Wiltshire Folk Arts
Wiltshire Folk Arts
19 Whistley Road, Potterne, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5QY
email: mail@wiltshirefolkarts .org.uk
Office: 01380 726597
Bob : 07714 550990
Here we are again with some updated information.
We've had a busy summer at Festivals and events and have been having a great time despite the weather. Hope you've not suffered too much from the downpours.
Devizes Folk Club kicks off again with a great listing and some wonderful guests.
The first lot are Dearman, Gammon & Harrison. Three of the finest traditional
singers you will cross paths with. With a brand new album out of some of the
best renditions of the ballads and songs from across these islands their pedigree.
Roy Harris recently wrote in a review of their new CD "Black Crow / White Crow" :
" ...I can't sum them up more fittingly than they speak of themselves in their admirable CD liner note... 'As folk music revivalists, we perform in a way that is both our own thing and yet also derived from the styles of traditional performers we have listened to and learned from. We claim nothing for the authenticity of what we do (other than in playing it we are true to ourselves and our influences) but we believe that we perform in a robust and firmly rooted English style, well suited to the material' I'll second that...." (Roy Harris)
October sees the return of that phenomenon that is Cloudstreet. Back over here for a six week tour from Oz. John and Nicole did a storming set a few years ago and we are expecting even better this time around.
Belshazzars Feast join us in November with their truly fascinating take on music. Taking classical music, trad folk songs and a mixture of material from all over the world and playing them serious one minute and with a twist that would make Les Dawson laugh the next. Accordion, Fiddle and Oboe like you never experienced before. Fab stuff.
Heading up towards our regular Christmas Party we have a show by Ed Rennie called Ed Rennie Hampers Your Christmas. Sound like a load of fun.
See the club calendar for more details.
Tisbury Folk Festival
Some more info is available about the forthcoming Tisbury Folk Festival being held over the 14th/15th September. There is now a great website and it is www.tisburyfolkfestival.org.uk
There is a great line up including Pete Coe, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan,Bob Fox , Dangerous Curves Bob and Gill Berry Sarah McQuaid Tree Fellahs, PJ Wright and Pete Scowther, Tinkers Bag, Iain Aird and Martine Hardy, Chico Holton, Three's Company, Ken Stephens and Fiona Murfitt, Rod Harrington and Mary Lepley, North South Collide, Steve Kenyon, Geoff Payne,Tramps Like Us , John Hunter, Proper Job, Bob Whitley and Frank Boyle, Nicola Clarke, Mitch Norman,Sarah McQuaid,, Tinderbox Malcolm Bishop, 3 Way, Issy and David Emeney with Kate Riaz and many more. Check it out for a great weekend.
Tinkers Bag take Sidmouth by storm
Our local band had a great show at Sidmouth and received some great comments. Gill Berry was probably the first person ever in the 50 years of the Festival to play the ful size scythe as an instrument. She is obviously at the cutting edge of experimental music! Amazingly the audience soon got the point (Groan ....). Seriously though the band had such a great time that they now have the Festival bug. Roll on next year. Dont forget you can catch up with T'Bags new show at Tisbury on the 15th September.
Highly acclaimed songwriters Mike Silver & Johnny Coppin have been wowing audiences with their combined talents. Excellent musicians, each have released successful albums and performed in festivals and concert halls throughout the U.K. and Europe.
Johnny Coppin was one of the founder members of ‘70s folk-rock group “Decameron” and has his own show on B.B.C. Radio Gloucester. You may have heard Mike Silver’s songs on Radio 2, (Bob Harris & Terry Wogan). Mike has recorded with Ralph McTell, Show of Hands, and Charles Aznavour amongst others. (www.mikesilver.co.uk). Diana Johnstone has ’a voice of startling clarity and a heck of a back story’ (Venue Magazine). She toured the world when ex-husband Davey joined the Elton John band, and worked in film and t.v. set design before recently discovering her own songwriting talents. (www.dianajohnstone.com)
Tickets/Reservations: £10 on 01249 446893
The adjective ‘exceptional’ is barely adequate to describe these artists, who have been termed “the ultimate global string band”. MOZAIK includes the peerless talents of Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny – the giants of Irish music who formed half of Planxty. Now, they’ve combined with three outstanding musicians: Bruce Molsky (USA), Rens van der Zalm (The Netherlands) and Nikola Parov (Hungary) to form MOZAIK; performing together, they create a stunning sound-mosaic of rhythms, genres and styles. To learn more about the group and their distinctive work, go to www.andyirvine.com.
You can buy advance tickets in person from Abbey Stores, Salt Lane, Salisbury, the Wyndham Arms, Estcourt Road Salisbury or Conran's Irish Bar, Salt Lane, Salisbury. Advance tickets by phone can be obtained by contacting Finbarr Sheehan on 01722 413236.
Irish Music on Tour is a non-profit-making organisation. It supports Salisbury Hospice and is sponsored by Conran’s Bar, a local venue regularly featuring live bands including Irish music.
That's it for this time round.
See you soon,
Bob & Gill & the Wiltshire Folk Arts team