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DAISY McILROY

French/Montreal  singer-songwriter will be visiting the UK in the summer of 2020 and is available for small festivals. Contact us for more information and publicity CD

REG MEUROSS AUTUMN DATES TO PROMOTE NEW ALBUM 'RAW' 

September 13 - Grimsby Fisherman's Chapel

September 14 - West Kirby Arts Centre

September 16 - Greenwich Theatre, London

September 18 - Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

September 19 - Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft

September 20 - Raising The Rafters, Humber Rescue fund

September 21 - Ropery Hall, Humber Upon Barton

September 22 - The Cluncy, Newcastle

October 19 -       Musicport Festival, Whitby

For more details contact regmeuross.com/12SH

FLOSSIE MALAVIALLE TO TAKE A YEAR OFF

After 17 years of driving up and down the country, I will be taking a year off in 2020 to concentrate on other projects. I will be looking forward to gigging again in 2021 no doubt with renewed energy. Please contact my agent Bob Gilchrist for all gig enquiries.'

CRUISE THE DANUBE WITH FAIRPORT CONVENTION

An 8 day cruise from Budapest to Austria has been announced - 18th-25th June 2021. more information; website - harmonyvoyages.co.uk

BUYING A FIDDLE OR MANDOLIN? TIPS BY TOM LEARY, FEAST OF FIDDLES, EXCLUSIVE TO FOLKGUIDE

'You can buy a decent fiddle for around £200 as a beginner's instrument. Cheaper instruments don't keep their tuning so they have to be taken to a violin specialist to be set up, so you're best spending the money in the first place. Cheap bows are a false investment but these days I use carbon fibre. You can buy one for about £30.

My first influence on the violin was Dave Swarbrick, his Rags, Reels and Airs album with Martin Carthy. To study Irish music I recommend Martin Hayes, mainly because he plays at a steady tempo and you can learn to play along with his tracks. On the road I use Chinese fiddles and Gary Blakeley sets them up. He's worth checking out. www.garryblakeley.co.uk

As an additional bonus to FolkGuide you are welcome to email me personally if you think I can help; tom.leary@hotmail.co.uk

Cheap mandolins and ukeleles are another false economy because they never stay in tune and fluctuate with the temperature. They are tuned the same as a violin. They are tuned in fifths, E,A,D and G. Use decent quality strings like Elixir extra life or D'Addario because good strings make for good bright sound. 10 or 11 gauge are fine but I use 10s because 11s are a bit tighter and dig in your fingers. Ukes are tuned the same so you can play a fiddle, mandolin or uke in tandem. Use a floppy plectrum and let the instrument do the work.

LOUISE JORDAN

Folk club favourite Louise is composing a folk/musical/documentary to celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale in May 2020. The mini-tour begins with a tribute performance at Florence's grave in Wellow, Hampshire on May 12th. For more details visit Louise's website; louisejordan.co.uk

DAVIDE

French-Canadian traditional singer from Montreal will be visiting the UK in 2020 for festival appearances.email us for more details and availability

RICHARD DIGANCE

Richard has announced the Spring part of his final British tour will run from January 11th to June 30th 2020. He will still do the very occasional one-offs but the days of 70 date tours are over for Richard as he wants to concentrate on his book writing and art.  He has stated he is tired of endless traffic diversions and motorway closures at night even though he still loves performing.

LITTLE JOHNNY ENGLAND

Gareth Turner, leader of Little Johnny England, has informed FolkGuide that there will be a few selective festival appearances in 2020, depending upon the availability of band members. He told FolkGuide 'It's something we all want to do and so we should do it.' Watch this newsfeed for further details 

IOTA

Karen Atkins is formulating 2020 tour dates for Iota, Anna Ryder, Sally Barker and Marion Fleetwood. For booking details check out our Additionals drop-down

AL STEWART - RARE RECORDING - DOWN RIVER RECORDINGS

FolkGuide have discovered a rare album of great interest. Live recordings; including Al Stewart's version of Memphis Tennessee,

Vin Garbutt singing Barbara Allen, Peter Bellamy's rendition of Sir Richard's Song

more information; website; martin-kingsbury.co.uk

GLENN CARDIER

Those who were around on the folk scene in the 1970s will recall Glenn Cardier. There is now a Limited Edition double CD collection consisting of 46 of his songs. 42 of the tracks are previously unreleased and were recorded on reel to reel tape in his home studio.

more information; Picturesque Productions