Here’s a talk I did at my former University discussing what I do and how I do it!
I’m delighted to announce that the new Leveret album Inventions was released on September 15th. Recorded in the lovely Wood Room at Real World in April this year, it’s a collection of new tunes by me, Sam and Andy – mostly newly written for this record although my never-recorded tunes Down to the Beach and Terminus manage to make it on there!
I’ll be teaching on the first Big Squeeze weekend in Witney, Oxfordshire this November – it’s an amalgamation of Hands on Music’s long-established weekends for concertina, melodeon, etc, but all rolled into one big new event. Full information is here.
I’m also always happy to do one-to-one concertina lessons, either when I’m at home (in Gloucestershire) or to fit in with tour gigs – just use the contact form to get in touch.
And if you’re an beginner or absolute beginner concertina player, you might want to consider the West Country Concertina Players October Weekend at Kilve in Somerset – it’s aimed specifically at beginners and they even have instruments available to borrow and for short term hire. I’m not teaching on this one (although I’ll be at their Spring weekend next year) but it’s a great opportunity for beginners to try the instrument out.
Thanks to our friends at http://www.artes-konzertbuero.de we are about to embark on our first tour of Germany. Full dates on the gigs page – really looking forward to it.
I’m excited to be taking part in the first Sandlings Sessions, organised by the team behind the lovely Folk East festival. Sandlings is a weekend of workshops and performances that will be of interest to instrumentalists and singers and it takes place at the wonderful Snape Maltings in Suffolk from 3rd-5th of February. A lovely way to start a year of music making – hope to see you there. Find out more here…
I’m really looking forward to some Leveret gigs soon. We’re starting work on material for our next record in January, then going up to Celtic Connections on January 21st. And it’s not long now until our spring tour which starts on March 3rd in Peterborough. Full info at www.Leveretband.com – hope to see you at a gig.
To celebrate the culmination of the Single Gloucester project, which has made available online all the traditional songs and tunes collected in Gloucestershire, I’ll be taking part in a special festival day in Gloucester on October 30th.
Emily Portman, Sam Sweeney, Miranda Rutter and I will be performing a one-off concert set of songs and tunes from the Gloucestershire archives, and the concert will also feature John Spiers and the Bristol Ceilidh Quartet. I’ll be doing a concertina workshop during the day and Sam and Miranda will lead a fiddle workshop.
Sam, Andy and I are looking forward to our next UK tour in September, including a London gig at the wonderful King’s Place as well as our first ever gig in Scotland. See the gigs page for full details or visit www.LeveretBand.com for all our news. We’re also planning some exciting things for next year including a UK tour in March (now booking through Alan Bearman Music) and tours of Ireland and Germany.
Our gig in Lewes on September 10th also includes all day concertina, fiddle and melodeon workshops. For full details and to sign up please visit the Lewes Saturday Folk Club web site.