f**k off back to eton with all your eton chums – the david cameron ‘busker’ affair

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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?

This interview is a good place to start if you want to know my thoughts – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/david-camerons-ukulele-busker-i-thought-f-off-back-to-eton-was-a-bit-crass-but-it-came-from-the-heart-10177329.html

Due to popular demand I have begun a campaign to get ‘F**k off back to Eton’ to number 1 during the general election – subscribe here to be kept in the loop with updates – http://eepurl.com/bjZrGr

Here is a chord sheet, I’d love to hear your version – use the hashtag #fuckoffbacktoeton on twitter and I’ll find it – Fuck off back to Eton (with all your Eton chums)

Fire In The Mountain festival

FITM2015eflyerReally looking forward to performing at Fire In The Mountain in May.

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

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 as well as a set of my own songs with Chance Kellner on the violin and backing vocals.

Tickets are available from http://www.fireinthemountain.co.uk/

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ spring shows

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I have a lovely little gaggle of shows lined up performing ‘Three Acres And A Cow, A History Of Land Rights And Protest‘ with Rachel Rose Reid this spring.

I will also be doing sets of my own songs at ‘Fire In The Mountain’ and ‘Tandem’ festivals with Chance Kellner on violin and other musical friends.


20th March – Vineyard Church, Richmond
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21st March – Embercombe, Exeter (w/ Lisa Schneidau)
http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/embercombe

25th March – Dangerous Ideas, Southampton
http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/southampton

26th March – Cultivate Festival – Walthamstow, London
http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/e17
https://www.facebook.com/events/417177085106233/

28th March – People’s History Museum, Manchester - daytime show
http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/manchester

6th & 7th April – Ventnor Exchange - Isle of Wight – tickets not online yet

9th May – Forest Row Village Hall, East Sussex – tickets not online yet

30th May – Fire In The Mountain festival – near Aberystwyth, Wales
http://www.twoforjoy.co.uk/fire-in-the-mountain – tickets are nearly sold out so be quick

20th June – Tandem Festival, Oxfordshirehttp://tandemfestival.com/

Grow Heathrow’s 5th birthday on Saturday 28th February

Grow-Heathrow-1024x827Grow 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.

You can find out the full program here – http://www.transitionheathrow.com/2015/01/grow-heathrow-5th-birthday-saturday-28th-february/

PS – Don’t expect the gardens to look quite as lush as in that photo… It was taken in summer and alas February is not the most aesthetically pleasing month in the garden!

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A People’s History of Music with Dave Randall

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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.

Tickets: http://www.counterfire.org/news/17512-counterfire-benefit-a-people-s-history-of-music-with-dave-randall-nia-and-more-10-december

Stop Look Listen with Zoe Konez and Chance Kellner

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I will be performing as a duo with the brilliant Chance Kellner on violin at this lovely night in Manor House hosted by Zoe Konez.

I shared a stage with Zoe’s band ‘Cat Bear Tree’ a few months back and they were superb – have a listen to their music here https://catbeartree.bandcamp.com/

This will surely be my last show before Christmas and maybe until April if my winter time plan to hibernate at a meditation centre goes to plan. It would be lovely to see you if you can make it down.

Tuesday December 2nd @ 7.30pm – The Finsbury, 336 Green Lanes, London, N4 1BY – http://www.thefinsbury.co.uk

Gig with ‘3 Cane Whale’ for Edward Thomas Symposium

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3 Cane Whale are without doubt one of my favourite bands in the world so I am thrilled that I am going to be sharing a stage with them next month.

We are putting on this one off event in the Lupton Hall at Bedales School to celebrate the life and works of Edward Thomas during his annual symposium.

Saturday 15th November 8pm (doors 7:30pm)
Lupton Hall, Bedales School, Steep, Hampshire, GU32 9DG
£10 (£8 concessions)

http://www.bedales.org.uk/bedales-arts/events/pedal-folk-and-three-cane-whale

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.

 

TA&aC at the cock & bull festival

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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.

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Here is a beautiful video about Jamie’s Farm –

photos from pedal folk spring tours