Melton Folk Festival, August 5th and 6th 2023

2022 Dec Melton Folk Festival. Photo taken by Paddy McCullough

Excitement is rising in anticipation of the Melton Folk Festival, August 5th and 6th 2023: I’ll be playing:

Saturday : 12:00 noon Charlie’s Bar

Saturday : 2:00 pm Nigels Cafe

Saturday : 3:20 pm Anne of Cleves

Sunday : 12:40 pm Coco Melto

Sunday : 2:00 pm More Coffee Co

Sunday : 3:20 pm The Harboro Hotel

Look out for the debut of Missouri Mick:

and from the Raven Folk Club (who kept some of us going during Covid) welcome to the lovely singing of Katrina Turner.

More details on the folk festival website:

June 2019 mini tour

I have a mini tour in June 
Friday 7 June: Folk at the Factory in Fleckney – folk music evening with a number of musicians, raising money for local Motor Neurone Disease charity and LOROS. 7.30pm -11pm

Sunday 16 June: The Tap, Queens Road as part of the Clarendon Park Arts festival – an acoustic event 5-9pm (starting at thr end of the street fair) and I am first of 5 ‘acts’.

Wednesday 26 June: music and fund raiser for Extinction Rebellion at Upstairs at the Western, 7.30 – 9.30pm.

Zero + One= No Limit @ Musician, Leicester on 30 July 2015

2015 July 30 zero plus one


Really looking forward to our Zero + One = No Limit evening on Thursday at the Musician. The draft programme is here:is:

8.30pm Ian Mckie – 51
8.50 – Aunty Rachel Granger Benn – 21
9.10 – Andy Griffiths – 41
9.30 – Judy Hardman – 61
9.50 – Malc Randall‘s break, selling cds, maybe eating cake etc
10.10 – Mike Riley – 31
10.30 – Sheila Mosley – 61
10.50 – Pete Morton – 51 (it’s actually his birthday on Thursday 30 July smile emoticon )

Everyone is welcome, and it’s free to come in. Some people will be selling cds, and others may have a tin to collect donations for their favourite cause, and The Musician would appreciate selling some of their wares too. .

Politics Arts Culture = People’s Arts Collective – Leicester

This is an exciting new organisation bringing politics, arts and culture together to effect change. It was initiated by left Unity – Leicester but now has its own momentum.

We need to think about:
o Who, what and why we are
o What are we going to do
o How
Ø We need to find a name for the group that is simple and reflects what we are and want to do
and this is the priority for our next gathering.
Key words that have been used include: Provoke, delight, excite, inform, challenge, and – we need better words with these … – re-framing, re-forming Continue reading “Politics Arts Culture = People’s Arts Collective – Leicester”

Yesim music, poetry and story-telling circle

YesimThis was fun, but has now run it’s time.  Please do go to Yesim and taste their lovely food.  We met on Sunday evenings at Yesim in Narborough Road, Leicester with our songs and music, poems and stories, cultures and languages,  and instruments from different lands. Just from memory we’ve had people/language/instruments from England, Scotland, Ireland, (Wales – can someone remind me?), Kurdistan – Turkey and Syria, Turkey, China, France, Iran,  USA, Caribbean, Korea, Romania, Poland, Spain, Somalia, India.

Have a look at the Facebook page for information:

The Circle was started through the energies of Chris Starbuck  and continued after he left. It’s been a very special place for lots of us.