A Brit in the US

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,

A warm hello from San Francisco! Actually, it's a surprisingly mild hello but I'm not complaining...I'm not much of a lad for the searing sun actually. Apologies for the lack of recent bloggage. It's been a pretty gruelling tour to be honest and with so many hours taken up with driving, sound checking, eating and actually doing gigs I've rather let this thing slide of late! Perhaps I ought to bring you up to speed with the Verging on the Perpendicular tour thus far. It began back on April 19th in Sittinngbourne in Kent and the first leg of the UK tour finished on May 12th at Birmingham Town Hall. Now it's US time before I return to the UK for the rest of the gigs through June, July and early August.

So the gigs...

Sittingbourne - cracking little bluegrass club, Dog Gone Roots. Excellent night, lovely audience and some very fine spots from the regulars before my set
Burnham on Sea - a bit of an old favourite this gig and this night certainly reminded me why
Deal - great little folk club with a lovely crowd
Oxford - the first festival

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

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

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

Verging on the Perpendicular tour - tickets!

Author // Dan Walsh




20 BURNHAM ON SEA Ritz Acoustic Club

21 DEAL Folk Club

22 OXFORD Folk Weekend

23 NAILSEA Tithe Barn

27 STOURBRIDGE Katie Fitzgerald's

28 BURTON ON TRENT Brewtown Folk Club

29 BROMYARD Conquest Theatre

30 MALDON The Sunny Sailor


01 LONDON The Green Note

02 NORWICH The Bicycle Shop

03 HALESWORTH Cut Arts Centre

05 THAMES DITTON Ram Folk Club

06 CROYDON Stanley Halls

09 STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre





California tour dates

17 SOQUEL The Ugly Mug

18 ALAMEDA Yacht Club

19 MODESTO Great Valley Songwriter Series
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20 OCCIDENTAL Center For The Arts

21 BERKELEY Sally Greenberg's
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22 WILLITS Shanachie Pub

23 ARCATA Relevant Music Concerts

24 NEVADA CITY Ol' Republic Brewery

25 DAVIS House Concert
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26 SAN DIEGO Folk Heritage


01-04 MICHIGAN Midwest Banjo Camp



07 SHEFFIELD Nether Edge Folk Club

08 DONCASTER Brewery Tap

15 NEWPORT, WALES Lyceum Folk Club


17-18 BEVERLEY Folk Festival


06 PORTSLADE Railway Roots


14-15 ANGLESEY Folk On The Farm

28 ROCHDALE Touchstones

30 ST BOSWELL'S Village Hall (with special guest Frank Burkitt)


01 NEWCASTLE Mining Institute (with special guest Frank Burkitt)

02 EDINBURGH House Concert (with special guest Frank Burkitt)
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09 INVERNESS Black Isle (with special guest Frank Burkitt)
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