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New music – MEGSON

Megson are a husband and wife duo – Debbie (vocals, accordian) and Stu (vocals, mandolin, mandola, banjo, fliddle, guitars) – who are about to release their ninth studio album ‘con-tra-dic-shun’.

It is a lively mix of traditional songs and their own songwriting, which covers everyday tales be it ‘Barrington Judo Club’, (where said club battles with other local clubs for a place in the village hall) or ‘A Week Away In The Caravan’ (where one half of a couple is less than willing to go but both end up with cherished memories).

The album’s theme as the title suggests is about conversations and contradictions. Nice touch with the note on the inlay sleeve that states ‘Everything written in this booklet is a lie’.

A delightful album of folk tunes that don’t always take themselves too seriously. The album is released on February 8th via

19 JAN CAMBRIDGE, Junction (Album Launch Party)

31 JAN MALDON, MAC Theatre Maldon Essex


02 FEB WHITCHURCH, The Talbot Theatre

06 FEB LONDON, Kings Place (Album Launch Party)

07 FEB UPWOOD, Upwood Village Hall

21 FEB MANCHESTER, Band On The Wall

22 FEB KENDAL, Brewery Arts

23 FEB BARNSLEY, The Civic

08 MAR CHESTERFIELD, Library Theatre

21 MAR SALISBURY, Arts Centre


11 APR SADBERGE, Darlington, Village Hall

12 APR HEBDEN BRIDGE, Wadsworth Com. Centre


14 APR SALTAIRE, The Live Room

26 APR ALVESTON, St Helens Church

27 APR BROMGSGROVE, Burcot Village Hall

10 MAY DORCHESTER, Arts Centre


DANDELION CHARM perform free-entry acoustic gig in support of music therapy charity

Venue: The Brunswick, 1 Holland Rd, Hove BN3 1JF

Date: Friday February 8th 2019, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Free entry.


Prog folk duo Dandelion Charm will be performing a free-entry acoustic gig as part of Fifty Gigs In A Day, which is taking place world-wide on 8th February 2019 to support the work of the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. They will be joined by singer-songwriter duo Milton Hide.

Newhaven-based Dandelion Charm are John and Clare Fowler. They combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. Dandelion Charm’s debut album ‘Tiny Drop’ was released in 2015. This was followed by a five-track EP ‘Riding The Flood’ in February 2018. The duo’s exquisite studio work has received plaudits from across a range of genres – from prog to hard-rock to folk. Clare and John will be joined on stage by guitarist/vocalist Bob Burke.

We are absolutely passionate about the power of music and this gig is a wonderful opportunity to support the work of Nordoff Robbins. Their music therapy work can be life-changing for so many people,“ says Dandelion Charm’s Clare Fowler.

Opening the evening will be Milton Hide who are husband and wife team, Jim and Josie Tipler. Natural storytellers with material that is rooted in folk traditions, they write and perform songs that are strong in melody and full of hooks. Sometimes personal, sometimes amusing, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes making a point – but always memorable.

Fifty Gigs In A Day is the brain-child of Jason Ritchie. “The idea was to create a whole host of gigs, events and social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins on and around the 8 February. As it was such a success last year I thought why not make it an annual event. This year it will be hopefully 51 gigs and the focus this time will be on up-and-coming bands, artists, comedians and authors – all supporting and plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins,” says Jason.

Nordoff Robins are the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. They support thousands of people in their own centres as well as care homes, schools and hospitals. When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs.

Donations – for those wishing to support the work of Nordoff Robbins through Fifty Gigs In A Day a Just Giving page has been set up here

Find out more here about Fifty Gigs In A Day here:

Find out more about Nordoff Robbins here:

Media enquiries to: Darren Johnson




News – Merry Christmas from Cobblers – Let it snow

Merry Christmas,

At Cobblers HQ we’re getting stuck in with all things Christmas before the release of our new album next year. It’s an amazing chance to catch up with friends and family, indulge in food and drinks… and… record another Cobblers Christmas Cover! So without further ado: here’s our top 4 Christmas Crackers:

1. Let It Snow!
We’re very excited to release our new Cobblers Christmas Cover. Below is a little video that Jules knocked up, so you can pretend it’s really snowing outside!! The song is also available to download and stream on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc..Click to watch the video
Click to Stream on Spotify here
Click to Buy on ItunesPlease give it a share, add to your Christmas playlists or download/stream if you like it! (Remember we also have ‘The Christmas Song’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ online)
2. Cobblers Christmas Sale
It’s that time of year and we have bigger bargains than ever, with sweatshirts (perfect presents for the season) Tshirts, CDs and Vinyls all reduced!Click here to see the Merch Sale
3. The Siren, UK Tour – April
We’ve been amazed at how quickly tickets have been selling for our April UK tour. Just 7 left for Bristol, 57 left for our London Album Launch and less than 50% for most of the other venues.
Tickets for tour – HERE Tickets for gigs make great Christmas presents! So if you know anyone you think might like to join you for a night of foot stomping in the spring – Jules is going to make up a Christmas Gift Card to print off with the standard e-tickets this week to pop in a card.Dates and venues below
Thursday 4th April – Cambridge – The Portland Arms

Friday 5th April – Bristol – The Louisiana (7 tickets left)

Saturday 6th April – Tunbridge Wells – The Forum

Sunday 7th April – Brighton – The Green Door Store

Tuesday 9th April – Sheffield – The Greystones

Wednesday 10th April – Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy

Thursday 11th April – Manchester – The Deaf Institute

Friday 12th April – London – Bush Hall – Album Launch Concert (Last few tickets)

4. Merry Christmas 

We hope you all have a lovely few weeks in the build up to Christmas wherever you are! Thanks again for all the support you’ve given us, please keep sharing, listening to our music and coming to our shows and we’ll keep doing what we do!

We’ll send a final message just before Christmas with final postage times for the Christmas sale. We can’t wait to show you all our new music in the new year.

Love Matthew, and The Cobblers x

Cropredy festival – first bands announced

The Cropredy line-up so far

We’re delighted to announce some of the fabulous acts we’ve booked for Cropredy 2019.


The WaterboysThe Waterboys
Back by popular demand – The Waterboys. Mike Scott and his band played an amazing set 5 years ago at Cropredy and we just HAD to have them back.


Richard ThompsonRichard Thompson (with friends Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, and Dave Pegg)
RT and friends really was a highlight on our 50th anniversary celebration and we’re delighted to be able to do it again! To be honest, we’d do it every year if we could!


Martin SimpsonMartin Simpson
A first appearance at Cropredy for Martin, one of Britain’s greatest acoustic guitarists. Nominated an astonishing 32 times in the BBC Folk Awards, Martin will be showcasing – and signing – his brand new album at Cropredy.


Daphne’s FlightDaphne’s Flight
Also new to Cropredy, Daphne’s Flight feature five of the finest singer-songwriters of their generation. Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While.


Seth LakemanSeth Lakeman
Fresh from a world tour with Led Zep legend Robert Plant, we welcome multiple award-winner Seth Lakeman back to Cropredy after a ten year absence. Long overdue!


Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, we’re delighted to welcome Caravan to Cropredy for the first time. Considered a key part of the Canterbury scene, Caravan blend psychedelic rock, jazz and classical influences to create a distinctive prog rock sound.


Richard DiganceRichard Digance
A welcome return to Cropredy for his 16th Saturday lunchtime appearance for Richard Digance! The festival just wouldn’t be the same without him.


Martin BarreMartin Barre Band plays 50 years of Jethro Tull
Celebrating 50 years of Jethro Tull’s music, Martin Barre returns to Cropredy with his band including special guests, original Tull drummer Clive Bunker and long-time bassist, Jonathan Noyce.


Lil JimLil Jim
Another Cropredy debutant, Lil Jim is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist, combining guitar, harmonica and accordion with vocals and foot percussion to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody – and all with a Zydeco twist.


Tide LinesTide Lines
More new faces at Cropredy. Tide Lines is a 4- piece band from Scotland. Shaped by the culture and music of Highlands, they meld romantic, rural life with classic American songwriters


Wildwood KinWildwood Kin
Sisters Emillie and Beth along with their cousin Meghan are better known these days as Wildwood Kin; a trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies.


Zal CleminsonZal Cleminson’s /sin’dogs/
Former Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Nazareth guitarist extraordiaire, Zal Cleminson brings his new band ‘Sin Dogs’ to the field. REALLY looking forward to this!


Will Pound and Eddy JayWill Pound and Eddy Jay
The dynamic and exhilarating duo of Will Pound and Eddy Jay leave audiences breathless. Together Will Pound on harmonica and Eddy Jay on accordion create a sound and show like no other.


More to come

We’ve got more fantastic acts in the pipeline and we’ll be announcing the full line-up in the New Year.

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – The Gigs!

Many of the artists kindly taking part in Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 on February 8th are performing on or around that date, with a couple actually hosting gigs especially for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Please support them if you are able either by attending or spreading the word.

Thank you

(All on February 8th unless stated)

ADRIAN BELEW, who has worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads and King Crimson, appears with his Power Trio at the Cruise to the Edge 4-9 February 2019

PAUL CARRACK plays Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre

DANDELION CHARM will be playing a free entry gig in support of Nordoff Robbins at the Brunswick, Hove

JARROD DICKENSON, the well dressed singer songwriter, will be playing Birmingham

BARBARA DICKSON who plays a show at Eden Court, Inverness

DODGY  play Newcastle Riverside

FAIRPORT CONVENTION play the Sage Gateshead

FROST* who will be appearing on Cruise to the Edge 2019 between the 4 and 9 February 2019

FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS play Nottingham Rock City on Feb 8

STEVE HACKETT takes part in the Yes Cruise to the Edge between 4-9 February 2019

HANSON ASIEDU plays at the Revival City Church, Mitcham on Saturday 19 January with support from Ché Sampson and Ogo Ajala

ROBB JOHNSON (with guests Daria Kulesh & Jonny Dyer) is kindly hosting a gig on February 7th at the Railway Roots Night at the Railway Inn, Portslade

KAISER CHIEFS play London’s Brixton Academy

KING KING play Bournemouth O2 Old Fire Station

LETZ ZEP play Vitoria in Spain

LITTLE RED KINGS will be sending messages on their socials on the day about Nordoff Robbins

LOST VOICE GUY winner of this year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, will be performing at the Palace Theatre, Southend

NINEBARROW play North Ferriby Village Hall 

THE SMYTHS play in Adelaide

SPACE ELEVATOR play the Haven Club at the Bullingdon, Oxford on January 30

MARK STAY author and screenwriter has a signing session for his new book ‘The End Of Magic‘ which is published on 7 February, where he will donate £1 to Nordoff Robbins for every book signed or sold on the day

STONE BROKEN play Unit 51 in Aberdeen

THOSE DAMN CROWS play Unit 51 in Aberdeen

THUNDER play in Glasgow

YES headline their own cruise Cruise to the Edge 2019 between 4-9 February 2019

THE YOUNG ‘UNS play Middlesbrough on February 8

Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – ROBB JOHNSON

Singer/songwriter ROBB JOHNSON is kindly hosting a gig on February 6th at the Railway Roots Night at the Railway Inn, Portslade. He has previously supported my fundraising at a charity gig for my fortieth birthday.




Music news – NINEBARROW

Ninebarrow are kindly supporting next year’s Fifty Gigs In A Day and have a gig at the Village Hall, NORTH FERRIBY on February 8th
We hope life’s treating you well and that the shorter days aren’t getting down. Less than a month now, and the days’ll be drawing out again – so that’s a rather lovely thought!
We’ll get right into the latest news, ‘cos we’ve got some rather exciting announcements for you…! 😎
Our first ever music video!
At the top of this email, you may well have noticed a wee little video! Whilst we’ve put out stacks of live footage of us over the years, we’ve never actually produced an ‘official music video’ type thing for any of our songs and we thought it was about time we rectified that.
The song we’ve chosen is ‘Hwome’ – from our most recent album ‘The Waters and the Wild’. The words of the song are adapted from the poem ‘Comen Hwome’ by the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes and the poem really takes the reader on an beautiful journey ‘hwome’ through the Dorset countryside.
And rather excitingly, the launch of this music video marks the announcement that early next year we’ll be publishing a book of ‘musical walks’. 😊
A book of musical walks?!
Yes indeedy! You read correctly! 😉
The landscape of Dorset has inspired our music so much. We spend a lot of our spare time walking in some of the most stunning places and for a long time we’ve been wanting to share these walks with the wider world. So many people we’ve met around the country have some kind of tie to Dorset – and they speak of it in a kind-of fairy-tale way that we totally understand. That’s what we’re hoping to share in this book.
It’s going to have 10 beautiful walks for all abilities, each the inspiration for one of our songs, and each one accompanied with with detailed instructions, stories, photography and hand-drawn maps.
We’ve set up a webpage with lots more info over at  We’re still putting the finishing touches to the book at the moment, but we are now accepting pre-orders which will be shipped as soon as the book is published in the spring.
Patrons of Lyme Folk Weekend!
And another thing we’re truly delighted to announce is that we’ve been asked to be patrons of the amazing Lyme Folk Weekend. 😎
It’s been one of our very favourite places to play since we first visited back in 2015 and being asked to represent the festival in this way really does mean the world to us. 😊
Already announced for next year: the incredible Sam Sweeney, as well as our own ‘Ninebarrow and Friends’ concert to open the festival on Friday night. For more info, make sure you sign up to the Lyme Folk mailing list over at:
Next year’s dates are 30th August to the 1st September. Get it in the diary!