The Routes Quartet announce their debut album

The Routes Quartet

The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing. The string quartet instrumentation is well established in other genres but is entirely new to the British folk scene. Routes set out to arrange and explore the vast textures, tones and intimate musical qualities that are characteristic of the string quartet, but with a folky, rootsy accent.

Their debut album, Windrose, was recorded live by Keir Long at St. Columba’s Chapel, Drimnin Estate on the Morven Penninsula and was produced by The Routes Quartet and highly acclaimed fiddle player Patsy Reid. It was mixed by Keir Long at Carrier Waves Studio and mastered by Gordon Gunn in Caithness Mix Room. All photos, artwork and design by Somhairle MacDonald. The Routes Quartet is named so due to the combination of Scottish, Irish and English members. Consequently the title Windrose stands for the cardinal points of a compass which represents the band’s mixture of geographical heritage and musical influences.

The Routes Quartet would like to express their deep gratitude to Louise and Derek Lewis and everyone at Drimnin Estate for their generosity and hospitality throughout the recording. Special thanks to Patsy and Keir for their energy and creativity. Also to Somhairle for the stunning artwork and photos. Thank you to Greg Lawson, Charlie Stewart, Chris Stout, Marc Clement, Charlie Webster, Ross Couper and Jenn Butterworth for all your help and the latter for the living room rehearsal space! Thank you to Kevin, Mike, Adam, Yaffa and our families for their continuous support. Finally, thank you to Creative Scotland for making this recording possible.

Artists’ website: www.routesstringquartet.com

‘Night Mouse’ – live:

Live Dates

November

22nd: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
24th: Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar

Les Barker – live dates for 2017

Les Barker

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. A well known style icon Les always cuts a dash in the world of fashion where he is much respected as a leading exponent of the cardigan.

On the poetry front and in spite of the poetry police his most famous works include The Shipping Forecast, Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive, Spot of the Antarctic, An Infinite Number of Occasional Tables, Cardi and Bloke, Up the Creek Without a Poodle, Have You Any News of the Iceberg, The Lemmings Reunion, The Missing Persian’s File and The Lost Elephants of Denbigh especially Dr Rowan Williams version. Listeners to BBC Radio4 will be familiar with the work of Les Barker through his recent appearances on Wondermentalist Cabaret and Word of Mouth    

Artists’ website: www.mrsackroyd.com

‘The Shipping Forecast’ read by Brian Perkins:

November 2017

Saturday 18. Uppertown Social Centre Cullumbell Lane, Uppertown, Ashover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S45 0JF
Tel: 01246 590502 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Monday 20. White Horse Folk Club, The Conservative Club, Wylies Rd, Beverley, E. Yorks HU17 7AP

December 2017

Monday 4.  Warwick Folk Club Warwick Arms Hotel, High St, Warwick  CV34 4AT

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