Hope you are all well and keeping safe. Did you catch the wonderful online gigs over the weekend? The Show of Hands concert from the Minack Theatre (2018) was a high spot for me – helping me to forget my disappointment over the cancellation of the Costa del Folk Festival in Ibiza.
More wonderful music is coming up this week:
- Tomorrow Tuesday 28 April at 7.30pm UK time (and 8.30pm French time) Flosssie Malavialle is doing a ‘The show must go home’ (geddit??) concert from her home in France via Facebook. Join her to help her celebrate her birthday. Free admission!! However you will have the option to put a (non compulsory) contribution in a paypal tip jar on the day.
- On Saturday we have a choice (although you can of course catch up with the one you have to miss afterwards) with two concerts:
- Miranda Sykes is doing her next Saturday concert on 2 May at 7.30pm live via Facebook from her living room. Miranda is a great inspiration during these troubled times as not only is she coping with the lockdown like the rest of us, but she is doing these concerts between chemotherapy treatments – having been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. There will be a tip jar at www.paypal.me/sykesbass and Miranda has announced that she will be splitting the donations 50:50 with her 15 year old nephew Ted and his friends who were due to take part in the Ten Tors challenge which is (normally) run annually on Dartmoor and involves around 4000 youngsters navigating routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) across inhospitable terrain over 2 days, carrying almost 30lbs of kit and without adult support. This year’s event has been cancelled, but the lads have decided to turn it into a fundraiser for the NHS Charities Together. They are aiming to walk the 45 miles with full backpacks on in their gardens and local vicinity over 2 days.
A great effort for a great cause. Miranda will be giving us an update on their progress during the gig.
- Also on Saturday 2 May but at 7.00pm Ninebarrow are doing their 2nd livestream gig from their dining room via Facebook.
- And then on Sunday 3 May at 7.30pm Chris While and Julie Matthews are doing their next ‘Live in the Lounge’ request show on Facebook.
- The joy of this online world is that distance is no barrier and organisations and venues all over the country (and indeed the world). You might like to look at the music workshops being run by The Tolbooth in Stirling (who are also promising art and ceramics courses later). I’m sure there are many others.
- If you are a ukulele fan, The World of Ukes have a wealth of interesting things on their website – including two festivals (one past and one future) for only £12 each and online workshops with Andy Webster (well known to those of us who attend Costa del Folk).
More and more is happening online – many artists are posting events and news on their Facebook pages and YouTube. Please support them in every way you can – and buy CDs direct from the artists and their websites rather than streaming or downloading the music (which generates very little income for the artists). And please let me know about events you come across so I can spread the word (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stay safe and enjoy the music.