at the nearby Glenelg Inn -- details to follow. For more info, visit or ring 01599 522280.

8 May 2014
Tullynessle and Forbes Public Hall -- Tullynessle, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8QN
Tel 01397 709228 -- Tickets £10 (£8 OAP) -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)

9 May 2014
Stonehaven Folk Club -- Community Centre, Bath Street, Stonehaven AB39 2DH
Tel 01569 764202 -- Tickets £9 (Members £7) -- 8:30pm (Doors 8pm)

10 May 2014
The Little Theatre on the Green - Whorlton Village Hall -- Whorlton, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8XD
Tel 01833 627419 -- Tickets £8 -- 7:30pm (Doors 7pm)
This will be Sarah's second visit to this warm and welcoming village hall! For more info, visit or ring 01833 627419.

12 May 2014
House Concert - Surbiton
Private Event

13 May 2014
Bracknell Folk -- The Sun, 1 Chertsey Rd, Windlesham, Surrey GU20 6EN
Tel 07899 751964 -- Tickets £6 -- 8:30pm (Doors 8pm)
This will be Sarah's second visit to this lovely little club! For more info, visit or ring 07899 751964.

14 May 2014
Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club -- The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock SG7 5AW
Tel 01767 683583 -- Tickets £8/£9/£10 -- 8:30pm (Doors 8pm)
Sarah McQuaid ( will also be giving a one-hour “Introduction to DADGAD” guitar workshop ( at 6pm at the same venue. Workshop fee £15, advance booking essential. For more info, visit or ring 01767 683583.

17 May 2014
The MegaCentre Rayleigh -- 7 Brook Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7UT
Tel 01268 779100 -- Tickets £8 advance, £10 on the door, Concessions (Seniors and under 18s) £5 -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
This event is a fundraiser for ACT (Active Christian Trust - Reg. No. 1015452) in aid of youth and children's work at the MegaCentre Rayleigh. This includes the S-Kape Youth Centre, Dads 'n' Kids Club, Special Needs sessions and Sensory Room sessions. For more info, visit or ring 01268 779100.

20 May 2014
Great kNight Folk Club -- The Old White Hart, Far Cotton, Northampton NN4 8BS
Tel 07789 518348 -- Tickets £8 (£7 concessions) -- 8:45pm (Doors 8pm)

22 May 2014
Windmill Acoustic Sessions -- The Tweseldown, Beacon Hill Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire GU52 8DY
Tel 01276 609954 -- Raffle in lieu of admission charge -- 8:45pm (Doors 8:30pm)

23 May 2014
Square Chapel Centre For The Arts -- 10 Square Road, Halifax HX1 1QG
Tel 01422 349422 -- Tickets Advance £11 (£9 conc); Door £12 (£10 conc) -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
This will be Sarah's second visit to this beautiful venue in West Yorkshire. For more info, visit or ring 01422 349422.

24 May 2014
Festival on the Moor -- Joan of Arc Hall, Botton Village, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 2NJ
Tel 01947 459044 -- Tickets Day, evening and weekend tickets available -- see website for details -- TBC (Doors )
In addition to an evening concert appearance on Saturday May 24, Sarah McQuaid ( will also be performing and/or presenting a workshop at the festival on the afternoon of Sunday May 25 -- details of times and venues to follow. Other artists appearing at Festival on the Moor include the Wrigley Sisters, John Kirkpatrick, Richard Grainger, Hase Waits and many more. For more info, visit or ring 01947 459044.

4 June 2014
St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre -- The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Tel 068 22566 -- Tickets 12 euro (10 euro concessions) -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
This will be Sarah's third visit to this lovely venue in a former church. For more info, visit or ring 068 22566.

5 June 2014
Coughlan’s Live -- 7 Douglas Street, Cork
Tel 021 496 1751 -- Tickets 10 euro -- 9:20pm (Doors 9pm)
Sarah is honoured and delighted to be making her first visit to this recently established venue, which in February 2014 not only won the award for IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year but was also presented a Hot Press Commendation for Best Venue. For more info, visit or ring 021 496 1751.

6 June 2014
The Hot Spot -- Unit 5, Watson & Johnson Centre, Mill Road, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
Tel 01 201 6888 -- Tickets 10 euro -- 9:30pm (Doors 9pm)
Right next to the DART in Greystones, the Hot Spot is a coffee house and business centre by day, a music venue by night. Wine, coffee and cold drinks available to purchase or you may choose to BYO Beverage of choice for €5 per person. For more info, visit or ring 01 201 6888.

7 June 2014
Ballina Arts Centre -- Barrett Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Tel 096 73593 -- Tickets 15 euro (concessions 12 euro) -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
Sarah McQuaid ( is looking forward to her long-awaited return visit to this lovely arts centre, now boasting a fabulous new auditorium, dance studio, rehearsal space, gallery and coffee shop. In addition to her evening concert, Sarah will also be giving an hour-long "Intro to DADGAD Guitar" workshop at 4pm on the afternoon of the show. Workshop fee 18 euro adults, 10 euro U16 -- advance booking essential. For more info, visit or ring 096 73593.

8 June 2014
Monroe’s Backstage Bar -- Dominick Street, Galway
Tel 087 978 3245 -- Tickets 8 euro advance, 10 euro door -- 10pm (Doors 9:30pm)
This will be Sarah's second visit to The Backstage Bar at Monroe's, which was deservedly awarded IMRO Live Music Venue Of The Year 2012. A gorgeous room run by an incredibly friendly and capable team. For more info, visit or ring 087 978 3245.

9 June 2014
Ballymore Acoustic Gigs @ Mick Murphy’s -- Stage Inn Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare
Tel 086 327 0780 -- Tickets 12 euro -- 9pm (Doors 8:30pm)
This will be Sarah's second visit to this tiny gem of a Monday night series run by the wonderful Roy Thompson. In a gem of a pub, too … and there's a bathtub in the ladies'. For more info, visit or ring 086 327 0780.

11 June 2014
Theatre Royal - Waterford -- The Mall, Waterford, Co. Waterford
Tel 051 874402 -- Tickets 18 euro (16 euro concessions) -- 8pm (Doors 7pm)

12 June 2014
The Waterside Theatre Cafe Bar -- Glendermott Road, Londonderry BT47 6BG
Tel 028 71 314000 -- Tickets £8 advance, £10 door  -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)

13 June 2014
Ards Arts Centre -- Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards BT23 4NP
Tel 028 91 810803 -- Tickets £7 advance, £10 door -- 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)

14 June 2014
Crusoe’s Coffee Shop -- First Floor, 29 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TN
Tel 028 70 849618 -- Tickets £40 includes dinner and wine -- 9pm (Doors 7:30pm)
This will be Sarah's fourth visit to this superbly run venue/restaurant ("Coffee Shop" doesn't remotely do justice to the gorgeous cuisine served up here) in the charming seaside village of Castlerock. Ticket price includes dinner and wine -- food served from 8pm. Advance booking essential. For more info, visit or ring 028 70 849618.

15 June 2014
An Creagan -- Creggan, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT79 9AF
Tel 028 80 761112 -- Tickets £8 advance, £10 door -- 9pm (Doors 8:30pm)
This will be Sarah's fourth visit to this beautiful visitor and activity centre near Omagh, County Tyrone. For more info, visit or ring 028 80 761112.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Wanted: fuel for our Sizzler

The Sizzler: it's smoking'!

FolkCast needs your songs and poems of the summer.

We're now inviting all musicians and poets to submit music and works about the season of summer to us to be considered for inclusion in our next seasonal special podcast, The Summer Sizzler!

They should be original - written by you, played and sung by you, owned by you - and broadly in a folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter or roots style. Traditional folk songs are very welcome, too.

Poets? Oh yes, we include short poems in our shows, too. But we don't only want your actual written poems - we want recordings of your poems being read aloud, too. Or recordings of you reading a poem by someone else that's in the public domain (out of copyright).

Here's last year's Summer Sizzler to give you an idea of what we do: 

Summer Sizzler 2013

So, think of the crazy, hazy, lazy daze ahead, send us something that celebrates the season and become a Sizzler  by helping us to compile the soundtrack to Summer!

See this page - - for various ways to get your sounds to us! 

DEADLINE: APRIL 31st 2014. Thanks!