Following the release of their debut album ‘Tidings’ last year, The Magpies have announced their return with a new single ‘I Never Will Marry’ which you can watch below, a new festival announcement and a 16-date UK tour across England, Scotland and Wales which will take place in September. The new single is described as “Atmospheric and dark, scattered with blistering instrumentals, powerful female harmonies and stomping rhythm… a traditional tale of lost love, handed down from woman to woman over the centuries, polished and honed with each telling: ‘take my hand and sing free’.”
Three accomplished musicians in their own right, The Magpies new line-up is a combination of Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award-winning guitarist, banjo-player and singer Bella Gaffney, clawhammer banjo player and singer Kate Griffin and fiddle-player and tunesmith Holly Brandon.
The Magpies have recently announced that they will be hosting their first festival – The Magpies Festival – which will take place on Saturday 14th August in the parkland of York’s stately home, Sutton Park. The line-up is set to include the likes of Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Blair Dunlop and Katherine Priddy, with more names to be announced soon. Working alongside Women’s Aid, the festival aims to support a gender balance across its line-up and management, as well as encouraging emerging local artists. Tickets are on sale now from the festival website here.
The Magpies will also return to the road later in 2021, with full Autumn tour dates as follows:
1st September – Acapela Studio, Cardiff
2nd September – The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill, Stroud non ticketed event. Donations on the door.
3rd September – Harwell Village Hall, Didcot, near Oxford
4th September – Blue Sky Cafe, High Street, Bangor
5th September – The Live Room, Saltaire- (Caroline Street Social club, Shipley)
6th September – Staveley Roundhouse, Main Street, Staveley, near Kendal
7th September – The Hug and Pint, Great Western Road, Glasgow
8th September – The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield
9th September – Gosforth Civic Centre, Regent Farm Road, Newcastle
10th September – The Crescent, York
11th September – The Sound Lounge, High Street, Sutton
12th September – Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Aikman Lane, Southampton
13th September – Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham
14th September – The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester
16th September – Rosslyn Court, Sweyn road, Cliftonville, Margate
17th September – Downend Folk Club, Lincombe Barn, Bristol