Wheatsheaf, High Street, Shrewsbury

I gather from Fergus Reid that the current landlord at the Wheatsheaf is happy for the open mic to continue. I’m not sure if there’ll be one this Wednesday (17th January) though.

David Harley

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Sarah McQuaid CD

In case anyone was wondering, yes, I have heard the new CD If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous, and as mentioned here I submitted a review to Folking.com a few days ago, but it hasn’t appeared so far. I’ll link to it from this site when it appears, but for now I’ll just say that I like it very much indeed. 🙂

(The CD, not the review.)

David Harley

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CD Review – The Transports

A review for Folking.com of a new take on Peter Bellamy’s Ballad opera. Actually a live version of the toured production seen at Shrewsbury Folk Festival in 2017 (and there’s currently another short tour running). Well worth seeing/hearing.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Transports – A Tale Of Exile And Migration (Hudson Records HUD007LP/CD)

David Harley

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Wheatsheaf, High Street, Shrewsbury: [update]

I gather from a post in the Acoustic Sloggers group that the Wheatsheaf in Shrewsbury (the one in High Street) is open again and that there should be a Sloggers session as usual there this Thursday (11th January). Sorry, I’ve no info on other events at the moment.

I can’t make any promises about any future sessions, the open mic or other musical events. I’ll post any further information I receive here, of course, but as I’m based in the West Country, it’s not easy for me to track these things, so you’ll need to check with other resources such as the Acoustic Sloggers Facebook group and the Wheatsheaf Open Mic page for up-to-date local information.

David Harley

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CD Review – Jack Brett

Another CD review for folking.com, this time for the very talented Jack Brett: JACK BRETT – Plays The Blues And Other Melodic Misfortunes (JBR Records)

A super slide player, but turns out to be a darn good songwriter, too. And based in South Shropshire.

David Harley

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Sarah McQuaid – Digging the new CD

[First published at Wheal Alice Music, since there’s a Cornish connection. But I’m sure that there will be plenty of people along the Severn interested in Sarah’s music.]

This article isn’t about Michael Chapman, but bear with me… Towards the end of the 1960s I acquired his album Rainmaker, and found him to be an innovative guitarist and very distinctive singer/songwriter. (I remember confusing one of my friends by saying that a song of his reminded me pleasantly of Michael Chapman, until I realized that he thought I meant that Chinnichap chap! ) I played Rainmaker a lot in my teens, and it certainly influenced my early guitar playing. Ironically, I finally parted with the album, along with nearly all my other vinyl, when moving to Cornwall.

Ironically? Well, mildly, in that it’s since that move to Cornwall that his name has recently crossed my radar again. Specifically, as producer of the forthcoming 5th album by the very talented Sarah McQuaid, a well-known name not only here in Cornwall, but far beyond.

Interestingly, Sarah not only shares but exceeds my own passion for the DAGDAD guitar tuning, having written a book and developed two workshops on using it. But her singing and songwriting has earned her many fans who may not know much about modal tunings, but appreciate a fine performance.

I’m looking forward to reviewing her new album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous nearer to the release date (due out 2nd February 2018). In the meantime, you might like to check out the track The Tug Of The Moon, which is on the album but was released as a single in November 2017: see Mawgan Lewis’s intriguing video here.

David Harley

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News from Knucklas 2017-2018


Christmas special – This Thursday 21st December 2017

At The Castle Inn, Knucklas

There will be music in the function room and in the bar. Everyone is welcome to play or sing – so bring instruments, tunes, songs and good voices!

Excellent food and beer!

The idea is to come on the train if you can!

Starts at 7pm



 will be on SATURDAY 13th January 2018.

A musical procession will leave Castle Green, Knucklas just after 7pm – so you can come on the train that arrives in Knucklas at 7.01pm!  After the procession there will be an evening of music & celebration at the Castle Inn. Please wear bright and colourful clothing if you can, bring your own torch or lantern, something to make a noise with (e.g. saucepan lids & wooden spoons) good singing voices and stout footwear.  The purpose of Wassailing is to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit for the autumn.


Ceilidh with Sue Harris and Bandamania

Sat 20th Jan 2018

Whitton Community Hall 7pm

£7  inc.Bar and refreshments

Organised by Whitton WI.



Wassail Poster 2018 (2)

Ceilidh Poster

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