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Clun Green Man and Ludlow Food Fest

We had a great Bank Holiday Monday playing at the Clun Green Man Festival. You can see some pictures below of the fight on the bridge between the Green Man and the Ice Queen that takes place each year on the bridge in Clun, luckily the Green Man won and spring officially arrived so the rest of the day was spent in sunshine, quite something for a Bank Holiday! It’s a lovely festival with a great vibe and groovy people and it was a real pleasure to be able to play there.

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As part of the Gathering Tour we travelled down to the beautiful Cotswolds to play Box Village Hall and were treated to a great audience – a collective human metronome the clapping was that good, and an impressive selection of ‘Bring Your Own’ that included a homemade lasagne.... It was a great night and we’ll hopefully get back to play there at some point in the future. The following day we played Ludlow Food Festival playing four sets throughout the day and returned on Sunday to play some more. The weather was pretty awful, but the food and drink more than made up for it and the attendance figures hit a new record illustrating how good the beer and food is – and the large gazebos and beer tent ensured we played in the dry! Hopefully the September Food Festival will be sunny again as we’re playing in the moat...

First dates of Gathering Tour and Lincoln Drill Hall

First dates of Gathering Tour and Lincoln Drill Hall

Getting the first couple of dates of our Gathering Tour under our belts resulted in us meeting some lovely people and it was nice to get back into the swing of things after what seems like ages with lots of planning and preparations. Johnny Coppin played the title track of our current tour on his BBC Folk Roots programme last Sunday. His show is packed full of great music and if you miss the show, you can listen via the BBC i player for 7 days afterwards. The link to the show is on our links page.

We drove over to Lincoln to support Spiers & Boden on their Spring Tour on Monday. After an arduous journey of four and half hours thanks to the M6, we arrived and had a great night. Here are a couple of photos from after the gig...

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Radio, YouTube and Brewood

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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1st Blog of the Year

It's been a little on the quiet side re blog posting and with the inclement weather at the start of the year resulted in a bit of a stuttering start to 2010, with postponements and cancellations. However we’ve been busy behind the scenes preparing and building up to our Gathering Tour which starts next month at Newbold Pacey and Ashorne Village Hall by working on new material and some fresh ideas including a new little tune called Wenlock Hare which was inspired by a moon lit sighting of a hare driving back from a gig last year. Burns night at Wenlock Pottery was very enjoyable and highly amusing pretending to play Scottish tunes all night with all our set being inspired by or written in Scotland including Hotel Caledonia by the Golden Eagles... The Railwayman’s Arms gig at the end of January was another great night, nice to get back into the swing of gigging again, and for once, none of us complained about playing in front of the fire! I think everyone will be pleased when spring finally arrives! The workshops at Eardington Village Hall proved to be lots of fun, playing James Brown tunes with clarinet and flute interspersed with soup, cake tea and great company. We met up with some lovely people and made some great music together.

We managed to get to a great concert by an Irish band called BEOGA held at The Last Inn in Hengoed at the start of February. Their name means ‘lively’ in Irish and they definitely lived up to it. It was great to be a member of the audience and see a band that makes music that is really interesting with the musicians playing really together and tight. They are well worth checking out, just click on the link above. Looking forward to seeing Dave Swarbrick at Newhampton Folk Club later this month too.

Elsewhere on the web we have a review of our first album ‘There to Here’ posted by Ian Mann the Jazz Mann that can be found HERE and some photos of our concert at the Evesham Arts Centre can be seen HERE taken by Richard Kyte. Please note from our previous blog last year, it was VERY hot in that room! That’s the reason we look pink! Looking forward to travelling over to Radio Pulse in Redditch on Tuesday and trips to Leominster and Brewood the week after, hope to catch up with some of you there!

December Gigs Round Up...

The first gig in December was performing at the Cross Keys in Sellatyn, where we took part in the ‘Xmas Xtravagenza’ staged by Offa Events. The night was great fun with a variety of performers including John Snell – a poet, Five Speed Box - a Ceilidh Band, Kiuydanto - a string quartet, Nostalgia – a female acappella group, John Neilson and Meri Lawes. The night started off the festive season nicely and gave us a chance to run through a couple of seasonal tunes we had been working on for the Kaleidoscope Midwinter Melody shows later in the month. The following night we played at Wenlock Pottery and had a lovely night, met up with some old friends again and continued to get into the festive spirit. We’re returning next month to play a Burns Night... Made in Shropshire in Shrewsbury went very well again. Thankfully it stayed dry and we’ve been colder! The following day we travelled to Kemberton to play the first concert of Midwinter Melody dates at Kaleidoscope Theatre and the following week we played the second date. It’s the first time we have collaborated with Kaleidoscope and the show went really well. They wrote two brand new beautiful cameos to our versions of A Fairytale in New York and Londonderry Air, with snow and everything which were very memorable and we are planning to work together again in the future. It was really nice to finish off the year with sold out concerts and working with hugely talented people. Hopefully next year will be as positive and enjoyable. Talking of which, we’ve finally had the time to put up some dates on our calendar for next year, we are doing a spring tour of village halls starting in March and through to May which will see us travelling round and about again. Hopefully we’ll catch up with some of the people we’ve met this year and look forward to playing new venues and meeting new people.

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