Southdowns Folk Festival – first names announced

Southdowns

Planning and preparations are well under way for this year`s popular Southdowns Folk Festival which is happening in and around Bognor Regis between Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th September.

This year will see a lot more Town Centre activities with a bigger & even more spectacular dance programme, expanded delightful street markets, music workshops, sessions, singarounds, childrens’ fun & games, Sussex Young Folk Competition, Real Ale Festival and to cap it all, a very impressive line up of great headliners and superb support acts.

The Festival starts on Thursday evening 21 September in the Alexandra Theatre with the wonderful & hugely talented Steve Knightley from Show of Hands, supported by a knock-out British Americana Band, The Jigantics. Friday evening sees the welcome return after four years of one of the U.K`s very top Folk/Rock bands, Home Service with the brilliant and award-winning duo Megson providing support. On Saturday evening, one of the most exciting and dynamic bands around come to the Festival. These are the multi-award winning Scottish band Skerryvore with support from the excellent Alistair Goodwin Band. Finally, Sunday evening in the Regis Centre Studio will see the one and only Richard Digance taking the stage with support from BBC Folk Award nominated, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin.

There`ll be loads of other great performers including a welcome back to the lovely Flossie Malavialle and for the first time at the Festival, the guitar virtuoso, Sarah McQuaid plus appearances from the Bath Young Folk Band, Steve Dan Mills, Celtic Simbel and many others.

Full Weekend Tickets for the Festival are on sale now, costing just £69 for six great evening & afternoon concerts, and if you book BY POST on or before end February, you`ll get a full 10% OFF this price! Ticket bookings and more information can be got by going to www.southdownsfolkfest.co.uk or Facebook page plus www.WeGotTickets.co.uk, and www.regiscentre.co.uk or Regis Centre Box Office (01243 861010 ) where individual evening & afternoon tickets can be booked.

Show Of Hands announce guests for anniversary Big Gig

Leading folk duos from both sides of the Atlantic will be among special guests for Show Of Hands’ 25th anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall this Easter – their fifth Big Gig at the venue.

The phenomenally popular Devon band will mark their milestone year with a return to one of the world’s most famous stages on Easter Sunday 2017 (April 16).

Singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer have forged one of the most successful ever partnerships in acoustic roots music and have already scored four sell-outs at the iconic London venue.

Now they will to head back to the capital to take on the gamble of hiring and selling out the historic 5,000-seater hall for a fifth time. They will be accompanied by their long term special guest – bass player and vocalist Miranda Sykes. Continue reading Show Of Hands announce guests for anniversary Big Gig

Shake The Chains tour dates announced

Shake The ChainsFeaturing Nancy Kerr, Findlay Napier, Hannah Martin, Greg Russell & Tim Yates

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Peggy Seeger  Steve Knightley  Chris Wood Martin Simpson and Boff Whalley

From the industrial revolution, universal suffrage and the slave trade through to CND, Rock Against Racism and the miners’ strike, songs are a common and integral factor in all the movements that have sought to instigate change.

Shake The Chains is an exciting new touring commission from celebrated UK contemporary folk singer songwriters that will explore the role songs have played in social change, resistance and protest. At a time when making our political voice heard is as important as ever, Shake The Chains will include new material written exclusively for the project, as well as classic protest songs from around the world.

This exceptional band of musicians will play venues in Bristol, Sheffield, Suffolk, Derby and London from February 23 to 27 with a special guest at each performance.

Shake The Chains will also perform exclusively at Folk By The Oak in July 2017, with a live album scheduled for release in September 2017. Shake The Chains follows on from the critically acclaimed Sweet Liberties project that created new material in response to 800 years of the pursuit of democracy.

Shake The Chains is a commission from Folk by The Oak with support from Arts Council England, Help Musicians UK and Folk Alliance International.

For more information or to book tickets, go to www.shakethechains.com.

Follow the project on Twitter at @shakethechains1 and on Facebook @shakethechains.

Shake The Chains – ‘If I Had A Hammer’:

Tour Dates

St George’s Hall, Bristol – Thursday 23 February
Special guest – Steve Knightley
Tickets

Firth Hall, Sheffield – Friday 24 February
Special guest – Martin Simpson
Tickets

Snape Maltings, Suffolk – Saturday 25 February
Special guest – Chris Wood
Tickets

Guildhall, Derby – Sunday 26 February
Special guest – Boff Whalley
Tickets

St John on Bethnal Green, London – Monday 27 February
Special guests – Peggy Seeger
Tickets

The Folking Winners

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 winners and now, may I have the first envelope please…

Soloist Of The Year – Steve Knightley

The Folking Winners - Steve Knightley

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Best Duo – Show Of Hands

The Folking Winners - Show Of Hands
Photograph by Dai Jeffries

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Best Band – Blackbeard’s Tea Party

Best Live Act – Blackbeard’s Tea Party

The Folking Winners - Blackbeard's Tea Party

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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

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Best International Artist – Gretchen Peters

The Folking Winners - Gretchen Peters
Photograph by Gina Binkley

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If you would like to order a copy of an album (in CD or Vinyl) of any of the artists featured here, download an album or track or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then type what you are looking for in the search bar below to be taken to that relevant page via our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.


Steve Knightley – bio

Steve Knightley - bio

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England.

In early 2014 Steve set out on his 160 date ‘Grow your own Gig’ tour of rural village halls. Once described by the Times as the “gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor” and possessing a vast repertoire of songs about those who live and work in the countryside, this journey finally came to an end in September 2015.

In 2016 he has decided to turn his attention to Maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales. The ‘All at Sea’ tour will find him playing in seaside halls, an Elizabethan Fort, on boats and in a rich variety of performing spaces all within sight of the waves and the tide.

As Steve says “As a West country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I‘m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance – I can’t wait!”

Artist’s website: https://www.facebook.com/steveknightley/

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/

If you would like to order a copy of an album (in CD or Vinyl) of any of the artists featured here, download an album or track or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then type what you are looking for in the search bar below to be taken to that relevant page via our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.