Bob Fox – live dates in March

Bob Fox - live
Photograph by Rob Bridge

Friday 24th The Ram Club, Old Cranleighan Club, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey. KT7 0HB tickets/info: 0208 686 9421 website

Saturday 25th The Concert Room, Nailers Football Club, Bridge Street, Belper, Derbys. DE56 1BA tickets/info: 01773 853428 website

Wednesday 29th Irvine Folk Club, Vineburgh Community Centre, Quarry Road, Irvine, Ayrshire.KA12 0PS tickets/info: 01294 551047 website

Friday 31st Stonehaven Folk Club, Community Centre, Bath Street, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. AB39 2DH tickets/info: 01569 764202 website

Artist’s website: www.bobfoxmusic.com

‘The Galway Shawl’ – live:

Pitmen Poets Remaining Feb Tour Dates

pitmen poets

After two sell out UK tours in 2011 and 2013, The Pitmen Poets’ planned world tour was put on hold when Bob Fox was offered a starring role as The Songman in the West End production of Warhorse. Now that Bob has stopped horsing around for a while, it is time for the Poets to ride again – though Bob will be returning, soon to that particular ‘mount’…

Since the first Pitmen Poets tour in 2011, Sam West’s revival of the seminal Close the Coalhouse Door has completed a triumphant UK tour and Lee Hall’s Pitman Painters has been a hit in the West End and also on Broadway.  Interest in the North East’s mining tradition has never been more intense.  What better time could there be for an opportunity to experience the brilliant entertainment of The Pitmen Poets?

The Pitmen Poets celebrate the songs, humour, and culture of North East England’s Coal Mining tradition, bringing together four of the region’s leading champions of it’s musical heritage. Ex-Lindisfarne & Jack The Lad singer and writer Billy Mitchell, song man from London’s west end musical Warhorse, Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee songwriter Jez Lowe – individually and collectively, The Pitmen Poets.

With archive footage and photographs, this is a journey through the centuries of a once-great industry, from the songs that saw it thrive and dominate, to those that saw it’s demise and the resulting aftermath. Continue reading Pitmen Poets Remaining Feb Tour Dates

Kate Rusby releases New Album ‘20’ to Mark 20 Years of Music Making

Kate Rusby 20FEATURING COLLABORATIONS WITH THE CREAM OF ROCK, FOLK & BLUEGRASS ARTISTS INCLUDING PAUL WELLER, RICHARD THOMPSON, NIC JONES, DICK GAUGHAN, PHIL SELWAY, MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER, CHRIS THILE, EDDI READER AND MORE… 

The Barnsley nightingale Kate Rusby has released a new album to celebrate 20 years of making music. Entitled ‘20’ the album features new recordings of Kate’s favourite songs from throughout her illustrious career. Continue reading Kate Rusby releases New Album ‘20’ to Mark 20 Years of Music Making

Butlins’ 2011 Great British Folk Festival – Review by Peterborough & South Lincs Folk Diary…

You have to admit that, when you take the money into account, Butlins’ 2011 Great British Folk Festival was good value. We enjoyed Bob Fox, Steve Tilston, P. J. Wright, Dave PeggAnthony John Clarke, Chumbawamba, Jane Taylor, Seth Lakeman & Richard Digance particularly, and probably Ralph McTell had we not been elsewhere. You can’t see everything, and switching venues may mean no seat at the 2nd one, big though the venues were. We thought that Matthews Southern Comfort, with his constant harping on about his hit in 1970 (we’d never heard of him) was a pain and that Steve Gibbons (apparently drunk or stoned, forgetting words) was a disgrace. Several rock bands bands had no apparent connection to folk (one had a bloke play a mandolin on one number – does that count?).  Continue reading Butlins’ 2011 Great British Folk Festival – Review by Peterborough & South Lincs Folk Diary…

BOB FOX – Dorking Folk Club, Dorking (08.06.11)

The nice thing about arriving at Dorking Folk Club is that you are automatically made welcome by host and organiser Neil McRitchie and the friendly regulars. The new setting (a slightly smaller room due to the old one becoming too expensive) suits the club and the convivial surroundings lend well to the more intimate ‘acoustic’ setting. Starting with a floorspot from Terry (I’m afraid I didn’t catch his second name) who crooned his way…very well too…and much appreciated by the audience… Continue reading BOB FOX – Dorking Folk Club, Dorking (08.06.11)

BILLY MITCHELL & BOB FOX – Back On City Road (Own Label)

What is it about Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox that makes you wish everyone in the world were a Geordie? On the strength of this striking album it’s the feeling of camaraderie that is inherent in each song and the obvious good-humour that runs like a seam of ‘black diamonds’ throughout the recording. Starting with “The Shoemakker” (surely a spelling mistook) followed by “The Pitman And The Blackin’” from their region of God’s own country it establishes the duo’s credentials for the traditional personality inherent from their North-East up bringing. In keeping with the locality, the inclusion of Mark Knopfler’s far from cheesy “Sailing To Philadelphia” and the anthemic “Why Aye Man” (the theme from Auf Widersen Pet) are prime examples of being proud enough to wear your heritage firmly on your sleeve. As part of their established sound Billy more often than not utilises his trusty Guild 12-string guitar adding a resonant ringing depth in much the same way Celtic bands use Bouzouki. It’s a glorious sound enhanced by the mandolin and guitar interplay on the only tune set “Off To Kefalonia/Spanish Misfortune” complete with minor key ending so reminiscent of a performance by the much missed Jack The Lad. Personally speaking my CD collection would be incomplete without the performances of these two guys and a damn sight less colourful. For those of us that have had the pleasure of listening to Bob and Bill over the years this album will prove a must purchase item. Here’s to the next one! Contact http://www.billymitchell.co.uk or www.bobfoxmusic.com PETE FYFE