We have always had ambitions to do pedal folk shows in schools and old peoples homes, so I am totally chuffed that we have manage to sort out a lunch time chapel performance at Cote Lane, where my grandparents live.
Not sure if I am allowed to invite people along who don’t live there but worth dropping us a cheeky line if you are in the area and fancy it – 2pm on Friday 30th August in Westbury-on-Trym, north Bristol.
I hope they like it! My grandparents tend to prefer Frank Sinatra or Bach to folk music…
Ok, deep breath, it is sent, done, dusted, completed, phew, exciting.
For those of you not in the know, EFDSS takes on a few people/groups for creative residencies every year. You can find out more about them here.
We have put in a little application to them for our ‘In Pursuit Of Spring’ tour next year which would give us even more excuses for hanging out in the wonderful Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and generally sitting in Cecil Sharp House playing music.
I would be hugely grateful if you could cross your fingers and toes in the coming month whilst they are judging the applications. Getting one of these residencies would be a major lovely happy moment for us. If you know anyone who works for them, make sure you say lots of nice things about us please!
Right, I am off to sacrifice an old mandolin for good luck.
Tim and I had a brainstorm a couple of weeks ago about who we would most love to join us for the third Pedal Folk ‘In Pursuit Of Spring’ tour in April next year.
Hannah Martin was pretty much top of the list after we both saw her play in her duo with Phillip Henry at Sidmouth Folk Week last year. She is a superb singer, song-writer, performer and plays violin, viola and banjo amongst other instruments.
The great news is she up for it and seems pretty excited about the idea too, hurrah! She’d even heard of Edward Thomas, which shows that a) she is smart and b) she knows more than me.
Edward Thomas is one of our country’s unsung literary heroes. He lost his life in 1917 during the First World War and his words and poetry are little known to the vast majority of people, which is sad as many well known authors, musicians and poets cite him as an influence. I had certainly never heard of him until a few months ago.
His last literary work ‘In Pursuit Of Spring’ was published in 1914 about a cycle trip he made from London to Somerset. Tim had the lovely idea of ‘Pedal Folk’ recreating this journey.
We have set aside the last week of April next year to make this happen and below is a rough idea of what the route looks like and the sort of schedule and venues we hope to sort out.
PLEASE NOTE – this is our tour wish list! none of these gigs are confirmed/booked and most of the venues don’t even know who we are and what we are up to yet – best pencil into diary if you are that way inclined.