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Added 11 Apr 2003

Why go to only one festival when you can go to 5!!! is excited to be headlining a whole new era of festivals this year, with their brand new country music festival.

The International Country Music Festival, 20th – 22nd June at the Suffolk Showground, Ipswich, looks like being the first of its kind. The ICMF is incorporating five mini festivals under the country banner, including sections of Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Celtic, Country Folk and Traditional Country and Linedancing.

The new style of festival, introduced by Minifest, makes it possible for colleagues, family and friends to go to one festival and still enjoy their own taste in music or alternately enabling people to go to just one section of their choice.

Whether it is one segment, all day and night or the whole festival this mixture of music and entertainment is one that is sure to bring in the crowds!

For further information on Minifest, contact Simon Malone on 01 440 761 023

Or email: Or Website

Added 11 Apr 2003

BBC Trio To Support Minifest!!, are proud to announce their partnership with the BBC, for the International Country Music festival on 20th- 22nd June at the Suffolk showground, Ipswich.

This year's festival introduces a whole new style of country festival, incorporating different genres of country music under their banner. The festival starts, at 5pm on Friday 20th June, with a Rock 'n' Roll meets Rockabilly Evening. Include is a jive workshop by British champion Kav Kavannagh and music by two of the original bands of the era, The Avengers and the Rimshots, and kept rockin' at a pace by DJ Houndog Jim.

BBC Radio Suffolk's Brian Mann is broadcasting live during Bluegrass Alive and pickin', on the Saturday afternoon, which is headlined by The Charlie Boston Band and compered by Steve Cherelle from BBC Radio Essex. Saturday night is set to get all toes tapping and bodies dancing with Celtic Homelands. The line up includes the BBC Radio Folk award nominees, Flook, who's attributes include the award for best festival gig at Belfast's open house festival, guaranteeing a night to remember.

Sunday is set to be more than memorable, with BBC's Steve Cherelle returning although this time it will be his award winning music that excites crowds. This Line dancers dream of a day, will have dancing taught by world champions Paul McAdam and Rachel McEnaney and in a separate venue top music to strut your newly learnt moves to. The BBC radio trio is completed by BBC Radio Norfolk's Roy Waller compering all afternoon.

All of those involved agree that the International Country Music Festival is a date for everyone's calendars and with BBC Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex all aboard this year it is certainly going to be hard to miss.

For information call: 01440 761 023 or email:

Added 27 Feb 2003


CONTACT: Simon Malone; minifest; 01 440 761 023


Minifest was delighted to see the Country Music Radio Awards register their agreement with our committee who have already booked both Steve Cherelle (Best Song) and Charlie Boston (Most successful hot disc) for the International Country Music Festival to be held at the Suffolk Country Showground from Friday the 20th till Sunday the 22nd June.

We were delighted to see Steve also collect the best DJ award for his country show on BBC Essex. Steve will be playing on the Sunday, the section of the festival known as Line Dancer's Dream, with its superb live music and demonstrations and workshops from world champions Rachael McEnaney and Paul McAdam.

Charlie and his band will be headlining the afternoon section of the Saturday, which will feature bluegrass and country roots, again with a mixture of excellent bands from Britain, Ireland and America, and exciting dance displays and workshops.

Charlie was also nominated for Best Album of the Year, along with another minifest choice, The Bunch. This duo will be some of the highlights of the acoustic show that they are currently touring on the Garth Brooks "The Thunder Rolls" theatre show.

To support the spirit of excellence, contact minifest on 01 440 761 023 or


Added 10 Dec 2002


Grimsby based country duo Gringo who work in Lincolnshire & South Yorkshire area have launched their new website at: - they can be contact regarding information gigs or bookings (they're always looking for new work) via the website.



~ 26 - 28 JULY 2002 ~

TOP INTERNATIONAL STAR TO COME TO IPSWICH are thrilled to announce that Philomena Begley will be breaking her Irish tour and flying in to headline's INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Suffolk Showground, Ipswich. To be held 26th to 28th July, 2002.

Philomena Begley, the "Queen of Country Music", began her career 'for a dare' at the age of 15, but by 1977 she was undertaking a major tour of the United States and in 1978 was invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry. Since then she has returned annually to Nashville, been a guest of honour at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York and has sung at both the Grand Old Opry and Carnegie Hall.

In this country she is no stranger to Wembley and so minifest are delighted that she has agreed to perform at Ipswich where the size of venue will mean a more intimate view of this fantastic star.

Alongside Philomena will be Gary McEvoy, Irelands answer to Garth Brooks. His own love of country music lead him to form his own band, which launched him on the road to stardom, as himself, without the tribute to Garth Brooks.

Full details of the rest of the line up have yet to be announced but promise stars from as far away as Canada and home grown talent such as Kenny Johnson & Northwind, The Bogtrotters and Little Rock.

Truly a weekend to remember!

For further information, please contact: Minifest ~ phone/fax: 01440 761023 ~ email:


East Anglia has never quite seen the likes of Finnian McGurk, one of the founder members of, a Suffolk based company specialising in organising special events and festivals. His life story is better than the material for most novels, his different talents numerous, but perhaps above all, his celtic gift of the gab sets him apart from the norm.

Born in 1956, the year of the Goat, Finnian came out screaming and has been making a noise ever since. He attributes his education to a combination of the monks of Downside Abbey and constant travel with his family throughout both Nepal and the Far East, during which his passion for flying was born.

Deciding that the Queen had more aeroplanes than he did, he joined the army to train to fly. Thereafter, he crop sprayed, banner towed, parachuted and generally became an ariel flunky. He comments on this period of his life "do you remember when you thought flying was dangerous and sex was safe?"

His second passion is music and as the years expanded with his girth, this became a new career. A talented vocalist and musician, he not only plays the predictable guitar and keyboards, but mandolin, whistle, fiddle, fool and bagpipes.

Well known in Celtic Rock circles, he has played all over the world, including appearing at Glastonbury during its "early days" but perhaps his strangest gig was playing under the stage at the Tuna Festival in Denmark. Other stories include playing in France at the Macon Wine Festival where he was given 500 bottles of red wine or at the Lorient Festival where his boat was hidden by fans to ensure he remained for an extra 2 days.

Already incorporating some country music into his Celtic Rock performances, he is making his debut in the country scene at minifest's International Country Music Festival in July. Musically, Finnian attributes influences to Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Country Joe Macdonald and Al Stewart but, he says, his true heroes remain Robert Service and all parents.

For further information, please contact: Minifest phone/fax: 01440 761023 / email:


We have received information about Don Williams forthcoming UK tour, here is a list of the dates around the country, venues and contact numbers.

Kennedy Street Enterprises Proudly Presents Country Legend Don Williams UK TOUR 2002


Thu 3 Cardiff, UK St. David's Hall 029 2087 8444

Fri 4 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall 0121 644 5198

Sat 5 Brighton, UK Dome Theatre 01273 709709

Sun 6 Norwich, UK Theatre Royal 01603 630000

Mon 7

Tue 8 Southport, UK Southport Theatre 0870 6077560

Wed 9 Llandudno, UK North Wales Theatre 01492 872000

Thu 10

Fri 11 Aberdeen, UK Music Halls 01224 632080

Sat 12 Glasgow, UK Royal Concert Hall 0141 3538000

Sun 13 Ayr, UK Gaiety Theatre 01292 611222

Mon 14

Tue 15 Liverpool, UK Royal Philharmonic Hall 0151 709 3789

Wed 16

Thu 17 York, UK Barbican Centre 01904 628991

Fri 18 Leicester, UK De Monfort Hall 0116 2333111

Sat 19 Kings Lynn, UK Corn Exchange 01553 764864

Sun 20 Southend, UK Cliffs Pavilion 0170 2351135

Mon 21

Tue 22 Ipswich, UK Regent Theatre 01473 433100

Wed 23 Croydon, UK Fairfield Halls 020 8688 9291

Thu 24 Bournmouth, UK BICC

Fri 25 Plymouth, UK Pavilion 01752 222200

Sat 26

Sun 27 London, UK Dominion Theatre 0207 744 4444

Mon 28 Oxford, UK Apollo Theatre 0870 606 3500


tel 020 7744 4444 /

For further information contact

Don Williams Enterprises LLC, PO Box 8317, Hermitage, TN 37076-8317, USA

Rod Picott and Chelle Rose ~ UK Tour 2002

Nashville, TN - Wednesday, January 30, Rod Picott and Chelle Rose will make their highly anticipated UK debut in Nottingham. This tour is sure to be as much a celebration of the Americana movement's potential as it will be an outstanding musical event.

Rod Picott has built a reputation as one of the best of Music City's young singer-songwriters. His debut album, Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues (Welding Rod Records) features narrative story-telling delivered with grit and elegance, from laments to lost love to down & dirty, defiant rock & roll. His smoky delivery and gift for storytelling has drawn comparisons to Tom Waits, Steve Earle, and John Hiatt. Music Row Magazine says, "His disc is the birth of a major, major artist."

In 1998, Picott toured the west as opening act for Allison Krauss and Union Station. 1999 saw the release of the co-penned Gettin' to Me on Fred Eaglesmith's critically acclaimed album 50 Odd Dollars (Razor and Tie). 2001 brought fruition to the hard work of the past few years in the title cut of Slaid Cleaves' album Broke Down (Philo/Rounder). Broke Down reached number one on Gavin's Americana Chart and received widespread airplay on both Americana and AAA radio stations across the states and in Europe.

Chelle Rose can intoxicate you with a stark, confessional ballad then turn around and hit you with a raucous, blues-infected rocker about a preacher man named Rufus Morgan or the anxiety of awaiting an untimely death in Shady Grove. Her self-penned debut, Nanahally River (Bloodred Records) has many well-respected music journalists using some of their best lines. "With the Outlaws' verve and Loretta's easy grace, Rose draws on her East Tennessee roots and family history, while incorporating an alt-country penchant for distortion and strong backbeats. Her work has the potential to be as long lasting and meaningful as Emmylou or Patsy", writes Clay Steakley of The Nashville Rage. Bill Friskics-Warren (The Nashville Scene) adds, "One of the more luminous--and trenchant--coming-of-age albums to come along in years".

Rose will also be featured on Bob Harris Presents Vol. 3 set for UK and Eire release in early 2002. Vol. 3 on Assembly Records will contain 15 tracks hand-picked by broadcasting legend Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2. Past volumes have included such artists as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams and Slaid Cleaves. Alan Cackett of Country Music International reveals Rose as "a blend of the best rootsy work of Lucinda Williams, Bobbie Gentry and Kate Campbell, without in any way being a copy-cat. The Nashville Rage claims, "An Americana star in the making!"


January 30 The Maze Nottingham 0115 947 5650

January 31 The Alma Tavern Bristol 0117 946 7899

February 1 The Musician Leicester 0116 251 0080

February 3 Fibbers York 01904 466148

February 5 The Lemon Tree Aberdeen, Scotland 01224 642230

February 6 The Bein Inn Glenfarg, Scotland 01577 830216

February 7 The Tron Theatre Glasgow, Scotland 0141 552 4267

February 9 The Beresford Arms Hotel Ashbourne, Derbyshire 01335 300035

February 10 The Carnival Inn Barton-on-Humber 01652 634845

February 11 The Greys Brighton 01273 680734

February 12 The 12 Bar Club London 0171 209 2248

February 13 The Witchwood Ashton-under-Lyne 061 344 0321

For more information view Chelle Rose Website

For more information view Rod Picott:

Today's Country Music from ROUTE fm

A new FM Radio station is aiming to bring an exciting new musical choice to the airwaves of the East Midlands. Its a musical choice with real instruments, real singers, real tunes and words you want to listen to. A choice that's perfect listening, whether you're driving, at work or at home. Its the sound of today's country music! Country music fans and fans of real music have the opportunity to ensure that Route FM is granted a new commercial radio licence for the East Midlands.

If support is there for this exciting new venture, the station will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, playing today's country music. To indicate to support & interest write to Route FM, Freepost NEA 11587, Lincoln, LN5 7BR (Route FM is backed by Lincs FM PLC) or log on to their website at

Following her extremely successful first UK visit in August 2000 and the release of her first album "Ashley Jay", the 17 year old Californian country music singer will be returning to the UK for a short tour in February in support of her first single release ("Make It Hurt") in the UK.

Ashley began her singing career at the age of four, and by the tender age of six had won the title "Miss Western States" which sparked her ambition to become a major recording artist and kept her performing constantly since that day! Ashley began working in the recording industry at the age of ten, and has soloed for MGM studios and recorded many children's musicals. She also appeared in the lead role in World's video production of "Candy Cane Lane".

Ashley has crammed a lot of performing into her sixteen years, and has actually built her career on performing for organisations that benefit children throughout the U.S.A.

Ashley is looking forward to returning to Britain for the Rendezvous Tour with her 5 piece band.

Check out on Ashley's website on:

Thursday 8th February - The Masonic Hall, Edinburgh ~ Tickets : 0131 661 6886

Friday 9th February - Waterhouses Sports & S.C., Staffordshire ~ Tickets : 01538 308318

Saturday 10th February - The Empire Theatre, Consett ~ Tickets : 01207 218171

Tuesday 13th February - The Borderline, London (Supported by Redland Palomino Co.) (sponsored by Ritz 1035) ~ Tickets : 020 7734 2095 / Doors 8.30pm 9.00 - 9.45pm Redland Palomino Co. / 10.15 - 11.15pm Ashley Jay ~ Ticket price £6/£7
The London based REDLANDS PALOMINO COMPANY were formed in early 1999 by young singer/songwriter Alex Elton-Wall and guitarist Mike Gant after both discovering they shared a love for Country Rock, Acoustic guitars and Harmony vocals. They had played and written together since 1996, but it wasn't until January 1999 that they finally found the perfect rhythm section in drummer Jamie Langham and bassist Rain. The band played a couple of gigs in central London as a four piece, until they were lucky enough to meet and recruit pedal steel guitarist Dave Rothon in September 1999.

The millennium year saw The Redlands Palomino Co. concentrate on writing, recording and developing their sound, along with playing selected and very well received gigs at established London venues notably, The 12 Bar Club, The Lil Backyard Club and The Water Rats. The latter part of the year ended on a high with the band receiving their first official radio airplay on Claire Sturgess' XFM Show, along with a triumphant 'Christmas Waltz' gig in December at The Red Eye in Islington featuring special guest friends Hannah Reese & Cove.

Looking forward to 2001, the band have put dates in the diary to record a new demo / E.P in early February, along with recent confirmation of a debut appearance at The Borderline on February 13th. More gig dates will follow.

Live the band are a strong force, and with every member adding creative input there is no shortage of strong and varied material. They can quite naturally shift from slow melodic songs to faster more upbeat Rock 'n' Roll. With Influences including CSN, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones, The Band & The Allman Brothers to more recent Alternative Country acts such as Wilco and The Jayhawks, there is undoubtedly a strong Country element to their sound. However whilst American music has played a big part in shaping their sound and songs, they are essentially a British country Rock 'n' Roll band and have no desire to forget their roots. (Bob Paterson)

For more information about bands appearing and booking opportunities visit the Bob Paterson website at:

Click above to visit Bob's site


Charity Shows at West Ashby

Last year saw the end of the J&H Country Evenings, organised by John & Helen at the Golfers Arms in West Ashby. We are pleased to say that there will after all be some country music at the venue during the coming year, with three shows taking place on Fri 27th April (Country Contrast / Steve Chase), Fri 21st September (Harmony Duo / Dave Bryan) & Fri 16th November 2001. For more information see Fizgig Country Gigs page or contact Marion & Erick: tel 01507 313475.



BBC Radio Lincolnshire's country music presenter Veronica Capaldi has compiled a Listeners Country Top 50 which was broadcast in a special programme on BBC Radio Lincolnshire on New Years Eve. If you missed the programme or parts of it & want to know if your selections made the Top 50 or if not which songs & performers were voted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire listeners (who came from a wide area not just Lincolnshire, listeners from Sheffield & Hull also sent entries for the competition, click on the view button to see the Top 50 in order.

For further info about or to send comments, requests, or gig listings to Veronica's Show e-mail to:


Country Music on BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Veronica Capaldi who previously hosted the popular Monday evening Country Music show on Lincs FM now presents a 3 hour country music show on BBC Radio Lincolnshire where on Sunday afternoons between 1 & 4 pm. The programme features an interesting cross section of country music, both old & new with plenty of lively music that will appeal to a wide audience. She also presents a Friday evening programme entitled 'Yesterday Once More ...' between 7 & 9 pm (which features music from the 50's & 60's - Rock'n'Roll & rockabilly plus some Country & ballads, good driving music!) and a 2 hour programme of 60's & 70's music Saturday afternoon.

Veronica's Country show may well attract other music fans who previously missed her programme on Lincs FM as it clashed with BBC Radio East Midlands Folkwaves programme - certainly at points the 2 musical styles cross boundries, especially in the bluegrass & traditional country songs. (Of course Country music fans with an ear for folk music who previously missed the Folkwaves programmes on Monday evenings can now tune in to both programmes, give it a try!)

Veronica is a Country music performer in her own right & has recently recorded a CD album featuring songs by a number of British country music performers, to raise money for research into MS, which her husband Pete suffers from. For details of how to obtain a copy of 'In Between The Honky Tonks' visit The Offical Veronica Capaldi Website.

Sadly, as a result of the restructuring of BBC Radio Lincolnshire's programmes the Tuesday evening Country Diary formerly presented by Allan Kyme has been dropped, Allan's cheerful & friendly voice will be missed by many of the station's listeners. We presume that Allan will be working behind the scenes with the stations fund raising efforts as we know he raised a lot of money from local country music fans when kidnapped for the BBC's Children In Need Appeal.



A project band featuring David Brown of The Hicksville Bombers (rhythm guitar), Paul Chambers of The Blue Dots & Hubcaps (double bass) & Nathan Young of Big Pete Young & Blockbuster (lead guitar). Country Cattin' play original material, covers of early Elvis, Johnny Horton, Lefty Frizzell & Hank Snow. The band have already done a number of gigs, & has just got a recording deal - already a venue in Jefferson in Texas is interested in sorting some gigs out. A demo is available to venues (UK, & USA, etc) interested in booking the band - email or tel 044 (0)1522 874104 (Lincoln - England). The Hicksville Bombers & The Blue Dots will be unaffected, as this project is only a sideline. ******************************************************************************

Country Music on the Radio

If you're a country music fan, or just someone who wants a taste of the country sound, programmes on local & national radio stations are a must. Have a listen to the following shows:

Veronica Capaldi's Country Music show on BBC Radio Lincolnshire (Sunday Afternoon 1pm - 4pm) - Veronica's show features both New Country & older country music & even a small Bluegrass spot.

Mick Smith presents a country music show on BBC East Midlands every Tuesday evening between 7pm - 9pm. This show is broadcast on BBC Radio Lincolnshire / Nottingham / Leicester & Derby on FM & AM wavelengths. Unfortunately for people who enjoy hearing their music in stereo, & clearly, Mick's show is on occasions broadcast on AM only as football commentaries are broadcast when matches are being played on the FM wavelength. BBC Radio Lincolnshire listeners usually only lose the FM service when Lincoln City are playing, other Midland stations are affected when the Nottingham teams, Leicester or Derby are playing. Mick's show often features studio guests as well as a wide variety of country music styles, from traditional country & western, New Country, bluegrass, Rockabilly (The Hicksville Bombers have been studio guests) & even on occasion music with more than a nod towards folk (Harvey Andrews may be a studio guest in 2001) & blues (Dr Bob's Acoustic Roots & Blues Band have been studio guests). Lincs FM also have a show dedicated to Country & New Country music, previously presented by Veronica Capaldi, their show is now presented by Jane Hill (Monday evenings 7pm - 9pm). Fans of Irish style music are catered for by BBC Radio Lincolnshire (+ East Midlands) with the James McKeefrey Show on Wednesday evenings (7pm - 9pm). On national radio, there are two country music shows, Nick Barraclough presents a country music show on BBC Radio 2 (Wed evenings 7pm - 8pm) while Bob Harris presents Bob Harris Country on Thursday evenings, Bob's show has introduced country music to a new generation of fans, though his background, style & music choice has not been to all country music fan's tastes.


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