The Peatbog Faeries announce a live album to celebrate twenty-five years

Peatbog Faeries

The Peatbog Faeries have a new album – Live@25. Given that this is a band that is so renowned for live performances, a live album is the appropriate way to celebrate 25 years in the business. The band was twice rewarded with “Best Live Act” at the Scottish Trad Awards and has been nominated for the ”Best Live Act” at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2016 the Peatbogs received the Landmark Award from Hands Up for Trad (Scottish Trad Awards) for their contribution to Scottish Traditional music.

The dynamic intensity of their live performances is well known to festival goers all over the world. This album offers a superbly recorded and mastered version from two of their live gigs. It captures the diversity of the inspiration that goes into their compositions and the tightness of a unit that has honed their craft over the years. What a recording of a live performance like this gives you is a night when the individual musicians, each with the confidence and freedom to express themselves, are lifted to another level by the crowd. The last track on the album is a fresh treat. It’s the first live outing of a brand new track not available on any previous albums. The album was recorded over two nights in a barn in deepest Much Marcle, Herefordshire and the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

Artists’ website: www.peatbogfaeries.com

‘Strictly Sambucca’ – live in 2017:

Wickham Festival 2017 Interview

Wickham Festival site

Darren Beech caught up with Peter Chegwyn just before the festival and had a chat about what we could expect from Wickham this year.

Many of the UK’s finest traditional singers and musicians appeared at the Wickham Festival near Fareham which took place between Thursday 3rd and Sunday 6th August.

They included Seth Lakeman; Show of Hands; Oysterband: Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band; Kathryn Tickell; The Peatbog Faeries; The Fisherman’s Friends; Lau; Edward II; Boo Hewerdine; The Dhol Foundation; The Spooky Mens Chorale; Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe; Wizz Jones; Talisk; Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party; Les Barker; TradArr plus many more.

Also appearing at Wickham 2017 were the 70s chart-toppers 10cc; top Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall; Festival favourites The Levellers; plus Andy Fairweather-Low & The Low Riders; John Otway; The Selecter plus many more well-known names.

The Wickham Festival was voted the UK’s Best Small Festival at the Live UK Music Awards in 2015 and has also been described as one of Britain’s top boutique and family-friendly festivals by The Guardian newspaper.

The festival featured live music on four stages plus a host of other attractions including storytelling, street theatre, dance displays, childrens entertainers, a digital funfair, laser arena, traditional crafts fayre, exotic foods fayre, real ale & cider festival and a late night festival club.

Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn says it’s “a real coup for a small village festival like Wickham to attract so many top artistes who have performed at major music festivals throughout the world.

“The Wickham Festival is known for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere and the high quality of the music on offer. People travel from all over the UK and abroad to attend. This year’s ticket sales are running at a record level and we are confident that our 10th birthday festival at Wickham will be our best yet.”

I couldn’t finish without putting up one of Peters favourite videos from the Gosport and Fareham Easter festival back in 2010 when Alan Burke dedicating “I will go” to the man himself.

Wickham Podcast link: https://www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/gallery/audio/

Festival website: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk