Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Kruger Brothers, JigJam & Dan Walsh at Eagle Music





Once again, Eagle Music in Huddersfield are being recognised as Deering Banjos No. 1 reseller worldwide. If you have ever visited Eagle Music, purchased an instrument from them (or even just spoken to someone who has) this will come as no surprise; yet this accolade has been earned by the hard work and dedication of Eagle Music owner Steve Noon and his team. Did I mention that this is the 10th year that Eagle Music have been Deering's No. 1? That's right - ten years.

As has happened in previous years, this achievement is being celebrated on October 22nd with a day of music at the North Light Gallery in Huddersfield. Full details of the event can be found on Eagle Music's website but, as before, the highlight for many will be the return of The Kruger Brothers with their only UK appearance.


As well as the opportunity to access many of the Deering Banjo range there will be performances and workshops throughout the day including the return of JigJam who have been receiving rave reviews of their appearances in the US and Europe - hopefully they will arrive with a bag full of their new release 'Hello World'. 


Workshops covering different styles of banjo playing will be held throughout the day including a beginners/improvers workshop by Eagle Music's Graham Holt,  Bill Forster will run a 5-string workshop and Gavin Strappe will run an Irish Tenor Banjo workshop.

There will be performances through the day by James Allan, Pat Kelleher (Long Neck Banjo) and Dan Walsh who is perhaps the UK's most original and innovative banjo player.


The full programme, as mentioned before, can be found on the Eagle Music website but the day concludes with a concert by The Kruger Brothers supported by JigJam.

For many, The Kruger Brothers need no introduction. That Jens Kruger has such a close association with Deering Banjos comes as no surprise given the meticulous nature of his playing and his generosity in sharing his knowledge and experience; the guitar playing of Uwe is majestic and Joel's bass playing is masterful. Having recently attended Carolina in the Fall in Wilkesboro, North Carolina where we were captivated by their performance of the Spirit of the Rockies (with full orchestra) and they recently premiered their Roan Mountain Suite with the Kontras Quartet (who also appeared on their Lucid Dreamer album). On a personal note, if contemplating an Appalachian adventure, you should ensure that you add Carolina in the Fall to your itinerary.


Come to Eagle Music on Saturday October 22nd - help Eagle Music celebrate the great achievement of being Deering Banjos No.1 reseller for the 10th year and enjoy some of the best music that can be heard.




Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Ralph Stanley Funeral - Watch Live Online, June 28, 2016



WYMT.com in Eastern Kentucky, USA will stream Ralph Stanley's funeral live online tonight – Tuesday, June 28 at 6:00pm [EDT].

The family of Ralph Edmund Stanley will welcome all fans and friends Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the “Hills of Home Park” in McClure, Virginia at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time [EDT]. The family requests that everyone please arrive by 5:00 pm [EDT].

A Masonic funeral service will begin at 6:00 pm [EDT].

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8979 will conduct a graveside service, with entombment next to Ralph’s brother, Carter Stanley, to follow.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Stanley II, and Ralph Stanley III, Bryan Marshall, Walter Carlton, Evan Stout, Jason Armes, Nathan Stanley.

‘Honorary Pallbearers’ will be Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Jim Lauderdale, Dewey Brown, Ralph Murphy, Bobby Hammons, and all Clinch Mountain Boy band members present.

Donations in the memory of Ralph Stanley are encouraged to the Shriner’s Childrens' Hospital or St. Jude's Childrens’ Research Hospital in lieu of flowers.

Location:
‘The Hills of Home Park’ (Ralph Stanley’s festival site)
Carter Stanley Highway [4235 State Route 654]
Smith Ridge, between Coeburn & McClure, Virginia.
For information: Mullins Funeral Home at (276) 926-4646.


The funeral will be broadcast in its entirety on 
ThisTV and WYMT.com

Please check the time zone difference in your country of origin.

For example:
 In Amsterdam, Netherlands the starting time will be midnight 00:00 [UTC + 2 hours]

 In London, UK the starting time will be 23:00 [UTC + 1 hour]

Friday, 24 June 2016

Ralph Stanley, The Last Pioneer Passes At Age 89

Ralph Edmund Stanley
February 25, 1927 - June 23, 2016
Last of the Original Pioneers of Bluegrass
and Old-Time Mountain Music
 
 Stanley Brothers in Germany, 1965   [Reinhard Pietsch foto]

"Dr. Ralph" Stanley died at his home last night, on Thursday, June 23. His death comes after suffering a terrible fall last year, and ultimately succumbing to skin cancer. 
Ralph was preceded in death by his brother and legendary musical partner, Carter Stanley, who died in December 1966. The Stanley brothers formed their band The Clinch Mountain Boys in the late 1940s. Since then Ralph Stanley has been the 'flame keeper' of the Stanley Brothers music with The Clinch Mountain Boys. Ralph recently passed that torch on to his son, Ralph Stanley II, who had promised his father many years ago to carry-on the "Stanley Sound" with The Clinch Mountain Boys.
Ralph's home is a farm in Sandy Ridge, near Smith Ridge, in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. It's just over a hill from the original Stanley homestead in Stratton, Virginia where he was born. Ralph liked to go up on the top of Smith Ridge and look down over the "old homeplace". 
Keith Whitley, Ralph, Roy Lee Centers
Country Gentlemen Festival 1972,
Indian Ranch in Webster, Massachusetts
Up there on the top of the ridge is where the family graves are located. Many years ago, when Ralph first showed me around the farm, he took me up on The Ridge. Ralph pointed to 2 grave stones near his parents' mausoleum and brother Carter's headstone, marked by a guitar etching. He said, "I've already set my place here." One stone had a banjo, that was Ralph's. The other was for his wife, Jimmi. 
Ralph proudly raised his own animals including quality horses, and as many as 30 cattle at one time. He raised pure bred 'Limousin' and Black Angus. Ralph personally chose his first pair of Limousin from a friend's cattle ranch in Germany. 
The peak of Ralph's career was the massive success brought to him via the 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' movie and soundtrack in 2000. After over 50 years in the music business, Ralph Stanley had found some financial security and well-deserved global recognition for his artistry and contributions to the "Old Time Mountain Music" he lived and loved. Ralph could often be heard telling people, "I'm enjoying things much better now. I'm very thankful for what's happened to me."
Ralph Stanley and wife, Jimmi
Ralph Stanley is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Jimmi Stanley, his children Lisa Stanley Marshall, Tonya Armes-Stanley and Ralph Stanley II; grandchildren Nathan Stanley, Amber Meade Stanley, Evan Stout, Ashley Marshall, Alexis Marshall, Taylor Stanley, and Ralph Stanley III; and great-grandchild McKenzie Stanley.

Ralph loved his family, he loved his music, he loved his farm and animals. Ralph was always happy to just sit and talk over a good meal... and with anyone who cared to set with him. He spent many afternoons in his rocking chair talking with locals on the porch of the Ralph Stanley Museum in Dickenson County, Virginia.
 
History, especially our Bluegrass Music history, has been carved-out by several iconic and innovative natural talents. 
Those being, of course, the founder Bill Monroe; followed by The Stanley Brothers and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs. But, to me, Ralph stood apart from these others -- both for his music and for the human being he was. 

With the departure of Ralph, the iconic figures who were Bluegrass music's pioneers have now all passed. It's hard to watch history leave us. I've been playing Ralph and Carter's "Old Time Mountain Music" (as Ralph described it) ever since I got the call on Thursday night. 
Of all the pioneers, I will miss Ralph most of all.
In one of my conversations with Ralph Stanley, back when I had a radio show in the USA, he said these exact words which I believe sums up his musical life and contributions: 
"I never thought of all this as 'carrying on a tradition' until that movie a while ago[O Brother, Where Art Thou]. I think I can look back now and see what my place in history might be. I've just always tried to do my job right. It's all I know."

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Merle Haggard - A Great Loss for the Common Man


A public figure; A private man.
A voice for the Common People.
A true songcrafter if ever there was one.
He told Marty Stuart he would not make it to his birthday,
But he did ~ April 6, 2016.
Merle earned his rest.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Bill Clifton is only days away from his 85th birthday as I write this very small "snapshot" of his musical life. He is currently in the Netherlands with his Dutch wife, Tineke, visiting with family and friends.

Bill has lived and performed throughout Europe since the 1960s. For those of you who may not have had the pleasure of Bill's music and company, this would be a good time to become familiar with some of his many contributions to the country music world. Bill rarely performs anymore, but he is still of good voice, and as always, great spirit!

So in honor of Bill's 85 years. most of it dedicated to the music he (and we) love, I offer the following highlights - though far from complete.

Bill Clifton was born William Marburg on April 5, 1931 in Maryland, USA. His family owned an estate which employed tenant farmers. It was from some of these the farmers, and the radio, that Bill first heard old-time/country music. He learned to play piano, guitar, fiddle and autoharp.

Because Bill's family was very much against his musical endeavors, he used the stage name "Bill Clifton". He formed the original Dixie Mountain Boys band while in college.

In 1952, Clifton made his first recording for Blue Ridge Records, with the Dixie Mountain Boys.

He published a songbook in 1955 called 150 Old Time Folk and Gospel Songs.

Bill organized the second public outdoor bluegrass event in the USA, held on July 4, 1961. It was at Oak Leaf Park in Luray, Virginia (a first similar music gathering took place at Watermelon Park, about a year prior to Bill's event near Berryville, Virginia on August 14, 1960). However Clifton's festival included the major stars of the day: Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse, Mac Wiseman, Country Gentlemen and Red Allen.

At this time, in 1961, Bill Clifton released his Carter Family Memorial Album (Starday Records SLP146 I). A very personal project for Bill as he had become a very close family friend of the legendary Carter Family. His interest in their music began in the 1940s. Bill has always been a frequent visitor to the their home and music barn at The Carter Fold in what is known as Poor Valley in Virginia.

In 1963, Bill moved with his family to England. By the early 1970s, he was very much an unofficial ambassador of Bluegrass music overseas. Bill's music ventures helped introduce and promote the genre to people in England, Netherlands and New Zealand. While in New Zealand, he formed a band called The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band. County Records (in Floyd, Virginia) released a CD of this band's recordings called Two Shades Of Bluegrass.

While overseas Bill ventured into radio. He had a BBC radio show called Cellar Full Of Folk. Bill also recorded a program of old-time music for Radio Moscow in 1966.

Bill occasionally reurned to the USA to perform and record. He was hired as an organizer in 1965 for the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

Along with Red Rector and Don Stover, Clifton formed The First Generation. This trio toured the USA and Europe in 1978. Bill returned to live in the USA that same year.

He started his own publishing and recording label Elf Records in 1980.

Rounder Records released some very classic bluegrass music from Bill Clifton in 1992. That compilation called The Early Years 1957-1958(CD-1021) includes Curly Lambert (mandolin, vocals), Johnny Clark & Ralph Stanley (banjo, vocals), Benny Martin, Gordon Terry and Tommy Jackson (fiddle), Mike Seeger, John Duffey and more.

In 2001, Bear Family Records ín Germany released the definitive collection of Bill Clifton recordings in a 8-CD box set called Around The World To Poor Valley (BCD-16425-CD). The set includes Bear Family president Richard Weize's amazingly detailed hardcover book (the size of an LP cover!).



Bill Clifton was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music's "Hall Of Fame" in 2008.

Rienk Janssen and Bill Clifton
Netherlands - April 3, 2016

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Hugh and Katy Moffatt in Europe...now!

Hugh Moffatt is a very familiar and very welcomed face in the European acoustic roots music scene. He lived in Europe for several years and has toured extensively during the past 3 decades. Hugh and sister Katy are nearing the end of their current tour of Switzerland, Germany and Holland. The shows in the Netherlands are especially attractive as they are small, intimate settings.


For new or young fans not aware of Hugh Moffatt's credentials, we offer just a small capsule of Hugh and Katy Moffatt's accomplishments.

The songs of Hugh Moffatt have been recorded by pop, country, bluegrass, traditional, and gospel artists from around the world. Many of those songs were hits on the Billboard charts. Some of the greatest names in country music have recorded Hugh's songs -- from Patti Page to Jerry Lee Lewis to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Alabama, and Johnny Cash. At least one of his songs have been recorded by popular performers almost every single year since 1975. Hugh also is a co-composer and librettist for three original operas, he has written two theater plays, and his children’s picture book series, Dissolvo Dog, began production last year. Hugh currently teaches an online course in songwriting for Danville Community College in Danville, Virginia, USA.

Hugh's younger sister, Katy Moffatt, has earned a substantial worldwide cult following among roots-music fans and much critical respect for her blend of country, folk, rock, pop, and blues. Katy signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1975, and she issued two country-rock albums. The second of which featured members of The Allmann Brothers Band. Katy first earned some attention in the roots-music community when she recorded an album of duets on the Rounder/Philo label with Hugh called, Dance Me Outside. Katy is currently involved in a major project, putting the finishing touches on her 16th studio album. It is the culmination of her 40 years as a performing songwriter (the "working title" is: Where The Heart Is). At the same time, she is developing her musical and spoken-word performance piece, Midnight Radio: A One- Woman Show. This is Katy’s edifying, always entertaining musical journey through 19th, 20th and 21st Century American life highlighting the role of women and the power of radio through songs of personal history and the telling of history through song. This one-woman show is the history of a woman, all women, and a nation. Katy's career has been marked by consistent critical acclaim, (including a 1985 Academy of Country Music nomination as Best New Female Vocalist), movie appearances (Billy Jack, Hard Country and The Thing Called Love), songs covered by many prominent performers, and an album that out-sold Garth Brooks on the U.K. country charts.

 Now and Then, an album of duets by Hugh and Katy, was just recently released (22 February) 2016.


Katy and Hugh Moffatt's remaining concert agenda:

 SWITZERLAND

   
"Chlini Büni", Sumiswald, Switzerland

        
        
         
         
         
GERMANY

        
NETHERLANDS

        

Reservations 
via E-mail:  stonevalley@hetnet.nl

 
De Vriendshap, Wadway, Netherlands
Reservations 
via Telephone: (31) 0229-571448
via E-mail: loeklamers@hotmail.com

Friday, 4 March 2016

Locust Honey String Band - Accolades & Applause

Locust Honey String Band
Chloe Edmonstone & Meredith Watson
Photograph by Margret Seema Takyar
Since writing in January about the (then) forthcoming tour by Locust Honey String Band, they have now arrived on this side of The Pond and are receiving a great deal of attention for both their concerts and their new release 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind'.

Chloe Edmonstone & Meredith Watson with John Miller (of The Foxhunt & The Hackensaw Boys) on bass duties started the UK & Ireland tour at the end of February and it is clear why The Locust Honey String Band are making such a huge impression; their tour is relentless - I think that the only people with a tougher schedule are the Tour de France riders!

Check the tour dates below but note that there are additional dates to those published in the EBMA Blog in January.

Reviews of the live dates are exceptional and, since arriving in the UK, they have been in great demand appearing on BBC Radio and the much-respected House of Mercy radio station and have received great reviews from the likes of Folking.com who said of Locust Honey and 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind'

 'Each member of Locust Honey is steeped in the old-time music of the Appalachian Mountains. They bring a huge passion for American roots and a knowledge of how the different genres of music that criss-cross Appalachia have historically intersected and influenced each other and the music on Never Let Me Cross Your Mind is a jubilee of Southern musical traditions, from old-time string band fiddle-banjo tunes to vintage country duets, old Carter Family songs, dancehall honky-tonk numbers, and mountain blues. It’s all tied together with remarkable finesse by artists who know the roots of the music inside and out, but aren’t afraid to push back at the tradition to get at new truths.'

The Daily Telegraph (UK 'broadsheet' newspaper) published an article listing their Culture Editor's view of the best Country music albums of 2016. The list included Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Miller, Sofia Talvik, Jane Kramer, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands and Locust Honey String Band's 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind'.

The writer - Martin Chilton - said of 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind':
'This is vintage bluegrass from the North Carolina band. The harmonies work well, especially on the short and sweet covers of songs such as The Carter Family classic The Lonesome Song (which is just two minutes) and which showcases the real verve that  Chloe Edmonstone brings to her fiddle playing. Her own composition When The Whiskey’s Gone (a really sad name for a song)  stand up to such company. Edmonstone blends well with Meredith Watson (guitar and vocals) and Hilary Hawke (banjo), Ariel Dixon (banjo and vocals) and Andy Deaver Edmonstone (bass) all bring something to the party. There is also an interesting cover of the George Jones gem Just One More.'

I would add there there are two Carter Family songs on the album and a great version of Kitty Wells' 'Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On' and if, like me, you enjoy digging into vintage recordings, 'McMichen's Breakdown' was written by Clayton McMichen who played with Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers in the 20's and who wrote Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia (recorded by Jimmie Rodgers).

But here is one of Chloe Edmonstone's compositions on the album - 'Horse Drawn Buggy'


After the UK dates, Locust Honey String Band will then travel to Ireland for eight dates culminating at a date at the Sixmilebridge Folk Club which has recently celebrated the Shannonside Winter Music Festival and is already planning the 2017 event for next January!

We will be going to see Locust Honey on Monday 7th March at The Cock Inn in Sarratt which is a short drive off the M25 and north of Rickmansworth. As a side note, take a look at the website of the promoter Owlsword - there are some great concerts on the schedule such as Woody Pines, The Railsplitters and Hillfolk Noir. Radio commitments prevent us visiting The Three Horseshoes in Towersey on the following Wednesday. This show is being put on by Musically Monstrous, another local promoter that puts on some great Bluegrass and Old-Time concerts - I recommend a visit to their website too.

So... DO NOT miss the opportunity to see, hear and dance to the Locust Honey String Band...and treat yourself to a copy of 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind' as well.
  • Sat 5th March - Chinley Community Centre - Chinley, Derbyshire
  • Sun 6th March - Millennium Community Centre - Moreton, Staffs.
  • Mon 7th March - The Cock Inn - Sarratt, Herts.
  • Tue 8th March - The Musician - Leicester
  • Wed 9th March - The Three Horseshoes - Towersey, Oxfordshire
  • Thu 10th March - West End Club - Barry, South Wales
  • Fri 11th March - Studio at Live Theatre - Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Sat 12th March - Woodend Gallery - Scarborough
  • Sun 13th March - The Rose & Crown - Beverley, East Yorkshire
  • Mon 14th March - String Theory - Hawick, Roxburghshire
  • Tues 15th March - Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club - Glasgow
  • Wed 16th March - Douglas Concerts - Edinburgh
  • Thurs 17th March - The Deeside Inn - Ballater, Aberdeenshire
  • Sat 19th March - Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre - Kilbarchan, Johnstone
  • Sun 20th March -  The Grapes - Stranraer
  • Mon 21st March - McCann's Bar - Omagh, Co. Tyrone
  • Tue 22nd March -  The Red Room - Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
  • Wed 23rd March - Roisin Dubh - Galway
  • Thurs 24th March - St. Johns Theatre - Listowel, Co. Kerry
  • Sat 26th March - The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre - Naul, Co. Dublin
  • Sun 27th March - JJ Harlowe’s - Roscommon
  • Mon 28th March - The Greyhound - Kilkee, Co Clare
  • Tue 29th March - Sixmilebridge Folk Club - Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare

Monday, 18 January 2016

Mes Amis...

Tout d'abord, je vous souhaite une bonne année et j'espère que 2016 vous offrira tout ce dont vous pouvez espèrer.

De mon coté, je compte améliorer mon jeu de mandoline pour pourais comfortablement jouer avec mes amis et les voir plus souvent, réduire mon handicap au golf à un niveau plus respectable.... et terminer la décoration (parmis d'autres tâches ménagère en attente). Je peux presque aussi entendre ma femme me demander quand est-ce que le garage sera plus organisé!

Mais laissez-moi me concentrer sur le Bluegrass ici (surtout parce-qu'organiser le garage est trop effrayant!), et  laissez-moi dire que, si je suis membre du conseil EBMA, ceci est juste mon opinion personnelle.

Il y a eu un article récent sur une discussion abordant le rôle d'EBMA et de SPBGMA. Un des commentaires a été cité en relation au rôle d'EBMA. Ecrire un "compare et contrast" article parlant des deux organisations  basées aux USA et de EBMA serait un article en soi-meme. Cependant, j'aimerais parler de certaines choses que je voudrais voir en 2016.

Quand j’ai rejoint le conseil EBMA, et c’est toujours mon avis ici, je pensais que nous devions nous concentrer sur l’audience et les adhésions, et ceux-ci sont refletés dans la déclaration sur le site d’EBMA. Cela colle avec mon opinion sur les groupe d’adhesion:

- Prendre part au plus vastes aspects promotionnelles de l’oganisation et de Bluegrass.
- Le maillage d’un point central pour les fans et les musiciens.
- Un aspect soutien/développement
-
C’est la que mon vie non-Bluegrass m’interromp et demande: “si ce sont vos buts (buts généraux), quels sont vos objectifs (résultats spécifique et mesurables)?” Un des résultats tangibles est la bourse d’étude accordée à Tabitha Agnew et Evan Lyon pour aller à la ‘Sore Fingers Summer School’  (voir article de Novembre du blog). Le site continue d’être revu et affiné et il y a d’autres initiatives en cours qui seront discutées et annoncées dans les mois a venir.

Mais la grande question pour moi, en tant que member du conseil EBMA, est  la suivante:  à quel point EBMA représente le Bluegrass en Europe? Ne vous méprenez pas! Il y a un niveau énorme d’implication au sein d’EBMA pour promouvoir, supporter, discuter et faire la publiciter de tous les aspects du Bluegrass en Europe, et des nombreuses heures de travail bénévole vont dans ces activités, mais j’aimerais voir plus de participation de la part de mes amis Bluegrass en France, Allemagne, Belgique, Pays-Bas et tous les autres pays européens.

Quand je pense au Bluegrass, mes premieres pensées ne sont pas sur IBMA ou SPBGMA, ou meme EBMA! Mes premieres pensées vont aux fans du Bluegrass que je rencontre et au coté desquels je m’assoie lors des festivals et des concerts, aux musiciens qui passent du temps à parler (ou jouer) après les concerts avec des fans et aux bénévoles innombrables qui travaillent à mettre en place des évènements locaux et des festivals, et a mener leur association nationale de Bluegrass.

L’EBMA travaille très dur pour revoir and améliorer sa présence sur les réseaux sociaux (blog, site internet, page facebook, etc), et nous avons les moyens d’aider nos voisins Bluegrass dans tous les pays Européens à annoncer les évènements à venir, les concerts, les jam sessions et les écoles de musique. En 2016 je voudrais voir plus d’associations nationales de Bluegrass, d’organiseurs des festivals de Bluegrass et des promoteurs de concerts nous parlant à nous à l’EBMA de ce qui se passe dans vos regions et de comment nous pouvons vous aider à faire passer le mot pour votre compte; après tout, nous sommes tous des fans de Bluegrass aussi!

Merci à Tina , Tom & Lou ...

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Locust Honey String Band - Dates in UK & Ireland

Locust Honey String Band
Chloe Edmonstone & Meredith Watson


On February 5th, Locust Honey String Band will release 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind' and this will coincide with an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland (see dates below). On their tour dates, Locust Honey String Band - Chloe Edmonstone (fiddle, guitar & vocals) and Meredith Watson (guitar, resonator guitar & vocals) -  will be joined by John Miller on bass.

When the much-respected publication No Depression says good things about a release it is always worth paying attention and having a listen and, regarding 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind', No Depression said 'Grab a copy... and put on your dancin' shoes' and I would agree with that.


Listening to 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind' I would say that the advice regarding the dancing shoes should be heeded. On the album, Chloe and Meredith are joined by Hilary Hawke of Dubl Handi and through the fourteen tracks it is likely that your feet will be moving in a very lively and Old Time fashion to such tracks as 'Boogerman' and 'McMiche's Breakdown'. The album is a mixture of traditional tunes such as 'Logan County Blues' and 'Four Cent Cotton' as well as their versions of some Country classics - 'Whose Should Will You Cry On' (Kitty Wells) and 'Just One More' (George Jones).

Get yourself a copy of 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind' - better still, get along to one of their concerts and buy your CD there. See you at one of the shows!!

Locust Honey String Band · 2016 UK & Ireland Tour Dates

February
  • Thu 25 Ewerby, Lincs. Ewerby Reading Rooms
  • Fri 26 Belchford, Lincs. St Peter & Paul Church
  • Sat 27 Norwell, Notts. Norwell Village Hall
  • Sun 28 Braceborough, Lincs. Braceborough Village Hall
  • Mon 29 Rainham, Kent The Oast House Community Centre
March
  • Tue 1 Birmingham Kitchen Garden Café
  • Wed 2 London Green Note
  • Thu 3 Kineton, Warks. Kineton Sports & Social Club
  • Fri 4 Clows Top, Warks. Clows Top Victory Hall
  • Sat 5 Chinley, Derbyshire Chinley Community Centre
  • Sun 6 Moreton, Staffs. Millennium Community Centre
  • Mon 7 Sarratt, Herts. The Cock Inn, The Old Barn Sessions
  • Tue 8 Leicester The Musician
  • Wed 9 Towersey, Oxfordshire The Three Horseshoes
  • Thu 10 Barry, South Wales West End Club
  • Fri 11 Newcastle upon Tyne Studio at Live Theatre
  • Sat 12 Scarborough Woodend Gallery
  • Mon 14 Hawick Venue TBC
  • Tues 15 Glasgow Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club
  • Wed 16 Edinburgh Private House Concert
  • Sun 20 Stranraer The Grapes
  • Tue 22 Cookstown, N. Ireland The Red Room
  • Thurs 24 Listowel, Co. Kerry St. Johns Theatre
  • Sat 26 Naul, Co. Dublin The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
  • Sun 27 Roscommon JJ Harlow’s
  • Tue 29 Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare Sixmilebridge Folk Club

Saturday, 16 January 2016

A message from Becky Buller....



Becky Buller, chair of the IBMA Songwriter Committee, here. Are you a songwriting member of IBMA?  We want to hear from you!

We have started sending out e-mail blasts to the entire IBMA membership list to let everybody know about:  what our writers are doing, the music we’re creating, workshops we’re conducting, camps we’re teaching at, albums of at least 75% original material we’re releasing, issues affecting us that we need to be made aware of, and more.

Please let us know a month in advance about songwriting-focused events you have coming up or products that you have coming out and we’ll do our best to help you get the word out about them, both through our e-mail list and social media.

I can be reached at: 

songwriters@ibma.org

I look forward to hearing from you soon!