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Performing for my grandparents

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…

EFDSS Creative Residencies application done!

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.


Hannah Martin said yes!

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.

For those of you who do not know of her, i suggest that you have a listen to the recording below and check out the website of her duo with Phillip Henry here –

In Pursuit Of Spring and Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas in 1905

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.


Town/City Venue wish list
21/04/14 Monday Day 1 London Cecil Sharp House
22/04/14 Tuesday Day 2 Farnham Farnham Maltings
23/04/14 Wednesday Day 3 Winchester The Railway Inn
24/04/14 Thursday Day 4 Salisbury Salisbury Arts Centre
25/04/14 Friday Day 5 Trowbridge Arts Centre
26/04/14 Saturday Day 6 Glastonbury Assembly Rooms Fabulous Furry Folk night
27/04/14 Sunday Day 7 Crowcombe Halsway Manor

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Summer Tour is coming together nicely

Buoyed from the success of our first tour, we are taking the liberty of organising a second this summer in the last week of August.

We’ve gigs already lined up for Bath, Bristol, Stroud and Swindon. Just need a couple more now. Lovely!

29/08/13 – Bath Folk Club – Green Park Tavern – Bath
30/08/13 РEl Rincón РBristol
31/08/13 – The Prince Albert – Stroud
01/09/13 – Swindon Central Library – Swindon

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Folk Weekend Oxford

With much joy I can confirm that we will be ending off our first Pedal Folk tour with a show in Oxford as part of Folk Weekend Oxford.

Tim has been booked to play with Rose Lippard as a duo on Saturday supporting Ian Giles & Dave Townsend at The Old Fire Station Studio at 6pm.

Then on Sunday we will all be playing at Cafe 1071 at 3pm. There may be bubbly to celebrate.

Swindon gig confirmed

So we are pleased to announce that Pedal Folk will be performing at Swindon Central Library on Friday 19th April.

Not quite sure what time we will be performing but it strikes me as a highly suitable place for a chilled Friday evening of folk music.

Change of plan

Ok, so Tim just got booked to play at Folk Weekend Oxford on Saturday 20th April which now means we are going to be heading east from Bristol stopping off in Swindon on the Friday night.

More details about those gigs to follow but here is our current planned route.

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