Peter Knight’s Gigspanner announce mammoth album launch tour

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner embark on a twenty-five date tour, beginning on Halloween, to launch their latest album,  The Wife Of Urban Law.

October

31st The Tin Tabernacle, Hythe
http://www.tintabernacle.co.uk/events/

Tickets from Art Write
High Street, Hythe
or
Shane Record Art Studio
The Old High Street, Folkestone

Call John Cook on 07803 087552

November 2017

2nd: Wadsworth Community Centre (Hebden Bridge)
01422 344458 or 07731661053
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/397220

3rd: Helmsley Arts Centre (North Yorks)
01439 771700
http://www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/

4th: Victoria Hall, Settle
01729 825718
http://www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk/

5th: The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic
0151 709 378
http://www.liverpoolphil.com/music-room

6th:Town Hall, Bishops Castle, Shropshire
01588 630023
http://bishopscastletownhall.co.uk/

8th: Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham
http://www.redlionfolkclub.com/index.htm

9th: Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
01905 611427
http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/

10th: Farnham Maltings
01252 745444
https://farnhammaltings.com/

11th: Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne, Hampshire
01243 377780
http://www.tuppennybarn.co.uk/

12th: Hitchin Folk Club
http://www.hitchinfolkclub.idnet.net/

13th: Colchester Arts Centre
01206 500900
https://www.colchesterartscentre.com/

14th: Dartford Folk Club
01322 277218
http://www.dartfordfolk.org.uk/

16th: Silver St Sessions, Cotleigh Brewery, Wiveliscombe
http://www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk/

17th: David Hall, South Petherton
01460 240340
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/

18th: Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
01202 413600
http://www.shelleytheatre.co.uk/

19th: Plaitford Village Hall, Romsey
Hosted by New Forest Folk Festival
01794 324147
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gigspanner-plaitford-village-hall-plaitford-tickets-35017908507

21st: New Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth
01986 873285
http://newcut.org/

23rd  St John’s on Bethnal Green
http://www.folkonmonday.co.uk/

24th: The Ram Club, Thames Ditton
0208 686 9421
http://www.theramclub.co.uk/programme/

25th: Calstock Arts Centre, Cornwall
01822 833183
http://calstockarts.org/

26th: Matthews Hall, Topsham, Devon (for Topsham Folk Club)
http://www.topshamfolkclub.org

29th: Pound Arts Centre, Corsham
01249 701628
http://www.poundarts.org.uk/pound/default.aspx

30th: St Helen’s Church, Alveston
http://www.alveston.org/alveston/whats-on

December

1st St Edith Hall, Kemsing, Sevenoaks
http://www.stedithfolk.co.uk/

4th Nettlebed Folk Club
01628 636620
http://www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk/whats_on.html?487

The band are carefully not spoiling the surprise by releasing videos from The Wife Of Urban Law pre-launch. You’ll just have to contain yourself with as much patience as you can muster.

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

The Young’uns – new video, ‘Be The Man’, and tour dates

‘Be The Man’ – official video:

October Tour Dates

15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club  https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/the-younguns/  0871 472 0400.

17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog https://theatrbrycheiniog.ticketsolve.com/shows/873572817?locale=en-GB 01874 611622

18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/younguns-strangers-album-tour/ 01704 533 333

19 LEEDS City Varieties   https://www.cityvarieties.co.uk/online/YoungUns 0113 243 0808

20 MANCHESTER Home – Folk Festival  https://www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk

21 BIRMINGHAM Mac https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-younguns-strangers-album-tour 0121 446 3232 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge www.folkinthebarn.co.uk/WhatsnewInfo.aspx?id=193 01227 831493

24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club
www.ticketmaster.ie/the-younguns-dublin-10-24-2017/event/18005285B4AC477B

27 GATESHEAD Sage 1  www.sagegateshead.com/event/the-younguns44036/ 0191 443 4661

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the THE YOUNG ‘UNS – Strangers link to be taken to 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.

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Artists’ website: http://www.theyounguns.co.uk/

Laura Smyth And Ted Kemp – new album and gig dates

Laura Smyth And Ted Kemp

The song that gives the album its name is also its first. And, unaccompanied with seamless harmonies, it’s a portent to what lies ahead. Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp’s voices are clear and well matched, a vigorous call to arms to the poacher’s lot.

Lead track, ‘Alizon Device’, is an original composition, a ballad that explores her condemnation during the Pendle witch trials. With one of the most singable choruses on the album, we wonder if Laura’s refrain: “where the sweet heather blooms all the day” is actually the composer’s homage to her own home region.

Though instrumentation across the album is wide and varied, arrangements are sensitive and spare. ‘There Is A Tavern’ sees yearning vocals backed by simple, mournful banjo, while ‘Here’s Adieu To All Judges And Juries’ builds gently, cello joined by guitar. Then, before we realise, they’re gone.

Though Laura and Ted favour the lesser known, and often from their native regions of the North West and East Anglia, there are popular choices here, too – but their thoughtful approaches mean that the listener is offered something new. In ‘Wild Rover’, Ted Kemp sings with such remorse that we feel we cannot join in, but let him continue in his catharsis. ‘Cecilia’ is rousing and triumphant, recounted by an omniscient narrator.

And, as to expected from two librarians, one of whom is also Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, liner notes are comprehensive, with song choices fully explained: the version selected, the additions and deletions made.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ian Carter of Stick In The Wheel, a band known for their straight-up approach to tradition, The Poacher’s Fate is a record that will strike the listener for its passionate connection with the source material and its robust, full-blooded approach.

Artists’ website: www.lauraandted.co.uk

‘The Poacher’s Fate’ – live:

Forthcoming gigs

25 October 2017 Cecil Sharp House, London

15 November 2017 Oakes Barn Pub, Bury Saint Edmunds

18 November 2017 Mill Race Folk, Bromham Mill, Bedford

25 November 2017 Heath Street Baptist Church, London

29  November 2017 Cross Keys Folk Club, Saddleworth

HARROW FAIR ANNOUNCE OCTOBER & NOVEMBER UK TOUR DATES

Toronto-based duo Harrow Fair; Miranda Mulholland (formerly Great Lake Swimmers) and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players) are excited to announce their return to the UK this autumn with a string of live dates throughout October / November, concluding at London’s Green Note on Wednesday 8th November, 2017.

The band recently set up shop in Toronto’s Revolution Studio recording covers of iconic Chris Isaak song Wicked Game, released earlier this year, plus the new stunning cover of Memphis Minnie track When The Levee Breaks, also made famous by Led Zeppelin.

One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock ‘n’ roll, the other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. The duo released their debut full-length album Call To Arms in the summer of 2016, with tracks from their rapidly expanding collection of songs, including the kick-drum booming opener of Hangnail setting the tone for this soulful country album filled with guitar hooks and southern charm.

Read Mike Davies’ review if you missed it first time around: http://folking.com/harrow-fair-call-to-arms-roaring-girl-rgo14/

Rounding off their adventures of 2017 Harrow Fair perform at a host of festivals across the US and Canada, before returning to the UK for a headline tour.

HARROW FAIR 2017 AUTUMN UK TOUR

Tuesday 31st October Stables 2, Milton Keynes https://stables.org/

Wednesday 1st November The Met, Bury http://themet.biz/

Thursday 2nd November Old Cinema Launderette, Durham www.oldcinemalaunderette.uk/retro-gig-venue

Friday 3rd November Caroline Social Club, Saltaire www.carolineclub.co.uk

Saturday 4th November Biddulph Up In Arms www.biddulphupinarms.com

Sunday 5th November Greystones, Sheffield www.mygreystones.co.uk

Tuesday 7th November The Tunnels, Bristol www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk

Wednesday 8th November Green Note, London www.greennote.co.uk

Artist web links:
www.harrowfair.ca
https://twitter.com/harrowfairmusic
https://www.facebook.com/HarrowFairMusic

GOOD LOVELIES ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES

Good Lovelies

You hear it a lot these days – the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts – and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of the Good Lovelies.

Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks – immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony – powerful and pure, organic and inspiring – that elevates the Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless.

2015’s Burn The Plan may have solidified their so-called musical destiny as a ‘folk trio’ but it also demonstrated a adventurous new spirit with stand out tracks including the delicate electronic touched In The Morning, to the up-tempo, shimmering keyboard-laced Waiting For You that would fit comfortably alongside the soft pop throwback of HAIM.

Over the course of their decade-plus career, the band has covered plenty of stylistic ground, adding tinges of pop, roots, jazz, and even hip-hop to their country folk core at various points. Through it all, the unmistakable sound of their intertwined voices has been the sonic anchor, and that remains true as the Good Lovelies now look to push further into the mainstream with a new record set for UK release next year.

The new material offers a perfect balance between a more modern production style and the wholesome musical influences that have made them a household name over the years. Both lyrically and musically, the new album is very much a snapshot of a specific time in the live of these three musicians and the group they comprise. The band, who are known for their mesmerising live performances, will be showcasing some of the new material on this tour, whilst also performing live favourites. This is a tour not to be missed!

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the GOOD LOVELIES – Burn The Plan link to be taken to 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.

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GOOD LOVELIES 2017 UK TOUR DATES

Tuesday 3rd October Mylor Cornwall – Mylor Sessions at Tremayne Hall https://webcollect.org.uk/mylorsessions/event/good-lovelies

Wednesday 4th October London – Green Note @ Slaughtered Lamb http://www.wegottickets.com/greennote/event/411056

Thursday 5th October Basingstoke, Hampshire – The Forge at the Anvil http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/the-good-lovelies

Friday 6th October Cooksbridge, East Sussex – Union @ Beechwood Hall https://www.wegottickets.com/event/406531

Saturday 7th October Kirton-In-Lindsey, North Lincolnshire – Town Hall Live http://www.wegottickets.com/event/398998

Sunday 8th October Scarborough, North Yorkshire – The Gallery at Woodend https://goodlovelieswoodend.eventbrite.co.uk/

Monday 9th October Kings Heath, Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Café http://www.wegottickets.com/event/411865

More info via the artists web link: http://goodlovelies.com/site/

KARINE POLWART Announces New Album – A Pocket Of Wind Resistance

Karine Polwart A Pocket Of Wind Resistance
Photo by Sandy Butler.

Karine Polwart – five-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – will release her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance via Hudson Records on November 17, 2017. Written in collaboration with the Scottish sound designer Pippa Murphy, ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ is the musical accompaniment to Polwart’s critically acclaimed theatrical debut (“Poignant, unflinching and beautiful” ***** – The Telegraph). The production, which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016, was written, musically directed and performed by Polwart, winning her the Best Music and Sound Award at the 2017 CATS. Alongside three other nominations, it also placed Polwart on the shortlist for the Best Actor ‘Scottish Oscar’ in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards. In-line with the album’s announcement, Polwart is streaming the first single to emerge from the album, ‘Labouring and Resting’.

For Karine, the ‘Wind Resistance’ project took seed from a close hand view of the annual migration of over two thousand pink-footed geese to Fala Flow, a tiny peat bog close to Polwart’s home just south of Edinburgh. Watching the geese’s constantly shifting skeins – in which the birds take turns to create pockets of wind resistance to aid each other’s flight – prompted Karine to consider the ways in which humans depend upon each other, whether or not we form skeins of our own. The airborne phenomena & its role in Fala Flow’s delicate ecology – explored in beautiful detail by Polwart on ‘Labouring and Resting’ – resonated particularly with Polwart’s own recent experience of becoming a mother and protecting a family of her own.

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the KARINE POLWART – A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE link to be taken to 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.

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Speaking about the album, Karine says;

“It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion. In particular, it’s a hymn to mothers and birthing, to the proffering of sanctuary, to the miracle of medicine, and a reminder, a warning, about the consequences of isolating and forgetting.”

‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ – the follow-up to her 2012 Scottish Album of The Year-nominated ‘Traces’, produced by Chvrches’ Iain Cook – is the latest in a series of collaborative projects from Polwart which combine music and art with science, environment and politics. Following her BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning 2005 debut ‘Faultlines’, Polwart collaborated on the naturalist-inspired ‘The Darwin Song Project’ in 2009 and last year’s all-female ‘Songs Of Separation’ release with Eliza Carthy, alongside ‘Sea Change’ in 2013, written as a response to climate change. Karine has also collaborated with indie composer RM Hubbert, co-written with members of Portishead for Martin Green’s EIF/Barbican production ‘Flit’, and co-directed and worked on life novelist James Robertson’s ‘Pilgrimer’ production.

Following a run of shows through October, Polwart will be performing ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ as part of a residency at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh between November 3-11, 2017.

Tour Dates:

October 10, 2017 | Belfast International Festival, The Mac, Belfast
October 11, 2017 | Belfast International Festival, The Mac, Belfast
October 12, 2017 | Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
October 13, 2017 | Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
October 14, 2017 | (Matinee) – Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
October 14, 2017 | Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin

November 3, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 4, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 4, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 7, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 8, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 8, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 9, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 10, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 11, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 11, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Artist Web Link: https://www.karinepolwart.com/