Ghosts, the 2004 CD Chris Wood, John Dipper and I recorded as the English Acoustic Collective is now available as a CD or download – use the Bandcamp player below or click here. Considered by many to be a landmark release, this CD features my tunes Copernicus and St George’s Day as well as the Hugh Lupton / Chris Wood songs Bleary Winter and Mari Lwyd, John Dipper’s fantastic Kennington Jig, and our treatment of several traditional tunes including The Hare’s Maggot and Mr Isaac’s Maggot and the morris tunes Bonnets of Blue and the Cuckoo’s Nest.
The Irish Times – Top 10 albums of 2004
“This is precisely the dig in the ribs that English folk needs.”
Dirty Linnen – USA
“The best recording of purely English music in years. Highly recommended.”
BBC Radio 3 – Late Junction
“With its imaginative beauty, inventiveness and outstanding playing, ‘Ghosts’ is destined to haunt us for a very long time. These superb musicians provide us with a real celebration of the English tradition in the 21st century.”
“An education of the finest order and should go down in history as a defining collection that can be looked upon as such by generations down the line.”
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!
It’s available now direct from RootBeat Records or via Amazon, iTunes, etc!!
This year’s summer school runs from July 17th-21st. Tutors are me, Miranda Rutter and Sam Sweeney, and once again we’re lucky enough to have the run of Ruskin Mill and its wonderful surroundings.
Full details and application form can be found on the English Acoustic Collective web site – or please contact me with any queries.
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.
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:
April 2nd – Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Glos
Concertina & fiddle workshops, 4.30pm • Gig 8pm
April 3rd – El Rincon, Bedminster, Bristol
Afternoon gig, 2pm • Get tickets here
April 4th – The Green Note, Camden, London
Doors 7pm, Gig 8.30pm • Get tickets here
The new album is here – recorded live on May 20th in the round church in Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire and available for pre-order now.
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 4th – Samovar Tea House Ely, Cambridgeshire 01353 662160 | Buy tickets online
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
We will be revisiting the Made In the Great War show in September. The show tells the story of Sam’s fiddle and its maker, musician and amatuer luthier Richard Spencer Howard. The fiddle was carved in 1915 but Howard was called up to the Great War before he could complete it. A poignant and inspiring multimedia show featuring narration by master storyteller Hugh Lupton, music by Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron with Paul Sartin, and lighting and video by Emma Thompson. Full tour dates here.
After several years, two tours, an album and two BBC Folk Awards, it’s time for The Full English to call it a day and move on to other projects. It’s been a really amazing collaboration to be part of and it’s really reminded me how much undiscovered material there is in the archives at www.vwml.org, not to mention other sources in books and online.
We have a nine day tour coming up, including a final gig at Cecil Sharp House in London, where we did our first ever performance in 2013.
02/05/15 Bristol Folk Festival
03/05/15 Sheffield The Lyceum
04/05/15 Lincoln Engine Shed
05/05/15 Liverpool St George’s Hall Concert Room
06/05/15 Harrogate Royal Theatre
07/05/15 Birmingham Town Hall
08/05/15 Basingstoke Anvil
09/05/15 Hastings St Mary in the Castle phone sales only 01323 841414
10/05/15 London Cecil Sharp House
Please do take this last chance to see us!