This is just a few gigs coming up this week that caught our eye including Devon folk singer Jim Causely, Rue Royale, Dan Haywood, Olivia Chaney, Valerie June, Roy Bailey (Birthday Bash), Danny And The Champions Of The World, Heidi Talbot, Peggy Seeger and many more.
on Mon, 18 Nov 2013 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Music Starts 8:00pm Tickets
Jim should need no introduction but for those new to the name here he is performing My Young Man’s A Cornish Man from his latest release ‘Cyprus Well‘ released on Folk Police Records.
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on Mon, 18 Nov 2013 at Cardiff Dempseys 8:00pm Tickets
Anglo-American duo Rue Royale are touring their third album Remedies Ahead. After notching up over 100,000 tour miles in just six years, Ruth and Brookln Dekker recorded ‘Remedies Ahead’ in March 2013. The pair wanted fans involved from the outset and launched a successful campaign on pledge-site Kickstarter to finance the record.
on Mon, 18 Nov 2013 at The B-Bar @ The Barbican Theatre Artist starts at 9.00pm Tickets
Dan Haywood is on tour in support of his delightful new song cycle “Dapple” which you can read our review of here.
Bright Phoebus Presents: Roy Bailey’s Birthday Bash
on Tue, 19 Nov 2013 at Sheffield The Greystones Doors at 7.30pm Tickets
Bright Phoebus presen an Annual Birthday Gig for Sheffield’s own, Roy Bailey will this year be a bit belated, on Tuesday 19 November. Roy’s career in folk music stretches over 50 years and he has performed with the likes of Billy Bragg, Miriam Makeba, Tony Benn, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Leon Rosselson, Peggy Seeger and many, many more. He started off in skiffle groups in the 60s, like many soon to be folk singers of that time and his AMAZING voice and ability to tell a story, soon became a stalwart part of the 60s Folk Music Revival. Musical partnerships with wife Val, songwriter extraordinaire Leon Rosselson, squeezebox and English folk singing force of nature, John Kirkpatrick and guitar genius and folk innovator, Martin Carthy ensued and he has appeared in many musical combinations over the years, but it as a solo performer and interpreter of great songs that he is best known. Accolades ranging from “an older, Billy Bragg” to “the English, Pete Seeger”, have followed him and he has legions of fans all over the world, many of whom now fly to the UK to see him, as his health prevents him from travelling as much as previously.
Bright Phoebus are extremely delighted to have him living on their doorstep (not literally, but you know what they mean) and as a stalwart member and supporter of the Bright Phoebus Collective. His annual birthday concert is a highlight of their musical calendar! They are also delighted to announce that son-in-law, Martin Simpson will be the MC for the night and will no doubt join Roy on stage for a number or two!
Danny And The Champions Of The World
on Tue, 19 Nov 2013 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline’s Social Club Doors 7.00pm, show starts 8.00pm Tickets
Danny has been touring the world and making critically acclaimed records for nearly 20 years now, the first Grand Drive release was on Loose back in 1997. ‘Stay True’ was recorded this year over five days at North London’s Reservoir Studios with Champs bass player Chris Clarke (ex Rockingbirds) and Danny at the helm. Danny & The Champions Of The World has always been a pretty loose collection of great musicians, songwriters, stowaways and adventurers. The current line up is the most steady so far – it’s not a collective of folks now, it’s a band, a great band: Danny George Wilson (acoustic guitar, lead vocals), Chris Clarke (bass, vocals), Paul Lush (guitar, vocals), Steve Brookes (drums, vocals) and Geoff Widdowson (saxophone, organ, vocals).
on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 at London Kings Place 20:00 tickets
A unique fusion of sounds create Breabach, one of Scotland’s most dynamic and inspirational bands. Voted best group at the most recent Scots Trad Awards, Breabach have also received nominations in the BBC Radio 2 awards. Their recent album Bann was released in Europe in March 2012 and the band have gone on to feature on the European stage appearing at many of the most significant festivals on the circuit.
on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 at Guildford Institute Music from 8.00pm, doors 7.30pm tickets
This will be Debs’ second visit to the club having, in between, told a selection of ghost stories at Farnham Maltings and appeared three times at Guildford’s Electric Theatre within a year, telling “King Lear”, performing her reworking of the ancient Selkie legend, “Under Her Skin” and reprising her ghosts stories in January this year. A unique, contemporary storytelling voice with one foot rooted in the tradition and the other pointed firmly at the horizon, Debs writes and performs original and traditional stories. Brimming with charisma, Debs can command an audience of 1000 at Shakespeare’s Globe, where she regularly tells and teaches, or light up the very tiniest performing space. Tonight she will be telling a selection Medieval tales – Merry Men and Wily Women – a rollicking, firecracking set of medieval banter, bawdiness and belly laughs where the women show the men how it’s done and even Death himself manages to get the beers in!
on Sun, 24 Nov 2013 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub Doors 7.45pm, Music 8pm to 10.30pm tickets
Following extensive classical training in music throughout her life culminating in a degree from The Royal Academy of Music, Olivia followed on into the more experimental fringes of the musical world. Having grown up studying classical piano, listening to 60’s folk revivalists (Dylan, Jansch, and Joni Mitchell) alongside Mozart operas and 80’s pop, Olivia recently began seeking ways to distill these to form her unique genre. She taught herself the guitar, and bought a second-hand Indian Harmonium. Her repertoire currently explores traditional songs from the British Isles, familiar covers, original material mixed with her own arrangements of early operatic composers such as Monteverdi, Purcell and Handel.. Latterly her journey has taken her back to English traditional music, via people like Bert Jansch. “I wasn’t popping down to Cecil Sharp House as a teenager,” she admits. “I grew up with the revivalists. But I’d like to think that my projects, the collaborations with other musicians, the solo concerts are about searching for some sort of ‘purity’ which is inherent in traditional songs, the ones that survive.” Directness, immediacy, timelessness: these are the qualities she prizes in folk music. With eyes tight shut as she accompanies herself on harmonium, she seems deep inside the song, where lesser singers merely skim the surface
Other gig highlights this week include:
on Wed, 20 Nov 2013 at Ely St Peter’s Church Doors 7.30pm tickets
on Wed, 20 Nov 2013 at London Harrisons Bar Doors at 8.00pm Tickets
Uncle Philbert presents one of the most authoritative voices in American and English folk music, Peggy Seeger.
on Thu, 21 Nov 2013 at London Battersea Mess and Music Hall doors 7.45pm Music 8.15pm tickets
Emily Barker And The Red Clay Halo
on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 at Bristol The Folk House 7.30pm tickets
on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 at Sandwich St Mary’s Church Doors 7pm concert starts 8pm tickets
on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 at Lewes All Saints Arts Centre Doors at 7.30pm tickets
on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 at Matlock Bath Fishpond 8pm Door tickets
Southern Tenant Folk Union
on Sat, 23 Nov 2013 at Chichester The Chichester Inn Doors 8.00pm, on stage 8.30pm tickets
Steve Tilston Trio
on Sat, 23 Nov 2013 at Totnes Ariel Centre Doors at 7:00pm, performance starts 8:00pm tickets
Philip Henry & Hannah Martin
on Sat, 23 Nov 2013 at Porthtowan Mount Pleasant Eco Park Food from 7.30pm, Music from 9pm tickets
on Sun, 24 Nov 2013 at Barton The Ropewalk Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm tickets
on Sun, 24 Nov 2013 at Brighton The Haunt 7pm tickets