Damien Dempsey postpones UK tour dates

Damien Dempsey
We are sorry to have to announce on behalf of Damien Dempsey that his forthcoming UK tour needs to be postponed. Unfortunately Damien has a very minor medical issue that presents no major risk to him at all but it  does  mean that he will not be able to sing and give 100% to his performance for a few weeks. Damien Dempsey would not be able to give a performance where he did not give his all and has on advice therefore reluctantly agreed to this postponement.
 
Damien hopes to be able to honour his commitment to play the Mandela Hall in Belfast June 9 and the Blackbox in Galway June 8 and is sure to be fit for his Iveagh Gardens show in July. His scheduled performance on RTE’s Late Late show for May 26 will go ahead as it will only require Damien to sing one song.
 
The tour will be rescheduled as soon as possible and all details re ticket refunds are available at the bottom of this press release.
 
Damien apologises for any inconvenience this has caused and promises to be back on the road as soon as possible….
 
Damien had this message for fans….
 
“Very sorry my friends to be postponing the few shows; there’s no way around it. (There’s a procedure I need done that if I don’t get done this month will hinder my singing for months).I’ll be back to your cities as quick as i can, and I’ll be expecting you’z to know every lyric of every new song I sing! So you’ve plenty of homework to be getting on with over the coming summer months before I’m back. Big big love and apologies again, see you’z very soon and until then may the Soulsun shine within you, big big love, Damo”

Refunds are available from point of purchase. Those who purchased tickets via www.seetickets.com will be refunded automatically and can expect the refund to process within 4 working days.

Artist’s website: http://damiendempsey.com/

Kaia Kater announces new album Plus Tour Dates

Kaia Kater 2
Photograph by Polina Mourzina

The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her acclaimed debut album touched on this divide, but her new album, Nine Pin (set for release on September 2nd on Proper Records) delves even further, and casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of colour in North America every day.

Her songs on the new album are fuelled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, and they’ve got as much in common with Kendrick Lamar right now as they do with Pete Seeger. True to her roots in Appalachia, the title of the album comes from a traditional square dance formation in which a woman stands alone in the middle of a circle of people turning around her. As a double meaning, it’s also one of the pins in bowling that keeps getting knocked down. Surrounded yet alone, constantly in the line of fire, this album speaks beautifully to the seasons of a young woman’s life.

As a new generation of artists like Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Dom Flemons are reclaiming the black roots of North American music, Kaia Kater steps into this dialogue with Nine Pin, bringing a powerful new voice to the conversation.

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Kaia Kater 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.

KAIA KATER REMAINING MAY UK TOUR DATES:
Saturday 20th May – The Met, Bury
Sunday 21st May – The Greystones, Sheffield
Tuesday 23rd May – Green Note, London

Artist’s website: http://www.kaiakater.com/

‘Saint Elizabeth’ live:

Fairport are fifty on May 27th

Fairport

When Fairport Convention, the legendary band which originated British folk-rock, takes the stage on Saturday 27 May 2017 it will be fifty years to the day since their first-ever gig.

The birthday concert takes place at the Union Chapel in Islington just a few miles from the Golders Green venue where Fairport started out.

Formed by Ashley Hutchings in 1967, Fairport was a crucial part of the “summer of love” and played alongside Pink Floyd and Hendrix among others. One of the only touring bands with an unbroken history stretching back five decades, Fairport has been performing and recording more or less constantly since its inception.

Acknowledged as one of the most influential UK bands in popular music, Fairport Convention nurtured the careers of Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny and Dave Swarbrick among others.

The band saw many changes of personnel during its early years but Fairport Convention’s current line-up has been stable since 1998. Simon Nicol, lead singer and guitarist, is the only founding member still with Fairport; bass player Dave Pegg has been in the band since 1970.

So far this year Fairport has staged a major UK tour, released a new studio album, enjoyed extensive magazine coverage, and been the subject of an hour-long Radio 2 documentary produced and presented by Bob Harris.

Fairport’s 50th Anniversary Spring Tour – Remaining Dates…


17 May 2017
Cambridge
West Road Concert Hall
01223 357851

20 May 2017
Liverpool
Music Room
0151 709 3789

21 May 2017
Liverpool
Music Room
0151 709 3790

22 May 2017
Nettlebed
Nettlebed Village Club
01628 636620

24 May 2017
Ivybridge
The Watermark
01752 892220

25 May 2017
Redruth
Regal Theatre
01209 216278

26 May 2017
Wimborne
Tivoli Theatre
01202 885566

27 May 2017 (50th Anniversary Show)
London
Union Chapel SOLD OUT!!

28 May 2017
Potters Bar
Willyotts Theatre
01707 645005

30 May 2017
Chipping Norton
The Theatre
01608 642350

31 May 2017
Lowdham SOLD OUT!!
Village Hall

01 June 2017
Sandwich
St Mary’s Arts Centre
01227 831493

02 June 2017
Sevenoaks
St Edith Folk
01732 761078

03 June 2017
Uttoxeter
Acoustic Festival of Britain
0333 9000 919

04 June 2017
Wakefield
Unity Works
01924 831114

05 June 2017
Barnoldswick
Barnoldswick Music and Arts Centre
07712 628366

06 June 2017
Scunthorpe
The Plowright Theatre
0844 854 2776

07 June 2017
Stockton on Tees
The Arc
01642 525199

08 June 2017
Bury
The Met
0161 761 2216

In August the anniversary will culminate at the band’s own music festival at Cropredy, Oxfordshire, where past members will join the current line-up for a reunion performance. In the autumn there are plans for a Sky Arts television documentary about the band and its history.

If you would like to update your Fairport collection (in CD or Vinyl), download any of them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Fairport Convention 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.

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

‘Widow Of Westmorland’s Daughter’ – live at Cropredy:

Oysterband celebrate 40 years together

Oysterband

Oysterband was born in the summer of 1977 when the sound of punk rock rang loud from the radio, disaffection became the order of the day and riots filled the streets which would ring through the later years of Thatcherite Britain. There were many on the UK folkscene who felt the same urge for similar challenges and change in their own music and lives, and Oysterband’s hard-edged music and performances amply filled those needs. They brought passion, and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, but also a welcome power and energy.

Through the intervening four decades, they have remained at the cutting edge of the folk scene, exploring their songs and tunes in various line-ups that run the gamut from hard rock ambience to a more trad-angled acoustic trio. What they have retained throughout, however, is their own distinctive sound and approach to folk and roots music.

The multi-award-winning outfit is now entering its 40th year, as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: ‘Put Out The Lights’; ‘When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down)’; ‘Blood Wedding’; ‘Everywhere I Go’; ‘The Oxford Girl’; ‘Granite Years’; ‘Native Son’… plus many others from their vast back catalogue that will be featured in performance during a year of touring and festivals from summer 2017 into 2018. A unique and fiercely independent career celebrated.

On this tour, the band will play two sets each night, one featuring their highly-influential album Holy Bandits in its entirety, the second a selection of older gems from their vast back catalogue of songs such as ‘Hal-an-Tow’, ‘Love Vigilantes’, ‘20th Of April’, ‘Bells Of Rhymney’, ‘Bright Morning Star’ as well as some of the finest new songs in the modern folk repertoire.

Oysterband still play with a spirit of the punk ceilidh band of 1977, the one that roared through people’s lives all those years ago, but the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted the music into a richer, more acoustic era.

Their occasional collaboration with folk diva June Tabor has produced two cult-classic award-winning albums, Freedom & Rain and Ragged Kingdom. The latter and their hugely influential album Holy Bandits were voted nos. 4 and 5 among the Ten Best Albums of the last 30 years by the public in a poll by fRoots Magazine in 2016. The band is no stranger to TV – they have appeared on Later… With Jools Holland and the BBC Folk Awards shows – but there is no better way to sample the magic of what the band does best, than by catching them live on stage at one of their 2017 tour dates.

Oysterband is:

John Jones – voice, melodeon
Alan Prosser – guitars, voice
Ian Telfer – violin, voice
Al Scott – bass, mandolin, voice
Adrian Oxaal – cello, voice
and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood – drums, voice

If you would like to order a copy of any the OB albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Oysterband 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.

A unamplified classic of ‘Put Out The Lights’ form the Southdowns Folk Festival 2016

UK Tour Dates

Tue
07
Nov
UK LEEDS CITY VARIETIES MUSIC HALL

£20     doors 19:00

Wed
08
Nov
UK EDINBURGH THE QUEEN’S HALL

£20     doors 19:00

Thu
09
Nov
UK MANCHESTER ROYAL NATIONAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC CONCERT HALL

£20     doors 19:00

Fri
10
Nov
UK BRIGHTON THE OLD MARKET

£20     doors 19:30

Sat
11
Nov
UK SALISBURY CITY HALL

£20     doors 19:00

Thu
16
Nov
UK CARDIFF TRAMSHED

£20     doors 19:00

Sat
18
Nov
UK MALVERN FORUM THEATRE

£18 – 22     doors:  tbc

Sun
19
Nov
UK EXETER CORN EXCHANGE

£20     doors 18:45

Tue
21
Nov
UK BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL

£22     doors 19:00

Wed
22
Nov
UK BRISTOL ST GEORGE’S

£20     doors:  tbc

Thu
23
Nov
UK ULVERSTON CORONATION HALL

£20     doors 19:00

Fri
24
Nov
UK NANTWICH CIVIC HALL

£tbc    doors 19:45

Sat
25
Nov
UK LONDON UNION CHAPEL

£25     doors 19:00

Sun
26
Nov
UK NORWICH OPEN

£20     doors 19:00

Full international dates and info: https://www.oysterband40.com

Skipinnish announce seventh album and tour dates

Skipinnish

In the world of lore and legend, the seventh wave was bigger and more powerful than all gone before.  This, the seventh album, from Skipinnish, epitomizes that theme perfectly.  With Norrie MacIver’s distinct vocal taking on the lead and with a few other transfers and additions, this is the band’s biggest and boldest production yet.  The changes in line-up mean three renewed Skipinnish classics joining five new self-penned songs, a tribute to Runrig, three rocketing tune sets and a haunting slow air.

The Seventh Wave comes as the band’s own wave of popularity continues its powerful rise. With four consecutive chart topping single releases and sell-out shows across the country, Skipinnish have rocketed to the top of the trad music scene and their ascent is accelerating.  Their latest single, ‘Alive’,  which is the first track on the album, hit Number 26 in the mainstream UK download charts, which for a traditional band is a mighty achievement. Only Runrig and Capercaillie having been higher.

It was said that water taken from the seventh wave had properties of healing and invigoration.  It is predicted that this music will have a similar effect on those who ride the waves of life listening to Skipinnish.

Fans are also scrabbling for tickets to their live shows, with most of their album launch tour, in May, sold out already.  The official release will be at the band’s 1000 seat Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, concert on Friday May 19th – tickets all disappeared for this gig, in December, just days after going on went on sale!!!!

Albums are available for pre-release order from the Skipinnish website and will be on sale at all other concerts throughout May.

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Skipinnish – The Seventh Wave 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.

DOWNLOAD – [CD]

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

‘Alive’ – official video:

REMAINING TOUR DATES:

20th May   Strathy Village Hall, Strathy.

27th May   The Bearded Festival, Derby.

28th May   Biggar Rugby Club.

2nd June   Oban Live.

24th June   Strathpeffer

1st July   Arran Whisky Festival.

7th July   Moonbeams Festival, East Yorkshire.

14th July   Tiree Music Festival.

15th July   Tiree Music Festival.

27th August   Shewsbury Folk Festival

8th September   BOW Fest, Inverary.

Tim Grimm and the Family Band – new album and tour

Tim Grimm

A Stranger In This Time ranges from Tim Grimm’s signature reverence for the people and the land where he grew up, to sharply crafted and damning indictments of the times in which we live; from deep, poetic ballads of bittersweet love to edgy, groove-driven social commentary.

The opening track, ‘These Rollin’ Hills’ invites us in with love of Grimm’s home ground and a subtle foreboding about the upcoming winter, both actual and metaphorical. The songs ‘Gonna Be Great’ and ‘Black Snake’ give a nod to both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan in their gritty production and social-political protest vibe; both full of stunning guitar riffs, electric and acoustic, as well as compelling bass and drum beats. There are songs of lush soundscape and potent images with the mesmerizing urgency of ‘Over The Waves’, and ‘Finding Home’, which evokes deep yearning. ‘Thirteen Years’ is pure, classic Tim Grimm; a song about the tree that fell on his grandfather’s farm and that many years later became the wood for the guitar on which he recorded the album. Continue reading Tim Grimm and the Family Band – new album and tour