Tag: folk

Moulettes play live December 9th at Hare & Hounds (Room 2), Kings heath, Birmingham

One of the most charismatic and theatrical of the new wave of British  folk bands hits the road in support of their acclaimed, self-titled debut album on Balling The Jack Records.

The band have shared stages, recordings, and personnel with the likes of Mumford & Sons (Ted Dwane of the Mumfords was their bassist) Noisettes, Mystery Jets, Band of Skulls (Emma Richardson guests on their album), and even the Ting Tings

They have played Glastonbury, Bestival and Summer Sundae amongst many others. They have busked across Europe and led music workshops with kids in Bosnia. They have enchanted twenty-odd festivals this summer – as well as performing gigs on boats; with a 100-voice choir; up a Maltese mountain and in their own back garden.

Their debut album is perhaps the most ambitious ‘folk’ album you’ll hear all year. It splices together strands of classical, gypsy, jazz, alt.rock and even some avant garde to  create a complex yet accessible whole. Highlights include the atmospheric story-song ‘Devil Of Mine’ (boasting a mind-blowing video); the Zepplinesque folk-metal of ‘Requiem’ and the entrancing prog-pop of ‘Wilderness’. Georgina, the violinist with the band has just done a session for Seasick Steve’s new album. Ruth, one of the singers duets with Paul Heaton on his latest album.

“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique”  **** MOJO

“Divine  harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” Time Out

Dec 2nd – Snowdrop Inn, Lewes

Dec 3rd – Haymakers, Cambridge

Dec 5th – Jericho Tavern, Oxford

Dec 7th – The Lexington, London

Dec 9th – Hare & Hounds (Room 2), Birmingham

Dec 10th – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Dec 11th – The Canteen, Bristol


More Info and Press: Joe Cushley email: joecushley at yahoo.co.uk

Moulettes play live December 9th at Hare & Hounds (Room 2), Kings heath, Birmingham

Moulettes play live December 9th at Hare & Hounds (Room 2), Kings heath, Birmingham

Clive & Matt Ryder at The Boat Inn, Newbold-on-Avon this Monday, 18 October

Father and son duo, Clive and Matt Ryder bring their special blend of traditional Irish, British and American music as our guests at The Boat Inn, Newbold-on-Avon this Monday, 18 October.

Playing guitar, slide guitar, mandola, accordion, bouzouki and Northumbrian pipes, Clive as been a dominant figure in the Coventry and Warwickshire folk circuit since the 1970s and was a member of the celebrated band Salmontails.

His son, Matt has proved himself an expert player on banjo, guitar, mandola and bass and is winning widespread acclaim for his own interpretation of American music.

The evening will be hosted by BorderLine Crossing featuring the superb singing of Chele Willow plus Pete Willow and Dave Cook on guitars. The music starts around 8.30pm and admission is free – but bring some change for the raffle and guest collection.

The sessions take place on the third Monday of the month and our first birthday night on November 15th sees the welcome return appearance of Kristy Gallacher, the first guest we invited when the club was launched.

Hope you can make it this Monday. Now that the Rugby bypass is open, it is much easier and quicker to drive to the club from Coventry and Leamington – no more dark bendy country lanes!

Further details from Pete Willow 01788 832608 or 07887 552896


Borderline Crossing: An evening of acoustic, folk & blues on 3rd Monday each month at Boat Inn, Newbold-on-Avon, Rugby

A fantastic evening of acoustic, folk and blues music is lined up on the 3rd Monday of each month at The Boat Inn, Newbold-on-Avon, near Rugby.

This Monday (15th February) will see more first-class acoustic, folk and blues music lined up.

Resident trio BorderLine Crossing (Chele Willow, Pete Willow and Dave Cook) present a special guest each month. In January the amazing singer-songwriter Rob Halligan played and this month’s special guest is the superb electric fiddle-player Joe O’Donnell with a unique ‘unplugged’ format of his band Shkayla.

Born in Limerick and now based in Coventry, Joe has rocked the Irish and UK music scene since the 70s, not least through his work with East Of Eden, Terry and Gay Woods and the guitar legend Rory Gallagher.

Named after the Gaelic word for ‘stories’, his Celtic fusion band, Shkayla recently released its long-awaited album, Celtic Cargo which has picked up stunning reviews from Europe’s top music publications for its powerful rock and funk rhythms and arrangements of songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany.

Monday’s line-up will feature Shkayla’s versatile keyboards-player Martin Barter and Coventry guitarist Si Hayden who enjoys a huge reputation in his own right for his impressive fingerpick and flamenco-style playing.

I didn’t know O’Donnell’s music before and I was amazed by the splendid mix of folk, rock and jazz, that distinguishes the album. These guys have developed an awe-inspiring sound and they managed to put these old tunes and songs in a fresh and airy dress. Folk World magazine, Germany

The very best in Irish-based folk rock: thoughtful arrangement and powerful settings of jigs, reels, ballads and songs, sometimes delivered with a jazzy feel, sometimes as hard-edged rock. Fiddle On magazine

Folk rock of the highest calibre highlighted with O’Donnell’s storming violin playing. FRoots magazine

Further details from Pete Willow 01788 832608 or 07887 552896  www.myspace.com/borderlinecrossing

The music starts around 8.30pm and admission is free – but have some change handy for the raffle and guest collection! Set your satnavs to CV21 1HN.

The club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. Next month’s featured act (March 15th) is Three Dollar Tag (Howard Lincoln, Pete Jackson, Bob Powell and Mick Shaler)

From last months club:

Rob Halligan: Regarded as one of the finest unsigned performers on the scene, Rob’s latest album, Best Thing That’s Happened was produced by Wet Wet Wet’s Graeme Duffin and Sandy Jones.In the late 1990s Rob was playing indie-pop-rock with his band, Goldsmiths. His life took a new direction after the death of his father during the 9/11 attack and this would be evident in his writing. His songs challenge faith, politics and complacency and are delivered with a rough spirituality, brutal honesty and tested to be true.

‘Dancing With Seagulls’ was Rob’s first solo project, produced by Simon Goodall (Cliff Richard) and widely praised in the folk and rock press. Radio 2 presenter, Paul Gambaccini, commented, “These are some of the strongest songs I’ve heard for a while”. The album had airplay on BBC1 TV, BBC Radio 2, and a host of local TV and radio stations.

Rob has now played at some of the finest acoustic venues and festivals in the UK including the MAC in Birmingham, The Norwich Arts Centre and The Lot in Edinburgh. He has twice headlined at the Godiva Festival and played the Acoustic Festival of Britain. He also sings with 1980s hit makers After The Fire and often tours with the acclaimed singer and guitaristGareth Davies-Jones.

“If Rob Halligan gets the recognition he so richly deserves, I advise to book him now, because I predict that very shortly, this extremely talented singer songwriter is going to become very ‘big-time’!!” Chris Tobin – Covfolk

The club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. Future dates for your diary:

February 15th – Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla Unplugged
March 15th – Three Dollar Tag (Howard Lincoln, Pete Jackson, Bob Powell and Mick Shaler)