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Music news – CORNBURY festival returns with headliners THE SPECIALS, KEANE and THE BEACH BOYS (5-7 July 2019)

Posted in Classic rock, Family life, festivals, Folk, Melodic rock, News, pop, Pop rock, Progressive rock, rock with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The sixteenth Cornbury Music Festival is held in The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire 5-7 July.

Joining headliners The Specials, Keane and The Beach Boys, artists include KT Tunstall, Elkie Brooks, Trevor Horn Band, Paul Cattack and Steeleye Span.

Amongst the sideshow events The Hairy Bikers return with their “pop up” wood-fired restaurant. There’s also an Edinburgh Fringe Festival preview featuring Lost Voice Guy and Rose Matafeo, top prize winner at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018.  Whilst on the Caffe Nero stage Chris Difford (Squeeze), The Dunwells and are amongst the participants.

Cornbury is a truly “family-friendly” event where “music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and little old ladies who make exceptional cakes”.

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STEELEYE SPAN UK tour dates

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, gigs, News with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Tonight’s performance is the best I’ve seen from the band in several years. Let’s hope the current line-up will be around for a whileThe Stinger – Darren Johnson

Steeleye Span are fast approaching their 50th anniversary 2019, with a work rate to put many younger artists to shame.  The bands’ eighth album in twelve years – 2016’s Dodgy Bastards – saw them return to the folk tales and characters that have always been at the heart of the Steeleye sound.  Dodgy Bastards saw the folk-rock pioneers continue drawing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirit.  They once more create an inspired and dark take on the music of the British Isles.

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Steeleye Span are an English Folk Rock band formed in 1969. Still active today, along with Fairport Convention they are amongst the best known acts of the British Folk Revival and were among the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles Gaudette” and “All Around My Hat”. They had four Top 40 albums and achieved a certified gold record with sales of “All Around My Hat”.

The present Steeleye line-up is:  The Legendary Maddy Prior (vocals), with long term member Liam Genockey(drums), Julian Littman (guitar/keyboards and vocals)Andrew Sinclair (guitar), Jesse Mae Smart (violin and backing vocals), Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar and backing vocals), (whose father John Kirkpatrick played with the band in 1977-1978) and Roger Carey (bass)

Steeleye are working on their new studio album for their 2019, 50th Celebration,  some of the new tracks will feature in the set list for the up and coming UK tour.

“STEELEYE Span cross the folk rock divide like no other act in the UK”. Andrew Riley (Quay News.net).

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Tour Dates 2018

Mon 1st October       Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

Tues 2nd October    The Subscription Rooms, Stroud

Wed 3rd October      The Stables, Milton Keynes

Thurs 4th October    Swan Theatre, Worcester

Sat 6th October        Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne

Sun 7th October       Chelmsford Theatre, Chelmsford

Mon 8th October      Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Tues 9th October     Opera House, Buxton

Wed 10th October    Palace Theatre, Mansfield

Fri 12th October       The Core at Corby Cube, Corby

Sat 13th October      Holy Trinity Church, Sudbury

Sun 14th October    Theatre Royal, Margate

Mon 15th October    Hexagon,  Reading

Wed 17th October    Royal Philharmonic,  Liverpool

Thurs 18th October The Courtyard,  Hereford

WIN JOAN BAEZ & MICHAEL SCHENKER CD’s

Posted in Classic rock, Competitions, Folk, News, rock with tags , , , , , , on March 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Your chance to win a copy of the new CDs from Joan Baez and Michael Schenker – part of a series of competitions over the coming year to celebrate this blog’s tenth birthday.

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For a chance to win a copy of Joan Baez’s new album ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ simply answer the following question –

What year did she release her debut album?

a) 1960

b) 1961

c) 1962

Email your answer to papa_bear70@hotmail.com and the winner will be chosen at random. Entries welcome worldwide and the closing date is April 8th. Good luck!

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For a chance to win a copy of Michael Schenker’s new bets of double album ‘A Decade of the Mad Axeman’ simply answer the following question –

Who HAS NOT sung on a Michael Schenker album?

a) Doogie White

b) Gary Barden

c) Steve Overland

Email your answer to papa_bear70@hotmail.com and the winner will be chosen at random. Entries welcome worldwide and the closing date is April 8th. Good luck!

Albums of the Year 2017

Posted in Albums of the Year, AOR, Folk, Folk rock, hard rock, indie, Melodic rock, metal, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

1  CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow
Their debut was pretty damn fine, so high expectations and they delivered! A marvellous mix of 70s’ rock, pomp, pop and more melodies than you can shake a stick at.

2  THRESHOLD Legends of the Shires
Returning vocalist Glynn Morgan helps the band to make one of the finest albums to date. A real return to form.

3  LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream
Part two of the trilogy and another fine set of musical adventures. No name guests this time as John Mitchell does it all bar the drums and some backing vocals.

4  BOULEVARD IV
Finally we get a new album from Boulevard. Fantastic tunes and production, deserves a place in every melodic rock/AOR fans collection.

5  THE YOUNG ‘UNS Strangers
Folk acapella from this talented three piece. Each song is based on a true story and the songs are all positive and uplifting.

STEVE WALSH Black Butterfly former Kansas vocalist returns with an album chock full of melodic rock treats.

7 SONS OF APOLLO supergroup featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinan and Billy Sheenhan. Fantastic joining of music talents and the music lives up to expectations.

8 LIONHEART only 20 odd years since their last album…with Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) on vocals, Lionheart deserve a place in any melodic rock fans collection.

9 IT Home thought provoking and timely progressive rock backed by oodles of melody.

10= H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown they have changed their sound a bit which may upset some fans, but for me they are heading onwards and upwards.

10= PUGWASH Silverlake the power pop album of the year. If you like ELO, Duckworth Lewis grab a copy of this.

Honorable mentions…

HAREM SCAREM United they keep on churning out classy melodic hard rock and long may that continue.

THE BITERS plenty of retro on this one, with the T Rex sounding songs

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Retribution not as instant but stick with it

BIGFOOT one of the debuts of the year. Modern hard rock and the singer doesn’t half sound like Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn at times!

THE NIGHTS more classy Scandi melodic rock with hook filled choruses big enough to land a whale.

THE NEW ROSES One More For The Road good time hard rock, no frills and plenty of riffs.

NIGHT RANGER Don’t Let Up they show no sign of letting up quality wise, another ‘must have’ for fans.

DANKO JONES Wild Cat if you like 70’s rock, Thin Lizzy and foot tapping tunes look no further.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Amber Galactic like Brother Firetribe their ‘day bands’ are heavy yet here they show their love of 80’s melodic rock and AOR.

Fellow GRTR! reviewers choices can be found here

BELLOWHEAD FINAL TOUR DATES + DELUXE 2CD/DVD RELEASE

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

NAVIGATOR RECORDS – APRIL 8TH 2016
Bellowhead’s final set of live dates will be accompanied by the release of a CD/DVD release, ‘Bellowhead Live : The Farewell Tour’ on 8th April 2016 (Navigator Records). This deluxe 2 CD+DVD compilation features 52 tracks recorded during the band’s November 2015 tour, along with a 24 page booklet.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS – THE FINAL BELLOWHEAD TOUR

COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL *SOLD OUT* Wednesday, April 13

SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 14

CITY HAL, SALISBURY *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 15

COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 16

ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF *SOLD OUT* Sunday, April 17

DOME, BRIGHTON *SOLD OUT* Monday, April 18

PHILHARMONIC, LIVERPOOL *SOLD OUT* Tuesday, April 19

GLASGOW – ABC *SOME TICKETS REMAINING* Wednesday, April 20

CITY HALL, SHEFFIELD *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 21

HEXAGON, READING *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 22

PALLADIUM, LONDON *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 23

CORN EXCHANGE, CAMBRIDGE *SOLD OUT* Sunday, April 24

VICTORIA HALL, HALIFAX *SOLD OUT* Monday, April 25

DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON *SOLD OUT* Tuesday, April 26

GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON *SOLD OUT* Wednesday, April 27

CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 28

OPEN, NORWICH *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 29

ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 30

TOWN HALL, OXFORD *SOLD OUT* Sunday, May 1

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CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 2016

Posted in festivals, Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, News with tags , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Christy Moore (Sat), Gogol Bordello (Fri), Imelda May (Sun), Glen Hansard (Fri), Mary Chapin Carpenter (Sun), Afro Celt Sound System (Sat), Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (Sat), Kate Rusby (Sat), Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band (Sun), Jon Boden (Thurs), Songs of Separation (Sat), Sam Lee & Friends (Sun), Michael McGoldrick Band (Fri), Blazin’ Fiddles (Sun), Solas (Sat/Sun), Edward II (Fri), Le Vent du Nord (Fri/Sat), Duncan Chisholm (Sun), Kíla (Sat/Sun), Breabach (Sat), Hot 8 Brass Band (Sun), Cash Box Kings (Sat/Sun), This Is The Kit (Sun), Stick In The Wheel (Sat), Seafret (Thurs), The Mike + Ruthy Band (Fri/Sat), Will Varley (Thurs), Lisa O’Neill (Fri), Brian McNeill (Fri/Sat), Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (Sun), Ímar (Thurs), Glorystrokes (Fri), Steamchicken (Fri), The Dovetail Trio (Thurs), Flats & Sharps (Thurs), Funbox (Sun), Silent Ceilidh (Sat), The BarrowBand (Fri)

“For sheer class and integrity, it can’t be beaten.”
– The Independent

“An event with everything anyone could ask for.”
– Sunday Express

One of Europe’s biggest folk fests, CFF is bursting with established and traditional talent alongside younger acts.”
– Time Out

The first names have been revealed for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, one of the longest established and most prestigious folk festivals in the world. Tickets are on sale.An eclectic range of performances will include: iconic Irish folk singer
Christy Moore in an exclusive English Festival appearance, performing with Declan Sinnott and Jim Higgins; high energy Gypsy folk-punk band Gogol Bordello, acclaimed for their live shows; rockabilly singer-songwriter Imelda May, a powerful live performer with “a whipcracker of a voice”; Academy Award-winning star of the film Once, Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard in an exclusive English festival appearance; American singer-songwriter and multi Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter; global beat pioneers Afro Celt Sound System who are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a new album; the “screaming eagle of soul” Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires.

The ever-popular Barnsley Nightingale Kate Rusby; Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, featuring the English folk figurehead nominated for Folk Singer of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and her all-star band; a standout performer of his generation, the Bellowhead lead singer and main arranger, Jon Boden, in one of his first solo appearances since their final gig in May; Songs of Separation, a special collaboration between ten leading Scottish and English female folk musicians on the issue of ‘separation’ including Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart; song collector and nominee for Folk Singer of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Lee & Friends; leading folk multi-instrumentalists the Michael McGoldrick Band, featuring the trailblazing player and composer; prolific and multi-award winning Scottish fiddle band Blazin’ Fiddles; one of the world’s most exciting Celtic bands, Solas.

Edward II, who uniquely blend the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs from the British Isles; dynamic Quebecois folk band Le Vent du Nord; acclaimed Scottish fiddle player and composer Duncan Chisholm; relentlessly energetic groovers Kíla, who interject Gaelic rap and world influences into traditional folk; multi-award winning Scottish firebrands Breabach who have just released their fifth album entitled Astar; New Orleans jazz, hip-hop, funk sensations Hot 8 Brass Band; one of the best U.S. blues bands, Cash Box Kings, playing their old time Chicago blues in an exclusive UK performance; the beloved musical project of Kate Staples, alternative folk band This Is The Kit, championed by 6Music; fRoots magazine Album of the Year 2015 winners Stick In The Wheel, nominated for Best Group in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; up-and-coming North East duo and Radio 1 favourites Seafret; The Mike + Ruthy Band, who produced one of the standout Americana albums of 2015; one of Time Out’s rising stars of 2015, rambling folk singer Will Varley, who previously toured with Frank Turner; the refreshingly witty Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill; multi-instrumentalist Brian McNeill, leading the Festival session.

Barnstorming live performers and nominee for the Horizon Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys; five-piece Ímar, which features some of today’s most exciting young traditional musicians including current and former members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule; Glorystrokes, possibly the world’s only traditional English metalcore ceilidh band; a fun-packed family ceilidh with the ever-popular Steamchicken; The Dovetail Trio, with their bold new approach to traditional songs, featuring Rosie Hood, nominated for a Horizon Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; Flats & Sharps, blurring the lines between bluegrass, folk and country; an exciting sing-along experience for children from Funbox, formerly The Singing Kettle; a Silent Ceilidh with caller Cate Bannister; and children’s entertainers The BarrowBand celebrating healthy eating through song.

More major names to be announced.

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Tickets: Full Festival: Adult £159; Adult (18-21) £125; Teen (16-17) £95.50; Child (5-15) £44.50; Infant (0-4) free. Day tickets: Thursday £26.50; Friday £57.50; Saturday £67.50; Sunday £67.50. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £63.50; Coldham’s Common (second site) £43.50. All ticket prices include booking fees.

RUNRIG say their studio farewell in 2016

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

RUNRIG CELEBRATE THEIR FINAL STUDIO ALBUM “THE STORY”
NATIONWIDE SCOTTISH/UK TOUR STARTING 10 FEBRUARY 2016

RUNRIG release The Story – their 14th and final studio album on Friday 29 January, 2016.  The 11-track album brings the curtain down on a remarkable and unique recording career.  The new album will be released on Deluxe CD format that comes with an exclusive 32-page booklet, a 2-disc gatefold vinyl with bonus track (The Story – radio edit), and digital download. The band will support the new album with a 14-date Scottish/UK tour that starts at the Aberdeen Music Hall on Wednesday 10 February.  Visit the official UK web release page here: http://bit.ly/1Ni4oQf.

Scottish shows can be booked online from ticketmaster.co.uk or from the 24 hour box office: 0844 844 0444. UK shows can be booked online from bookingsdirect.com or from the 24 hour box office: 0844 338 000. The title track, The Story, is accompanied with the official  music video – a powerful uplifting short film about one man’s relationship with his culture and with his past, and the hold these memories still have over his life and the stories inside all of us.

Having celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2013, Runrig have taken the decision to embark on one final creative journey into the studio. The result is The Story; an album of emotional resonance and reflection, placing at its heart, a narrative that is very much part of the band itself. “This is the band’s last studio recording, a hugely significant milestone for us all and one that we really want to celebrate,” says Rory McDonald, Runrig’s bass guitarist, backing vocalist and one of their original founding members.

“One of the highlights of the album was being able to go to Prague to record the 32- piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, says Brian Hurrren, who produced the new album and plays keyboards, accordion and sings backing vocals. “It was an incredible experience and it really helped to bring out the emotion in the songs.”  Adds original founding member, percussionist and songwriter Calum MacDonald – “There are many stories on the album but none more so than that of the band itself. It’s fair to say that a number of the songs have a definite reflective quality.”

RUNRIG – ‘THE STORY’ FEBRUARY 2016 UK TOUR

Aberdeen Music Hall                                     Wednesday 10 February (Sold Out)

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall                        Thursday 11 February (Sold Out)

Dundee Caird Hall                                           Friday 12 February

Edinburgh Usher Hall                                    Saturday 13 February (Sold Out)

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall                 Tuesday 16 February

Gateshead The Sage                                      Wednesday 17 February (Sold Out)

Birmingham Symphony Hall                       Thursday 18 February

Portsmouth Guildhall                                    Friday 19 February

Ipswich Regent Theatre                                Saturday 20 February

Manchester o2 Apollo                                   Tuesday 23 February

Bristol Colston Hall                                         Wednesday 24 February                                                 

Sheffield City Hall                                           Thursday 25 February

London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire        Friday 26 February

Cambridge Corn Exchange                           Saturday 27 February

Hebridean Celtic Festival                            Saturday 16 July

Edinburgh Castle                                             Saturday 23 July