26th June

Old Time Music Cornwall

Old Time Pub Session
8.30 Friday 30th June
The Pirate Inn
Alverton
Penzance
TR18 4PS

Full details here: http://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com/

Keith and Cathy Picking Weekend

Keith and Cathy want to alert all people thinking of coming to their picking weekend (this weekend) that there is a road closure nearby which affects access to Lower Stock Farm.
Just a reminder about Wrington Road being closed. It is completely blocked, road dug up where they are putting in the new water main, so don’t be seduced by signs saying access only. Alternative access from A370 is difficult, especially for large vehicles, but access from A38 is not affected, so that’s the way to go.
Also, before you go shopping, remember there will be ‘full english’ breakfasts supplied on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I think for a fiver, any profits to farmer Nick’s Farmlink charity.

Full details here: http://www.keithburrows.org/picking-weekend.php

Calling all fans of Far in the Mountains – From Musical Traditions

Mike Yates’ 5-CD Set, Far in the Mountains, first published in 2002
(Vols.1-4) and 2013 (Vol.5) has been one of MT Records ‘best sellers’.
So we’re hoping that our second 2017 CD release, to be published soon, will please you all as well. When Cecil left the Mountains, is a 2-CD set comprising 83 historic recordings of Appalachian singers and musicians from 1927 – 1955. It runs for 149 mins, and features Horton Barker, Emmett Lundy, Luther Strong, Emma Shelton, Ella Shelton, Bill Stepp, Emory Stoop, Eliza Pace, Dad Blackard’s Moonshiners, and 20 others.

When Cecil Sharp left the America for the last time, he complained about ‘… the sound of Victrolas and the strumming of rag-time and the singing of sentimental songs – all of which we have suffered from incessantly during the last 12 weeks. I am sorry to have said goodbye to the mountain people but I suspect that I might have seen the last of them.’ What he didn’t realise was that within just a few years, American record companies would be sending scouts into the Appalachian Mountains looking for singers and musicians who could be recorded commercially.

When Cecil left the Mountains (MTCD514-5) will be a 2-CD set of performers having some sort of familial or geographical connection with the people Sharp collected in the nineteen-tens – as, indeed, was the Far in the Mountains set. The important difference is that those recordings were from Mike Yates’ 1979-83 trips … these are from the late-nineteen-twenties to the mid-nineteen-fifties, and include some people who actually performed for Sharp a decade or so earlier! Lots of very interesting stuff from both commercial and private recordings.

It should be available at the end of this month – keep your eyes open, and tell your friends!

From Musical Traditions – www.mustrad.org.uk

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5th June

No Blog updates until Tuesday 20th

Please note that I will be away for ten days returning on Tuesday 20th so there will not be a chance to update the Blog until then. Apologies for any inconvenience caused in the meantime. To Knockdown and beyond. Paul.

Workshop Holiday Week in Spain

September 23-30, 2017
La Fuente hosts ‘Traditional American Music Week’ with Beverly Smith, Katie Bradley, Sooz Clare, Johnny Whelan and Kate Lissauer.  Classes in fiddle, old-time and blues banjo, old-time and blues guitar, ukulele, and duet song.  Visit www.lafuenteholidays.com for information and enrolment, or contact kate@katelissuer.com
This is a non-profit, non-commercial event facilitated for the purpose of having a great time learning and playing together, and for supporting our visiting teachers.

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29th May

Horsenecks Tour 2017

June 2/3/4 – Fire In The Mountain – Wales
June 7th – McCanns – Omagh, N Ireland
June 9/10/11 – Westport Bluegrass Festival – Ireland
June 12/13 – TBC
June 14/15 – Joe Wattys Bar – Isle of Aran, Ireland
June 16/17/18 – Doolin Folk Festival – Doolin, Ireland
June 19 The Red Room – Cookstown, N Ireland
June 23/24/25 – Tamworth Bluegrass Festival featuring Vera Van Heeringan – Tamworth
August 11 – The Square and Compass – Worth Matravers
August 12 – The Old Duke, Bristol
August 13 – The Bell, Bath
September 1/2/3 – Didmartin Bluegrass Festival
September 8/9/10 – Sweet Sunny South Festival
September 11 The Harrison, London
September 15/16/17 The Cornish Bluegrass Festival
September 20 House Concert @ SoundHouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 21 Kircaldy Music Club, Scotland
September 22/23/24 Moniaive Bluegrass Festival Scotland
November 11 The Green Note,London

We’re adding more dates all the time and they can be found here at our website… http://www.horsenecks.com/

Lunchtime Jam at Global Cafe in Reading

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime Jam at Global Cafe in Reading is Sunday June 4 2017

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Knockdown Old Time Picking Weekend

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24th May

Dance Party in Stroud Saturday July 1st

Hello all dancers and lovely musicians who play for our dance parties. We had a great time in Upton on Severn in March and our next one is Saturday 1st July.

Easy to get to from M5 – take A419 heading for Stroud. At the first roundabout go right – over the canal and up the hill and 1st on the left is Millend Lane with the Village Hall on the corner.

Musicians and dancers are invited to come and join us for an evening of dancing and music, shared food and camaraderie.

Venue: Eastington Village Hall. Millend Lane Eastington. GL10 3BJ

Date: Saturday 1st July 6pm -11pm

Bring and share food

Small donation

Contact Clare on clare@solarious.co.uk or 01453 827286

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22nd May

Square Dance with Rachel Eddy FRIDAY 26th MAY

Richmond Old Time Music and Dance

invites you to join us for a fabulous evening of Old Time Square Dancing with live music from an all-female band led by West Virginia’s most wonderful fiddler RACHEL EDDY! All dances are taught and fun is absolutely guaranteed.

See poster below for details.

This is a public event – everyone is welcome. 

Doors open 8.00pm. £10 entry. BYOB.

Oddfellows Hall is 2 minutes walk from Richmond Station. There is free parking in the nearby streets.

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry UK tour – May/June 2017

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry’s 2017 tour will be kicking off on Weds 24th May. The duo is well known to the old time music community. Multi-talented singer, songwriter, clawhammer banjo player and step-dancer Evie Ladin (formerly of The Stairwell Sisters) is a sensational live performer and has been playing banjo from the age of 8 and clogging since she was 5. Talented musician, percussionist & dancer Keith Terry takes care of percussive duties on double bass, cajon and more, and joins Evie in dance elements of the duo’s shows as well as showing off their amazing body music.  Maria (True North Music) will also be hosting a very special concert in Sheffield as part of this tour, a double bill gig with Foghorn Stringband. This should be a fabulous event with a cornucopia of music and dance from the two bands.

You can find full details and ticket links at  www.truenorthpromotions.co.uk.

More info about Evie & Keith at www.evieladin.com

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry 2017 UK tour dates:

Wed, 24/05/2017 London Green Note
Thu, 25/05/2017 New Mills St George’s Church
Fri, 26/05/2017 Sheffield Greystones
Sat, 27/05/2017 Ireby Festival Ireby Festival (afternoon)
Sat, 27/05/2017 Egremont Florence Arts (evening)
Sun, 28/05/2017 Edinburgh house concert
Mon, 29/05/2017 Eyemouth Hippodrome
Tue, 30/05/2017 Kendal Fellside Centre
Thu, 01/06/2017 Swansea Taliesin Theatre
Fri, 02/06/2017 Tenby Church House
Sat, 03/06/2017 Fire in the Mountain Festival (daytime & evening)
Sun, 04/06/2017 Brynrefail, North Wales Cafe Caban

Bakewell Area Sessions

Thurs 11 May – Cock & Pullet, Sheldon, nr Bakewell

Thurs 18 May – Miners Standard, Winster

Thurs 25 May – no session, all off to Sacrewell for Spring Camp

Thurs 1 June – Miners Standard, Winster

Sessions start at 8:30pm

Further info – Rita 01332 559371 or ritabeard@ntlworld.com

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8th May

Magical Musical Weekend in Wales

We’re delighted to let you know about a very special weekend of music on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st.

On Saturday 20th May at 8pm in the newly refurbished Knighton Community Centre we have the return of  two of the most popular acts we’ve ever put on. For those of you who were lucky enough to see Anna and Elizabeth‘s sold out concert in Presteigne last year, no more need be said. For those of you who didn’t please read the attached publicity. On the same bill, Eli West is returning to play with Anna and Elizabeth AND do a solo performance. Eli is best known for his outstanding duo collaboration with Cahalen Morrison, but in solo work his amazing instrumental and vocal skills really shine.

On Sunday 21st May at 7.30pm we have something of a coup! We managed to book one of the most popular acoustic bands ever to visit these shores. The Foghorn String Band from the Pacific North West usually play festivals and larger venues, but on this short tour of Ireland and Europe they’ve agreed to come and play a concert/dance  in the workshop at Castle Ring, Beggars Bush near Presteigne.

If you’ve seen them at Fire in the Mountain Festival (the festival organiser’s favourite band) you’ll know why we’re excited. It’ll be a real party, and there’ll be homemade snacks and a great bar.

Tickets for each event cost £12 – PLEASE book in advance if you can as we have strictly limited capacity.

Tickets for both cost £22.  On sale for cash at the Workhouse and Courtyard Antiques in Presteigne, or by phone from

01544 350407,  01547 528315, or 01547 460231.

Looking to sharing some unforgettable music and dance with you.

ANNA and ELIZABETH

The collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle spans worlds — between their homes in Brooklyn and rural Virginia — between deep study of mountain ballads with old masters and explorations into the avant garde — between music, performance, and visual art.
Six years deep into their work together, they have spent the past year visiting traditional music archives in their home states of Vermont and Virginia, working that raw material at residencies, and are in the midst of a new cycle of work together, including a third studio album; a multimedia stage show incorporating movement, illustration, storytelling and music; a pair of dance films; and a series of quilted illustrations called “crankies.”

ELI WEST

This May sees the first UK solo outing for monstrously talented Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist and singer Eli West, known for his previous UK touring with Cahalen Morrison. Eli oozes understated talent: a sublime musician! His recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.

THE FOGHORN STRING BAND

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead. American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: –Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) – From Orcas Island, Washington –Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) – From rural Farmer, Washington –Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) – From the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec –Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – From Minneapolis, Minnesota Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as they are by his upbringing in the sea islands of coastal Washington State. Reeb Willms hails from the wind swept Eastern farmlands of Washington. Her musical family and rural upbringing are are on display with every note she sings and every heart she breaks. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, and her high lonesome vocals have delighted audiences the world over. Her earth-shaking bass playing is the rumbling backbone of the Foghorn sound. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is the old-time fiddler of his generation whose tone and voice are as old as the same hills that gave birth to this music. Together, these four have forged a sound like no other.

In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at it’s birth a century ago. They see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but also as historians and fans of this music. Their performances and recordings are a joyful celebration of music from a bygone era that still holds the power to delight audiences worldwide. The band’s repertoire has expanded greatly in the past 15 years. They are as comfortable playing music at a neighborhood square dance as they are stirring a festival audience to a frenzy. Old time dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky tonk country, and classic bluegrass….and it’s all rendered into a cohesive whole. Foghorn Stringband can often be found after a performance in a local pub or club continuing to play with equal energy and joy late into the night. They’re obsessed, and that obsession rings true with every note they play and every song they sing. You’ll see. There’s Foghorn…and there’s everybody else.

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May 4th

Alsia Fest Cornwall

Old Time and Americana music campout 2017 July 14th,15th,16th Camping/ BBQ /picking & fiddling/weekend.

Higher Alsia Farm
St Buryan, Penzance
TR19 6HG

for full details please RSVP guy@alsiafarm.com
www.oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com

Free event, but contributions gratefully accepted.

Hosted by Guy & Xanthe Ponsford and Old Time Music Cornwall at Higher Alsia Farm in the far West of Cornwall.

Very friendly laid-back weekend with some great music guaranteed.
Fire,Water & Loos provided
Fantastic location, close to fabulous beaches and coastal path.

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Richmond Old Time Music & Dance presents

THE FOGHORN STRINGBAND

DON’T MISS the Foghorn’s only London gig in Richmond on Thursday 18th May. This will be ‘down-home, foot-stomping, ass-kickin’ old time music’ at its very best and there’ll be lots of dancing: squares, freestyle, flatfooting, clogging. Tickets are cheaper in advance online from Brown Paper (details on poster below).

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April 18th

Old Time Music Session Cornwall

8.30 Friday 21st April
The Pirate Inn
Alverton
Penzance
TR18 4PS
Map

http://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com

Bakewell area Sessions

We are still on website sessions as Queens Arms with Steve Wise as the contact but Steve has left us to move to Devon. We do sometimes have visitors (it’s a bit of a tourist trap) so don’t want anyone just turning up at the Queens.  If we do settle on one pub will advise further

20 April – Cock & Pullet, Sheldon, Derbyshire

27 April – Manners Hotel, Haddon Rd, Bakewell

Contact me on ritabeard@ntlworld.com or 01332 559371

 

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April 4th

Bakewell Session

Please note that the Bakewell session will no longer be weekly at the Queens.

April details are as follows:-

8.30pm –
Thursday 6th April ‘The Miners Standard’, Bank Top, Winster. Postcode: DE4 2DR
Thursday 13th April, ‘The Barley Mow’, The Dale, Bonsal. Postcode: DE4 2AY
Thursday 20th April, Cock and Pullet, Main St. Sheldon. Postcode: DE45 1QS
Thursday 27th April, to be arranged.

Contact: ritabeard@ntlworld.com

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