Lockdown is being eased slightly but there’s still no indication of when live concerts and dances will be allowed. Luckily, there’s plenty of online entertainment to keep us amused and provide revenue for musicians.
- At 8.00pm on Friday 5 June, The Online Theatre is presenting the live Facebook video from Simon and Garfunkel Through The Years. Critically acclaimed as one of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world, Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years has toured the globe extensively receiving standing ovations and selling out theatres night after night. And you can see the show in the comfort and safety of your home for just £6.99. But tickets must be bought in advance so hurry and get yours now. As you only need one ticket per household it’s a real bargain to hear such a wonderful duo!
- FolkRoom Records are holding the Pillow Fort Folk Festival – their first stay-at-home afternoon of live music at 12.30pm on Saturday 6 June. Pillow Fort Folk Festival will bring musicians and fans closer together for a magical day streamed live from some of the folk scene’s finest musicians’ own pillow forts, all accompanied by renowned author and artist Chris Riddell’s exquisite live-drawn illustrations. The line up includes Edeglarks, Sam Lee, Jack Harris, Kirsty Merryn and many more. The festival is free to watch, but audience members are encouraged to donate via the GoFundMe account here. Donations will go towards supporting both the artists performing and The Trussell Trust. Watch the festival on their Facebook and YouTube pages!
- For those of you with a penchant for men in kilts, Skerryvore have declared that they’re not going to let a wee thing like lockdown get in the way of a good party! They invite you to join them at 4.00pm on Saturday 6 June for a seven hour online show ’15 Years Live’ for choruses, cocktails, quizzes and, quite possibly, a few secret stories from the past 15 years of Skerryvore. Details of the schedule coming soon…… Watch their Facebook page for more information
- At 7.00pm on Saturday 6 June, Ninebarrow are doing their third live streaming concert which will be available on Facebook and YouTube. The first two have been widely acclaimed and I’m really looking forward to this one
- If sea shanties are your thing, there’s a treat in store at 7.30pm on Saturday 6 June when you can watch the very first Oban International Shanty Festival ‘at Home’ via Zoom. The event is free but you need to register via Eventbrite in advance to get the link. Professional Sea Shanty bands will be performing interspersed with open mic spots. Please email Tom Malone at email@example.com if you would like an open mic spot
- I feel bound to mention some of the other artists who continue to provide wonderful music and inspiration – Nancy Kerr with her Leon Rosselson Song a Day project, Simon Care who has raised thousands of pounds to help beleaguered artists, Tim Edey, Robbbie K. Jones, Daoiri Farrell – the list goes on and on. Head to your favourite artists’ Facebook pages, websites and YouTube channels to catch up with all that is going on. There’s far too much for me to keep track of!
- And finally, although it is not strictly musical entertainment, you might like to have a look at the fabulous Folk Talk on the English Folk Expo website – it’s a video series giving personal insights into the working practices of artists and industry across the folk, roots and acoustic music world. Brilliant advice for performers of all levels from experienced performers like Jon Boden, Nancy, Kerr, Jacky Oates and Sam Carter – to name but a few. And the rest of the English Folk Expo website is pretty useful too – whether you are a folk fan, a performer or involved in some other way in the folk world.
Well that’s all for now – stay safe, enjoy the entertainment and keep supporting live music!