Well they say Christmas is a special time of year for a Winter Union, when magical things happen, and this year’s Great British Folk Festival is no exception.
There was Darren and I merrily covering this year’s Skegness outing and we happened across Winter Union, a wonderful, hugely talented ‘folk super group’ and all round lovely bunch of chums from the folk scene, who treated us to a fantastic opening afternoon festive set on ‘REDS stage’ yesterday.
Winter Union comprises of Ben Savage, Katriona Gilmore, Jade Rhiannon, Hannah Saunders and Jamie Roberts, who are now in their 4th year as a festive get together.
This was the first date of their 2018 December tour. They played a stunning festive set, mixing traditional Christmas songs with an added blue grass lilt. Darren and I could not let this amazing sleigh ride pass us by without hopping on for an after gig chat in the bar. We also explored Ben Savage’s (or babe as I called him in a text typo) tale of ‘Christmas Ball Balls’.
This is what they had to say…..
12/12 St Barnabus Church, Cambridge www.junction.co.uk
14/12 Holywell Music Rooms, Oxford www.Holywellmusicandfolk.co.uk
15/12 St Mary Magdalene Church, Dunton, Beds www.duntonfolk.co.uk
16/12 The Greystones, Sheffield www.mygreystones.co.uk
17/12 Barnoldswick Music & Art, Nr Clitheroe, Lancs www.barnoldswickmusicandartscentre.co.uk
18/12 All Saint Hall, Poppleton, York www.poppletonlive.co.uk
20/12 Finchingfield Church, Braintree, Essex www.wegottickets.com/event/449662
21/12 Otford Memorial Hall, Sevenoaks, Kent www.stedithfolk.co.uk
Artist Website: https://www.facebook.com/winterunion/