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Posted 9 Jun 2008


Pete James has a regular folk music radio show on local radio broadcast every Thursday evening from 7 to 8 pm. on 103 The Eye, live from Melton Mowbray. The show is broadcast both on FM 103 and also on the net at , and features local and international artists from the '60 to today. I am also going to have guests in the studio at a later date to talk and play live.

Posted 2 Apr 2007

New Border Morris Side in Horncastle

Dancers (and musicians) are invited to join a new Border Morris side in Horncastle. Absolute beginner dancers will be made very welcome.

We meet every Wednesday in the function room at the Bull Hotel Horncastle from 7.45pm to 9.30pm. It's good fun, and great exercise. We already have a number of dates booked to dance out at local events and folk festivals. Turn up on the night or contact Wendy or Jason on 01507 568438 for more details.

Posted 1 Feb 2007


Pete Shaw's Peterborough Folk Diary provides information about folk events in the Peterborough area:

Go to: / with additions welcome to:

or go via his home page at:

Posted 22 Dec 2006


Our thoughts are with Sharon and Clive Wigley and their family following the death of their son Marine Jonathan Wigley on active service in Afganistan in early December. (Sharon is a singer songwriter who performed a local folk clubs and as a guest on BBC Radio Lincolnshire during the 90s.)

Posted 18 Oct 2006

The Lincoln County Singer Songwriter Competition (LCSSC)

The Final

Performers- Andrea Ferguson - Tess Beighton - Andy Shades - Graham Freestone - Ash Wilson - Cat - Lee Calnan - King Rollo - Rob Day.

The final was held at The Farm Venue Nr Chapel St Leonards on Saturday 23rd September 2006.

The first Qualifying round was also held at The Farm, taking place in December 2005 with the second qualifying round being held in March at The Jolly Brewer, Broadgate Lincoln. The Final qualifying round took place in June at The Ecofest Nr Louth.

Each of the rounds produced three performers to go forward to the Grand Final.

General guidelines were on offer to the venues but each venue held their own event according to their particular environment.

The result of the very first LCSSC was excellent. The attitude was as encouraged, a social occasion with the added focus of competition. The only negative aspect being the loss of The Farm Venue as a live music haunt which goes way beyond the loss to the LCSSC. Apart from the venue itself there's the loss of a really positive team of down to earth live music promoters in the form of, Kate, Martin and Andy. People and venues like The Farm and its crew are few and far between. It's a real tragedy.

But onward and upward, another venue has come forward to represent the East of the county in the form of the acoustic music club in Alford; Nick O'farrell is the organiser there. nick.o'

The final itself was an excellent affair, the first round drawing comments from the panel of judges such as, 'were really sorry' 'its so difficult' and 'everyone was so good' and indeed the first round was excellent, a packed concert room where you could hear a pin drop throughout were totally tuned in.

A huge PA system and lighting rig plus three photographers all added to the atmosphere, which was presented by Mr Bob Cairns.

A testimony to the event and the audience is the fact that the attention of everyone was held for approximately 4 hours, enthusiasm and courtesy were equally apparent throughout.

Without going into the details of the eliminating rounds, suffice to say there were gasps of astonishment and cheers of approval at every turn as the evening unfolded, really edge of the seat stuff. In the final analysis in 3rd place came King Rollo. In 2nd place Lee Calnan and the winner of the first LCSSC was Andy Shades.

There were cash prizes totalling £260 The Thelma Nell Trophy, a bottle of champagne and an Electro acoustic guitar donated by Music Makers.

Despite the loss of The Farm it is still our intention to expand and build upon our initial success. At present we have the East, West and North Central of the county covered, now we need a venue to cover the South of the County.

The next Final will be held in Lincoln.

It wouldn't be fair not to mention the judges, in some ways a thankless task but someone's got to do it, many thanks to, Susi Mulligan from Ecofest, Chris Dring, former chairman of the local parish council, Sean South, Access to music and Dil Palmer of Chapel St Leonards. Well done to everyone, performers, audience, organisers and our sponsors Music Makers Broadgate Lincoln, The Ecofest & Wolds Collective and The Jolly Brewer Broadgate Lincoln.

Here's to the next LCSSC 2006 / 2007.

To enter the next competition, enquire at the venues holding heats on their open mic or club nights to be considered for a place in one of their heats (audition basically). So, contact any of the participating venues (A list of contacts will also be put up at the venues) & on .As already stated each venue organises their own heat according to their own environment. It's free to enter and organised on a social basis. The heats for the next comp are yet TBA. So watch this space.

Posted 2 Dec 2005


Folkwit Records proudly announce the release of 'Walking The Hills' by Keith Mouland and Paul Godden

Title  Walking The Hills

Aritist(s)  Keith Mouland & Paul Godden

Cat. No. - F0005

Release Date  1 December 2005

Keith Mouland is an accomplished songwriter from Salisbury UK who has been performing his original music for over 3 decades to audiences around the world.

Paul Godden is an exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist. His CV includes playing slide guitar on the album 'You Win Again' by Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis.

Together, they produce a wonderfully rootsy and authentic sound mixing acoustic folk-roots, country and blues.

Walking the Hills. "this CD is real quality. Keith Mouland (from Salisbury) and Paul Godden (from Bristol) have produced some really superb original acoustic alt country musicwith intelligent lyrics all of which tell a story of some kind. Some bluesy riffs and slide guitar mixed with country music you cannot help but tap your feet - very atmospheric! These guys have produced some very simple, but effective songs. The CD has been released on Folkwit Records and if you like alt Folk/ Country/ Americana with blues thrown in, then your collection will not be complete without this CD". Brian Inglis CD Review Issue 7

Listen to the title track from the album  just click the link below:

Available NOW from Folkwit Records (£7.99 + P&P)

Folkwit Records

PO Box 8504




Posted 16 Aug 2005

Singing the blues  with a little help from your friends.

Teddington lock keeper, Dudley Tyrrell is taking on the music world- with a little help from his friends.

Ferry Road, an album of personal songs, features Art Wood  Ronnie Wood's brother, Keith Grant and Don Craine of the Downliners Sect and Pete French of Leafhound, on several of the tracks. Percy 'Van' Gough, who has jammed with Blues Incorporated and Rod Stewart, also makes an appearance on mandolin, together with Mark Freeman, drummer with the Rollin Stoned tribute band.

Dudley, who has played alongside his friends on harmonica at Twickenham's rhythm and blues Eel Pie Club, was inspired to create an album of his own compositions in his spare time, after meeting up with media composer and producer, Rick Cassman, formerly signed to Pete Townsend's Eel Pie Records label with his band Straight Eight.

"I regularly play acoustic guitar gigs in the area and got talking to Rick about recording some of my own material," explained Dudley, influenced by American folk and often compared to Bob Dylan in style and sound.

"The album's got a little bit of everything in it  folk, rock, and a tinge of blue-grass which is why Art and the other lads were perfect for it - they've been brilliant."

Ferry Road is out later in the year. Dudley Tyrrell and the Deputies will perform at the Eel Pie Club at the Cabbage Patch, Twickenham on August 31, and at Ealing Town Hall, Uxbridge Road, Ealing W5 on October 20 when they support The Downliners Sect at a charity concert for Oxfam.

Contact for details. web site address is

Posted 4 Jul 2005

RADIO BRITFOLK ~ the best of songs tunes and stories, ancient and modern, from all the British islands, 24 hours a day.

Radio Britfolk is the most exciting new thing to happen to the UK folk world in a long while. Developed by a group of pro folk musicians aims to become a major hub and world-wide shop window for all the folk music of these islands.

Imagine an on-line folk festival - with 'main stage' shows (like other radio stations, but with a theme or story to tell), session-type shows, (show-casing lesser-known music and artists, often with a strong local slant), and workshop shows (how to play an instrument etc) available 24 hours a day, offering a balance of traditional and new music from Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England and beyond, with all genres and styles represented.

Good, yes?

This is a brand new project and as yet not all the features are complete, but we¹ll soon be playing 10-20 hours of music a day, with the schedule changing every week.

There are listings pages, an online shop/links page, message board, reviews and more (and we'll be adding ideas as they occur to us). You can become a member (and access the more exciting features), you can make a show yourself (programmes can be put together anywhere in the world, following guides and scripts available from the site), you can sponsor various parts of the site, and even post your own album tracks on the Billboard (all other programming is strictly controlled to BBC standards).

Programmes are currently presented by well-known musicians and established broadcasters, but we encourage anyone with a good idea to get involved. Read the Make a Show page to see how to submit your Proposal to the Programme Exec.

Give it a listen, read the FAQs, have a good browse round, and see how you'd like to be part of it!

Tom Bliss

RadioBritfolk is owned by folkWISE: a new organisation run by performers for the benefit of performers

Posted 17 Aug 2004

Release Date: 6th September 2004 - Release Date: 6th September 2004


Julie Felix has been a major British folk music star since 1964. Born in California, she made England her destination. She arrived just in time to catch a fresh wave of enthusiasm for American folk music, fostered by Bob Dylan's emergence. Suddenly, Felix had a major career & the year that she arrived in England, she became the first solo folk performer signed to a major British label when she got a contract from Decca. By 1965, she was a headlining performer, referred to in The London Times as Britain's First Lady of Folk. By the end of 1965, she'd filled Royal Albert Hall, the first folksinger based here to accomplish that feat. She came under the wing of Brian Epstein, who booked her and Georgie Fame together at the Saville Theatre, with a then-unknown Cat Stevens appearing as the opening act. By 1967, she was established to be a featured weekly guest on David Frost's television series, and by 1968 had earned her own television variety series, with guests that included Dusty Springfield, Leonard Cohen & Donovan and in 1969 she was one of the artists featured at the Isle of Wight Festival. Finally, in 1970, Felix had her first pop hit when she reached the British Top 20 with her version of "El Condor Pasa," recorded under the auspices of producer Mickie Most. She also made her long-delayed debut on American television, courtesy of her long time friend David Frost, who booked her on his Metromedia-produced talk show. Felix scored a second hit for Most with her cover of "Heaven Is Here".

This album features performances by Led Zeppelins John Paul Jones, Danny Thompson & Kiki Dee. Sleeve notes are written by Steve Harley.


Masters of War

Los Gatos

The Ballad of Doris Kathryn Rodehaver

I Miss You

Half A Moon

Mr Tambourine Man


I Shall Be Released

In Paris

Hi Lily Hi Lo

Las Mañanitas

La Barert De Oro

Children of Abraham


Hard Rain

Wild Mountain Thyme

The Irish Farewell


Posted 6 Nov 2003


It was the estimable Bob Harris, on his much listened to BBC Radio 2 programme, who recently praised Martyn Joseph's songs for their outstanding lyrical intelligence.

On 'Whoever It Was That Brought Me Here Will Have To Take Me Home', Martyn's first studio album since 1999, that lyrical integrity and insight coupled with his trademark, passionate melodies have produced a nine-track epistle that some industry insiders are applauding as Martyn's finest album so far.

There is a definite 'word about' regarding this album, and 'Whoever It Was That Brought Me Here Will Have To Take Me Home' seems set to establish Martyn Joseph, if he's not already, as one of Britain's leading 'tuned to the times' singer songwriters.

On the title track which Martyn believes 'is the best 5 minute recording I have made, I think it's all there', and other songs such as 'Strange Kind Of Friend', 'Just Like The Man Said', and, 'This Being Woman', there is an artistic clarity and compassion as Martyn considers the frailties and valour of human nature. Leonard Cohen once remarked that the best songs should be about 'summoning love, healing broken nights' whilst acting as 'the central accompaniment to life's tasks'. 'Whoever It Was' seeks honestly to offer similarly enabling songs for the human journey.

With one song on the album from Be Bo Norman, and four written in conjunction with Martyn's longstanding lyric partner, Stewart Henderson, 'Whoever It Was' comes out of a period of intense, personal activity for Martyn through association with the charity 'War Child' for whom Martyn released the special 5 track CD, 'Great American Novel' in 2003.

Alongside this Martyn has been heavily involved with the MST, the much-publicised Landless Workers Movement in South America. Last year he went to Brazil to see for himself the reality of agricultural families being forcibly evicted from their property, and in some cases being murdered by corrupt landowners. Out of this came the stunning song, and CD, 'Till The End', which also features guest tracks from Ricky Ross, Tom Robinson and Show Of Hands. This initiative has raised thousands of pounds and a wider awareness of the MST movement.

'I guess I realised that I'd made a number of political points on various projects in the last few years, and this record just began to form in a more reflective way' says Martyn. 'I kind of feel that though the songs here don't exactly reside in hope, there is a recognition of a certain amount of 'knowing' and acceptance. You just get to the point where questions become your friend and it allows a little light to bleed through.'

Besides all this activity there have been lengthy tours in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe, and the publication of a musical biography 'Notes On Words', all of which is documented at his busy and substantial web site. 'We try to make the theme of the site more about what the music is saying rather than about the music itself if that makes sense, a kind of communal dropping in point. It's a vital part of what I do now' stresses Joseph. So perhaps four years hasn't been such a long time to wait for 'Whoever It Was.' - Martyn Joseph's most compelling album to date in a remarkable and steadfast career.


Its a great time to join the PQ right now as you would get the new edition, the free bootleg CD of the Cardiff show from 96 and we are also giving this years freebie CD, Summers Of Flowers' with the package. That CD contains a lot of unheard material from the late eighties and early nineties, some live material from a gig in Toronto, a radio interview with CKUA Edmonton and an unreleased song. All this for £8 or a fiver if you set up a direct debit. For detail visit .

To keep up with Martyn's news join his email list:

Posted 6 Nov 2003

CDs by the Ton as Rocking Chair Merges with ADA

On the 1st of October 2003 'Rocking Chair' and 'ADA Mail-order & Distribution' become one. The two companies with similar aims have joined together to provide a better and greater service to the folk, roots and acoustic music scene.

Mick Peat and Celia Richmond, proprietors of ADA for the last 3 years, have worked closely with Steve Heap and Ross McKinlay of Rocking Chair to bring together several decades of experience in the UK folk scene and provide aone stop shop containing a massive collection of folk, roots and acoustic CDs.

"We pride ourselves on making it easy to obtain this specialist and ever increasing catalogue of music to a wider audience" said Mick Peat, "working with a well oiled machine at Mrs Casey & Rocking Chair the service will be even better". In the future we will include videos, DVDs, festival souvenirs and books in our ever expanding catalogue.

Our mail-order service is fast & friendly with CDs at competitive prices. If you are looking for an old recording, stuck with the name, or looking for new release we will do our best to track it down and supply it to you. We also stock titles form smaller labels that are hard to find in the high street shops. The new company will continue the work of ADA and distribute stock to specialist shops throughout the UK. Remember - we know what you're talking about!

Both companies have provided very successful stalls at various festivals and events around the country and there is still serious commitment to repeating this service in 2004 and beyond. Come and visit the team at one of our many CD stalls at festivals. We have supplied vast collections to browse at Sidmouth International Festival, Holmfirth Folk Festival, Trowbridge Festival, Towersey Village Festival, Beverley and East Riding Festival, Cropredy, and many more.

The new company name will be 'Rocking Chair Mail-order and Distribution (Incorporating ADA)' To make sure you receive your copy of our latest catalogue phone 01629 8178013 or email This is also the number for trade, festival, distribution and retail enquires. The ADA number is still live and you can continue to purchase CDs on 01773 850000.

Posted 25 Jul 2003

Swarb! ~ New Free Reed Boxed Set Released!

A new boxed set celebrating forty five years of Folk's Finest Fiddler is offically released on the 7th Aug 2003, coinciding with this year's Cropredy Festival.

The boxed-set covers the life and the music of Dave Swarbrick.

Remember last year's amazing Fairport unConvential 4-CD blockbuster set?? "How can they follow that" we all said ....

Well, Free Reed have delivered the answer in a stunning new release, another 4 CD Box-Set on 'the life and music of folk's finest fiddler' Dave Swarbrick. The set boasts 73 rare and unavailable tracks (including 13 un-released Fairport tracks), plus a stunning 136 page full colour book jammed with rare archive pics, a Swarbrick fiddle tune book and all the usual freebies, 'bells and whistles' that have kept these Free Reed sets firmly at the leading edge of the growing box-set market.

The jaw-dropping packaging is even a replica of Swarb's own fiddle case, complete with fiddle string packs, (his bows are in the lid!) and littered with rare memorabilia from throughout his 45 five year career.

But what about the Music!

Compiler Nigel Scofield has woven a wealth of classics and rarities from throughout Swarb's career into 4 themed and bookletted CD's (all well over 75 mins long).

The first of these, 'D is for duo' showcases his work in duos with Martin Carthy, Simon Nichol, A L Lloyd, Kevin Dempsey, Alistair Hulett and Peter Bellamy - with live gems and magical studio rarities.

Next, the 'C is for Colloborations' CD, features his group work with the seminal Ian Campbell Folk Group, with Beryl Marriott's influential bands, through his many years with Fairport Convention (bags of rarities here!), and through to Whippersnapper, Eureka! and Band Of Hope.

Rarities abound on CD3 - 'E is for Extras'. There's live versions of Swarb classics, new versions of familar songs - an acoustic 'Sloth' for instance, and really early live Fairport material - and his earliest known recording, with Ewan McColl from 1961!

The fourth CD 'S is for Swarb', traces the history of Swarb's career through landmark performances with all his major influences and co-musicians, from the early days with Bert, Ewan & his Radio Ballads, through his Campbells & Carthy eras, through the invention of folk-rock and the Fairport years, to the Blue Mountains of Australia, right up to his active present day, with a June 2003 track from his latest USA release!

Each CD has its individual set of notes, and is craftily packaged like a violin string pack, through the D,C,E & S titlings allude to 'David Cyril Eric Swarbrick' rather than the 'notes his wires would sing'.

This veritable Box of Delights is topped off with a magificent 48 page fiddle-tune book entitled 'Swarb's Merrie Melodies', featuring 28 of his finest compositions, and has full Free Reed Atrax & Naxos catalogues - and there's a write-in freebie of Free Reed's 'Cropredy Chronicles' book - the 48 page history of the festival!

Free Reed launch this stunning set at the 2003 Cropredy Festival, where Swarb is one of the main guests!

UK Distribution of 'Swarb' is by Proper Music Distribution - tel sales office 0870 444 0800 / fax 0870 444 0801. This unique box-set is priced around £45, thats £1 for each year of Swarb's now legendary career!

For more information regarding Swarb! visit / email

For details of other releases by Free Reed visit their website at

Posted 23 Jun 2003


The young talented band from Cheshire are just releasing their new CD 'Four Years in November'. The band are available for bookings. Please visit the Dulaman web site for full details.

Thanks for looking.

Posted 22 Apr 2003

Forgotten folk-songs available at the touch of a button

Experts at the University of Sheffield and the University of Aberdeen will unveil a unique but neglected collection of traditional British song and drama on 17 April 2003.

The James Madison Carpenter Collection is one of the largest and most important collections of folksong and folk drama ever made in Britain. Carpenter travelled 40,000 miles around the UK in an Austin 7 between 1929 and 1935. He searched for singers of sea shanties, traditional ballads and folk songs and performers of mummers plays and recorded their performances, as well as noting down their words.

This rich and varied record was never published and has been in the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress in Washington DC since 1972. However, until now the collection has never been properly catalogued and was neglected by scholars and performers alike.

A team of experts from the Universities of Aberdeen and Sheffield have catalogued the collection and produced it as a free, publicly available, online resource. The website will allow experts to search for particular songs and plays, while new users can browse the collection and find out more about Carpenter and his work. The site will also be of interest to local historians and genealogists, as there will be links to more information about the people that Carpenter recorded and the locations where he carried out his work.

Dr Julia Bishop, of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition at the University of Sheffield and leader of the cataloguing and encoding team says, "Carpenter would have loved this resource. He was always trying to show people the value of his collection and now they can explore it at the touch of a button. We hope that making the collection so freely available will lead to study of the material and encourage performers to bring it to life again."

Notes for editors:

HriOnline provides an outlet for pioneering humanities research projects that use information and communications technology (ICT) to formulate and investigate research questions in the humanities that cannot be as effectively addressed using conventional methodologies.

The Carpenter Collection Online Catalogue is published by Hrionline, the online resource of the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield. The site is located at

The Library of Congress is currently digitising the Carpenter Collection and, once the necessary permissions have been secured, it is planned to make these images available online. The catalogue and images will be directly links, allowing users to locate and immediately consult the relevant pages, sound recordings and photographs.

The catalogue has been created using XML (extensible Markup Language), the next generation web language. The team has used the Encoded Archival Description 9EAD) Document Type Definition (DTD) developed by the Society of America Archivists. EAD opens up new vistas for the retrieval of archive materials via the internet.

For further information: please contact Lorna Branton, PR executive, on 0114 222 1046.

Posted 26 Mar 2003


The Fox Hat have just finished producing a new sampler CD. The Midlands based 6 piece Folk/Rock band, formed only 18 months ago are gaining great popularity on the folk circuit and their first album "Live at the Century" is receiving airplay. They are also booked to appear at several major festivals this year. For more information please visit the band's website at

Posted 11 Mar 2003


An absolute must for any folk club organiser, touring folk musician, Direct Roots 2 provides contact details & information about folk performers, folk clubs, folk publications and a wealth of information about the UK folk scene - updated from the excellent volume 1 (A4 size / 425 pages) published in 2001.

Even better, Direct Roots 2 can be purchased mail order for just £15.00 including p&p in UK before 1st April 2003 (price after this date £25.00). Overseas Mail Order also available Europe (euro 33) / Australia ($75) / USA ($42) rest of world as USA.

Click on 'View' for more information about how to order

Posted 10 Mar 2003


BBC East Midlands acclaimed folk music programme 'Folkwaves' presented by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson can now be heard across the world via the Internet. The weekly programme is broadcast on Monday evenings between 19.00 and 21.00 hrs (UK time), the net connection is currently only available during the programme broadcast time, and not available currently at any time during the following week. Hopefully for those who will have to get up in the mid of the night to hear the programme, this option may be available in the future!

| Folkwaves Via the Net |

Click on the link between 19.00 - 21.00 (UK time) on Monday Nights to hear some of the best folk music around!

Posted 10 Mar 2003

New Venue for Lindum Accordion Club

The Lindum Accordion Club has moved to a new "home" after several years at the Golfers' Arms, Horncastle.

Future meetings will be held at Wragby Town Hall, which is on the A157 Louth Road, Wragby, just 100 metres or so from the junction with the A158 Skegness/Lincoln road.

The new venue offers ample accommodation and on-site car parking, with convenient access to both the main hall and the annex. Kitchen facilities are available, but for the first meetings members and guests will be encouraged to bring their own refreshments with them.

The Club Chairman, Geoff Brown, says that members are pleased to have found such a well-kept facility of the right size in this convenient location. "The space is very versatile. We can set out the tables and chairs to create an intimate atmosphere for regular Club meetings, or in a more formal theatre style for those occasions when we have special guest artistes to entertain us. It's an ideal setting within which to encourage growth. We've got a very friendly membership and we'd love to introduce the versatility of the accordion to a wider audience."

The Club will still meet on the third Wednesday of every month, from 8pm to 11pm. Doors open at 7.45. Guests and new members are always welcome.

For more information, please telephone Geoff on (01526) 321490. Whether you feel like playing or listening, a warm reception is assured.

Posted 5 Feb 2003


The Boston Morris Stumpers, a traditional Morris dance team are looking for new members, experienced or not. Why not join them and help keep alive a very old English Tradition. The group meet most Monday evenings from 7.30 - 9pm at the Frampton Village Hall. They guarantee a warm welcome, loads of exercise and plenty of laughs!

They will also provide a display of traditional English Morris Dancing at your event, eg Grand Ceilidh, Village Show, Wedding or local Pub, the Boston Morris Stumpers thoroughly enjoy playing their music, banging their sticks, rattling their bells and waving their hankies to provide a different type of Old English Entertainment at any suitable venue or occasion!

For more information or bookings please ring either

01205 365250 or 01507 527442

Posted 10 Dec



MSMCD101 Pierre's Plastic Dream The Garage Tapes England 1966-1968 (The Owl, The Jeeps, The Silence, Our Plastic Dream)

MSMCD102 The Test Of Time Songs from 30 years By Steve Ashley

MSMCD103 Caves Ollie Halsall

MSMCD104 Stroll On Revisited The Original Debut Album By Steve Ashley

MSMCD 105 Turn The Lights Down Kevin Ayers & The Wizards of Twiddly

MSMCD 106 People On The Highway A Bert Jansch Encomium

MSMCD 107 Stamping Ground Rod Clements

MSMCD 108 Life By Misadventure Steve Tilston

MSMCD 109 Songs From The Acid Folk Sonja Kristina (Curved Air)

MSMCD110 For Summer The Famous Jug Band

MSMCD 111 Me And My Friend Nirvana (First time re-issue of 1973 solo album from Patrick Cambell Lyons writer musician and front man of cult 60's band Nirvana)

MSMCD 112 Still Life With Guitar Kevin Ayers

MSMSACD113 Yola Eleanor McEvoy (Super Audio CD)


Like so many independent labels, Market Square Records launched on the back of an enthusiasm for music and a desire to share it with others. The Market Square label has grown steadily, expanding its catalogue and repertoire with a giddy mix for a relatively small catalogue spanning folk, rock, prog, pop and psych and 51; on the way in 2003 51; jazz fusion and metal.

Based in an 18th century building overlooking the bustling square of the historic market town of Winslow in Buckinghamshire, England, Market Square can be forgiven for its tendency towards the pastoral and whimsy, evidenced in releases by folk singer-songwriter Steve Ashley and progressive pioneer Kevin Ayers. Both are perceived as cult figures in their respective fields. The label's founder, Peter Muir admits to a fondness for individualists operating on the fringes, yet enjoying established, dedicated audiences.

Much of the label's output is by artists from the UK's 70s' folk and rock scene who continue to perform and the catalogue constitutes a mix of reissues and new releases by the same. That said, quality material by the untried is very much part of the labels future plans. What Market Square Records has striven for is to field exclusively a manageable catalogue of good music.

Right now (November 2002), the folk and folk rock genre is represented by, Eleanor McEvoy, Steve Ashley, Rod Clements, Steve Tilston, The Famous Jug Band, and a "who's who" roster of contributors to a special tribute to Bert Jansch including Roy Harper, Kelly Jo Phelps, Donovan, Al Stewart and Chris Smither amongst others.

Ex-Curved Air vocalist Sonja Kristina brings in her own brand of "acid folk" while rock is served by Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall and UK 60s act Nirvana, and 60's pop and psych in a compilation of underground acts The Owl, Our Plastic Dream, The Jeeps, The Silence amongst others.


Market Square's 2003 release schedule includes further catalogue reissues by Steve Ashley such as "Speedy Return" the 1975 follow-up to his acclaimed debut album "Stroll On." Steve Tilston will re-issue "Of Moor and Mesa," Steve is also planning a new band album.

Kevin Ayers has been working hard in the studio and he plans to release a new album in April. Incredible String Band's Clive Palmer is looking to release his first ever solo album in April. Progressive rock newcomers Luminos have just finished their debut album "Seize the Day." Al Atkins co-founder of Judas Priest will release for the first time in the UK his 1996 solo album "Heavy Thoughts."

Former Curved Air singer Sonja Kristina will release "Cri de Coeur" a new jazz fusion work; while former Eclection singer Dorris Henderson is planning to release her first solo album (she also used to work with Lord Buckley).

For all PR enquiries concerning Market Square Records please contact Pat Tynan Media

01895 636935 Mobile 07985 400297


(Distributed by BMG in UK)

For repertoire, licensing & export contact Peter Muir.

Market House - Market Square - Winslow - MK18 3AF - United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)1296 715228 Fax: + 44 (0)1296 715486

Pat Tynan Media

Office +44 (0)1895 636935

Mobile 07985 400297

Following changes brought about as a result of the purchase of Koch International UK by Universal, Pat Tynan now operates independently as Pat Tynan Media.

Posted 30 Jul 2002


We have just received the following news update about Lincoln based musician Karl Svarc

Karl's website has just been overhauled and updated and can now be found at:

He now has a distribution deal with New Day Records in the US:

His CDs are also available in the UK from Seasalter Sounds (who are also selling Lincoln based group Internazionale's EP):

Karl will be recording his third album later this year.

Posted 10 Jul 2002


Message from David Ledsam

Saturday June 28th 2002; while visiting the remote Leicestershire beauty spot Burrough Hill, near Melton Mowbray, we left our car with others in the public car park. Our car was one of the ones broken open at about 6 p.m. Reported to police immediately. The main possession stolen was my pipe box containing my bagpipes and accessories.

The box contains two sets of English bellows-blown bagpipes, one pair of bellows, two "penny whistles" (folk flutes), an electronic tuner, a Goodacre Brothers CD, copies of my own tune books and a small tin box of tools and piping spares &c.

THE BOX:- Solid pine, stained dark brown on outside. About 3 feet long by ten inches wide and four inches deep. Dovetail joints at corners. Lid held on by two brass hinges and secured by a pair of brass hooks and eyes and a brass box-lock (not locked). Heavy brass carrying handle.

BORDER BAGPIPES (key of A):- Light yew wood, with brass ferrules and boxwood mounts. The leather bag, covered in green baize, has three wooden stocks:-

1. Transfer pipe of red rubber with green baize cover, with wooden end for plugging into bellows.

2. Single pipe (chanter) with finger holes (some with wax inserts). Boxwood mount at lower end. Serial number stamped into wood near top.

3. Tripe pipes (drones) two tenors of two pieces, one bass of three pieces, each with brass ferrules and boxwood mounts at end. All three plugged into large cylindrical stock, which has a brass ferrule and is stamped with maker's name JULIAN GOODACRE, PEEBLES.

LEICESTERSHIRE SMALLPIPES (key of D):- Dark yew wood. No ferrules or mounts. The leather bag, covered in red velvet, has three wooden stocks:-

1. Transfer pipe of red rubber with red velvet cover, with wooden end for plugging into bellows.

2. Single pipe (chanter) with finger holes (some with minute black wax inserts), with wide bell-shaped end.

3. Single pipe (drone) of two pieces, with wide bell-shaped end. Attached to drone end are various coloured ribbons, one for each of the weddings I have played at.

BELLOWS:- Leather bellows sewn two two walnut wood plates, which are attached by a brass hinge. Inlet valve of turned boxwood. Outlet block to receive transfer pipes. Attached to heavy leather belt (with heavy brass buckle) by brass screws. Leather bootlace for tying round upper arm secures to small turned wood mushroom near hinge.


1. Tin whistle in black and gold finish, marked CLARKE C.

2. Boxwood whistle (key of D, about 9 inches long) with brass tuning slide, by JON SWAYNE. In black cloth cover.

ELECTRONIC TUNER:- Musical tuner (also for electric guitars) with led indicators and electric meter with needle. Maker BOSS.


Unsold CD in case, 'Bag up yer Troubles' by The Goodacre Brothers; tune books 'Johnny D's Home' and 'The White House Hornpipe' by John Goodacre; antique tin medicine box (Sedlitz Powders) containing reeds, three turned wood drone plugs, watch-maker's pliers, wax, thread, bassoon reed maker's plaque &c.; A4 sheet list of names and addresses of Bare Bones women's Morris side of Loughborough.

I am lost without these instruments, my main means of musical expression. The Border Pipes are a beautiful set which is, at a price, replaceable; but the Leicestershire Smallpipes, although not much to look at, are a unique and treasured set with a long history and a unique voice.

CONTACT: David Ledsam at

Posted 20 May 2002

Salach Or ~ New Lincolnshire based Irish / Country band

Press release - 19 May 2002

Who Are Salach Or I hear you ask? ~ Well Salach Or (the name is Gaelic (both Scots and Irish funny enough) meaning Dirty Gold) are A Irish Dance Band who play both Up tempo and Slow Irish ballads along with some much more lively stuff (Our Version of the Fields of Athenrye ROCKS)

We can also provide a full night of classic and modern country music we work as a Duo to a four piece band and the line-up is as follows Salach Or are based in Lincoln UK but will travel ANYWHERE in the world

Kenn Gordon Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Bass,Bodhran Keyboards,Omnichord and Vocals / James Hay-Barr Guitar,and Vocals / Anita Gordon Keyboards,Guitar and Vocals / Mike Stanford Bass and Vocals

Salach Or was formed from Three existing and popular Irish bands Wilderness -1916, Jack On The Green and Jack Of Diamonds.

Kenn Gordon has been on the circuit for 30 years playing with bands like Colorado (the UK biggest country band ever making seven appearances at Wembley Stadium and taking part in The LIVE AID concert ) and has had moderates success as a solo artist Kenn has a Total of 17 albums out both solo and with bands over the past few years

James Hay-Barr like Kenn has been on the circuit for many years playing both Irish and Scots folk music and has just released his debut Album filled with his own material. It has been well received by the folk community. James has been no stranger to the music scene playing for most of the major folk festivals in recent years.

Anita Gordon has been one of the back room Boys (well in this case Girls) of the music scene for about 20 years working in studios and writing backing tracks for solo artists her work is held in high esteem by her peers her work being in high demand, finally persuaded to tread the boards with her husband Kenn after 20 years of trying, a real talent and great addition to Kenn and Jamie

Mick Stanford has been in the music industry for about 25 years first playing bass for Big Pete Young and then moving on to Jack of Diamonds (with J.O.D. for 15 years) till this year, he says " I wanted to be challenged and could no longer go forward with JOD" his power style of bass playing now being allowed to come to the fore with Salach Or

Salach Or have their own professional P.A. System (which is modular) allowing it to be run as Big as a full 10 cab 7 kilowatt System or a small 2 speaker 150watt system. We also have a professional Martin Lighting system. We can be a Loud or as quiet as you want and can play venues from 25 to 1,000 people without having to hire extra equipment. We are always smart in appearance on Stage and polite to our clientele and our prices are tailored to suit the venue so Not only is our sound Professional but our look is too NO TATTY SPEAKER CABINETS with this band 100% pro from top to toe.

We play for lots of weddings and Irish Nights throughout the world and Tour most of the time, that said and done we would prefer to stay within the boundaries of the UK as we all own properties in this country and have extended families that we STILL enjoy (we are not so sure about our teenager sons !!!!!!!!!!!!!)

If you feel this band could be of use to your venue please call

01522-828474 or mobile 07813-725334 / 07890-331061

BTW we have a repetoire of over 1,000 songs and can change style at a drop of a hat.


Posted 12 Mar 2002


Peterborough Morris are a Morris side that practice in and around the Peterborough area. They perform traditional Cotswold Morris dances, and also play and sing traditional/folk songs after the performance.

Most of their gigs are around the Peterborough, Cambs & Lincolnshire area, look out for further details of gigs, etc soon.

Email for further details

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Malvern-based choir, Vital Spark, have just released a CD of West Gallery Christmas music that was banished from churches by the Victorians. John Williams, a founder of the choir in 1992 commented, 'We've been performing this music for some years now, and have had lots of requests to make a Christmas CD'. The new CD is called 'There were shepherds', and Vital Spark will be performing a selection of this music in a concert at Christ Church, Avenue Rd, Great Malvern, on Friday 7th December 2001 at 8.00pm.'There were shepherds' is brimming with 19 tracks of carols, hymns and anthems from the period 1750-1850. West Gallery music was then ousted from churches by the Victorians and replaced by the organs and choirs that we know today. Vital Spark's renditions are a return to the refreshing, vigorous and earthy music performed by the general public in the time of Thomas Hardy's father and grandfather.'Rejoice Ye Tenants' is typical of music that would have been performed by the Hardys, most likely in the galleries that were erected in the churches to accommodate the musicians and singers, but also on Christmas Eve when they went out carol singing. 'Advent' is in the American 'Sacred Harp' or 'shape note' tradition.

Copies of the new Christmas CD can be obtained at the Christchurch concert, or by mail order from Vital Spark, c/o Julia Davies, 6 Eston Avenue, Malvern WR14 2SR, price £11 (inc. P&P), or from Malvern Hills Gallery, 1 Worcester Rd, Great Malvern.For further information on Vital Spark, West Gallery music or the Christmas concert at Christchurch in Great Malvern, visit the Vital Spark website which will be on-line shortly. Or you can contact Diana Hannah on (01905) 371268, email

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Reviews of Toni Bunnell's CD Nothing More to be Said can be read on her website:

The CD is available for £11 (inc. p&p) from: 5 Beech Avenue, Holgate, York, YO24 4JJ

Toni will also be appearing on Tim Moon's folk radio programme, Bradford Community Radio, on Monday November 5, between 20.00 and 22.00, 87.9 FM

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Just a quick line to ask if you could pass on my web address ( above ) to your club members and any friends that you, or they feel would be interested in hearing about my new CD " A Breath of Fresh Air " due for release December 2001.

The album is a culmination of working with such people as Fairport Convention - ( Guest at Concerts in U.K. & Europe ), Ralph McTell - ( Three U.K. Tours ), Dan Ar Braz - Heritage Des Celtes - ( 5 Albums & Tours in Europe ), Ashley Hutchings and the Albion Band ( U.K. Tour and Album ), Phil Beer - ( Folk Clubs ) and Alan Stivell - ( Concerts in Europe ).

The site contains lots of information about myself and the new CD, as well as a mailing list etc. If you wish, I could also send you some flyers, to place on your club notice board. Just email me an address of where to send them and how many, or if you prefer, I can email a flyer, so that you can print them out yourself.

Hoping you can be of assistance and if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards, Elaine.

Updated 29 Dec 2001

    NOTELINK Registered Charity No.1078587
    Supporting music in the community

Director: Malcolm Goodman MBE ARCM Chairman: Jack Collings C.Eng

    Registered Office: 39 Bristow Road, Cranwell Village, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 8FG

Notelink is a registered charity whose key objective is to promote music in the local community. Tickets for concerts are usually available from Music Plus, Westgate, Sleaford (tel. 01529 305040). For further information contact Dave Wilson/Kip Wilson 01529 300277.

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BBC East Midlands weekly 2 hour Folk show now has an email address, so no excuses not to email information about your events to presenters Mick Peat & Lester Simpson and folk diary compilers & phone answerers (and now email collators!) Catherine & Dave. To email your news click on the email link below.

The link should work as long as Mick and Lester refrain from attempting their tried and tested methods of fixing non-technical appliances when operating their new 21st Century technology (no!!! put that hammer down !!!!!)

Updated 29 Dec 2001


The biggest traditional music festival in the North - for further details visit the Festival website:

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Folk / Celtic Rock Band looking for venues to play

~ Pooks Hill ~

Roger Paton has emailed us information about his band Pooks Hill from the Peterborough area who are currently looking for suitable venues to play.

They are a 6 piece folk/celtic rock band comprising of

guitars,mandolin,bass drums,fiddle,whistles, flute & saxophone

They cover a wide range of material including Irish traditional and modern folk (waterboys, wolfstone.Gliondar) as well as their own material

They are currently looking for new venues to play at and have a CD which they are happy to provide in advance which gives a flavour of our performances.

Pooks Hill are due to appear at the Swavesey May Fest (near St Ives, Cambridgeshire) on the 7th May so that any interested poeple may want to come and see us there.

For further info email Roger at:


Updated 29 Dec 2001


Rare, Live & Classic Carthy ~ Comprising ...

CD1: Classic Carthy - CD2: Carthy in Company -

CD3: Carthy Contemporaries - CD4: Child:Carthy.

The Carthy Chronicles is a celebration of the work of Martin Carthy. 'This is both a triumph in the art of the box itself and a joy - even a revelation - to listen to. Whatever he says himself, Martin Carthy is a giant in British music ....' (Mojo)

With 81 tracks amounting to 5 hours of music, 'The Carthy Chronicles' has been taken from a range of sources, with previously unreleased material. This stunning 4 CD Box set represents the most comprehensive anthology of Martin Carthy's work ever produced. The Carthy Chronicles includes a detailed biography, a complete discography, a vast array of photographs and - with the first 5000 copies only - a CD-ROM containing rare video footage. Released by Free Reed Records in advance of his 60th birthday in May 2001, The Carthy Chronicles depicts the glorious, colourful & challenging strands of what he still refuses to regard as a career. Each of the CD's has a theme which captures different aspects of his solo work, as well as those Martin has worked with - a veritable who's who of folk musicians.

Martin Carthy was recently awarded the MBE - he has, at times almost single-handedly championed English Folk song. He prefers to follow his insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on an unrivalled position as one of folk's great innovators. He says he is inspired by the work of English source singers, also Elizabeth Cotten, Elvis Presley and Asian Dub Foundation. He has invigorated folk revival material and made it relevant to a contemporary audience. He is also an innovative & intelligent guitarist with a distinct singing style and an acknowledged influence on both Bob Dylan and Paul Simon - with whom he recently performed.

Whether he likes it of not, Martin Carthy is, in his own way , a legend & it is not by coincidence that he is one of the best loved & most respected figures in the folk music fraternity.

The Carthy Chronicles features 5 hours of music selected from over 1000 tracks, from hundreds of sources, including his earliest & most recent known live recordings, songs from all the bands he has worked with, including The Thamesiders, Three City Four, Steeleye Span, The Watersons, Band Of Hope, Blue Murder and Waterson:Carthy, collaborations with Richard Thompson, John Kirkpatrick, Ashley Hutchings, Les Barker, June Tabor, Dave Swarbrick, Leon Rosselson, Bert Jansch & more. The box set also includes music from sources long thought lost such as TV appearances, videotape releases and US concerts. Of 83 tracks, 17 are deleted or impossible-to-find, 25 are previously unreleased recordings, of which 11 songs have never before been available on recordings by Martin. The set also includes a detailed 96 page book, with biography by Colin Irwin, recollections of friends and colleagues, detailed track notes for every track including Martin's own comments, complete discography, previously unseen photos, many from the Carthy archive.

The first 5000 copies will also contain a CD-ROM offer including alternative & source recordings, rare video footage, the ultimate Martin Carthy Track Finder, interview material and an extensive portrait galley. Free Reed' s Carthy Web-Site includes unique duet by Paul Simon & Martin Carthy.

There is a specially commissioned Pete Frame Family tree available only with this set, and a specially reprinted edition of Peter Bellamy's classic Martin Carthy poster.

The Carthy Chronicles is released on 1st April 2001, priced at £39.99

For more information about this exciting release and other products on Free Reed label visit Free Reed's website

Checked 29 Dec 2001


Tom & Anne have emailed us the following info about a new folk evening taking place in Holbeach.

We meet on the second Wednesday in the month at 8.30 p.m. at The Horse and Groom, 65 High Street, Holbeach, PE12 7ED.

Format is a play and sing-around evening. There are no entry or membership fees.

We could do with some support and would welcome anyone who would like to come and join us. For further info contact Tom and Anne Tel.No. 01406 422234 or by email.

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Young Lincolnshire based band, Sandfly, looking for gigs. Four piece band, female vocalist, original electric folk/rock. Played Glastonbury in 2000, due to play in 2001 but......... C.D. available. Contact 01529 497307

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Toni Bunnell, a hurdy gurdy player, songwriter etc from York has emailed us information about a website that may be of interest to folk fans & musicians. The Folk Mag covers gigs, news and information about the West Midlands Folk scene, as well as CD reviews, including a review of Toni's new CD, with a link to an MP3 site where you can hear one of Toni's songs (a song about the leaving of the wild Scotish Island of St Kilda). If you've a few spare minutes check out The Folk Mag. Click on the View Icon below!

Checked 29 Dec 2001


A guitar, scathing lyrics of the modern urban decay, and a whole lot of attitude. It's the punkiest folkiest thing you'll get in this part of the world for a long time. Tribe Of One is Paul Sims, one time front man of cult thrash band Erich Zann. After a brief spell with The Embrace he forged his own way, writing and playing songs with a new uncluttered sound, encouraging a poetic darkness from his voice and guitar. Recently his songs have being dealing with redemption showing a lot of self thought in his own life and a more mature songwriting style. He's got this uncanny knack of just about fitting in anywhere from playing folk festivals to punk and hardcore nights. Support slots have seen him with Spear Of Destiny and a regular in this part of the country with Blyth Power. Contact:

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Space / Astro / Fantasy oil paintings & limited edition prints of his original oils available

David's spectaclur space fiction fantasy scenes are vibrant in colour, & evocative whilst his fairy paintings will add an air of enchantment to childrens' bedrooms, & even the older 'child at heart'! As well as his speciality paintings David welcomes commissions - any subject

For further details contact:

"Tanelorn Studio" ~ tel 01507 526289

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Cleethorpes Folk Festival

Visit Festival Website


Updated 29 Dec 2001

BTL Label

For details regarding folk music recordings (tapes / CD's) released on the BTL label contact: Pete James 01572 755006. Artists represented include Jez Luton, formerly based in the East Midlands who has been supporting Tom Paxton on UK dates, etc.

Following an e-mail enquiry, look out for details regarding folk music recordings (tapes / CD's) released on the BTL label on the Fizgig folk pages, in the near future. Artists represented include Jez Luton, formerly based in the East Midlands who has been supporting Tom Paxton on UK dates, etc. Contact: Pete James 01572 755006 for details regarding Jez's CD etc.