Friday 18 May 2018, Watford Folk Club with Steve Warner!

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

Friday 18 May 2018, it’s a guest night at Watford Folk Club with Steve Warner!

Steve says: “I am a singer/songwriter busy playing the local folk clubs of Hertfordshire and beyond. I write songs about things that matter, about the world around us and the people in it!”

He’s great, don’t miss him! £6 (suggested minimum contribution).

Floor spots & Real Ale available too.

8-11 pm in the Colne River Room at The PumpHouse, Local Board Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 2JP.

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THIS FRIDAY: 4 May 2018 at 8pm, Mandy Woods & Harry Brzezinski, The Watford Folk Club!

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

THIS FRIDAY, 4 May 2018 at 8pm it’s Mandy Woods and Harry Brzezinski as our guests at The Watford Folk Club!

Mandy spent a decade in Austin, Texas, where she sang with fellow singer songwriter Lara Linette. After a number of years back in the UK, she made a return visit to the States in 2010, drawn to Nashville, Tennessee, where she wrote several songs with singer songwriter Terri Calderon. She has since been back to Nashville several times to write and perform. She is now living near Oxford, England, where she grew up.

It was October 2016 when Mandy met talented guitarist Harry Brzezinski at a local folk session and a new musical partnership was born!

Harry is an accomplished Dobro player, an iconic sound which perfectly complements Mandy’s Americana-style material. He also plays flamenco guitar on a number of her songs.

“Down-to-earth words, rugged beauty in the voice”

 Admission £7 suggested minimum donation

The Watford Folk Club,

the Colne River Room

 The Pumphouse,

Local Board Road,

Watford,

Hertfordshire WD17 2JP.

Email: WatfordFolkClub@outlook.com

Website: WatfordFolkClub.co.uk_

 

 

 

 

 

Windborne, Watford Folk Club on Friday 20th April at 8pm

This just in from the Watford Folk Club:

Windborne: Song on the Times
“The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…
Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today”
-Brian O’Donovan, WGBH-National Public Radio

Internationally acclaimed vocal band Windborne will be making an appearance at Watford Folk Club on Friday 20th April at 8pm (Details below). They are touring in support of their new project: Song on the Times: A Songbook and Album for Social Struggle.

Windborne was catapulted to wider recognition after a video of them singing a protest song from the 1840s outside Trump Tower went viral, gaining over a million views between YouTube and Facebook. Windborne had set out to raise $5,000 for the project, but ended up raising over $80,000 from 2,600 people, from every state, and 22 countries around the world!

“Picking up the torch of folk protest music…old songs for new struggles”
Song on the Times is an illustrated songbook and album that collects music from working class movements for peoples’ rights in the US and UK over the past 400 years, and sings them for the struggles of today. The album features Windborne’s richly harmonized arrangements, accompanied by a book of beautifully illustrated lyrics and music alongside guest essays providing historical context from activists, singers, and scholars such as Eliza Carthy, Reggie Harris, John Sayles, Tony Barrand, and more.

The album has been getting rave reviews; SingOut! Magazine named it “One of the Best Albums of 2017” and praises Windborne as “Some of the finest singers of protest and folk music that I have ever heard.” No Depression writes: “Completely enthralled with them from the first notes…their harmonies are gorgeous,” and Blues and Roots Radio calls Song on the Times “Spectacularly good…utterly brilliant, a hugely impressive album.”

While all four singers had other careers, ranging from trapeze artist to dance anthropologist, the outpouring of requests for performances led them to make spreading this music and message their full time work, and they are now touring across the US and UK, with performances in 20 states this year. Their performance in Watford is sure to be a highlight that will amaze and delight audiences! Full schedule windbornesingers.com/events

The Watford Folk Club,
The Colne River Room,
The Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre,
Local Board Road, Watford. WD17 2JP

Entry: £10 (minimum donation) on the door.

Website:watfordfolkclub.co.uk
Email: watfordfolkclub@outlook.com

Trump Tower Video: tinyurl.com/WBTrumptower
Website: WindborneSingers.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/WindborneSingers
YouTube: Youtube.com/WindborneMusic

News from St Albans Folk Music…

Two new bits of breaking news from St Albans Folk Music:

  • They now have a new home for the ex-Rose and Crown Wednesday session, now to be found at the Robin Hood in Victoria Street
  • An Dha have dropped out of Folk at the Maltings concert on June 1 and have been replaced by Rosie Hodgson and Rowan Piggott.

Contact them for more information…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 142 is now out…

Issue 142 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 142 of Unicorn Magazine (April, May & June 2018) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues… For example, there is already an amend necessary to the printed version of 142 (we may be changing the download version if / when new ad artwork is available)… The Place Theatre have said that their ad on page 10 (and the Diary on page 27) contains an incorrect date – the Calan concert on 19th April is in fact on the 18th April… Please amend your diaries accordingly….

Download Issue 142 here >>

Martin Simpson gig, 21st April – last few tickets available

This just in…

The organisers of the Martin Simpson concert (Four Rivers Folk Club), Saturday 21st April at St Andrew’s Church, Hertford, have told us that of the 150 total seats available, 114 have already been sold! So if you want to go see this folk legend in an intimate performance, do get in fast. Tickets are available from martin’s website:

www.martinsimpson.com

Four Rivers have also added a new surprise FREE concert addition to their March programme. In addition to the Hunter Muskett duo on 11th April, you can also see the whole Hunter Muskett band performing at the club as a one-off special performance at the club on Thursday 29th March. Contact Pat Crilly for more information: patcrilly@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Sidmouth FolkWeek 2018 (3-10 August) releasing the first wave of great value Super Early Bird tickets – numbers strictly limited.

This just in from Sidmouth Folk Festival:

Sidmouth FolkWeek 3-10 August 2018, Ear on the past, eye on the future

Tickets now on sale for “the friendliest music-based holiday of the summer” (One Magazine)

Sidmouth FolkWeek 2018 (3-10 August) has announced its first round of headline acts along with releasing the first wave of great value Super Early Bird tickets – numbers strictly limited.

The long-running seaside festival of music and dance brings together a stunning selection of folk and traditional music – from big-name headliners to exciting new performers – all set against the beautiful Devon coastline.

Guests will find there’s something for everyone, with concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, youth and family events, talks, processions and displays, storytelling, and surprises around every corner. The amazing value All-In-One and Season Tickets now available can give you unlimited access to festival events from first thing in the morning until the last thing at night.

See the website for full line-up details and ticket offers: http://www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

What’s on?

The popular Pre-Festival concerts this year feature the legendary Fairport Convention, and the hilariously virtuosic Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

The festival’s concert headliners in the Ham Marquee include the phenomenally popular Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes, the pure and distinctive vocal style of Cara Dillon, a truly global perspective on ancient Northumbrian traditions from Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, gloriously powerful and melodic dance music from Blowzabella, multi-award-winning Scottish singer and songwriter Karine Polwart, a Before The Ruin 10th anniversary concert from Drever, McCusker, Woomble, innovative and exciting explorations of traditional music from the Gigspanner Big Band, striking arrangements and songwriting from African-Canadian roots star Kaia Kater, beloved and hilarious poet and songwriter Les Barker, stars of the next generation of folk musicians Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, and, bringing together histories from Steeleye Span and Bellowhead, incomparable duo Peter Knight & John Spiers.

Still want more?

Spend your days listening to some of the best performers on the scene in concert, with music from Alistair Anderson & Northlands, Stick in the Wheel, Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, Faustus, The Rheingans Sisters, Edgelarks, Pete Coe, Narthen, The Emily Askew Band, and a celebration of young musical excellence with the National Youth Folk Ensemble.

The Bulverton plays evening host to high-energy roots shows and dance parties, with performances and a few surprises in store from Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, False Lights, Blowzabella, Police Dog Hogan, Elephant Sessions, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Monster Ceilidh Band, and Vintage Cock And Bull Band. And for the real night owls, Betsy’s Lounge will be open late for music and song.

For those who prefer a more close-up and intimate atmosphere, Sidmouth FolkWeek offers many opportunities to see festival guests on stages throughout the town. Notably, the fRoots-curated Cellar Full of Folkadelia afternoon sessions include Ye Vagabonds, Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns, Rock Of Eye, and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne. Festival-goers can also see performances from John Kirkpatrick, Roisin White, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Jez Lowe, The Rowsome Family, Steve Tilston, Pete Coe, Georgia Lewis, Ryan Young with Jenn Butterworth, Nick Dow, Jack Rutter and more.

Dancers will be spoilt for choice with ceilidhs and dances across multiple venues, with something for everyone, whether you’ve only ever tried ceilidh dancing at a wedding, or are a seasoned dancer looking for something to really get your teeth into. Look out for exhilarating dances with bands including the Old Swan Band, Playford Liberation Front, Banter, Polkaworks, Threepenny Bit, Whapweasel, and Diatonics.

This year’s busy Folk Dance programme means you can keep dancing from breakfast til bedtime, with the tried and tested formula of big mornings, gentle afternoons and fun evenings of folk dance. Look out for American dance workshops with Rachel Shapiro Wallace with Vertical Expression and Contrasaurus; English dance workshops with Madeleine Smith and Emma Wooders with Limehouse Cut and Stradivarious; Irish Set from Val Knight with Polka Pests; Scandinavian Dance from Megan Hatto with Bowjolie, Jane Austen Dance with Hannah Moore with the English dance musicians, and much more.

The belle of the evening ball is Stowford Rise where specials include a Playford Ball, a Scandi night, a Playford Electronica event with Sea-Green Incorrigible Music and Daisy Black calling, an Irish Set Night, and American with the callers and dancers from the week all contributing.

The festival also offers an enormous range of workshops, so whether you want to try out something completely new or improve your existing skills, you’ll find something to suit from the 200+programme, with tutors and guests who are leaders in their field. And remember, a Season Ticket gets you into any or all of these workshops.

As ever, FolkWeek showcases a range of British traditional dance styles in Processions, Meet The Teams and spectacular displays around the town and along the seafront, including the unmissable Torchlight Procession. Dance sides already confirmed include Hammersmith Morris Men, Sussex Junction Morris, The Outside Capering Crew, Wreckers Border Morris, Chiltern Hundreds Clog Morris, Belle d’Vain Northwest Morris and many more.

For a brilliant family holiday full of music, dance, and crafts, look no further than the Blackmore Gardens, with three workshop venues offering opportunities for all ages, family evening shows and big-name festival guests. And teenagers get their own dedicated programme of workshops and events with the much-loved Shooting Roots, including a collaboration with the superb Stream Of Sound youth chorus, this year exploring the underwater world of mythological selkies.

Keep checking the website for updates and latest line-up additions for the 2018 festival. http://www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

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For more information or high-res images, please contact Jo Breeze on press@sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk or 07816 165289

Notes for editors:

Sidmouth FolkWeek is an unmissable week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song taking place in the beautiful East Devon regency coastal resort.

There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955 attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal. With an ear to the past and an eye on the future, the festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts, lively roots parties; small intimate sessions; ceilidhs and folk dancing; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.

The town’s streets and venues burst with festive atmosphere and colour as holidaymakers and festival goers join together in the friendliest music-based holiday of the summer.

Unicorn Magazine Issue 141 is now out…

Issue 141 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 141 of Unicorn Magazine (January, February & March 2018) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU, the link below etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ysmfqfo2k4bx2bd/CB1440%20Unicorn%20Magazine%20Issue%20141%20FOR%20WEB.pdf?dl=0

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues…

Finally, we would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas & A Happy New Year – many thanks for all your support over the past year…

Clive & Sandra

New Roots 2018

This just in from New Roots:

New Roots 2018

The call is out to young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music to enter for New Roots 2016. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.   There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. New Roots has been running since 2000 and the standard rises every year.

The list of judges for 2018 has now been finalised. Between them, Emily Askew, Jamie Roberts. Andy Stafford and Valmai Goodyst represent a wide spectrum of insights into the folk scene. Their task will be firstly to listen to the entries sent in and select the performers who will take part in the final on Sunday April 8 2018 at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. On the day they will give constructive feedback to performers. There is no overall winner and everyone who makes it to the final will win one or more performance opportunities. The aim is to match the performers to the opportunities at folk festivals, clubs and other events which are offered to New Roots finalists. At folk clubs, opportunities include support slots, featured spots on singers’ nights and full bookings.

Performers who want to enter are invited to complete the entry form on the New Roots web site and email it to info@new-roots.org.uk. In reply, they will get an email telling them how to upload up to 15 minutes of their music. The closing date is 31 January 2018. For further and more up to date information on the web site http://www.new-roots.org.uk This also has a form for event organisers who wish to offer performance opportunities for young musicians.

 

Further details:

http://www.new-roots.org.uk email: info@stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk or ring 01727 852111.

50 minutes with Bill Redway + friends – Friday 8 th December

This just in from Kimpton..

50 minutes with Bill Redway + friends – Friday 8

And now… the second of our ’50 minutes with…’ popup concerts at Kimpton’s Dacre Rooms, featuring the home nurtured talent of Bill Redway, along with a selection of his musical friends.

These short concerts give you an opportunity to enjoy the music of some of our finest musical artists. Seats are limited to 50 and admission is just £5.

Bill is a favourite on the local folk circuit; a very fine guitarist and singer who performs a wide range of blues, folk, pop and Americana music. The Dacre Rooms will be the perfect setting to enjoy his music.

Please arrive by 8.45 at the latest.  £5 admission includes a free ticket for the raffle. See you there!