Nigel Mazlyn Jones and Marker play The Music Institute

Nigel Mazlyn Jones begins a short tour at The Music Institute in Guildford on March 23rd

Nigel Mazlyn Jones

Nigel Mazlyn Jones was born in Dudley. He started playing guitar and writing poetry and songs as a teenager in the late sixties while working part time at Dudley Zoo and his playing styles are rooted in the 12-string guitar which has become his trademark.

In his teens in the sixties he ran the Albion folk club in Dudley and later the Garibaldi acoustic club in Stourbridge. He left the Midlands for two years in 1969 working at Gerald Durrell’s Jersey Wildlife Trust and on returning started playing full time. In 1972 his love of the natural world led him to move to the wild moors and coasts of Cornwall to concentrate on writing, playing and promoting acoustic concerts in Cornwall. Later he progressed to touring in Europe and appearing at many festivals.

In 1976 he recorded his first album Ship To Shore in Nest studios in Birmingham. This album is now a 70’s classic of its genre and has been re-released in vinyl and CD forms. The second album Sentinel followed in 1979.

He was invited to be guest artist to various well known bands and was soon touring in Europe. In 1980 he toured the Euro/UK rock circuit on a mammoth three-month tour as guest to Barclay James Harvest playing to nearly a million people.

Decades on and eleven albums later his most recent album Raft has been acclaimed by Mojo, Uncut and many other music magazines and much of his music is available on iTunes. There are many live video clips on YouTube to explore and his official web site has further info such as Nigel’s work with Van der Graaf Generator’s drummer-percussionist, Guy Evans.

Nigel is a masterful 12-string guitarist weaving a wide range of sounds, poignant songs and instrumentals with some interesting tales and the kind of ecologically aware political commentary championed by his peers. He is well known on the live and festival circuits (including Glastonbury main stage) and has written and performed for radio and TV.

From his folk club days through the 1970’s he went on to tour most UK and European major venues supporting the likes of Barclay James Harvest, Renaissance, Camel, Judy Tzuke and Bob Geldof. Down the years he has collaborated on various projects with Steve Hillage, Banco de Gaia, Roy Harper, and Guy Evans of Van Der Graaf Generator yet always revered and returned to his acoustic roots, as can be heard on the latest album Raft.

“A veteran of the first wave of British acoustic warriors, along with Roy Harper, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Mick Softley and Mike Chapman, Nigel is the real deal, a battle-hardened survivor for his art, enthused, principled and still breaking the envelope.” Shindig

Nigel has recorded eleven albums. His first two, Ship To Shore and Sentinel, have been re-released and are rightly regarded as classics of the genre. The recent release Raft echoes his early work, featuring his 12-string dexterity and embellishing some great tunes with poignant lyrics of hope, love and wonder.

His thinking was heavily influenced in the late 60s through working in wildlife conservation with the great apes at Gerald Durrell’s Wildlife Trust. Living near the Cornish coast since 1972 natural influences often weave into his music creating an artistic reflection of the raft on which we all individually sail. As Nigel notes: “Like this planet, rafts are fragile.”

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Nigel will be supported at The Music Institute by Chichester duo Marker: Marilyn Campbell and Kerry Manning.

Marilyn has been singing unaccompanied traditional folk songs since the late 60’s, starting in the folk clubs of her native home of Hull and her college home of Chichester, West Sussex. She was therefore much inspired by the singing of the Watersons and the Copper Family. As well as making her mark as a lovely singer she has also been running the long-established Chichester Folk Song Club for many a year.

Kerry started in folk at about the same time but was more influenced by the more contemporary folk music that was so evident at the time, and developed into a singer/guitarist at local clubs wherever he happened to be.

In the early 90’s he discovered the Chichester club and Marilyn, and a musical duo just happened. Since then they have played at clubs and festivals around the country, plus performed in Mick Ryan’s Fieldworks productions of A Day’s Work and  The Voyage tour of England and Ireland.

Their repertoire is a great mix of the traditional and contemporary, leaning as much on the traditional canon as their favourite songwriters such as Enda Kenny, Jez Lowe and Keith Marsden. Their latest CD, Marking Time, is a fine example of the range of their musical influences.

Marilyn also dabbles in spoons playing, whilst Kerry has since added bouzouki, melodeon, bodhran, and English concertina to his skill sets (and is now battling with the fiddle).

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Karen Tweed to curate celebration of pioneering photographer


Quay Arts Centre, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, PO30 5BD, Isle of Wight – Saturday 31st March 2018 Tickets £10 call – 01983 822490 email –

Karen Tweed
Photograph by Bryan Ledgard

A thought provoking and elegant concert celebrating the life and work of controversial pioneering 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron is taking place on her adopted island of the Isle of Wight on Easter Saturday aiming to present another view of this unique individual.

The concert, curated and collated by walking whirlwind of an accordionist Karen Tweed, promises to be the launchpad for bringing to the public’s attention the work of an inspirational artist who Karen described as ‘colourful, opinionated, passionate and daring’ and ‘The Bjork of her time’.

The idea for the project first came about when Karen was living on the island and visited Dimbola Lodge which houses a permanent exhibition of her work. While there, Julia photographed many notable figures in society, politics and science from the time.

It was a photograph of John Herschel that captured Karen’s imagination leading to the composing of ‘My Dear Julia’ imagining in music what Herschel’s letters to Julia might contain.

This was the starting point of the project that includes music, words, songs and sketches, and it was while teaching on the Folkworks summer school in August 2017 that Karen saw the potential in the musicians who join her in this project, namely tenor horn player Trevor Wilkinson, David Salvage on guitar, bass mandolin, percussion and voice,  plus mandolin and melodeon man Michael Burns. However, geographical issues had to be overcome as Trevor lives in Newcastle, David in Humberside / East Yorkshire and Michael in Manchester, but where there is a will, there is a way.

Collectively, they have named themselves Dimbola in honour of the venue that houses the collection of Julia’s photographs and for the concert they will be joined by Italian sitar and harp player Anna Sacchini who is based on the island, and organises the annual Harp On Wight event.

Karen Tweed, who describes Julia as a “trailblazer” who “upset people and their perceptions” and was “ahead of her time”, hopes that the project will introduce Julia Margaret Cameron to a wider audience.

This performance will act as a springboard for Trevor, David and Michael to continue developing their arrangement, perfomance and compositional skills crossing genres, themes and musical styles.

This unique event, part of the island’s Hidden Heroes series of concerts, has received backing from The Arts Council and is being staged at The Quay Arts Centre, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, PO30 5BD, Isle of Wight on Saturday 31st March.  Tickets are priced at £10 and can be obtained by calling the venue on 01983 822490 or by e mail

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Wilde Roses – eponymous debut album and Tintagel date

Wilde Roses

Wilde Roses is a musical collaboration between singers, multi-instrumentalists, composers, dancers and performers Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden.

Musically and visually inspired by the medieval and renaissance world, they draw their repertoire from illuminated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition. Fascinated by the stories in these songs – medieval religious imagery so beautifully infused with nature; renaissance tales of piracy, jilted lovers and general folly alongside some of the most sincere and tender love songs to reach to the heart of life and human relationships – they are moved by a desire to explore and recreate the sound world of this historical repertoire and to share these exquisite songs with present day audiences.

Emily and Anna come from different musical backgrounds and met whilst they were both part of the Mediaeval Baebes, soon realising how much they inspire each other and enjoy working together.

Anna (musical director, singer, nyckelharpa, viola da gamba, hurdy gurdy player) enjoys an eclectic career both in the folk and classical genres. She trained as a classical singer and instrumentalist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has a special interest in early music, which has enabled her to record and tour worldwide with such groups as the Mediaeval Baebes and recently give the premiere on BBC1’s Britain’s Hidden Heritage of a previously undiscovered aria by Vivaldi. During her early studies, she performed at the Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3 and has been touring internationally since she was 15. Her debut classical album With Love… was released in 2014 and her first album of folk songs is planned for 2018. Anna lives on her beautiful boat just outside London taking inspiration from the woods and river.

Emily (movement director, singer, recorders) grew up in a castle in Cornwall and trained at The Arts Educational Schools where she received a scholarship from Andrew Lloyd Webber to continue her studies in

London. As a longstanding member of Mediaeval Baebes she has made several studio albums, live DVDs and recorded themes for BBC TV shows Victoria and Elizabeth with Ivor Novello winner Martin Phipps. Emily made three acclaimed albums with her symphonic Metal band PYTHIA and has recorded vocals for multi-platinum selling band Dragonforce on their last three albums. She continues to write music for her Classical Celtic Project with composer Chris Payne, Celtic Legend, her solo projects and is a published novelist. Emily owns music based pub, Chandos Arms in North London, is married to music producer Are Kolltveit, and she is the proud mum of Saxon.

Live Date

May 5, 2018 The Arthurian Faery Ball in Tintagel 2018

Returning to Tintagel, Karen Kay’s Faery Events is to host an Arthurian themed Faery Ball at Beltane (Saturday 5th May 2018) at the King Arthurs Great Halls in Tintagel, Cornwall. Musical guests include Wilde Roses, and more to be announced.

King Arthur’s Great Halls in Tintagel, Cornwall Tickets £25

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‘Man Mai Longe Lives Weene’ – official video: