10th February

Gainsborough festival update – access to the school can now be from 5.00pm. This is to enable people to get settled in time for the evening concert which has to start at 7.00pm.

Friday concert order:

7.00pm The Old Roustabouts
7.55pm Kieran Towers & Charlotte Carrivick
8.50pm Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness
9.45pm Sunny Mountain Serenaders
10.40pm Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

And remember that online ticketing closes tonight at 8 – after that it’s pay on arrival cash or cheque only (no card facilities)


The Windermere Old Time Music and dance (WOTMAD) weekend will be 29 – 31st July 2016. Details to follow.


Tour dates for Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle:

26 The Vic, Menai Bridge, Anglesey
27 The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle
28 Glasgow area – TBC
29 House Concert, Edinburgh
30 details to follow
31 details to follow
1 Sidmouth FolkWeek
2 Sidmouth FolkWeek
3 Sidmouth FolkWeek
4 Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
5 Campfire Club, Nest Collective, London
6 Hepworth Village Hall
11 Pembrokeshire TBC
12 Bodmin FC
13 Presteigne, venue TBC
14 details to follow
15 Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham
17 TBC Norway
18 Klepp, Norway
20 Musically Monstrous, Towersey
21 Whitby Folk Week
22 Whitby Folk Week



Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness will follow their Gainsborough appearance with gigs in London and Colchester the following weekend. See the calendar (link on the right) for details.

Sunny Mountain Serenaders are in Pembroke this Thursday and have a London date immediately after the festival and the Horsenecks have a number of dates following. Check it out.


The Lamb and Flag, Blagdon Hill (Taunton) session has moved down the road to the Queens Arms, Pitminster.

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4th February

Gainsborough Poster 2016

With just over a week to the Gainsborough Festival don’t forget those advance tickets. Not critical but it saves time at check-in and also gives us a better idea of numbers.

If you are thinking of joining FOAOTMAD to take advantage of the member’s prices you can find a pdf here: membership form pdf

Ticket prices:
Weekend – member £50.00 GBP
Weekend – non-member £60.00
Saturday Day – member £30.00
Saturday Day – non-member £40.00
Friday evening only – £20.00
Saturday evening only – £20.00

Note: Saturday Day tickets include the evening

More info and Paypal booking at our website FOAOTMAD

And if you want your own poster, here’s a link to the pdf: 2016 Poster


Dates for Sacrewell Camps:

Spring Camp – dates currently being settled. Watch this space.
Summer Camp is Friday 5th to Sunday 14th August.


Oundle Flatfoot workshop (see last week) date and time changed to 5th March, 10:30 to 15:30

Sunday 7th February
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry
Energetic and electrifying clawhammer banjo, bass, percussive dance, storytelling songs both old and new, with nuanced, emotive vocals

In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY
Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net


A reminder that the next session at Ide near Exeter is not next Sunday, but on Monday 8th Feb and not at the Huntsman this time but at the Poachers Inn, Ide, EX2 9RW, from 7.30. I believe these are ‘one-off’ changes.


Fire in the Mountain Festival 3rd to 5th of June – Cwmnewidion Isaf, Aberystwyth, Wales

Featuring Foghorn String Band, Corn Potato String Band and Cut a Shine. Plus more.

For information www.fireinthemountain.co.uk
For tickets www.twoforjoy.co.uk

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28th January

Flatfoot workshop – another chance:

• 20 February at 14:00–18:00

Date & time changed to 5th March, 10:30 to 15:30

• Thurning Village Hall near Oundle PE85RB

Come and learn this fun, rhythmic foot tapping tradition and help to continue raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Musicians and dancers are welcome!
Flatfooting is an American style of improvised percussive step dancing with its origins in English, Irish and Scottish traditions.
Did you miss the first day and would like to have a go?
Would you like to improve your skills ready for the Flash Flatfoot Extravaganza at Oundle Fringe Festival?
All you need is a pair of slippery flat soled shoes.
Bring and share cake for tea! Plenty of refreshments provided.

If you plan to attend please RSVP to Pam Russell so she has an idea of numbers attending. pamelajane.russell@gmail.com


EVIE LADIN & KEITH TERRY will be appearing at ‘COURT SESSIONS’, South London’s traditional song & music club, next Friday, January 29th.

This is at: The County Arms, 345 Trinity Road, Wandsworth, SW18 3SH [near Wandsworth prison]

Entrance is £8.00 for members and £9.00 [no extras] for guests; the club runs from 8.00-11.00pm, upstairs.
Residents are the Wandle Delta String Band, plus Doreen Leighter & Dave East.


The Slowdown Boys are breaking the habit of a lifetime and giving more than 24hrs notice of future bookings! Here are some forthcoming gigs for 2016:

Fri 27 Feb – 2nd Time Around Folk Club, Beeston, Nottingham http://secondtimearoundfolkclub.weebly.com/
Admission £5. For this they will be ‘unplugged’ and are really looking forward to a completely acoustic gig
Sat 16 April – George and Dragon Pub Belper http://www.georgedragonbelper.co.uk/ Free admission
1-3 July – North Wales Bluegrass Festival Conwy http://www.northwalesbluegrass.co.uk/
Sat 9th July – Horse and Groom Pub, Derbys. http://horseandgroomderby.co.uk/whatson/ Free admission

They’re also nearing completion of a new CD and hope to release it Spring 2016.


Loads of folk music on BBC radio over the next few weeks. One relevant one is on BBC Radio 3, Sunday 31 Jan 6:45pm – Sunday Feature Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian Trail

“100 years ago, in the spring of 1916, English folk song collector Cecil Sharp set out on a voyage to America, planning a give a series of lectures on English folk music. However as he was crossing the Appalachians he discovered a treasure trove of folk songs, many of them English folk songs he had never encountered before.

Andy Kershaw follows Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian Trail through Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, hearing some of the songs he collected both in their original versions and in present-day interpretations in specially-recorded sessions with contemporary singers. The 1600 songs that Cecil Sharp collected represent the bedrock of Appalachian music, songs which gave rise to the styles of old-time, country and bluegrass.”

45 minutes.

more details of the whole couple of weeks here: BBC link


Here’s a good article from Debby McClatchy:

Read it here


Sweet Sunny South poster


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21st January

Well, those of you following the saga of our difficulties with the Post Office and our latest issue of the Old Time News may be interested in downloading a pdf of it at the link below. Especially as I suspect the P.O. will hang on to them for some time. Online availability is NOT the norm for members or otherwise but this might be of interest in general.

There’s 300 more people get an email about this post than there are FOAOTMAD members and almost 2000 non-members in our Facebook group. If you are inspired to join there’s also a link to our membership form…. hint, hint! Paypal is an option although for UK banking members we prefer Standing Orders or cheques




Here’s a list of workshop titles for the Gainsborough Festival. They are in no set order and no, I don’t know when they will take place or if your favourites clash. There’s a faint chance I may be able to put the programme on line the week before. Otherwise you’ll just have to turn up and find out:

Flatfooting; Old Time Harmony Singing; Clawhammer Banjo; Clogging/Hambone; Body Music; Banjo (various); Guitar (various); Fiddle; Mandolin; Playing as a duo; The String Band; Beginners Banjo; Sacred Harp Singing; Choosing tunes for a CD; Setting up and maintenance of your instrument; Slow Jam

We also have a Square Dance called by Evie Ladin on Saturday afternoon.

Also Stewards required, half price tickets for six hours work. Contact festival@foaotmad.or.uk


on Saturday 20th February 2016
at Folk Hall, 95 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6PR

UK Autoharps is running a full day of autoharp workshops for complete beginners, intermediates and advanced players, including group lessons, all abilities session, slow jam and open stage.

Pre-book or turn up on the day and learn to play this easy, unique and beautiful sounding instrument. From 10.00am to 6.00pm. Loaner autoharps and tea/coffee provided. Children 8 yrs+ welcome, accompanied by an adult.
For further details visit www.ukautoharps.org.uk


Here’s a sneak preview for the oldtime artists at Orwell Bluegrass Festival which takes place from 6th to 8th May (near Ipswich)

TURF ROLLERS from Denmark


Sore Fingers Week Easter 2016 – Dates are: arrive Sunday 27 March ready for classes to start at 9am Monday 28th and depart Saturday 2nd April after the event finishes on Friday evening 1st April.
The total line up looks like this:
Classes and tutors
AUTOHARP – Les Gustafson-Zook
BASS – Ben Somers
DOBRO – Rob Ickes
GUITAR – Tim May
MANDOLIN – Matt Flinner
MANDOLIN – Skip Gorman
OLD TIME FIDDLE – Brittany Haas
OLD TIME FIDDLE – Jock Tyldesley
OLD TIME BANJO – Joe Newberry
UKULELE – Percy Copley
AUTOHARP Entry Level – Heather Farrell-Roberts
More info and booking forms: www.sorefingers.co.uk


The SUNNY MOUNTAIN SERENADERS,Saturday 6 Feb 7.30pm at The Con
Club, 139 High St. Lewes, E. Sussex BN7 1XS £10 From the USA: Old Time & traditional Mountain music from Virginia: these wonderful authentic musicians have 130 years playing experience between them!
Fiddler Mark Campbell and banjoist, singer, mouth harpist Mac Traynham share a common love of traditional mountain music of Virginia. Both learned from legends of the area. Mark and Mac are Masters with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and have earned ribbons for their music in contests ranging from Galax to the State Fair of Virginia, to Elk Creek and Clifftop, WV. They are joined by ace guitarist John Schwab.


11th February – The Sunny Mountain Serenaders
St Patricks Hall, Pennar, Pembroke Dock.
Tickets; Main Street Music, Pembroke.
Tel; 01646 621530 to buy or reserve and pay on the door.

Other dates are shown on our calendar – see the link on the right


NEXT LITTLE OPRY Saturday 30 January 2015
Headline Band: The BOW-LEGGED SKEETER – Hard driving Bluegrass and American Old-Time music with an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies. Their influences span American Old-Time and Original & Modern Bluegrass and stretch typically from the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs to Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Mountain Heart, Blue Highway and the Steeldrivers, with a bit of Gospel thrown in for good measure.

Plus open mic.
Meet in Fin Bar from 6.30, Starts 7.30pm
Tom Thumb Theatre, 2 Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate, CT9 2LB.
Telephone 01843 221791
Tickets £8 www.wegottickets.com or on door
www.littleopryattomthumb.webden.co.uk or contact Native Grass at lesleybanjo@gmail.com or through website.


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FOAOTMAD members in the U.K. – Old Time News postage issue

Dear Member

This quarter’s magazine was posted out last week but you may not have had it delivered yet. Due to circumstances beyond our control (Post Office Incompetence) they were sent with insufficient postage on them.

You will get a slip asking you to collect from nearest sorting office and there will be a charge for postage.

If you do collect them save your receipt and we will discount the cost from your next Foaotmad purchase or festival ticket.

An online version will be available in the next couple of days via the website.

Sincere apologies
Pete Haynes

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14th January

North Suffolk Old Time Jam. Are you interested in jamming with like minded musicians in the North Suffolk area?

The aim of the group will be to gain confidence in playing with others; learn a core repertoire of tunes and songs from each other and tab; and enjoy sharing old time music in a non-judgemental setting.

Contact: patriciawoodward@hotmail.co.uk


The Horsenecks tour:
Feb 5th – The Redroom, Cookstown
Feb 6th – TBC
Feb 7th – Levis, Ballydehob
Feb 8th – Matt Malloys, Westport
Feb 9th – TBC, Sligo
Feb 10th – Myles McCann Bar, Omagh
England and Wales
Feb 12-14 – Gainsborough Festival
Feb 16th – Liverpool
Feb 17th – Old Duke, Bristol
Feb 18th – Burnetts Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembroke
Feb 19th – Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
Feb 20th – The Harrisson, London

Website: http://horsenecks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHorsenecks


There’s a new picking weekend this year. It is Knockdown Old-Time Picking Weekend which is being held from Thursday 30th June for 4 days & nights. It is being held at the Holford Arms, Knockdown, Tetbury, Gloucestershire and camping is £25.00 for the weekend or £10.00 per night for single nights. Contact Chrys Hendi-Warner on Facebook or via email at chrys.hendi-warner@tiscali.co.uk.

I believe that is the original Didmarton site from many years ago.


Locust Honey String Band

Feb 25 Ewerby Reading Rooms, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Feb 26 St Peter & Paul Church, Horncastle, Lincolnshire
Feb 27 Norwell Village Hall, Norwell, Nottinghamshire
Feb 28 Braceborough Village Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Feb 29 Rainham Oast House, Rainham, Kent
Mar 1 Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, West Midlands
Mar 2 The Green Note, London
Mar 3 Kineton Club, Kineton, Warwickshire
Mar 4 Clows Top, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Mar 5 Blackbrook Valley Arts, Chinley, High Peak, Derbyshire
Mar 6 Millenium Community Centre Hall, Moreton, Staffordshire
Mar 7 Cock Inn, Sarratt, Hertfordshire
Mar 8 The Musician, Leicester
Mar 9 The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire
Mar 10 All Saints Church, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
Mar 11 Live Theatre, Quayside, Newcastle
Mar 12 Woodend Gallery, Scarborough, N. Yorkshire
Mar 14 Rothesay Music, Rothesay, Isle of Bute
Mar 15 Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club, Glasgow
Mar 16 Douglas Concerts, Edinburgh
Mar 20 The Grapes, Stranraer, Wigtownshire
Mar 22 The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Mar 24 St. John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Mar 26 The Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Mar 27 JJ Harlowe’s, Rosscommon
Mar 29 Sixmile Bridge Folk Club, Sixmile Bridge, Co Clare


Ide session – from Bob Matthews:

The Huntsman is temporarily closed for refitting, and negotiations for sessioning in the bar after reopening are ongoing.

Our next session is therefore at the new venue of The Poachers Inn, Ide, and will be on MONDAY 8TH FEB, 7.30 start. The change to Monday is to allow us to be joined by top American musicians Mac Traynham, Mark Campbell and John Schwab who are touring the UK and will briefly be in our area. The Poachers is a few hundred yards up the hill from the Huntsman, on the left, at EX2 9RW. There is parking at the rear, and if needs be, three buildings up the road is the village public car park.

Future sessions will revert to 1st Sundays (unless there is a strong consensus for Mondays).


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7th January

Welcome to 2016 and what I imagine will be another bumper old-time filled year.

The big thing coming up for FOAOTMAD is the Gainsborough Festival (February 12th to 14th) and you can find details just down the page.

As is strangely usual for this time of year we get an increase in new members (must be something to do with the pricing…) and I have been asked to pass on a request to those who intend using Paypal for this – if you are asked, please pay the extra fees rather than the society. Sadly, we don’t get the service free. Festival ticket prices by Paypal should have an automatic charge built in (we have to call it postage and packing even though it isn’t). Membership doesn’t work through in the same way because you don’t use the ‘shop’. I’m sure the Treasurer will be appreciative.

ALSO, by special request, if you renew or join by Standing Order or Paypal PLEASE put your name and/or membership number in the reference. For Paypal please also say ‘membership’ or it might go into the committee biscuit fund… I am told there’s one payment with negligible ID that might even give us chocolate ones!

There’s a lot of supportive information about the festival here (after the booking info): .

Much more detail about the artists will be in the imminent Old Time News available to members…

Festival queries to festival@foaotmad.org.uk


Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival are organizing an Old Timey music Workshop weekend on July the 2nd 2016.

Classes are: Double bass :Ben, (Corn Potato String band), Fiddle: Linday (Corn Potato Stringband), clawhammer banjo: Aaron (Corn Potato Stringband), guitar: Gordon Reynolds. (a well accomplished multi instrument musician) and mandolin: Laura Beth Salter (Laura Beth is a very accomplished professional musician).

The tuition for the day, (5 hours of workshops) will be £20.-

Bookings will be available on line soon. (or by phoning Paul or Anja Lyttle at 01848 200 272).

For more information please look at: www.moniaivebluegrass.co.uk.


Keith and Cathy report: Very pleased to let you know our annual picking weekend is happening again this (6th) year.
Venue: Bakers Farm, Wrington, nr Bristol BS40 5HT
Date: 24th-26th June

Same arrangements as last year. For full details see http://www.keithburrows.org/picking-weekend.php


Next Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading on 2nd Sunday 2.30-5.30pm

(please note later start time for they put back their opening times)

Players of all levels, singers & dancers, and friends are welcome to our monthly 2nd Sunday acoustic music session. Generally American Old Time, but Bluegrass, Blues & Folk also in hot pursuit! (traditional session etiquette of inclusiveness & consensus apply)
@ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station)
Ph: 0118 958 3555 website: http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly
See Facebook Group https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

Colm – newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.


From Kerry Fletcher – kerry@kerryfletcher.co.uk :

Weekly Appalachian Clogging – Faversham, Kent
On: Thursdays 7th Jan – 24th March (no session 18th Feb half term) 10 week term
Times: Beginners: 6.30-7.30pm Improvers: 7.45-8.45pm ; Intermediates: 8.45-9.45pm
Cost: £65 (£55 conc) / for both Imp&Int £105 (£85 conc)
At: St Catherine’s Schoolroom, Preston Lane, Faversham, Kent ME13 8LG

Monthly Appalachian Clogging – Holwell, Herts
On: Saturdays: 23rd Jan, 20th Feb, 19th March, 16th April, 14th May
Times: Mixed level, incl Beginners: 9.30 – 11am ; Improvers: 11.15 – 12.45pm ; Intermediates: 1-2pm
Cost: £9 (£7 conc) Mixed/Improvers / for both £15 (£11 conc) / £6 (£5 conc) Intermediates
At: At: Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Rd, Holwell,
Nr Hitchin, Herts SG5 3SS

And Wendy is also running beginners classes…
Monthly Appalachian Clogging – Peter’s Green, Herts
On: Mondays Time: 8.00pm – 10.00pm Cost: £6.00
At: The Village Hall, Peter’s Green, Hertfordshire LU2 9QL
For dates & info: https://appalachianherts. wordpress.com/


The next “Clog In” will be just over the border into South Wales in the beautiful village hall at Ponthir near Newport. The address of the hall is Ponthir Road, Caerleon, NP18 3XL.
The date is Saturday 20th February – from 7.00 pm onwards. Just after Gainsborough so you can continue to work on those fancy moves…


The Jaywalkers (Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing)
Saturday 30th January in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY
Tickets £10 ; Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net


Evie Ladin & Keith Terry DUO Tour England Jan 27 – Feb 14
neo-trad kinetic folk / banjo•box•bass•body music
Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance.

WED, JAN 27 What’s Cookin, Upstairs @ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club, Harvey Road, Leytonstone, London E11

THURS, JAN 28 The Green Note, London

FRI, JAN 29 Court Sessions, County Arms, 345 Trinity Road, London SW18 3SH

SAT, JAN 30 Canary Wharf College , ORFF Music Teacher Training
9:30-4:15 All Day Body Music Workshop with Keith Terry. Open to all.

SUN, JAN 31 House Concert + Workshops, Frome. Workshopping with the Buffalo Gals by day, Concert at night!
info: Kate Lissauer kate@katelissauer.com

WED, FEB 3 ROOTS, Rainham Oast House, Rainham, Kent

THURS, FEB 4 Wolferton Folk Club, Wolferton, Norfolk
Info: Roger Young youngroger235@gmail.com

FRI, FEB 5 Steel City Opry, Heeley Institute, 147 Gleadless Road, Sheffield S2 3AF
Info/Tickets – steelcityopry@gmail.com

SAT FEB 6 Old Time Harmony Singing Workshop, based on Carter Family Style Singing + Hambone!
The Old Junior School, South View Road, Sheffield S7 1DB, 11am-1pm, £20
Info/Tickets – steelcityopry@gmail.com

SAT, FEB 6 York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1JQ
INFO – jukeofstony@btinternet.com
Box Office: York House 01908 563361

SUN, FEB 7 The Barn, Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire

MON FEB 8-WEDS FEB 10 In Residence, Exeter, Devon
In-Schools, and Appalachian Clogging and Body Music Master Classes for Clog Teams.
Info: Jenny Read music-dance@hotmail.co.uk

THURS, FEB 11 Stag & Hounds, 74 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ

FRI-SUN FEB 12-14 Gainsborough Festival

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24th December

Happy holidays folks.


Jeff Warner has a couple of free dates in his May/June visit. If anyone would like to book him for gigs/house concerts/workshops please contact Phil Tyler ptyl@onetel.com


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17th December

Gainsborough 2016 poster

Ticket prices:
Weekend – member £50.00 GBP
Weekend – non-member £60.00
Saturday Day – member £30.00
Saturday Day – non-member £40.00
Friday evening only – £20.00
Saturday evening only – £20.00

Note: Saturday Day tickets include the evening

Online Booking

A postal booking form with follow shortly

If you want to download a pdf of the poster click here


Crooked Moon Appalachian are holding an Old Time and Flatfooting Session in Brighton

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 8pm at The Prestonville Arms, 64 Hamilton Road, Brighton, BN1 5DN

Come and join Crooked Moon for an informal evening of music and dance. Bring along your instruments, voices or hard soled shoes to join in with the fun!


Stompin’ Dave Allen – upcoming gigs (in varying musical combinations and genres)

Fri 18 Dec, The Roth Bar & Grill, Bruton, SOMERSET
Thu 31st Dec, The Wild Duck, Near Cirencester, GLOUSTERSHIRE
Thu 7th Jan, The Bullfrog Blues Club, Southsea, HAMPSHIRE
Sun 17th Jan, Three Compasses, Charminster, Near Dorchester, DORSET
Fri 22nd Jan, The Royal Portland Arms, Portland, DORSET
Tue 26th Jan, Ringwood Folk Club, HAMPSHIRE
Thu 11th Feb, The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell, LONDON
Sat 27th Feb, Jive Aces ‘Big Jive All-Dayer’, Worthing, WEST SUSSEX
Sun 6th Mar, The BAWA Club, BRISTOL
Fri 11th Mar, The Square & Compasses, Worth Matravers, DORSET
Fri 18th Mar, Valley Folk Club Pontardawe, WALES
Sat 19th Mar, The Cellar Bar, Cardigan, WALES
Sat 26th Mar, The Green Note Cafe, 106 Parkway, LONDON

for more info please visit http://www.stompinstore.com


Elizabeth Laprelle and Anna Gevalt-Roberts will being the UK from 25th July and have bookings from then until 5th August so far (including Southern Fried and Sidmouth FolkWeek), and then on 12th & 13th and from 18th-21st Aug. Their agent, Sarah Coxson, is looking for some other UK and European dates in the intervening period (6th – 17th August)

Please contact Sarah direct – sarahcoxson@btinternet.com

Obviously larger performances are preferred but I understand they would probably consider house concerts or smaller gigs.


Evie Ladin and Keith Terry will be “in concert” in Sheffield at the Heeley Institute on Friday 5th Feb, only £10. Tickets from steelcityopry@gmail.com and there will be a harmony and basic hamboning workshop the next day Sat 6th Feb 11- 1pm £15 – all then profits go to the artistes. More detail on the Steel City Opry facebook site.

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10th December

With the approach of the Gainsborough Festival (artist details were listed a couple of weeks ago and ticket details soon) this may be of interest. At present the functionality of the webpage ‘shop’ is limited. This is being worked on but in the meantime:

How to pay FOAOTMAD via the internet.

A number of members have asked to pay membership fees or pay for tickets or merchandise via Paypal’s secure payment system. FOAOTMAD has a Paypal account which is:

paypal@foaotmad.org.uk (NOTE – this is NOT for use as an email address)

If Paypal is a mystery to you, it’s a way of paying people or organisations via the internet without having to disclose your bank account or credit card details. You open an account with Paypal and you tell them your bank account and credit card details which they keep securely between you and them. After that, to pay an individual or FOAOTMAD, you login to the Paypal site and tell them the email address of the person you want to pay. Ours would be paypal@foaotmad.org.uk (see the comment above – only use this during the payment process).

If you don’t have or want a Paypal account, you can pay via internet banking into our Lloyds account using sort code 30-97-51 and account number 01085489.

After that, a good old fashioned cheque sent to Eve Morris at 67 Greenway, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3DA”


Luke Richardson supported by Valerie Vale & her Aylesbury Aylevators

Friday 18th December in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net


Sun 13th Dec is the Pickin’ Lunchtime at the Global Café, Reading RG1 2PS, 2.30-5.30pm
Ph: 0118 958 3555 website: http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly



Down Trodden String Band news

Mon 14 Dec 2015 – Mansfield Folk Club
The Black Bull, Woodhouse Rd, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 2AD – 8.30 £5.00
There is a ukulele group downstairs from 7 to 8.30 if you fancy making a full evening of it.

Tue 26 Apr 2016 – Folk Train
Sheffield-Edale train, Rambler Inn 7.14 Price – Train Ticket
Always a fun, if slightly chaotic evening. DTSB play on the 7.14 Sheffield to Manchester train, alight at Edale and play in the Rambler Inn, and then play on the 9.18 train back to Sheffield, much to the bemusement of those already on board. http://www.folktrain.org.uk


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