Olion Byw at Canon Frome Court 28th October 2016

The Frome Society presents Olio Byw in concert at Canon Frome Court on Friday 28th October 2016. Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm. Licensed bar.

Click here to book.

olion byw at canon frome courtOlion Byw; Lucy Rivers and Dan Lawrence, combine fiddle, guitar, mandolin and voice, capturing the essence of traditional Welsh music and song and representing it in a way that is fresh and enlivening. They take influences from World music, Roots and Nu folk to create an intoxicating atmosphere – intricate yet simple, contemporary yet traditional.
Their fresh and exciting arrangements of traditional Welsh tunes and songs are interspersed with original compositions, hence their name :  Olion Byw means Living Traces; rediscovering, reinventing ….

Support from Soundboard ; Natalie Mason, Ebrahim Nazir and Dave Carroll. This multi-instrumental acoustic trio plays music which is entirely original and dazzlingly varied. Their songs and instrumentals feature guitar, violin, viola, oud, banjo, bass and accordion, bringing in influences from European, African and Celtic traditions; from lyrical ballads through gypsy jazz to delta blues.

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Gig Guide from BBC Hereford and Worcester

Here’s an updated list of gigs, sessions, open mics and so forth shared by Andrew Marston at BBC Hereford and Worcester as at August 2016. If you have any corrections or additions please let me know and I’ll update accordingly.

• Open Mic @ The Royal Hotel, Ledbury
• Folk Night @ The Lamb & Flag, Worcester
NEW • Open Mic @ The Cock & Magpie, Bewdley
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ Cafe Mambo, Redditch (fortnightly)

First Monday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Irish Night @ The Grape Vaults, Leominster
• Acoustic Night @ The Pickled Plum, Pershore

Fourth Monday
• Singaround @ Pidele House, Wyre Piddle nr Pershore

• Open Mic @ The Globe, Hay-on-Wye
• Open Mic @ The Firefly, Worcester
• Open Mic @ The Great Malvern Hotel
• Open Mic: Pete Kelly @ The Queen’s Head, Wolverley nr Kidderminster
• Jam Night @ The Falcoln Hotel, Bromyard
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ The Retreat, Ledbury

First Tuesday
• Open Mic: Nigel Clark @ The Miller’s Arms, Pershore
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Irish Night @ The Volunteer, Hereford
• Open Mic @ The Oddfellows Arms, Astwood Bank nr Redditch
UPDATED • Traditional Music Sessions: Phil Knowles @ The Rose & Crown, Feckenham nr Evesham
• 12-19 Years Open Mic @ Pershore Library 7pm
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Acoustic Night: Pauline Molloy @ The Cardinal’s Hat, Worcester
NEW • Open Mic @ The Courtyard, Hereford

Second Tuesday
• Acoustic Night @ The Farrier’s Arms, Worcester

Third Tuesday
• Acoustic Jam Night @ The Miller’s Arms, Pershore
• Folk Night @ The Crown, Longtown, Golden Valley
• Open Mic: Mick Morris @ The Bell, Pensax nr Stourport

Last Tuesday
• Jam Night: The Beer In Hand, Hereford
• Folk Night @ The Miller’s Arms, Pershore

• Open Mic @ The Marr’s Bar, Worcester
• Open Mic @ The Red Lion, Malvern
• Open Mic @ Baskerville Hall, Clyro Court nr Hay-on-Wye
UPDATED • Folk Jam @ The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury
UPDATED • Ukulele Night @ The Old Cock, Droitwich —— Moved to Drummonds, Worcester
• Acoustic Night @ The Cap & Gown, Worcester (fortnightly)
• Folk Night @ The Crown, Colwall nr Ledbury (fortnightly)
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ The Queen’s Head, Redditch (fortnightly)
• Acoustic Night @ The Major’s Arms, Halmond’s Frome nr Ledbury (fortnightly) MOVED TO GREEN DRAGON, BISHOPS FROME
• Acoustic Night @ The Plough & Harrow, Guarlford nr Malvern (fortnightly)

First Wednesday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Bluegrass Session @ The Victory, Hereford 8pm
• Singaround @ The Talbot, Knightwick nr Bromyard?

Third Wednesday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Folk Night: The Cock & Magpie, Bewdley
• Acoustic Night @ The Admiral Rodney, Berrow Green nr Worcester?

Fourth Wednesday
UPDATED • Folk Night @ The Rose & Crown, Severn Stoke nr Malvern?

NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ The Cock & Magpie, Bewdley
• Open Mic: Dan James @ The Chestnut, Worcester 8.30pm (fortnightly)
• Open Mic: Tyler Massey @ The West Malvern Social Club 9pm

First Thursday
• Open Mic @ The Kings Head, Tenbury Wells
• Open Mic @ The Alma, Linton nr Ross-on-Wye 8.30pm
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ The Bridge, Tenbury Wells
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Folk Night @ The Farmer’s Arms, Wellington Heath nr Ledbury

Third Thursday
• Folk Session @ The King’s Head, Tenbury Wells
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Tarrington Arms nr Hereford/Ledbury
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • The Spread Eagle, Hereford

Last Thursday
MOVED • Open Mic: By The Shore @ The Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester

NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • @ The Imperial, Hereford ???
• Band Nights @ The Secret Garden, Kidderminster
• The Hotspur Sessions @ The Aero-Club, Shobdon Airfield nr Leominster

First Friday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Folk Night: The Pedigrees @ The Spread Eagle, Hereford

Third Friday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Folk Night @ The New Inn, Bartestree nr Hereford

Last Friday of Every Month
• 12-18 Years Open Mic @ The Hive, Worcester
• Open Mic: The Rhythm Thieves @ The Sun Inn, Leintwardine nr Leominster 8pm

NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ Ledbury Community Hall

First Saturday
• Folk & Irish Session @ The Harp Inn, Glasbury-on-Wye nr Hay-on-Wye

Third Saturday
• The Harp Inn, Glasbury-On-Wye nr Hay 8.30pm

Friday Sunday
NEW • Open Mic: By The Shore @ The Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester

Second Sunday
• Open Mic: The Rhythm Thieves @ The Sun Inn, Leintwardine nr Leominster

Last Sunday
• Open Mic @ The Plough Inn, Little Dewchurch nr Hereford/Ross
• Open Mic @ The Retreat, Ledbury

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Mitcheldean Fete & Folk Festival 15 – 17 July

This is an invitation to all at Bromyard Sessions to our free festival on 15th – 17th July, where you can sing, play and dance whatever you like.

2016 MFFF flierThis is the third year of the only folk festival in the Forest of Dean.  See programme attached, but it runs like this:

Friday night music and singing session in the Brewery Tap (yes, we have our own brewery)

Saturday 16th July:

  • Bespoke Brewery open to visitors from 10 am – 12 noon
  • Morris dancing tours from 10.30 to 4 pm
  • Free concert  in the parish church from 12 – 9 pm
  • Poetry festival in the library from 1 – 4.15 pm
  • Village fete on the playing field from 12 – 4 pm
  • Ceilidh dancing from 5-7pm (family ceilidh) and 7.30 – 11pm in the community centre
  • Singing session in the White Horse from 8 pm
  • Acoustic session in the Brewery Tap ditto

Folk walk singing at local pubs from 12 pm on the Sunday

And if you would like to stay over to join more of the fun, we have bunkhouse, camping and camper van space at the Oakraven Centre – call them on 01594 369343 to book your spot.

More info here.

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Folk In The Foyer June to September 2016


Friday June 10th:
ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE – world class singer/ songwriter/ guitarist with a charismatic stage presence.
Support: Hennesea

Anthony John Clarke playing at Folk in the Foyer 10th June 2016.

Anthony John Clarke playing at Folk in the Foyer 10th June 2016.

Friday July 8th:
LITTLE RUMBA – superb musicianship original material, with an eastern European/klezmer flavour together with the odd dollop of latin and rock’n’roll thrown in for good measure.
Support: The Speedgums

Saturday August 16th:
GRACE PETRIE – Very powerful singer/ songwriter/ guitarist,whose songs are about what goes on in the world around her. Regularly heard on Radio 4, particularly, ‘The Now Show’. Past bookings include Latitude and Glastonbury Festivals and a tour supporting Billy Bragg.
Support : Too Easy To Please, featuring Francis Budden.

Friday September 2nd:
Double bill. Local Derby, featuring
MICE IN A MATCHBOX who are Sally Stamford, a very fine singer, accompanied on guitar by Jim Rolt. and …
VAGINAPOCALYPSE who are Lu Mason, another wonderful singer, accompanied on guitar by Robin Scott Wilson.


For more information contact Roger 01885-483425/07779-694615 or pugh@live.co.uk.
For tickets: 01885-488575 or www.conquest-theatre.co,uk


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Upton Folk Festival 2016

upton folk festivalThis year, Upton Festival is making Rover tickets available in advance for Saturday evening events and for Sunday evening events.

Attached is a poster showing some of the highlights of this year’s festival. These are available from Upton Tourist Information Centre or from boxoffice@uptonfolk.org .

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Granny’s Attic in Worcester

grannys atticGRANNY’S ATTIC

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees, Granny’s Attic are a folk trio from Worcester who are rapidly making a name for themselves across the UK.

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) make up this talented trio. They play a variety of traditional folk music from the British Isles and further afield, complemented by original compositions.

It is the first time in two years that this group have played in Worcester and will be an evening not to be missed.

Great tunes, great arrangements, great energy, great stuff!’ Jon Boden (Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden)

Price: £10/£7 (U-16, Student, 60+)

To book please visit: http://www.worcesterartsworkshop.org.uk/event/grannys-attic/ or call 01905 25053
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Concert at Crudwell Village Hall

crudwell concert

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Hereford Sessions : Black Lion Closes, Vaga Takes Over

The “First Monday Session” at the Black Lion in Hereford has become the “Second Monday Session” at the Vaga, Vaga Street, Hereford HR2 7AT.

The Black Lion’s new owners decided to discontinue live music sessions.

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Wild Tales by Alan Kilburn & Richard Aird 26th March 2016

A traditional and contemporary folk concert performed by Alan Kilburn & Richard Aird

wild talesWild Tales is a multi-instrumental concert of traditional and contemporary folk, interwoven with spoken word to reflect the rich tapestry of Herefordshire flora, fauna and tradition performed by Alan Kilburn and Richard Aird.

Alan’s dramatic presentation style will bring to life extracts from the writing of John Masefield, Elizabeth Browning, Rupert Brooke, Samuel Coleridge and others whilst Richard threads in a selection of songs and dance tunes played on an amazingly diverse range of instruments.

This unique concert will be performed in the Hereford Sixth Form college’s Performing Arts Centre theatre and incorporate the first public performance of two winning poems selected from the 2015 Herefordshire Wildlife Trust poetry competition.

With a licensed bar and all proceeds going to the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Birches Farm Restoration Project, Wild Tales will appeal to folkies, poets and naturalists alike, not to mention those who appreciate real ale, cider and tall stories!

Venue: Hereford Sixth Form College, Folly Lane, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 1LU.

Doors and a licensed bar, serving wine and Orchard Origins’ local cider and apple juice, will be open from 7pm. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Booking for this event is essential.  Book online at www.herefordshirewt.org  or call 01432 356872.

Tickets cost £8.00.  Unsold tickets will be available on the door.

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Flatworld at Conquest Theatre


Flatworld : Folk in the Foyer 5th February 2016

Roots ‘n’ grooves from Eastern Europe and beyond lively five-piece band with magnificent tunes and kicking rhythm, played on fiddle, sax, guitar, bass and djembe.

Rich compelling melodies and tight driving rhythm, Flatworld play an eclectic mix of music from Eastern Europe and beyond. Distinctive tunes classically rooted in violin harmonies and underpinned by an energetic rhythm section.

Website.  Youtube.

Book online or call the Conquest Theatre on 01885 488575.

Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm. Tickets £8

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