The pandemic is taking its toll on everyone but there is plenty of online music to help us get through it – and making a donation is a great way to support the musicians in these challenging times too!
Here are details of some of the gigs that are going on:
- This evening (Friday 15 May) at 7.30pm, Show of Hands are presenting ‘Stairway to Devon’, a film about a day in the 1998 touring life of Steve and Phil with anecdotes and interviews plus rare footage from Glastonbury and India. See it on their Facebook page.
- Also this evening but at 8.00pm, Faustus are doing ‘An Evening with Faustus’ on their Facebook page
- On Sunday 17 May at 6.00pm, you can watch Folk Special #4, a Trussell Trust Fundraiser hosted by Lyric Lounge Review and 2 others featuring Nancy Kerr, David Eagle of the Young’Uns, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne of Granny’s Attic and Gilmore & Roberts on Facebook
- Nancy Kerr is doing a Leon Rosselson song every day in May on her Facebook page
- On Tuesday 19 May at 7.30pm BST, Flossie Malavialle will present her second ‘The Show must Go Home’ gig on her Facebook page
- On Saturday 23 May at 7.30pm Miranda Sykes is planning another concert from her loving room. Find it on her Facebook page. The donations from her last concert enabled her to donate £1300 to NHS Charities – a very generous gesture by a very inspirational woman
- On Monday 25 May from 2.00pm, hot on the heels of their first very successful Front Room Festival, Folk on Foot are doing another one! The lineup: Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman, Chris Wood, Duncan Chisholm, Eliza Carthy, Frank Turner and Jess Guise, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, John Smith, Johnny Flynn, Kate Rusby and Damien O’Kane, Kathryn Tickell, Kitty Macfarlane, O’Hooley and Tidow, Richard Thompson and Zara Phillips, Rioghnach Connolly and Ellis Davies – all playing sets of 30 minutes each in their front rooms. Plus: the online premiere of a behind the scenes film of The Unthanks shot during their recent “Unaccompanied” tour and featuring beautiful performances at London’s Union Chapel. Over seven hours of unique music. If you can, please donate to support musicians who’ve lost their livelihoods during the coronavirus lockdown. Find the festival on the Folk on Foot YouTube channel and the Folk on Foot Facebook page
- On Saturday 6 June at 7.30pm Ninebarrow will be doing their third concert live from their dining room. Catch this on their Facebook page
- Very aware that Coronavirus is not only taking a toll on our physical health, it is also causing a massive strain on many people’s mental health, Ninebarrow have launched a charity single with Hart Voices & Chantry Singers – Guildford (mixed & mastered by Mark Tucker – Producer). You can help them to support Mind in their fight against the uncertainty, loneliness & fear being experiencd by so many because of Covid-19 by downloading the full track for free & making donations to this incredible cause at: www.ninebarrow.co.uk/mind
- Husband and wife duo Megson did an online concert on Wednesday 13 May which you can see on their Facebook page and they are planning more in the future
- Simon Care of Banter, Edward II, The Albion Band etc – is posting all sorts of interesting updates on his Facebook page including his Daily Jukebox at 6.00pm. He is taking requests for your favourite tracks
- Ciaran Algar ran his amazing CCC Festival last weekend based on his ‘Ciaran’s Coronavirus Collaborations’ that he has been running since the start of the lockdown. I understand an album will come out of this initiative. You can find some background information about the festival including a fascinating piece by Redwood Photography about the video editing process for the collaborations on his Facebook page.
Phew! That’s probably enough for this blog. There is far more going on than I can detail here so keep watching your favourite artists’ Facebook pages and YouTube channels and donate as much as you can, as often as you can. Times are really tough for musicians through no fault of their own and they are doing a wonderful creative job in adapting to these strange circumstances and bringing us entertainment and solace.
Hope you are all well and staying safe. Please do all you can to support live music.