We had a smashing time at the lovely Manifold Gathering on the Staffordshire Moors. Malcolm had asked us to sing Phil and June Culclough's Song for Ireland as part of the Peace Concert and we were happy to oblige - Kip especially so after Dave the Hat had turned up with a flower, again!
This was our second visit to Bromyard, and the whole weekend was a joy! Yes, it rained on Saturday, but the atmosphere was warm and the audiences were fabulous, especially for our mainstage slot on Friday night. It was great to see so many old friends, and to make so many new ones.
On to the Manifold Gathering this coming weekend. We are very lucky people!
So this weekend we head southwest, to Trowbridge on Friday and Didmarton on Saturday. Well planned, you might think? Well yes, except that we leave Didmarton after our set on Saturday afternoon and head for Fleetwood, just north of Blackpool!
Only a couple of days yo go till the brand new "Folk on the Dock" Festival in Liverpool's lovely Albert Docks.
We'll be playing on the main Dock Stage at 11:45am on both Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th. Then we'll be mainly wandering round, watching some other bands, soaking up the atmosphere, and possibly enjoying the odd beer or three.
We had a lovely time at Folk on the Farm last weekend. Wonderful location, smashing people - even the weather made an effort to join in the fun in the end.
It's always nice when people send us photos after a gig, so Kip was thrilled to see this one. Captions welcome!
We're delighted to have been invited to play the newly-announced Folk on the Dock Festival, to be held in Liverpool's beautiful Albert Docks quarter over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
We'll be there on both Saturday and Sunday, and will publish actual performance times and venues as soon as we know them. In the meantime you can learn a little more here.
We've been pretty chuffed with the reviews we've received for Ashes & Dust up to now. Here's just a few snippets.
“If you already own some or all of this outstanding duo’s previous releases, you know why you need to add this to your collection. If not, herein lies one of your most treasured album purchases of 2016.”
Nigel Schofield, The Living Tradition
Four Stars from Maverick Magazine.
"Really enjoyable....if you love folk music, it would be worth catching up with them when they inevitably play near you"
See the full review on the Reviews page
The reviews are rolling in, and so far they're all good.
"Winter Wilson's superbly-crafted musicianship, heartfelt songs and performance are the bedrock on which this country's folk circuit rests and both it and the world would be a poorer place without them.”
Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK
Here you go, folks, the first airing of Austerity from the new album Ashes & Dust.
Mike Harding said "One of the strongest songs of the last twelve months, a bittersweet song."
You can hear the song on Mike Harding's Folk Show at about 33 minutes in. Better still, listen to the whole thing!
Let us know your thoughts on the song.