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Gathering Tour is halfway & Some Churches

The May dates of the Gathering Tour were great and included some of the best singing we’ve ever had, (at Merthyr Cynog - well the Welsh are said to be able to sing a bit) and some of the wittiest heckling (also Merthyr Cynog!) Minsterworth in Gloucestershire came through with the ‘Best cakes’ title, and Chorley Village Hall (see picture below) was an up roaring experience, but in truth every gig has been enjoyable, and we’ve met some lovely people along the way. The next few dates include Wenlock Pottery at the end of June - a great venue with a fantastic atmosphere, and a beautiful Church in Yarpole at the end of July which has an amazing belfry separate to the Church with the main timbers of the tower being dated to 1192 making it one of the oldest timber framed structures in the country (see the giglist for more details).

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Another interesting church we’ve come across recently is in a village called Hope Bagot on the side of the Clee in South Shropshire. It has a amazing yew tree (believed to be sacred) that has been dated at least 1600 years old with a Holy Well nearby that is thought to have healing properties for eyes and used for baptisms hence the dedication of the church to St John the Baptist. We are going to play a festival called ‘Strange Folk’ at the beginning of September to help raise funds for both the church and the ancient yew so look out for more details closer to the time, it really is special place and well worth visiting. Here's a photo of the Hope Bagot yew tree...

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