Friday, 30 May 2014

Taking songs back to the wild

Will and Guy on the Ox Drove to Alton Abbey
Will (AWalkAroundBritain) and Guy (Doctor of Music) have a new project: Hayward & Parsons.

The peripetetic performers say: "For many years, British folk songs have been collected and locked away. Hayward & Parsons release them to their native environments, singing them at their sources, to re-wild the song-scape of Britain.

"We travel on foot, following ancient pathways, foraging wild food, sleeping on soil, drinking holy water and cooking with fire."

The song of pilgrimage is a living tradition and mighty joy. This week (on May 27th) they started from Winchester to Canterbury along the ancient Pilgrims Way.

For journey updates:
Twitter - #haywardparsons
Facebook: - haywardparsons
Soundcloud: haywardparsons

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Aural illusions in June's FolkCast show

Things aren't always what they seem to be in the newly released June podcast show from FolkCast.

Americana that's not from America...
A strange hunting accident in which the victim's ghost appears as a witness for the defence...
Romans from Croatia in the Lake District...
Three songs with no words...
Blood in the kitchen, blood in the hall...
And we march from the Highlands in the company of Bonnie Prince Charlie to hear a song that's all about him, but not in favour of him...
All this and more in a mind-expanding edition of ... FolkCast! 

Home of the best in folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Singing gardener celebrates "mundane miracles"

Singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov has announced an eighteen-date tour of Europe across October and November 2014 in support of his new album The Weatherman. This will be Isakov's first tour in Europe since the album's release in late 2013 and will commence with five UK headline shows.
Gregory combines careers in music and horticulture

Recorded and mixed outside the quiet mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, in the USA, The Weatherman was produced by Isakov along with Jamie Mefford

Of making the record, Isakov says: “I wanted to make something that felt genuine. We recorded everything with analogue gear and mixed it on tape, which gives the songs a raw and vulnerable feeling.

“The idea of a weatherman is really powerful. There’s a guy on television or on the radio telling us the future, and nobody cares. It’s this daily mundane miracle, and I think the songs I chose are about noticing the beauty in normal, everyday life.”

Inspiration? Denver TV weatherman Ed Bowman

The Weatherman is Isakov’s third full-length release and follows 2009’s This Empty Northern Hemisphere. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, Isakov is a lifelong traveler.  With a degree in horticulture, Isakov balances the art of making and exhibiting his music with the art of gardening and connecting to the land. 

European live dates :
Fri Oct 17 / UK / Brighton / Komedia Studio Bar
Sat Oct 18 / UK / Bristol / Louisiana
Sun Oct 19 / UK / Glasgow / King Tut's
Mon Oct 20 / UK / Manchester / Gullivers
Tue Oct 21 / UK / London / Bush Hall
Thu Oct 23 / Brussels / Belgium / Witloof Bar
Fri Oct 24 / Netherlands / Nijmegen / Doornroosje
Sat Oct 25 / Netherlands / Amsterdam / Paradiso
Sun Oct 26 / Germany / Hamburg / Prinzenbar
Mon Oct 27 / Germany / Cologne / 
Studio 672
Wed Oct 29 / Norway / Oslo / Parkteatret
Thu Oct 30 / Sweden / Stockholm / Nalen
Fri Oct 31 / Denmark / Copenhagen /
 Ideal Bar VEGA
Sat Nov 1 / Germany / Berlin / Privatclub
Mon Nov 3 / Austria / Vienna / TBA in June
Tue Nov 4 / Germany / Munich / Amphere
Wed Nov 5 / Switzerland / Stans / 
Pillow Song Loft
Fri Nov 7 / France / Paris / La Maroquinerie

Links :

Thursday, 22 May 2014

North Wind roaring into England

Canadian folk band Le Vent Du Nord (Wind from the North) will be blowing into England in June for a series of shows where the spotlight is on their traditional Québécois music.

The band sing in French, and the music is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany.

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. Check out this video!


June 2014.

Thurs 12. The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD
Tel: 01284 758000 Tickets £16.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Fri 13. Ropetackle Arts Centre Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5EG
Tel: 01273 464440 Tickets £15.00 -- From 8:00 p.m.

Sat 14. Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Manchester, M33 7ZF
Tel: 0161 912 5616 Tickets £14.00 -- From 8:00 p.m. 

Sun 15. Saltaire Live Victoria Hall , Victoria Rd, Saltaire, West Yorkshire  BD18 3JS
Tel: 01274-588614 Tickets £14.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Mon 16. Forest Folk, Boarhunt Soc. Club, Trampers Lane, N Boarhunt, Nr Wickham, Hants PO17 6DD
Tel: 01329 833625 Tickets £15.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Wed 18. Devizes Festival Corn Exchange, Ceres Hall , St John's Street, Devizes, SN10 1HS
Tel: 01380 725614 Tickets £15.00 -- From 8:00 p.m.

Thurs 19. The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LT
Tel: 01908 280800 Tickets £15.00 -- From 8:00 p.m.

Fri 20. Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley Racecourse, York Road, Beverley, HU17 8QZ
Tel: 01377 217569 Tickets £15:00 From 7.30 p.m. Concert Marquee

Sat 21 Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley Racecourse, York Road, Beverley, HU17 8QZ
Tel: 01377 217569 Tickets £15.00 -- From 3:00 p.m. Main Stage

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Steeleye officially Spanning the web - at last!

These days every band has a website before they have an album, a gig or even their own t-shirt stall, but one of the giants of the folk world has been officially missing from the W.W.W. – until now!

At last Steeleye Span have their very own official website. Up until now the folk-rock giants have either nestled under the wing of their record company with a page on the Park Records website, or relied on dedicated fan Richard Hollis to keep people up to date on his Unofficial Steeleye Span site, which has been running since 1997, a time before Google even existed (no, really!).

Now the new official Steeleye Span website is up and running: 

And Steeleye play their first UK gig with their new fiddle player, Jessie-May Smart, who has stepped into Peter Knight's shoes after he left the band to concentrate on his other musical projects including Gigspanner and Feast Of Fiddles.

Like Peter, Jessie is a classically-trained violinist, and she has a background in jazz and musical theatre, playing in the West End and touring with Katie Melua. She's also been part of the band on TV's The X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing!

Jessie-May Smart
Jessie takes to the stage with Steeleye at the Albert Halls in Bolton (tel: 01204 334400) on May 22nd, having debuted with them earlier in the week in Ireland. She will be with the band for Maddie Prior's Stepping Stones festival in Cumbria in June, and for their tour in the autumn. 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

The Season for Sizzling is here!

Pull up a beach chair, help yourself to barbecue and beer, and enjoy 80 minutes of sizzling summer sounds from FolkCast, home of the best in folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music!

Music by: John Martyn - Pentangle - Chris Hardy - Peter Lacey - The Tansads - Runrig - Broadfoot - Fairport Convention - 3 Boxes - The Peddlers - The Clydesiders - The Saw Doctors - Moonrakers - Ninebarrow - Life And Times - Damh The Bard - Paul McGladdery - Golden Bough - David Gibb & Elly Lucas - Merry Hell - House Of Hats - Locomotive Ghost - Steeleye Span

Quotations and poems by: Darell Hammond -  Sandy Gingras - Gene Perret - Sam Keen - John Clare - Sophie Watson - Ada Louise Huxtable - Ewan MacColl - Henry James

Free download! Click here for more details and enjoy a sizzling summer … whatever the weather.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Jim Reynolds goes SxSW(UK)

Jim Reynolds is a guitarist and singer who writes and plays an eclectic mix of music. The individual pieces tap into blues, ragtime, rhythm and blues, music hall and folk traditions. Some are extremely sensitive songs about life, people and relationships, while others are tongue in cheek.

His albums are also sprinkled with classics from the likes of J.J. Cale, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Roy Orbison, the Ink Spots, Jelly Roll Morton and Jimmy Rogers.

Having played abroad and in the U.K., especially in Bristol, the South West, Wales, the Midlands and recently the South East, at clubs, pubs and festivals, he has honed his singing and playing, creating a rich and cohesive sound. His finely crafted songs and guitar are a pleasure to listen to and live performances are always memorable. He's on tour this month, heading south by south west...

May 2014
Jim Reynolds with Dave Griffiths  
Sun 18. The Eldon House, 6 Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol, BS8 1BT
Tel: 0117 922 1271 Admission Free From 5:00 p.m.

Jim Reynolds
Sat 24. The Crown, 2 The Square, Aldbourne, Nr Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2DU 
Tel: 01672 540 214 Admission Free -- From 8:30 p.m.  

Jim Reynolds
Sun 25. The Royal Portland Arms, 40 Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset DT5 1LZ
Tel: 0871 951 1000 Admission Free -- From 4:00 p.m.

Jim Reynolds
Mon 26. The George. South St,. Bridport Dorset DT6 3NQ
Tel: 01308423187 Admission Free -- From 8:30 p.m. 

Jim Reynolds
Thurs 29. The Rainbow Café, 10 Waterloo Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BT
Tel: 0117 973 8937 Tickets £10.00 includes a meal -- From 8:00 p.m.  

Saturday, 3 May 2014

English tour for dad and daughter

Martin and Eliza Carthy are currently on a nationwide tour together (cheer up, Eliza!).

Their first "Dad and Daughter" album, The Moral Of The Elephant, will be released on Topic Records on 2nd June.

Friday 2nd May : HAVERHILL Arts Centre
Saturday 3rd May : The Mac BIRMINGHAM
Sunday 4th May : The Stables WAVENDON
Friday 9th May : Huntingdon Hall WORCESTER
Saturday 10th May : The Pavilion HAILSHAM
Friday 16th May : The Arts Centre HELMSLEY
Saturday 17th May : The Cheese & Grain FROME
Sunday 18th May : Lakeside Arts Centre NOTTINGHAM
On Friday 6th June they will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in LONDON,
with more dates through June and a number of summer festivals.

Click here for more details about the album and tour