I apologise for the Arthur Ganson link only working in sound. . .not sure why that happened but it was a pity as his work needs to be seen.


Well now, I hope you had as much fun on All Hallows Eve as we did here. Mainly Theresa and I swapping tunes and kids calling round for trick or treats and the effort with which they went to dress up had me in stitches. One young vampire certainly looked like he had had a reindeer for dinner. . .raw!

So I was telling you about Paul Armfield’s latest CD and project. The images that inspired his songs are fabulous . . .take this one for example:


or this, on my lively desk this morning. . . .


I should really have had this for the Halloween image, don’t you think….


The song for this image is entitled “A Dubious Trinity”.

Do check out the album. It is glorious and it is released as a limited edition box set, complete with a set of A5 postcards of the images and the song lyrics printed on the back. It is getting stunning reviews and rightly so. . . another Isle of Wight diamond. There’s a pile of us playing on it with him. I count the Isle of Wight as one of my homes, dahling. . .tee hee.



OK, that’ll do, now, as Sawsmith and fiddler Seamus Thompson here would say. I started off this morning gently listening to Astor Piazzolla’s “Soledad” but now it’s gone into the “Prelude Polka” set by Beoga so I’m off to put the kettle on! It will resume to Richard Galliano’s “Mare Nostrum” soon and then I’ll be able to resume the gentility of a Tarmonbarry Sunday morning.

little-robin(photograph: Tom McElvogue)

Back again! I see that the UK is about to witness the hottest November in 69 years. It was certainly very warm here yesterday. Perhaps it is global warming. . .I do believe we are in historic times but I also feel that the obvious madness in fracking will only speed up the earth’s unease at how we are treating it. I can’t believe that anyone can truly think that fracking is a good idea and that it will not have terrible side effects to us all. It really has to be the most unnatural and money grabbing idea the human race has ever had and makes me sad to the core.

Jacky, of Norwich (formerly Overstrand), where I used to live sent me this wonderful quote:

“Who has not found heaven, below, will fail of it above. . .
For angels rent the house next ours, wherever we remove. . . ”    (Emily Dickinson)

….and just to say that the new May Monday website and facebook page are all up and running. See www.maymonday.com for details of the upcoming tour, background information of Timo and his work and anything else we do connected with May Monday. You can find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/maymondaymusic !

Have a smashing week. Kt x


Monday 2nd November (& every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month) : KT teaching at the Temperance Hall, LONGFORD, IRELAND
6.30 – 7.30pm : SongWeavers Community Choir (no experience necessary / no auditions) 2€
7.30 – 8.30pm : Ceili and Folk Dancing for the Terrified (but curious)5€

Fri 13th November : KT and Friends: CEILI EVENING, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Venue : Avening Memorial Hall, Avening (near Nailsworth), Gloucestershire
Time : 7.30pm – 11.30pm
Tickets : £16 (in advance) / Children £8 (includes supper)
Info : Piers Hansen 01453 836207 piers.hansen@btinternet.com

Wed 18th November : KT teaching in Droitwich.
(Eve) KT teaching at Birmingham CCE.

Thurs 19th November : KT teaching in Droitwich.

Thurs 26th November : MAY MONDAY (KT & Timo Alakotila) in concert at SUTTON COLDFIELD
Venue : Wylde Green United Reformed Church, Britwell Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B73 5SW
Time : 7.30pm
Tickets : Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection, split between the church and May Monday.
Info : Rev Sue McCoan 0121 246 0880 / suemccoan@virginmedia.com


Fri 27th November : MAY MONDAY (& special guest) in concert as part of Trip To Birmingham Tradfest , BIRMINGHAM
Venue : Ulster Suite, Irish Centre Birmingham
Tickets : £10 / Children U14 £5
Info : http://www.birminghamtradfest.co.uk/


Trip To Birmingham Tradfest , BIRMINGHAM

This recording is available on download only; available from www.karentweed.com from 28th November and Karen and Adrian will be playing their live versions of the tracks which were recorded on a ghetto blaster 30 years ago in 1985. The recording was then copied onto several cassettes which bootlegged their way around the UK and Ireland for the subsequent 10 -15 years.
NB This download has been edited and mastered by Andy Bell but remains, warts and all, in it’s original recorded form – the quality isn’t as pristine as current CD releases but, as a field recording, remains a valuable archive.

Venue : Irish Centre Birmingham
Info : http://www.birminghamtradfest.co.uk/

Sat 28th November : MAY MONDAY (KT & Timo Alakotila) in concert at MALVERN
Venue : Elmslie House, 8 Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AG
Time : 7.30pm
Tickets : £15
Info : 07789 470780

Sun 29th November : MAY MONDAY (KT & Timo Alakotila) in concert at NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
Venue : Greenfield House, St Cuthbert’s Road, Marley Hill, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE16 5EB
Time : 7.30pm
Tickets : £20
Info : theo.gibb@gmail.com

Mon 30th November : MAY MONDAY (KT & Timo Alakotila) in concert at THROPTON, NORTHUMBERLAND
Venue : The Old Church, Coquetdale Music Trust, Thropton, Northumberland NE65 7LR
Time : 7.30pm
Tickets : £7
Info & Tickets : www.maymonday.com

Thurs 3rd December : MAY MONDAY (KT & Timo Alakotila) in concert at CHRISTCHURCH, NAILSWORTH, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Venue : Christchurch, New Market Road, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire GL6 0DQ
Time : 7.30pm
Tickets : £7
Info : www.maymonday.com

Thurs 10th Dec : KT performing on Johnny Coppin‘s Christmas Show, CHELTENHAM
Venue : Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Cheltenham GL51 6HE
Time : 7.30pm
Info : www.johnnycoppin.wordpress.com

Wed 16th Dec : KT teaching in Droitwich.
(Eve) KT teaching at Birmingham CCE.

Thurs 17th Dec : KT teaching in Droitwich. (daytime)

Sat 19th Dec : KT performing on Johnny Coppin‘s Christmas Show, STROUD
Venue : Stroud Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Gloucestershire.GL5 1AE
Time : 7.30pm
Info : www.johnnycoppin.wordpress.com

Fri 29th January : MAY MONDAY (KT & Timo) at DUBLIN Trad Fest Lunchtime recital

Sat 20th May : MAY MONDAY (KT & Timo) Isle of Wight

Mon 11th- Fri 17th July : KT & Timo & Tom McElvogue at KAUSTINEN FESTIVAL, FINLAND

ROUND AND ABOUT . . . . . .

From: Zoe Barker <zoe@onanisland.co.uk>
Sent: 19 October 2015 23:03
Subject: TRAC PV at Quarr – A Line of Flight – Thu 29 Oct

The Ryde Art Collective warmly invites you to  ‘A Line of Flight’

at Quarr Abbey (PO33 4ES).

This is an exhibition of work first curated at Gallery Artspace Portsmouth by Jan Frith and Zoë Barker.
TRAC members were challenged to explore new ground or ‘territories’ away from their usual way of working.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Zoë (on behalf of TRAC)
‘A Line of Flight’ runs at Quarr Abbey 29 October – 3 November, open daily 10.30am-4.30pm
Showing work by Peter Allen, Rachel Andrews, Anne Axford, Zoë Barker, Nikki Brown, Freya Conway, Greta Friggens, Jan Frith, Katie Hobbs, Leigh Jackman, Donna Jones, Barbara Long, Lyndy Moles, Margaret Moore and Nicky Symes.

Karen Tweed is represented worldwide by
Lorraine Carpenter at Different Strings Agency

email: lorraine@differentstrings.co.uk

+44 117 904 1870 / +44 7929 135744