We’re not very good at sitting down and taking it easy, and April was no exception. We had a festival on our doorstep, got roped in to an incredible album launch, made the most of the window of fine weather to play and enjoy a slab of cake by a lovely spot on the Thames, and we even got a new English music session started in our hometown with the help of an enthusiastic fiddler and the infamous Folk Orc.
The Folk Orc (more info here) are a collective of marauding musicians who travel our native Dorset championing traditional music and the pleasure of group music making. Lead by the inspiring Chris Hopgood, they aim to make sessions accessible by offering notation where needed and a friendly and encouraging atmosphere to just have a go. Regular tuition days, often with guest tutors, see the group get under the skin of traditional songs and tunes whilst learning about the nuances that give traditional music its unique flavour. When Nigel arrived in Bournemouth with a keen desire to get a local session together, he came to the Folk Orc and they deployed Kadia’s very own Lee to help pull together some great repertoire and run the sessions. Lee has edited a volume of tunes to help everyone get started, with various tablatures and chords, and you can access this as a member of the Folk Orc online. The group meet fortnightly and the evenings are relaxed with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and find your feet with the tunes.
We love sampling some history when we travel for a concert, and the Coastliners festival on the Dorset Coast offered us the chance to see a bit of local history. We played within Scaplen’s Court, now an extension of Poole Museum. The building is normally host to school children visiting in full victorian costume to sample life as a child well over 100 years ago. With it’s magical and well stocked kitchen garden and courtyard almost untouched by time, it really is like stepping into another time. Playing a concert at this local landmark on the same bill as the Wareham Whalers was a treat and we were bowled over by the packed out hall.
The very same evening we dashed away to the Lighthouse Theatre to support fellow folkies at the launch of their new album. Flanked by Kadia’s Lee on cello and Nizlopi’s John Parker on Bass, Jon and Jay of the acclaimed duo Ninebarrow shared songs from the album after a magical opening from Will McNicol. Rob Swan made light work of the sound for the evening and we encourage everyone to get their hands on a copy of the recording.
Our time at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre came with the lovely surprise of familiar faces and a birthday celebration. We loved catching up with the team behind the Stogumber Festival who had trekked across the country and come along to the gig. between sets we had a proper chin wag and managed to squeeze in some of the biggest wedges of cake we’d ever seen. Needless to say after a helping of cappuccino cake and a coffee we were literally buzzing for the second set. The venue is perfect for our kind of concert, with the audience seated almost in the round to keep things intimate in the lofty space. We’d love to visit the team there again and wish them good luck at the upcoming festival on the site. If you’re near Walton on Thames, check out the programme and stop by for something delicious in the cafe.
Coming up in the Kadia Calendar
5th-6th May Upton upon Severn Folk Festival
We’ll be at this festival for two days, even stopping to play on a boat! What else could you wish for with our catalogue of nautical songs and tunes? More info can be found by clicking here.
12th May Holywell Music Room Oxford
Have you seen our musical promo for this magical event. We can’t stress just how amazing this venue is and how much we are looking forward to visiting in just a few weeks time. We already have local Dorset fans heading up for the weekend to sample beautiful Oxford and see the show. If you’re coming along, let us know and we’ll be sure to say a proper ‘hullo’ when we’re all there. Tickets are available here.
26th-27th May Chippenham Folk Fest
We had such a great time last year that we couldn’t resist going back again this year. We’ll be bringing you full details about the timings asap so keep an eye on our social media for updates.