Bromyard Sessions Concert 2014

Bromyard Sessions in Concert in the Falcon Mews Thursday 11th September 2014.

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

(Although a small contribution towards the cost of providing sound system and soundman would be appreciated – £2 per head will be plenty)

This concert is a curtain raiser for the 2014 Bromyard Folk Festival which runs from 12th to 14th September and all are welcome.

Music will be provided by:


Most people involved in the Midlands folk scene will know the legendary Irish singer Tommy Dempsey who has been performing for over 60 years now, both solo and with groups such as Slipjig, Drowsy Maggie and Dempsey’s Lot.

For one night only the line-up of Dempsey’s Lot that ran from the early 90′s through to 2005 is re-forming to play a set of traditional Irish songs and tunes, featuring Tommy Dempsey on vocals, bodhran and bones, Ally Craigan on fiddle, Rob O’Dell on guitar and mandoline, and Tony Burt on banjo, mandola and guitar.


John Bloor, Phil Marshall and Dave Haigh have recently been playing together at the Bromyard Sessions acoustic night, held in the bar at the Falcon every Tuesday. Using guitar and mandoline as backing they harmonise brilliantly on a range of traditional and contemporary folk songs.

stoned cherriesTHE STONED CHERRIES

Featuring Roger Pugh on mandola and guitar, and Dave Evans on guitar and mandoline, the Cherries have recently re-jigged their line-up adding the whistle wizardry of Aly May and electric bass from Matt Donaldson. Expect tunes, classic songs and the excellent original songs written by Roger and Dave.

tony burt bandTHE TONY BURT BAND

The Tony Burt Band comprises Tony Burt on vocals, guitar and mandola, Allyson Craigan on violin and John Davis on bass. In the main they perform Tony’s original songs which have thought provoking lyrics, often coupled with very singable choruses.

All three are long time performers on the Midlands music circuit and have joined together to produce new and interesting music whilst keeping the entertainment of the audience at the forefront. Tony states: “To me the challenge is to get people feeling involved and singing along with fresh, new songs they probably won’t have heard before.”

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Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival

End November to Saturday 6th December, 2014:

Mistletoe Festival: a week long, annual whole-town event in and around Tenbury Wells focusing on literary/ cultural events building on local folklore and legends, including theatre; Druid ceremonies, the crowning of the Mistletoe King and Queen, fairs, stalls, and storytellers.

All folk artists and groups are very welcome to take part throughout the town
If interested, please contact Caroline Palethorpe at: caroline(at)
for details of performance slots and reimbursements.

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Folk in the Foyer : Granny’s Attic


Recently nominated for Radio 2 Young Folk Award

Supported by The Tony Burt Band


FRIDAY 25TH JULY 7.30 pm



01885 488575 –

Download poster:  Grannie’s Attic

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Big Busk in Worcester

Big Busk

Each year Worcester BID teams up with the Worcester Music Festival organisers to run the Big Busk.

Located in up to 5 locations in the BID area, local musicians provide free performances on a Saturday in July throughout the day.

It creates a wonderful atmosphere, provides a great platform for local bands to promote themselves, promotes the upcoming Music Festival and people in town can shop, eat and drink whilst surrounded by great music.

The next Big Busk will be taking place on Saturday 26th July 2014, from 11-00am to 4-00pm

Watch out for more information at : and

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Fundraiser in Tenbury Wells

Saturday 9th August, 2014:

A charity fundraising ‘jam-fest’ at The Kings Head in aid of MacMillan Cancer Relief.

Various acoustic artists and groups playing in various spots around the pub and beer garden throughout the day (12 noon onwards).

Food provided!!

The evening features 2 bands: Sweet Charity and Red Mad Dog (tbc).

Anyone interested in a spot, please contact Debbie at

Location : The Kings Head, Cross Street, Tenbury, Worcesteshire WR15 8EG

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Steve Tilston In Concert

steve tilstonSteve Tilston In Concert in Bromyard

Date: Friday 13th June 2014

Venue: Falcon Mews, Falcon Hotel, Bromyard HR7 4BT

Doors Open: 19.30
Music: 20:00 to 23:00

Tickets: £10.00 each
Buy tickets from the venue or buy online.

Licensed bar with local real ales straight from the cask.

He’s been described as “a complete guitarist,” “a singer songwriter of rare talent” and “absurdly accomplished.” He’s toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools, traditional singer Maggie Boyle, in WAZ!, with Maartin Allcock and Pete Zorn, Ballet Rambert, A Transatlantic Song-Swap with Brooks Williams and with his daughter Martha. He’s the writer of the classic The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine and his songs have been covered by a who’s who of the folk scene.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a superb talent in the intimate surroundings of Bromyard’s medieval hall at the Falcon Mews.  If you already know Steve you won’t take much persuading to come along. If you don’t know his work then don’t wait any longer.

I count so many of Steve’s songs among my favourites it’s impossible to pick just a couple, but here goes …

One of my favourite songs, recorded in Steve’s kitchen:

Another favourite, this time on the Jools Holland Show:

It’s a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s best performers in little old Bromyard so please support us in the venture. Tickets can be bought at the Falcon and also online at Eventbrite – click here.

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Songs Of The West Country

All day workshop at Canon Frome Court on 7th June led by folk song collector and vocal teacher Paul Wilson.

Sounds great – details here. Email for more details.

Think I’m going to go! Ent that brave of me?

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Folk Music for Hereford Nursing Home

I’ve had a request from a Hereford nursing home for one of our merry throng to provide a demonstration of folk music for its residents. I’ll reproduce the request below so if interest please make contact directly:

“I work in a Nursing home in Hereford as Activity Co-Coordinator and was wondering if you or any of your members would be willing to come to Oaklands and give our elderly residents a demonstration of your music.

We have individuals with a range of physical and mental disabilities , but they love music and it seems to bring out the best in our individuals.

Please kindly consider coming to visit us. We can provide refreshments but have limited funds.

We look forward to hearing from you

Thanks on behalf of residents and myself.


Activity Co-oordinator and Administrator

Oaklands Nursing Home
43 Bodenham Road

01432 272775

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Welsh Music Workshop


Workshop with Stephen Rees a wonderful Welsh musician.

Cost : £15 per person

Stephen plays lots of instruments including piano accordion, fiddle and wind. He has played and sung around the world, and has taught a lot of people to play beautifully. He’s also great fun to work with.

The emphasis will be on arranging and experimenting with traditional Welsh tunes.

10am – 5pm at Little Trewern Farm near Longtown, Herefordshire HR2 OLW overlooking the Black Hill and Offa’s Dyke.

Followed by evening (open) session at 7-00pm in The Crown Inn, Longtown, Hereford HR2 OLT

For booking and further details please contact Judy : 01432 263495

Camping and B&B nearby

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Endangered Species in Tenbury Wells

Here is news of an extra folk event happening in Tenbury next week.

You are cordially invited to :

The Kings Head
Cross Street
WR15 8EG

Next Thursday 24th April, 2014 at 8-00pm to see Arthur Pagett’s folk ensemble:

Endangered Species

They have a wonderful reputation for good, solid folk music featuring, amongst their many talents, Arthur’s excellent banjo playing.

All welcome – Free admission

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