Peter Knight’s Gigspanner to play Lichfield Arts

Peter Knght's Gigspanner

Lichfield Guildhall – Saturday April 20th – 8.00pm

Known for his work with Steeleye Span, Feast of Fiddles, and a number of other projects, Peter Knight blends his own open-minded approach to modern technology, with a deep understanding and love for the tradition, to bring new life to older tunes, and his own compositions, which range across the genres of folk, celtic, traditional, rock, and more modern, ambient sounds.

Peter received ‘Best Musician’ in the inaugural Awards in 2016 and their 2015 album Layers Of Ages featured on Album of the Year listings for The Telegraph, R2 magazine and BBC Radio. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both of whom are powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

The trio have a growing reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene, dismantling the traditional and reassembling it in an intriguing, imaginative and beautiful way. They have played at the Guildhall before, and proved popular, with their music being the perfect match for the grandeur and acoustics of the room.

A Lichfield Arts Spokesman said ‘The music that is created by Peter Knight and Gigspanner is surprising, tuneful and always something special. No two gigs are the same, with music and styles changing regularly, which is what happens when you put three musicians of this calibre together. Gigspanner have played Lichfield Guildhall many times in the past, and have always been a very popular draw, so we would suggest that if you want to hear music that takes old sounds in new directions, buy your tickets soon’.

Tickets for what promises to be a special night of music making are £16.00, £14.40 for members of Lichfield Arts and £8.00 for under 16’s. For further information, and to book tickets visit, phone (01543) 262223, or call into the Lichfield Arts Box Office in Donegal House on Bore Street.

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Come away with the fairies at the 2019 Soundpost singing weekend

Soundpost Fairy Gathering

World getting a bit weighty? Lift your spirits in the wilds of South Yorkshire at Soundpost’s 2019 singing weekend.

The Fairy Gathering 2019 (which takes place 10-12 May in Dungworth) will feature singers such as Marry Waterson, Fay Hield, Lucy Farrell, Ewan MacPherson and Ben Nicholls. The idea for this year’s weekend comes from the Modern Fairies Project, a unique collaboration between leading songwriters, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers and researchers to develop exciting new work, presenting fresh perspectives on what folklore means to us in the modern world. The weekend will see the artists delving into the world of folk tales and exploring how they can be made relevant to singers and listeners today.

They will present hands on workshops to help you develop your own singing and songwriting with plenty of opportunity to get involved and explore new ways to work with folklore and music.

“The fantasy of the fairy world offers escape to a place of light and beauty, of endless food and drink, of laughter and happiness, but the allure draws us away from what is really important into a dangerous world of make-believe. These vivid, timeless and enduring truths about human existence still speak to us powerfully today,” says Fay Hield, Soundpost co-founder.

Soundpost was formed in 2011 by Hield, Sam Sweeney, Andy Bell and Jon Boden to explore folk traditions through practical workshops, performances, debate and discussion.

The organisation’s annual weekends started in 2011 as a celebration of song, with workshops, talks and practical sessions. Last year’s Wanton Seed event featured content from the reissues of the classic folk song books Marrowbones and The Wanton Seed and the brand new omnibus edition, Southern Harvest.

Soundpost singing weekends are notable for their accessibility, whether you’re a singer, fairy fan, music teacher or keen listener. If you want to develop your singing or songwriting skills or if you just want to hang out with a group of amazing people and absorb the charmed atmosphere, the Soundpost Fairy Gathering is where the magic happens.

–       £95 Weekend Ticket: Full Price (includes concert)
£75 Weekend Ticket: Students and Unwaged (includes concert)-       £12 Saturday night concert ticket only (Max: two additional tickets only. If demand is high we may not be able to guarantee concert tickets. Refunds will be issued if this is the case)

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Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers and Bobby Valentino star in a special event

A live music event featuring Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, Bobby Valentino & special guests

Saturday 16th March

Ealing Eclectic MusicSpace

An evening of live music bringing together those from the contemporary music events programme Ealing Eclectic MusicSpace by the Ealing Club Community Interest Company. Unifying some of the key contributors that have entertained audiences and put several potential music venues back on the map, you can expect a series of acoustic performances in multiple genres from veteran and emerging artists.

Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers is well known as one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of UK folk rebel rockers The Men They Couldn’t Hang. He is also a formidable, well-loved and prolific solo artist in his own right. Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Tokyo and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in.

Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed ‘partial’ autobiography Tales From The Tracks, knock-out album Roll To The Left, sold out UK tour and current record making Pledge Campaign – Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers plays this special gig in his home town of Ealing accompanied by the larger than life Bobby Valentino playing some mean violin.

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Wizz Jones celebrates 80th birthday – live at Cadogan Hall

Wizz Jones

Described by the late, great Bert Jansch as “the most underrated guitarist ever,” the legendary Wizz Jones is celebrating the milestone of his 80th birthday with a one-off concert at London’s Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 24th April 2019.

Wizz will share the stage with some very special guests from the world of folk and blues, including Ralph McTell, Steve Tilston, Dariush Kanani, Pete Berryman, Clive Carroll, Edwina Hayes and Simeon Jones.

With more names and some surprise appearances and birthday messages still to be added, this is a do-not-miss opportunity to see the last of the original folk guitar virtuosos standing, and join Wizz for what promises to be a truly unique and memorable evening of live folk and blues, featuring the frighteningly proficient guitar playing of Wizz Jones and the prestigious line-up of guests planned.

Originally inspired by seeing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wizz Jones has been performing and recording for over six decades, and has influenced hundreds of aspiring musicians in this time, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, John Renbourn, Ralph McTell and Steve Tilston to name just a few.

Wizz learned his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry while playing in the coffee bars of London’s Soho in the late 1950s. In the 1960s, he followed the time-honoured buskers’ trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech, returning to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a “right hand worthy of Broonzy”. He soon became the man to watch, as described by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones in his 2011 autobiography ‘Life’ and in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin concert with Wizz’s song ‘When I Leave Berlin’.


Date: Wednesday 24th April, 2019
Venue: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London. SW1X 9DQ
Time: 19:30
Tickets priced from £25 to £30
Box Office: T 020 7730 4500

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Police Dog Hogan to headline Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Police Dog Hogan

Friday 15th March   Shepherd’s Bush Empire  London

Police Dog Hogan will make a headline appearance at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 15th March. Tickets for the show, their first London performance since selling out The Scala last February are on sale now and available from

The band, whose last album Wild By The Side Of The Road spent several weeks in the official UK Americana charts, will release their new Hard Times Coming EP on 1st March.

“With 8 tracks, it’s really more than an EP, if not quite a full album, but they’re all songs we just had to get out”, explains lead singer James Studholme. “We’re most excited about the lead track ‘Pigs Head Roll’ which feels like a song for the future we’re heading into. When humble soul food is rebranded as a trendy gourmet fare, it’s surely a sign that hard times lie ahead. The EP also features a cover of Lyle Lovett’s ‘If I Had A Boat’ and, in ‘Rolling Down To Old Maui’, a lively response to the bottomless demand for more whaling songs.”

Hard to categorise, Police Dog Hogan combine fiddle, trumpet, banjo, mandolin, accordion, drums and guitars, fusing it all into songs whose subjects range from the Battle at Passchendaele (the AMA UK Song of 2018 nominated ‘Devon Brigade’) to the shortest day of the year (‘St Lucie’s Day’), tackling love, loss and inferior white wine along the way. As one recent review cited “their growing reputation for infectiously punchy folk rock is shaded with elements of country and bluegrass.”

Police Dog Hogan have played over 300 gigs together, including appearances at Glastonbury, Port Eliot, Kendall Calling, Larmer Tree, and Bestival. The band were among the headliners on the main stage at Cropredy and topped the bill on Cornbury’s second stage last year. Police Dog Hogan were one of only three UK bands invited to Nashville to perform at the prestigious Americana Music Association awards where DJ Bob Harris snapped them up for a live recording that has become one of the most-watched YouTube videos on his ‘Under The Apple Tree Sessions’ channel. Many Guardian readers will know that columnist Tim Dowling is the banjo player in Police Dog Hogan; what they may not know is that he’s recently added the dobro to his repertoire. Eliot James (Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Noah and the Whale, Two Door Cinema Club) produced the band’s second album ‘From The Land Of Miracles’ and Al Scott (Seth Lakeman, Oysterband, The Levellers, Asian Dub Foundation) oversaw the latest album, Wild By The Side Of The Road as well as the forthcoming Hard Times Coming EP.

Police Dog Hogan are James Studholme (lead vocals, guitar), Eddie Bishop (violin, vocals), Tim Dowling (banjo, harmonica, vocals), Don Bowen (bass, vocals), Michael Giri (drums, vocals), Shahen Galichian (accordion, piano, keyboards, harmonica, harmonium, vocals) and Emily Norris (trumpet, vocals).

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