The last weekend in June seems such a long way away now but it now holds a special place in my heart as the Leigh on sea Folk Festival falls upon that weekend and in my opinion there is nothing like it! An entirely free festival that showcases some of the best talent in folk and all of its underground and more avant-garde forms. I met up with my good friends Robin Grey, Kate Denny, Rosemary Lippard and Jane South there and we spent a wonderful evening playing tunes (with both guitars as well!)
We then watched the incredible Blood on a Feather in a packed and stifling scout hut, a collaboration between folksinger Sarah Hepburn and Danish free-form guitarist Mikkel Elzer. They were incredible, pedals galore, bowed guitaring that sounded like a flock of birds, beautiful lo-fi vocals created a wonderful ambience to send us to sleep…
Sunday brought with it beautiful weather and great music. I finally got to see some of my favourite bands out there at the moment; Harp and a Monkey, Rapunzel and Sedayne, Stephanie Hladowski & C Joynes, Alasdair Roberts and Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker and during my set I was joined in my song Haymakers by Robin, Rose and Jane… I don’t think I’ve been happier on stage!
I’m very much looking forward to next year, thanks to the organisers and to Steven Collins for the lovely photos above!
Good afternoon, I hope your bank holiday is a chilled out affair
I’ve recently popped up a couple of new demo tracks, the first is a tune that I wrote whilst noodling in C modal tuning, it is now working under the title “steepletoes”
The other new track is sung with the lovely Rose Lippard in preparation for our gig at the Green Note this coming Monday, this is a cracking song that we heard done by The Devil’s Interval a few years ago
See you down the road!
Between the sunny days of 17th and 21st April I was on my bike heading from Bath to Oxford on the first Pedal Folk tour. Travelling with fellow musos Robin Grey and Katie Stone Lonergan along with the blogger Sian Anna-Lewis we carried all our instruments with us and pedalled the 90 mile route playing gigs in Bath, Bristol, Swindon and Oxford. Below are some of the photos from the trip, all courtesy of www.thegirloutdoors.co.uk, please head to www.pedalfolk.co.uk for more info and future projects!
Here is an interview that I did just after our Swindon Central Library gig for Just a Ride
We’re lining up another tour later this year and have a big project lined up for 2014 so stay in touch!
Pedal folk is a combination of music and cycling with three intrepid musicians heading from Bath to Bristol, Swindon and finally Oxford over 5 days and 4 gigs powered solely by bike! I am being joined by London based singer songwriter Robin Grey and Galway bred fiddler Katie Stone-Lonergan. Along the way we are also being joined by Bristol based outdoors blogger Sian Anna-Lewis who runs the site ‘The Girl Outdoors'
To see our bios, route, gig listing & to hear some music please visit www.pedalfolk.co.uk and come along to a gig if you’re nearby!
Society’s cycling 7/8ish was written in the fantastic Bath establishment ’Society café’ as I supped a coffee one afternoon, if you’re ever in this fair city it is well worth the visit for coffee and cake! The violin here is played by Rachel Hall with whom I recorded a live E.P a few years ago…
Hear our original E.P here: https://soundcloud.com/timgraham-2/sets/tim-graham-and-rachel-hall
In other news I am going to be performing with Rachel at Bath Festival’s Party in the City on the 24th May in Milsom Place and at the Bath International Music Festival’s Café at the Octagon room above Milson Place on the 27th May, head over to my Reverbnation page for those dates and more forthcoming events!
Here’s a recent song that I’ve been working on. It was written by Essex based violinist and singer Kate Denny and is based on a Scottish fairy tale. Reading around a bit this story also crops up several times around Britain and in the Grimm tales: it’s a good ‘un all right!
Apparently I’m the third best folk artist in the Bath area on Reverbnation… fun times! If I can get to number 1 then I’ll put out a new track and video, all you need to do is visit this page and become a fan or just look around and listen to some tracks! http://www.reverbnation.com/timgraham?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav