Knight & Spiers UK Tour March 2018

Knight & Spiers

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert at that year’s festival.

In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go….it was a genuinely spine tingling occasion. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”.

It came as no real surprise that the one-off special led to a more permanent arrangement, and with a studio album in the pipeline, Knight and Spiers undertake their first UK tour in March 2018.


12 Sheffield: Greystones

14 Hexham: The Queen’s Hall

15 Leyland/Preston: Fox Lane Sports and Social Club

16 Settle: Victoria Hall

17 Liverpool: The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic

18 Bishop’s Castle: The Town Hall

19 Nettlebed Folk Club

21 Fareham: Ashcroft Arts Centre

22 Basingstoke: The Forge at the Anvil

23 Corsham: The Pound Arts Centre

24 Calstock: Arts Centre

25 Topsham: Matthews Hall

27 Bridgwater: Arts Centre

Live at FolkEast:


Dan Walsh Trio announce spring tour dates

Dan Walsh Trio
Photograph by Kate Gallow

After a mammoth solo world tour promoting the release of the critically acclaimed Verging On The Perpendicular album, BBC Folk Award nominee Dan Walsh’s annual UK tour offers an exciting change for 2018 seeing the launch of the all-new Dan Walsh Trio. This exciting new outfit sees him team up with award winning fiddler Ciaran Algar and long-time collaborator Nic Zuppardi on mandolin. Although a few favourites from Dan’s previous highly praised albums will be in the set, the gigs are mostly to be shaped around brand new and innovative material. At the heart of the trio’s sound is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is sure to be a truly memorable live show featuring three of the most in demand musicians on the folk scene today.

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Dan Walsh Trio UK Tour Dates

20 April COVENTRY Big Comfy Bookshop 07396 029448

04 May DERBYSHIRE North Wingfield Resource Centre 01246 856451

08 May STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre
01785 619080

11 May KINGSWINFORD Woodman Folk Club 01384 560462

12 May PEAK DISTRICT Alstonefield Village Hall 01335310121

15 May DARTFORD Dartford Folk Club 01322 277218

16 May LONDON Slaughtered Lamb 020 7253 1516

17 May WINCHESTER Hyde Tavern 01962 862592

18 May BURTON ON TRENT Burton Folk Club

19 May GUILDFORD Trinity Folk Festival (12pm)

19 May STAFFORDSHIRE Chebsey Parish Hall (Solo) 01785 760660

20 May OXFORD Holywell Music Rooms ​07464 252847

22 May NEWCASTLE The Cumberland Arms 0191 265 725

23 May SHEFFIELD The Greystones

24 May BISHOPS CASTLE Sparc Theatre 01588 630321

25 May OSWESTRY Willow Gallery 01691 657575

29 May LEICESTER The Musician 07775 896681

20 June PRESTON Willows Folk Club 01253 640959

Zoe Mulford announces new album and tour dates

Zoe Mulford

Small Brown Birds is the eagerly awaited new album release from Zoe Mulford, an album that looks for joy in the midst of hard times. The songs touch on wintry themes with compassion, honesty, and sometimes wit, tracing a journey from sadness to hope and from winter to spring. The musical arrangements range from gentle and lush to infectiously danceable.

News just in is that Joan Baez will be covering one of Zoe’s songs, ‘The President Sang Amazing Grace’, on her upcoming album and concert tour and spoke about Zoe in an interview with Variety magazine, to quote Joan from the article re the new album “I’ve done something from Antony & The Johnsons, two from Tom Waits – ‘Last Leaf’ and ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ – Josh Ritter, one from an unknown, Zoe Mulford, brilliant. Twelve songs and they’re done.”

The new album showcases Zoe Mulford’s clear voice, sprightly clawhammer banjo, and resonant guitar. An American songwriter now living in the north of England, Zoe charms audiences with story-driven songwriting and an unlabored vocal style sometimes compared to that of Joan Baez. Tracks on the album include her take on the Red Clay Ramblers’ soaring sea shanty, ‘The Queen of Skye’. Zoe’s own ‘February Thunder’ dovetails gracefully with the traditional American tune ‘Frosty Morning’. The banjo also crosses the Atlantic for a solo rendition of Paul McCartney’s acoustic tour de force, ‘Blackbird’ and in the tradition of broadsheet ballads; Zoe pulls stories from current headlines. ‘The President Sang Amazing Grace’ tells the story of the 2015 AME church shooting in Charleston and President Obama’s eulogy for those slain.

The heart of the project is a new collaboration with English fiddler and mandolinist Tom Kitching. Tom is a high-energy player in the style of Dave Swarbrick. Folk broadcaster Mike Harding describes him as “one of the best English fiddlers ever, he takes English folk music by the scruff of the neck and sends it off laughing and dancing and having a good time.”

The core band on the album also features English percussionist Sam McEvoy and Philadelphia’s Ken Pendergast on upright bass. Guest musicians include Pat Wictor on harmony vocals, Bob Beach on harmonica, and Michael G. Ronstadt on cello.

Small Brown Birds is Zoe’s fifth release. She draws expertly on the traditional music of both Appalachia and the British Isles and while stealing a few pages from the American Songbook to create music that feels both comfortably lived-in and sparklingly fresh. Zoe has had work published in Sing Out! Magazine and has had songs covered by many other artists, including Rhiannon Giddens (with Gaelwynd) and John Roberts & Tony Barrand.

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‘The President Sang Amazing Grace’ – live:

To support the release of Small Brown Birds, Zoe along with Tom Kitching will be touring throughout 2018; confirmed dates so far are:

Thursday 12 April – Lymm – Lymm Folk Club

Friday 20 April – Bodmin – Bodmin Folk Club

Monday 23 April – Warwick- Warwick Folk Club

Monday 30 April – Stockport – Midway Folk Club

Friday 4 May – Todmorden – Todmorden Folk Festival

“As well as her fine voice and songwriting skills, what makes Zoe standout is her claw-hammer banjo technique…” Fatea

I’M WITH HER announce debut album and UK Tour Dates

I’m With Her, is a new band project featuring; Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, who have recently announced the release of their full-length debut, See You Around (out February 16, 2018).

Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, England, See You Around is a 12 track LP filled with fine-spun narratives and breathtaking harmonies – full track listing is below. Additionally, I’m With Her has announced an international headlining tour that will kick off in March 2018 and bring the band to major cities across the world including Los Angeles, Paris, London, and more.

See You Around presents a warmly textured, yet stripped-down sound layered with lush guitar tones and crystalline harmonies. The album is comprised of 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned “Hundred Miles.” With each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation— including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O’Donovan—the band cut most of the album live, performing just a few feet away from each other in the tracking room. All through See You Around, I’m With Her exhibits a refined musicality that reflects their deep musical roots.

After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, I’m With Her came together by happenstance for an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the summer of 2014.The multi-Grammy-Award-winners have individually released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. The band has garnered tremendous acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay and indelible harmonies.

“We all feel immensely fortunate to be in this band together,” says I’m With Her. “As longtime friends and fans of each other’s music, it’s been wonderful to realize that writing and collaborating together fits so seamlessly into our lives. And now, we’re so excited to get to tour and share the work we’ve done as a band with our debut album, See You Around.”


1. See You Around
2. Game To Lose
3. Ain’t That Fine
4. Pangaea
5. I-89
6. Wild One
7. Waitsfield
8. Ryland (Under The Apple Tree)
9. Overland
10. Crescent City
11. Close It Down
12. Hundred Miles

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May 11 Belfast, UK @ Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
May 12 Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s
May 14 Gateshead, UK @ Sage Two
May 15 Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
May 16 Bristol, UK @ The Station
May 17 London, UK @ Union Chapel

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The Lake Poets – live EP and tour dates

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets, the solo vehicle for left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff,  released a new EP on 29th December consisting of live recordings made at the Sage in Gateshead during a show at that venue shortly before Christmas 2016. Featuring the string section of the Young Musicians Programme (a Sage backed initiative), it includes a version of the single ‘Your Face’, which has racked up over 7 million plays on Spotify, plus four more songs from his self-titled 2015 debut album.

The full EP running order is :

1  Your Face
2  To The Lighthouse
3  Black And Blue
4  See You Tonight
5  Vane Tempest

“The Sage is one of my favourite venues in the UK and the place that every young musician based in the North East dreams of playing, let alone selling out. It was such a special night and I’m so happy to have had the evening recorded. The opportunity to perform with the YMP Strings was too good an offer to miss, and with their help me and my band were able to get these songs to sound  how they appeared in my head when I first composed them.”

Currently completing the recording of a new album, Longstaff has announced a tour of intimate venues for April and May 2018.

“Album two is coming very, very soon. I can’t wait to get back out and about playing shows aroundthe UK debuting new material, as well as seeing old friends and meeting new faces along the way.”

Recorded in Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio and produced by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics, etc), The Lake Poets’ 2015 debut album saw Longstaff’s shimmering, pure voice sit atop intimate, sparsely beautiful arrangements of his songs. Autobiographical lyrical content that was rich in painting the big picture about love and mortality by way of a keen eye for life’s small details also incorporated a heavy dose of social realism, such as in ‘Vane Tempest’ and its story of how the Miners’ Strike affected his father.

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‘Your Face’ – official video:

Tour Dates

17 April 18  NEWTON ABBOT Kingkerswell Parish Church

18 April 18  SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads

19 April 18  BRIGHTON Hope and Ruin

21 April 18  MANCHESTER Three Minute Theatre (3MT)

23 April 18  CAMBRIDGE Junction 2

24 April 18  BIRMINGHAM Kitchen Garden Cafe

26 April 18  EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s

27 April 18  GLASGOW Hug & Pint

28 April 18  ST BOSWELL’S St Boswell’s Live!

30 April 18  NEWCASTLE Wylam Brewery

01 May 18  SHEFFIELD Greystones

02 May 18  MILTON KEYNES Stables

03 May 18  LONDON St Pancras Old Church

05 May 18  BRISTOL Folk House


Joan Baez returns with new album and spring tour

Joan Baez

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album Whistle Down The Wind (Proper Records) on March 2 2018. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez’s favourite composers.

Whistle Down The Wind is Joan’s first new studio album in a decade, since 2008’s critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated Day After Tomorrow, which was produced by Steve Earle.  Its release ignited an extraordinary decade of achievement by Joan, including: the PBS American Masters series premiere of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound (2009), which underscored the 50th anniver­sa­ry of Joan’s debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.  Joan’s seminal debut album of 1960 was honoured by the National Academy of Record­ing Arts & Sciences in 2011, which inducted it into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame; and subsequently by the Library of Congress in 2015, which selected it to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. That same year, Amnesty International bestowed its highest honour on Joan, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights and she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017.

Record-breaking years of touring in the recent past included Joan’s first tours in three decades in both Australia (2013) and South America (2014).  Joan’s 75th birthday was celebrated at New York’s Beacon Theater in January 2016, where she was joined by Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and a host of others.

Joan’s first solo exhibition of paintings was presented in Mill Valley, CA in 2018.  The collec­tion celebrated “Mischief Makers” – portraits of risk-taking visionaries who have brought about social change through non-violent action.  The entire exhibit was subsequently purchased by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and donated to Sonoma State University, where it will eventually be displayed at an envisioned new social justice learning centre on campus.

Joan Baez remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence.  She marched on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war, and stood with old friend Nelson Mandela in London’s Hyde Park as the world celebrated his 90th birthday. Joan’s earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963.  Thus began a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues on Whistle Down The Wind, and which will reverberate long into the future across Joan’s lifetime of recordings.

In conjunction with the new album, Joan will undertake an extensive 2018 world tour, including UK and ROI dates in March and May. Speaking of the tour, which will begin on March 2 in Stockholm, Baez says “While 2018 will be my last year of formal extended touring, I’m looking forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly proud.  I welcome the opportunity to share this new music as well as longtime favourites with my audiences around the world.”

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‘Diamonds And Rust’ – live:

Joan last performed in the UK in 2014 when she sold out 4 nights at London’s Royal Festival Hall, following a sold out 21 date tour in 2012. The 2018 UK and ROI dates are as follows:

March 13 York Barbican [buy tickets]
March 14 Birmingham Symphony Hall [buy tickets]
March 16 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall [buy tickets]
March 17 Edinburgh Usher Hall [buy tickets]
March 19 Belfast Waterfront Hall [buy tickets]
March 21 Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre [buy tickets]
March 22 Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre [buy tickets]
May 23 Bristol Colston Hall [buy tickets]
May 24 Manchester Bridgewater Hall [buy tickets]
May 26 Gateshead The Sage [buy tickets]
May 28 London Royal Albert Hall [buy tickets]
May 29 London Royal Albert Hall [buy tickets]