Royal Albert Hall to Haslemere Hall

On 19th May Haslemere Hall welcomes The Phil Beer Band. Phil arrives fresh from a 5th sellout concert at The Albert Hall with Show of Hands and equally fresh from being voted ‘Best musician’ by users in their annual awards!!

Local promoters Auriol and Stuart, best known for their intimate ‘meal and music nights’ at Applegarth Farm Grayshott were asked by Phil to organise this event as part of his bands first UK Tour in 5 years. To help make the most of the occasion they have joined forces with Julian Lewry of Farncombe Music Club.

Auriol said ‘for us music is about collaboration and fun, Phil sells out Applegarth every year just before Christmas with a seasonal celebration of music and friendship. So to be asked to promote his full band at Haslemere Hall was a pleasure and honour. We asked our friend Julian to collaborate because he does an amazing job putting on live music regularly at Farncombe Music Club and occasionally Haslemere Hall, and like us has a lovely and loyal group of supporters who we both believe will love an evening with Phil and his fantastic Band.

A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night.

Completing Phil’s lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals), Greg McDonald (bass, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums).

Tickets are available direct from HERE so book quickly to avoid disappointment!!

The Mike Harding Folk Show – Podcast #226

We thought it was high time we started sharing the excellent folk show that English singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, folk broadcasting and all-round entertainment Leg-end Mike Harding (aka ‘The Rochdale Cowboy’) puts together every Sunday.

Here is the latest instalment after all that heraldry…


Playlist: for PODCAST: 23 Apr 2017

01 My Ol Radio (Featuring Siobhan Maher-Kennedy) – Malcolm Holcombe – The RCA Sessions

02 Pay Me My Money Down – The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band – The Silences In Between

03 The Yellow Horse / Sorry I Am For What I’ve Done – Alan Reid & Rachel Conlan – A Quare Yield

04 Goodnight Loving Trail – Swan Arcade – Round Again

05 Ten Thousand Miles – Sussie Nielsen – Day Is Dawning

06 The Castleford Ladies Magical Circle – Mark Dowding – The Well-Worn Path

07 I Want To Go Down To The Sea (Alzheimers Song) – Tom Reid – Broken Glass

08 Grandma’s Hands – Tim O’Brien – Where The River Meets The Road

10 Fastnet – Marcella O’Sullivan – Wood Of The Pilgrims

11 Cold Haily Windy Night –  Martin Carthy – Landfall

12 Heart In Hand – Ushers Island – Ushers Island

13 Nomad Blood – Martha Tilston – Nomad

14 Misty Badger – The Elephant Sessions – All We Have Is Now

15 Love Is Pleasing – The Posh Band – English

16 Masters Of War – Eric Bibb – Migration Blues

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Copperplate Podcast 210 – Presented by Alan O’Leary

Copperplate Podcast 210
presented by Alan O’Leary
April  2017

1. Paddy GlackinTop It Off. Glackin
2. Noel Hill & Tony MacMahon: Humours of Castlefinn/Templehouse. Knock na Gree   
3. John Carty & Brian Rooney: Bunch of Green Rushes/Stone in the Field/Corry . At Complete Ease
4. Eilis Kennedy: The Saucy Sailor. Westward
5. Johnny Connolly: The New Mown Meadow/Boil The Breakfast Early. An Mileoidean Scaoilte
6. Mick O’Brien: Statia Donnelly’s/I Will If I Can/Patsy Geary’s. May Morning Dew
7. Micheal O’RaghallaighStoney Steps/The Hut In The Bog/Merry Days of Easter.
The Nervous Man
8. Andrew Murray: Castle Garden.   Hell or High Water
Peter McAlinden:The Piper Thru The Meadow Straying.Happy to Meet, Sorry To Part
9. Ben Lennon & Friends: The Primrose Polka. The Natural Bridge
10. Billy Clifford: The Blue Ribbon Polkas 2+1. Echoes of Sliabh Luachra
11. Damien O’Brien & Oliver Loughlin: Kitty Gone A Milking/The Factory Turn/The Smiling Lady. The Factory Turn
10 Rita Gallagher: Erin’s Green Shore. The Heathery Hills
11, Mick O’Brien & Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh: Aoibhinn Cronan/The Hopstores/Lily of the Valley. Deadly Buzz:
12: John Regan & Paddy Glackin: The Maid At The Spinning Wheel/ A Visit to Ireland. Let Down The Blade
13. Teada: Bonnie Ann/John Kelly’s/The Boy In The Boat.    Inne Amarach

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 Winners Announced

The winners of the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 have been announced in a ceremony broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Now in their 18th year, the Awards are a key highlight of the folk music calendar and serve to raise the profile of folk music. Talent, new and old, received accolades including Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo, Best Album, Musician of the Year, Young Folk Award and more. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Ry Cooder and Al Stewart.

American roots-rock musician and songwriter, Ry Cooder, took to the stage for a rare UK performance, singing Jesus On The Mainline. A career-long champion of folk music, he is renowned for his inspired slide guitar playing, and through his own work and collaborations with others, from The Rolling Stones to The Chieftains and Buena Vista Social Club.

British singer-songwriter Al Stewart also took to the stage for a performance of his 1977 song, On The Border. Al started his career on the 1960s London folk scene, and has worked alongside Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page, John Renbourn, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos, Roy Harper and many more. Appearing at the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970, he became known for his brand of folk-rock, which he combined with tales of characters and events from history. He’s best known for his 1970s hits Year of the Cat and Time Passages.

Tony Blackburn presented Al Stewart with his award and regaled the audience with his own personal story of Al. He explained that in the early 1960s, he had in fact been the lead guitarist in Tony’s own group, ‘Tony Blackburn and the Swinging Bells’.

Tony said: “We used to practice at my parents’ house and, as good as he was, he always played his electric guitar far too loud as it always drowned out my vocals… The fact I’m here tonight will do Al’s credibility a lot of damage but I don’t care as I’ve enjoyed playing ‘Year of the Cat’ very much over the years and I haven’t seen him in a long time. It really is an honour to present this Lifetime Achievement Award to such a talented musician.”

The evening opened with a rousing performance by Afro Celt Sound System. And across the night there were spectacular performances from Shirley Collins MBE (performing Washed Ashore), Daoirí Farrell (Van Diemen’s Land), Jim Moray (Fair Margaret And Sweet William), Billy Bragg (I Ain’t Got No Home), and Fara (Three Fishers).

There was a powerful and moving performance taken from the Ballads of Child Migration, which tells the story of the enforced migration of over 100,000 children to Australia and Canada between 1863 and 1970. The specially-curated performance was narrated by Barbara Dickson with original songs performed by Kris Drever, Jez Lowe, While & Matthews, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow, John McCusker, Andy Cutting and Michael McGoldrick.

Folk icon Woody Guthrie was inducted into the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame, to celebrate his lasting influence. Billy Bragg performed a special tribute with a rendition of Guthrie’s I Ain’t Got No Home. The celebration marked 50 years since Guthrie’s death in 1967, aged 55. The musician wrote some of the most enduring standards in the genre with his life and work dedicated to supporting and documenting the rights of workers and the downtrodden. His songs have been covered by countless singers from Bruce Springsteen to Lady Gaga and he was a mentor to a young Bob Dylan and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 said: “Huge congratulations to all the winners of the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 – the calibre of all the nominees was outstanding. This annual event is a wonderful celebration of the vibrant folk music scene and tonight’s show was spectacular, featuring some of folk’s most long standing, biggest and newest stars which Radio 2 is committed to supporting throughout the year.”

The Folk Awards will be broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 9 April at 10pm as an hour-long highlights programme which will include all the performances.

Alternatively, click on any of the links below to see the individual performances:

The full list of winners:

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR presented by Sharleen Spiteri
Kris Drever

BEST DUO presented by Peter Lord of Aardman Animations
Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton

BEST GROUP presented by Sir Ray Davies
The Furrow Collective

BEST ALBUM presented by Mark Kermode
Songs of Separation – Songs of Separation

HORIZON AWARD presented by Rachel and Becky Unthank (of The Unthanks)
Daoirí Farrell

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR presented by Gus Unger-Hamilton from Alt-J
Rachel Newton

BEST ORIGINAL TRACK presented by Susie Dent
If Wishes Were Horses by Kris Drever

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK presented by Pauline Black of The Selecter
Van Diemen’s Land by Daoirí Farrell

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD presented by Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention
Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by Tony Blackburn
Al Stewart

Ry Cooder

Woody Guthrie

Building up to the Awards, Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 Drivetime programme was broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall. In the show, Simon counted down the Top 10 Most Played Folk Songs on Radio 2. Compiled by PPL, the Number 1 track was Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ Wild World – released in 1970, which featured on his fourth album, Tea for the Tillerman. It wasn’t released as a single in the UK, but reached No 11 on the US Billboard chart. Jimmy Cliff released his recording of Wild World in 1970 – produced by Cat Stevens – reaching No 8 in the UK; with Maxi Priest hitting No 5 with his version in 1988. Cat was presented with the Lifetime Achievement honours at the Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2015. Number 2 of the Top 10 Most Played Folk Songs on Radio 2 was Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal; at No 3 was Bellowhead’s Roll the Woodpile Down; at No 4 was Meet Me On The Corner by Lindisfarne; No 5 was Underneath The Stars by Kate Rusby; at No 6 was River Man by Nick Drake; No 7 was Fisherman’s Blues by The Waterboys; No 8 was Thea Gilmore & Sandy Denny’s London; at No 9 was Streets of London by Ralph McTell and at No 10 was Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford and Sons.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens said: “I’m surprised that we actually pipped to the post all these great folk singers and that it’s still being played. That makes me feel very satisfied and it shows that the song and the meaning is still relevant. Of course it is relevant because wild world is exactly what it is and exactly what we’re living in right now and it’s getting wilder perhaps.”

Fairport Convention 50th Anniversary Concert at St George’s in Beckenham

Fairport Convention are to open the Arts at St George’s Festival in Beckenham on Friday 5th May 2017 at 8.00pm.

So, come and join us and the band for this golden anniversary concert for an evening of musical celebration on the 50th Anniversary Tour.

Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered.

To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport has released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire.

Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim throughout its long career. The band won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’, and their story and music has often featured on radio and

For tickets and details about all the other Arts at St George’s Festival programme including the Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour concert on the 30th June visit –

A classic form the folking video archive from 2009 to keep you going in the meantime…



The ‘Colour of Change’ EP by Fate the Juggler is a great five track snapshot of the band and made me inquisitive to know whether their diverse sound and broad song range transferred to live performance; it was with some relief and great pleasure to find out that it does – and some.

It is not often in this homogenised, TV driven, screamingly hyped music world in which we live that it can be said that a band is better live than recorded but with Fate the Juggler this is truly the case. This is a band at one with itself, full of expert musicians enjoying themselves, all given their expressive head but all remaining tight as a unit.

A Pizza Express in Maidstone may not resonate as one of those iconic venues but venture upstairs and you enter a concert room as good as any with top quality sound and light and a generous stage to let this multi instrumental band stretch out.

This was a show with a twist; band driving force Rob Spiers opened with a solo eco-friendly song ‘What You Say’ delivered with aplomb and a nod to further solo work planned for next year. Rob was then joined on stage by the effervescent Linze Maesterosa to road test a new song ‘Pure Gold’ – no hitches here and you sense a band that will not let anything out of the bag until it is good and polished.

On we went building nicely into an acoustic section when the bands fine backline of Nick Cursley on double bass and Kirsteen Bristow on gently brushed drums quietly joined the stage for some stripped back songs. The subtle key changes of ‘Chances’ and the title track from the latest EP ‘Colour of Change’ being mid-set highlights.

It was announced that a new song had been finished and that the band would ‘give it a go’ and ‘Your So, So, So’ was let loose on the world. It was great but ‘Will it make the next album cut?’ asked Spiers – high standards indeed.

It was then guest time and the bands producer Nick Sheridan joined the stage juggling acoustic guitar with iPad controlled sound at the same time – seamless. There was a good crowd in and they were treated to a stripped back version of fan favourites ‘Set In Stone’ and ‘Her Auburn Hair’.

Another guest finished his Pizza and joined the ensemble with Don Judges expertly deputising for Dan Masters on electric guitar; a different style to Masters but in this gig with a twist it worked a treat. Judges introduction to ‘The Time, The Place’ was a memorable moment with Nick Cursley driving the song along with one of those catchy bass riffs that wake you up at 4 in the morning.

We were in full swing now and with everyone in the groove the band headed into the full throttle finishing straight with classics ‘Give Up The Ghost’ and ‘Shadows Falling’. Watching the multi-talented Maesterosa in this section was a treat as she switched smoothly from clarinet to flute to saxophone to keys to tambourine and back again not once missing an oooh or an aaah or a well placed harmony.

A brief pause and call for refreshments before a great version of the blues tinged ‘My Broken Heart’. Then bang – a big finish with ‘Blasphemy’ and ‘The Crown’, the band was unleashed and it became clear why they paced themselves!

It was late so no time for an encore but this set had been expertly crafted and built to a crescendo that it didn’t seem to matter.

When you get the chance go and see Fate the Juggler and then spread the word and foist this hidden gem of Kent upon the world.


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