As promised, this blog is minimal.

Here’s one of the things that the brilliant Karen Street and I have been quietly working on. . .

We hope you have a rather splendid Yuletide and look forward to seeing you somewhere smashing in the new year.

And this is my favourite cartoon this year . .  .

(cartoon kindly supplied by Mike Nelson)

. . .and a lovely quote kindly sent by Fiona Talkington
”But I am done with apple picking now. Essence of winter sleep is on the night, the scent of apples.” (Robert Frost)

Warmest wishes,

Karen x

—————KT DATES 2017!!!—————

Wednesday 11th January : Karen Tweed teaching at SIBELIUS ACADEMY, HELSINKI, FINLAND

Thursday 12th January : Karen Tweed teaching at SIBELIUS ACADEMY, HELSINKI, FINLAND

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th January : MAY MONDAY on the BALTIC SEA
Karen Tweed and Timo Alakotila in concert as part of the FolkLandia Cruise between Finland and Estonia.

Sunday 22nd January 2017 : Karen Tweed NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT
An intimate acoustic event in Quay Arts Gallery, Karen will be playing solo, recounting some of the stories behind the tunes and cartoons in her own tunebooks / sketchbooks and joined by her beloved island songwriters Mark Hickman (guitar / voice) and Peter Ellis (ukelele / voice).
Bring your favourite cartoon or doodle (self-penned or otherwise) to share with others! 

All ages welcome, especially if you share an interest in music, stories, cartoons and colour. .

Venue : Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5PW
Time : 10.30am
Info and tickets : 01983 822490

Friday 3rd February : Karen Tweed, David Whittle and the Leicester Grammar School Folk Group in Concert
During 2016-2017, accordionist extraordinaire Karen Tweed will be working with the group and the concert will feature the fruits of this partnership. Doubtless some of the old favourite tunes will also be performed as part of a wide range of repertoire.
Venue : Recital Room, Leicester Grammar School, London Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire LE8 9FL
Time : 7.30pm
Info and tickets : 0116 2591966 /


Round and about. . .


“A sincere and wonderfully arranged album” – Liverpool Sound & Vision
a fine album with great arrangements of both traditional and new songs.” – Forest FM
On sale at the Christmas concerts in December.
Or if not best to order by email or post.
Email all credit card details (inc security code on back)  in separate emails
or post a cheque or credit card details to
Red Sky Records, P O Box 27, Stroud, GL6 0YQ
The price is £12.95 inc P&P
Phoning is more difficult as I’ll be on tour- and not around much to deal with phone orders.
Playing on the album are Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, Karen Tweed, and Geoff March.
It was recorded at ffg Audio studio at Bredon near Tewkesbury;  the album cover has images by Martin Fry
And design by John Neilson.

“I’ve always loved the music associated with midwinter and the Christmas season.  

I hope you’ll enjoy these carols and songs that have featured in my All On A Winter’s NIght concerts over the past few years.”

The tracks include All On A Winter’s Night, Counting The Hours To Christmas, The Christmas Star ( by Kimmie Rhodes)
Halsway Carol (by Nigel Eaton) Welcome In Another Year (by Zoe Mulford) , Mick Dolan’s tune A Connemara Christmas
Snow In The Street (with words by William Morris), and classics like God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, 
In The Bleak Midwinter (with Gustav Holst’s tune Cranham)Gabriel’s Message (Basque carol with English words by Sabine Baring Gould)
and O Holy Night.
The album is dedicated to the memory of my dad Alan, and in memory of Mick Dolan.

‘Unbelievably beautiful music…just what you need for Christmas’   English Dance & Song

‘A wonderful collection of traditional material and new gems’ Birmingham Post

‘Hugely enjoyable’ Manchester Evening News

All the remaining Christmas tour details are listed below….so do hope you can join us!


ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT Tour with Paul Burgess & Dik Cadbury

Wed 14  BIDDULPH – St Lawrence’s Church, Congleton Road, Biddulph. ST8 7RG   7.30pm

Tickets  Johnny Coppin’s ‘All on a Winter’s Night’   also 01782 523277   and several local outlets 

Thu 15  BELPER – Christ Church   7.30pm Tickets/ Info: 01773 853428

Sat 17  STROUD – Subscription Rooms  7.30pm  Tickets/ Info  01453 760900

With GEOFF MARCH and images by MARTIN FRY

Sun 18  NAILSEA  – Tithe Barn, Nailsea, Somerset. Doors 7pm with Barley Rye Choir.   

      Tickets  01275 790 915        SELLING FAST!

Thu 22  CHELTENHAM – Bacon Theatre 7.30pm Tickets/ Info  01242 258002

    With GEOFF MARCH and images by MARTIN FRY

2. World Dance at Horsley Village Hall!
Fortnightly (Thursdays) from 7pm-9pm
Venue: Horsley Village Hall, near Stroud, Glouce
stershire GL6 0PT
Cost : £7
Absolute beginners wolcome
Info : Call Hazel on 01453 834125 /

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

Upcoming Events

Sunday 15 January 2017
The Cloudmakers 5
(Austria, Fr & UK)

Sunday 29 January 2017
Andy Hague Big Band

Full details at

4. Irish Sessions in the Longford Roscommon area!

1st Thursday of the month – Hanly’s, Strokestown, Co Roscommon 10pm

Every Friday – Longford Arms Hotel, Longford town 10pm

3rd Friday of the month – Shannon Bar, Tarmonbarry, Co Roscommon 9.30pm

All are free admission. All welcome.

5. SET DANCING classes at John Browne’s Pub, Longford Town, Co Longford, Ireland every WEDNESDAY from 7.30pm onwards.