Lyme Folk Weekend

A portion of chips on the beach at Lyme is a fine thing, and that may be a hint of my plan following our performance headlining the Seafront Stage on the last day of the festival (Sunday 4th Sept), we’re starting at 6pm and it’s all provided for free to watch by the festival.

Also catch us earlier in the day at 3.30pm where we will once again be ‘Mitchell and Vincent et al’ performing for the free ceilidh in Theatre Square and joined by Chris Edmunds on accordion and Dick Carlyon calling the dances. These have always been popular and great fun for all abilities to join in, getting people in the dancing and folky mood!

More violin/fiddle stuff!!

Anyone going to Sidmouth Folk Festival??

I’m going to have a stall at the Musical Instrument Fair at the Masonic Lodge, 112, High Street, Sidmouth, EX10 8EF.

It runs from the 29th July to 5th August and the opening hours are 9:30am to 7:00pm.

I’ll have four violins with me and plenty of time to have a chat about violins and violin making.

Do pop in and say hello!

A slight change……..

The sharp eyed amongst you will notice I’m playing a new violin! One of the joys of being a violin maker is that occasionally you get to make yourself one. I loved the old one, but I fancied a bit of a change – here she is – I’ve never named my instruments, so I guess she’ll remain as “the violin”.

She’s going to be busy, three gigs last week (with her debut on The Golden Hinde), two festivals this weekend and busy on the lead-up to Glastonbury and continuing so thereafter!!

Gigs are picking up steam again

There’s been a bit of a false spring, but it’s now looking more and more like we are seeing green shoots on the gigging front and the world seems to be coming to terms with the new norm.

We’ve been booked for quite a few festivals this year and also folk clubs and private events (we’re always interested in more – so get in touch!).

I’m particularly looking forward to playing on the Golden Hinde II again, perhaps see you there on May 31st??

A rainy day at Barrington!

The National Trust asked us to play at Barrington Court to celebrate Allhallowtide. The weather wasn’t brilliant, so we found ourselves in the corner of an old barn which turned out really nicely!

Video at The Square & Compass “Henge”

We ran a fiddle and guitar workshop in the morning and had a gig later in the evening. Lunchtime, whilst kicking our heels before the evening gig we parked up and spotted this wooden henge that the landlord had built near his pub….. We decided to get the cameras rolling and recorded this video live. Sound was recorded on a Sony phone lying on the ground in front of us (hidden behind a piece of bark) and the video was shot on two iphones. You can spot one of them jammed into one of the tree trunks. Had to do quite a bit of fettling to the sound and video later, but this filmed and recorded entirely live in one take in a field in Dorset. The nod at the end was to the small audience who’d gathered to watch what was going on. And as for the tune – one of our favourites, it’s on our album “The Preservation of Fire”.

The Livestream Adventure

It’s been a bit of a learning curve, but we’re getting there…….. When we did #1 Livestream we had trouble connecting to YouTube and so it only went out on Facebook….. For #2 we had an unexpected turn of events when Facebook decided that would be a good moment to update something and the parts of the account you need to livestream became unavailable for an hour! So #2 was only live on YouTube!

Here’s the recording of the livestream:

Enjoying performing again!

Well, in the last couple of weeks we have played at Broadstairs Folk Week, Bridport Folk Festival and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival – what a change!! We’ve been pretty careful about social contact and taken sensible precautions, but what a joy to be out playing again. We’ve updated our gig page so that it’s in a calendar format (although you can switch to “agenda” view should you so desire) and this will allow us to easily add in new dates as things pop up!

Hope to see you at one of our gigs, cheers for now!

Mitchell and Vincent on stage at The Long Barn – Purbeck Valley Folk Festival – Photo by Phoebe Reeks Photography