Maddy Prior – April/May tour dates

Maddy Prior

Over the course of her remarkable career, Maddy Prior has made it her mission to work with some of the most exceptional musicians in the world – both within Steeleye Span and beyond. To that noted list she has added accordion player, singer and clog dancer Hannah James and multi-instrumentalist Giles Lewin (Bellowhead / Carnival Band), forming a trio that explores the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe. Debut album 3 For Joy took fourteenth century poems, tales of the industrial revolution from Ulster and music from the Southern Baptist Church tradition, while their latest, Shortwinger is themed on the wild field, mainly concerned with birds, hares and their place in folk mythology. The trio will be performing songs from both albums as well as highlights from Maddy’s solo and band career – all presented in a daring acoustic style that enhances one of the finest voices this country has ever produced.

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Tour dates

14th Halifax – Playhouse, King Cross Street, HX1 2SH  7.30pm £16.50 plus booking fee

15th– Rotherham Civic Theatre, (RESCHEDULED) Catherine Street, Rotherham S65 1EB  £17.50 (inc fees) 7.30pm

16th  – Barton Upon Humber, The Ropewalk, Maltkin Road North Lincolnshire DN18 5JT , £16/£18 8pm

17th – York, The National Centre for Early Music York,  St Margarets Church, Percy’s Lane, YO1 9TL 7.30pm £18.00 (£16.00 concs; £5.00 under 35) events SOLD OUT

18th – Loughborough, LU ARTS Loughborough Epinal Way, LE11  7.30pm £16.50 /£5 students

20th  – Teddington, Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road, TW11 9NN  8pm £18-£20

21stLichfield, The Guildhall Lichfield Bore St, WS13 6LU Time tbc £18 (£16.20 members) £9 (under 16)

22nd – Nuneaton, Abbey Theatre and Arts Centre Pool Bank St, Nuneaton CV11 5DB  £16.50 £7.30pm

24th – New Milton, Forest Arts Centre New Milton Old Milton Rd, Hampshire BH25 6DS  £18.50 (inc fee) 7.30pm

26th – Havant, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Hampshire 56 East St, Havant PO9 1BS £19.50

27th – Deal , Astor Community Theatre Deal Stanhope Rd, CT14 6AB  7.30pm doors £24 (all seated)

28th – Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Church St, CO1 1NF £16.50 Doors 7.30pm

29th – Bishop’s Cleeve,  The Tithe Barn/Bishop’s Cleeve Village Hall,  Cheltenham Rd, GL52 8LU   7.30pm £17


2nd – Dorchester Arts Centre Dorchester The Corn Exchange, High E St, DT1 1HF 7.30pm doors £17 (£15 members & concs)

3rd – Bath, Chapel Arts Centre St.James’s Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR 8pm £16.50 (adv) £18 (door)

4th– Shoreham By Sea, Ropetackle Arts Centre High St, BN43 8pm £16.50

5th – Shaftesbury Arts Centre 13 Bell St,  SP7 8AR £18.00 (Under 18 £10 )


Fairport’s Cropredy Convention announces Brian Wilson as headliner

Brian Wilson at Fairport's Cropredy Convention
Photograph courtesy of CNN

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention music festival have announced that Brian Wilson will perform the legendary Beach Boys album Pet Sounds at Cropredy on Thursday 9 August 2018.

Acclaimed for its ambition and sophistication, Pet Sounds is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential albums of all time. Released in 1966, Wilson’s masterpiece is number 2 in the Rolling Stone ‘500 Greatest Albums Of All Time’ list, only beaten to the top spot by The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper.

The festival will be held over three days (Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August 2018) at Cropredy near Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Thursday opens with host band Fairport Convention who will play a short welcome set. Fairport are followed by Smith & Brewer, a talented Americana guitar duo featuring close harmony vocals. Police Dog Hogan deliver their own brand of exhilarating Country-tinged rock. Ever-popular folkrockers Oysterband will make their first appearance at Cropredy since 2004 and they will be followed by Thursday’s headliner, Brian Wilson.

On Friday,Cropredy will open with a set by the BBC Young Folk Award winner followed by newcomers Midnight Skyracer who describe their music as ‘Anglo-Irish girl-power Bluegrass’. Favourites of the Cropredy crowd The Travelling Band make a welcome return with their blend of Mancunian Americana and indie folkrock. Cregan & Co features Jim Cregan, best known for his associations with Family, Cockney Rebel and Rod Stewart. Le Vent du Nord will perform traditional Québécois music with infectious enthusiasm before former frontman of Marillion, Fish makes his second appearance at Cropredy. Mercury-nominee Kate Rusby (Folk Singer of the Year and Best Live Act winner at the BBC Folk Awards) makes her Cropredy debut before Friday’s headline act Levellers celebrate their thirtieth anniversary with a welcome return to Cropredy.

Saturday sees BAFTA nominee Richard Digance getting the day off to a flying start. Sets from Eric Sedge and The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican precede singer-songwriter Will Varley who makes his first appearance at Cropredy with his band.  Folk Award winner Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys are newcomers to the festival and so are Afro Celt Sound System who fuse traditional Irish and West African music in a thrilling mix. They will be followed by a solo set from Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart before Fairport Convention and guests take the stage for their traditional two-hour-plus Saturday headline show.

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‘God Only Knows’ – live:

Holywell Music & Folk – more 2018 concerts

Holywell Music
Photograph by Jo Elkington

Passionate music love and promotor Geoff Smith is keeping Holywell’s music tradition alive and singing in the heart of Oxford with a regular new concert series which is already off to a flying start: Holywell Music & Folk.

Holywell Music Room first opened its beautiful auditorium to the ears of the discerning music lover in 1748, and the room has hosted the best around for over 269 years now, from Handel to the Oxford Philharmonic. Now, thanks to lifelong music fan Geoff Smith, the driving force behind the exciting new live music venture Holywell Music & Folk, some of the best artists from the folk and singer-songwriter scene are now playing in this historic venue in the heart of Oxford.

Geoff has attracted some exciting support from Patron artists of this new venture, all of whom will be performing at the venue in 2018:

“I am thrilled to be joining the 2018 line up at Holywell Music and Folk myself and will bring real-life stories of inspirational and relatable people from the past including songs from my latest project No Petticoats Here” says Louise Jordan. Acclaimed Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross is looking forward to performing in July “This is a fantastic initiative by Holywell Music & Folk and I’m proud to support it in every way I can.” Brilliant Folk Award nominees Ninebarrow are also excited: “The Holywell Music Room is stunning! There is an intangible, magical quality to the space. So, when you take a city as vibrant as Oxford, a concert programme of world class folk and roots music, and a venue the calibre of the Holywell Music Room, you really have got a recipe for something rather special – and we can’t wait for you to experience it!”

The programme in this unique U-shaped auditorium kicked off in January with a very special one off one-man show with Teddy Thompson, the son of Richard and Linda Thompson, described by the New York Times as “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation.  Next came a sell out show from Oxford based Anglo-Cymraeg-Galego four-piece folk band Xogara followed by an extraordinary performance from Russian born singer-songwriter Daria Kulesh.

2018 dates

Thursday April 5th Iona Fyfe Trio (support Owl Light Trio)

Saturday 12th May Kadia (support: Anne-Marie Sanderson)

Sunday 20th May Dan Walsh Trio (Support: White Horse Whispers)

Sunday 17 June Louise Jordan (Support: Elle Nelson)

Friday 13 July Reg Meuross (Support: Edd Donovan and The Wandering Moles)

​Sat 18th August Jess Vincent (Support Fearless Hearts)

September 2nd The Willows exclusive CD release launch –  first date of tour *tickets available soon

Saturday 20th October Ninebarrow  (Support Ben Cipolla)

Saturday 10th November Sera Louise Owen  ​(Support: Genevieve Miles)

Saturday 8th December Emily Mae Winters  (Support Three Pressed Men)

Saturday 14th December A Winter Tour Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders, Jade Rhiannon with Gilmore and Roberts *tickets available soon

Club website: and tickets are available online from

Tickets also available from Truck Store 101 Cowley Rd. £12.50 includes £1 handling fee and cash only please

Holywood Music & Folk gigs will all be held at the Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SD.

Maverick Festival 2018

Bonnie Bishop – photograph courtesy of Rolling Stone

Following a milestone 10th anniversary last year, the UK’s first and finest Americana festival is thrilled to announce further additions to its 2018 line up.  This year Maverick Festival will take place from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July, showcasing the most authentic and talented musicians from both sides of the Atlantic.  Over the past decade Maverick Festival organisers have stuck to what they believe in, presenting exciting and inspiring line-ups year after year.

New additions include the most talked about  band in  Memphis, Southern Avenue, whose style embodies their home city’s soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all of their own.

After working on new album Ain’t Who I Was with the hottest producer in the business Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson); Texas-raised Bonnie Bishop heads to the Suffolk countryside to make her UK festival debut.  Returning to us from Australia, we welcome back Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, who bring with them rising Aussie star Imogen Clark.

Not forgetting the UK talent, Maverick welcomes Brighton based band The Mountain Firework Company to the festival this year. The acoustic five piece have been described as” A bitter sweet country cocktail… on the rocks ”

Maverick Festival is excited to announce a special feature in this years programme celebrating music from Hawaii and its contribution to Americana. The programme includes Maverick favourite Hank Wangford, who will be sharing tales from his days on the trail with the paniolos, Hawaii’s very own cowboys, and BJ Cole and his band who will debut tracks from their new album, showcasing the slack key guitar and featuring the Hawaiian singer and dancer, Kehau Kahananui.

Set amongst the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Farm Park, the site is nestled deep in the Suffolk countryside, yet only two hours from London. The festival presents music performances, film & workshops and features over forty different artists, across five stages indoors and out.

2018 LINE UP



Ranger £100.00

Weekend ticket with admission to all stages and includes up to TWO nights camping FRIDAY and SATURDAY

Wrangler £80.00

Weekend ticket with admission to all stages No Camping

Rustler £50.00
Day ticket, Saturday only

Nighthawk £30.00
Friday night only

Holy Roller £25.00
Sunday only

Tenderfoot £25.00
Children 10-15 yrs, under 10’s go free

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Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – new single, album and April UK tour


Gearing up for the 30th March release of ‘No Mercy in This Land’, GRAMMY-Award winning artists BEN HARPER and CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE share a new track from the forthcoming album entitled “Found the One.” Dancing along to a bouncing, Bo Diddley-esque beat, the track is a jubilant and euphoric expression of love, with Ben singing of his luck in finding “the one.” ‘Found the One‘ further showcases the range of emotional depth fans can expect from the album, as it promises to take listeners on a sonic journey through Ben and Charlie’s personal stories of survival. ‘No Mercy in This Land‘ is available for preorder now and will include an IG download of ‘Found the One‘.

Found The One’ is a song about never giving up on finding true love. It’s a song about surrendering to love, getting out of loves way, and letting love do the heavy lifting,

” Harper says of the track. “It was also the one song written in the studio during the recording process of the record – Jason Mozersky started hammering out the main riff on guitar and Jimmy Paxson started coming up with this very unique drum pattern using his drum set along with, of all things, a metal trash can! So the two of them started making a wonderful racket and I immediately jumped out from behind the board. Right away, I knew we had to chase this idea down.”

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The pair will celebrate the album’s release on March 30th by kicking off an international tour that same evening in San Francisco, CA at the famed Fillmore before heading overseas for a string of European dates. The duo will make it to the UK in April to play three shows:

Tuesday 3 April – Oran Mor – Glasgow – TICKETS
Friday 6 April – Academy 2 – Manchester – TICKETS
Saturday 7 April – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London – TICKETS


Gem Andrews – North

Gem Andrews’ powerful new album ‘North’ is an intimate and stirring collection of songs which tackles themes of mental illness, poverty, community and destitution. In this dark country album, Andrews opens up the murkiest corners of her mind, and tells stories which are in turn despairing, hopeful and furious.

Running through every song is Gem’s spiritual home; the North East of England, sometimes as subject and sometimes as backdrop. The album is infused with the warmth and energy of the region, and pays tribute to local legends, including the late, great poet Julia Darling.

Gem’s songs capture the rage of the North, railing against a political class that have destroyed the livelihood and pride of the people and left them to waste.

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The Band
Gem Andrews – Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Nicky Rushton – Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Sarah Van Jellie – Double Bass, Harmony Vocals
Bernard Wright – Violin, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Susanne Lambert – Drums, Percussion, Harmony Vocals

Here is “Calling”, an old gem from Gem.

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