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.
There are now just two places left on this year’s English Acoustic Collective summer school (Jul 18-22) … if you’re interested in coming please visit the website now to find out more.
I’ll be teaching concertina on this year’s Folkworks Adult Summer School in Durham (Aug 8-13). Find out more here.
I’m also doing a concertina workshop at Lewes on September 10th in connection with Leveret’s gig at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club – info and bookings here.
For one to one lessons, either while I’m on tour, here in Gloucestershire, or via SKYPE, please send me a message on the Contact page.
Emma and I are on the road again in April, to launch our new CD Flock & Fly. Please come along…we’ve got a couple of house concerts to get us going, followed by:
The new album is here – recorded live on May 20th in the round church in Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire and available for pre-order now.
Here’s a tune I wrote about ten years ago when I lived on a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal. One of my favourite places was close to the Dundas Basin, where there was a great place to moor up looking over the valley towards Brassknocker Hill. I remember Verity Sharp coming to record me playing this tune there for a fantastic programme she made called England In Ribbons.
I hadn’t played it for a while, and then when Leveret started playing together I dug it out. I used to play it in C but I’m really enjoying playing in Bb at the moment, and that’s the key Leveret play it in. Here we are playing it live at Muziekclub ‘t Ey in Belsele, Belgium.
You can also hear it on the new Leveret CD In The Round … which is now available here.
After some lovely gigs in Sweden this Autumn, Emma Reid and I have a short UK tour in December. We’ll have some pre-release copies of our new album with us, and it will be available online soon too. We’re also booking a short tour for April next year, so please drop me a line if you’d like to book us or know of a venue who might.
December 3rd – workshops and house concert, Stockport, Cheshire. Details from 07788993127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 5th – Private house concert
December 6th – The Cross Keys, Selattyn, nr Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7DH
Tickets £8 (child £4) – from The Gates gift shop, Church St, Oswestry (next to Honeysuckle), or from Jock on 01691 791500 or email@example.com