Doesn’t time fly? 13 Big Earses down and another year over. So what’s the craic as New Year’s Eve hoves into view? Well, many folk musicians are hibernating, but many more are tuning up for ceilidhs across the nation. So let’s kick off with that, shall we? Where will you be heading?
1 night on the town
This is what New Year at Cecil Sharp House looks like https://t.co/YyQ88otj8k
Why not join us to see in 2019 with an English Country Dancing ceilidh? Tickets are going quicklyhttps://t.co/rfx8FxeyBw pic.twitter.com/mWPZjhqUCE
— Cecil Sharp House (@cecilsharphouse) December 8, 2018
At the home of English Folk Music, it’s the Will Pound Band that will be keeping the ceilidh lively. Word on the street is that it’s sold out, but always worth checking their social media pages to find out if there have been returns.
Here's a clip from last year's NYE Ceilidh. We have 4 tickets left for this year: https://t.co/El9B81eaNr
— Whitchurch Folk Club (@WhitchurchFolk) December 29, 2018
Alternatively, you could head Southwest, an hour or so out of London, and join the celebrations in Whitchurch, Hampshire, where the band is made up of bits of Bellowhead, and a few other reasonably promising string pluckers. As of yesterday, there were tickets still available (according to the tweet above). Again – keep an eye on the Whitchurch Folk Club social pages for returns info.
Halton is a bustling social hub with a thriving community which sets up several events each year!
— Wrenman Homes (@WrenmanHomes) December 29, 2018
Jig Run Jig will be pleasing the masses in Halton-On-Lune, Lancaster, tomorrow night. Again, a sellout has been reported, so your best bet is to give them a call and beg for returns.
All these sellouts, eh? Anyone who doesn’t think folk music is on the up clearly hasn’t tried to get into a New Year’s Eve Ceilidh recently. Onwards!
New Year's Eve! – Family #Ceilidh
– #Langcliffe Village Institute
– 8pm, 31st Dec
Limited tickets, but should be an excellent night. Caller and band in attendance! Take your own booze/nibbles.
– Tickets from the Wholesome Bee in Settle, but be quick!#Settle #NewYearsEve pic.twitter.com/ut5Up3mW8W
— Langcliffe Park (@langcliffepark) December 4, 2018
There’ll be booze, nibbles, band and boogying in Settle, Yorkshire, from 8pm on the big night. Head to the Wholesome Bee for your tickets (Yes! Tickets! Available! Run!)
Along with ceilidh dancing, we'll have fun games for both adults and children! Bring the whole family along for a great night!! #ceilidh #dancing #games #familyfriendly #gartmoreceilidh2018 #virtualceilidh2018 pic.twitter.com/flQxpIX7XM
— GartmoreCeilidh2018 (@gartmoreceilidh) December 29, 2018
North of the border, the Hogmanay is both real and virtual at the Gartmore Ceilidh (#VirtualCeilidh2018). Bring your own bottle, get on the big screen… grab your tickets now… they’re still available!
8some and thensome in Edinburgh dancing to @NorlochCeilidh Band
Will be in Killin [‘Cill Fhinn’ or 'White or Fair Church' in Gaelic] beside Loch Tay for Hogmanay (New Years Eve) Ceilidh 🏴
TO BOOK Norloch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org://t.co/0wGhsymFox pic.twitter.com/rQmQ56o0NS
— Norloch Ceilidh Band (@NorlochCeilidh) December 29, 2018
For a Hogmanay Ceilidh with real class, head to the Signet Library in Edinburgh. Look at those photos! You’d fear knocking posh things for six with your Gay Gordons! Take care, people.
No plans for #NewYearsEve? Celebrate the start of the year at our Hogmanay Ball, a night that will dazzle with sophistication, delicious food and great ceilidh music! Buy your tickets now, BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW 🥂🎶 https://t.co/bZGuOroo6s #hogamanay pic.twitter.com/WFSy9uJic8
— The Signet Library (@signetlibrary) November 26, 2018
Norloch Ceilidh Band will be bringing 20 years of experience to the shores of Loch Tay. Indoors, we hope. If not, wrap up very warm indeed!
GlenPark Ceilidh plays at The Inn on Loch Lomond for it’s renowned folk music season which concludes on Hogmanay New Years Eve 2018. Check out our Hogmanay Offer here:… https://t.co/46G7A3iIaz
— InnOnLochLomond (@innonlochlomond) December 28, 2018
The Inn on Loch Lomond have GlenPark Ceilidh in for the night. Get there early and Hogmanay your legs off!
Still tickets left to our Hogmanay Ceilidh at The Nevis Centre, Fort Wiliam
Get them online at https://t.co/qn1e1ZvD6Z
or over the phone 01397 700707
or pop into reception! 🙂#newyearseve #nye #hogmanay #fortwilliam #lochaber #scotland #ceilidh pic.twitter.com/BKA8ewaCdx
— Nevis Centre (@_NEVISCENTRE) December 27, 2018
Fergie Macdonald will be conducting Hogmanay at the Nevis Centre in Fort William. Another one with tickets left available. Jump in the car and start the motor NOW!
HOGMANY BASH 2018💃🏻🥂
Mon 31st December 7:30pm-1am
Tickets £10 on sale at Tartan Plus Tweed and Trophy Guy Galashiels
Entertainment to suit all tastes- disco, ceilidh and pipers🎶
STRICTLY OVER 18’s
Bring your own nibbles
Celebrate New Years Eve the right way🎉🎊 pic.twitter.com/DTDksAeCsx
— Rowan Boland Memorial Trust (@RowansTrust) October 29, 2018
We’ve mentioned this one in past Big Ears, but c’mon… disco pipers?! This has to be worth seeing.
Ye Vagabonds have taken a step up from being folk recording stars this week, appearing in no less than TWO films, both of which are linked below.
And should you need a good write up of the first of the two above, leave it to Aldridge & Goldsmith…
‘Kin loving this https://t.co/bRWlfcXqiZ
— Aldridge & Goldsmith (@JimmyASidG) December 28, 2018
Sticking with the Irish folk theme for a moment, a big congrats on (what we think is probably) Lankum‘s first US tour (but we may be wrong!) That kicks off very shortly indeed. No sleep ’til Brooklyn!
We're heading over to the US in a week's time… https://t.co/ww7DS7pFO0
— Lankum (@LankumDublin) December 28, 2018
And while we’re on that side of the pond, forgive us for blowing our own trumpets again. Have you seen this? fRoots is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award! Big congrats to our editor, the one and only Ian Anderson (if you discount the one from that band), who we think thoroughly deserves this lovely big pat on the back. Hurrah!
.@frootsmag has been dedicating itself to discovering up-and-coming artists in the folk scene since 1979. Learn more about our 2019 Academic/Organization Lifetime Achievement Award winner! https://t.co/1tF2M7oarr
— Folk Alliance (@folkalliance) December 29, 2018
Got your Sidmouth Early Birds yet? For the love of all things good, WHY NOT!? Get it together and get over to their website pronto.
First names announced and Super Early Bird Tickets Now on sale for The Sidmouth Folk Festival (2-9 August 2019). Grab them quick before they run out!
— The Sidmouth Folk Festival (@sidmouthfolk) December 10, 2018
In the mood for a little trad listening? BBC Radio 3 have been exploring Weird England. Sounds like where we live. And you lot, too. Poet, Lila Matsumoto, was born in Japan but has lived in the Midlands for some time. Have a listen to her discussing the Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance…
It isn’t really a releasin’ time of the year, is it? Or is it?
Maybe we’re wrong about that.
Thread Recordings have just put this little announcement out, so flex those credit cards!
Thanks to everyone for their support this year. We're very happy to confirm that our first release for 2019 will be from @CWKJoynes & The Furlong Bray. More details to follow soon, but in the meantime, here's a graphic from the album cover. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/Sf6Gzs1pZf
— Thread Recordings (@ThreadRecs) December 23, 2018
Elsewhere, the unstoppable (why would we want to?) Eliza Carthy has knocked out a warm and homely video introducing her new album, Restitute. Keep your credit cards out and wave them in her general direction. She’s even done you a bedtime story. A twofer!
Stuck for something to do between finishing off the Chrimbob cheese, Ghostbusters and napping? Have a little watch of the story of my new album Restitute, and preorder your copy of the Limited Edition today! All in a good cause…. https://t.co/IEJkArF85I
— Eliza Carthy MBE (@elizacarthy) December 29, 2018
The first release from River Lea Records was superb (take a bow, Lisa O’Neill), so we’re particularly looking forward to their second release. Brìghde Chaimbeul‘s The Reeling is a mere three weeks away if you’re heading to her Celtic Connections show on January 18th. Get in there and tell the world how good it is!
The second release on River Lea will be the debut album by Brìghde Chaimbeul. The Reeling was produced by Aidan O’Rourke @obanfiddle who performs on the LP alongside Radie Peat (@LankumDublin) and Rona Lightfoot. It's available to buy at @brichaimbeul’s @ccfest show on Jan 18th pic.twitter.com/QsDrXIDfAG
— River Lea (@RiverLeaRecords) December 3, 2018
And that’s the lot for this year. Next week we’ll be back with a round up of all the things worth looking forward to in 2019. See you on the other side!
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