Due to the on-going Corona virus situation, a huge number of Folk Concerts and Festivals have unfortunately had to be cancelled resulting in a huge loss of income for musicians and performers. Many are finding innovative ways of taking their music on-line. Some of these are ticketed, some are free and some invite donations.
** A new table in Whats On Special Events now lists online Events ** All future online events will be listed there **
Here are some of them:-
Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews Duo Friday 29th May
Kitchen Ceilidh with Caller Martyn Harvey Hosted by Folk Weekend Oxford. Details HERE
Miranda Sykes Saturday 23rd May
FaceBook live Concert details HERE
Jackie Oates Friday 22nd May 8.00pm
Hosted by Downend Folk Club. Details HERE
Richard Digance Sunday 17th May 8pm
Richard Digance Sunday Funday Concert live show on his Facebook page HERE Free (donations invited for local charity)
Royal Albert Hall: Sunday 10th May 7.30pm
Legendary British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson will deliver an exclusive set from his home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions.
Free broadcast, details HERE. Donations invited to support the Royal Albert Hall
The Waveney Valley Folk Collective
See their FaceBook page HERE for Lockdown sessions.
Thursday 7th May 8.15pm with Ralph Barnett, Elsi, Bernie Baines, Daniel Nestlerode
Folk Off The Pier: 8th May 14.30 to 10th May 21.30
The Folk Off The Pier Fringe Festival. A weekends worth of live watch parties. videos & links of musicians past , present and future.
See their FaceBook page HERE for details
The CCC Festival: Sat 9th - Sun 10th May
Watch live on FaceBook (@ciaranalgarmusic) or YouTube (search Ciaran Algar)
Tickets / Donations to Eventbrite HERE - All proceeds split between the Artists
An Evening with Faustus: Friday 15th May 20.00 - 21.30pm
Join Benji, Paul and Saul live from ther homes, hosted by Jon Wilks. Live performances from each band member, interviews, chat, audience Q & A and more. The event will be accessible for all via the Good Honest Music FaceBook page. See their page HERE.
Folk on Foot Front Room Festival - Easter Bank Holiday Monday 13th April from 2pm for over six hours of unique music.
"Half the money we raise will go to the charity Help Musicians UK – which supports musicians undergoing financial hardship – and the other half will be divided equally between the artists who take part in the Festival. Music is hugely important in lifting our spirits and salving our souls in these troubling
times, so please make a donation to support the talented people who make it."
25 Acts - 100 musicians
27 hours of film footage plus market stalls, guitar workshop, merchandise and interviews
The gates are now open in case you haven't yet checked in
Buy your ticket now for just £25 and it's all there for you. Watch as many times as you like.
Enjoy our music and keep safe and well
Folk Weekend Oxford 17th-19th April
Ticketed events via Zoom (priced much less than a normal concert)
Free events via Facebook
John Spiers is doing "Isolation Pub Sessions" in his shed
Simon Care - Simon Care's Musical Jukebox.
"I've had a lot of people messaging asking where they can donate etc ... I am incredibly touched by your offers of generosity. I have decided that i am going to try to do 2 live shows a week on Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 6.30 -7.30pm, and I am going to introduce a tip jar for those kind souls that wish to donate. However, as i have already stated, luckily i am in a fortunate position financially at the moment, so at the end of each month I will donate what ever I collect to someone less fortunate than myself. I will continue this for as long as possible, or until i become that less fortunate person. I hope that is ok. See you on wednesday night. Please keep sending your requests of Morris/English ceilidh tunes. Stay safe."
Please keep an eye on Mardles Facebook page as some Artistes are putting details of virtual events direct on there
If you can manage it, please consider buying a CD direct from your favourite artistes website. This will help to support them through this difficult time. Buying direct results in more going to the artiste as streaming websites pay a very small amount per play.
Received from Peter Twitchett
The passing of Dave Cooper marked the end of an era in the world of Folk Music, I first knew him in 1967 when he was running the “Phoebus Awakes” Folk Club in Catford, South London. There are many stories, some of which he shared himself, that can be told about Dave. He travelled the world in his early days, ran radio stations and encouraged folk music wherever he found it from the Albert Hall to the village pub. Below is a YouTubeof Dave singing at the Steamboat Folk Festival 2011
I wrote this song for him as a birthday present on a notable birthday. It says it all really!
As I was a-walking down Thetford one day,
Sing it here, sing it there
In South London, in Catford, I’ll tell you the truth,
Then in fair Nottinghamshire Dave ran a new club.
The tales of his cars are varied and true.
In his youth our brave hero he travelled the world.
And now in East Anglia his songs they ring out.
Sing it here, sing it there
Set to the tune of Vilikins & his Dinah