Written by Lee Cuff
Folk in Fernham
We opened March in fine company, performing with the White Horse Whisperers at a ‘Folk at Fernham’ concert near Faringdon. St John’s Church is a beautiful venue and a wonderful meeting of traditional architecture and modern design. Even better is the fantastic support these concerts receive from local residents. The Whisperers opened with a fantastic set that included dramatic settings of Brennan on the Moor and Lost Lady Found. These new additions sit comfortably alongside their existing repertoire and demonstrate a talent for fresh interpretations of traditional ballads. It was a thrill to join forces with the trio for a showstopping finale at the end of the night. Together we galloped through the Swallowtail Jig, doing our very best to match fiddle player Lisa in an impressive turn of speed.
Milford Folk Club
We were welcomed along to headline an evening of impressive local musicians. We were absolutely blown away by the flawless close harmony singing and variety of performers who took the floor spots across the evening. We wheeled out a few cheeky covers through the set and these must have been well received as we were invited back next year within minutes of our encore! We’re looking forward to joining them again in 2017.
Shute Barton House
We have occasionally had the chance to perform at some truly prestigious venues, but the National Trust property of Shute Barton House has to be somewhere close to the top of the list. This ancient manor, complete with winding staircases, ornately framed portraits and monumental fireplaces boasted a gatehouse that puts some castles to shame. We played as an after-dinner surprise for guests, leading a barndance in the attic, and we came away with a new ale to add to our list of favourites.
EP recording update
Gigs continue to increase as we press onwards through Spring and slowly, alongside weekly rehearsals, our EP is coming together. With instruments now recorded for three out of five songs, it’s time to start thinking about vocals. For those who have joined us regularly, Lady Isabel and Captain Ward will be familiar as part of our set and these are close to being finished. The Cricketer’s Set is also extremely close, with a few finishing touches and some frenetic cello needed to wrap up the collection of reels. The final two tracks will be a surprise for regular listeners.
Ninebarrow’s second album launch
The end of the month brought us to the launch of Ninebarrow’s second album, ‘Releasing the Leaves’. The local Dorset duo were joined by Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll and these fine fiddle players both supported Ninebarrow and joined them to perform the string arrangements from the album. As well as being assisted by Double Bass player Joe Limburn, the close harmony duo were also supported by a very familiar cellist. Recreating Ninebarrow’s rich string writing live in such fine company was a genuine treat and it was a pleasure to hear the album in its entirety, especially the expansive piano arrangement for ‘Blood on the Hillside’.
Chris visits Wales
Chris took a little Easter break just over the border into Wales’s picturesque Wye Valley. Not only has he come back with inspiration for some songs, but he also encountered some Lord Nelson and Battle of the Nile curios. The town of Monmouth has a Nelson museum! Although Nelson has no particular connection with the town, visiting it only twice, a local lady was apparently a bit of a fan and amassed a collection of personal letters, his fighting sword and an impressive quantity of forged memorabilia, including shirts with the wrong sleeve cut off and his ‘glass eye’! And up on the hill above the town stands a monument commemorating the naval prowess of the British Empire. The Kymin Naval Temple was built at the height of Nelson’s fame, just after his victory at the Battle of the Nile, (the subject of the title track of our album East of Alexandria) and it commemorates 16 great British admirals, including Nelson. The Battle of the Nile is depicted under the figure of Britannia on the rear of the temple.
April looks set to be a busy month with a number of gigs, plus a house concert and a festival. We’re also co-hosting a workshop with the Folk Orc who we met and co-hosted workshops with at last year’s Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
Thursday 7th April – Folk Lights, Lantern Theatre, Mountbatten School, Romsey SO51 5SY – £7.00 on the door. With support from Joe Mongan and in aid of Romsey Opportunity Group. https://www.facebook.com/events/163694227318799/
Saturday 16th April – BROADSTONE FOLK NIGHT, Broadstone Conservative Club BH18 9AW – £5.00. We are headlining a night of local folk. We will also be playing with Will Adams’ band Graffiti alongside Simon Swarbrick and Lucy Watkins as he previews the launch of the album, Nautical Graffiti, that we helped him record. Local singer songwriters East of Queen and Chris’s student David Genese will also perform. Entry includes a farmhouse roll supper. Tickets from Martin on 07799278192. More information http://kadiaband.co.uk/broadstone-folk-night-16-april-2016/
Sunday 17th April – Folk Orc workshop – Coda Music Centre, Christchurch – more info http://www.folkorc.co.uk/folk-days.html
Sunday 17th April – house concert, Swanage
Friday 22nd April – Holme Folk – Holme Garden Centre, nr Wareham BH20 6AQ – Food & folk £8.50 or £3.50 for entry only. Booking Essential: Call The Orchard 01929 554 716 ext 3 or email email@example.com to reserve a place.
Friday 29th – Saturday 30th April – Folk and Real Ale Festival of Bryan – Antelope Pub, Hazelbury Bryan DT10 2EB. We will be performing on Friday evening and again with Will Adams’ band Graffiti on the Saturday evening. More information www.facebook.com/Folk-and-Real-Ale-Festival-of-Bryan
And in May we have two really exciting double headline gigs coming up with The Portraits. It’s an honour to have been invited to join this well respected and successful duo, who have received many accolades, high profile festival bookings and prime radio play during the course of their 10 year career – keen festival goers will most recently have seen them at last year’s Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festivals. We really hope you can join us at one or both of the events. Read about them and find ticket links here http://kadiaband.co.uk/kadia-the-portraits-double-headliners-may-2016/
Saturday 14th May – The Harrison, Kings Cross, London. Free entry with donations in support of The Portraits chosen charity Phaung Daw Oo School in Burma.
Sunday 22nd May – Bournemouth Folk Club, Trouville Hotel, Bournemouth BH2 5DH. Advance tickets £10 – http://www.wegottickets.com/bournemouthfolk. The first Folk Club night at this new venue on 3rd April was a sell out and this promises to be a busy night too, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Kadia and White Horse Whisperers performing Swallowtail Jig at Folk in Fernham