The Folking Winners – Public Vote 2016

First of all, a big thank you to the thousands who voted in our inaugural Folkies awards. Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the runners-up, although all our nominees are winners to the team who enjoyed their music, either live or on record, over the last year and placed them on the short list. Here are the folking public vote winners and now, may I have the first envelope please…

Soloist Of The Year – Steve Knightley

The Folking Winners - Steve Knightley

http://folking.com/steve-knightley-bio/


Best Duo – Show Of Hands

The Folking Winners - Show Of Hands
Photograph by Dai Jeffries

http://folking.com/show-of-hands-bio/


Best Band – Blackbeard’s Tea Party

Best Live Act – Blackbeard’s Tea Party

The Folking Winners - Blackbeard's Tea Party

http://folking.com/blackbeards-tea-party-bio/


Best Album – Disco At The Tavern – The Demon Barbers

The Folking Winners - Disco At The Tavern

http://folking.com/disco-at-the-tavern-review/


Best Musician – Peter Knight

The Folking Winners - Peter Knight

http://folking.com/peter-knight-bio


Rising Star – Will Varley

The Folking Winners - Will Varley

http://folking.com/will-varley-bio


Best International Artist – Gretchen Peters

The Folking Winners - Gretchen Peters
Photograph by Gina Binkley

http://folking.com/gretchen-peters-bio



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Blackbeard’s Tea Party – bio

Blackbeard's Tea Party - bio

Playing together since summer 2009, Blackbeard’s Tea Party began as a busking, function and ceilidh band, but quickly grew a reputation as a formidable live act. They soon found themselves selling out venues in their home town of York.

Word quickly spread, and the band began to play gigs further afield, including a number of noteworthy festival concerts and ceilidh bookings through 2010 and 2011. These included Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and a headline slot at Galtres, amongst others.

During this time, Blackbeard’s Tea Party released a mini-album (Heavens to Betsy, 2009) and a full length album (Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober, 2011) to excellent critical acclaim and public response. Both were recorded in Kajunga Studios (a series of progressively bigger bedrooms) and were funded and distributed independently.

After the release of Heavens to Betsy the band’s distinct sound was picked up by the BBC’s Mike Harding, who played Blackbeard’s Tea Party on BBC Radio 2’s weekly folk show.

Since the release of Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober – which R2 Magazine gave a five star rating – Blackbeard’s Tea Party have gone from strength to strength. They were recognised as one of the best live bands in the UK in the 2011 FATEA Awards and 2012 saw a long run of festival bookings, including Cambridge and Whitby, and return visits to Sidmouth and Shrewsbury, amongst others.

2013 saw the band continue to grow. In April, Blackbeard’s Tea Party issued their second full length album Whip Jamboree, released nationwide through Proper Music Distribution and reaching number 4 on the Amazon MP3 folk charts alongside continued critical praise. In support of the release the band embarked on two UK headline tours playing far and wide in both the Spring and Autumn.

In between touring, Summer provided a stunning festival season including return visits to Sidmouth (3 consecutive years), Beverley and another headline slot at Galtres, alongside breaking into more mainstream festivals such as Bingley Live and Hull Freedom Fest.

In 2014, Blackbeard’s Tea Party experienced their biggest and best year to date. They finally signed up for their passports and branched out into international gigs, playing at the first Costa Del Folk Festival in Spain, and headlining the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. At home, the band continued to support Whip Jamboree with their longest and most prestigious festival run to date, including slots at Glastonbury, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, another Galtres headline and Larmer Tree Festival!

2015 saw the band embark on another long run of festivals and the release of their third full album, Reprobates.

Artists’ website: http://www.blackbeardsteaparty.com/bio/

Welcome To The Folkies

With Oscar fever rising to a climax it’s time to say “Welcome To The Folkies” – the 2016 Folking Awards. We’ve sifted through the albums and performances of 2015 – always a long and difficult task punctuated by bouts of thumb-wrestling to settle disputes. Adopting the pattern followed by everyone else, here, in no order of precedence, are our nominations. With the exception of one category we have restricted our choices to British acts.

All nominations are 2016 Folking Awards winners.

Welcome To The Folkies

Soloist Of The Year

Steve Tilston
Sam Carter
Kathryn Roberts
Steve Knightley
Ange Hardy

Best Duo

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
India Electric Co.
Show Of Hands
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Clype

Best Band

Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Tradarrr
False Lights
Merry Hell

Best Live Act

The Demon Barbers XL
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Tradarr
CC Smugglers

Best Album

Layers Of Ages – Peter Knight’s Gigspanner
Head Heart Hand – Megan Henwood
The Girl I Left Behind Me – India Electric Co.
It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice – Elle Osborne
Disco At The Tavern – The Demon Barbers

Best Musician

Dan Walsh
Peter Knight
P.J. Wright
Chris Leslie
Kris Drever

Folking’s Rising Star

Will Varley
Sam Kelly
Wes Finch
India Electric Co.
Chris Cleverley

Best International Artist

Gretchen Peters
Tom Russell
Gandalf Murphy And The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams
Justin Townes Earle
Los Lobos

To give the awards a further edge, we opened the vote to our visitors and run a public poll in all of the 8 categories (as listed above).

The Public Vote closed Sunday 28 February at 20.00 hours and “The Folking Winners” have now been announced here at: http://folking.com/the-folking-winners/


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BLACKBEARD’S TEA PARTY Reprobates (own label BTP004)

BLACKBEARD'S TEA PARTY ReprobatesBlackbeard’s Tea Party’s fourth album starts out quite gently … for all of ten seconds. Then it launches into one of the strangest songs I’ve heard in many a long year. Stuart Giddens’ ‘The Steam Arm Man’ tells of a soldier who loses an arm at the Battle Of Waterloo with consequences that are something out of The Twilight Zone. Long-standing fans will not be disappointed.

That’s followed by ‘Hangman’s Noose’, an instrumental set which begins with old-timey fiddle from Laura Boston-Barber and then takes of into pure Blackbeard territory. It sounds like the band are having huge fun and perhaps that’s to do with having two hand percussionists instead of a more conventional drum-kit. They manage to be tight and sound loose at the same time. Giddens is responsible for two more of the record’s big songs: ‘The Slave Chase’ – heavily adapted from a nineteenth century song – and ‘Jack Ketch’, the man notorious for taking five strokes of his axe to despatch the Duke of Monmouth and a dozen to execute Lord Russell. All good clean fun for the kiddies.

Tim Yates’ bass is a big sound on Reprobates, featuring heavily on his own track, ‘The Devil’s Doorbell’ and ‘Star Of Munster’. The treatment of Peter Bellamy’s ‘Roll Down’ sounds a bit odd to my ears but I’ve known the original for many years. Its phrasing is altered to fit the traditional tune ‘Tater Patch’ which surrounds it giving it an entirely new dynamic well away from the singarounds where it is usually heard these days. Actually, it’s pretty good now I think about it. The Diggers’ anthem, ‘Stand Up Now’, is really big and funky but ‘Close The Coalhouse Door’, which closes the set, is treated with appropriate respect with the vocal over thudding percussion and doomy fiddle and guitar. It has the Blackbeard’s Tea Party stamp but remains true to its origins which is quite a feat.

If someone asks you what is the point of folk-rock in the 21st century just ignore them. They don’t know what they’re talking about.

Dai Jeffries

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Artists’ website: www.blackbeardsteaparty.com

‘The Ballad Of William Kidd’ – official video:

Blackbeard’s Tea Party announce new album

Blackbeard's Tea Party announce new album

On Reprobates, their third full-length album, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have mined history books and the folk canon for stories of wicked and nefarious characters. Be they murderous pirates, blood-thirsty executioners or rebellious slave-traders, each has in common a dubious morality.

Musically, Reprobates follows the band’s eclectic recipe of gutsy folk rock with elements of funk, dance and classic rock bringing a contemporary edge to traditional source material.

Live, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have earned a considerable reputation for pairing a frenetic energy with accomplished musicianship, and Reprobates’ captures this dexterous party sound. Continue reading Blackbeard’s Tea Party announce new album

The Lost Art – new single

The Lost Art - new single

Having developed a reputation as a fascinating and spectacular live act, The Lost Art have now mastered the art of doing things a little unorthodoxly. With immediately engaging vocals and dazzlingly innovative guitar work, the duo have been captivating audiences throughout the UK with the band already having supported the likes of Cara Dillon, Lotte Mullan and Emma Stevens.

Written whilst under the influence, the stomping new single ‘Kicking the Habit’ out 12th October, finds Greg Hooper and Gordo Francis in a playful, raucous mood. The creative track brings lively vocal hooks, exciting arrangements, provocative pace and inventive guitars to keep the ears guessing whilst giving a familiar summertime feel, transporting the listener straight back to the festival season and hitting you in the head like a serotonin beach ball.

’Kicking The Habit’comes from pair’s Special Edition version of their self-titled debut album set for release 2nd November. Included with the release are special remixed songs along with a fully notated score allowing fans to enjoy this forward thinking duo’s music in a new and unique way. Mixing the old with the new, the varying cocktail of quirky remixes add extra flavour to this inspired thirst quencher of an album.

‘Kicking The Habit’ live at Eynsham Hall:

 

Artists’ website:   http://www.thelostartduo.com