Time travel, music galleries, conference, mystery, films, log fires

Time Travel in Tilston

It's another trip back in time for Tilston Music Club on Wednesday 4 November.

The popular Times Bandits return to bring music down the ages to the club with their novel mix of violin, melodeon, flute, hurdy-gurdy, sax and bouzouki combined with electric bass and vocals.

Chester based, the five-strong line up has played many clubs and folk festivals, including Chester, Chippenham and the Llangollen Fringe, since they formed seven years ago. The band's second CD 'Cold Air of the Morning' was released earlier this year.

Named after the 'Pythonesque' Terry Gilliam film, the band 'raid and pilfer' 500 years of musical history to perform renaissance dance tunes and early European music combined with contemporary Anglo-European material, folk tunes and self-written songs.

Club host Geoff Edwin-Scott said: "We expect a great night from this very talented band that always receives a warm welcome in Tilston."

The Time Bandits perform at the Tilston Music Club, held in the Carden Arms, Tilston, near Malpas on Wednesday 4 November, starting at 8-30pm. Admission is £6.00. Advance tickets are available from Steve Hobman on 01829 250502.

For further information contact Steve Hobman:  01829 250502/ 07751 578605.

Couple of bits of Stoke orientated Boat Band news.

Wednesday Nov 4: the usual first Wednesday of the month Boat Band night at the Greyhound in Penkhull. Guest singers and musicians very welcome as always.

Next week, Wed 11, the Mystery Singers are resuming rehearsal. Run by Greg and Kate from the Boat Band, they rehearse once a week in November and December and go out round the pubs of Penkhull before Christmas. They sing ancient carols, wassails and things of that nature.  On Wed 11, they will be meeting at the Ceram Institute in Queens Road, Penkhull. If you fancy trying it out, get in touch 01782 871691 boatband@yahoo.co.uk and we will let you know details. Enthusiasm is the only qualification. We are not entering for Choir of the Year.

Someone (he thought we were called the Secret Singers) filmed us a bit last year, practicing in the village hall and singing out in the White Lion....so here is a reminder. The Cranbrook (Ilkley Moor) version of "While Shepherds Watched"


For those unfortunate enough to have missed the New Vic shindig, a link below to  a few videos of some key moments (videos courtesy of legendary guitar-twanger Mike Ainscough)


Jongle A Moi


Dabbers Session meet this Thursday Nov 5th at the Oddfellows Arms in Welsh Row Nantwich 8pm.

Our host Bernard is game to come despite having two teeth extracted in the afternoon, so if he can make the effort we can all follow his example ! Hopefully we will be joined by one or two surprise acoustic musicians in addition to our regulars, and we expect to drown out the sounds of fireworks! www.myspace.com/dabberssession

A New folk singaround is about to start at The White Star, Glebe Street, Stoke on the fourth Tuesday of each month starting on 27th October
Please pass the word, hope to see you there.
Malcolm Hawksworth and Peter Hopkins

Malcolm Hawksworth
Dumblehump Cottage
School Green,
ST10 2 LX
Phone 01538 266163 Mobile 0780 552 9492

For Folks Sake

The Bay Horse
Thomas St, Northern Quarter, MANCHESTER

Our first event at our new home, on Wednesday 11th November, 7pm the wonderful jazz-influenced folk sounds from Vanessa Lewis will be joining us, to replace the Zephyr Quartet who have had to cancel their overseas tour.
Have a listen to her here: www.myspace.com/vanessalewismusic


It's almost time for our first return booking and we can't wait. This time round Matt is playing at Square One so that will give us more space. We've now started taking bookings and we already have more people down for this gig than came to the George Borowski night! Sorry it's another Thursday instead of our usual Wednesday but we're at the mercy of the managers and when it comes to artists like Matt we're happy to take any dates we can. If you want to reserve a ticket, get in touch and make sure your name's down. In the meantime, there are some new announcements here to whet your appetites. We're now booked up until July, but here's the next one to get your musical juices flowing...

Matt Andersen

Thursday 12th November  Square One

£9 in advance, £11 on the door

What can we say? Matt doesn't really need an introduction. For the uninitiated... Two weeks after he played for us last time, he went back home to Canada and won two East Coast music awards. Not only is he one of the nicest guys we've ever met, he's one of the very best guitarists we've ever seen. He's here on a new European tour and we're thrilled to have him back with us. Most of you guys are already familiar with Matt's music but there are some new videos posted on his website www.stubbyfingers.ca. It's well worth checking out all three but the film of him playing 'Tell Me' at the Dragonfly Cafe is simply blistering.

This is going to be a busy night so please make sure you get in touch and get your name on the list if you are thinking of coming along. creweroots@hotmail.co.uk

Mike McGoldrick

Dezi Donnelly

Jon Joe Kelly

Ed Boyd

Plus special guests from Ireland                                    

Gerry 'Banjo' O'Connor

And Karan Casey

St Kentigerns

Sat 14th Nov

Doors 9pm

Tickets £10 - £12 on the door

Contact No. 0770 237 1966

The Musicians' Gallery

is a series of Saturday afternoon music performance events at the Walker Art Gallery produced on behalf of National Museums Liverpool. This is a recent and successful innovation to bring live performances into one of the best collections of fine and decorative art in Europe, and to add extra dimensions of depth and music to over six centuries of art at the national gallery of the north.

They have been fortunate to attract many talented musicians to take part in this, either launching new recordings, or bringing their new directions in music to the attentions of the music industry and to a wider public. Many of these are being featured on BBC North's Radio Merseyside's "Folkscene," which has the widest listenership of any acoustic music programme in the BBC output on internet.

For further details of the about the music programme, and the artists participating, visit www.daveellwand.co.uk/GALLERY.aspx

14th November 2009

Rebecca Joy Sharp

"Beguiling, contemplative, poignant"

Rebecca creates enchanting music with original compositions for lever (Celtic) harp, with spoken-word, spell-binding alternative folk with urban fairytales.

Rebecca will be featuring some work from her last album, "The Mystery Workshop"  EP, which will be available to buy at the Gallery.
Rebecca is also currently the Musician-Composer in Residence at Metal Liverpool, creating new work for performance at Metal's spaces at Edge Hill Station.

Her websites are: www.myspace.com/rebeccajoysharp and www.rebeccajoysharp.co.uk

South Cheshire Friends of the Earth & South Cheshire Transition Network are delighted to invite you to a screening of the environmental film.....

"The Age of Stupid"

When:  Wednesday 18th November 2009

Where: Methodist Hall, Hospital Street, Nantwich

Time: 7.10pm for refreshments, with the film starting at 7.30pm.

After the film there will be a discussion of the film and solutions to the issues that everyone will be welcome to stay and get involved with.

Adults £2, 16 & under £1, under 10 free.

Please let us know if you are able to attend as places are limited  tania@foesouthcheshire.org.uk or 01606 594165

Hope to see you on the 18th!!

Tania Sayer - Campaigns Coordinator South Cheshire Friends of the Earth

Highly recommended for all folkies, the Folk industry and AFO Conference:

"The most useful networking day I have ever had. I've been to lots of Conferences and this was one of the best for organisation and vibe" Iain Hazlewood (Spiral Earth)

The Folk Industry and Association of Festival Organisers Conference is the
biggest gathering of Folk professionals in the UK.
You may be new to the sector, a seasoned professional or just looking for new contacts.
Which ever area you fall into we welcome you to join us for discussions, networking, training and debate from some of the most inspirational and authoritative speakers in the sector.

Early Bird Price Held - join us from as little as £40

3 Days of Discussion, Debate and Networking - Can you afford to miss out?

Associated Trade and Agents


Due to the unique way the Conference is funded with the support of Arts Council England , we are able to extend our early bird delegate price. So now more of you can join us from as little as £40 by taking advantage of early booking.

The early bird prices will now be available up to and including 6 November 2009.

find out more... www.folkarts-england.org

3 Days of Discussion, Debate and Networking - Can you afford to miss out?

Folk, A Thriving Future: a whole day devoted to riding the crest of the wave that folk music is now on will visit: Promoting Folk, Recording Folk, A Career in Folk and Folk Development.

If you have anything to do with running a festival or event then the 2 days of the AFO Conference are for you. Two days devoted to discussing the issues that really matter. practical advice, sharing ideas and thoughts and the moral support that comes from spending time with like minded people.

Speakers over the 3 days include:
Martin Carthy, Jon Payne (Lawyer), Ian Anderson(fRoots), John Leonard (BBC), Steve Kersley (Proper Distribution), Steve Henderson (Leeds MET) Sam Lakeman (Cara Dillon), Eddie Upton (Folk South West), Malcolm Taylor (Vaughan William Library)Max Reinhardt (BBC Radio 3), John Hart (Music Educator), Roger Watson (40 years in the folk business) Eleanor Ward(PRS Foundation) Mick Peat (promoter), Iain Hazlewood (Spiral Earth) and many more.

Associated Trade and Agents

From Friday afternoon and throughout the AFO Conference there will be a dedicated Trade & Agents Fair, giving you the chance to talk to artists' agents and event suppliers. Past traders have included representatives of medical care, temporary roadways, mobile bars, fireworks, ticket suppliers, entertainment and street arts agents, plus many more.

book a stand today...

Can't make the Conference? Then place an insert into the delegate Goodie Bag. We give out over 300 Goodie Bags and there is no better way (other than being at Conference), to get your product or service in front of your of your target customer.

book a goodie bag insert today...

For more information on stands at this year's Conference or the Goodie Bag telephone 01629 827014 or email info@folkarts-england.org


The Conference Showcase Concerts provide an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and hear acts that will enhance any club, festival and events programme.

Showcase One - Friday 20 November, 9pm
Featuring: Wheeler Street, Mighty Zulu Nation, The Long Notes, Dogan Mehmet

Showcase Two - Saturday 21 November, 8.30pm
Featuring: Beoga, Koshka, Megson, The Outside Track, Tom Kitchen & Gren Bartley

read more about the programme...www.folkarts-england.org

Thursday, 26 November 2009

17:45 - 21:00

Victoria Hall, Hanley

For the sixth year running, the annual Spectrums of Sound will ignite the dark winter with its uniquely explosive mix of music, dance and performance arts.

Now firmly established as an annual extravaganza and celebration of musical diversity in the North Staffs area, Spectrums will once again feature a mind-bogglingly broad range of acts as local talents are showcased shoulder to shoulder with some of the world's greatest musicians.

Tickets, as ever, are free but the Victoria Hall, Hanley, anticipates the box office will again be emptied in a matter of days.
The show will once again prove to be Staffordshire's biggest and best arts & culture event.

To book your free tickets:

Email tickets@planetsound-arts.co.uk  
or call the ticket line on 07988740844

Check back here for upcoming announcements on the winter's hottest ticket, or go to www.planetsound-arts.co.uk  for up to date information.

Many thanks to those of you who supported my first concert with Nibs van der Spuy and Vin Barrett by spreading the word or attending or helping. It was a really wonderful evening with an attentive audience and we hope to see more of Nibs in the future.

Meanwhile tickets are already selling for

Vin Barrett songwriter guitarist
'Music to curl up to by a log fire'

at Nantwich Players Theatre on December 19th.

If you want to be sure of a seat with legroom book now at

www.amandalynnemusic.com , or
www.wegottickets.com , or
Nantwich Tourist Information.

Only £9 advance, so a Christmas night out doesn't have to be expensive after all !

I will also have tickets with me at Dabbers Session on Thursday.

You can also watch a trailer for 'Morris - A Life with Bells On on my website news pages. Local lady Lesley Durling from Market Drayton is in the full film version.

That's all for now

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