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

Tim and Chance rehearsing sm

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

green note

***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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december gigs in essex, oxford and crouch end

So I should probably be starting to hibernate by now but the year has thrown up a little flurry of winter gigs in Essex, Oxford and Crouch End. I will be performing with Chance and Candy on violin and backing vocals respectively..

The Essex show on Friday 6th December is for a much loved promoter who books me for gigs in libraries, gardens, town centres and …this time …the local RAF Club… awesome. More info <here>.

Then Saturday 14th December at a beautiful old pavilion surrounded by green in Oxford – info <here> ***please note this show has been postponed to 2014***

…and finally on Sunday 15th┬áDecember this lovely weekly event in Crouch End – info <here>

softly softly crouch end Dec15a

 

oxford-xmas-folk-gig-hogacre

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john hegley pops by the studio

Robin Grey and John Hegley

This week I contributed ukulele parts to a Christmas single being recorded by a community choir in Hackney and the choristers from St Paul’s Cathedral along with some other folk.

John Hegley popped by this morning to record the rap in the middle eight and decided to stay for a cheeky jam. A nice way to start the weekend…

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