I do hope you are well.
I’m really looking forward to these CONCERTS coming up soon:
on 18th Feb, a charity concert at WHITMINSTER Village Hall, near Stroud in aid of a very worthy cause;
on 3rd March – the Beehive Folk Club at Harthill Village Hall near SHEFFIELD;
on 25th March at MINSTERWORTH Village Hall near Gloucester;
on 18th April at DARTFORD Folk Club.
See TOUR DATES page for all details.
*Also there’ll be a concert to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of release of my Forest & Vale & High Blue Hill album in Stroud on 29th April.
I’m also really pleased to be holding a SONGWRITING WEEKEND on 1st/2nd April at the Richard Jeffries Museum in Wiltshire..limited to 5 students. Details of the weekend are on TOUR DATES page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
My RIVER OF DREAMS album was one of the PICKS OF 2022 on Roger Williams’ “Voice of the Artist” show on Blues and Roots Radio 3rd Jan – along with Amy Hopwood, Amy Goddard, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Katie Spencer, Katherine Fear with Anya Fay, Jack Blackman, The Trials Of Cato, Jill Jackson, Lady Maisery, and Angeline Morrison. www.bluesandrootsradio.com
And the album was in the TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2022 on Mike Ganley’s Crooked Road radio show on Swindon 105.5FM Broadcast on 29th Dec 2022
Part 1 Sam Sweeney – Escape That
Elles Bailey – Shining In The Half Light
Johnny Coppin – River of Dreams
Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl – Heal & Harrow
Janis Ian – The Light At The End Of The Line
Dom Prag – Needle & Thread
Heidi Talbot – Sing It For A Lifetime
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage – Ink of The Rosy Morning
Oysterband – Read The Sky
Bella Hardy – Love Songs
and also 2 more tracks will be played on the 2nd Feb Crooked Road radio show.
On YOUTUBE there’s now a video sequence (by Paul Orsler) of my version of CONTRARY by Clifford T Ward
from my 3rd album Get Lucky.
YouTube slideshow video:
It’s good to see the original Transatlantic Sessions are being shown again on Friday evenings on BBC 4 TV.
Recently I have just heard the sad news of the passing of Les Barker, the acclaimed poet and entertainer, and John The Fish – a stalwart of the Cornish folk scene and such a friendly, kind and generous singer who I’ve known for many years.
And also recently we lost Dave “Scotty” Scott, a fine guitarist, bass player and stalwart of the Minchinhampton Folk Club for many years.
Others we’ve sadly lost include David Crosby, Christine McVie, Jeff Beck, Rab Noakes, Noel Murphy, Ian Tyson, Wilko Johnson, and journalist Colin Irwin.