Last weekend was an amazing opportunity to hang out with like minded souls as I scooted down to the west country for a weekend at the beautiful Halsway Manor. I took part in an EFDSS/Paul Hamlyn foundation supported weekend of talks and workshops on all manner of topics tied to the idea of being a viable business as a working folk musician.
One of the most inspiring things was just having chance to talk and play tunes with the other participants. Made some new friends and came back with a ton of great new music. I am currently plotting a big new project. In the meantime, I am listening to new stuff by Sam Kelly, Bella Hardy, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker amongst others!
Hello all. We’re having a great time zooming around the country playing a few gigs in support of the release of The Bone Orchard. This morning it had crept up to the edge of the top 100 on the iTunes chart – if you haven’t got a copy, go grab one now!
Reviews are coming in and they’re incredibly favourable – you can check a couple of recent ones out over on the facebook page as well as a few videos from the Cheltenham shows.
This week Tom and I have played in Manchester, Bishop’s Stortford, a stop off last night to play a dance in Biggleswade and we are playing in London tonight just near Euston station. It’d be great to see you somewhere on the road so do come and say hi. Next week we’re off to Bradford!
There’s only a few days now to the release date of The Bone Orchard and the first reviews are just starting to trickle in – all looking pretty positive so far. People are definitely picking up on some of the weirder elements of the record which has already been described as ‘delightfully unsettling’. Despite that it has (I think…) plenty of light and shade and a good few chorus songs.
You can see the full list of dates on the gigs page, but we played at the Hoy at Anchor club in Southend the other night in the duo format of myself and Tom Kitching. Tom is a great bloke and a phenomenal fiddler. Do come and see us if you can. Next week we’re playing in Boston, Bath and Sheffield and there are still a few more dates to come.
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We launched the new album and band at Cheltenham Folk Festival this weekend. I was thrilled to be joined by some good mates – Tom Kitching on fiddle from Pilgrims Way, Nick Cooke of Mawkin and Jim Moray’s Skulk Ensemble on melodeon and Tim Yates of The Albion Band/Blackbeard’s Tea Party on double bass. We had a whale of a time, and we’re looking forward to doing more as a band over the coming months. All the guys played on the record and it was great to be able to recreate some of the bigger arrangements. watch this space for news of the March tour – Tom will be joining me for much of that to add his signature fiddle sound to many of the sets. Hopefully I’ll be playing a club somewhere near you – but if not – get in touch and we will see what we can do in future!
The album is now available to pre-order – check out the shop page.
where the time goes… ages since an update…well, I’m just getting ready for Morris On Band rehearsals, planning the new solo album and recovering from a fun but exhausting tour with the Albion Band, which culminated in a fun gig at Shepley Village Festival after 25 earlier dates since the beginning of March. Crucible trio things are slowly grinding into action, Hekety are playing a few shows and we’ve done a couple of Davenport family shows too… phew. Coming up I have Gate to Southwell, Chippenham Folk Festival, an Albion show at The Half Moon, Putney, Oysterband’s BigSession and then into recording the new record with friends including Tim Yates (Albion Band) and Tom Kitching (Pilgrim’s Way).
I’m also working with Haystack Records – they are providing agency and label services for the next album and I’m very happy to be working alongside Pete and Hannah on some exciting stuff, coming up soon.
Summer will be as busy as ever – Must Come Down with Morris Offspring returns, and I’ll be involved in various summer festivals this year including Warwick (Crucible Trio), Sidmouth (Solo/hekety/crucible trio/Morris Offspring), Cropredy (Morris On Band), Whitby (solo), Towersey (solo/hekety/Albion Band) and right through to December with the Great British Folk Festival and into 2013 with IVFDF now confirmed with Albion and Hekety shows.
So… a big dates update due soon!
Since the summer, things have been consistently hectic with the last few festivals running into the first few weeks of October. We’re really blessed to have a festival season that spans February to October! I had a great couple of weeks in Canada, with some nice shows in Southern Ontario. Toronto feels like a bit of a home from home and it was great to catch up with friends old and new. As autumn draws in things quieten down a little and it is time to retreat to the studio to work on the full length Albion Band Album. Our hastily produced EP of the summer just got a 4 Star review in Maverick (which contrasts pleasantly with the crassly anonymous pseudo review of fRoots) and we’ve booked an epic tour of the UK for March – check out dates on the er… dates page! Hope to see you somewhere soon.