- Live to Your Living Room continue their brilliant series of online gigs with Boo Hewerdine on Saturday 8 May, Ellie Gowers on 11 May, Bella Hardy on 12 May, The Askew Sisters on 19 May and Chris Hulme on 22 May. Details and tickets available on their website.
- On Sunday 9 May at 7.00pm BST Ninebarrow are presenting the third of their Wandering Minstrels shows. This is free to watch (but donations welcome if you can) and details can be found on their website here. And on Saturday 29 May at 7.00pm BST (with a 7 day catch-up), this very talented duo are presenting a live performance from Ninebarrow HQ. All their shows throughout the pandemic have been brilliant and their rapport with the (invisible) audience is amazing too – don’t miss this one! Tickets are available on the website. Their new book will be available soon too – I’m sure there will be plenty to enjoy and lots of Jay’s lovely photos too
- The details of the ‘pint-sized’ Towersey Festival 27 – 30 August 2021 have now been announced. It’s a great lineup. Get your tickets now!
- If you missed Chris While and Julie Matthews’ last online ‘Live in the Lounge’ gig – you can still catch it here on YouTube – it starts 15 mins in after the countdown
- This year the Chester and Chippenham Festival will be online over the late May Bank Holiday 28 – 31 May. There is a great lineup and you can buy your tickets here. Full details on the website.
- As well as the concerts they are hosting, on the last Wednesday of May to September 2021, English Folk Expo will present a series of 90 minute virtual showcases that will also be a chance for industry to connect with each other. Think of this as your monthly industry social with some great music discovery into the bargain! The events are free to attend but registration is needed. Why not register now to get email reminders to your inbox ahead of each event? English Folk Expo have also launched the Folk Talk Academy, a virtual college campus providing a learning hub for artists and industry which gives access to a broad range of music industry expertise to equip artists and industry for music careers in a post-Covid world. Central to Folk Talk Academy is a wide-ranging and ambitious series of nearly fifty Zoom webinar lectures running from May to August 2021 by industry and artist experts. Lectures will last for one hour, with most including a fifteen minute Q&A with online participants towards the end of the session. All lectures will be recorded live and be available to view again on the Folk Talk Academy website. Folk Talk Academy is free and available to all, and all lectures will be closed captioned.
And while I’ve been typing this, the sun has come out! So things are looking up all round. Stay safe and keep supporting live music!