Blackbeard’s Tea Party actually began life as a busking, function and ceilidh band. But as anyone who follows the British Folk scene knows we have a fantastic grapevine for spreading the word. The news of Blackbeard’s Tea Party’s lively performances rapidly spread. They went from playing sell-out gigs in their home town of York to playing Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and a headline slot at Galtres, amongst others.
They released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober’ in 2011 which R2 Magazine gave a five star rating adding to their ever-growing reputation. 2013 was their biggest year yet with the release of their second album “Whip Jamboree” accompanied by their first UK headline tour. During the summer of 2013 they performed at numerous festivals, including a return to Sidmouth plus appearances at Beverley, another headline slot at Galtres, alongside first time visits to Broadstairs, Holmfirth and many more.
Not surprisingly their diary for 2014 is filling up with numerous major festival appearances now confirmed including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cropredy and the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. Here they are with their latest video The Valiant Turpin
The Valiant Turpin
Whilst they have many fans who love them there is also love within: Band members Dave Boston and Laura Barber became man and wife this month. The wedding and reception taking place at Wold Top Brewery in the East Riding of Yorkshire. You can read about it and the band speech here.
16 – Howden Live, Shire Hall, Howden, East Yorkshire
23 – Ireby Festival, Ireby, Wigton, Cumbria
24 – Chippenham Folk Festival, Chippenham, Wiltshire
25 – Chester Folk Festival, Kelsall, Cheshire
07 – Gate to Southwell Folk Festival, Normanton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire
14 – The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton, Somerset
20/22 – Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak Cultural Village, 93762 Kuching, Malaysian Borneo.
27 – Glastonbury Festival Worthy Farm, Worthy Lane, Pilton, Glastonbury (Avalon Stage in the afternoon).
11 – Bromsgrove Folk Festival, The Bowling Green, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire
13 – Ely Folk Festival, Ely, Cambridgeshire
18 – Festival at the Edge, Stokes Barn, Much Wenlock, Shropshire
19 – Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury
09 – Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Cropredy, Oxfordshire
15 – Moira Furnace Folk Festival, Moira Furnace, Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Leicestershire
16/17 – FolkEast Festival, Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridge, Suffolk
20/21 – Whitby Folk Week, Whitby, North Yorkshire
22 – Galtres Festival, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
23/24/25- Shrewsbury Folk Festival, West Midlands Showground, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
05/06 – Swanage Folk Festival, Swanage, Dorset BH19
12/13 – Bromyard Folk Festival, Bromyard, Herefordshire