Filling the void

OK so I can't compete with you London types but a quick skim tells me the fllowing are playing this autumn at Birmingham's finest venue, the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, less than 5 minutes from my house: Keston Cobblers Club, RM Hubbert, Tunng, Lanterns on the Lake, Euros Childs, Sweet Baboo and Dutch Uncles. A short trip into town and at the Institute there's Everything Everything, Steve Mason, Public Service Broadcasting, Half Moon Run and Stornoway. And no clashes.

Always try and do one new festival a year,but have been struggling with poor announcements this year.Found a little festival in Seend Wiltshire--Alex Rex,Jim Ghedi,Toby Hay,Alasdair Roberts and many more at the weirder more alternative end of folk,it's called Woolf 2 Festival---great location,great line up and only 200 weekend tickets.

Thanks Carnie i will have a look at those.Love the folk/bluegrass festival Fire In The Mountain in Llanafan,Ceredigion--lots of fiddles and banjos and the only festival i know thats gives you a complete breakdown of incomings and outgoings.

It should be very soon,beautiful location and really friendly atmosphere with good beer and food and superb scenic drive from the borders.

Saw these at The Art Shop & Chapel recently, which is becoming the place in this area to see Americana/Appalachian/ Bluegrass bands. Three astonishing musicians, who also sing those ‘high lonesome’ harmonies to perfection. The best I’ve seen at this venue by a stretch. The Brother Brothers are there in March, just released their first album and it’s very good.

i see nick cave's 'conversations' thing is coming to the uk

decent seats a steal at just £95 in london...

or if you're feeling poor, you can sit at the very back for £75

for one bloke, a piano and a chat

i'm fond of the old beanpole, but fucking hell...

I'm a fan, not missed a UK tour for a long time but that might be a tad too much for me. Now if Warren was there as well....

Kilkenny Roots Festival has a quality line-up this year. 

Tickets arrived this morning for The Delines, Jason Lytle, Malojian, Patty Griffin, The Sadies and Alejando Escovedo. 

i was amused last week to see sleaford mods having a right old go at IDLES

no doubt confusing many ardent admirers of both on here

so imagine my delight to discover today that fat white family can't be doing with either of them

three bands i've zero desire to listen to - but would gladly watch (from a secure distance) have a good old fashioned punch up if GM were to arrange an area where that could be held


Art Brut next up for me on Friday at YES in Manchester.

Focus Wales has a few acts I wouldn't mind seeing this year. BC Camplight, Cate Le Bon and The Lovely Eggs seem to be the headliners but there's some interesting stuff lower down the list too. This and The Good Life Experience are right on my doorstep and I always seem to ignore them, I'm doing my best not to this year...


Don't be late!

Malojian will be a great support act. 


I'm looking forward to it - only been to St Michael's once before for the Haiku Salut light show and it was a great little venue.

It’ll be Brooklyn’s The Brother Brothers for me, at The Art Shop & Chapel, Abergavenny in a couple of weeks.  They are great musicians (fiddle, guitar, cello) and have sublime harmonies. This is a return trip for them on the back of an impressive 1st album.

Glastonbury lineup is an odd mish-mash isn’t it? Kylie, Miley Cyrus and Janet Jackson, all rubbing shoulders with Low, Cat Power and SVE. 

kylie and miley both have 'weird' form via their collaboration work

and, as we know thanks to that guy from the mickey mouse club, janet jackson has at least one nipple

April 23 Art Shop & Chapel, Abergavenny.

Banjo and fiddle players. Old time Appalachian and Bluegrass country folk. This guy has played with everyone, be interesting to see him in a duo. The Brother Brothers recommended them as a ‘do not miss.’

John Murry is doing a small gig in Chester on Thursday if that's any better for you? Just popped up on a certain pub's Facebook page. 

Thanks Jed, can't make it this Thursday but it will be a lovely gig.

He plays there whenever he's passing through, I think.

No problem, just a shame you can't make it. I think he played in the pub last year before he played the bigger show in St Mary's. I'll go along on Thursday for sure.

Went to the St Mary's gig last June, it was stunning.

I'd be there in a shot if it weren't for pesky family commitments. 

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs were fantastic in Chester at the weekend, genuinely one of the best bands I've ever seen. Raucous fun - a must see in the Far Out (I'm assuming).

Has anyone here seen Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets? I’m going to see them tomorrow and am looking forward to it having read the reviews. I did originally wonder whether they might have been a good shout for Green Man.

I can’t help thinking Robyn Hitchcock might have been a more natural fit. I still enjoyed it though, and Nick Mason comes across as a nice chap. 

having watched a bit on youtube, i can't deny that they have a pretty good crack at it

hard to get past the idea that it's just a fairly good pub rock covers band, though

edinburgh and dublin too

and a new (double) album out 14th june

tickets for the four UK / eire shows go on sale a week today - fri 10th may


interested to know what the ticket prices were like outside of london

almost 45 quid for the apollo!

a big jump from the 30 quid it cost to practically sit on his lap at hoxton hall

Even 30 is not cheap. And 45 is a bit much even for that London. The exchange rate problem exaserbating things? I saw him for a few quid just after apocolypse in a tiny place in Belfast years back. 

I got a stalls ticket for London on Dice. It's still a postal ticket so will have to wait 'till I receive it to know where it is.

I did rather baulk at the price but as I'd already booked a very cheap hotel room it balanced out okay. I'm sure he'll give us value for money.