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A portrait of Robin Campbell standing in a barn. Celtic Krystal duo.

JULY 2016 – Robin Campbell & folk – Celtic Krystal will be back making music at La Concha Wine Bar and Tapas on Friday 8th July 2016 and several private weddings in July. Sadly during the past month the folk world lost another legend to that ever increasingly large folk club in the hereafter ‘Dave Swarbrick’. Dave was a uniquely talented fiddler and I can remembering seeing him for the first time playing in Birmingham in the 60’s.

July sees the start of the summer recess for many folk clubs as we take to the hills and fields for the summer festival season. The Hitchin Folk Club has a ‘special on 21st August 2016 and resumes in September with Richard Digance.(See WEB)

Royston Folk Club takes no seasonal break. Visit their website to see who is on in July 2016.

English Folk Dance and Song Society

English Folk Festivals in July:-

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival – 1st Jul 2016 – Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire Cleckheaton Folk Festival – 1st Jul 2016 – Cleackheaton, Yorkshire Folk in a Field – 1st Jul 2016 – West Acre, Norfolk Frome Festival – 1st Jul 2016 – Frome, Somerset Maverick Festival – 1st Jul 2016 – Easton Farm Park, Suffolk National Forest Folk Festival – 1st Jul 2016 – Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire Sark Folk Festival – 1st Jul 2016 – The Island of Sark, Channel Islands Worrall Festival – 1st Jul 2016 – Worrall, Yorkshire Compton Verney Festival – 2nd Jul 2016 – nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire Merry Tom Folk Festival – 2nd Jul 2016 – Rushden Hall Gardens, Northamptonshire Saughall Hoedown – 2nd Jul 2016 – Saughall, Chester, Cheshire Keynsham Music Festival – 3rd Jul 2016 – Keynsham, Somerset WoW Misic Festival – 3rd Jul 2016 – Diss, Norfolk New Forest Folk Festival – 6th Jul 2016 – Plaitford, Romsey, Hampshire Bromsgrove Folk Festival – 7th Jul 2016 – Bromsgrove, Worcestershire Cornbury Music Festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire Ely Folk Festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Ely, Cambridgeshire Furness Tradition Festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Ulverston, Cumbria Leamington Spa Ukulele Festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Warwick Racecourse, Warwickshire Mansfield Folk festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Mansfield, Nottinghamshire Moonbeams Wold Top Festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby, Yorkshire Priddy Folk festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Priddy, nr Wells, Somerset Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Sandwich, Kent Whitby Sea Festival – 8th Jul 2016 – Whitby, North Yorkshire Beggars Fair – 9th Jul 2016 – Romsey, Hampshire Flixton Folk Festival – 9th Jul 2016 – Flixton, Greater Manchester Great Midland Ukulele Festival – 9th Jul 2016 – Warwick Racecourse, Warwickshire Kimpton Folk – 9th Jul 2016 – Kimpton, Hertfordshire The Platform Festival – 12th Jul 2016 – Pocklington, Yorkshire Larmer Tree Festival – 13th Jul 2016 – Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, Wiltshire Brass: Durham International Festival – 14th Jul 2016 – Durham, Durham South Essex Bluegrass Festival – 14th Jul 2016 – Bulphan, Essex Festival at the Edge – 15th Jul 2016 – Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Folk And Routes – 15th Jul 2016 – Pershore, Worcestershire Hull Folk and Maritime Festival – 15th Jul 2016 – Hull, Yorkshire Southport Beer and Folk Festival – 15th Jul 2016 – Southport, Merseyside Stainsby Festival – 15th Jul 2016 – Brunt’s Farm, Stainsby, Derbyshire Upton Blues Festival – 15th Jul 2016 – Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire Ashbourne Highland Gathering – 17th Jul 2016 – Ashbourne, Derbyshire Dalesfest – 17th Jul 2016 – Silsden, Yorkshire Music on the Marr – 21st Jul 2016 – Castle Carrock, Brampton, Cumbria Warwick Folk Festival – 21st Jul 2016 – Warwick, Warwickshire Beer and Bluegrass Festival – 22nd Jul 2016 – Branksome, Poole, Dorset Chagstock Festival – 22nd Jul 2016 – Whiddon Down, Devon Underneath the Stars – 22nd Jul 2016 – Cannon Hall Open Farm, nr Barnsley, Yorkshire Village Pump Folk Festival – 22nd Jul 2016 – White Horse Country Park, Westbury, Wiltshire Folk by the Oak – 24th Jul 2016 – Hatfield House, Hertfordshire Cambridge Folk Festival – 28th Jul 2016 – Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridgeshire Womad Charlton Park – 28th Jul 2016 – Charlton Park, Wiltshire Maryport Blues Festival – 29th Jul 2016 – Maryport, Cumbria Sidmouth Folk Week – 29th Jul 2016 – Sidmouth, Devon Torver Folk Festival – 29th Jul 2016 – Torver, Nr Coniston, Cumbria Alnwick Music Festival – 30th Jul 2016 – Alnwick, Northumberland Riverfolk Festival – 30th Jul 2016 – Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire Sidmouth Fringe Sessions – 30th Jul 2016 – Salcombe Regis, Devon Lincoln Folk, Roots & World Music Festival – 31st Jul 2016 – Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Scottish Folk Music

Scotland festival season features:-

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival – 1st Jul 2016 – Newcastleton, Borders Stonehaven Folk Festival – 7th Jul 2016 – Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire Hebridean Celtic Festival – 13th Jul 2016 – Stornoway, Outer Hebrides Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival – 13th Jul 2016 – Peel, Isle of Man Lossie Folk Festival – 15th Jul 2016 – Lossiemouth, Moray Tiree Music Festival – 15th Jul 2016 – Tiree, Inner Hebrides Traditional Singing Weekend – 24th Jul 2016 – Cullerlie, Aberdeenshire Southern Fried Festival – 28th Jul 2016 – Perth, Perthshire Bute Fest – 29th Jul 2016 – Rothesay, Isle of Bute Eilean Dorcha Music Festival – 29th Jul 2016 – Liniclate,Isle Of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides SpeyFest – 29th Jul 2016 – Fochabers, Morayshire

What’s Coming Up:-

Celtic Krystal are now back making music and we are taking bookings. Check out the availability page on the web as a guide to making bookings. I would encourage you to support ROTW in Hitchin.

  • La Concha – Letchworth – Friday 8th July 2016, 8.30pm
  • A couple of images from ROTW fund raiser at the Half Moon on Sunday 24th April 2016
  • See the GIG Page for more information.

On my own solo scene I am back with musical production work in July at ‘The Muscle Acre’ in Wood Village Surrey on Sunday 24th July. At the end of August I hope to be back up on the west coast of Scotland, starting in Dunoon at the Cowal Games weekend.

Colin Macdonald’s Folkal Point

Colin MacDonald Broadcaster

Folkal Point web site Sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk

FOLKAL POINT airs simultaneously on Thursdays (10pm – midnight) across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio – 97.4 FM and online, 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 and 106.6 FM. DCR also has a Sunday night repeat from10pm to midnight.Folkal Point also has a Friday slot (9-11pm) on 100.8 Revival FM and between 10pm and midnight on Saturday with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley. The programme is re-transmitted globally online three times a week by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada. Folkal Point is produced by Colin MacDonald in Scotland at the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.

The annual Cowal Games in August is a favourite gig for me, with local Dunoon Community Radio broadcasting live from the event.

If you are considering hosting an event and require a Celtic vibe of songs, jigs and reels, then why not get in touch via my contact page.

Thanks to all who are following our music in 2016. Stay safe, keep music live and have fun!

~ Yours Aye, Robin.

Robin's Celtic Collection

This month I am checking out Paul Brady's Jolly Soldier and Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore. Planxty's 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy and Tabhair dom do Laimb'. Christy Moore's 'Ride On' and Sonny.