(Edith Piaf c. 1936)

I was
in the North East of England all last week. Right now I am in Worcester but listening to some great flute music to remind me of the great time I had!


This is from Norman Holmes’ soundcloud site (above link) where there are tracks of the flutes he makes there in all their glory for you to hear. Tom McElvogue is currently playing a superb F flute from Norman and another made by Norman, a pink ivory flute in D with me at local sessions around the Longford Roscommon border. I spent a great week last week, doing a little recording for Martin Matthews’ new CD which will be launched during his Durham exhibition of his prints during the whole of May.

More about that soon!

Timo and I were teaching at Newcastle University (my word, those students put us through our paces!) and in between we were rehearsing for a new May Monday CD. . .

Timo has just released his first solo piano CD and I know I am biased, but it is truly magnificent!!!! 

Have a read about this remarkable man. . .

Timo Alakotila & Grand Piano

Who is Timo Alakotila? There is no doubt he is one of the most in demand

musicians in Finland. He is also the most humble. This quiet

figure has a monumental gift for arranging and composing and, as a

performer, includes being at the heart and soul of the international

phenomenon which is folk band JPP. He’s been the musical partner

of the extraordinary accordion player Maria Kalaniemi for over 20

years, teases Swedish-Finnish dance tunes as a member of Nordik

Tree, and revels in his love of the tango in Tango-orkesteri Unto. His

projects have included the supremely creative partnership May

Monday with British accordionist Karen Tweed and he has composed

for the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Everyone wants a slice of

his talent and it seems his creative generosity knows no bounds. He is a team

player par excellence.

Anyone who has eavesdropped at a soundcheck for any of the

groups Timo has worked with will have heard, in rare moments,

another musical persona coming through: that very special

relationship of one man and his keyboard. Now, after so many years

of dashing off scores for other people, of composing for larger forces,

of touring and supporting others, Timo has pulled up the drawbridge

and decided to see what his piano had to say to him.

This new direction has revealed all the delights of the performer we

know already: a delicacy of touch, a supreme sense of light and

shade, beautifully fragile arabesques, a sense of harmony with a

Bach-like clarity, and a quirky relationship with rhythm. But the pieces

here also let us in to Timo’s own private world in which he’s given

himself permission to work through both pain and pleasure. Who else

would interpret the agonies of sciatica and back pain with agility and

mischief and yet be unafraid to introduce hesitation and tension into

‘Prolapsus’ (Slipped Disc)?

There’s a sense of majesty that is so often present in Timo’s music

and especially here in ‘Lumikin ja prinssin tanssi (Dance for Snow

White and her Prince) which has all the stateliness of a Finnish bridal

march yet with a glittering fairy-tale thread. There’s a wistful wedding

waltz and a heartbreakingly poignant funeral piece for Pirkko, a

tender welcome for Spring (‘Primavera’) and the slow, gradual unfolding harmonies of Psalm.

And, of course, a tango too with a touch of Finnish ‘noir’.

This is a truly welcome invitation to step into the very special world of

Timo Alakotila, alone at last.

Fiona Talkington

Presenter – Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

January 2016

Timo’s CD and other great recordings are available from his website :


And of course, I have been reading and checking out more space and time scientifics. . .I recently read that scientists think there are 11 dimensions and that perhaps more ancient cultures believed that there are 365 dimensions. . .I am also curious about processional dating (for historic ancient dating) which is to do with the motion of the axis of the earth which wobbles due to gravitational pull.

And then there is Stephen Hawking. . .


OK! So much to tell you but I need to get my skates on as I teaching today in Worcester and doing a solo concert in Shrewsbury on Friday night followed by an accordion workshop on Saturday and another workshop in Llandinam, Mid Wales on Sunday.



Mind you, these workshops will be fun altho possibly not as hilarious as the one I did for some girlfriends in the North East last weekend, where we learned and arranged tunes, then donned cocktail attire and experimented with making new cocktails using locally brewed alcohol, locally foraged and home grown berries, home made damson gins and lemonades. Hilarious and wonderful. They played their hearts out too (before the scientifics of the drinks kicked in). Thank you, Ladies. Fun idea.

Yes, life is busy yet, as my old friend Julia used to say

‘Don’t forget to smell the beautiful flowers, Tweed,’. . . and while in Wellingborough this week, I bumped into my old neighbour, Paul Shovlin. We talked about the idea of relaxing, as he too, likes being busy.

He said ‘I love being busy but not stressed’. I like that.

I love spring. Have a look at these mole hills at Andrew Rothery’s house. . .we are waiting to see the size of the mole!!!

Oh I nearly forgot!

A little message from the amazing Tim Dalling. . .

Hi Karen,

Rhona and I have some gigs together and thought you might know some folk in the neighbourhood of this gig particularly

House Concert Cotesbatch nr Lutterworth, Leics. £6 enquiries Matt 07967506416
so if you can spread the word to any likely folk, that’d be great. Hope life’s good.
T x

‘Eve’s Bonie Squad’ is the latest album from Tim Dalling, songwriter, performer and kilted fall-guy in the phenomenon that was The New Rope String Band. His songs are a rich mix ‘ full of vivid imagery made tangible through Tim’s whisky-warm vocals and joyous, dancing accordeon playing.’ (fRoots)

‘Walk Me Round’ is a debut album from Tim’s daughter, Rhona Dalling. Although a qualified textile artist, she is most inspired at the moment by music-making. Growing up playing fiddle at home and with Kathryn Tickell’s Folkestra, then singing close harmonies with Northumbrian quartet Beckleberry she became excited about American oldtime, grabbed a banjo and a bunch of her own ‘devastatingly effective’(fRoots) songs tumbled out.

For years, there’s been many a night in the Bonie Dalling Squad’s end terrace in Newcastle upon Tyne, when the kitchen has been glowing till dawn with tunes, songs and carry-on. The time has come to share the fun and joyful music. Come along to see and hear Tim and Rhona Dalling and prepare to laugh, cry, sing along and have a total out-of-body experience.

other Gigs at

29th April Caban Café, nr Llanberis, North Wales £10 Caban Cyf
Yr Hen Ysgol
nr Llanberis
LL55 3NR


Sat 7th May at The Friendship Inn. High Street, Borth. SY24 5JA
Entry free but donations encouraged

Tues 10th May Cellar bar, Cardigan 25/26 Quay St, Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 1HU 7.30pm £5
Wed 11th Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire SA67 8AXhttp://www.burnettshill.co.uk/

Fri 13th May House Concert nr Lutterworth, Leics. £6 enquiries Matt 07967506416

And  I just had to end with this . . .possibly me, at 60? Not long now, you know!

Life is good indeed.


Thurs 21st April : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
To book your slot, see :

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


Sat 7th May : Karen Tweed: Solo SWEDEN
Venue : Private House Concert, KARLSTAD

Info and tickets :

Tues 17th May : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
To book your slot, see :

Thurs 19th May : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
To book your slot, see :

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/


Sat 24th September : Karen Tweed Karen Tweed & Nick Wiseman Ellis NORWICH in CONCERT

Venue: Silver Road Community Centre
Address: 34 Silver Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 4TB

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 adv./£12 on the door.

Info : info@karentweed.com or tel: +44 7522 606871

Website: www.karentweed.com


Sun 25th September : Karen Tweed Karen Tweed & Nick Wiseman Ellis NORWICH WORKSHOP

Venue: Silver Road Community Centre
Address: 34 Silver Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 4TB

Time: 9.45am – 5pm

Tickets: £25

Bring and share lunch

Info : info@karentweed.com or tel: +44 7522 606871

Website: www.karentweed.com

Fri 14th  October : Karen Tweed : SOLO BANGOR
Cafe Caban Caffi, Brynrefall LL55 3NR
Tickets, Info and contact : 01286 685500

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-UPDATE3. Ian Storror The Finest ‘LIVE ‘ ~ Jazz & Acoustic Music in
Bristol since 1989
The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF

e-mail: storror.albertjazz@talk21.com

APRIL 2016: News & Gigs

This month we have four gigs, 3 x Jazz and 1 x Acoustic/Folk.

The first on
NEW innovation I’m starting from today, is to let you know which gigs may well sell very quickly. Our audiences have been growing steadily over the last 18 months and three or four this year have reached near sell out numbers. As members of the mailing list you will get a nod and a wink about the gigs that might need to be booked early, so look out for this logo:
*EBA* This will indicate ‘Early Booking Advised’
Kit Downe’s is first; see the right hand column for further ones. The logo will only appear when the ticket system is ready to take bookings

Laurent Coulondre Trio  (France)
Sunday 24 April
Doors 7.30 for 8.15pm start
£13 /£11                   Jazz
Laurent Coulondre  (Piano & Keys), Jérémy Bruyère (Bass), Martin Wangermée (Drums)
Apart from one appearance at the London Jazz Festival, on the Barbican Freestage last year, this will be only this trio’s second UK visit. In Europe however, Laurent has been a very busy chap, playing nearly many major jazz and music festivals; from the really big ones such as the Dutch North Sea JF, Marciac and Paris in France to Tokyo and beyond. His high energy trio employs Laurent on both piano and keyboards that use many sounds from Hammond Organ to Fender Rhodes, whilst reliant on the traditional piano for standards and ballads.

Laurent Coulondre belongs to a young generation of musicians who with talent and freedom have contributed to the evolution of Jazz in modern day France. Possessing a matchless instinct for rhythm and harmony, he expresses himself at the piano and at the organ with a unique musicality that is rare for a musician of his age, and a sensitivity that leaves you breathless.

This gig has been arranged with French sax player Julien Alenda who currently lives in Bristol and is a friend of Laurent. It may well be that Julien will sit-in as a guest on some part of the evening.

The harmonic palette of a young musician who already knows a lot. ~ Jazz Magazine

For more details of upcoming gigs go to the ‘Jazzata’ website; http://jazzata.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=b8dc90fd26&e=50
2. The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra are out again. . . 

The No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra

will be performing at

The Old Church, Stoke Newington, N16 9ES


Saturday 7th May 8.00pm


Sunday May 8th 2.30pm

Tickets £10 on the door or in advance from the venue

Do come and join us for an eclectic evening (or afternoon) of music from all round the world; a chance to meet the Ladies and maybe even try out an accordion or two! And there will be cake in the interval at the Sunday afternoon concert! Hope to see you there.


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

5. Royal Portrait Society’s Annual Exhibition in the Mall Galleries, central London from May 5th to May 26th 2016. Includes a portrait by David Eyres. www.davideyres.co.uk

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


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