Hello, happy St Patrick’s Day and many thanks to Lorraine Carpenter who sent me the super image above, recently.

We had great fun today – I say ‘we’ meaning a group of young people I teach in Ballinalee – plus lots of friends, including fiddler John Sullivan and accordionists Michael Lennon and Jim McLoughlin along with a few cows, a tractor, bales of hay, bunting, a butter churn and plenty of music and song, all on a fairly large trailer – in Longford Parade and Ballymahon Parade, with a quick spot at a local nursing home in between. The weather was great and plenty were out to line the streets. It’s about 38 years since I was last doing something like this – and all dressed up a la 1916. . . photos will follow soon. . .

Many thanks to Liz and Malachy Heaney for all their work in getting this all to happen – the Ballinalee band float won first prize in the Longford Parade which was a lovely bonus.

Lots on the agenda but just a quick natter (before I keel over – I’m not as young as I used to be!) – tonight, if you are in the vicinity of Bristol, in England, Ian Storror has a fantastic evening lined up with Brejeiro: The Choro music of Brazil (see below for details) and tomorrow night, if you are anywhere near the Longford / Roscommon border in Ireland, I’m going to a great session at the Shannon Bar, Tarmonbarry, Co Roscommon.

I’ll be back with news of the Timo Alakotila new solo CD; Dik Cadbury’s new CD and the drawings of David Eyres who has widened my use of pencils. . .2H to 8B! I was always a 2B girl. . .

See below for various dates – my workshops around the country and further afield are filling up and a few more are being planned; I’m doing a 5 for 4 deal on skype lessons (see www.karentweed.com) and the 10th anniversary of the Severn Suite (which I did with the marvellous John Kirkpatrick) is happening in October – more about the evening and relevant workshops soon!

Lastly, I was delighted to receive 2 super bits of wisdom quotes; the first from James Latchford (a grand accordionist in Worcestershire) :

“there are three things that should always be left to the experts:
– brain surgery, parachute packing, and plastering”

And from Steve Evans, this made me smile broadly :

“Remember you are not as bad as your worst performance”.

Have fun, wherever you are.


Tues 22nd March : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester

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Thurs 24th March : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Tues 12th / Wed 13th April : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila teaching at Newcastle University

Tues 19th April : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Wed 20th April : Karen Tweed solo concert, CHELTENHAM
Venue : Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HQ

Tickets : £12
Info :  01242 500025

Thurs 21st April : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Fri 22nd April : Karen Tweed: Solo, SHREWSBURY
Venue : Bradbury Hall, The Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury SY3 9HF
Tickets : £10 / £7 unwaged

Concert : 8pm
Info and tickets : 07522 606871
 / info@karentweed.com

Sat 23rd April: Karen Tweed 
10am – 4.30pm
Venue :  Glebe Hall, The Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury SY3 9HF
Tickets : £40
 Bring and share lunch
Info and contact : 07522 606871


Fri 29th April : Karen Tweed: Solo SOMERSET
Venue : Roxy Cinema, 36 High Street, Axbridge, Somerset BS26 2AF Tickets : £10 / £7 unwaged

Info and tickets :
01749 870078



Sun 1st May : 
Karen Tweed SOMERSET Accordion Day : MUSIC from SCOTLAND, IRELAND and FRANCE
10am – 4.30pm
Venue : Priddy Village Hall, Somerset BA5 3BE
Tickets : £40 
Bring and share lunch
Info and contact :
01749 870078


Tues 17th May : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Thurs 19th May : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Sat 21st  May : Karen Tweed: Solo YORK
Venue : The Wolfe Room, The Black Swan Inn, 23 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR
Tickets : £10 advance / £12 on the door

Info and tickets :
07522 606871 / info@karentweed.com

Sun 22nd  May : 
Karen Tweed YORK Mixed Ensemble Day
10am – 5pm
Venue : The Wolfe Room, The Black Swan Inn, 23 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR
Tickets : £25

Info and contact :
07522 606871 / info@karentweed.com

Mon 23rd  May : Karen Tweed: Solo CROYDON
Venue : Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road
Croydon CR0 1BD
Tel: 020 8660 5919
Ticket URL: http://www.wegottickets.com/croydonfolkclub
Info :croydonfolkclub@aol.com
Tickets: £8 (£6 members)

Fri 27th May : Karen Tweed & Friends Birthday-Concert-Party, BRISTOL – free event
To commemorate my 27th year as a professional musician, I’m having a bit of a do. . .Guests include Roger Wilson, Karen Street, Richard Hughes, Kirsten Hellier, Ivan Miletitch, Johnny Coppin and Andy Tweed.
Venue : The Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1JF
Tickets : Free by reservation – email :
info@karentweed.com or tel / text : 07522 606871
Donations on the night welcomed towards Alzheimers UK and The Samaritans.

Mon 30th  May : Karen Tweed: Solo (& with Karen Street) The New Horrington Fair, WELLS
Venue : Wells Cricket Club, New Horrington, Wells, Someset BS26 2AF
12 noon – 4pm
FREE event

Residents of South Horrington are resurrecting the Family Fun Day that took place every summer on the old Mendip Hospital site.
Throughout the 1960s to 80s the Mendip Hospital Summer Fete, run by the League of Friends, evolved to become one of the biggest events of the summer, opened by a local celebrity and with attractions such as The Red Devils, police display teams, the Somerset Light Infantry, maypole dancing, an antiques market, a donkey derby, skittles, children’s fancy dress and a pig roast.
The new Horrington Fair will take place at South Horrington at Wells Cricket Club on Mayday Bank Holiday Monday, May 30, from noon to 4pm.
There is music all day with L’esprit du jazz and Karen Tweed and others tbc.
There will also be a dog training demonstration and games for children, and various stalls including a plant sale.
Refreshments will include BBQ, a licensed bar, tea and cakes and Mendip Moments ice cream.

Fri 17th June : Karen Tweed & Nick Wiseman Ellis CONCERT
Venue: Kombüse 53° Nord
Address: Hauptstraße 28, 21787 Oberndorf
Time: 19:00
Tickets: 11€ adv./13€ on the door.
Tel: +49 4772 8608913
Website: www.die-oberndorfer.de

Mon 27th June – Fri 1st July : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila teaching and in concert, FINLAND
Venue : Haapavesi Summer school 
Dates : 27th June – 1st July

Information : http://www.haapavesifolk.com/inenglish/

Saturday 2nd July : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila in concert FINLAND
Venue : Haapavesi Festival

Info and tickets : http://www.haapavesifolk.com/inenglish/

Sat 9th July : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila in concert FINLAND

Venue : Rääkkylä Kihaus Festival

Info and tickets : http://www.kihaus.fi/

Mon 11th – Tues 12th July : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila at KAUSTINEN FESTIVAL, FINLAND

Tickets and info : http://kaustinen.net/?page_id=11890

Mon 8th – Fri 12th August : Karen Tweed teaching BATH
Venue : Bath Folk Festival Summer School, The Edge, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY 

Info : http://bathfolkfestival.org/traditional-music-summer-school/

Sun 16TH  October : Karen Tweed BANGOR Accordion Day
10am – 4.30pm
Tickets : £40
 Bring and share lunch
Info and contact : Annie 01286 673696 / annie_adprin@hotmail.com

Sat 29th  Oct : Karen Tweed: LLANDINAM, MID-WALES The Severn Suite (with John Kirkpatrick) 10 Years On
Venue : Llandinam Vllage Hall, Llandinam


Round and about. . .

1. Ian Storror’s Jazz at the Albert
JAZZ at the Albert GIG-UPDATE

** Delightful Acoustic / Jazz, crossover sounds
Brejeiro: The Choro music of Brazil

The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF
Thursday 17 March 2016
Doors 7.30 for 8.15pm start
£10/£8 (OAP’s/students) Acoustic / World / Jazz

Dave Griffiths & Mike Pryor (Mandolins and Cavaquinhos)
Rachel Parede (Flute), Knud Stuwe (Guitar), Andy Fuller (Percussion)

Tonight sees a re-launch of the band Brejeiro with a new look line-up, playing the uplifting acoustic music of South America.

Brejeiro will transport you to Brazil through the sunshine and sparkle of Brazilian Choro music. An infectious and uplifting mix of mandolins and guitar propelled by Latin percussion, Brejeiro combine driving rhythms and haunting melodies, skilfully improvised and exquisitely arranged, capturing the essence of Brazil. From its roots in folk song and the pulsating rhythms of the Samba the music encapsulates the fusion of South American Latin rhythms, North American jazz and the evolution of the mandolin and its music from Portugal.

It is strange for such joyous music to be called Choro, which quite literally translates as “to cry”. It was born in the middle of the 19th century when musicians began experimenting by fusing together Brazilian folk tunes and European harmony with Afro-Brazilian and native rhythms.

Often described as Brazilian jazz, Choro became the music of the people and spread throughout Brazil. “This music is ageless”, says trumpeter Silverio Pontes. “In a Choro group, one is 70, another 15, and the third 40 … This music is… like a communion. For they all are taking part in this great thing that’s already over 100 years old. That is fantastic.”

Brejeiro respectfully walk in the footsteps of this unique tradition adding their own unique line up of twin mandolins leading and weaving delicate harmony, pulsating guitar and innovative percussion. ‘La Llorona’ celebrates the music of Brazilian composer Pixinguinha, recognised as one of the greatest flute players and improvisers of his generation, and the virtuoso mandolin player and composer, Jacob do Bandolim along with Mike Pryor’s original composition ‘La Frontiera’ adding a contemporary flavour.

Choro may have begun over 150 years ago but it is still very alive today and still evolving, try it for yourselves and listen to the video clip. http://jazzata.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=b86fe98d3e&e=5028ca49a7

Upcoming Events
Sunday 3 April
Kit Downe’s “TheEnemy”
+Chris Montague (Guitar)

Friday 8 April
Joe Topping
Acoustic / Folk

Sunday 17 April
Matt Ridley Quartet~ ‘Metta’
Feat: Jason Yarde (Saxes)

Sunday 24 April
Laurent Coulondre Trio (Fr)

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3. Leighton House ‘Pre-Raphaelites on Paper’ Exhibition of Drawings by the PRB from the Lanigan collection

4. Johnny Coppin Tour dates!


18-22  La Jeusseliniere – The Reunion 2016     Workshops at Halsway Manor, nr Crowcombe Somerset TA4 4BD– I will one of the guest tutors.
Hosted by Martyn & Danni Wyndham-Read, with Iris Bishop, Stan Graham, Carolyn Robson and guest tutors.
Martyn & Danni started the La Jeusseliniere music weeks form their home in France in 2002. These relaxed and friendly courses, featuring well known folk artists

and musicians, continued until Martyn & Danni moved back to the UK in 2007. The La Jeuss Reunion began the following year, continuing to flourish as a meeting
place where like minded musicians – and their partners and friends – can relax and enjoy each others company whilst exploring and improving their musical talents.
The week is suitable for musicians of all levels of ability, from beginners to advanced, and there will be art classes and other activities for non-musicians.
BOOKING    for information and to book please contact Stan Graham, magpiemusic25@gmail.com / 01904 758228.

Thu 28  EVESHAM Arts Centre  – “Folk in the Foyer”- with support from singer/songwriter Colin Pitts
Prince Henry’s School, Victoria Avenue  WR11 4QH  7.30pm

Tickets   Box office 01386 446944         www.eveshamartscentre.co.uk

Starring Gary Blair, Julie Best, Jean Corrigan, Harry Hussey & John Romero.
Book your place via :
www.carillonstudios.com or call 01606 270148

6. HARP ON WIGHT 2016 6TH – 10TH OCTOBER 2016

7. HIBERNIA – Irish Music Classes in BRISTOL
Venue : St Andrew’s Church Hall and Avonmouth Community Centre, Avonmouth Road, Avonmouth Village BS11 9EN


Karen Tweed is represented worldwide by

Lorraine Carpenter at Different Strings Agency

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