Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cecil Sharp Project CD & DVD

The Cecil Sharp Project CD and DVD twin packs have been away at manufacture for the last few weeks and we expect to have finished copies delivered here by early July.

We've just started taking pre-orders for shipment in July on the project website

The official release date for regular stores and digital downloads will be Sept 5th.

There is more information and song samples available on the project website, but you can download a FREE song right here!

Download Child's Song / Barbara Allen and read the liner notes below

Sharp was struck by the cross-generational interest in singing in the Appalachians. His diaries frequently mention songs given to him by children and teenagers and their desire to perform for him and Maud on their visits. Barbara Allen was one such, this version collected from Ellie Johnson of Hot Springs, North Carolina. Kathryn Roberts

The shadows hung round the fireplace on the night he came to see us.
I stood in the door and I heard some more of the songs Mama won't teach us.
But I know more than she'll ever guess; I've grown with my ears open.
So I'll wait in the dark and I'll take his hand and sing him Barbara Allen.

I've heard these songs since I was a child and I know how to sing them,
You throw your head back and take a breath and let the song come rising.
These tales of old, they touch my soul, though I don't understand them
So I'll wait in the dark and I'll take his hand and sing him Barbara Allen.

Sweet William's down in his dwell today, he's down in his dwell a-drinking,
He passed the wine to the ladies all, he slighted Barbara Allen.
It wasn't very long before William's taken sick, death was all he dreaded.
He sent his love for Barbara to come, she come, she's come a-running.

And all she said when she got there, young man I think you're dying,
Oh I am sick and I'm very sick and never be no better.
It wasn't very long before Barbara started home; she heard the corpse bells ringing.
She looked East and she looked West and saw the pale corpse coming.

Sweet William died on Saturday night, and Barbara on a Sunday
The old woman died for the love of both, she died on Easter Monday.
On William’s grave a turtle dove, on Barbara's grave a sparrow.
The turtle dove is a sign of love, the sparrow was for sorrow

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chuck Brodsky - Sunday 26th June

We have our final concert of the 10/11 concert series this Sunday, where we welcom Chuck Brodsky back to Shrewsbury after his fantastic festival appearance last year.

Full details on all our Hive Shows are here Shrewsbury Folk Events

We've uploaded some exclusive video from Chuck's festival appearance to our Facebook site, but here's a taste of what we can expect on Sunday - it will be an amzing gig and the whole festival team will be there for this one...we can't wait!

Monday, June 06, 2011

2011 t-shirt design winner

We received a good number of really high quality entries for our 2011 t-shirt competition, thanks to all those who took the time to enter, we really appreciate the efforts you went to. It's certainly something we'll be running in future years....

The winner was Peter Farrell from Cheshire, who will see his design printed on all our shirts this year (and a few bits of other merchandise that we'll announce closer to the festival); he won a family ticket with camping for his efforts. We should have the shirts here later this month so will post pictures of them when they arrive.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Tuneworks day in Shrewsbury

Summer's here and it's time to get your tunes polished up for festival season!

Tuneworks are running a beginners and Improvers day at The Hive in Shrewsbury on Sunday 3rd July from 11am to 5pm. Concentrating on the mainly English and Irish tunes in our tunebook (free to download at www.tuneworks.co.uk) we will be starting slowly and over the day building up speed and quality of playing.

At 3pm, there will be a free ceilidh and we will put the tunes to good use by playing for the dancers! Find us on Facebook or email izzy@tuneworks.co.uk for more information.

The cost of the day is £5 for players and FREE for dancers (3-5pm only) and tickets are available from the The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE. Tel 01743 234970.