leigh folk festival – music by the sea

This summer I am totally chuffed to be back at the Leigh Folk Festival again, performing on the Squeezebox Folk Stage at The Scout Hut on Sunday morning of Sunday 29th June.

It is the biggest and IMHO best free folk festival in the country – I have seen so many brilliant performances there over the last few years – you can get there from London Fenchurch Street station in under and hour… and there is a BEACH. A real beach which you can sit on and eat ice cream.

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three acres and a cow at tolpuddle martyr’s festival

tolpuddleReally happy to announce that I am performing ‘Three Acres And A Cow – A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story’ with Rachel Rose Reid at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival this year.

I think we are on Sunday afternoon in the Martyrs’ Marquee but this may change so do check the schedule if you are planning on heading down.

This festival is a must for any one interested in music and politics. The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ were given hugely cruel sentences in the 1830′s for setting up an early union to campaign for agricultural labourers’ wages – their sentences were eventually overturned after massive nationwide outrage, laying foundations for all people campaigning for a fairer and more equal society ever since.

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artists corner interview on jamendo

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The good folk over at Jamendo did a nice interview with me a little while back and it is now online. In it i confess to performing with Cliff Richard at the Royal Albert Hall as a child chorister #whoops

http://artistscorner.jamendo.com/2014/03/silence-tends-to-be-my-default-soundtrack-robin-grey.html

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pedal folk preparing for ‘in pursuit of spring’ tour

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I have just come back from a lovely weekend in Bath rehearsing with Tim Graham and Chance Kellner for the next Pedal Folk tour in April.

We are going to be retracing the London to Somerset route taken by the brilliant wordsmith Edward Thomas in his 1913 cycling trip which he documented in one of his last books ‘In Pursuit Of Spring‘.

Gigs will be in Hackney, Farnham, Winchester, Salisbury, Trowbridge, Glastonbury, and Crowcombe. You can see the map below and the full gig listing here – http://pedalfolk.co.uk/gigs/


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photoshoot with steve anthony

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An old ukulele student of mine has started up in business as a photographer and came by my boat last week for a cheeky little photoshoot …you can see some of the photos above/below and find our more about the rest of his excellent work here – http://stevenanthonyphotography.co.uk/

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album launch at ‘green note’ in camden on 5th february

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***STOP PRESS*** as of 3rd February, this event is now sold out.

To mark the completion of my fourth album ‘More Than Today‘, I have gathered the musicians I worked with recording the album together for a special one-off show at Green Note in Camden next month.

I have asked Effra and The Heartlands to join me for the evening, both are excellent bands who I am looking forward to sharing a stage with muchly.

The venue is quite small so please buy tickets in advance – it would make me super sad to have anyone turned away on the night.

Tickets link – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/252228
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/444836018950346/
Venue event page – http://www.greennote.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2347

 

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some photos from raf club in ilford

We did a lovely little gig for Steve at Redbridge Green Fair Music Club in Ilford last Friday.

The venue literally looked like it was the set of a horror flick from the outside but was utterly charming inside as were the audience…

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