On Tuesday 2nd July, London is going to be the place to be. I have put together an amazing new band and we will performing songs from both of my albums in an evening that is NOT TO BE MISSED! I appreciate it’s a school night, but my plan is to take both the Tuesday and Wednesday as ‘sickies’ and my suggestion is that you do the same. We can keep it between ourselves.
It’s been nearly 2 years since I was on the road and I couldn’t be more excited. This band is the best I have ever played with and I know you’re going to be blown away.
I have kept the ticket prices to an absolute minimum of £10 per person (plus booking fee) as I dearly want to see as many of you there as possible. I sincerely hope that you can make it. It’s is…
It’s been an incredibly exciting few months since we last contacted you. Huge thanks if you’ve managed to catch us over the last few weeks. We’ve had a string of wonderful rural touring shows – all sold out thanks to you and the wonderful promoters that have been working so hard behind the scenes.
And you might be aware we also managed to win BEST DUO in the Folking.com awards. Thanks so much if you managed to find the time to vote for us. Being a public vote, it almost feels more special than some of the other awards we’ve been up for in the past – without the support of people like you, we just wouldn’t be able to achieve this stuff, so we really are truly grateful! 😊
And finally…we’re still recovering from a superb ‘double choir’ concert which we held down in Poole on Saturday. We were joined from far and wide – with people even coming all the way from Wales to see the show. It really was a corker too!! We’ve got two more choir concerts coming up this summer – so do take a look at the gig list if you’re interested in catching one of those!
The Ninebarrow Band is born!
So THIS is very exciting indeed. We’ve had this one under wraps for a little while now, but we’re so excited to announce that on September 14th this year, we’ll be having the first ever Ninebarrow Band concert at the Towngate Theatre at Lighthouse Poole. With John Parker on double bass, Evan Carson on percussion and Lee MacKenzie on cello, this is going to be something rather special. We thought maybe you’d like to have a look at a wee snippet from our first rehearsal a few weeks ago. It’s a little clip of For A Time – our song about the ‘lost’ village of Tyneham.
Poole Lighthouse is the same venue where we had our album launch last year, and it was such a wonderful evening – an amazing theatre and a full lighting show to accompany the band. We just thought it’d be fantastic to do it again and have the opportunity to not only recreate some album arrangements from over the last 6 years, but also come up with some totally new song arrangements as well.
Tickets have literally just gone on sale for this. We do understand that the south coast is quite a distance for many of the people on this mailing list, but we were delighted that so many of you were able to make it down to the album launch last year, and we can promise you – this is going to be even better. 😎 Click below for details!
New dates announced!
And of course – we’ve just announced a raft of new duo dates elsewhere around the country too – and it’d be lovely to see you out and about sometime soon! Check out the map on the top right and, as always, find all our upcoming dates over at www.ninebarrow.co.uk/gigs.
Until next time!
All the best,
Wed 15 May 2019
Ely Folk Club
Thu 16 May 2019
St Peter’s Church,
Fri 17 May 2019
The Ram Club
Sat 18 May 2019
St Andrew’s Church,
Wed 22 May 2019
Thu 23 May 2019
The Place Theatre
Fri and Sat 25 May 2019
Ireby Festival 2019
Sun 26 May 2019
Chester Folk Festival 2019
Fri 07 Jun 2019
St Michael the Archangel
Sat 08 Jun 2019
Bickerton Village Hall
Sun 09 Jun 2019
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 2019
Fri 14 Jun 2019
St George the Martyr Church
Sat 15 Jun 2019
St John the Baptist Church
Sun 16 Jun 2019 NINEBARROW CHOIR
Crediton Congregational Church
Thu 20 Jun 2019
Fri 21 Jun 2019
St Andrews United Reformed Church
Sat 06 Jul 2019
Kimpton Folk Festival 2019
Sat 13 Jul 2019 NINEBARROW CHOIR
St John’s Church, Totnes
Sun 21 Jul 2019 BBQ CONCERT
Manor Green, Cossington
Fri 9th Aug 2019
St John the Baptist, Horrabridge
Fri 16th August
Broadstairs Folk Week
Sat 17th Aug 2019
Moira Furnace Folk Festival
Sat 14th September LIGHTHOUSE POOLE BAND
Tues 17th Sep 2019
Wurzel Bush Folk Club
Wed 18th Sep 2019
Ripon International Festival
Thu 19th Sep 2019
Rolleston Village Hall
Fri 20th Sep 2019
Harwell Village Hall
Sat 21st Sep 2019
Peopleton Village Hall
Fri 27th Sep 2019
St Mark’s Church
Sat 28th Sep 2019
For more info on these gigs and many more see the gigs page on our website.
Generally, it’s been a quiet time for Fairport. However,
Chris has been on the road with Feast of Fiddles, Ric has recorded a new
album with his trio, and Simon has been walking the Cumbrian mountains
in the rain.
It hasn’t rained much here in north Oxfordshire however. In fact, as
we write, it’s a lovely spring day outside. Appropriately so, for it is
under a week before we head out on our annual Spring Tour which kicks
off next Tuesday 7 May in Leamington Spa.
As many of you know our semi-acoustic Spring Tour gives us a
chance to try out new arrangements of favourites from our repertoire as
well as road-testing some new songs for our forthcoming album. Compared
to the Winter Tour gigs, these shows tend
to be in smaller venues and have a more intimate feel.
We have thirty shows planned throughout the British Isles. This year
we’re crossing the Irish Sea to play in Dublin, Limerick, Armagh, Cork,
Kilkenny and Belfast. For these shows across the water we will be
accompanied by The 4 of Us who many of you will
remember from their appearances as our Winter Tour guests.
We’re really looking forward to this run of gigs and it will be great to see you all.
Spring is certainly in the air around Cropredy. The meadow grass is
growing lusher by the day, the trees are vivid with new foliage and the
River Cherwell is glinting and sparkling in the sun as it meanders along
the boundary of the festival site. It all
adds up to the perfect venue to celebrate our festival’s fortieth
anniversary on Thursday 8, Friday 9, and Saturday 10 August 2019.
As we’ve said, we have a great line-up this year. By way of reminder, the headliners are
The Waterboys (Thursday), Frank Turner (Friday) and us on Saturday. The barnstorming
Gogol Bordello join us on Thursday with Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman playing the Friday.
A reminder too that May is the last month to get your Cropredy
tickets at the early-bird prices. From 1 June all tickets go up by £5 so
buy now and save a fiver per ticket to spend at the bar!
As we always say, please don’t leave buying tickets until the last minute – we’d hate any of you to miss out!
Delighted to add the first act kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020 next February 8, comedian Jimeoin. He is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 8 Feb 2020. In the meantim, he has plenty of upcoming shows –
few things more wonderful to see than someone loving their music
therapy. So without further ado, I’d love to introduce you to Jonathan,
who plays the drums like he’s in The Who!
Jonathan was first diagnosed with cancer when he was 18 months old and
since then, he’s had to undergo a series of surgical interventions and
aggressive treatments, including chemotherapy.
It’s hard to imagine how difficult this is for Jonathan. He is often
confined to his hospital room for long periods of time, meaning he’s
very restricted in his social opportunities, at a time when playing and
interacting with others is crucial for his development.
This is why music therapy is so crucial
Despite the challenges he faces, in music Jonathan is able to be playful. Music therapy enables him to take part in a meaningful social activity, which gives him a sense of control, responsibility and joy. It also allows him to spend time with his parents, who love to join in with Jonathan and his music therapist’s music-making.