Apr
07

Live Music Now - the charity that changed my life

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


It's an end of an era for me as after eight years of being a musician on the Live Music Now scheme, April marks my departure. Most musicians are only on the scheme for about half that time so I've had an extremely good deal, largely owing to the end of my duo Walsh and Pound (which I joined the scheme with) coming three years into my time on the scheme so my new partnership with mandolin maestro Nic Zuppardi was treated as a new beginning.


To assess the impact of Live Music Now for me, it's worth remembering how I came to join it. I have to hand it to Will Pound really who very much pushed to me that we ought to apply to go on the scheme. For those not in the know, Live Music Now was created in the 1970s by the great Yehudi Menuhin. The scheme auditions top musicians at the beginning of their careers and if they take them on, trains them and pays them to play in places where music makes a profound and lasting difference and brings music to those who are often deprived
Mar
17

Know your limits

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


A very happy St Patrick's Day to my Irish friends around the globe. It's the first time in about thirteen years that I won't be doing a gig on Paddy's Day. In my younger years and particularly in Newcastle I used to play loads of gigs on the day and it was a vital income stream. I even enjoyed it sometimes...but I think my horror of fancy dress and groups of people acting in irritating ways is too much for me these days. In the last few years I've gigged in my normal way but this year it so happens I'm not. I will probably be staying in to avoid irritation.


Anyway, that's a cheerful start to the blog isn't it?! To bring you up to speed, after returning from Gran Canaria I had a few days practice before heading to London for a seriously hectic week culminating in 'A Night Of Country' at the Roundhouse. This was a gig with an 18 piece 'house band' of stellar musicians which I was very glad to be a part of. There were then some guest artists including Imelda May (of whom I'm a big fan!), Duane Eddy, Ward Thomas and a solo set from Seasick Steve. It was fun to be a part of it all. Rehearsals
Feb
20

British tourists

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,

Greetings from sunny Gran Canaria. I am here for the joyous wedding of my two wonderful bandmates Joe and Paloma and there wasn't a dry eye in the house yesterday at the ceremony. Congratulations to them and their little daughter Sabela who is having lots of fun here too! Since the last blog, UFQ headed into three days of rehearsal so we've got new material in the works for our upcoming spring tour. Then it was into some teaching before heading to London for a Live Music Now gig at a care home which was a lot of fun and profoundly moving at times. Then it was to Holt in Norfolk for a concert of the Devil's Violin which is the project I've been doing with the City of London Sinfonia. It's a concert programme based around folk music and classical music and has been a very enjoyable experience. It's the first time I've read music
Feb
08

Verging on the Perpendicular tour - tickets!

Author // Dan Walsh

UK TOUR

April


19 SITTINGBOURNE Dog Gone Roots
https://www.dancingdogsaloon.co.uk/

20 BURNHAM ON SEA Ritz Acoustic Club
https://sites.google.com/site/theritzacousticclub/

21 DEAL Folk Club
http://www.dealfolkclub.org.uk/

22 OXFORD Folk Weekend
http://www.folk-arts-oxford.co.uk/

23 NAILSEA Tithe Barn
http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/

27 STOURBRIDGE Katie Fitzgerald's
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/378575

28 BURTON ON TRENT Brewtown Folk Club
https://www.brewtownfolkclub.co.uk/

29 BROMYARD Conquest Theatre
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJLHIH

30 MALDON The Sunny Sailor
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/390301

MAY

01 LONDON The Green Note
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/383191

02 NORWICH The Bicycle Shop
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/395002

03 HALESWORTH Cut Arts Centre
http://newcut.org/events/entry/5501

05 THAMES DITTON Ram Folk Club
http://www.theramclub.co.uk/

06 CROYDON Stanley Halls
http://www.stanleyhalls.org.uk/events/dan-walsh/

09 STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre
https://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/dan%20walsh%202017/info

10 SHREWSBURY The Hive
https://hiveonline.cloudvenue.co.uk/danwalsh

12 BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
https://www.thsh.co.uk/event/urban-folk-night


USA TOUR

MAY

California tour dates

17 SOQUEL The Ugly Mug
http://www.cafeugly.com/Cafeugly/calendar/calendar.html

18 ALAMEDA Yacht Club
https://www.aycinc.org/

19 MODESTO Great Valley Songwriter Series
email for details

20 OCCIDENTAL Center For The Arts
http://www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/

21 BERKELEY Sally Greenberg's
email for details

22 WILLITS Shanachie Pub
https://www.facebook.com/Shanachie-Pub-253435045583/

23 ARCATA Relevant Music Concerts
http://www.relevantmusic.org/CribConcerts

24 NEVADA CITY Ol' Republic Brewery
https://www.olrepublicbrewery.com/taproom


25 DAVIS House Concert
email for details

26 SAN DIEGO Folk Heritage
http://sdfolkheritage.org/

JUNE

01-04 MICHIGAN Midwest Banjo Camp
http://midwestbanjocamp.com/

UK TOUR PART 2

JUNE


07 SHEFFIELD Nether Edge Folk Club
https://netheredgefolk.club/

08 DONCASTER Brewery Tap
https://singingtogether.co.uk/

15 NEWPORT, WALES Lyceum Folk Club
http://www.lyceumfolknewport.org.uk/

16 CASLAV, CZECH REPUBLIC Banjo Jamboree
http://www.banjojamboree.cz/bj-english.php

17-18 BEVERLEY Folk Festival

http://www.beverleyfestival.com/

JULY

06 PORTSLADE Railway Roots
http://www.railwayroots.co.uk/

07 MARKET DRAYTON Hales Club
http://www.halesclub.co.uk/

14-15 ANGLESEY Folk On The Farm
http://www.tyddynmon.co.uk/folkonthefarm/

28 ROCHDALE Touchstones
http://www.link4life.org/

30 ST BOSWELL'S Village Hall (with special guest Frank Burkitt)
https://stboswellslive.wordpress.com/

AUGUST

01 NEWCASTLE Mining Institute (with special guest Frank Burkitt)
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/390387


02 EDINBURGH House Concert (with special guest Frank Burkitt)
email for details

09 INVERNESS Black Isle (with special guest Frank Burkitt)
email for details
Feb
02

Eat a mix

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


It's been a fun old time since my last blog. I haven't been hareing around the country as much as normal so I'm not too tired but I have had plenty on and it's an exciting time for me with my new album coming up and a big tour on both sides of the Atlantic to accompany it! There's always a lot of planning involved - posters and flyers, publicity, travel plans, visas etc etc yawn yawn! However it's not been all admin, I've been teaching plenty as well as a recording session over at Andrew Curran's for his new album. As always it was a lot of fun and we always have a good chat about India too!


Then came my first gig of the year and what a night it was. As a bit of a warm up for my tour and to test out my new material from my album in a live setting I played at the Floodgate in Stafford, a wonderful micropub who stage most excellent concerts about six times a year. As the pub looks so nice I decided to get the cameras in too so Kate Gallow of Shoot This Media did a fantastic job of getting some videos together (see photo below). These will be released in due course ahead of the album