Dreamers Newsletter

and selected videos for your pleasure

16 /April / 2021

Hi and welcome to this week’s Dreamers Newsletter

By common acclaim, last Sunday’s live zoom session was one of the best yet so many thanks to John and Marion for organising the evening so well and thanks to all for your contributions, plenty of original material, nostalgia, familiar songs well performed and, overall, a lot of variety and humour which all went to make the time go very quickly.

Those who come to the zoom sessions regularly will have seen the separate email asking for views on how it all works. We’ve already had plenty of replies so many thanks for those but we’ll give it a few more days for further thoughts from you before we try to digest them.

Thanks to John also for the link to an evening with two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists. Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a great duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence. Now based in Glasgow, Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall. It’s this Friday 16th April from 8.00 till 10.00 – Tickets Upcoming Online Concerts – Furness Tradition

Next Friday evening 23rd April at 8.00 for one hour, there’s an opportunity to enjoy an evening with John Doyle, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick performing some old favourites from their three albums and some brand new material for this specially recorded show linking venues around the UK, Europe and North America Top class folk songs, tunes and bonhomie. A rare musical treat. Tickets from Doyle, McCusker & McGoldrick on Friday, 23rd of April 2021 | Seamus Ennis Arts Centre (tseac.ie)

On 24th April, the busy Live to your Living Room site has The Young’uns – Live to your Living Room LIVE online gigs . Three time winners of the BBC Folk Awards, the Young’uns are a unique act – performing mainly a capella – these 3 lads from the North of England sing folk songs for our times with heart and humour cutting straight to the heart of some of today’s most topical issues.

Plans for the 2021 Sidmouth Festival are now due to be announced next week on 23rd April so keep an eye on – The Sidmouth Folk Festival – 30th July – 6th August 2021

Confirmation that the St Ives Summer Festival will go ahead from 11th to 25th September. It’s also been arranged to coincide with the St Ives Food and Drink Festival on Porthminster Beach from 17th to 19th September. Developing plans on the St Ives Summer Festival facebook page. The Port Isaac Shanty Festival which George mentioned last week is also from 17th to 19th September.

No more now for this week, remember to let me know if you hear of anything of interest coming up so I can share it with us all. Look forward to seeing you if possible on Sunday evening.

All the best