Richard Thompson – 70th Birthday Bash

Richard Thompson

April 3rd 2019 – Today, as he turns 70, Richard Thompson OBE has announced a 70th birthday celebration show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 30th 2019. This once in a lifetime concert will feature some very special guests, who will be announced in the coming weeks.

‘Please join me as I celebrate my 70th birthday with an evening of music! The venue is the Royal Albert Hall, London, the date is 30th September, there will be many guests covering 50 years plus of music and a memorable evening guaranteed.’ – Richard Thompson

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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.”

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 has received an OBE, lifetime achievement awards from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Americana Music Association and the prestigious Ivor Novello Award.  Rolling Stone named Thompson one of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time and The Los Angeles Times called him the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix.  His song ‘1952 Vincent Black Lightning’ was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923.”

A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including 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 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 a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Folk Awards among his many accolades.

As well as celebrating Thompson’s milestone birthday, this unmissable show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 30th will be a fitting tribute to a truly exceptional artist.

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‘Put It There Pal’ – live:

War And Peace in Doncaster

War And Peace

In the centenary year of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and the Peace celebrations that followed in Doncaster and across the country, this project remembers the stories of those who fought, those who refused to fight, and those left behind.

Internationally renowned singer-songwriters Findlay Napier, Bella Hardy and Greg Russell present an intimate evening of storytelling and song, inspired by stories from the archives, and those collected from Doncaster people through Doncaster 1914-18.

The first performance in May will be a very special Museums at Night show at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster where the work will be presented with projections from visual art specialist Wayne Sables, bringing to life the personal stories and original objects which inspired the songs. This show will be followed in June with a short run of dates in Doncaster, Shrewsbury and London.

Wayne is also producing two short films documenting the process of the songs, from archive to performance.

Jude Holland, project manager for Doncaster 1914-18 said “Throughout the centenary, Doncaster people have been getting in touch with Doncaster 1914-18 to share hundreds of amazing family stories of love, loss, camaraderie and community spirit. Stories like that of the Wheatley soldier, Albert John Drury, whose life was saved by the cigarette tin in his top pocket, and who brought back his faithful dog, Armentiers Vic, all the way from the trenches of the Western Front to Doncaster. Also, of those of Doncaster conscientious objectors like Oswald Clark who refused to fight and were sent to prison as a result.  We’re really excited to see how Findlay, Bella and Greg bring these stories to life through song.”

Greg Russell, said of the project, “I’m so looking forward to War & Peace. We’ve already had a fascinating day with three historians and many sources, archives and artefacts at Doncaster Museum learning about and gathering so many amazing stories from this fantastic area.  I can’t wait to turn these stories into songs and bring them to a wider audience.”

The project, supported by Arts Council England, is a partnership between Doncaster 1914-18, Sounds Just Fine, and Heritage Doncaster.

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Performance Dates

15th May
Museums at Night.  Cusworth Hall, Doncaster. 6:30pm
Tickets £10  Available in person from Cusworth Hall, Cusworth Lane, Doncaster, DN5 7TU or tel. 01302 782342

4th June
Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, London. 7:30pm
Tickets £14

5th June
Cast Theatre, Doncaster. 7:45pm
Tickets £13

7th June
The Hive, Shrewsbury. 7:45pm
Tickets £12

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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Daria Kulesh’s Earthly Delights available for pre-order

Daria Kulesh

This week only – until the end of Sunday 27th January – you can pre-order the new album, Earthly Delights, to be posted from Daria with love on Valentine’s Day!

Patrons will be getting the album at least two weeks earlier, and the rest of the world will have to wait till the album launch tour in May-June 2019, culminating in an album launch spectacular – backed by a stellar 7-piece band – at Dunton Folk (St Mary Magdalene’s church, Dunton, SG18 8RR) on Saturday 1st June 2019. Buy tickets

Daria Kulesh’s upcoming third album Earthly Delights is a grateful and playful exploration of human nature: of love, desire, curiosity, ambition and other urges that drive us, both physical and spiritual. It retells and twists fairy tales, episodes from history, urban legends – rich old stories that are timeless, ever relevant and relatable. “Great battles of love and life” (Mike Harding) that we all live through, every day.

Let Daria transport you to an enchanting fairytale world full of colour and flair, light and shade, passion and intrigue, where stories come to life and “songs aren’t just sung, but lived” (FATEA Magazine).

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