Jon Boden: The Stables, Wavendon – Wednesday 9th October 2016

On his first solo tour the erstwhile voice and frontman of Bellowhead, Jon Boden, has not lost his flair for the dramatic.  There’s a variety of stage lighting, and props: ragged looking speakers and decorative battered loud speakers as well as the tour image -Jon Boden as Icarus lifted on wings made from violins. This … Continue reading “Jon Boden: The Stables, Wavendon – Wednesday 9th October 2016”

Jon Boden “Painted Lady” (Navigator Records, 2016)

Folk superstar Jon Boden has always had itchy feet. Not content with an acclaimed partnership with box ace John Spiers and fronting Bellowhead, the eleven piece big band that he founded with Spiers which went on to become probably the biggest star in the UK folk firmament, he also released a concept album “Song From … Continue reading “Jon Boden “Painted Lady” (Navigator Records, 2016)”

A Picture Made “Heal” – Listen

So, imagine the editorial meeting if you will and the heated exchange which ended with the comment “so, what you’re saying is that it’s prog?“.  Well, no, not Prog as such – obviously that would be ridiculous.  Concept albums? Ha!  Well, unless it Drive By Truckers or The Decemberists.  And that Jon Boden chap is … Continue reading “A Picture Made “Heal” – Listen”

Do you like Good Music ? A year in review

There’s an inevitability that December brings some reflection on what has gone before, there’s this midwinter pause that offers an opportunity for this stocktaking. And this is a personal reflection – there’s some “best ofs”” down below, which in their own way are as inevitable as socks as Christmas presents, but they are in no-way … Continue reading “Do you like Good Music ? A year in review”

Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 tickets on sale Friday

Back for 2018, tickets for the UK’s most famous folk festival go on general sale Friday 1 December at 10am available from here and they’ve announced a historic twinning with the legendary Newport Folk Festival for the first time “that will allow both festivals to share ideas, experiences and indeed artists between these two festivals that have grown up … Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 tickets on sale Friday”

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, 27-30 July 2017

Every festival, everywhere, delivers a special moment or two, things that it will be remembered for in years to come.  This year’s Cambridge Folk Festival was no different, with two hugely significant moments. The first was the sad death of Joan Woollard a few days before the start of the festival.  The widow of Ken … Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, 27-30 July 2017”

Gate to Southwell roots festival announces 2017 line-up

The eleventh Gate To Southwell Festival has announced its line-up and it’s looking pretty ace. Running from Thursday June 8th to Sunday June 11th in rural Nottinghamshire, the festival headliners include the lovely Kate Rusby, and Jon Boden, frontman of Bellowhead (RIP). There’s also an array of international performers including BOC from Mallorca plus Canadian bands Le … Continue reading “Gate to Southwell roots festival announces 2017 line-up”

Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)

One of the stars of the folk scene, Seth Lakeman remains for many synonymous with thumping beats, high volume and a driving, pin your ears back sound that lacks subtlety.  But this is to do him a grave injustice.  He may not be an obvious innovator like Jim Moray or possess as broad a brush … Continue reading “Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)”

A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”