Thank you to Dan and Richard on Jorvik Radio for playing my song "The Key" on their Sunday night show on 24th Nov. They managed to select many of my favourite artists too for their playlist, including the Boss, Teddy Thompson, Ashley McBryde, The Brother Brothers, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, and Sturgiss Simpson to name but a few. It's a real thrill to be named on the same playlist as these guys, and great to hear some radio for grown ups!
Also thanks go out to Country Mile Radio for picking up "The Key" for their digital station. This is a really informative programme, and provides a great platform for Americana Music, full of factual links and a great place to discover new artists. Currently it is streamed to about thirty stations both in the UK and in the US.
Hackness Music Live 22/11/19
A lovely atmosphere, with a very welcoming audience. David Swann opened the show with some very entertaining songs of his own creation, and had the crowd singing along. We followed up with a set of about an hour and a quarter, which had some folk dancing, others singing and an impromptu percussion section which sometimes were in time! A great evening, more like a party than a gig . Many thanks must go to Diane and Ruth for putting on the event, and to Rob the soundman who did a great job.
Hope we can come back soon.
"Good evening Leavening!" Jolly Farmers Beer Festival
Phew! Another belter of a festival. This little pub in the North Yorkshire village of Leavening certainly packs a lot in. Very hospitable hosts, and with a selection of 18 different beers over the weekend, a fabulous atmosphere was created here. We were well looked after, and although a bit squashed, we managed! I am always delighted to be joined by The Woolgatherers, and we thoroughly enjoyed the night, as apparently diid the packed pub. We are now officially Big in Leavening.
Having recently played at three festivals, namely Black Deer, Staxtonbury and Meadowfest, I must confess to loving the vibes. These events seem to unite people, and it is great to escape all the other "stuff" for a while. Black Deer was lovely, and as a player it was great to have such a welcoming team to support the acts, and provide a great sound system. Main acts such as Kris Kristofferson, Billy Bragg, The Dead South and The Sheepdogs were highlights for me.
Staxtonbury was a local event and a chance to catch up with fellow musicians from around the area, and it was great to team up with The Woolgatherers once again for an evening performance in front of a lovely crowd in the packed Acoustic Tent.
Meadowfest was also a treat and a great addition to the festival circuit. In its first year, the festival attracted a lovely crowd in a fabulous setting. Top of the bill was Levi Roots and his reggae band, which rounded off a lovely day with locally sourced grub and some excellent ales from the Brass Castle Brewery. I have the feeling that this festival will go from strength to strength in years to come in the vibrant market town of Malton.
My first time at Malton Food Lovers Festival and thoroughly enjoyable. Huge thanks to the organisers for a great job (in particular for giving me the pitch right next door to the gin palace! Lovely generous crowd, sunshine in the afternoon, real ales and food, food, food. Special thanks to Graeme Hargreaves for looking after the buskers so well. Hope to see you again next year.
Listeners and talkers
I spent a wonderful afternoon at Musicport's Sunday afternoon open mic. Hosts Jim and Sue are very welcoming, and there was a variety of acts performing in all sorts of genres of music. What was particularly inspiring was the respect afforded to each act by all the musicians and the audience. They all listened, applauded and encouraged each other. I have a pet gripe about the number of events I go to, including concerts and open mics, where some members of the audience and even some fellow musicians think it ok to talk, or to be "busy' with their phones during performances. I would suggest to those good people to shut the f... up, and to show some respect to the acts and to those who are there to listen.
Musicport was a refreshing change to this trend, and it was great to be among like-minded people! Good on you !
Big In Scalby
Thanks to all the organisers of this year's annual Scalby Walk, and especially to the lovely audience in the Nags Head who, despite their blistered feet and aching muscles, still managed to shake a leg! Also a real treat to have Will Oseland on keys..... more duo gigs to follow to be sure.
Malton Food Lovers Festival
A great weekend ahead in and around Malton Market Place at the weekend of 25th May to 26th May, when this popular event takes over the town. I'll be playing in the Market Place from around midday on the Sunday, and there will be a host of there musicians playing over the weekend. Great food and live music, and some people call it work!1
The Annual Charity Scalby Walk
I'll be joined by the fabulous Will Oseland from King Willie's Big Band, on keyboards to welcome home the weary walkers at the end of their charity walk on Easter Monday. Music should start at 4pm, so come along and join the fun in the Nags Head Inn in Scalby.
A regular event held in the cafe area of the Whitby Pavillion, with spectacular sea views. A lovely atmosphere, brilliantly organised, good sound system and great acoustics in this lovely building. Check out the Musicport website for future dates.
Black Deer Festival
I must admit to getting a little excited. I received a phone call yesterday inviting me to play at The Black Deer Festival (Eridge Park in Kent, 21st -23rd June). Also on the bill Kris Kristofferson, Band Of Horses, Mavericks and The Dead South, to name but a few. Check out the Black Deer website for the full line up of this great three day festival, which was voted best new festival in 2018. Roll on summer!
Great to hear Jericho Keys play a track of mine on BBC Introducing on Saturday 9th February. The song "The Key" was one of the demos recently recorded at Reel Recording, and not originally intended for general human consumption, but as a guide track for recording the song with The Woolgatherers. However it was a good quality recording so ... why not? It's also available as a free download on this site, so I hope you enjoy it.