Dervish announce special London show

DerviishBrendan Gleeson, Imelda May, Abigail Washburn, David Gray and Kate Rusby To Join Dervish For A Very Special Evening Of Irish Folk Music

Dervish are delighted to announce that they will be joined by multi instrumentalists and top session musicians, Graham Henderson (Sinead O Connor band / Fairground Attraction/ Moving Hearts) and Seamie O Dowd (Christy Moore band and a long list of others) for their big 30th anniversary show at The Palladium on Thursday September 19th. The eight-piece Dervish have been in rehearsals in Sligo and the band are very excited about how the music is sounding. The set list for the show will have many surprises on the night.

Dervish will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony, to be held at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Wednesday 16 October 2019 as part of the Manchester Folk Festival.

Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for 30 years, and have played at festivals across the globe – from Rock In Rio to Glastonbury. The band features some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, and is fronted by one of the country’s best-known and most beloved singers, Cathy Jordan.

Shane Mitchell from Dervish says: “We are thrilled and so delighted to be receiving this very special honour at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, particularly as this is the 30th anniversary of the band.”

Tickets on general sale:

‘Down By The Sally Garden’ – live on TV:

Bob Fox – autumn gigs

Bob Fox
Photograph by Rob Bridge

Here are Bob Fox’s solo gigs throughout September and October. Don’t forget that the Pitmen Poets UK Farewell Tour starts 16th October. Details at


Sat 7th SEDGEFIELD Folk Festival,County Durham.
tickets/info: website

Wed 11th CRAMLINGTON Folk Club,The Benedictine Social Centre, Glenluce Drive, CRAMLINGTON Northumberland NE23 6YA
tickets/info: website

Thurs 12th DONCASTER – Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, S.Yorks DN1 3BU
tickets/info: 01302 303959

Fri 13th STOKE-ON-TRENT – Potteries Folk Club,Foxfield Railway Station, Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge, STOKE-ON-TRENT, North Staffs ST11 9BG
tickets/info: 01782 616015

Tues 17th DARTFORD Folk Club,Dartford Working Men’s Club, 40 Essex Road, DARTFORD, Kent DA1 2AU
tickets/info: 01322 277218

Thurs 19th MARGATE House Concert
Rosslyn Court,62 Sweyn Road, Cliftonville, MARGATE, Kent CT9 2DD
tickets/info: 07902 140248

Fri 20th THAMES DITTON – The Ram Club,Old Cranleighan Club, Portsmouth Road, THAMES DITTON, Surrey. KT7 0HB
tickets/info: 0208 686 9421

Sat 21st MORETON – Millennium Community Centre,
Church Lane,Moreton nr Newport,Staffs.TF10 9DS
tickets/info: tel: 01952 691222

Sun 22nd GAINSBOROUGH – Springthorpe Village Hall,
School Lane, Springthorpe, nr GAINSBOROUGH, Lincs DN21 5QD
tickets/info: 01427 838726

Wed 25th EDINBURGH Folk Club,Ukrainian Community Centre, 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB website
Please note new venue

Thurs 26th FALKIRK Folk Club,The Tolbooth Tavern,
Tolbooth Street, FALKIRK. FK1 1NL website

Fri 27th HEXHAM – The Vault, Hallgate Gallery,
Hallgate, HEXHAM, Northumberland.NE46 1XD
tickets/info: 01434 603884


Tues 1st GLASGOW – Star Folk Club,The Admiral Bar,
72a Waterloo Street,GLASGOW,G2 7DA
tickets/info: website

Fri 4th RHYL Folk Club,Tynewydd Community Centre,
Coast Road, RHYL, North Wales LL18 3RD
tickets/info: website

Artist’s website:

‘The Galway Shawl’ – live:

Special guest artists announced for Richard Thompson’s birthday bash

Richard Thompson
Photograph courtesy of Mojo magazine

An incredible array of special guest performers has been announced for Richard Thompson’s 70th birthday celebration show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 30th 2019. This once in a lifetime concert will see eminent fellow musicians, friends and family grace the stage to mark the milestone birthday of this iconic and much respected artist.

Joining Richard Thompson on an exceptional night will be: Alistair Anderson, Ashley Hutchings, Bob Mould, Christine Collister, Danny Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, David Gilmour, Derek Smalls (formerly of the band formally known as Spinal Tap), Eliza Carthy, Hugh Cornwell, Jack Thompson, James Walbourne, Judith Owen, Kami Thompson, Kate Rusby, Linda Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Maddy Prior, Marc Ellington, Martin Carthy, Olivia Chaney, Simon Nicol, Teddy Thompson and Zara Phillips.

The show sold out swiftly when it was announced in April. Look out for the release of last minute tickets:

Richard Thompson’s enduring musical influence and accomplishments are unparalleled.  Having co-founded the ground-breaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 1960s, he and his bandmates invented a distinctive strain of British folk rock.  He left the group by the age of 21, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist.  Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar along with engaging energy and onstage wit continue to earn him new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos and writers in folk rock history.  Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Americana Music Association in Nashville and the UK Americana Music Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Folk Awards, a prestigious Ivor Novello Award and, of course, an OBE, among his many accolades.

A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including David Gilmour, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and many more.  His massive body of work includes many Grammy nominated albums as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man.  Thompson’s latest album 13 Rivers (Proper Records) was released to widespread acclaim last September and appeared on many 2018 ‘best of the year’ lists. His accompanying tour was met with glowing reviews, including The Observer, in its Artist of the Week spread, who concluded, “Half a century after his first gig with Fairport Convention, folk-rocker Richard Thompson – trademark Stratocaster and beret intact – is as cool, energetic and contemporary as ever.”

Artist’s website:

‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’ – live and acoustic:

Bill And The Belles – live at Barnoldswick

Bill And The BellesBarnoldswick Music & Arts Centre, Mon. 26th August (Bank Holiday)

Influenced by bluegrass, hillbilly, classic country and honky tonk, Bill And The Belles have an attractive “vintage” persona, putting their own spin on a golden era of music, specifically the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. They were nominated for four IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) awards in 2017 and are a wonderfully entertaining and charming live band.

Kris Truelsen (aka”Bill”) earned a Masters Degree in Appalachian Studies and continues to share his enthusiasm for traditional American music as a presenter and producer for Radio Bristol in Bristol, Tennessee, housed in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Kris was nominated as IBMA Broadcaster of the Year for 2017 and 2018, and is a fabulous emcee and presenter as well a talented singer and musician.

Featuring lovely three part harmonies and exquisite musicianship on fiddle, banjo, guitar and double bass, Bill And The Belles also regularly play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists as the house band for the historic Radio Bristol showFarm and Fun Time. Guest artists have included Marty Stuart, Hot Rize, the Earls of Leicester and many more. Bill and the Belles bring to the stage an uplifting show unlike any other, full of engaging humour, high spirits, and all-around revelry!

Event website:

‘Never Get Along With You’ – official video:

Belinda Kempster and Fran Foote – album and live dates

Belinda Kempster and Fan Foote

From Here Records release On Clay Hill, Stick In The Wheel harmony singer Fran Foote’s debut album with her mother, Belinda Kempster.

Belinda began singing traditional songs in the 1960s:

“Our family has a history of farming and working on the land; these songs come from that way of life – at work and at play”.

She met her husband in a folk club, and Fran grew up immersed in the local folk scene, learning songs from her parents from a very young age. As mother and daughter, Fran and Belinda have sung together privately for years, but it’s only now we all have a chance to hear Ian Carter’s recordings of their unique interpretations of mostly Essex-collected traditional songs. Encouraged by band and label founders Nicola and Ian, they bring timeless renditions without frills or fuss to a repertoire that is rich and varied.

Many of their songs were learned from Fran’s great uncle and farm labourer Ernie Austin, who was recorded for Topic’s Voice Of The People release Flash Company in 1974. Austin lived and worked in the small village of Bentley, just outside Colchester, and sang songs related to his work and recreation. Stuff you’d sing down the pub.

‘Ernest Austin is now 83 years of age and he lives in a small village to the east of Colchester in Essex. He left school at 12 to work as a kitchen boy in a farmhouse, earning 3/6d in return for a 60-hour week. For most of his early life he worked on the land as a farm labourer until, with experience, he became an agricultural engineer, retiring at the age of 70.’ Flash Company, Topic Records sleevenotes

This collection of songs are made up of those taught to Belinda by Ernie and from private family recordings. Also included are personal favourites from Belinda’s repertoire: “we want our family’s music to be documented – this is the tradition of our family and singing these songs together feels like coming home”. Clay Hill Road is an area of Basildon that Belinda and Fran have always lived near.

Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter set up From Here Records to release their own Stick In The Wheel material. This has expanded into a label concerned with the transmission of English folk music and culture into the wider world, including the critically acclaimed and ongoing project English Folk Field Recordings, and now their harmony singer Fran Foote.

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‘Dark Eyed Sailor’ – official video:

Live Dates:

Sunday 15 September Cressing Folk Festival

Saturday 28 September Cellar Upstairs, London

Flook release limited edition vinyl Ancora

Photograph by Naoki Fujioka

Ancora is released today in a Limited Edition of 500 Orange Vinyl. To celebrate its release, Flook are playing two special shows, Stapleford Granary near Cambridge, and the Roman Theatre of Verulamium in St Albans, Hertfordshire, as part of St Albans Folk Festival and the Roman Theatre Festival on Saturday 29th June 2019.

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Flook say that “We had a tough time choosing the winner of our Seahorse Competition, not least of all because the entries came flooding in by so many methods – Email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and it was hard to keep track. But we managed, and we had great fun reading them all. After much deliberation, we would like to congratulate Andy Mitchell for his winning entry, which contained some interesting facts and a nice link back to us”. Andy says “I hope you enjoy these few facts and I don’t really mind if I don’t win. Just thanks a million for the music I’ve been listening to since that first night in the Stromness Hotel, Orkney in 1999.” Well, he did win, and a signed copy of Ancora on vinyl will be winging its way to him after the weekend. Well done, Andy! Here’s his winning entry:

“Seahorses belong to a genus of fish called Hippocampus. The best known and best studied fossils are from the Marecchia River formation, Italy, dating back about 3 million years ago. The Marecchia River enters the Adriatic at Rimini which is just 41km from Pesaro, where your artist, Germano Ovani was born. Also, the hippocampus is a part of the brain, so named because of its shape. It forms an important part of the limbic system, the region that regulates emotions and is associated mainly with memory, in particular long-term memory. You couldn’t possibly do what you do without a highly developed hippocampus to feel the emotion of music and then remember all those notes!”

Over the summer you can hear Flook at festivals in Galicia and Germany, and at Sidmouth, Glasgow’s Piping Live, Purbeck and Bromyard in UK. Then they have a series of five Scottish dates in September, anchored around Ceol Cholasa on Colonsay, and a tour in Germany. Please come and say hi along the way!

Artists’ website:

Read Tony Birch’s review of Ancona here.

‘Rubik’ live: