May Monday 21st Anniversary Tour : 1st – 13th November 2019 

May Monday
Photograph by Marion Gobel

Karen Tweed and Timo Alakotila aka May Monday are touring the UK playing England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Welsh border in November and celebrating 21 years of friendship.

Karen Tweed (piano accordion) and Timo Alakotila (piano) met in Denmark in 1998, released their seminal CD May Monday in 2001 which gained international acclaim and was voted CD of the year by BBC Late Junction‘s presenter Fiona Talkington. Two albums followed – Midnight May Monday and now Midsummer May Monday and this tour celebrates 21 years of their superb music and great friendship. Timo, based in Helsinki and Karen, based in Orkney are inspirational creatives, composers and teachers – their collaboration combines Karen’s wacky, mercurial and vivacious wizardry with Timo’s quiet genius. Both teach on music courses at Sibelius Academy in Finland, Newcastle University and The World Academy of Music and Dance at Limerick University while Timo’s music was featured in this year’s BBC Proms at The Royal Albet Hall, London.

Mostly they perform music that goes beyond words and genre.

Artist’s website: https://www.karentweed.com/

‘Amicum’:

Tour dates:

Friday 1st November
ORKNEY
Orkney Arts Society, King Street Halls, Kirkwall KW15 1JF
Concert: 7.30pm £12 non-members/£10 members £2 schoolchildren
Info: 07415 456307

Saturday 2nd November
NEWTYLE, SCOTLAND
Hatton Castle, Newtyle, Angus PH12 8UN
Please park in the village.
2-5pm Mixed Instrument Workshop (£20)
Concert: 8pm (£10 donation)
Info: hattoncastle@gmail.com

Sunday 3rd November
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Acoustic House Concert
Concert: 8pm
Info/tickets: karenstweed27@gmail.com
Limited tickets available.

Monday 4th November (lunchtime)
WORCESTER, ENGLAND
Elgar’s Birthplace Museum, The Firs, Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire WR2 6RH
Concert: 1pm   £8 – on the door.
Info: 07415 456307

Monday 4th November (evening)
NAILSWORTH, ENGLAND
Christchurch, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire GL6 ODQ
Concert: 7.30pm
£10 advance/£12 – on the door £3 schoolchildren
Info: 07415 456307

Wednesday 6th November
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, ENGLAND
Folk Degree Course teaching

Thursday 7th November
GATESHEAD, ENGLAND
The Sage, Gateshead, St. Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR
HTTPS://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/may-monday-karen-tweed-timo/

Friday 8th November
STOCKPORT, ENGLAND
Teaching at The Fosbrooks Folk Education Trust

SUNDAY 10th NOVEMBER
BAREFIELD, CO. CLARE, IRELAND
Barefield Community Centre, Co. Clare.
2pm Instrumental Workshops (Int/Adv) €10
Concert: 3pm €15 full/€10 students
Workshop & concert rate and family rate available.
Advance booking required.
Info: +353 87 2229813

Monday 11th November
LIMERICK UNIVERSITY, IRELAND
World Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick University, Ireland
Traditional Music Degree /MA teaching

Tuesday 12th November
LIMERICK UNIVERSITY, IRELAND
World Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick University, Ireland
Concert: 1pm Free admission

Wednesday 13th November
OSWESTRY, ENGLAND
Rhydycroesau Village Hall, Oswestry SY10 7JE
Concert: 8pm (BYO drink) £13 adults/£8 children
With Special Guests Brackenbury & Neilson
Info: Rowanthorn Shop, Oswestry 01691 791403 / 01948 710218

The 2018 Folking Awards

Welcome to the 2018 Folking Awards and thank you again to everyone who participated last year. The nominations, in eight categories, come from our ever-expanding team of writers and were wrangled into shape with considered argument and arm-wrestling by the Folkmeister and the Editor.

There are five nominees in each category, all of whom have impressed our writers during 2017.

As with the format last year, all are winners in our eyes, as are quite a few who didn’t make the short list. However, it’s not just down to what we think, so again, there will be a public vote to decide the overall winner of each category.

*The Public Vote for each category will close at 9.00pm on Sunday 1st April (GMT+1).


Soloist Of The Year

 Jon Boden
Ange Hardy
Daria Kulesh
Richard Thompson
Chris Wood


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Duo

Kate & Raphael
O’Hooley & Tidow
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp
Winter Wilson


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Band

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
Merry Hell
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner
Police Dog Hogan
The Unthanks


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Live Act

CC Smugglers
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Fairport Convention
Lau
Merry Hell


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Album

Bring Back Home – Ange Hardy
Pretty Peggy – Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
Long Lost Home – Daria Kulesh
A Pocket Of Wind Resistance – Karine Polwart/Pippa Murphy
Strangers – The Young ‘Uns


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Musician

Kevin Crawford
Seth Lakeman
Richard Thompson
Karen Tweed
Ryan Young


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Rising Star

Sam Brothers
Siobhan Miller
Jack Rutter
Sound Of The Sirens
The Trials Of Cato


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!!

 


Best International Artist

Rodney Crowell
Anna Coogan
Michael McDermott
Le Vent Du Nord
The Wailin’ Jennys


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


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Folkies 2018

JOHNNY COPPIN – All On A Winter’s Night (Red Sky Records RSKCD121)

all on a winter's nightChristmas is nearly upon us, and acclaimed Gloucestershire singer/ songwriter and Radio Gloucester presenter, Johnny Coppin is currently on his annual tour taking the All On A Winter’s Night Christmas concert to various place in the country. Johnny has been doing a run of Christmas concerts in December for a number of years, with various musicians in his band such as Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, Karen Tweed, and Geoff March. Sadly missing is the guitar playing of Mick Dolan, who died in 2014, and who had played in bands with Johnny for a number of years, going back to his Decameron days.

Johnny decided to put some of the lovely songs which are played at these concerts on an album, and it has now just been released.  All of the above artists play on the new album with the addition of Steve Trigg on flugelhorn and trumpet and percussionist David Pickering-Pick.

This album is a real treat to listen to, a selection of songs that warm you for the Festive season and midwinter.  Johnny has a lovely melodic voice that brings out the best in all these tunes, whilst playing his haunting keyboard in his own inimitable way.  I’m not a big fan of Christmas, but love this album, as it takes us back to the true value and meaning of Christmas.  Not about rushing out to feed retail outlets and less meaningful things.  It’s about the true tradition and anticipation of Christmas, of family and reunions, of loved ones not present, The Nativity and all things of midwinter including warm fires!

The tracks included on the album are ‘All On A Winter’s Night’ – a lovely intro, that conveys the joy of anticipation of Christmas, ‘Counting The Hours To Christmas’ – a song of reunion, ‘The Christmas Star’ ( by Kimmie Rhodes) which is one of my favourite tracks, ‘Halsway Carol’ (by Nigel Eaton) named so after Halsway Manor – the National Centre for Folk Arts based in Somerset, ‘Welcome In Another Year’ (by Zoe Mulford), ‘A Connemara Christmas’ written by the late Mick Dolan, especially for the Christmas shows, ‘Snow In The Street’ (from a poem by William Morris), and classics like ‘God Rest You Merry Gentlemen’, the traditional carol ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ (to Gustav Holst’s tune ‘Cranham’) which we all know and which is a fabulous version on this album, ‘Gabriel’s Message’ (A Basque carol with English words by the Reverend Sabine Baring Gould from Devon), and ‘O Holy Night’ – which you may not know – is a 19th century carol.

All the photos on the album are by Martin Fry, who does the amazing pictures for the Christmas shows and the album is on sale at the Christmas concerts in December 2016. Alternatively purchase through Johnny’s website where you can also find out where Johnny is out on tour.

Jean Camp

Artist’s website: https://johnnycoppin.wordpress.com

PAUL ARMFIELD Found (PSA Records)

PAUL ARMFIELD Found (PSA Records)Born in Birmingham and now based in the Isle of Wight, singer-songwriter Armfield’s sixth album is a collection of 15 songs inspired by photographs found over the years by his friend, Elinor, in the flea-markets of Berlin.

Held in high regard by Guy Garvey and Chris Difford, Armfield’s a workmanlike craftsman and storyteller in the manner of McTell, Scott Walker and Harvey Andrews, his voice smoky and warm, his delivery relaxed, his guitar playing deft but unshowy and his heart on his sleeve.

Opening with ‘Elinor’s Eyes’, a finger-picked acoustic nod to the album’s inspiration, it first shifts into up-tempo jazzy mode with the double-bass driven ‘Of Sky And Sea And Sand’ and then to the swirling strings, harp, brass and woodwind arrangement of ‘The Dubious Trinity’ which, inspired by a snap of three women on the parapet of a church, makes reference to Cohen’s ‘Sisters of Mercy’.

Like Walker, Armfield has been a Jacques Brel interpreter, and you can hear the influence on the likes of the gossamer ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Wind-Up Gramophone’, while, elsewhere, the two-minute, woodwind-streaked ‘The Secateur Sisters’ conjures the serious side of Jake Thakray and ‘Reflected In My Heart’ is a yearning, Gaelic-tinted piano and military drum beat slow march.

As they say, every picture tells a story, and, one of three tracks featuring Karen Tweed on accordion, ‘Round The Tree’, a rousing, brass-burnished Christmas family and friends gathering song, offers a striking contrast to the poignant, sadness-soaked melancholy of ‘Beneath The War Memorial’, while, with flamenco-coloured guitar melody and mournful violin, ‘The Boy In The Picture’ muses on the fate of a child taken in 1942. Snapshots of time, there is no record of who the people in the photographs were, but, through Armfield’s songs and imagination, they have been given life anew.

The Found photos are being exhibited at Dimbola Lodge, the former Isle of Wight home of pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, until the end of the year and at the Spring Arts Centre in Havant until the end of November, while the album is being released in a limited signed and numbered edition of 1000, in a matt black box containing the CD and 16 postcards featuring the photographs and the lyrics.

Mike Davies

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Johnny Coppin – Borderland (Red Sky Records RSKCD120)

BorderlandJohnny Coppin’s latest album, Borderland, is a collection of songs from England, Ireland Wales and the US. Johnny also has an impressive list of guests singing and playing on the album – Karen Tweed, Paul Burgess, Mike Silver, Geoff March, John Neilson, Kevin Harcourt and David Pickering Pick who all have their own successful careers in their own right.

Borderland is a stripped-down acoustic album with a ‘live’ feel.  Shut your eyes and you have him in your living room or as a passenger in your car. The songs are about ‘real’ people and experiences, about war, romance and feelings. Twelve songs for your delectation and all of them are superb.  The three songs in the “war” section are gut-wrenching and bring home the horrors of WW1 and dreaming of home, lying about their age to get to the front and death. I love Johnny’s voice as it is melodic, haunting and just plain fabulous, and he has done a great justice to this album, also playing guitars and piano in his own inimitable graceful style.

The other nine tracks include arrangements of traditional songs.  Self penned numbers include ‘When The Morning’s Here’, ‘Cariad Cyntaf (First Love)’ and the title track tune ‘Borderland’ in collaboration with John Neilson.

This album has not been off my player and is already a favourite in my extensive music collection.  Do buy the album, and better still, go see him live! Borderland was produced by having sponsors who are all mentioned on the album cover, and the cover and booklet illustrations were exquisitely produced by Johnny’s partner Katharine Neilson, with design by John Neilson. Very pleasantly packaged and presented.

Johnny will be taking his album out on a tour in the spring of 2014, and the official release date of the album is April 7th. A regular Festival favourite, Johnny also has his own long running successful Acoustic Music show on Radio Gloucestershire every Saturday at 17.30.

Jean Camp

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Check out his website for live gigs: johnnycoppin.co.uk

KAREN TWEED – Essentially Invisible To The Eye – MAY MORNING ADVENTURES MMA6327002

“A novel, an autobiography, a casserole and as close to a self portrait as I am able to create”: Karen Tweed’s own words on the cover of this remarkable solo album. Traditional tunes, original compositions and music from all over the world come together in five long sets.

For the autobiography we must start with ‘Edelweiss’ and ‘Que Sera Sera’, part of ‘Karine’ – all the tracks are named after people, a homage to The Enigma Variations, perhaps – which we can imagine as part of Karen’s childhood. In fact, Karine might really be Karen and Aidan O’Rouke’s ‘Mattie And Karine’s’ from which the set takes its name might just be a happy coincidence. For the novel we must turn, perhaps, to Honoria with three French tunes, one of Karen’s own and one by Jon Swayne. As far as I know Karen hasn’t worked extensively in France so here is an element of fiction. ‘Ffion’, which comprises five original pieces, probably constitutes the self portrait and as for the casserole I’ve pushed the metaphor as far as I wish.

This album is by one player and one instrument and flies by – actually drifts by would be a better description for even on the up-tempo pieces there is no sense of urgency – and is over before you realise it. If you’re not already a fan this is a record to make you rethink the piano-accordion.

Dai Jeffries

Artist Web Link: www.karentweed.com