Oh golly gosh, I was up in Northumberland to see my Nana for a peaceful break after the ‘Three Acres And A Cow‘ spring tour, when a nasty big blue bus cut me up on my bike… and then I had a little unplanned chance to sing to David Cameron… Quite an unexpected bit of serendipity perhaps?
It is a wonderful little festival set in a beautiful part of Wales which I have heard so much about. They have bands and musicians coming from the USA, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales including Appalachian fiddle master Bruce Molsky and Scottish and Irish pipers Ross Ainslee and Jarlath Henderson
‘Grow Heathrow‘ is an occupied market garden site in Sipson; one of the villages to be completely tarmaced to make way for a third runway at Heathrow. That it is still around after five years is utterly brilliant and testament to the passion, dedication and graft of some of the most wonderful people I know.
I am really looking forward to performing at their fifth birthday party (which goes on for the best part of three days) and will feature some of the most amazing cakes you have ever seen and tasted.
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – 7:30pm – tickets £8.00 / £6.00
The Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston
Do come along to this show – it looks like a great night… official blurb below….
A People’s History of Music: a radical, thought-provoking evening on the history of music in pictures words and sound.
As well as playing for Faithless and working with Sinead O’Connor and in his own bands, Dave Randall is the organiser of the highly acclaimed series of The Rest is Noise events, and producer of Freedom for Palestine by One World.
Advance booking a definitely recommended. Tickets can be ordered using the form below. All money raised from the event will go towards supporting the work of Counterfire.
Edward Thomas is one of our country’s literary heroes, whose work deals with themes that still have huge resonance today such as the encroachment of industry and large scale mechanised agriculture into the natural world and the search for traditional values and national heritage during uncertain times.
Many contemporary poets and musicians cite Thomas as an influence and the members of Pedal Folk and Three Cane Whale have been brought together from Bath, Bristol and London in their admiration of his work.
Their music draws inspiration not only directly from his words but also the themes of an English culture that he searched for and reflected upon through his love of poetry, of folk song and the joy that he took in traveling the land. Guaranteed to be a brilliant evening of music that will delight and engage fans of Thomas’ work as well as those who haven’t experienced his words.
I will be performing ‘Three Acres And A Cow – A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story’ with Rachel Rose Reid at the Cock & Bull Festival in Wiltshire on 26th July after lunchtime around the 2pm mark.
Have a little peek at their website by clicking on the poster … there is loads of great stuff going on including some brilliant friends of mine such as Nick Hart, Pete The Temp, Whiskey Moonface and a host of others. The festival is a fundraiser for a really great farm charity which connects young people from the city with food and the countryside.