Happy day to all you folk mothers/muthas out there! We hope you have a lovely one. In honour, we took down our copy of The English Year, by St Steven of Roud, and flicked it open to page 81 wherein we discovered that people in this country were “going a-mothering” as early as 1644. Most commonly they’d do so with a simnel cake. Should you wish to get involved in the tried and tested way, here’s a folksie recipe to keep you busy. All your photos, as proof in the pudding, to our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages, if you please.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of “time of the year”, Squeezy John Spiers would like you to feel their pain.
You think you've got it tough changing all the clocks in the house forward tonight? Just think of what these poor sods have to go through twice a year at Stonehenge! pic.twitter.com/kvo84bKq6Q
— John Spiers #GTTO (@squeezyjohn) March 30, 2019
Now then. Who’s out and about and doing stuff? A brief scan of the folk Twitterati suggests that Benji Kirkpatrick is… OK? Confused? Vaguely lost? Delete as appropriate.
#wheresbenji @steeleye_span #bandsontour #folkrock #wewereinyork #ontheroad pic.twitter.com/pQdhh1upaW
— Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess (@bk_excess) March 30, 2019
Those wild folks down Bampton way are the subject of a BBC inquest: “What can save the male Morris dancer from extinction?” We shared a clip on our Facebook channel earlier this week (see below), but it’s already available in full on BBC iPlayer. Click here to watch the whole thing.
There’s some great footage from this week’s Africa Express, the Damon Albarn-driven extravaganza that brings the next generation of African and World Music to random spots across the country. This week, Leytonstone (including a surprise performance from Albarn’s previous band, as filmed by our very own Tim Chipping).
Pure energy from @Dobet_Gnahore 🇨🇮 📣 The Circus is in action! 🎪 #AEtheCircus #WFculture19 #africaexpress pic.twitter.com/yfsoaCwd6p
— Africa Express (@africaexpress) March 29, 2019
Next week will be the first Sunday of the month, so please remember to join in our monthly #FrootsLive event. Stick it in your calendar, and check below for how it works.
It's our monthly #fRootsLive blog tonight. Here's how it works…
1. It runs 8pm-10pm
2. Between those hours, tweet your news to us or to @JonWilksMusic (or both).
3. Tell us your #tradfolk or #worldmusic news – gigs, releases, chitchat, etc
4. We'll enshrine it on our blog. pic.twitter.com/thGtRgmCLv
— fRoots (@frootsmag) March 3, 2019
Yer man, Thom Ashworth, one of our favourite new folk blokes, is the proud father of a lovely new album. We gave it five stars in the latest edition of the magazine. You can get your ears around it now.
Thank you so much to @frootsmag for the ★★★★★ review of 'Head Canon' in this month's issue! Get the magazine from https://t.co/g5vIANkPSl now, and preorder the record from https://t.co/ucJHGuu4zS pic.twitter.com/dkonJLqv8j
— Debut album 'Head Canon' out 29.03 (@thomashworth) March 13, 2019
Also out this week, this piece of loveliness from Marry Waterson and Emily Barker. Also featuring the wonderful talents of Lukas Drinkwater, Adem and Rob Pemberton. All yours!
Take 1 writing retreat. A chance meeting with @emilybarkerhalo and @ademadem Sprinkle with love, add @LukasDrinkwater and Rob Pemberton, mix with Calum Malcom. Open on March 29th. #awindowtootherways is out today. Love to @olirecords https://t.co/IGquTfqGtD
— Marry Waterson (@MarryWaterson) March 29, 2019
Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening have themselves a fine new album out this coming week, known as Hollowbone. In honour of said release, here’s a video of the band in a car wash.
Excitement! Band car wash!! pic.twitter.com/TldhOGfcN6
— Kathryn Tickell (@kathryntickell) March 28, 2019
Congrats to the Askew Sisters, who have succeeded in crowdfunding their new album to the full amount required. Can’t wait to hear it!
It’ll still be running for the rest of the day if anyone still wants to order a pre-release copy before the official release in May: https://t.co/358gmOzqBP
— The Askew Sisters (@AskewSisters) March 30, 2019
We’re been following the progress of Jim Moray‘s new album across all his socials for the last few months. If you’re on his emailing list you’ll know now that pre-orders are about to start, and that the album is titled The Outlander. In the meantime, this mystical little video has recently started to appear…
7 days on the road
…which brings us rather neatly to this week’s list of gigs.
Mr Moray himself will be out and about, as suggested in the above Instagram post. You’ll catch him in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Friday, followed by Gateshead on Sunday (a week today), with more gigs to follow later in April.
Jimmy & Sid (AKA Aldridge & Goldsmith) will be on the road this week, and you can have a peak at them in Cambridge (Tuesday), London (Wednesday), Evesham (Thursday), Northwich (Friday), Huddersfield (Saturday) and elsewhere and beyond.
We are about to emerge from winter-hibernation and head off on tour. Starting on Friday we're across England, a couple of dates in Scotland and a one-off in Madrid! Come and say hi, we'd love to see you on the way round. pic.twitter.com/V0eqHRq4qm
— Aldridge & Goldsmith (@JimmyASidG) March 25, 2019
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie are out on the road this week, taking in Inverness (Thursday), Strathdon (Friday), and New Galloway (Sunday; a week today). There are plenty more gigs where they came from, too, stretching throughout April.
Continuing their spring tour this week, you’ll find The Askew Sisters in Dartford (Tuesday), Bedford (Thursday), Durham (Friday), York (Saturday) and Bury (Sunday; a week today).
O’Hooley & Tidow are in Guildford (Friday), Deal (Saturday) and Hitchin (Sunday; a week today), as well as plenty of other spots throughout April. And while we’re on the subject of these two, congrats from us for the news on becoming three!
Two mums, one little crumb. Heidi has the bump. Due 9th October. The most beautiful of feelings. Bx pic.twitter.com/zw2KJKG8Sm
— O'Hooley & Tidow (@OHooleyandTidow) March 25, 2019
You’ll find Jackie Oates in Preston this week. Keep an eye open for her on Wednesday. She’ll be about!
You’ll also find Greg Russell having a bit of a one-off in Goole this Thursday, all down the Tom Pudding. Lovely stuff.
Fare thee well
It’s with great sadness that we said a fond farewell this week to Issa Cissokho of Orchestra Baobab. Click ‘see more’ to read details on his life written by Jenny Cathcart.
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