Oct
20

New trio!

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


I'm delighted to tell you all about the new Dan Walsh trio featuring the mighty Ciaran Algar on fiddle and maestro Nic Zuppardi on mandolin. We'll be touring the UK throughout May next year and we've done a little video to show you what you can expect:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JDBEDtZcUI&t=2s

I hope you enjoyed it! Tour dates to be released soon....


In the meantime, it's been a fun month. I had a nice little run of solo gigs starting at the Woodman Folk Club in Kingswinford which as always was a great blast. Then a trio of gigs the following weekend at National Forest Folk Club in Leicestershire, Royal Traditions in Sheffield and then up in Penrith, the land of my birth, at a rather special songwriters circle night. All three were highly enjoyable in different ways. National Forest is sort of an old favourite as I'd done the festival a good few times but it was only my second visit
Sep
27

Good old Canada

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


What a long time since my last blog, dear me. Where on earth does the time go? It's nearly October!!!! Anyway...I've been to Canada. But quite a bit happened before that as well so let's head back to August. First up, the wonderful Broadstairs folk week which has been a staple of my calendar for much of my career - a truly wonderful festival run brilliantly by the now retiring Kim. I've always loved this one and UFQ's set was as much fun as we expected. Fantastic! Next up was another cracking festival Folkeast which showcased my duo with John Dowling and I also made an appearance in the Young 'uns hilarious live podcast and there was even the unlikely event of Will Pound and I playing something together for the first time in five years.


Then two more belting festivals to see out August - first guesting on banjo with Chris Quinn at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and then a set with UFQ on the raucous Chai Wallah stage at the flamboyant Shambala. Then just before Canada there was time to squeeze in two more festivals - Didmarton Bluegrass with John and then solo at Fleetwood Folk and Blues. Didmarton was a real belter in fact it was possibly mine and John's favourite so far as a duo and then Fleetwood was just a lovely little festival too.


So then it was off to Canada...I've been to the east coast three times before and loved it so I thought it was about time I headed to the west coast and
Aug
13

Automated machines?

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


Festival season has been in full swing though unusually I've also done a bit of UK solo touring, rare for me in the summer months. Firstly, let's bring you up to speed. The first weekend after my last blog saw festivals galore, firstly with Urban Folk Quartet as we played the Secret Garden Party down in Cambridgeshire. I have to say, the state of many of the audience allowed me to see why its kept fairly secret but anyway they seemed to have a very good time, as did we. The next day saw a solo jaunt up north to Hull to play Hull Folk Festival out on the pier. It was a lovely gig although I felt a very long way from the audience! Then it was off to Cumbria to play Music On The Marr on the Sunday with UFQ and that was an absolute blast! I even sneaked a solo set in during the day as well.


I should add that during this weekend, the banjo gremlins struck again as a troublesome pickup played up again which made the gigs rather hard work. Something had been wrong and several apparent fixes hadn't lasted! And so here I propose a vote of thanks to the wonderful Eagle Music shop in Huddersfield and particularly to Matt the banjo doctor. So many
Jul
18

We want the sport!

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


Well July has seen a milestone - yes everyone I am THIRTY YEARS OLD. Good god above. Yes my twenties are over and I am now allowed to be a slightly grumpy sod rather than prematurely grumpy. It's interesting to reflect back on my life thus far. When I was a little kid my dream was to be a performing musician so I guess I've acheived that. Admittedly not quite in the way I imagined back then - I probably had images of massive venues with people dancing and singing all the words etc. Of course the reality of playing the banjo not in Mumford and Sons and being into rather more 'niche' music has long since manifested itself but that's in no way a problem. At least I've had my bit of playing in the sorts of venues I'd imagined thanks to my guest appearances with the Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Joss Stone, Imelda May et al. Plus I appeared on stage with a Saw Doctor - four year old me would be over the moon and 30 year old me is pretty chuffed too. Just to clarify, when I say a Saw Doctor I mean a member of the Irish band the Saw Doctors not anything more sinister. That part of my act is yet to come...


Well that's a brief assessment of my life. I'll do the rest when I'm 40. Anyway, let's catch up. First after my last blog was a trip to Portslade in Sussex for a gig at Railway Roots. It was a right belter as well hosted by political songwriter and all round gent Robb Johnson as well as a ludicrously talented 15 year old opening act Anouska Marshall - big things to come from her I think. Owing to an illness for the organiser, long time favourite Hales Club was sadly postponed til another day so instead it was up to Cumbria
Jul
03

Finance departments

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


I write to you a little refreshed after a much needed 'light on the travel' week last week. I was feeling a tad burnt out, hardly surprising after a very gruelling few months. Nonetheless there was plenty on up to that point! After returning from the States it was straight back into touring because I am of course a very silly man. So the day after returning I headed up north to Sheffield, Doncaster, Swaledale, Northumberland and...er...Birmingham. The northern leg was a delight - Sheffield was an old favourite gig Nether Edge Folk Club which is always a blast and this was no exception. Then onto Doncaster on election night where I played to a small but perfectly formed audience at the Brewery Tap. Then Swaledale festival, a bloody marvellous musical extravaganza held in the Yorkshire dales which is always fantastic and we played in a beautiful church to 300 people who gave us a wonderful time. Thanks to Malcolm Creese, organiser extraordinaire. Finally, the northern bit was completed by a gig at Woodhorn Museum with the legend that is Alistair Anderson.


On that subject, pleased to say Alistair and I are releasing an album (finally!). Our live album will be available at Furness Tradition Festival in Ulverston next weekend and then on the Sunday night at Coquetdale Music Trust in Thropton, Northumberland. Alistair is a bona fide legend, having been one of the leading ambassadors of folk music around the world throughout