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:  www.holywellmusicandfolk.co.uk and tickets are available online from  wegottickets.com

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.

Dan Walsh Trio announce spring tour dates

Dan Walsh Trio
Photograph by Kate Gallow

After a mammoth solo world tour promoting the release of the critically acclaimed Verging On The Perpendicular album, BBC Folk Award nominee Dan Walsh’s annual UK tour offers an exciting change for 2018 seeing the launch of the all-new Dan Walsh Trio. This exciting new outfit sees him team up with award winning fiddler Ciaran Algar and long-time collaborator Nic Zuppardi on mandolin. Although a few favourites from Dan’s previous highly praised albums will be in the set, the gigs are mostly to be shaped around brand new and innovative material. At the heart of the trio’s sound is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is sure to be a truly memorable live show featuring three of the most in demand musicians on the folk scene today.

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Dan Walsh Trio UK Tour Dates

20 April COVENTRY Big Comfy Bookshop
https://www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk/ 07396 029448

04 May DERBYSHIRE North Wingfield Resource Centre http://www.liveandlocal.org.uk/ 01246 856451

08 May STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre
https://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/dan%20walsh%20trio%20with%20support%20from%20kyshona/info
01785 619080

11 May KINGSWINFORD Woodman Folk Club http://www.woodmanfolk.co.uk/ 01384 560462

12 May PEAK DISTRICT Alstonefield Village Hall
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/420258 01335310121

15 May DARTFORD Dartford Folk Club http://www.dartfordfolk.org.uk/ 01322 277218

16 May LONDON Slaughtered Lamb
http://www.folkonmonday.co.uk/dan-walsh-trio/ 020 7253 1516

17 May WINCHESTER Hyde Tavern https://www.hydetavern.co.uk/ 01962 862592

18 May BURTON ON TRENT Burton Folk Club http://burtonfolkclub.org.uk/

19 May GUILDFORD Trinity Folk Festival (12pm) http://www.trinityfolkfestival.co.uk/

19 May STAFFORDSHIRE Chebsey Parish Hall (Solo) http://www.liveandlocal.org.uk/ 01785 760660

20 May OXFORD Holywell Music Rooms
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/423382 ​07464 252847

22 May NEWCASTLE The Cumberland Arms 0191 265 725 http://www.wegottickets.com/

23 May SHEFFIELD The Greystones http://www.wegottickets.com/event/426595

24 May BISHOPS CASTLE Sparc Theatre http://www.sparctheatre.co.uk/ 01588 630321

25 May OSWESTRY Willow Gallery http://www.willowgalleryoswestry.org/ 01691 657575

29 May LEICESTER The Musician http://www.greenbirdpromotions.net/ 07775 896681

20 June PRESTON Willows Folk Club www.thewillowsfolkclub.co.uk 01253 640959