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#SAVEOURVENUES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

We need to save our venues. And we need to do it now.

London, Monday 27th April – Music Venue Trust has announced #saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.

Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.

Currently 556 venues are at risk including The Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent. “We’re extremely proud to be a grassroots music venue. These spaces are pipelines for talent and absolute lifelines for the communities they serve and the talents therein. We cannot allow them to be consigned to the past. UK music culture as we know it will simply not exist without these spaces, so it is vital to protect them” said Danni Brownsill, the venue’s chief booker and promoter.

Artists will be performing ‘at home’ gigs in support of their local venues, chosen from a list of venues currently in crisis which can be found at the campaign website  www.saveourvenues.co.uk. Each venue will have their own fundraising page with a clear target of the funds it needs to raise to stay afloat throughout this difficult period. Once a target is reached any excess revenue will go to the central #saveourvenues fund to help the wider grassroots music venue community.

How can music fans get involved? 

1.       Donate to a specific venue’s fundraising page by clicking this link www.saveourvenues.co.uk to see a list of local venues that urgently need help.

2.       Watch ‘at home’ shows by artists supporting the #saveourvenues campaign. Click here www.saveourvenues.co.uk to see a list of shows coming up.

3.       Donate to the national #saveourvenues fund via the website www.saveourvenues.co.uk

4.       Help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #saveourvenues and the campaign link www.saveourvenues.co.uk.

One of the main drivers of this initiative is the musician Frank Turner whose recent series of ‘Independent Venue Love’ shows for local venues Nambucca (London), The Joiners (Southampton) the Railway Inn (Winchester) and The Forum (Tunbridge Wells) raised thousands of pounds and provided a major inspiration for this campaign.

Frank Turner said, “The UK live music industry is staring into the abyss right now. I’m not able to save the whole thing on my own, but I decided to do a series of livestream shows to raise money for specific independent venues that I know and love, and that are in serious risk of disappearing right now. The success of these shows demonstrated the love that exists between music fans and their favourite grassroots music venues so the #saveourvenues campaign is a brilliant way of building on that and hopefully giving artists and music fans a chance to get involved and play a big part in helping them survive.”

One venue saved from closure by Frank’s fundraising gigs is Tunbridge Wells Forum.  Co-founder Jason Dormon said “Frank Turner has always championed the grassroots sector, having grown up and learnt his craft in these venues. His generosity and commitment is truly admirable, he inspires live music fans to come together and unite in raising awareness and funds for the UK’s grassroots music venues. We were totally overwhelmed and heartened by Frank’s help and the support and generosity of the local community.”

Music Venue Trust’s CEO Mark Davyd said, “Without the support of music fans and artists literally hundreds of the UK’s grassroots music venues could go out of business, never to return, in the coming months. Please help to save every single grassroots music venue in the UK so that it can reopen after this crisis and continue to be a home to our musicians and our communities.”

#saveourvenues

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Dandelion Charm will be going live on FB at at 8pm today

Message from the band –

“We are soooo looking forward to connecting again this evening!! In celebration of togetherness we are dedicating this weeks gigette to the wonderful Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity in appreciation of their amazing work and the support they are offering at this difficult time. See you later with love from Clare and John xx”

You can watch the gig on their Facebook page

Just Giving page

FIFTY GIGS IN A DAY – BACK TO HELP ARTISTS & NORDOFF ROBBINS CHARITY

With the current coronavirus pandemic it has affected live music like never before, with artists seeing their live revenues disappear, plus the related venues all close for now and many people associated with the music industry also losing their jobs and income. Coupled with this charities have seen their fundraising diminished as we all socially distance and events are cancelled.

But it is not all doom and gloom as musicians are rapidly adapting with live streaming gigs, Q&A’s, although it will only go some way to replacing the sales from merchandise. Charities are adapting too, with Nordoff Robbins hosting various events including streamed live from their music therapists.

So I am going to ‘piggy back’ on bands/artists doing gigs to see if they will kindly promote the wonderful work of the Nordoff Robbins charity, along with of course the bands/artists kind enough to mention the charity. Plus I will also be highlighting the work of NHS Charities Together as they help support the NHS workers, their families and the volunteers.

If any band/artists (including authors!) would like to join in please feel free to contact me.

50 Gigs In A Day Just Giving page

Make Some For The NHS Just Giving page

Below are the bands/artists that have kindly joined in to date. Either by dedicating a streaming gig to Fifty Gigs In A Day/Nordoff Robbins and/or kindly mentioning Nordoff Robbins on their social media. Please visit their pages and give them a listen & support. Thank you

Tim Arnold

Bad Touch

Dandelion Charm

The Darker My Horizon

Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons)

Milton Hide

NINEBARROW next live stream! 2nd May, 7pm, BST

On the 4th April, we gave our first ever live streamed concert. Boy were we nervous…but boy was it a success!! We were joined by over 2500 of you over on the website and another 500+ on Faceook and we have been absolutely overwhelmed not only by your feedback and amazing messages of support, but also – the generous concert donations that people made before, after or during the show. We’re so grateful to you all! 


The resounding feedback was that we should do more of these streams – and who are we to argue?! Something that really struck us after the last concert was the wonderful sense of community the evening generated. People here in the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Colombia, the USA, Spain, France, Sweden, Italy, Canada – the list goes on – all coming together for an evening of music – all chatting, posting photos, jokes, emojis…! All of us ‘together’, even though we must also be apart during these strange times. We can’t think of a much better way to spend an evening, to be honest! 
 

So here we go again, with a totally different set of songs! 😎​ 

Facebook event link

We were so thrilled to get messages from people who were seeing us for the first time on Saturday. We know that’s because lots of you shared word of the concert with your nearest and dearest around the world – and we’d be so grateful if you’d all consider doing that this time too. Now we know the whole thing works – it’d be amazing to try and beat the viewing figures for last time! 🙂
 

  All the best – stay safe and well – and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the 2nd May! 😊

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DAN WALSH live streaming dates

So when’s the next one then? APRIL 19TH 6pm-8pm via ZOOM So please note this is NOT on facebook live this time. Oxford Folk Weekend have had the splendid idea of moving their entire festival online using Zoom. The advantage of this over Facebook Live is you will be ‘in the room’ with me in that I’ll be able to see and hear you. So I can play a load of numbers and in between we can have a bit of a chat, you can ask questions etc. Should be fun! You can get your tickets here: https://fao.yapsody.com/event/index/524606/dan-walsh?fbclid=IwAR3kKIg7Wdw_JRG-fycMlPAbRTZgju9wwsSD3_kbRctkCYORkk6kD8K7YFs Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Zoom. Once you’ve got your ticket which is ‘pay what you feel’, you will be emailed full instructions.
MY INTERNET ‘TOUR’!
There will be more gigs on the way! One of my many cancelled gigs is also going ahead with the gig but online – thanks to Penrith Plug’n’Play! That gig will be on the facebook group for that particular gig (which is public) and will once again be totally live with a paypal donations page. Then I’ll do lots of gigs from my living room for you on facebook live and youtube live until all this madness is over! Any ideas for show themes let me know – I’m thinking of doing a covers gig, genre-specific gigs, artists that have inspired me. For now though I’ve put dates in the diary for April and May… So the ‘Home Tour’ for April/May looks something like this: APRIL
07 Facebook Live – 7pm (THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS ONE!)
www.facebook.com/danwalshbanjo
19 Zoom Live Stream presented by Oxford Folk Weekend – 6pm
https://fao.yapsody.com/event/index/524606/dan-walsh?fbclid=IwAR3kKIg7Wdw_JRG-fycMlPAbRTZgju9wwsSD3_kbRctkCYORkk6kD8K7YFs
20-25 UFQ Live Week – my band will be doing a week of live stuff on our facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/theurbanfolkquartet/ MAY
03 Facebook Live presented by Penrith Plug’n’Play – 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/plugplay.email/
13 Facebook Live – 7pm (‘Old Stuff’ – material from Tomorrow’s Still To Come and Walsh and Pound)
www.facebook.com/danwalshbanjo
17 Facebook Live – 1pm (‘Incidents and Accidents’ – the whole album performed live)
www.facebook.com/danwalshbanjo
20 Youtube Live – 7pm
https://www.youtube.com/c/danwalshbanjo
27 Facebook Live – 7pm (‘Verging On The Perpendicular’ – the whole album performed live)
www.facebook.com/danwalshbanjo
31 Facebook Live – 1pm (‘Trio’ – the whole album performed live)
www.facebook.com/danwalshbanjo
FACEBOOK LIVE AND LIVE STREAMING INSTRUCTIONS…
A few of you replied to my last newsletter with a few questions about the whole facebook live thing and I know one or two of you had a bit of a battle to get in to it! So with that in mind, here’s instructions for you for the various live streams coming up:

Oxford Folk Weekend Zoom Stream
1) You need to buy a ticket (pay what you feel) for this one first: https://fao.yapsody.com/event/index/524606/dan-walsh?fbclid=IwAR3kKIg7Wdw_JRG-fycMlPAbRTZgju9wwsSD3_kbRctkCYORkk6kD8K7YFs
2) The festival will email you full instructions – Zoom is a meeting app so this will essentially be a video call between me and you, the audience which means we can see each other and you can ask me questions between songs!

Penrith Plug’n’Play Live Stream
1) Head to https://www.facebook.com/groups/plugplay.email/ (you don’t need to be a member of this facebook group or even have a facebook account at all)
2) When you go to the page scroll down til you’re past the group’s photo, the about section and the announcements. Basically, keep scrolling til you see the posts in the group which is under the heading ‘new activity’
3) [Note there will be open mic submissions between 7 and 8 and then my live set begins at 8pm]
At 8pm I will be live in the group. I should be the top post of all the posts. If at 8pm I haven’t appeared automatically, refresh the page and scroll down again until you see me! If there’s not sound on the video click on the video and it should work.

Facebook Live Gigs
1) Head to https://www.facebook.com/danwalshbanjo/
2) Scroll down until my posts start – so scroll past the main page photo, about, photos by Dan Walsh, upcoming events, related pages and you should get to my posts and the live one will be the top one. Again, if I haven’t appeared at the start time refresh the page and scroll again til you see it. If there’s no sound on the video click on it and it should work.

OR:

1) head to https://www.facebook.com/danwalshbanjo/videos
2) at the start time the live video should appear at the top of the page
3) if it doesn’t refresh the page
4) click on the video which has a ‘LIVE’ button on it

Youtube Live Gigs
1) Head to https://www.youtube.com/c/danwalshbanjo
2) Click on ‘videos’
3) The live video should be there, click on it

DAN WALSH online gig Wednesday April 1 7PM GMT

As gigging would appear to be off for a little while (!) I will be performing live gigs from my living room via facebook live. I had a test run the other day with some ‘willing’ volunteers and it all seems to be working fine. The first gig is on WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL at 7pm (UK time). I’ll be playing for an hour and performing various numbers from my albums, new material and a surprise or two! The plan is to perform regular gigs and some of them will have a particular focus eg. specific albums I’ve done, covers, Irish, bluegrass or whatever it may be. If you have any suggestions of what you’d like to hear, do let me know 🙂

As gigging income is off, I will have an online ‘tip jar’: https://www.paypal.me/danwalshbanjo
Any contributions are most welcome 🙂

ninebarrow – Self-Isolation Live Streamed Concert 4th April, 7pm

Well – what a difference a week makes?! We really hope you’re receiving this email safe, well and staying positive in the face of this truly awful global crisis. It’s certainly been a bit of a roller-coaster for us, and we’re sure many of you can relate to that. We’ve had our wobbles in the last week – but we’ve taken the decision that positive mental attitude is the only way to approach a situation such as this. ​

You’ll have probably heard by now that we’ve postponed all of our concerts between now and the end of June. We’re in the thick of rescheduling all of those and we should be able to announce details of that very soon. If you currently have a ticket for one of those postponed concerts, your ticket will remain valid for the new date. If you can’t make it, you can just approach whoever you bought it from and a full refund will be issued. 

So that’s the slightly depressing bit of this email! 

But look – we’ve never been ones for wallowing in self-pity and we’re not even going to let something like COVID-19 get between us and bringing music to all of you! 

So, we’re delighted to announce that on the 4th April at 7pm GMT, we’re going to be broadcasting our first-ever live-streamed concert! 

Keeping live music going

It is a very challenging time for us all, where music can help soothe ourselves and bring out a sense of community, even if we can’t all be enjoying a live show in the same room. So this blog (and the Fifty Gigs In A Day one) will concentrate on highlighting live online music, plus new releases, from bands and artists across all genres.

Two shows today are That Joe Payne at 4PM GMT – expect prog and all sorts of musical delights

Then at 8PM GMT we have singer songwrier Tim Arnold which will be a treat I am sure!

Next Saturday folk duo Ninebarrow play a live streaming gig between 7PM and 830PM GMT

Bands/artists do get in touch and I will happily plug your gig, new music – whatever I can do to help.

News – Fairport Convention added to Fifty Gigs In A Day

Delighted to have folk rock legends FAIRPORT CONVENTION joining in again. They appear at the Leeds City Varieties on February 8 as part of their winter tour.

29 Jan TewkesburyThe Roses Theatre

30 Jan Brecon That Brycheiniog

31 Jan Southport The Atkinson

01 Feb Settle Victoria Hall

02 Feb Gateshead Sage

04 Feb Petreborough Key Theatre

05 Feb Newcastle under Lyme New Vic Theatre

06 Feb Lincoln The Drill Hall

07 Feb Bridlington Spa Centre

08 Feb Leeds City Varieties

09 Feb Manchester RNCM

11 Feb Milton Keynes The Stables

12 Feb Farnham The Maltings

13 Feb Exeter Corn Exchange

14 Feb Bath Forum

16 Feb Bromsgrove Artrix

18/19 Feb Canterbury Gulbenkian

20 Feb Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion

21 Feb London Union Chapel

22 Feb Saffron Walden Saffron Hall

23 Feb Winchester Theatre Royal

News – Beans On Toast joins in with Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020

Beans On Toast aka Jay McAllister is a folk musician who has released a new album every year on December 1st since 2009. This year’s album is entitled ‘The Inevitable Trainwreck’.

He appears at the Castle & Falcon in Birmingham on February 8 2020.

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