Fifty Gigs In A Day…DAN WALSH

He is a fantastic banjo player (an instrument my dad always wanted to play!) and Dan Walsh will kindly plug the Nordof Robbins charity at his gig on 8 February 2018 over in New Zealand. Go give him a listen and get along to one of his many gigs…

24 Jun 2017
07:30 pm
with John Dowling Manley Village Hall, Cheshire
06 Jul 2017
08:00 pm
Solo Railway Roots, Portslade
08 Jul 2017 – 09 Jul 2017 with Alistair Anderson Furness Tradition Festival, Ulverston
09 Jul 2017
07:30 pm
with Alistair Anderson Coquetdale Music Hall, Thropton, Northumberland
14 Jul 2017 – 15 Jul 2017 Solo Folk On The Farm, Anglesey
21 Jul 2017
08:00 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon
22 Jul 2017
02:00 pm
Solo Folk And Maritime Festival, Hull
23 Jul 2017
01:00 pm
Solo Music On The Marr, Cumbria
23 Jul 2017
10:00 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Music On The Marr, Cumbria
28 Jul 2017
07:30 pm
Solo Touchstones, Rochdale
30 Jul 2017
07:30 pm
Solo with Frank Burkitt St Boswells Village Hall, Scottish Borders
01 Aug 2017
07:30 pm
Solo with Frank Burkitt Mining Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
02 Aug 2017
08:00 pm
Solo with Frank Burkitt House Concert, Edinburgh (email for details)
08 Aug 2017
07:30 pm
Solo with Frank Burkitt Black Isle, Inverness
15 Aug 2017
08:00 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Broadstairs Folk Week
20 Aug 2017 with John Dowling Folkeast, Suffolk
26 Aug 2017
02:00 pm
with Chris Quinn Shrewsbury Folk Festival
27 Aug 2017
10:00 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Shambala Festival, Northants
01 Sep 2017 with John Dowling Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Gloucestershire
02 Sep 2017 Solo Folk and Blues Festival, Fleetwood
07 Sep 2017
07:30 pm
Solo Arts Station, Fernie, BC, Canada
08 Sep 2017
07:30 pm
Solo Marmalade Cat Cafe, Kelowna, BC, Canada
09 Sep 2017
07:30 pm
Solo Tractorgrease Cafe, Chilliwack, BC, Canada
10 Sep 2017
07:30 pm
Solo Victoria Folk Society, Victoria, BC, Canada
11 Sep 2017
07:30 pm
Solo House Concert, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada
12 Sep 2017
07:30 pm
Solo Hidden City, Vancouver, BC, Canada
13 Sep 2017
07:30 pm
Solo Duncan Showroom, Duncan, BC, Canada
14 Sep 2017
07:30 pm
Solo House Concert, Victoria, BC, Canada
17 Sep 2017
08:00 pm
Solo Folk On The Moor, Ivybridge
06 Oct 2017
08:00 pm
Solo Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford
19 Oct 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet The Stables, Milton Keynes
02 Nov 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Unit 23, Totnes
10 Nov 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Atkinson Centre, Southport
15 Nov 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Eyemouth Hippodrome, Scottish Borders
16 Nov 2017
08:00 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Cumberland Arms, Newcastle
18 Nov 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
22 Nov 2017
08:00 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Old Queen’s Head, London
23 Nov 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
24 Nov 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet The Atrix, Bromsgrove
25 Nov 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Stop Cafe, Shrewsbury
08 Dec 2017
07:30 pm
Urban Folk Quartet Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
02 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo Katikati Folk Club, Katikati, New Zealand
04 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo Hop House, Tauranga, New Zealand
05 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo Nikau Cave, Nikau, New Zealand
07 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo Sound Lounge, Te Pahu, New Zealand
08 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo 4th Wall, New Plymouth, New Zealand
09 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo Bowling Club, Himatangi Beach, New Zealand
10 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo Bluegrass Society, Wellington, New Zealand
12 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo Mussel Inn, Onekaka, New Zealand
15 Feb 2018
07:30 pm
Solo Le Cafe, Picton, New Zealand


Ginger Solo
Sat 24th June, Worcester Marrs Bar
Sat 15th July, Sheffield Leadmill, supporting The Levellers
Sat 19th August, London Union Chapel – Songs & Words

To celebrate the release of Dark Black, the new album from Mutation, Ginger will be joined by Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International) and Denzil (Ginger Wildheart Band, Young Legionnaire) to take the Mutation show out on it’s debut tour of the UK, in the following towns:
Fri 27th October, Leeds Brudenell Social Club (Tickets)
Sun 29th October, Manchester Deaf Institute (Tickets)
Mon 30th October, Glasgow Stereo (Tickets)
Tue 31st October, Newcastle Riverside (Tickets)
Wed 01st November, London Underworld (Tickets)
Thu 02nd November, Cardiff The Globe (Tickets)
Fri 03rd November, Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (Tickets)
Mon 13th November, Osaka Fanj Twice
Tue 14th November, Nagoya Tight Rope
Wed 15th November, Tokyo O-Nest
Thu 16th November, Tokyo O-Nest

Hallowe’en Hootenanny
Sat 28th October, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms

Gig review: BOOTLEG BEATLES – Royal Albert Hall, 1 June 2017

The Bootleg Beatles were performing tonight with the Liverpool Philharmonic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums of all time, ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. The sold out Royal Albert Hall provides a suitably grandiose setting for the evening.

The poet Roger McGough started the evening off with a potted history of the Beatles and their musical influences which led up to the making of the album. Of course Roger McGough is no stranger himself to the pop charts having been a member of the Scaffold (who also featured Paul McCartney’s brother Mike in their ranks). He had an easy storytelling style adding in a few one liners and some of his poetry.

The Bootleg Beatles have been touring since 1980 and feature none of the original members – perhaps that makes them a tribute act of themselves?!

Having a full orchestra was a master stroke as they played a series of snippets from songs that influenced the Beatles. After this the Bootleg Beatles took to the stage, each one dressed as the Beatles appeared on the album cover. Strange to think that for such a classic album the original band never performed it live.

Read the full review here


Two great bands touring later this year and Cats In Space release their second album ‘Scarecrow’ in August 🙂


9/11 Plug, Sheffield
10/11 Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
16/11 The Tunnels Bristol
17/11 The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
18/11 The Cluny, Newcastle
19/11 The Bodega, Nottingham
23/11 Stereo Glasgow
24/11 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
25/11 The Empire Coventry
26/11 O2 Academy Islington London
1/12 The Waterfront Norwich
2/12 The Talking Heads, Southampton

Weds 06 The Borderline, London
Tues 12 The Globe, Cardiff
Weds 13 The Borderline, London
Fri 15 Rock City Basement, Nottingham
Sat 16 O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
Sun 17 The Fleece, Bristol
Tues 19 The Haunt, Brighton
Mon 25 G2, Glasgow
Tues 26 O2 Academy 3, Manchester
Weds 27 The Borderline, London
3/12 Planet Rockstock 2017


Von Hertzen Brothers announce UK tour & new album titled “VII – War is Over”

Finland’s most acclaimed progressive rock group Von Hertzen Brothers are excited to announce that they will be releasing a new album titled “VII – War is Over” this coming autumn and will be supporting it with an extensive UK tour.

The “War is Over” Tour will kick off at Nottingham Rescue Rooms on Sunday November 5th and will run until Nov 18th at Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms and will also include appearances at London’s Garage on Thursday 16th, as well as appearances at Winter rock festivals including Hard Rock Hell & HRH Prog. They will play alongside bands such as Uriah Heap, Magnum, Threshold and many more. Supports for the tour are also due to be announced shortly.

The band are currently locked away in a studio in Helsinki Finland, where they are mixing down the last tracks for their much anticipated new album.

Singer Mikko Von Hertzen says: “ We (The Brothers) are so excited by the songs on our new album. We took a little breather to give space for seeds to sprout and for musical ideas to grow and flourish. So what we now have is a beautiful garden of all different kinds of songs. We feel there is a new fresh magic and energy in this record that we are all extremely excited about and we cannot wait to unleash these songs across audiences in the UK”














For more information contact and to buy tickets go to:

To watch the Von Hertzen Bros  video for their single New Day Rising click below.


To watch the video to the bands award winning single Flowers and Rust click below


Get along to see the Dowling Poole, seriously the most musical fun you can have fully clothed…

Ticket links to the only three shows we will play in 2017…

The Marrs Bar, Worcester, Thursday 7 September:
The Bedford Esquires, Holy Moly, Bedford, Friday 8 September:
The Borderline, London, Saturday 9 September:…/the-dowling-poole-ticke…/281117

Gig review: MATT ANDERSEN – Borderline, London, May 25 May 2017

My first time at the Borderline since its recent refurbishment and it was looking impressive, with trendy seating and bar. Luckily it keeps the same atmosphere for live gigs with the audience crowded round the small stage area.

William the Conqueror was the support act and he took to the stage with his acoustic guitar and bass drum. He did mention he normally toured with a full band but tonight he joked they were replaced by said bass drum. He had an easy going style, both in the music – a mix of blues and Americana – and between song chat – he thought the revamped venue looked like the set of ‘Blake’s Seven’ (I’d wager this refit cost more than that creaky old set!). His new album is due out on August 4 and will be one to investigate further based on tonight’s impressive performance which went down well with the crowd.

Matt Andersen is a Juno Awards nominated Canadian blues guitarist/singer, and tonight’s gig was his final date on his UK leg of his current European tour. Where to start? Let’s just say you need to see Matt Andersen live to fully appreciate him as his acoustic guitar playing is stunning and then there is his voice. I have rarely seen a singer pour so much passion into his singing, a real joy to behold and reinforces why live music is good for your soul and well-being. Take ‘Make You Stay’, he was all over his guitar, his head thrown back, eyes closed as he got into his own groove and took the audience along with him. Amazing to watch and hear.

He has a very laid back, friendly on stage presence and can even slip in some unexpected fun as could be heard on ‘Have You Got The Blues’, where midway through he started playing the theme tune ‘The Pink Panther’. There was audience participation on his version of the classic ‘People Get Ready’, as he has the “guys and gals” singing different backing parts and it made for a one of the evening’s highlights. Needless to say Matt had the audience on his side from the moment he walked onto the stage. Interestingly the audience was made up of a younger crowd than I expected with a few hardened blues fans dotted around the crowd, proof that good blues music and musicians, like folk and country, has the timeless sound and appeal to carry on through generations.

Go see Matt Andersen play when he is town near you as you won’t be disappointed.

Review by Jason Ritchie