(Photo : Tom McElvogue)

So. . .did anyone else see the eclipse of the Moon the other morning? Absolutely stunning and the stars you could then see!!!

So much going on in the world – I’m very interested in the elections in Catalonia taking place and was also stunned by the Australian sink hole that happened at the weekend.

We are truly living in historic times and I can’t help but feel the earth is shouting back at us for all the pollution, fracking and general madness humans throw at this beautiful earth.


(Photo : Tom McElvogue)

I’ve been reading a few papers recently and came across some amazing articles. I don’t tend to stick to the same paper (it’s the skeptic in me) and a few things caught my eye.

The Catholic Newspaper is delivered free here (whether or not you want it) and one article talks about the introduction of plastic roads in the Netherlands. I always wonder about roads and the materials they use. It’s been well documented that parts of the M4 in England used a type of tarmac that caused specific sound harmonics with car wheels at a certain speed that immediately lulls drivers to sleep.

. .and so apparently, they had to re-tarmac large stretches of the M4.

I see huge cracks in driveways and concrete or pavements where tree roots are pushing their way up, not to mention too many badgers and other wildlife as roadkill because we have ploughed through their natural pathways. . .when did we stop listening to / respecting nature?

It just feels wrong, all in the name of ‘progress’. . .

I’ve also been following Jeremy Corbyn and was so very impressed with his handling of the interrogative interview by Andrew Marr  :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79nbLSy6Lus

My Dad is an avid reader of the Irish Post (my mother ordered it weekly when we grew up and we often had photos from fleadhs in there to keep as memories – my Dad still has most of them in various scrapbooks).

When my Dad stayed with us in August, he left his current copy of the Irish Post and there was an article about W.B.Yeats (Irish poet). Vic King and I had been to see the Yeats exhibition at the National Library of Ireland in the summer of 2014 – I’ve been fascinated with the man since. That exhibition is about to close so do go and see if before it does. It’s fascinating.

I’d loved Yeats’ poetry since discovering him in Wellingborough library when I was 14, in an anthology of poetry – it was his stunning ‘He wishes for the cloths of Heaven’ of course and it’s still on my top 10 of poems ever written.

This article is about Avies Platt’s diary, uncovered only this year. She was an Art mistress at Wellingborough County High School for Girls at the time she encountered Yeats, in the spring of 1937 at an open meeting of the Sex Education Society.

I grew up in Wellingborough (from age 3 – 19), so the article really took my notice.

Their conversation shows the parallel that they had both studied Art, hated it (knowing that it wasn’t their medium) and wanted to write. . . Yeats had torn away from his father’s wish and started to write. Avies confessed to Yeats that she felt she had to continue to teach art to earn a living.

‘If you would write,’ he said, ‘ you must get away, by yourself, into another world, and write according to the vision you see there. . .and not mind what people say. It is the only way.’

‘You know,’ he added, ‘when I come down to breakfast in the morning after writing all night, it is coming back into another world. It is as though I am not the same man, yet I am.’

Avies continues. . .
‘ . . . This led onto the subject of friendship and here we did not understand each other quite so well. He seemed self-contradictory, for here he was, showing such friendliness to me, yet he lived, I felt, and so I said, in a charmed circle.

He might have a public to face, even enemies to contend with, but his immediate acquaintances were his friends, whereas an ordinary mortal like me myself had to deal with many intermediaries, neither public nor friends.

These were the people who thought one mad or worse when they knew of one’s ‘other world’.

All this he admitted but said it was the test of friendship, and looking at it like that all his life seemed to have been a collecting and sifting of friends, so that those who now surrounded him were indeed his friends.’
(Extract taken from ‘A Lazarus Beside Me’ by Aves Platt. It originally appeared in the London Review of Books, August 27 2015).

This article, while making me think again about my growing up in Wellingborough and the friendships we make, keep or break throughout our lives; the art education I chose because accordion music in education wasn’t available as it wasn’t seen as a ‘serious’ instrument (still isn’t) and Wellingborough – which was also, apparently, a hub of accordionists in the 1930 / 40s!! – also made me think about the silliness of having to decide before we are 16, what our career specialisation will be, so that our A Level and higher education planning can begin. Even more careful do we need to be in our choices with fees being £9,000 a year.

It also made me ponder over parents, who, with the best will in the world, want ‘the best’ for their children. . .but how many parents try to make their children make the choices they wished they’d made or get caught up in school statistics of A level passes when surely education is about learning processes, applying concepts, craftsmanship and the ability to explore, discover and question everything?

When I was training to be a teacher, to go into the private sector, you didn’t even need a teaching qualification and yet some of those schools were deemed to be ‘better’ and certainly very expensive to send children to.

I loved school. It was a comprehensive,with a fairly wide (I realise now) catchment area. Some peoples’ families owned houses, most were from the council estates; there were many different ‘ethnic’ minorities and ‘scraps’ (as we called punch-ups) were common and bullying happened. We just had more teachers patrolling to ‘sort it out’ and a PE teacher who. on finding bullies, challenged them to a fair boxing match in front of the students in the gym.

I don’t think I missed out by not going to a private school; I was encouraged to take a balance of arts and sciences. My one criticism was that the careers advice was simple : army or nursing. Only 2 teachers (one being the `Head, who took us for ‘General Studies’ one lesson when our usual tutor was ill) encouraged us to aim higher.

I remember Alan Wortley stressing that he came from Leeds and the most intelligent pupil he’d ever taught (and who went onto study in Oxford or Cambridge by scholarship) was from a family whose parents were illiterate.

‘Never listen to anyone who tells you that you ‘can’t’,’ he said.

Our English teacher, Angela Wearmouth told us to ‘always work hard and aim for the moon. If you only reach the stars, you’ll not be disappointed.’

Self confidence and the nurturing of it are two basic principles of teaching and have stayed with me all these years. While we’re here, I’d like to mention a few other teachers of mine whose teachings have been assimilated into my own, so inspirational were they. I can’t thank them enough. . .

Jon Rees (Music), Pauline Miller & Kevin Flanagan (Art), Jeffery Lloyd (Maths), Don Arber (CDT but everything, really – a great philosopher who taught me more than I could ever explain); Ian Place and Jane Morgan (English), Geoff Chambers (History) and Lesley Emerson (French) – all at Weavers Comprehensive School, Wellingborough.

Malcolm and Pete at Nene College, Northampton Art Foundation course; Norman Webster and Phil Redford on  the Graphic Design (Printmaking) course at Leeds Polytechnic; Philip on the PGCE in Art and Design at Brighton Polytechnic; John Neilson who I have recently done a bit of stone carving with and Paul Sivell (tree sculptor on the Isle of Wight) who I’ve worked a little with.

(Paul Sivell’s ‘Green Man’ at East Dene, Bonchurch, near Ventnor, Isle of Wight)

At 52, I’m still unsure what career I wish for and have been steering evermore towards artworks and music composition rather than teaching and even less towards performing these last few months. That’s mostly because of recurring health issues though. What I have enjoyed, in the past, was playing at nursing homes, for weddings and funerals and doing the odd bedroom mural (especially those planned with the teenager who lived in them!). . .

. . .and for a long time, probably because music and performing became my work and I allowed it to become a little too arduous, I stopped playing at sessions. Now, you can’t stop me. That also has to do with the sessions being right (for me) – a mixture of music, songs, stories, laughter and great people who are able to leave any agendas / politics outside the door.

My favourite has to be the Camlin Bar, Richmond Harbour, Clondra, County Longford, Ireland every Wednesday night.

I remember John Kirkpatrick telling me that he was wanting to be at home more, do less touring and mainly because he didn’t want to miss his weekly Morris side practice. I know how he feels. . .

(Camlin Bar, Sep 2015 L-R Tom McElvogue playing one of Norman Holmes’ Pink Ivory Flutes, Nick Wiseman Ellis and Michael Lennon)

Is anyone sure at 16? Even our parents? If I’d have followed my mother’s wish, I’d have pulled out of going north to the Polytechnic in Leeds (to study Graphic Design) and stayed at home to become a hairdresser like my sister. . . while that would have made my mother happy, it wouldn’t have made me as happy as the less secure, less structured musical life I have had since.

I’m a trained teacher with a PGCE in Art and Design; a TEFL teaching qualification and was part of the ‘core tutors’ who set up the Newcastle Folk Degree course 15 years ago. We weren’t allowed the title of ‘lecturer’ despite giving many over the years and although I don’t have any music qualification except ‘A’ Level (grade C) and Grade 5 in music theory and accordion when I was 15, I am still invited to teach at Newcastle and Limerick Universities regularly and have taught at lots of summer schools in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia and also at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

I had great fun last week teaching the MA course students at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at Limerick University; I do love teaching there  . . .

(Photo : Nick Wiseman-Ellis)

Limerick (UL) has a great team of tutors and amazing array of international guest tutors too – we caught up with harper and singer / songwriter Lisa Canny as you can see above (L-R Nick Wiseman-Ellis, Lisa Canny and Sheila Smith, accordionist).

Hmmmm. . . I didn’t mean to rant earlier. It’s just fact. I just find it increasingly interesting how much emphasis is put on pieces of paper, reputations of universities and schools who, sometimes, behind the scenes, give no more skills for life than the ‘lesser’ establishments or than purely life experience. If the BBC did a few fly-on-the-wall / behind-the-scenes documentaries of how so many schools and universities are run, we may think about turning the whole education system on it’s head.

Or not.

There are some fabulous courses and teachers out there but it’s a bit of a minefield trying to find the right course. Those, in folk music for example, stand out, for me – their graduates are the proof of the pudding, but it is a subject that raises emotions amongst students and tutors alike.

I have a very rich life in terms of experiences, students, locations I have visited and people I have met and often still keep in touch with; I feel that my ‘rough’ school days helped me deal with the outside world fairly well so far (I know that’s my dreamworld perception!) . . .not to mention the musicians I have been honoured to collaborate with.

I think that we often put too much emphasis on exam results, papers and competitions. I may have won 5 All Ireland titles on the accordion and melodica but that was 34 years ago (hardly relevant now) and I know several with the same ‘accolades’ who either now don’t even play or only ever practised the 4 tunes needed for the competition. . .

I just feel that openness, the ability to keep learning and observing (from everyone and everything) and sharing is the key.

I love teaching because I learn so much, too, get massively inspired and it’s great to see people having fun learning a new skill, whether I’m teaching music, art, calling a ceili or arranging a folk orchestra on the hoof!


(Longford Collection Despicable Ceili Photo : Derek Francis)

Anyroad up, I’m very happy to be revisiting my love of art these days, in terms of visiting museums, galleries and doing so much more drawing and design work (without a computer – grubby hands, me!). I’ve been booked to run a workshop here in Longford – see the email below from Shirley, one of the organisers :

From: shirley humpston 
Sent: 29 September 2015 11:50
To: Karen Tweed

Subject: Longford Aisling Childrens Festival

Hey Karen,
The Aisling Childrens Festival is in its 18th year, run by a voluntary committee including myself.
It starts on Sunday the 18th October with our free family open day in St Michaels Boys School in Longford.  We have a week of theatre in the BackStage theatre which includes various different Acts.  This years Acts include The Jack Wise Show and Blath, a puppertry show.  Three schools from Longford put on a Schools Showcase every year which includes, singing, dancing and acting.
The Saturday the 24th of October we run our workshops in the Temperence Hall in Longford, these workshops include, dance, art, mime, yoga/gymnastics.
I have you booked in for Saturday the 24th October from 1pm-2pm with a group of 4-7yr olds max 10 kids with your workshop Animal Stories.

www.aislingfestival.ie

The workshop I’m doing involves children bringing a copy of a picture of their favourite animal / pet and I show them how to make a picture with their animal in a fantastic story. . .perhaps their dog on a magic carpet flying over Longford or their favourite bird in an accordion band rehearsal?

The theme of the festival is ‘Sharing Happiness’ – how inspiring.


(Photo : The Longford Collection Despicable Ceili by PHIL & AILEEN AT NO.16)

The world is full of ivory towers and emperors’ new clothes. . .what is exciting (and certainly after watching the Jeremy Corbyn interview on Andrew Marr’s show) is the hope I’m beginning to feel, everywhere.

OK, that’s enough of that.


(Photo taken at the Longford Collection Weekend Sep 2015 by Nick Wiseman-Ellis)

Back to music!

I’ve been watching (again) and listening to a documentary about Henryk Górecki (1933 – 2010), a Polish composer and Arvo Pärt (born 1935) whose recording, ‘Alina’ (and the main theme, ‘Speigel Im Speigel’ is so beautiful, I’m speechless to explain why. I’ve listened to it for years, found inspiration, calm and solace in it. I think the original CD was given to me by Julia Plastino (nee Allsopp); I must have bought it about 30 times over for different friends in the years since she gave it to me.

Have a look / listen to Henryk’s piece here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miLV0o4AhE4

and Arvo’s piece here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtFPdBUl7XQ

And, back to politics. . . for those of you as worried as I am about the government’s intended changes to the BBC, this was forwarded to me by my friend Chitamani (who, incidentally, is a super guitarist) :

From: Jonathan Weiss <chintamani@mac.com>
Sent: 02 September 2015 10:46
Subject: Fwd: BBC – Please share the campaign

Begin forwarded message:
From: Nat Whalley <action@38degrees.org.uk>
Date: 1 September 2015 21:47:24 CEST
To: chintamani@mac.com
Subject: BBC – Please share the campaign
Reply-To: action@38degrees.org.uk

Thank you! You just sent your response to the government’s public consultation on the BBC.

They’re hoping not many people will do the survey, so please will you invite 5 friends or family to fill it out too? There’s an email below you can forward them. It includes your responses, which may help them with ideas for what to respond! (But you can delete it if you prefer)

Remember, without our voices, the government can claim people don’t care about the future of the BBC, opening the doors to Murdoch. So let’s make sure as many people as possible flood the consultation with love for our BBC.

Thank you,

Nat, Blanche and the 38 Degrees team

PS: You’ll also get an email from the government, just confirming they’ve received your responses

Hi,

Have a look at this:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bbc-consultation-thankyou

It just took me just a few minutes to fill in the official survey about the future of the BBC.

Government plans to rip out the heart of the BBC are taking shape. Imagine a BBC where newsnight is riddled with adverts. Or a BBC so underfunded that independent news becomes a thing of the past and the airwaves are dominated by Rupert Murdoch’s media. This is what the Government wants – we need to stop them.

Just before the summer break, the government snuck out a ‘public consultation’ on the future of the BBC. It’s full of gobbledegook questions – they were obviously hoping that nobody would respond! So the 38 Degrees staff team has ‘translated’ the questions into plain English, and the time’s come to make sure they hear our voices.

Without our voices, the government can claim that people don’t care about the future of the BBC, opening the doors to Murdoch. So can you add your voice and stand up for the BBC? Just click this link to fill out the survey now:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bbc-consultation-thankyou

Thanks.
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Right!!!
NOW THEN –  The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra is back out on tour with a new leader, Jane Ward and brand new repertoire!!! How exciting!

See below :

 

The No 1. Ladies Accordion Orchestra is back in action!

We’ve a new repertoire, a new leader and we’re looking forward to our first performances for over two years.

Come and see us:

The No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra at:
Youlgreave Village Hall,
Holywell Lane, Youlgreave, Derbyshire, DE45 1UT
2.30pm, Sunday 18th October 2015
tickets £5 from:
no1ladiesaccordion@gmail.com
or also available on the door

Joint concert:
No.1 LAO and Bridgwater Voices Community Choir
Bridgwater Arts Centre
11-13 Castle St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3DD
2.30pm, Sunday 15th November 2015
tickets £6 from:
bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk
or also available on the door

 

 

And more exciting collaborations and events :

I’m SO excited to announce that the good ship May Monday (duo) – myself and Timo Alakotila – are steering out on tour in the UK in November! We may be calling in to a port near you. . .

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

http://www.wyldegreenurc-website.org/#!contact/c55t

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/

http://www.birminghamtradfest.co.uk/#!tickets/c226e

Sat 28th November : CD LAUNCH : KAREN TWEED & ADRIAN BURNS ‘BOOTLEG PANINI’
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 20 years ago in 1985. The recording was then copied onto several cassettes which bootlegged their way around the UK and Ireland for the next 10 -15 years.
NB This download has been edited and mastered 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
elmsliehouse@gmail.com

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 : £10 (tickets are limited)
Info : 0191 4888832
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 (tickets will be available from my website shortly – KT)
Info : www.karentweed.com

More dates to follow shortly. . .

May Monday in 2016 : this time in Ireland starting with a lunchtime recital at Dublin’s TempleBar Tradfest

http://www.templebartrad.com/artist/karen-tweed/

More Irish dates will be announced shortly; then we’ll be out again in May 2016 in the UK.

Watch this space!

or if you’d like Timo and I to come and play at a venue near you, do forward suggestions to our lovely agent, Lorraine Carpenter (we’re on tour in November 2015, late January / early Feb 2016 in Ireland and May 2016 in the UK):

lorraine@differentstrings.co.uk

0117 904 1870

Plus I see that Hilary James and Simon Mayor are bringing out an anniversary CD. Crikey! Time flies. . .

See :

http://www.acousticsrecords.co.uk/tours.html

for details and tour dates coming up. And Hilary’s artwork too!

Talking of Artwork, look at this!


(Original drawings for Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight)

Coming up VERY soon, is the Harp On Wight Festival in the beautiful town of RYDE on the beloved Isle of Wight – now in it’s 2nd year, events are quickly selling out!

Have a listen to the interview with Vic King and Theresa, some of the organisers of Harp On Wight, on Vectis Radio. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking on the link

http://www.vectisradio.com/interviews/andy-knight-talks-to-vic-king-and-theresa-ellis/

Now then – collaborations! People have been asking me about these download recordings on my website, so here’s a quick explanation about what’s on offer (so far – more recordings, old and new, in the pipeline! ) :

‘Shhh’ which was originally released in 1995 with Ian Carr (guitar)

https://www.karentweed.com/product/shhh-ian-carr-karen-tweed/

Ian, who is now well known for his work with Alan Kelly, Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader and used to be with me in the Kathryn Tickell Band (in the early 1990s) and we then started to tour as a duo playing rather curious arrangements of our favourite music from the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.

We (Ian and I) then started a band with Carina Normansson (fiddle / vocals) and Ola Bäckström (fiddle / viola d’amore) called SWÅP; it soon became apparent that my and Ian’s music was either too wacky or weird or that the UK folkscene couldn’t accommodate both our duo and SWÅP concerts so we ditched the duo to help SWÅP’s touring possibilities.

You can preview the tracks on my website :
https://www.karentweed.com/product/fyace-ian-carr-karen-tweed-digital-download/

‘Fyace’ , the second (and final) of our duo CDs which was originally released in 1997.

https://www.karentweed.com/product/half-as-happy-as-we-the-2-duos-quartet-digital-download/

‘Half As Happy As We’ by The Two Duos Quartet originally released in 1999 with Ian Carr (guitar), Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion) and Chris Wood (fiddle – he doesn’t play that anymore, sadly – and guitar and vocals). This was a late-night-back-in-the-kitchen idea one night when Andy & Chris, and Ian & I had all landed in, put the kettle on, started chatting and then playing. . . we thought, ‘we should record this’. . . and we did with the expert help of Olly Knight (engineer) some time later.

Two of my all time favourite tracks are on this album – ‘I Feel A Smile Coming On’ written for the quartet by Chris Wood and Chris’ song, ‘The Shouter’. I think we did less than 10 gigs ever and 5 of those were in Ireland! The CD, like the first May Monday CD, was recorded pretty much in 4 days.

https://www.karentweed.com/product/one-roof-under-tweed-cutting/

Then there’s ‘One Roof Under’ which was originally released in 2002 with Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion).

Andy and I had talked about doing a CD together for a few years and, after playing at a festival in Cork (a live recording, along with many great musicians such as Tom McElvogue and Niall Keegan which was recorded by Nimbus Records and entitled, ‘Across the Waters’) we decided that a CD might be a fun idea. Apart from the two accordions (piano accordion and diatonic melodeon) playing traditional music from England, Ireland and Sweden, we both do a solo each and there are guest appearances by Ian Carr on guitar and Martin Green on piano accordion.

I had asked Martin if he would join us for the recording and, at the time, Andy and I were living in Derby, Martin in Cambridge and Ian in Newcastle-uopn-Tyne. I had suggested several ideas to Martin and was returning home after a long tour; he and Andy were in the kitchen as I walked in the back door. ‘I really meant to get back to you, Tweed,’ Martin smiled, ‘but ran out of time so rather than ideas, I brought chocolate.’

Always a winner.

We then sat up late, chatting, playing, but mostly trying out Martin’s combination ideas of what to eat with strawberries. My favourite was pepper. He’s an amazing musician and you probably know him as one of the LAU boys. I listened to their first CD the other day, again. That first track still blows me away.

And of course, then there’s the May Monday and Midnight May Monday recordings with Timo Alakotila and guests such as Shanti Paul Jayasinha (flugelhorn), Timo Myllykangas (double bass), Maria Kalaniemi (Freebass Accordion) and Roger Tallroth (12 string guitar) on ‘May Monday’ which was originally released in 2001 with Timo Alakotila (piano and production). The engineer was (on both CDs) Olli Varis and Mark Whyles aided the mixing on the first May Monday CD. Brilliant craftsman and a pure hoot to work with.

https://www.karentweed.com/product/may-monday-digital/

This first May Monday CD was voted Album of the Year by Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio 3 Late Junction).
And the second, ‘Midnight May Monday‘ which was originally released in 2007 with Timo Alakotila (piano) and features Ursula Leveaux (Bassoon), Neil Yates (flugelhorn), Emma Reid (fiddle) and Roger Tallroth (12 string and tenor guitars) amongst others.
https://www.karentweed.com/product/midnight-may-monday-digital/

It needs to be said, here, that while a lot of the ideas, repertoire and arrangements are down to myself and Timo (especially), every other musician has kindly helped to fine tune the arrangements in their own inimitable way and, without which, the music would not have so much magic. Massive thanks to all of them.

Well, lastly, here’s a curious accordion video that luthier and marvellous musician based in New Zealand, Davy Stuart sent to me some time ago. . . take a peek at his craftsmanship :

www.stuart.co.nz

and then this vid!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcC0hsnlykA

and some photos of the shennanigans from the Longford Collection weekend. Great fun was had by all. . .


(The Minion Ceili photo taken by Phil and Aileen at No 16)


(The Minion Ceili photo taken by Phil and Aileen at No 16)

(The Minion Ceili Longford Collection Orchestra – part of, with guests, Nick Wiseman Ellis and Cliff Baylis; photo taken by Phil and Aileen at No 16)

(Longford Collection Weekend L-R KT, Donna McCann, Kim Fleming. Photo : Nick Wiseman-Ellis)

I’m still doing Skype lessons (email me : info@karentweed.com) and teaching once a month at Droitwich (see below) too.

Have a stunning few weekdays, . . and maybe see you at the new workshops I’m starting in Longford on a Monday evening – a community choir (no experience necessary) and a Ceili / Folk Dance class. . . for the Terrified but curious. See below. . .

xKt

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KT DATES :

OCTOBER

Tues 6th – Sun 11th October : KT at HARP ON WIGHT
KT Wed 14th October : KT teaching in Droitwich.
(Eve) KT teaching at Birmingham CCE.

Thurs 15th October : KT teaching in Droitwich.
www.learningaccordion.com

Mon 19th October (& every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month) : KT teaching at the Temperance Hall, Longford
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€

NOVEMBER 
Monday 2nd November (& every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month) : KT teaching at the Temperance Hall, Longford
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€

Monday 16th November (& every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month) : KT teaching at the Temperance Hall, Longford
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€

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

Thurs 19th November : KT teaching in Droitwich.
www.learningaccordion.com

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

http://www.wyldegreenurc-website.org/#!contact/c55t

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/

http://www.birminghamtradfest.co.uk/#!tickets/c226e

Sat 28th November : CD LAUNCH : KAREN TWEED & ADRIAN BURNS ‘BOOTLEG PANINI’
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
elmsliehouse@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 : www.karentweed.com

DECEMBER
Thurs 10th Dec : KT performing on Johnny Coppin’s Christmas Show, Cheltenham.

Wed 16th Dec : KT teaching in Droitwich. Staying at Chrissy’s.
(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 Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

2016
JANUARY
Fri 29th January : KT & Timo at Dublin Trad Fest Lunchtime recital
http://www.templebartrad.com/artist/karen-tweed/

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Round and about. . .
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1. Feile Strokestown 9-11th October
www.feilestrokestown.com
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2. And from the amazing flugelhorn player, Shanti Paul Jayasinha. . .

From: Shanti Paul Jayasinha <shantipj@gmail.com>
Sent: 10 September 2015 12:13
Subject: Fwd: Recruitment open for Artistic Director for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

hi folks, FYI

x

Shanti Paul

 

Begin forwarded message:
From: Geoff Harniess <Geoff@cym.org.uk>
Subject: FW: Recruitment open for Artistic Director for the National Youth Folk Ensemble
Date: 10 September 2015 09:42:01 BST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

 

FYI

 

Geoff

From: Sarah Jones [mailto:sarah.jones@efdss.org]
Sent: 08 September 2015 17:18
To: sarah.jones@efdss.org
Subject: Recruitment open for Artistic Director for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Dear Colleague,

I’m delighted to let you know that we have opened the recruitment process for the Artistic Director for the new National Youth Folk Ensemble. Read the story on our website here.

The recruitment information pack and application form are available to download from our website:http://www.efdss.org/efdss-about-us/work-here/vacancies

I would be very grateful if you could help us to spread the word about this role.

With best wishes,

Sarah

Sarah Jones

Programme Manager: National Youth Folk Ensemble

English Folk Dance and Song Society

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY

T: +44 (0)20 7485 2206 ext. 235

www.efdss.org 

 

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

Lorraine@differentstrings.co.uk

+44 117 904 1870 / +44 7929 135744
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