In a couple of short months my first solo album will finally be released! On Friday 16th June The Beautiful & The Actual will officially be released into the world and I have a few launch shows with a small band to celebrate it:
Tuesday 13th June - The Greystones, Sheffield
Wednesday 14th June - Cecil Sharp House, London
Friday 16th June - The West Barn, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
I'll also be performing at a few festivals this year including; Shepley Spring Festival (19th May), Sidmouth Folk Week (8th/9th August) and Hartlepool Folk Festival (15th October) with more to be announced soon!
See you at a show soon :)
I'm excited to let you all know that the album recording has gone really well, the artwork is designed and that my debut album The Beautiful & The Actual will be sent to press very soon!
The album will be released in 2017 and has only been possible with the help of my 166 Kickstarter backers, so a huge thank you to all of you :)
2017 gigs and festivals will be announced soon but I'm still booking more shows at the moment so get in touch if there's a great folk club or venue near you where you'd like to see me play.
As you know I've spent the past year and a bit working on new material, developing my songwriting and instrumental skills and I'm really pleased to announce that I'm now going to head to the studio to make all of this into my first full-length solo album!
I'm really happy with how the demos are sounding for the record, the photo shoot is happening next week, and I'm now excited that my Kickstarter campaign is live!
If you'd like to pre-order the CD, book me for a house concert, or get special exclusive stuff from the album then please follow the link and help me to get to my funding target in the next 32 days. I'd be really grateful if you'd share this link with as many people as possible to spread the word. Thank you all in advance!
The (currently-unnamed) album should be officially released in Spring 2017 and I'm now booking in some launch shows for around that time. If there's anywhere you think I should play then do let me know!
I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2016 Radio 2 Folk Awards! A massive thank you to everyone who voted for me and all the amazing people who have helped me over the past year, this was really unexpected but wonderful news! The awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 27th April and I can't wait for a night out with all the other nominees! If you fancy being there too then you can buy tickets online here.
Wow! Over the last month I've been on 3 difference national radio stations! Check them out via the iPLayer links below:
BBC Radio 4, Front Row (with Jefferson Hamer): http://bbc.in/1jZmXBc
BBC Radio 2, Folk Show (The Dovetail Trio): http://bbc.in/1JiCA34
BBC Radio 3, In Tune LIVE (The Dovetail Trio and solo, accompanied by Ollie King & Emily Portman): http://bbc.in/1S3Gy2s
Thank you to everyone who came to my show last night at Cecil Sharp House! And a huge thank you to all the EFDSS staff who have helped me over the course of my year being a Fellow with the English Folk Dance & Song Society!
I'll be putting up photos and videos of the show soon so keep an eye out on my Facebook & Twitter!