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A fun summer

1 September 2015

We hope you had a fun August visiting lots of folk festivals. We certainly had a good time at the two events we played at. At our first visit to Cambridge Folk Festival we enjoyed seeing lots of new artists and playing our short set as part of Ely Folk Club's afternoon at the club stage. A few days later we played our first completely Welsh language set at the Ty Gwerin (Folk House) at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Meifod - not far from Llanwddyn where Ffion grew up.

We felt very privileged to have be given the opportunity to perform at both of these prestigious events. There are photos of both on Facebook and you can hear a live version of Colli Llanwddyn and Beth Yw'r Haf I Mi (a new one!) on this Radio Cymru programme (starting at 1 hour 9 minutes).

 

Our summer festival season isn't quite over yet! This Saturday morning at 11am we'll be playing atFaversham Hop Festival on the Central Stage. It would be lovely to see some of our Kent friends there! Then next Saturday we're playing at the London Folk Festival at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. There's a great line up of music and dancing so it's sure to be an exciting day. 

 

Two big gigs coming up 

1 August 2015

June was a very busy month with gigs at three festivals, two folk clubs and one live radio show. Highlights included the wonderful weather at Gower and Crawley Folk Festivals and people actually dancing to our songs at St Albans Street Festival!
 

July was another pretty busy month for us. It started off with a very enjoyable return trip to The Golden Hinde ship in central London where we did a set of songs about criminals and the sea in honour of Sir Francis Drake! Then we played support for Julie Felix at the Rickmansworth Folk Festival in a beautiful church and traveled down to Kent for an evening at Tonbridge Folk Club.


We've only got two gigs in August but they're both very exciting. On Sunday 2 August we'll be playing on the Cambridge Folk Festival Club Stage at 4.45pm and on Tuesday 4 August at 12 midday we're at Ty Gwerin (Folk House) at the Eisteddfod in mid Wales. They're both very well-respected national events so we're really looking forward to visiting and to sharing our songs with some new audiences. If you know anyone going to either please tell them about our slots! If you're on social media you can share our tweet and facebook post about them.

 

We've had some interesting 'radio' play this month. We were played on From Albion And Beyond, a radio show based in Little Rock, Arkansas and were also recently added to the Kenilworth Book Shop playlist in Warwickshire. Have you heard us anywhere unexpected? Let us know! 

 

Enjoying the sun

1 July 2015

June was a very busy month with gigs at three festivals, two folk clubs and one live radio show. Highlights included the wonderful weather at Gower and Crawley Folk Festivals and people actually dancing to our songs at St Albans Street Festival!
 
July is a tiny bit quieter, but no less exciting. This Friday we're returning to one of our favourite venues - The Golden Hinde ship in central London to perform at Tiller Flat Folk Club. The other acts are Stick In The Wheel, Matthew the Oxx and Arfur Doo & the Toerags. The other two folk clubs we're playing at this month are St Neots and Tonbridge.

On 18 July we're supporting Julie Felix at the Rickmansworth Folk Festival evening concert. If you'll be there during the day see if you can catch a glimpse of Ffion in a slightly different guise - she'll be dressed up in black and blue to dance with Tower Ravens rapper sword team!

A bit of advance notice that at the beginning of August are two very exciting gigs - Cambridge Folk Festival and the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
 
Thank you to everyone who's been buying our new album, These Gathered Branches, online and at gigs. We hope you're enjoying it! If you haven't got a copy yet they're available from our bandcamp page for just £10 (plus p&p).

 

Nearly festival season

2 June 2015

We had fun gigs in May at Oxford and Faversham Folk Clubs plus we did a short set at the Andover Loft Singers' May concert which was a great evening of traditional music. There are a few photos on Facebook

We're very excited that it's nearly time to kick off our festival season. This month we'll be at Gower and Crawley. Later in the summer you can see us at Rickmansworth, the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the London Folk Festival. AND... we've just confirmed that we'll also be playing at the iconic Cambridge Folk Festival in August! We'll also still be doing folk club gigs inbetween the festivals. Check out our gigs page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates. 

These Gathered Branches is still being played on lots of radio shows. Ffion did interviews for The Crooked Road on Swindon FM and Y Sesiwn Fach on BBC Radio Cymru last week. This Wednesday we'll be doing a session on Uckfield FM's Folk Is Not A Rude Word programme - listen live from 9pm! The album is also still getting some great reviews. Here's an extract from R2 - Rock'n'Reel magazine:

"The soundscape ranges from simple acoustic guitar via staccato melodeon underpinned by cello to a full-blooded band sound... The band's aptitude for splicing songs and tunes means that the interest never wanes... This is a splendid album."

If you'd like to buy a copy of the album you can get it from bandcamp (digital or physical) or from one of our gigs!

Thanks for helping us launch These Gathered Branches

27 April 2015

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our launch party on 18 April. It was a brilliant evening of music and celebration. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! If you couldn't make it there are some photos on Facebook.

The album was officially launched on 20 April and sales are going well. If you'd like a physical copy you can now order via bandcamp. If you prefer digital downloads it's available via bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and a range of other services - just pick your favourite! If you've already got a CD do let us know what you think and spread the word among your friends.

Before the album launch party we had a very enjoyable mini tour to the Forest of Dean, Llantrisant and Orpington folk clubs where we made lots of new musical friends and particularly enjoyed helping Pat from Llantrisant celebrate her birthday!

It's nearly May Day which means the folky summer season is nearly here. Hooray! We're doing some exciting festivals this year, including Gower, Crawley and the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and we hope to be able to announce another very soon. In the meantime though we've got some great gigs coming up. We're back at the iconic Green Note Cafe for a joint headliner with Conor Doherty in April and then in May we're at Oxford and Faversham Folk Clubs plus we're doing a spot at The Andover Loft Singers' summer concert - Cathy is their Deputy Conductor!

Check out our upcoming dates on our gigs page.

 

First reviews of These Gathered Branches

27 March 2015

At the end of February we had a very enjoyable Friday evening at Watford Folk Club where we were honoured to meet Hamish Currie - the author of James Snooks, one of the songs on our new album. Since then we've had one private gig at a care home and have spent a lot of time telling people about These Gathered Branches. It seems to be paying off as we've had some great reviews...

"Musical precision and spontaneity... imaginative instrumental framework and often breathtaking vocal harmonies... A thoroughly diverting collection" - Alan Clayson, fRoots

"Altogether an album of magnetism, skill and vitality." - Tim Carroll, FolkWords 

Mr and Mrs, the first track, was also on Readifolk radio show - you can listen again on mixcloud - and Colli Llanwddyn was played on the Bishop FM Folk Show. 

If you'd like to pre-order a copy please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Better still, come to our album launch party on 18 April at The Slaughtered Lamb in London! Buy tickets here

In addition to promoting the album we've been busy adding some more gigs to our spring/summer schedule. Coming up soon we've got visits to The Forest of Dean, Llantrisant and Orpington Folk Clubs, our album launch party and then a return visit to the brilliant Green Note Cafe in Camden as a double headliner with Conor Doherty - one not to miss! Check out our spring gigs listing below and see the full list on our gigs page.

 

More news about our debut album

27 February 2015

We had such a fun time on our half term mini-tour to Black Diamond Folk Club in Birmingham, Folk at the Prospect in Cheshire and Ely Folk Club Cambridgeshire. It was lovely to meet so many new people and we sold a fair number of copies of the new album, These Gathered Branches, too! We also had a good time on our days off with walks in the Welsh countryside, board games, delicious food, chats with friends and many, many pancakes! Photos of all of these things are on Facebook. We're looking forward to finishing the month off with a return trip to Watford Folk Club this Friday. 

There's now less than two months until our album launch party which will take place on 18 April at The Slaughtered Lamb in London. We're very excited to be able to tell you that we've confirmed the two support acts for the evening - Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp and Root & Branch. Between the three bands on the evening you'll be able to enjoy songs and tunes from all four corners of the British Isles, plus there will be at least 4 cellos present! 

The competition to win tickets to our album launch party closes on 26 March so get your entries in soon! If you're a member of a folk club encourage your fellow members to enter too - the club with the most entries by 26 March will win an additional pair of tickets! You can also buy your tickets via eventbrite and you can pre-order your copy of the CD by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=Pre-order" target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you want a copy before the end of April, come along to one of the gigs listed below!

 

More news about our debut album 

1 February 2015

We had a good start to 2015 with a fun Folk @ the Maltings concert in St Albans (see the photos by Peter Males on Facebook). Last week we made our first visit to Bracknell Folk Club which was a lovely, cosy evening. 

In February we're going on a mini tour to some new areas of the country. If you've got friends in Birmingham, Cheshire or Cambridgeshire please let them know we're coming to visit! We'll finish the month closer to home with a return visit to Watford Folk Club. 

But now, the news you've all been waiting for... 

These Gathered BranchesWe're very pleased to be able to tell you that our debut full album, These Gathered Branches, will be released on 20 April, and it's going to look like this! To celebrate we're having an album launch party and we'd love you to be there. It will take place on Saturday 18 April at The Slaughtered Lamb pub in central London. Tickets cost £5 and can be bought online NOW!

We've also got an exciting ticket competition for individuals and folk clubs. Everyone who enters the competition will be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to the event and the folk club which has the most entries will also win a pair of tickets. You can enter the competition on our website.

You can buy your physical or digital version of These Gathered Branches online from 20 April but if you'd like to pre-order please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=These%20Gathered%20Branches" target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Of course, the best way of getting hold of a copy is to come to one of our gigs, so here's a reminder of everywhere we'll be this year. 

 

Starting 2015 early 

1 January 2015

We hope you had a peaceful Christmas period and are looking forward to a 2015 full of folky fun. We've certainly had a restful time recently - it's been almost two months since our last gig - but that means we're ready and raring to go for a busy and productive 2015!

We're kicking the year off early by headlining the first Folk @ the Maltings concert in St Albans on 2 January. Other local acts KARA and Kelly Oliver will also be performing and it's likely to be a full house. You should be able to buy tickets on the door (£10) but you can also get them in advance online. Nearer the end of the month we've got our first gig in Bracknell, Berkshire so do come along to one of these gigs if you can.

There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline for 2015 including trips to Birmingham, Cheshire and South Wales, and a couple of festivals in the summer. Plus we'll be releasing our debut album which will be called These Gathered Branches. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter  for news about a release date and launch party.

 

These Gathered Branches 

1 December 2014

November was a quiet month for performances with just the one gig - a very lovely second visit to Readifolk. There are a few photos by Ian Freedman on Facebook.

We don't have any gigs in December but we're starting 2015 early with an appearance at The Maltings Theatre in St Albans on 2 Jan. KARA and Kelly Oliver will also be performing so it's sure to be a good evening. If you're pining for some good Welsh Christmassy music, try reading Ffion's blog which will feature some Plygain songs this December

We're putting the final touches to our CD and can now reveal that it will be called These Gathered Branches. Stay tuned on Facebook and twitter  for news about a release date and launch party

In the meantime, we've been booked for some more clubs in 2015. See the gigs page for the full list. 

 

 

Announcing 2015 bookings

1 November 2014

October was another fun month with three great gigs - first a chilled out Sunday afternoon in Softly Softly (photos by Mike Watts on Facebook), then an evening in Greyshott supporting the brilliant Lucy Ward Band on a Hampshire leg of their UK tour and finally a lovely night at a full Islington Folk Club. 

We've only got one more gig this year (Reading Folk Club, Sunday 9 November) BUT we're very pleased to be able to tell you about our gigs for 2015! There's a good range of events and a wide geographical spread so hopefully we'll be coming to your area soon. If you know folkies in any of these places please tell them that we're coming to visit! See the gigs page for full details, including a handy new map.

 

 

Gigs with other bands

1 October 2014

Our September gigs were lots of fun and gave us a chance to see performances from some of London's top folk bands - Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp, Stick in the Wheel and Forbes Moncrieff at Cecil Sharp House and then Juice of the Barley at OSO Arts Centre. Both evenings were great fun, especially being asked last minute to join Juice of the Barley on stage for a joint rendition of The Parting Glass and some traditional Irish tunes! See Mike Watts' photos from Cecil Sharp House on facebook.

Our October gigs see us playing alongside and supporting some other exciting acts. On Sunday 5 October we're going back to the lovely Softly Softly afternoon at Kiss the Sky bar in Crouch End. It's a Sunday afternoon and should be a really nice, relaxed atmosphere for you to soak up music from Jakubowski and Stevieray Latham as well as The Foxglove Trio. Buy your ticket in advance to guarantee yourself a seat!

The following weekend we're off to Grayshott Folk Club in Surrey to support the brilliant Lucy Ward Band on their UK tour. We've seen Lucy solo a few times before so we're sure this is going to be a fantastic night.

At our final October gig at Islington Folk Club we're the headline act BUT there will be floor spots from club members which are always of a high quality so whichever of our October gigs you come to you're bound to discover some great, new performers!

 

Our summer trips to Wales and Yorkshire

1 September 2014

What a fun August we had! It started at the Tŷ Gwerin at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli, south Wales. It was great to see the 'folk house' full of people of all ages enjoying folk music in an informal setting. They seemed to enjoy our short set of Welsh language songs too! We made the most of being together in a pretty part of the world by doing a photoshoot for the album. More news on that next month, we hope!

We then had a fantastic three days at Whitby Folk Week. One of our five concerts was called 'A flavour of Wales' and it was great to see the Metropole Hotel Ball Room full of people who wanted to experience Welsh music, song and dance. We made lots of new friends and also squeezed in a few essential 'Whitby activities' like walking along the seafront and eating fish & chips! See our summer festivals photo album on facebook

If you're feeling sad that the festival season is almost over, never fear! We've got plenty of gigs coming up to keep you entertained. This month both of our gigs are in London and they'll both give you a chance to discover new acts - Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp, Stick in the Wheel and Forbes & Moncrief at Cecil Sharp House on 3 September and Juice of the Barley at OSO Community Arts Centre on 12 September. 

 

Summer time!

1 August 2014

We had a few different types of gigs in July. First up was a brilliant double headline evening at Green Note Cafe in London with Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp - a perfect sized venue with lots of friends in the audience. Tower Ravens Rapper also did a half time performance. You can see Mike Watts' photos of the singing and the dancing on facebook. Then came a showcase evening at Royston folk club where we enjoyed dancing to the Jackson Creek Band, among others. We finished the month with our first visit to Maidenhead Folk Club - a very enjoyable evening at a friendly club where even the pub's dog joined in with some choruses!

In August we're playing at two big events in our home countries/counties - The National Eisteddfod of Wales in Llanelli and Whitby Folk Week in Yorkshire. Each year trac and other organisations run a 'Tŷ Gwerin' (folk house) and we're feeling privileged to have been given a slot to play at their Noson Lawen (literally 'Jolly Evening' but more like a folk club showcase night) on the Wednesday evening. We've got a busy schedule at Whitby in what will be our second visit.

On top of that we're still working on the album - mixing, mastering and photoshoot are on this month's to do list! We're also still working out what the title will be. If you'd like to have your say you can vote in this poll!

 

 

More studio time and St Albans

1 July 2014

It's been a relatively quiet month for us with just the one public performance at the lovely St Albans Folk Festival. We performed in the court room for the second year running to an appreciative audience full of familiar faces. We're looking forward to our next visit to St Albans which will be on 2 January 2015 at The Maltings Theatre

We've spent several more days in the studio this month working on the album (see photos on facebook). It's definitely starting to take shape but it won't be ready for release until around October or November. 

We've got three interesting gigs coming up this month. On 7 July we're making our first visit to the famous Green Note Cafe in Camden, London, to play a double headliner with our friends Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp. It's a small venue so buy your tickets asap if you're planning on coming! Then we're doing a showcase evening at Royston Folk Club in Hertfordshire and at the end of the month we're visiting Berkshire for an evening at Maidenhead Folk Club. Hope to see you at one of these gigs, or perhaps at the following event - Whitby Folk Week! 

 

Festivals and studio time 

1 June 2014

You might not think it with all the rain we've had recently, but the summer is definitely here. Not because of the weather conditions, but because the festival season has started! We had a lovely (sunny) day at Upton Upon Severn Folk Festival at the beginning of the month where we enjoyed lying on the grass and hearing David Gibb and Ellie Lucas for the first time. The following week we were at Tredegar House Folk Festival which was less sunny but still lots of fun. It's not every day you get to share a stage with Alaw and the mighty Flook! See some photos on facebook


The rest of the month has been spent preparing for and recording tracks for our first full length album. We and producer Mark Hutchinson have put a lot of time and effort in so far but we've still got several days left in the studio in June and July to polish things off. 

Because of studio time we've only got one gig in June but it's going to be a fun one - we're going back to the St Albans Folk Festival on 21 June to play a few songs in the court room. We're on at 4.50pm so drop by if you're in the area!

 

It's time for summer festivals!

1 May 2014

We had a fantastic time on our Easter mini tour to Preston and South Wales. Our highlights included spending time in the Welsh sun looking at beautiful Welsh scenery, the wonderful hospitality of family and playing three fun but very different gigs at The Willows Folk Club in Kirkham, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and the Valley Folk Club in Pontardawe. There are photos of all of these things on facebook.
 
We've just had our first day of recording at Rooksmere Studio which was very productive. We got the melodeon and cello lines recorded for two and a half songs and ate lots of Easter egg. There are a few photos on facebook and twitter. We've started thinking about the title for the album but haven't made any decisions yet so if you've got any suggestions get in touch! We're looking forward to going back to Rooksmere in May and June to record some more tracks.
 
It's the 1st of May which means it's time for the folk festival season to begin! We're playing at two this month - Upton Upon Severn and Tredegar House - and we're also returning to Dunton Folk in Bedforshire. Last year when we played Dunton as support for Vin Garbutt he'd lost his voice so we ended up playing for longer than expected. We're hoping we'll have better luck with the voices than Vin had! This summer we're also going back to Whitby Folk Week which should be fun.
 
 

Easter mini tour 

3 April 2014

In March we played at two acoustic evenings. Whilst we love the traditional folk club it's also nice to play these evenings for a change, not least because we get to sit back and enjoy listening to the variety of acts! There are some photos of our evening at The Music Box in London on Facebook - some by us and some much better ones by Mike Watts. Mike also kindly took a video of us singing Betsy Bell and Mary Grey. At the Acoustic Cafe in Hemel Hempstead we managed to take photos of most of the acts and Julian Mount kindly took some of us performing too.

In April we'll be doing our second mini tour of the year. This one is to the seemingly unrelated but equally lovely locations of Preston and South Wales. It will be our first folk club gig in Lancashire so if you know anyone in the area please tell them about us and the gig. South Wales is an area we're more familiar with but is also somewhere we haven't played much before so, again, please spread the word about our gigs in Cardiff and Pontardawe if you have friends there!

A few weeks ago we spent an enjoyable and productive day with Mark Hutchinson at Rooksmere studio discussing which songs to put on our full length album which we'll be recording over the next few months. Hope your favourites have made it onto the shortlist!

 

March's acoustic evenings

1 March 2014

February was another busy month for us. We started off at NAF Club in Bedfordshire (photos on facebook) which was the first time we'd performed in a Chinese restaurant! We then went on our mini half-term tour of Essex and Kent stopping off at Orpington Friday Folk, Hoy at Anchor Folk Club and HaverFolk (photos on facebook). Thanks to everyone who came to see us, sometimes battling horrible weather to reach the venues!

From Chinese restaurants to clothes shops - on 12 March we're returning to The Music Box which takes place at Paper Dress Vintage shop in London. We really enjoyed our last visit and are sure this will be another great evening of folk and acoustic music so do come along. The following week we're at another folk and acoustic evening - the relatively new Acoustic Cafe in Hemel Hempstead run by Radio Dacorum DJ Daria Kulesh.

If you're celebrating St David's Day this year why not add our versions of Cariad Cyntaf and Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn to your party playlist? You can download them (plus 3 songs in English) from our EP, Like Diamond Glances, which is available from bandcamp for just £3.75.

 

Mini tour in Essex and Kent coming up

1 February 2014

2014 has started well for The Foxglove Trio. We hope it has for you too! We started the year with a lovely afternoon in Farncombe at Brian Player's Acoustic Cafe. Keep an eye out for the live recording which should be on Brian's mixcloud soon. Our support gig at TwickFolk turned out to be a duo performance as Cathy was unwell. Nevertheless Ffion and Patrick enjoyed playing and meeting another Welsh/Yorkshire duo, BarlowCree. Mike Watts has taken some great photos again which are on facebook.

February's going to be busy - we're at NAF Club in Silsoe on 4 February and then we're off on a (mini) half-term tour of Essex and Kent with gigs at Orpington Friday Folk (14th), The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club (18th) and HaverFolk (19th). Hope to see many of you at one of these locations.

Last year at our Tiller Flat Folk Club gig Peter from London Folk magazine came and did a 10 minute interview with us. If you're London based, pick up the Feb-March edition of the magazine to see what we said!

Finally, an update on the album - we've booked lots of studio days at Mark Hutchinson's Rookesmere studio for this spring/summer so should have copies ready to sell by the autumn.

 

Happy New Year!

3 January 2014

2013 was a fantastic year for The Foxglove Trio. Some of our personal highlights include releasing our first 5 track CD, a brilliant weekend at Fylde Folk Festival, playing on Ffion's 'home stage' at theLlanwddyn Day of Folk and Acoustic Music and playing at the coolest location ever - The Golden Hinde Ship in London. We're very grateful to everyone who has booked us, come to see us and bought our CD during the last 12 months - thank you for your support.

It looks as though 2014 is going to be even busier than 2013 and, hopefully, even more fun. We've got 17 confirmed bookings so far including 2 in January - we'll be in Farncombe for Brian Player's Acoustic Cafe Live on the 19th and at TwickFolk in Twickenham as support to another Welsh band called BarlowCree on the 26th. Take a look at a full list of upcoming gigs on our gigs page.

We're also pleased to be able to tell you that we'll be spending some of 2014 recording a full length CD. To be the first to hear more news about the CD, make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter.

Finally, a quick reminder that the Fatea showcase download CD is only available until the end of January. Download the CD for your free copy of Newry Town plus lots of songs by other great folk artists.

 

Looking forward to playing on a ship!

3 December 2013

We had a quiet month in November with not a single live gig. However, we hope you've been able to listen to our music, either on a folk radio show (we've been played on Y Sesiwn Fach, That's All Folks, Brian Player's Acoustic Cafe and Terry Ferdinand's The Folk Show) or via the Brushstrokes Fatea Showcase download. This FREE CD is available to download until the end of January and, in addition to Newry Town by us, it includes tracks by artists such as Gavin Davenport and Ange Hardy. Well worth a listen on a cold winter weekend!

We've got two more gigs left in 2013. On Thursday 5 December we'll be at Orpington Folk Club in Kent and the following evening we'll be performing at Tiller Flat Folk Club which takes place on The Golden Hinde Ship in Southwark, London! Look out for some pictures on facebook and twitter after that gig.

All of our 2014 gigs are on our gigs page and we're very pleased to be able to announce that we've added another Whitby Folk Week booking to the list.

Fatea showcase sessions and 2014 gigs

1 November 2013

October was pretty busy but very good fun. It was lovely to revisit Baldock & Letchworth and Redbourn Folk Clubs where there were many familiar faces in the audiences. We also had a great evening at Tenterden Folk Festival performing in a concert with some great acts such as The Claque and Pete Coe where we had a very warm welcome from the friendly audience. The month finished with our first visit to Loughton Folk Club. It was Halloween so we made sure to play 'The Dreadful Death of Marianna for Sorcery' and 'The Unquiet Grave'!

But now it's time for some exciting announcements about the future...

We're very please to announce that we'll be appearing on the November - January Fatea Showcase Session. This is your chance to download and enjoy some tracks by a wide range of contemporary folk artists FOR FREE! Newry Town will be on the downloadable CD alongside tracks by Gavin Davenport, Ange Hardy and many others. The CD will be available at on the Fatea Website from 1 November until 31 January.

We're also very excited to be able to announce our current list of bookings for 2014 - find the full list on our gigs page.

P.S. Don't forget you can order the CD by emailing thefoxlgovetrio[at]gmail.com! You can also download a digital version from bandcamp.

Montgomeryshire press 

20 October 2013

Following our appearance at the first Llanwddyn Day of Folk and Acoustic Music we appeared in Yr Ysgub, the Welsh language monthly community newspaper serving the Tanat, Cain, Vyrnwy and Ceiriog valleys and Oswestry town. Here's the article:

ysgub article 

Translation: 

The 7th of September was a special day for the residents of Llanwddyn this year when the first ever Folk and Acoustic Festival took place in the village. Among those who took part were Ruth and Ken Powell from Llanwddyn, Llansilin Choir, and The Foxglove Trio, which is a trio of talented musicians including Ffion Mair, previously of Hafan Heulog, and her husband Patrick. Below is a picture of Ffion and Patrick on stage in the community centre with Catherine Mason, the other member of the group. 

A month of 'firsts' followed by a month of 'seconds'

1 October 2013

September was a month of 'firsts'. We played at two inaugural events - the Llanwddyn Day of Folk and Acoustic Music in Mid Wales and Folkstock festival in Hertfordshire. There are photos from both on facebook. We also did our first performance in a shop window! This was at the lovely Music Box Folk and Acoustic Music night in London. The monthly event takes place at the Paper Dress Vintage clothes shop and the acts stand in the window with their backs to the street. Photos of this evening and the beautiful ceiling at the venue are also on facebook.

We've got several 'seconds' coming up this month. We'll be doing our second live radio session this Friday 27 September for Readifolk Radio. Tune in 6 - 8pm via www.reading4u.co.uk. The following weekend we're off for our second year at Tenterden Folk Festival where we'll be performing during the Saturday evening concert. We've also got return visits to two Hertfordshire folk clubs - Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club on 2 October and Redbourn on 24 October. We'll be finishing the month off not with a second but with our first visit to Loughton Folk Club which will also be our first gig in Essex.

So, lots to look forward to. Hope to see you sometime during this busy month!

Seaside festivals 

4 September 2013

Well we've certainly been busy since the last newsletter. We've been at not one but two large seaside festivals - Whitby Folk Week and Fylde Folk Festival. Both were fun in their different ways and we enjoyed getting to play for new audiences. Have a look at some of the photos on facebook. We had some lovely comments from members of the audience such as, "very interesting and musical", "a breath of fresh air" and "I just went to the loo and bumped into my friend who told me all about you - you lot are the talk of the toilets!"

As well as live performances, Like Diamond Glances continues to be played on radio stations and Ffion recently did an interview on the BBC Radio Cymru Welsh language folk show, Sessiwn Fach. Our feature article in Taplas magazine was also published this month. 
 
September is going to be even busier than August with a variety of performances lined up in Llanwddyn (Day of Folk and Acoustic Music), London (Music Box Folk and Acoustic Club) and Hertfordshire (Folkstock Festival). Then we've got another 4 bookings for October. 

 

 

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