It's been a hectic month, lots happening and new developments. The Spring Tour with the fabulous Beck Sian has come to an end with a packed Chorley Village Hall and an atmospheric finale at St Mary's Church in Bridgnorth and Meifod Church in Powys. We've had a great time with Beck over the past 3 months and have played lots of new venues and areas.

We travelled down to Worcester on a very hot Sunday afternoon to play 'Acoustic Lunch' organised by a subsidiary of Worcester Music Festival, some footage of 'King of the Faeries' has been posted on YouTube, see here. Bank Holiday Monday saw a trip to Bantock Park in Wolverhampton playing to a crowd in the grounds on Bantock House. The weather just about held and a great line up of artists provided a great soundtrack for the audience and their picnics!

May's Cinnamon gig saw Adrian Byron Burns appear as our guest, he was awesome and captivated the entire audience, a very fitting artist to appear as our last guest at the venue. The June Cinnamon gig on Tuesday 23rd will be the last music night that we host and organise with Whalebone playing all night. It concludes a four year period, where in one form or another, we've organised an acoustic music each month, meeting lots of talented people and making many new friends.

The beginning of June saw a couple of firsts for us. We played the Woodman Folk Club in Kingswinford and the Varsity Unplugged in Wolverhampton which was a great gig with an amazing sound and a fabulous audience. Sherwood Arts Festival took place in Nottingham, again lucky with the weather, we played a hot and sticky set to a group of groovy arts and talented craft people.

The live album 'Rootsy...Folky...Live and Funky... has received a couple of reviews, one from FATEA (see here) and one from the Jazz Mann (see here). Sunday Folk on BBC radio with Genevieve Tudor has played a couple of tracks off the album the past couple of weeks, 'King of the Faeries' and 'Two Wild Women'. We also took a trip to Redditch to play a live session and interview on Radio Pulse. Some YouTube footage of our version of the KT Tunstall song 'Black Horse and The Cherry Tree' can be viewed here.

Welcome to the new Whalebone website! Over the next few weeks we'll be introducing some of our music to the site, facilities to purchase CD's and bring you news of a remastered whalebone CD that is coming soon... Please let us know what you think through the 'Guestbook' feature.

A live session on Radio Pulse gave us the opportunity to play some new tunes and as yet, unrecorded music. Wenlock Hare - a Whalebone original inspired by a night time sighting driving back from a gig last year, Wild Cat - a Cape Breton tune and our version of Queen’s We Will Rock You. Some You Tube footage of the performances can be viewed HERE, our thanks to Ian Michaels of Pulse Radio – the most interactive and technically minded DJ we know!

The Brewood Music Acoustic Club is a favourite of ours. The people are lovely and the atmosphere is always great. Here’s some pics taken by Bill on the night... If you find yourself wondering where to go on a Thursday night, check out their website for details of performances coming up, the link is on our links page.

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