The people over at Folkstock have been busy! Here’s their latest press release:
FOLKTOBERFEST – THE FRESH FACE OF FOLK
The festival season might be quietening down but it’s certainly going out with a bang rather than a wimper for lovers of the fresh young folk scene.
Two local stories which are linked have been gaining traction since we referenced Folkstock and the Armistice Pals project in our last edition and both involve BBC Radio 2.
As you might be aware, Harpenden Public Halls is the setting for an abundance of fresh talent, with five celebrated acts Maz O’Connor, Luke Jackon and Jess Morgan sharing the stage at Folkstock’s Folktoberfest with Herts based Said the Maiden and Kelly Oliver for whom it is also her debut album launch on Monday 27th October.
A bevy of BBC 2 Folk Award nominees and rising stars have now ALL featured between them on BBC Radio Two as well as Mike Harding’s Folk Show thanks to some recent BBC 2 Folk Show AND Whispering Bob Harris play for Kelly Oliver’s first single from her forthcoming album, Diamond Girl which also features Luke Jackson. Four of the acts played Cambridge Folk Festival this year and three now have their current albums in the Telegraph Best Folk Albums of 2014 selection and all of them have something unique to offer the event, from harmonies to harmonica playing, social commentary to striking ballads, lush melodies and intelligent lyrics.
Luke Jackson is performing a set in addition to giving us a rare rendition of the single Diamond Girl on which he features, singing with Kelly at possibly the only opportunity likely to come their way, ahead of his tour support for Marillion!
Maz O’Connor will be fresh from her album tour for critically acclaimed This Willowed Light and is releasing a single that very day, London Lights/Nightcap, Jess Morgan will be joining after her European tour of her album Langa Langa and Said the Maiden will be playing to a home crowd who thoroughly enjoyed their previous visit to the Public Halls when the girls supported Dave Swarbrick at the super venue, which is a stone’s throw from Harpenden train station.
Certainly an evening to be treasured. Catch all these rising stars on the same stage before they get placed in the higher realms of the folk firmament at Harpenden Public Halls on Monday 27th October. Music starts at 7pm.
Tickets are available from the www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk and are £10 each plus booking fee: http://www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk/events/folkstocks-folktoberfest/
Folktoberfest new poster
The song recorded by the ‘super group’ who make up Armistice Pals is, we believe, the first charity initiative of its kind in the folk world. With a plethora of voices from across the acoustic spectrum representing the great and the good, young and the old, seasoned and emerging all on the same single this is a truly community project and they have reworked Pete Seeger’s classic anthem Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and given it a contemporary twist. The project has been gaining momentum since Peggy Seeger asked to be involved and the song has just been passed for play on BBC Radio 2 and earmarked for the Wednesday night Mark Radcliffe Folk Show !
- To release an anti war anthem which Pete Seeger loved, in honour of his memory in the year of his passing, which includes his voice and that of his step sister, Pegg
- To create a grass roots celebration involving a broad cross section of musicians who are all immersed in the folk world, all singing the same song, in this commemorative year
- To raise money for charities who support peace, equality and peaceful solutions to conflict.
- To ignite the interest of the general public regarding their local folk scene, to enable more people to enjoy a communal singing experience and encourage them to be empowered and express themselves through song.
Here is the single on youtube with the names of the contributors annotated at the relevant points: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3-BGbgwoQ8
Organised by Merry Hell’s Damian Liptrot and engineered by producer John Kettle, the charity single is being released on 9th November in aid of four charities who support peace and equality, on Folkstock Records. It will be available on iTunes and on cd via the armisticepals.com website. The line up reads like a who’s who of the current folk scene, opened by Lucy Ward, the 40 voices include Chris While and Julie Matthews, Johnny Coppin, Dave Swarbrick, Peter Knight, Gavin Davenport, Merry Hell and others as well as new names on the scene such as Luke Jackson, Kelly Oliver and Ninebarrow, in addition to a guest appearance by Peggy Seeger and her half brother Pete, in whose honour the song is being released.
The Opportunity for clubs and sessions
Folk clubs are being invited to get on board with the song, by running Armistice Pals themed nights, at the end of which a rollicking, communal rendition of the song is performed. The song, which is the folk world’s equivalent of the ‘Perfect Day’ style offering, is being hailed as the biggest grass roots opportunity for developing the awareness of the vital club and sessions scene across the country and uniting the folk circuit as one voice.
We are keen to encourage local clubs and singers groups to dedicate one of their evenings to an Armistice Pals – anti war/ peace themed night, during October and November. The idea is to end on a rollicking version of the song, en mass as a community activity in their club, and if they also get someone to video it on their phone / camera, Armistice Pals will promote the club on their social media and website.
Clubs and singers groups are not obliged to sell any cds but if they would like to, they will be posted some to sell. Also, they don’t need to raise funds for the four charities, but if they would like to dedicate their raffle or pass a hat round, it would be appreciated.
If they get in quick, they can also be promoted on local radio and in the local press. This is all for free and is being organised by Helen Meissner, with no charge to the project. It seems such a great opportunity to do something on a national scale and if the song also gets played on BBC Radio 2 then it will be an exciting showcase for the folk world, of a grass roots activity which benefits the folk community as a whole as well as the charities it is supporting.
Here is a video in which Peggy Seeger talks about the project and why she wanted to be involved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d7T30ltxvU
For more information please visit: http://www.armisticepals.com/
Armistice Pals available now