3 Daft Monkeys Interview and Tour Dates

3 Daft Monkeys

Its been a while since we chatted to those 3 Daft Monkeys, so thought it was high time we caught up with them at the New Forest Folk Festival.

One of my lasting beer aerobic memories was standing with Tim and Athene at a festival watching a band years ago, I dropped my pint in a moment of madness and somehow it landed right side up on the grass, without spilling a drop. That is the effect those Monkeys have you, its never a dull moment with them around.

So, with beer secured, Paul Johnson and I arranged to meet Tim Ashton (with surprise guest Arlo) in the Artists Garden to have our chat. We talk about Glastonbury, what they have been up to recently, the Giant Pink Castle, what’s been happening since Lukas Drinkwater left the band and the new line up featuring Rich Mulryne (percussion/vocals) and Jamie Graham (bass).

We also talk about the most recent album ‘Year of the Clown’, the idea behind it and also plans for a new album. Tim talks about the Busking festivals in Italy and Switzerland and Arlo’s hula-hoop show. Finally, we speak about the rest of the tour this year and where you can go to see them jump around the stage all night.

Darren Beech

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Peter Knight Interview + Gigspanner Big Band Tour Dates

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech caught up with Peter Knight after Gigspanner Big Band closed the Friday night of New Forest Folk Festival 2019.

We talk to Peter about the early days of Gigspanner, how the idea came about,  Peter’s ethos for music, what he looks for in his musical relationships and how he approaches his new projects since Steeleye Span.

There is a very funny interlude, when the one and only Hugh Crabtree makes an appearance with a bottle of wine. We also talk to Peter’s about John Spiers, how the partnership came together, Peter’s workshops and the Gigspanner Big Band.

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Artist’s website: https://www.peterknight.net/


The Gigspanner Big Band Wells

Thursday 11th July 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School Wells

The Gigspanner Big Band Devon

Friday 12th July 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon

The Gigspanner Big Band Falmouth

Saturday 13th July 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Poly Arts Centre Falmouth,

The Gigspanner Big Band Cornwall SOLD OUT

Sunday 14th July 2019

Gigspanner Big Band Calstock Arts, Cornwall http://calstockarts.org/sunday-14-july-gigspanner-big-band/ SOLD OUT

The Gigspanner Big Band Devon

Wednesday 20th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Brixham Theatre, Devon http://www.brixhamtheatre.uk/

The Gigspanner Big Band Worcester

Thursday 21st November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Worcester Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

The Gigspanner Big Band Wavendon

Friday 22nd November 2019

Stables Theatre, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

The Gigspanner Big Band Canterbury

Saturday 23rd November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

The Gigspanner Big Band Hailsham

Sunday 24th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Pavilion, Hailsham

The Gigspanner Big Band Nettlebed

Monday 25th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Nettlebed Folk Club

The Gigspanner Big Band Bury St. Edmunds

Wednesday 27th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

The Gigspanner Big Band N. Yorks

Thursday 28th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley, N Yorks

The Gigspanner Big Band Settle

Friday 29th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Victoria Hall, Settle

The Gigspanner Big Band Hexham

Saturday 30th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Queen’s Hall, Hexham

The Gigspanner Big Band Saltaire

Sunday 1st December 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Live Room, Saltaire

Reg Meuross wins Arts Council support for 12 Silk Handkerchiefs Autumn Tour

12 Silk Handerchiefs
Reg Meuross, Brian W Lavery, Mick McGarry and Sam Martyn
Photograph by Rachel Snowdon

Winter 1968. Three Hull trawlers sink. 58 men die. A fishwife leads the fight to change safety laws. 12 Silk Handkerchiefs, Reg Meuross’s 13th album inspired by Brian W. Lavery’s book The Headscarf Revolutionaries, opens a window on Hull’s Hessle Road fishing community in the aftermath of the Triple Trawler Disaster of 1968. After three sellout performances in Hull that recreated and expanded upon the original song cycle, the singer-songwriter is now taking the show on a national tour this Autumn supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Joined on stage by stalwarts of the Hull folk scene, musicians Mick McGarry and Sam Martyn, Reg’s powerful songs are interwoven with narration from author Brian W. Lavery and an audio/visual show that includes rarely-seen archive footage, photos and audio from the time of the disaster. Three Hull trawlers, the St Romanus, the Kingston Peridot and the Ross Cleveland perished and 58 men died in what became known as the Dark Winter.

Fighting fishwife Lillian Billoca’s subsequent successful campaign for improved trawler safety; sole survivor Harry Eddom who returned to sea just eleven weeks after the sinking; and the superstitions, lives and deaths of all those affected: all of these stories are contained within a fascinating and moving work of social and political history described as Meuross’s “most important work to date” by Pennyblack Music.

Reg himself says: “12 Silk Handkerchiefs is a classic tale of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and the mighty strength of the human spirit. For years the Hull trawlermen and their families fought for survival in the harshest of working conditions: frozen seas with very little safety or protection. It took Lillian and her fellow revolutionaries to fight the companies who were exploiting this community’s poverty and need for work. They took on the Government itself until desperately needed changes in the safety laws were made.

“If ever there was a story of survival vs. greed, honour vs. entitlement, courage and bravery vs. careless exploitation this is it. I believe such a story in living memory needs to be told now, and remembered for the future.”

Those fans of Reg’s music so accustomed to seeing his intimate solo performances at folk clubs and festivals across the land will be stunned by the power of this show, and those new to him will find it impossible not to be moved by this emotional and humbling tribute to the many, many lives lost to what was once the most dangerous industry in the world.

“Meuross has achieved something rare and important: he has reanimated a valuable piece of history, and he has done so with great sincerity and emotional depth. 12 Silk Handkerchiefs is a fitting tribute not just to Lillian Bilocca, but to the power of individuals to bring about change for the better.” Thomas Blake, Folk Radio UK

“A finely spun tribute… rich in honest emotion, deep humanity, resonant lyrics and infectious melodies.” Mike Davies, Folking.com

“..further confirming Reg Meuross as one of the most eloquent and compelling singer-songwriters ever.” David Pratt, Fatea Magazine

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Read Mike Davies’ full review of 12 Silk Handkerchiefs here.

Tour Dates


*NB solo fundraiser for Humber Rescue

Jack Rutter announces second album and tour dates

Jack Rutter

Gold Of Scar & Shale, the second solo album from traditional folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Rutter will be available on CD and DL from October 4th 2019.

Produced by Joe Rusby and recorded as live, the new album continues the stripped back approach of its critically acclaimed predecessor, Jack’s debut solo outing Hills. The songs are unearthed gems from the folk canon – almost all of them rare and many previously unrecorded – gathered from old song books and source singers as Rutter uncovered material for this major new release.

Jack’s soaring vocal takes centre stage on the album, delivering each traditional tale in a fresh and current way; his masterful playing and arrangements providing the perfect accompaniment. Jack contributes guitar, bouzouki, duet concertina and harmonium to the album with featured guest musicians Sam Sweeney on fiddle, Alice Robinson on Northumbrian pipes and Sam Fisher on flugelhorn.

There is a strong sense of place on the new record too; over half of the songs have a connection to Jack’s native Yorkshire. The album title itself Gold Of Scar & Shale comes from a line in one such track ‘The Hills of Longdendale’, with words written by ‘The Moorland Poet’ Ammon Wrigley (1861-1946).

Jack Rutter says “To me Ammon Wrigley is describing the rough and bleak parts of the moorland with this line, the scar and the shale that is always nevertheless gold to him. I love this line and realised that for me it’s also a great metaphor for traditional songs; rough, stark and honest things that contain such riches. I found then that I’d stumbled upon the perfect title for this album, or at least one that I really loved anyhow.”

Jack grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song, and following a BSc degree in Countryside Management at Newcastle University has forged a highly successful career playing music across the UK and Europe. In addition to his acclaimed solo work, he has become a highly sought-after collaborator for a host of the biggest names in folk music such as Seth Lakeman, Sam Sweeney and Jackie Oates as well as performing in the celebrated instrumental trio Moore Moss Rutter.

The release of Gold Of Scar & Shale is set to confirm Jack Rutter’s place as a solo artist, singer and performer of traditional songs first and foremost, marking him as one of the standout voices of the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. By shining a light on these original sources and singers, Jack has crafted a collection very much his own.

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‘I Was Once A Young Ploughboy’ – the first single:

Tour Dates

6 July Folk at the Hall, North Wales

19 July Downend Folk Club, Bristol

27 July Folk on the Tyne, Sage Gateshead

31 July Dorking Folk Club

02 August Cambridge Folk Festival

11 October Frodsham Folk Club, Cheshire

12 October Gwaenysgor Village Hall, North Wales

13 October North Wales Music House Concert, Anglesey

14 October Stockton Folk Club, Stockton-on-Tees

16 October Faversham Folk Club, Kent

21 October Ashby Parva Village Hall, Leicestershire

22 October Hen and Chicken, Bristol

23 October Painswick Centre, Stroud

24 October Stafford Folk Club, Staffordshire

25 October Doncaster Roots Music Club, South Yorkshire

26 October Folk at the House Carlisle, Cumbria

1 November Second Time Around Folk Club, Nottinghamshire

2 November SHEFFIELD Album Launch Show, Shakespeares, South Yorkshire

8 November Music Institute Folk Club, Guildford, Surrey

12 November LONDON Album Launch Show, Green Note, Camden

Tickets: www.jackruttermusic.com/gigs


The Local Honeys announce UK festival gigs and November tour

The Local Honeys
Photograph by Erica Chambers

The Local Honeys are from the rolling hills of the Bluegrass and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Montana Hobbs and Linda Jean Stokley are two exceptionally talented young women who will be bringing the Folk music of Kentucky to UK shores for a string of UK festivals, including Latitude and Summertyne. The talented duo also announce a headline tour in November – full details below.

Having been the first women to graduate their state university’s degree programme in traditional “Hillbilly” music, The Local Honeys have gone on to win numerous songwriting accolades, including the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Award at MerleFest – also awarded to Gillian Welch at the beginning of her career.

The duo have dedicated themselves to the preservation of old music and the creation of new music. Their song writing often reflects subject matter that little girls ought not talk about. This element played a strong impact in the production and creation of their acclaimed debut album, Little Girls Actin’ Like Men released in 2016.

If you’re looking for an antidote to the surplus of young beardy middle-class men singing winsomely about love, then The Local Honeys will bring you something more vital, more socially and environmentally aware…. and they’ll deliver it so beautifully you’ll be hooked in seconds.

Artists’ website: https://www.thelocalhoneys.com/

‘Cigarette Trees’ – live:


Friday 19th July – Latitude Festival

Saturday 20th July – SummerTyne

Sunday 21st July – Doune The Rabbit Hole

Tuesday 23rd July – An Tobar, Mull

Wednesday 24 July – Bunessan Town Hall, Mull

Saturday 27th July – Beer & Bluegrass, Bournemouth

Sunday 28th July – Square and Compass, North Devon

Friday 2nd August – Underneath The Stars

Saturday 3rd August – Belladrum, Tartan Heart festival
(both main stage and headlining the Americana tent).


Monday 4th November – Manchester – Midway Folk Club

Tuesday 5th November – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Café

Wednesday 6th November – Liverpool Philharmonic, The Music Room

Thursday 7th November – The HUBS -Sheffield

Monday 11th November – Brighton The Greys

Wednesday 13th November – London Cecil Sharp House

Thursday 14th November – Cambridge Junction 2

Friday 15th November – Thames Ditton RAM Club

Sunday 17th November – Portsmouth The Square Tower

THE SMALL GLORIES – New Album and Tour News

The Small Glories
Photo credit Marc J Chalifoux

The Small Glories make their US debut with ASSINIBOINE & THE RED, an album that celebrates the Canadian Prairies. The first single, “Oh My Love,” is included in NPR’s “New Music Friday” Spotify playlist. The album’s title references the junction of two rivers, the Assiniboine (pronounced ‘uh-sin-uh-boin’) and the Red, in the duo’s hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and celebrates the happenstance meeting of members Cara Luft, an original member of the Wailin’ Jennys, and multi-instrumentalist JD Edwards.


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The album’s songs play out like travelogue of sorts. ASSINIBOINE & THE RED is rich with a sense of place and geography and is bookended by two songs that pay tribute to locales Luft and Edwards’ onstage chemistry and humor complements their energetic live performances and buoyant, Americana-inflected folk songs; their exuberant harmonies bring to mind such duos as the Civil Wars and Shovels & Rope, but with a Northern spin.

Recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba during a bracingly cold Canadian spring, ASSINIBOINE & THE RED reuinted the duo with producer Neil Osborne, frontman and songwriter for the iconic Canadian rock band 54-40. “Although he’s not a ‘folk artist,’ he has the heart of a folk singer and firmly believes in the power of song and in serving the song,” says Luft of Osborne.

“Each of the songs on the album is a co-write, either between the two of us, ” Luft explains, “or between us and other writers, which we feel has helped created a very unique and powerful collection of songs.” Co-writers include some of Canada’s finest — Lynn Miles, James Keelaghan, Catherine MacLellan, Bruce Gurthro, Ashley Condon and Andrina Turenne — as well as American poet Glenn Bowie.

“Many of the songs were written around the theme of home — where we call home, where others call home — and the various stories and histories and landscape of these specific locations. We focused on Canadian places; we are Canadian after all!”

Already known in their native Canada as well as for their performances at international festivals including SXSW and AmericanaFest, the duo has captured the charm and chemistry of their live shows with ASSINIBOINE & THE RED’s collection of engaging, memorable songs.

7/6/2019 Long Island Museum – Stony Brook, NY
7/7/2019 Joe’s Pub – NYC, NY
7/9/2019 Middlebury Festival on the Green – Middlebury, VT
7/10/2019 Music on the Green – Saranac Lake, NY
7/11/2019 The Music Hall Loft – Portsmouth, NH
7/12/2019 Riverbend Park – Winston, OR
7/13/2019 McCabes Guitar Shop – Santa Monica, CA
7/14/2019 Hound Dog House Concerts – Santa Barbara, CA
7/19/2019 Stewart Park Music Festival – Perth, ON, Canada
7/20 -7/21/2019 Home County Music & Art Festival , London, ON, Canada
7/26 -7/28/2019 Stan Rogers Folk Fest – Canso, NS, Canada
7/31/2019 Summer Concert Series in Caseley Park – Riverview, NB, Canada
8/2/2019 Indian River Festival – Kensington, PEI, Canada
8/3/2019 Blue Skies Music Festival – Clarendon, ON, Canada
8/8 – 8/11/2019 Edmonton Folk Festival – Edmonton, AB, Canada
8/12-8/16/2019 The Song School – Lyons, CO
8/16- 8/17/2019 The Folks Festival – Lyons, CO
8/18/2019 Bear Creek Folk Festival – Grand Prairie, AB
8/24/2019 Thrasher Opera House – Green Lake, WI
8/25/2019 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival – Ontonagon, MI
8/30/2019 Oak Harbor Music Festival – Whidbey Island, WA
9/4 -9/7/2019 Arts Midwest Conference – Minneapolis, MN
9/11 -14/2019 Americana Conference / AmericanaFest- Nashville, TN
9/27/2019 New Moon Folk Club- Edmonton, AB, Canada
9/28/2019 Bow Valley Folk Club- Calgary, AB, Canada
10/3/2019 Empress Theatre- Fort MacLeod, AB, Canada
10/4/2019 Festival Hall – Calgary, AB, Canada
10/5/2019 Key City Theatre – Cranbrook, BC, Canada
10/11/2019 Rogue Folk Club – Vancouver, BC, Canada
10/12/2019 Jo Beattie Presents – Victoria, BC, Canada
10/14 -10/17/2019 Arts Northwest Conference- Boise, ID
10/18/2019 Acoustic Alchemy Studio at Augustana Chapel – Boise, ID
10/19/2019 Tuft Theatre – Denver, CO
10/20/2019 Vilar Performing Arts Center – Beaver Creek, CO
10/23/2019 Miners Foundry Cultural Center – Nevada City, CA
10/24/2019 Ballard Homestead – Seattle, WA
10/25/2019 The Old Church – Portland, OR
11/4 -11/6/2019 Arts Market Showcase- Durham, NC
11/07/2019 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Aetna Theater – Hartford, CT
11/8/2019 Shalin Liu Performance Center- Rockport, MA
11/09/2019 The Park Theater – Glens Falls, NY
11/10/2019 Daryl’s House – Pawling, NY
11/12/2019 The Cutting Room – New York, NY
11/14/2019 Tin Pan – Richmond, VA
11/15/2019 The Landing Pad Stage – Rock
12/1/2019 The Hive – Shrewsbury, UK
12/3/2019 Kitchen Garden Cafe – King’s Heath, Birmingham, UK
12/4/2019 Green Note Cafe – Camden, London, UK
12/6/2019 Live from Torr Vale Mill – New Mills, Peak District, UK
12/8/2019 Whitstable Sessions Music Club – Whitstable, Kent, UK

Artists’ website: https://thesmallglories.com/