Moishe’s Bagel at Burton Bradstock Village Hall

Last Friday we went to see Moishe’s Bagel at Burton Bradstock Village Hall, a Scottish-based quintet whose music is a hybrid of klezmer, jazz, Balkan and classical, played on piano, accordion, violin, double bass and percussion.

Moishe's Bagel at Burton Bradstock Village Hall
Moishe’s Bagel at Burton Bradstock Village Hall
Moishe's Bagel
Pete (Accordion), Greg (Fiddle) and Guy (Percussion)

 

Moishe's Bagel
Mario (Double bass) and Phil (Piano)

Here’s an idea of their music from YouTube:

Joe Strouzer and the Wing Faced Earth Figs at The Barton Inn

We went to this gig tonight to see Joe Strouzer and also the Wing Faced Earth Figs. There was rather too much chat going on in the pub to really appreciate the music but we had a good time and it was great to see Joe Strouzer live and his collaboration with the Wing Face Earth Figs was a highlight.

Here are a couple of photographs:

Jo Strouzer
Joe Strouzer at The Barton Inn 30 September 2017
Joe Strouzer with The Wing Faced Earth Figs

Here’s a couple of YouTube Videos (two of my favourites – featuring Rebekah Bouche on Double Bass):

Cambridge Folk Festival 2017 – The Den

As in previous years, time out from the main stages at ‘The Den’ was hugely rewarding and we were fortunate to discover three amazingly talented new acts:

Sleepy Folk

Captivating music from Sleepy Folk, an inspirational group of songwriters and instrumentalists from Guildford associated with the Academy of Contemporary Music:

Sleepy Folk at The Den, Cambridge Folk Festival 2017
Sleepy Folk at The Den, Cambridge Folk Festival 2017

They have a number of songs on YouTube – here’s ‘Strides’ for starters:

Young Waters (formerly Snufkin)

The next act that caught our attention was Young Waters based in the Bristol area and winners of the New Shoots Competition, Bath Folk Festival 2016:

Young Waters at The Den, Cambridge Folk Festival 2017
Young Waters at The Den, Cambridge Folk Festival 2017

(Apologies to Theo who is hidden behind the tent pole)

They are also on YouTube, one of their songs ‘Swimming Pool’ featured here:

Nina Harries

Introduced (perhaps unfairly) as being ‘weird’, but certainly theatrical and experimental in her playing of ‘Nancy’, the double bass partner to her vocals:

Nina Harries at The Den, Cambridge Folk Festival 2017
Nina Harries at The Den, Cambridge Folk Festival 2017

Here are a couple of videos from YouTube (Shoreditch Dickie and Icarus):


Lucy Ward at the David Hall, South Petherton

Our first proper gig since moving to Somerset last December – went to see Lucy Ward at the David Hall, South Petherton. Lucy has a powerful voice and sang a number of her own songs which focus on social justice, some bravely unaccompanied, some humorous, a few traditional folk songs and a cover of Jolene, in which (and she would probably prefer to forget this) spectacularly forgot the words.

Here’s a couple of photographs:

And two YouTube Videos:

Bronwynne Brent at Green Note March 2017

We were back at The Green Note again to see Bronwynne Brent – a little more relaxed and chatty than last time.  Accompanied by her producer and highly-rated guitarist Johnny Sangster:

Bronwynne Brent
Bronwynne Brent

Bronwynne Brent at The Green Note

Bronwynne Brent with Johnny Sangster at The Green Note

 

We had the front seats in front of the stage and helped out Bronwynne with setting up a video camera and picking up dropped plectrums.

Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 – Sunday

Världens Band

Fourteen musicians, seven countries, three continents, one band. Världens Band creates captivating world music that unites across borders. Världens Band performs folk and roots music from their native countries in a collision of cultures and a style they have self-branded as ‘Transglobal Roots Fusion’.

Världens Band
Världens Band

Solas

Solas is a popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band from the United States

Solas
Solas at Cambridge Folk Festival 2016

 Lizabett Russo

Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo of Romanian heritage.
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Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 – Saturday

Le Vent du Nord

First on the Main Stage were Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind), a Canadian folk music group from Quebec. The band, formed in 2002, performs traditional Québécois music (which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), as well as original numbers in this style, in French (profile from Wikipedia).

Le Vent du Nord on the Main Stage at Cambridge Folk Festival 30 July 2016
Le Vent du Nord on the Main Stage at Cambridge Folk Festival 30 July 2016

Cash Box Kings

The Cash Box Kings are from Chicago and play old school Chicago blues. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940’s and 50’s post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20’s and 30’s.

Cash Box Kings on the Main Stage at Cambridge Folk Festival 30 July 2016
Cash Box Kings on the Main Stage at Cambridge Folk Festival 30 July 2016
Joel Paterson guitarist
Joel Paterson guitarist
Oscar Wilson
Oscar Wilson

Daisy Bell

Daisy Bell is a young Singer/Songwriter from Cambridgeshire.

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Songs of Separation

Songs of Separation comprises ten female folk musicians from Scotland and England reflecting on the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, through traditional song.IMG_1110m

Applewood Road

Applewood Road is a collaboration between three singer-songwriters – Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace

Emily Barker
Emily Barker
Amy Speace
Amy Speace
Amber Rubarth
Amber Rubarth

Megson

Megson (Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna)
Megson (Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna)
Debbie Hanna
Debbie Hanna

Rheingans Sisters

Rowan Rheingans
Rowan Rheingans
Anna Rheingans
Anna Rheingans
Rowan and Anna Rheingans
Rowan and Anna Rheingans

Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 – Friday Evening

KT Tunstall

An excellent performance from KT Tunstall – great band, lovely person, entertaining, some new songs and some more familiar tunes given a new lease life.

KT Tunstall - Live at Cambridge Folk Festival 29 July 2016
KT Tunstall – Main Stage at Cambridge Folk Festival 29 July 2016
KT Tunstall - Finale at Cambridge Folk Festival 29 July 2016
KT Tunstall – Finale at Cambridge Folk Festival 29 July 2016

Sound of the Sirens

My next stop was The Den where I very much enjoyed the entertaining folk/rock duo Sound of the Sirens from Exeter.

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Gogol Bordello

The Friday night headliners were something of a contrast after the relative tranquillity of The Den. Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring.

Headliners Gogol Bordello at Cambridge Folk Festival 29 July 2016
Headliners Gogol Bordello at Cambridge Folk Festival 29 July 2016
Stage Antics
Stage Antics

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Crowd Surfing on Drums
Crowd Surfing on Drums

60th Birthday Celebration

On the evening of Wednesday 9th March we celebrated Martin’s 60th birthday. We’d booked the upstairs room at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington, for drinks, a light supper and live music in the relaxed faded grandeur of this intimate London venue.

First on stage early evening we had folk duo Rosie Carson and Kevin Dempsey who had previously impressed us at the Green Note last year. With three albums, a generation and the Atlantic between them, they are regulars at folk clubs and festivals around the UK and Europe.

Rosie Carson and Kevin Dempsey at The Old Queen's Head Islington
Rosie Carson and Kevin Dempsey at The Old Queen’s Head Islington

Rosie is from Cincinnati and Kevin from Coventry and they perform on both sides of the Atlantic.

You can see them on YouTube (performing on a different occasion):

Later on in the evening there was contemporary jazz from Bouche, an exciting band who’ve previously supported Van Morrison and who we enjoyed at Cambridge Folk Festival.

Rebekah Bouche
Rebekah Bouche

They  recently released this single/video, the first track from their new album due to be released early April. The video features Rebekah Bouche and actor Tancred Newbury:

https://www.facebook.com/bouchemusic/

Find some headphones or play through a good sound system or you’ll miss the double bass line.