Finally! With opening up taking place this summer, some gigs and festivals are swimming into view. Keep an eye on the Upcoming Gigs page for more info.
On Friday 18th September, Benji Kirkpatrick performed his interpretations of Jimi Hendrix's songs to mark the 50th anniversary of the legend's death. His album was a solo effort, but this time he will be accompanied by Pete Thomas. See the Folk Page for his full show.
Benji Kirkpatrick and the Excess have managed to record a second song Hiring Fair from home. Listen to it on the Folk page.
The band will be playing at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, which this year is a virtual festival to be viewed online (see Upcoming Gigs for the link).
Or you can see reviews of, and links to, their much celebrated album Gold Has Worn Away on the Discography page..
The London Django Collective have also had their first live gig since lockdown (for charity). See the Jazz page for the video. Links to buy their tracks are also on the Discography page.
Benji Kirkpatrick and the Excess have managed to record a new song Barefaced Lies despite lockdown. Listen to it on the Folk page or see the Discography page for reviews of, and links to, their much celebrated album Gold Has Worn Away.
A little performance from lockdown: a personal take on the Irish folk song Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór – see the Folk page.
Covid-19 has beaten
but only in the short term!
Watch this space to see when my gig list starts up again, hopefully not too far in the future.
In the meantime the London Django Collective have released their fifth volume of music (Jeremie Coullon) and Benji Kirkpatrick and the Excess' Gold Has Worn Away has had another fine review. See the Discography page for details of both – good music to help while away self-isolation!
Bandcamp is currently waiving its fees, so for music bought that way more money goes to the musicians.
Unique, unmissable performances in March include Living Here? by Ayenai, set to gypsy jazz, and the long awaited return of The Album Project, bringing the music of a classic Rock year: 1973.
Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess are going on tour with their latest, widely praised, album Gold Has Worn Away. See the Upcoming Gigs page for listings and the Discography page for details of the reviews.
Also tune into BBC Radio 6's Tom Robinson Show on the evening of the 22nd to hear them perform. A version of the recording will appear on the Folk media page after it has aired.
Pete Thomas is playing in the house band for the UK Americana Awards at the end of the month. See the Upcoming Gigs page.
The London Django Collective is releasing their fourth volume of music this month. See the Discography page for details & links.
Gold has Worn Away by Benji Kirkpatrick & the Excess has received a cascade of glowing reviews!
See the Discography page for details and links, and check back for details of their upcoming tour.
It's your last chance to see the Worry Dolls in 2019 as they conclude their tour at The Lexington on Friday November 8th
and launch their EP River
The Bellville Hot Club are playing on Friday October 25th and twice on Saturday October 26th at the Metropole Festival Club as part of the Cork Jazz Festival
The London Django Collective is releasing a series of musical volumes starting October 14th.
See the Discography page for updates and listen to the sample track Tiger Rag on the Jazz page.
Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess are touring in September ahead of the launch of their new album Gold Has Worn Away.
Hear them in play on the Folk page and find dates and links on the upcoming gigs page.
Links to buy Gold Has Worn Away are on the Discography page.
Lovers of Django Reinhardt living North of the border are in for a treat as Latchepen set off on their 'mostly Scottish tour' in August. See the upcoming gigs page for details.
Classic Rock magazine is featuring Revive It - title track of Silvervoid's latest EP – as one of the best tracks by a new band!
Check the Discography page for links to Silvervoid's EPs.
Bluegrass will be visiting the Emerald Isle when the Vanguards tour Ireland in May. Hear them in play on the Folk page and see the upcoming gigs page for dates and links.
Gypsy jazz is sounding from Paris to London to Edinburgh as the Gonzalo Bergara Quintet tours this July.