Karen Tweed announces tour in southern England

Karen Tweed

Karen Tweed has been described as a mercurial, elegant and a rather eccentric yet decorative accordion queen. This could also apply to her teaching methodology and, actually any other part of her life.

Her roots began in the traditional music of Ireland; forsaking a career graphic design and teaching Art, she has spent over 29 years touring and teaching through music, which has led to collaborations with Timo Alakotila, Kathryn Tickell, The Poozies, SWÅP, Ian Carr, Chris Wood, Andy Cutting and more recently with The Secret North in Scotland.

Her travels uncovered a love of Scandinavian music and the traditions found in the northern hemisphere which she continues to thread into her love of traditional Irish music and the music of the British Isles.

She is currently exploring composition, connecting the creative energies of drawing, woodcarving, stonecarving, calligraphy, knitting and weaving with her music writing. She has a collection of her own compositions (fully illustrated) and two new CD releases: Midsummer May Monday (2017) with pianist/composer Timo Alakotila and Luckpenny (2017) with flautist/composer Tom McElvogue.

She enjoys stories, writing with an ink pen, talking and silence. Musically, she works mostly solo and with her occasional collaborations with Timo Alakotila (May Monday), Tom McElvogue, Karen Street, Colum Sands and Johnny Coppin.

She delights in teaching and is a regular guest tutor at Limerick and Newcastle Universities, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Folkworks and Bath Folk Festival Summer Schools inspiring hives of creativity, whether through music, art or performance.

Karen, whose home is now Orkney in Northern Scotland is popping down to do a peedie solo tour in Southern England. Drawing together threads of her passions – nature, colour, oceans, birds, drawing, knitting, words and music she brings her distinctive palette to the solo accordion in these intimate acoustic settings.

Spring is in the air, fun and adventure are on the horizon – always a mix of wacky, mercurial, poignant and enchanting; Karen will present her new compositions and harmonic thoughts along with her favourite tunes from her many travels and shared musical collaborations.

Artist’s website: www.karentweed.com

‘The Bird Song House Set’ – live:

Tour Dates

Thursday 21st February 2019: BRISTOL
Venue: Folk at the New Room, The New Room / John Wesley’s Chapel, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol ENGLAND BS1 3JE
Concert starts: 7.30pm
Box office tel:
 0117 926 4740
Website: http://www.newroombristol.org.uk/folk/
Tickets: £12/£10 conc (advance) plus Eventbrite fees if booking online; £14/£12 conc (door)
Online booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/folk-at-the-new-room-karen-tweed-tickets-52907988217

Friday 22nd February 2019: CAMBRIDGE
Venue: Cambridge Folk Club, Upstairs Function Room at The Golden Hind, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1SP
Concert starts: 8pm (with support by Mike Nelson)
Website: https://cambridgefolkclub.co.uk/
Info: +44 (0)1638 603986

Saturday 23rd February 2019: CAMBRIDGE – Accordion Workshop
10am – 1pm with a tea break. £25
We will be playing and arranging tunes from Orkney, Scandinavia and Ireland on the accordion.
There are a maximum of 10 places. Info: +44 (0)1638 603986

Sunday 24th February 2019: Karen Tweed NORWICH
VENUE: Carberry’s Café, 18 Wensum Street, Norwich NR3 1HY
 Steve Evans earache-pulse@hotmail.co.uk
Carberry’s: 01603 613126
Ticket Price: £9 (advance) / £10 on the door

Monday 25th February 2019: LONDON
VENUE: Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 1BD
 020 8660 5919
Ticket Price: £9 (advance) / £10 on the door
Website: http://croydonfolkclub.org.uk/

Wednesday 27th February 2019: WORCESTER
with guests ‘Monkwood Green Trio’.
VENUE: The Dragon Inn, 51 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JT
 Tel: Andrew 01886 888453
email: a.rothery001@gmail.com
Ticket Price: £9