Festivals week blog, by Sarah

It’s Monday morning, and Whalebone are comparing calluses after a week of festival action (I think I win – there’s one on my bowing thumb I haven’t seen for six months). We were at the Clun Green Man Festival on Bank Holiday Monday, playing six sets to a gorgeous crowd of folks with flowers in their hair and butterflies on their faces (well not everyone, but a goodly proportion). Huge fun as always, relaxed and gentle and one of our favourite festivals, and a great opportunity to meet up with a lot of old friends and make some lovely new ones, wearing some of the best headgear we’ve ever seen.

Clun Green Man with the May Queen

Anyway. Having recovered from that, we spent most of this weekend at the Ludlow Spring Food Festival, admiring the exciting weather laid on for the occasion and looking longingly from the stage at an amazing collection of ales, ciders and, um, bloody mary apparently. Personally, I can barely stand now. Sadly this has absolutely nothing to do with the aforementioned ales, ciders or B.Ms. I think my lifestyle needs adjusting.

Help For Heroes and Abdon Village Hall

Whalebone are joining forces with Abdon Village Hall committee to raise funds for the charity Help For Heroes. In addition to fundraising on the night of our gig at Abdon on the 14th of May, we’re going to donate all the profits from the sale of downloads of our tune ‘Lost Days’ (which was inspired by Bridgnorth War Memorial) for the month leading up to the concert to the charity (which is from now!).

To download ‘Lost Days’, which costs just 79p from the Amazon MP3 site, click on the link here; Lost Days MP3 for Help the Heroes

Rock 'n' Reel Magazine - Three Fires gets 4 Stars and Tour Updates

The March / April edition of R2 Magazine has awarded our album 'Three Fires' 4 stars in their review section. We also have one of our tracks on the covermount CD (Hooty Mullock).



We have all become real fans of this publication (before they were so nice to us - honestly!) As Sean McGhee the editor puts it 'We choose not to build or otherwise jump on board any bandwagon; we leave fad and fashion to those who care about such things... we have no agenda other than to share our enthusiasms and point you in the direction of music you might find of interest.' To subscribe to R2 (Rock 'n' Reel) Magazine visit

Our Three Fires Tour has exceeded our all our expectations and we have really enjoyed meeting up with old friends and meeting lots of new one's. We have two extra dates confirmed for June  (in Cheslyn Hay and All Stretton) which will be listed on the website when we have finalised vital information such as will there be a bar provided for refreshments... In the meantime, we've finished filming the footage for our next video (our version of Simon and Garfunkel's The Boxer) and are now at the editing stage. We had the idea of filming it in one of the stations on the Severn Valley Railway - partly because the lyrics refer to a railway station and partly because Eardington Station is very pretty with loads of beautiful (if somewhat huge and heavy) props. Here's a picture of the man from Whalebone who had just made himself laugh during filming...



It is a serious video... honestly.

Acoustic Magazine Review - April 2011 Edition

Whalebone Three Fires Acoustic Magazine Review

The latest edition of Acoustic Magazine includes a review of our album 'Three Fires' in the album section. Great interview with Tommy Emmanuel and a review of a new Martin OMCPA1 guitar which would fit in very nicely with the small guitar family in Whalebone... Just need to save up for a little while...

Quatt Village Hall and Geneiveve Tudor's Sunday Folk Session and Interview - Listen Again!

The first date of the tour happened at Quatt Village Hall on Saturday night, and we couldn't have wished a better start. It was a great night, one of the peeps there - a lovely lady called Chrissy - has written a blog  (which can be viewed by clicking the link) about the evening and filmed a video of us playing 'Wenlock Hare':

Huge thanks to all the committee members of Quatt Village Hall in looking after us and helping us stage the concert. The following day we travelled over to Shrewsbury to play on Genevieve Tudor's Sunday Folk show on BBC Radio Shropshire. We played 3 tunes - 'Herman the Carpenter' 'Three Fires' and 'Hooty Mullock' with an interview in-between. You can listen again up to Sunday on the BBC i player at


We're on from about 7.30pm playing a couple of tunes, then we have an interview - which if you are wondering, when we introduce ourselves as colours, we are referring to the colour of our microphones! It isn't obvious if you weren't watching the webcam! Then we go back in the Legendary Middle Studio to play our last tune. Many thanks to Genevieve for having us on the show and Allan for the pics and audio.

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