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.
This summer I am totally chuffed to be back at the Leigh Folk Festival again. I will be performing on the Squeezebox Folk Stage at The Scout Hut on Sunday 29th June somewhere around the midday mark – please check the program to confirm this.
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.
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.
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