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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Musicians Wanted for Abberley Fete

I have had a request for musicians to play at Abberley School Fete on the 6th July 2014. Details below and if you can help please contact Natalie Jordan.

The fete is very well attended and as this is the Headmasters final term at Abberley we are expecting it to  be very busy indeed.  However as the fete is run for charity (Acorns Children’s Hospice and Penhall School for special needs in Wolverhampton) we would be unable to offer them any payment for playing at the event, but it would be an opportunity for them to publicise their talent.   We wouldn’t expect each artist to play the whole day but perhaps for between half an hour to an hour either in the morning or the afternoon to suit them.

Two speakers would be available and a PA system however we do not have any amps but obviously electricity would be provided if they wanted to bring these with them along with their instruments.  As it is a family event we would be ideally looking for acoustic performers,  folk, jazz or pop bands to keep the visitors entertained throughout the day.

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Irish Summer School in Brum

Details of Anne and Pat Molloy’s renowned Irish Summer School that takes place in and around the Digbeth area in Birmingham.

Booking has now opened for this year’s Summer School: 26th -27th July 2014

Once again we have a wealth of tutors to run the workshops, including a number of very special guests performing and teaching.

Details continue to be updated on our website: www.patmolloysummerschool.co.uk


Event officially opens at 10am in South and City College, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SU.

A session will precede the main event on Friday 25th in The Spotted Dog, Digbeth B12 0NH, from about 9pm.

Event officially closes at 5pm Sunday, but sessions are likely to continue into the night.


We are delighted to announce a Saturday evening concert with highly acclaimed band The London Lasses and Chris O’Malley, and a wealth of other highly talented and entertaining musicians, singers and dancers, all from Anne and Pat’s wide circle of friends.

The concert will take place in the college’s state of the art auditorium from 7.30 until 10pm, leaving time for those wanting more to enjoy a session in the Big Bull’s Head B5 6DY!


Concert tickets are available at half price to workshop attendees. All bookings can be made through the website. Lunch can also be booked online in advance.


Weekend Workshop: £15;

Concert: £12, £10 concessions, £6 workshop attendees;

Lunch: £5.

Costs remain low as the good will of volunteers, tutors and performers enable us to continue to run the summer school as a community event.

We are joined this year by an ever expanding list of volunteer tutors and performers who have been part of the Birmingham session scene over the past 5 decades, so look out for special guests!!


Music: All main instruments are included – too many to mention here – for instruments and tutors – see website!

Dance: Sean Nos Dance class by the highly talented and enthusiastic teacher, Ashline Cunningham Scanlon, who performs in shows such as Fuaim Chonamara, Atlantic Steps, Grainne Mhaol, and appears on DVD ‘In the Blood’ the story of Sean Nos Dance in Connemara.

Song: Ballad Singing session with the legendary folk singer, Mick Hipkiss (Drowsy Maggie) and friends.

Groups: Sunday will include mixed instrument workshops leading up to group performances.

Tea and coffee will be available all day!

Session Trail: This year will include session trails to enable everyone to play in a session with guidance from experienced session players; levels of session will include beginner, intermediate and advanced.


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Cardinals Hat Session in Worcester

**The Cardinals Hat Session  - First Tuesday every month**

Starting on Tuesday May 6th at 8-30pm there will be a new acoustic music session in the back room at The Cardinals Hat, Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA.

A friendly and relaxed gathering featuring traditional tunes and songs from the Irish, Scottish and English traditions together with an assortment of alternative music styles to add extra variety to proceedings.

Contact Pauline Molloy – paulinamolloy@gmail.com

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2nd Night of Vineyard Folk Club

Update from Pete Hollingsworth:

The second ‘Vineyard’ folk club proved an most enjoyable evening. Alex, at Broadfield, had done a great job with changed lighting and candles – definitely adding to the atmosphere. Songs from John and Hillary Bishop; and songs and melodeon tunes from Rob Gould, enhanced the evening…while ‘Thundercap’ Newman gave us his ‘Something In The Air’ (covered by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, among many). So thanks to all that came along, both artists and supporters.  If you took part on the night, but you’re name’s not mentioned here,  that’s no reflection your contribution!

This month (Friday 25th) sees ‘East West Infusion’ featured – a fine duo from Worcester. Caroline’s accordion and Phil’s flute playing is refined and arresting, their visit much anticipated.

Have been busy extending local advertising for the club, however, I’d be grateful to anyone with time and inclination to ‘put the word around’, or to print off the attached poster and arrange for it’s appropriate display. Hoping to see the room near, or at, capacity this month!

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Maddy Prior April 12th

maddy priorMaddy Prior will be appearing at Bromyard’s Conquest Theatre on Saturday 12th April starting at 7.30 pm.

Maddy will be joined by Giles Lewin and Hannah James and the performance will include material from the new CD “3 for Joy”. There is a video below showing extracts from their recent show at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester.

Click HERE to buy your tickets using the Conquest Theatre online box office.

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The Bills All Saints Hereford

The Bills. Tuesday May 27th. Doors/bar 7pm, band 8pm. All Saints Church&Cafe, Hereford. Tickets £12 tel.01432 340555 / http://www.courtyard.org.uk/events/the-bills/

Canadian folk/roots quintet, renowned among fans of all ages for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, exuberant live performances, evocative song-writing, and a refreshing sound that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization.

Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows, blending bluegrass, country, eastern european, classical and much more.

As part of their rare UK tour. www.thebills.ca

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Field Notes : New Music and Contemporary Art

Field Notes is an artistic collaboration between Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Craftspace Touring and Arts Alive which has been specially designed for small rural venues in Herefordshire and Shropshire as a way to introduce audiences to ‘new’ music and contemporary art.

Field Notes - Lyde and Kingsland

It features:

A specially commissioned work by Howard Skempton – a composer noted for his haunting and spare musical soundscapes.

Howard’s music has featured at the BBC Proms and has been widely performed by many of the UK’s top orchestras and ensembles.

A beautiful new piece by leading artist Matthew Harris who makes abstract artworks constructed through marking, piecing, patching, dyeing, cutting and hand-stitching cloth and paper.

A taster programme of shorter musical pieces by other leading, mostly UK composers selected to illustrate a range of styles and showcase the diversity of contemporary music.

Field Notes is an absolute one-off – there are just 12 performances taking place in local village halls and other small scale venues during spring and autumn 2014. The programme has been designed to appeal to all generations and tastes with a varied programme of shorter musical pieces in different styles and moods.

It’s happening in Lyde on 21st March and Kingsland on 28th March – see poster for full details or visit website: fieldnotestour.co.uk.

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Vineyard Folk Club Update

This coming Friday – 28th March – will see the second running of the Vineyard Folk Club at Brioadfield Court near Bodenham. The first event, a month ago, was well supported and very successful so it’s advisable to get there in good time, bearing in mind it really does start at 7.30pm.

It’s run by Pete’s Hollingsworth and here is his newsletter laying the scene for the event:

As many of you will know (especially if you ‘were there’), the ‘Vineyard’ made an encouraging beginning last month: well supported by both performers and an audience. The reaction to the venue – both it’s ambiance and acoustic properties – being very positive. And now here we are, just a few days to the next!

Following discussion earlier this month with Alexandra James (proprietor of Broadfield Court), and giving thought to how to build on that first night – some changes are proposed which you should know about. I trust they meet with your approval…or at least forbearance!

Firstly, the ‘bring your own (drinks)’ arrangement has had to go: instead a barrel of beer will be on hand (£3.00 a pint); Broadfield’s own wine (£3.00 a glass); bottled beers in case the barrel runs dry; and various snacks.

Secondly, am very conscious that charging an entry fee for performers is not quite ‘usual practice’. It is though rather important that The Vineyard builds up a small ‘contingency fund’. To put it another way, I’d prefer not to be ‘out of pocket’ beyond presently small advertising and duplicating costs – and time and fuel spent siting roadside posters locally. Please therefore bear with me for this month, and for April’s session, leaving the £2.50 charge for all intact – after which it should be possible to reduce or waive entry for those providing the entertainment! Anyone wishing to know where the money goes should ask!

Thirdly, future success of The Vineyard is I think related to how well the event continues to be supported by an audience…so it’s important that we’re a bit wary of ‘trying out’ new material in such a setting. Let’s stick to what we know we can do well, and continue to garner appreciative comments from folk who’ve come just to listen.

Lastly, featured for the Friday 25th April session will be ‘East West Infusion’: a fine duo beautifully blending accordion, flute, and vocals. They’ve ‘played’ Bodenham in the past and were very enthusiastically received! Also ‘penciled in’ later in the year are ‘Granny’s Attic’ (runners up in recent Radio 2 young folk music awards); and ‘Thornbridge’ from Bristol. Thornbridge are a close harmony trio singing mainly traditional songs, and building up a following at folk festivals…

That’s about it for now. Hope to see you Friday evening!

Pete Hollingsworth

I’m planning to be there so hope to see lots of my chums!

Here’s a selection of pictures from the first night:

valeryan and thunderclap

sally stamford

tony burt



pete hollingsworth


geoff and jim

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Granny’s Attic Playing In Broadwas

granny's atticBBC Radio 2 Folk Awards finalists, Granny’s Attic, will be playing at Broadwas Village Hall on Friday 11th April.

The evening begins at 7:30pm, with tickets priced at £7.50 on the door, or £6.50 if booked in advance. To reserve tickets go to:


Bring your own drinks!

Granny’s Attic are well known and much appreciated around Bromyard being regular visitors to the Falcon and other venues in and around the town. More info can be found here.

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