So, there is nothing like a swift sandwich. . . so here it is!

I am in Sweden at the moment and have been staying in the house of Carina Normansson and Colbjörn Lindberg, having a beautiful time. We drank silver birch sap two nights ago, to accompany spinach, nettle and aniseed soup. Yum!

http://www.fengshuilondon.net/health/birch-tree-juice-health-benefits-of-birch-sap 

My dear friend Eddy Mrugracz has always told me about the beneficial properties of drinking walnut sap, as his father used to do, but this was something else. He also supplies me with bay leaves for tea which I do love and I must say, I am more and more going back to leaves rather than bags. . .

Meanwhile, I am now in Karlstad with Eva and Bert Deivert. Eva has a marvellously splendid new tunes CD of her own about to be released and I have learned 4 of the tunes already! We had a lovely cosy session here at the house last night together with Mattias and Nina Perez, two splendid Swedish musicians who live nearby. As well as Eva’s delightful tines, both Nina and Mattias shared their compositions with us and I can’t. now, get Eva’s ‘Sista Bussen Från Bangkok’ or Mattias’ ‘Rosa Kvinta’ out of my head! Hoorah!

Here’s some details about Eva’s forthcoming CD which will be released at Ransäter festival, Sweden in June but you can order a copy now and believe me, you will not only want to learn the tunes but you will want to dance around the kitchen, all day!


‘LÅTAR FRÅN BAKGARN’ (‘Tunes From the Backgarden’) EVA DEIVERT

TIMELESS TUNES & MELODIC ELEGANCE

Eva Deivert is a folk fiddler from Värmland, Sweden, steeped in the local fiddle tradition, who started learning to play during the folk music revival of the 1960’s and 70’s. A curiosity for other forms of folk music led her to playing Irish traditional music besides her traditional Värmland tunes. Eva’s original tunes blending the stark and rhythmic style of Varmland with the Irish love of melodies makes for listening that touches base on many emotional levels. Over the years her imaginative and unusual compositions gained notice from Scots and Irish musicians and her tunes have been recorded on albums by three separate artists. Marie Fielding (SCOT), Brian Friel (IRL), and Christy O’Leary (IRL).

Never striving to gain fame as a musician, she has been under the radar to audiences outside of her home province of Värmland.  Encouraged by many to record and spread her tunes, she finally decided to gather some of her favorite musicians for a weekend of recording at her home. These included some of Sweden’s finest folk, jazz, and blues musicians. Several of them had never met, and this was an impromptu and spontaneous recording as only live albums can be. The focus was to showcase the TUNES, not the musicians. The result? Well, here is what one of Ireland’s greatest accordion players says…

“Eva Deivert composes the way a master calligrapher writes or the best lettercarver chisels into stone : with pure joy, elegance and a fluidity that transcends age. Her tunes feel as if I have been singing them forever in my heart and they are melodies to live our lives by.”  – Karen Tweed

Musicians appearing on the album: 
Eva Deivert & Ulf Jonsson: fiddles; Nina Pérez: fiddle & viola d’amore; Stefan Ekedahl: cello; Christy O’Leary: low whistle, harmonica; Bert Deivert: DADGAD guitar, bouzouki; Mattias Pérez: guitar; Per-Arne Pettersson: bass; Fredrik Lindholm: percussion

Gammalthea, Toftabo, Väggarpsvägen 2, SE-24193 Eslöv, Sweden
Tel. +46 (0)706 736333   email: info@gammalthea.se    web: http://www.gammalthea.se/

For more info on this splendid CD, email bert@deivert.com
and to buy a copy, pop 13.50 pounds sterling per cd  to the following paypal account bert@deivert.com

. . .and tonight, I am playing a concert here, half solo and half joined by Bert on bouzouki and guitar; Eva on fiddle and Christy O Leary on whistles and vocals. . .plus a few other friends who feel like joining in! It is sold out, but tomorrow at 4pm, Bert, Christy and I are playing a similar small concert in Gullsmeddshyttan. Tickets are going well, but if you fancy a Swedishly Sunday afternoon with us, you can get tickets and info from :

quercus.robur@hotmail.com

OK, that is quite enough. The birds are singing their little heads off and the sun is shining.

Yesterday, Josefin  Paulson brought her nyckleharp to join my melodica and Carina’s fiddle. . . and these two astonishing musicians / creative creatures held a fabulous workshop at a small world music festival in Sala (that continues over this weekend). There they combined songs and music from Syria, Egypt, Sweden and beyond with participants in a glorious pop up mix. . .cor. . .I loved listening to that musical conversation so much, tutors becoming interwoven with students / participants and ideas blooming by the second . . .

OK, so that was one slice, here is some filling that made me smile when I was sent it this morning. . .to answer your questions about the downloads on my website and this bootleg thing. . .

KAREN TWEED & ADRIAN BURNS
Bootleg Panini
Own Label 10 Tracks, 52 Minutes

www.karentweed.com

Another blast from the past, this recording was made back in 1986 just when Tweed and Burns were starting to be recognised as leading lights on the UK Irish music scene, and it rapidly became legendary. It was an unusual idea to start with – Irish music on piano accordion and guitar – but it was just for friends who wanted to learn a few session tunes, so where was the harm? Originally set down on nearly–new cassette tape using a state–of–the–art ghetto–blaster with built–in microphone and a pause button, the tape (known simply as that tape) was passed from pub to pub, copied, lost, found under the car seat, lost again, and finally forgotten until someone gave Karen’s dad an old copy and asked if he’d heard it. It turned out that everyone had heard it, everyone had been influenced by it, and everyone wanted to have a copy for their shiny new CD players.

Well, that never happened, and the tape languished while Tweed and Burns immersed themselves in other music. Then finally, just as CDs were nearing extinction anyway, and cassette tapes were merely the butt of very old Facebook jokes, Adrian and Karen agreed to do something about it. A decent copy of the original recording was found, and the pair boldly decided to put this music on USB devices. Memory sticks. Flash drives. SSDs. With all the artwork and notes and everything. As a second thought, they also made a download available from Karen’s website, for anyone who thinks USB is a bit old–fashioned. The music is still the same as in that North London living room thirty years ago – no attempt has been made to disguise the fluffs, slips, background noises, and plain old cock–ups which crept in occasionally despite the total professionalism and painstaking production of the original tape. Apparently it took almost two hours.

So what’s it like? Bloody brilliant. I’ve heard cleaner. I’ve heard tighter. But if I could hear – or better still play in – a regular session this good, I’d be a happy man. Like the soundproofing in Tom Nagle’s front room that day, this isn’t silk or even Axminster wool. It’s more like a rough shag, if I’m honest, but like an old hearth rug it’s full of life, redolent with the pure drop, and will soon have you itching to be up on your feet! Finbar Dwyer’s, Jacky Daly’s, The Coalminer’s, The Pope’s Toe, Return to Miltown, quite a few tunes by Tom McElvogue and more Gan Ainms than a Facebook photo album: these are the session tunes of the eighties and nineties, some of them written by Karen herself, most of them still on the go, and long may they continue! Between the jigs and the reels, actually, there’s nothing at all – it’s all jigs and reels on Bootleg Panini, and that’s good enough for me.

Alex Monaghan

http://www.irishmusicmagazine.com/releases/releases-april-2016/

Now then, Harp on Wight are busily getting things ready for October, so if you fancy making your own harp, it will all be happening at Quarr Abbey. . .

And Timo and I are on track to record a new May Monday CD in July. A few splendid guests have said they will join us and while thinking about Funland, ha ha, I meant Finland, I remembered these amazing chaps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T061KVov1OM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8-MHlKEB90

Last weekend I was in Somerset for a concert and workshop. Jacky Carter asked me about Tordions. . .which I knew little about so we looked it up and ta da! Now I know. We ended up having lots of fun playing bourees then, which was a perfect break from drawing her new lambs and sheep outside, not to mention the chickens!

http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/blog/01241563050

The venues I have played at recently have been SO fantastic. . .I will need to share them with you because they need to be seen, experienced and encouraged more! Watch this space. . .

. . .and at such venues and village halls I went along to see the Old Rope String Band, several times. You may know that they gave us all farewell last year, well here is an update from those good ol’ boys. . .

Hello all,
many years ago now you signed up for The New Rope String Band mailing list. Regular messages were something we never got round to. However, we’d like to let you know a couple of things about what’s happened between 2009 and now…

Firstly,

The New Rope String band did a farewell tour last year culminating in our final gig on 31st Oct 2015 at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne. If you missed the gig, the good news is, we have nearly finished putting together a DVD of the show. It’ll be ready at end May/beginning  June. A snip at £15. Do buy one!

Secondly,

We have other post-Rope projects we’d like to share…

Tim  (www.timdalling.co.uk) is developing theatre and storytelling shows but also doing gigs as a singer-songwriter of a very celebratory and life-affirming kind, full of beautiful, poignant songs but still displaying energetic comic moments. He’ll be performing here with his daughter Rhona Dalling (another songwriter)…

Saturday 7th May
The Friendship Inn, High Street, Borth, SY24 5JA Wales (nr Aberystwyth)
Entry free but donations encouraged
Tuesday 10th May, 7.30 pm
Cellar Bar, 25/26 Quay St, Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 1HU Wales
Tickets: £5
Wednesday 11th May
Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire SA67 8AX Wales
Friday 13th May
House Concert nr Lutterworth, Leics. England
Tickets: £6 – enquiries to Matt on 07967506416
Saturday 14th May, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
El Rincon, 298 North St, Bristol, Avon, BS3 1JU England
Tickets: £6
…with other quartet gigs coming up in July and September

Jock has been developing his Jock’s Hot Sauce business – making small batch smoked habanero and garlic sauce. You can buy it here –
jockshotsauce.com

He’s still finding time to teach old time fiddle and play some Cajun gigs with The Flatville Aces too.

Vera (veravanheeringen.com) is gigging promoting her second album ‘Proper Brew’

Pete is teaching fiddle in Newcastle upon Tyne. If you need lessons contact him on peter.challoner@blueyonder.co.uk

Cheers
Tim, Jock, Pete and Vera

And finally. . .this made me laugh. Even out there, we humans have to put music in a category, just in case. . . ha ha ha. . . those out there must be laughing their socks off at us!

Have a sunny weekend!. . .and don’t cram too much into your schedule sandwich. . .

xK

KT DATES
MAY

Sat 7th May : Karen Tweed: Solo SWEDEN
SOLD OUT

Venue : Private House Concert, KARLSTAD

Info and tickets :

info@karentweed.com

Sun 8th May : Karen Tweed: Solo SWEDEN
Venue : Private House Concert, GULLSMEDDSHYTTAN

Info and tickets :

quercus.robur@hotmail.com

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

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

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 :
07415 456307 / 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
www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk
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, John Neilson, Kirsten Hellier, Ivan Miletitch, Johnny Coppin and Andy Tweed.
Venue : The Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1JF
http://www.jazzata.com/Gig95.html
Tickets : Free by reservation – email :
info@karentweed.com or tel / text : 07415 456307
www.karentweed.com
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.

JUNE
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/

JULY
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

AUGUST
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/

SEPTEMBERS

Saturday 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 7415 456307

Website: www.karentweed.com

 

Sunday 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 7415 456307

Website: www.karentweed.com

OCTOBER
Fri 14th  October : Karen Tweed : SOLO BANGOR
Cafe Caban Caffi, Brynrefall LL55 3NR
8pm
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
www.tradartsupport.org.uk

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Round and about. . .

1. TIM & RHONA DALLING 

‘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

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

2. 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

JAZZ at the Albert GIG-UPDATE
** *EBA*   = Early Booking Advised

** MAY: Gigs & News
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Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to aid of the party….with Bath Ales providing the beer & support!
Last month we again had some very high quality music, though audiences didn’t reflect the calibre of musicians on show.
With four gigs this month, all of exceptional quality (and one with a bit of fun), here’s hoping you can make it along to some, especially Friday 13th May.

We kick of with The Sirkis/ Bialas International Quartet with super drummer Asaf Sirkis and Sylwia Bialas using her outstanding voice to good effect.

Sunday: Sirkis / Bialas International Quartet
Described as “Lucid, intelligent, spacious and beautifully controlled explorations.” by Jazzwise magazine
From the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between. Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electro-acoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects. The quartet has recently been touring the UK and recording their new album Dreams Dreams.

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis (known for his work with the Lighthouse trio, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie and the Asaf Sirkis trio), and Polish vocalist/ composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas (now German-resident).

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian and Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics.
Her voice is an astounding instrument, crystal clear throughout its wide range, with a very sparing use of a tight, controlled vibrato. She can whisper as easily as soar, and Polish never sounded so enchanting. Budd Koppman, All About Jazz (USA)

This group demonstrates how well a vocalist can work as the featured soloist in a quartet. Even better, they make you forget the instrumentation in the beauty and joy of the music they make.

Co-leaders
Sirkis and Bialas composed all of the music (each is responsible for half of the tunes), with Bialas taking credit for all of the lyrics. Since the lyrics are in Polish, for many listeners there won’t be much difference between the songs with lyrics and the vocalese, but the lyrics do seem to have an effect on the melodies, and Bialas’ delivery, to good effect.

Sirkis  / Bialas IQ
The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF
Full Details at: http://jazzata.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=e112805a08&e=5028ca49a7
Sunday 8 May 2016
Doors 7.30, for 8.15pm start
£14 / £12 (OAP’s/students) Jazz
Sylwia Bialas (Vocals & vocalese),  Frank Harrison (Piano), Kevin Glasgow (Basses), Asaf Sirkis (Drums)

Upcoming Events

Friday 13 May
Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet
feat; David Kikoski
*EBA*
In association with The Be Bop Club
& sponsored by Bath Ales
Jazz
Full details at
http://jazzata.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=0302040c53&e=5028ca49a7

Jazz at the Albert is a generic name used as an umbrella for diverse jazz and acoustic music activities by Ian Storror and like minded associates.

The intention has always been, and will hopefully continue to be, to promote music in Bristol to the highest possible standard in the areas of Jazz and Acoustic music.
The aim is to ensure that top artists in their respective fields have somewhere to play and work in our City and that they do not miss Bristol out of scheduled tours.

Possibly the gig of the year follows on Fri 13 May with a visit by New York guitar supremo
Jonathan Kreisberg. Not only is his quartet a stellar outfit in the Big Apple but he’s bringing with him a stunning pianist in David Kikoski. I saw Kikoski with Bob Berg at Ronnie Scott’s in the late 90’s and he blew me away, this is a rare treat to see and hear this guy in Bristol.
We are presenting this gig in association with the Be Bop Club as they have kindly decided to close for this night, I have also partnered up with our friends at Bath Ales who are kindly sponsoring the evening, allowing me to keep ticket prices to our normal cost (Bath Ales beers will be on sale at the bar!!!) and we also hope to have a Grand Piano in for the gig.
“If you ever wanted to show your support for what I try to do with Jazz in Bristol…..this is ‘THE’ gig to turn out for and help me make this a special night of music!” *EBA*

Karen Tweed celebrates 27 years in music with a Birthday, Concert, Party on Fri 27 with entry FREE. She is bringing along some friends to help swell the sound and we hope you will come along, have some fun and donate to the charities at the end.

We round off the month with a brilliant collaboration between
Partikel Trio and violinist Benet McLean, reproducing the music from their String Theory Project. These guys have been flavour of the ‘last couple of years’, and I’m very pleased to have them in the programme.

Karen Tweed and Friends ’27’
* Concert * Birthday * Party *

http://jazzata.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=526bced036&e=5028ca49a7 for full details
The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF

Friday 27 May
Doors 7.30 for 8.15pm start
£FREE  ! See below           Folk/World/Acoustic/Jazz….Fun
Karen Tweed (Piano Accordion), PLUS Roger Wilson (Guitars & Vox), Karen Street (Accordion & Saxes), Johnny Coppin (Guitar & Vox), Kirsten Hellier (Fiddle), Andy Tweed (Sax), Richard Hughes (Accordion), John Neilson (Piano and Accordion), Ivan Miletich (Guitar & Bouzouki) & maybe a few others

Karen Tweed, the mercurial and lyrical accordionist extraordinaire, is celebrating her Birthday on Friday 27th May 2016, which coincides with her 27th year of professional and diverse musicality!
To celebrate, there will be a concert-birthday-party, in Bristol, which promises to be fun, frivolous and decorative!

Initially this is a free event, but we ask you to donate something at the end of the evening. Apart from some musician and venue expenses the majority of donations will support Alzheimer’s UK and The Samaritans, charities selected by the musicians

Her career has seen a myriad of breathtaking collaborations such as
The Poozies, SWAP, The Kathryn Tickell Band, The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra, Circa Compania and May Monday. She is also a respected illustrator and designer which is now revealed in the first publication of her compositions – some of which she will be playing and re-telling the stories about them. Karen may even shed a little light on her other love, cartoons.

As well as performing on over 60 albums & featuring in 5 publications, Karen is an inspirational teacher, composer and arranger whose mission is to keep inspiring live music in universities, village halls, pubs, street corners and seafronts!

Tweed’s sensibilities straddle classical and traditional modes with the agility of Margot Fonteyn and the fluency of someone bi-lingual since birth. This is a music tethered to neither a time nor a location. ~ Siobhan Long, the Irish Times

A rough outline of the evening will see two sets; with Karen performing solo, then her friends and guests joining in.
Later and after, it may develop into an Irish music pub jam!!! So, bring your party hats and come along to Karen Tweed 27 and have some fun.
…and none of this lovely music falls short of expectations. I honestly can’t remember the last time I enjoyed folk-music as much. ~ Paul Pledger, Allgigs.co.uk

Partikel w/Benet McLean ‘String Theory Tour’
http://jazzata.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=96991102c6&e=5028ca49a7 for full details
The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF
Sunday 29 May
Doors 7.30 for 8.15pm start
£14 /£12                   Jazz
Duncan Eagles (Saxes), Max Luthert (Bass), Eric Ford (Drums), Benet McLean (Violin)
Partikel take a unique and fresh look at the saxophone trio format, their exciting live performances led them to being dubbed as “One of the hottest young bands on the UK scene” according to Jazzwise magazine.

After years of extensive touring throughout the UK, Europe and China, Partikel have established themselves as “one of the best and most consistent of contemporary British jazz groups” Ian Mann.

“Engagingly crafted, lucid music: coolly linear, the airy yet swinging three way melodies were cleanly structured yet open to many an energising shift in accent and attack”  Jazz Journal

Partikel began 2015 touring throughout the UK teaming up with one of Europe’s most virtuosic jazz violinists, Benet McLean, performing music from their critically acclaimed album “String Theory”. 2016 has many exciting things in store for the band including a headline performance at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s.
London born pianist & vocalist Benet McLean has been involved in music since the age of 3. He began on violin, and whilst training to potentially become a concert violinist, became interested in other forms of music such as jazz, bebop and the then ‘young’ genre of Hip-hop.
Soon teaching himself other instruments such as guitar, piano, electric bass, alto saxophone, as well as singing (also well known for) and composing, a musical ‘melting-pot’ began to ‘cook’
Benet has played, toured & worked internationally since the early 90’s with: Omar, Yehudi Menhuin, Dennis Rollins, Sir Simon Rattle, Dave O’Higgins, Ty, Steve Williamson, Carleen Anderson, Jean Toussaint, Tommy Smith, Cleveland Watkiss, Yellow Station Blue, Phillip Bent, Orphy Robinson, Roachford, Loose Tubes, Don Lusher and many more.

“..Partikel’s String Theory won’t help you understand the universe, but this is listenable and inventive jazz from a band refusing to rest on their laurels.” John Carvell, Londonjazz Blog

“String Theory is one of the most successful jazz / classical collaborations I’ve heard, a genuinely convincing hybrid…. the album is a brilliant realisation of all the ambitions and objectives Eagles had for the project…. an astonishing performance.”  Ian Mann ☆☆☆☆

For more details of upcoming gigs go to the ‘Jazzata’ website; http://jazzata.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=6f077abae1&e=5028ca49a7
** Upcoming JAZZatA Performances in 2016:
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TBC = to be confirmed / *EBA* = Early Booking Advised

Sun 19 June: Andy Sheppard & John Paricelli (Jazz) *EBA*
Sun 26 June: Vein Trio (Switzerland) (Jazz)
Fri 30 June: NEW Charlie Dore & Julian Littman (Acoustic/Folk)

July: Mike Westbrook’s ‘A Bigger Show’ TBC (Jazz)
Sun 17 July: Zhenya Strigalev Trio (Russia, Spn & Spn) (Jazz)
Sun 31 July: Alan Burke (Ire) TBC (Acoustic/Folk)

August: George Coleman Jnr Septet TBC (Jazz)

Fri 2 Sept: Adam Holmes & The Embers (Acoustic/Folk)
Thurs 15 Sept: Jim Reynolds & John Paricelli (Acoustic/Folk)

Sun 9 Oct: ARQ (Jazz)
Fri 21 Oct: Eric Taylor (USA) (Americana/Folk)

Sun Nov 6: Andrew Bain Project feat; Jon Irabagon & George Colligan (USA) (Jazz)
Sun 27 Nov: Domonic Howells Quintet (Jazz)

Sun 4 Dec: Bastian Stein Quartet (Ger & UK) (Jazz)
Sun 11 Dec: Andy Sheppard’s “Hotel Bristol” (Jazz)

Full details at
http://jazzata.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=d6c7e7b81a&e=5028ca49a7

 
3. 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

on

Saturday 7th May 8.00pm

and

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.

 

4. Leighton House ‘Pre-Raphaelites on Paper’ Exhibition of Drawings by the PRB from the Lanigan collection
https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum/exhibitions2015-2016.aspx

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
www.harponwight.com

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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