Americana duo - Tyzack & Tortora in Maldon

Press release

ONE of the most popular acts from the annual Blues at the Barns blues and Americana festival are returning next month to play a special show in Maldon. BATB promotions is bringing international duo Tyzack and Tortora to the Long Room, at Maldon's historic Blue Boar Hotel on Friday, February 1, for the latest of its successful bi-monthly shows at the venue.

Blues at the Barns promoter Tim Aves describes the duo as "great friends of our festival, who also happen to be two of the finest songwriters and instrumentalists on the blues and roots circuit today.

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Edwina Hayes at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft

Rare visit to Suffolk by acclaimed singer/songwriter.

Edwina Hayes will be bringing her beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and angelic voice to the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft on Monday 28th January, her first visit to Suffolk in over 5 years.

She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigsbplaying stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. The title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England' and her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in full in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube.

Edwina is based in East Yorkshire and has toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright III and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters. Dividing her time between the UK and America, her second home is Nashville where she is much loved and in demand as a songwriter and performer.

She has an eclectic range of influences from Bob Dylan and Carole King to Van Morrison and Gillian Welch. Her debut album 'Out On My Own' was issued by Warner Brothers to critical acclaim. Produced by Nick Drake producer John Wood, the record featured Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere as a guest vocalist and became a favourite on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio Show.
Photo with permission from Roger Liptrot

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Third Annual Blues at the Barns Festival

Promoters of Blues at the Barns - Essex's acclaimed festival of acoustic blues, folk-roots and Americana music - have announced what they are calling their strongest lineup yet for the third annual festival this May. An exciting, expanded line-up of acts will grace the twin stages of Blues at the Barns 2019 over nine hours, on Sunday, May 5, at Creeksea Place Farm, Creeksea, just outside Burnham-on-Crouch.

Tickets are on sale for the event, which will be headlined by top international retro-blues band West Weston's Blues Sonics. Other acts on the bill include rising blues/Americana star Mike Ross and his band, guitarist and singer Kris Dollimore, soulful American singer Kyshona and the return of one of the artists from the first Blues at the Barns, Maldon-born folk singer David Hughes.

Promoter, Burnham musician Tim Aves, said: "We're absolutely thrilled to be bringing so many great artists to Creeksea for the festival this May, offering such a fantastic variety of styles.

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Competition for local Musicians in the Waveney District


On 27th April 2019 the Seagull Theatre in association with Martello Promotions will be hosting “Pakefield Acoustic Music Day”, featuring a wide range of top acoustic based artists from across the UK.

They are offering the chance for local musicians to play a part in the event via a free to enter competition to be held on Sunday 10th February 2019, when they will be holding auditions to be judged by representatives of the theatre and the promoter. The prize will be the opportunity to open the event on 27th April.

The competition is open to any solo artists or duos resident in the Waveney District who are at least 16 years old and who perform (preferably original) songs and/or tunes on acoustic instruments, whether it be folk, blues or Americana.

Theatre Manager Karen Read said, “This is a great opportunity to both get your music heard and to share a bill with some of the best musicians working in the UK today in the field of acoustic music.”

Apart from the event on 27th April, Martello Promotions will also be bringing many other top artists from the UK, USA and Canada to the Seagull Theatre in 2019. Promoter Martin Lovett said “There may well be other opportunities for entrants in the competition to have support slots, if the judges consider that the standard is high enough.”

To enter, please send an email to Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be sent an entry form, together with full terms and conditions. Completed entries must be received by 6.00 p.m. on 31st January 2019

Pakefield Acoustic Music Day

John Peel Centre - Acoustic Strawbs & Granny's Attic

Early in the new year, there are two gigs at the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket that will be of interest to many folk enthusiasts in our area.

Saturday Jan 19th Strawbs Acoustic
If you don't know them, here's a film of them playing at Beverley Folk Festival in 2016.

More information about the Strawbs on their website

Tickets £18 in adv/£20 on the door
Doors open 7:30pm


Tuesday 29th January Granny’s Attic

Here's what Doug Bailey of Wildgoose Records says about the band.
"Granny’s Attic are a fantastic folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs."

Here they are playing at Hardraw Folk Gathering in 2016

 More information about Granny's Attic on their website

Tickets £10 in advance /£12 on the door


Suffolk Folk

Norfolk Folk Association