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If you go down to the woods...
The first refugee picnic at Clissett Wood was an brilliant success. The rain was easing off just before two minibuses with 65(!) of our Newport & Cardiff refugees arrived. The kitchen table laden with cakes, cookies and drinks was the first attraction before everybody started exploring workshop and kitchen. Soon there was the most fantastic music making, dough making and baking of pizzas, woodland crowns being decorated with leaves and seeds, pole lathes and shave horses in action, drumming around the fire - six full hours of relaxed activity, laughter and huge enjoyment. Hosted by the Clissett Wood Trust, the purpose of the picnic was to thank all those who have been involved in the collection, sorting, storing and sending of vitally needed aid to Syria. Caroline Handley said several people involved in the campaign are themselves refugees who now want to give help to those still locked in war torn countries. A huge thanks to everyone who participated and who continue to help
Featuring two amazing bands (who just happen to live around Ledbury): Babajack and The Roving Crows.
BabaJack have collected more British Blues Awards this year. Becky is 'Instrumentalist of the Year' for the third time (2012, 2013 & 2015) and Trevor is a runner up as 'Harmonica Player of the year'. They have been finalists for 'Best Acoustic Act' and the Rooster Album was runner up for 'Best Album of 2012'. On top of this they were finalists at the European Blues Challenge 2012.
BabaJack have proved their worth many times over at festivals and venues across Europe. They have recently appeared at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Their unique blend of styles - described by CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE as ‘an intoxicating brew of blues, folk and roots music’ - makes for a great show. The combination of passion, energy and great musicianship never fails to win over new fans and the band are always welcomed back wherever they play.
Their last studio album RUNNING MAN brought them attention at the top of their field. Launched at the end of 2013, Running Man is considered one of the finest albums of its genre to be released in recent years, and won coveted slots in the top ten albums of 2013 for Classic Rock, Classic Rock Blues and Guitar and Bass Magazines. And their appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2014 was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 2, bringing them ever greater media attention.
"Outstanding performance at Rising Stars of Folk"
Ray Jones, Presenter at Time Out Magazine
"That was the best end to Guiting Festival ever!"
Byron Daniels, Festival Director
"Really individual Celtic folk rock group"
Mike Harding, BBC
The Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009.
Their powerful live performance and unique sound has seen them receive several awards and achieve national airplay on BBC Radio 2.
They have achieved a ‘ones to watch’ status in the UK folk scene performing alongside artists such as Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span, Levellers, Jamie Cullum and Bellowhead. They have entertained crowds at many national and international festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, Sark Folk Festival, Les Traversées Tatihou (France), Lakefest and Kings Lynne Hanse Festival amongst others, gaining a reputation as one of the most hard-working bands on the scene.
The Crows have released 3 full lenghth albums with the latter 2 being produced by Nick Brine (Ash; Oasis; Bruce Springsteen; Seasick Steve) at Rockfield Studios. They have also released a number of self-produced EPs, the latest of which, entitled 'Up Heaval' and featuring a brand new line-up, was released in March 2015 to 4* reviews.
In 2014 they recieved the award for 'Best Live Act' from Spial Earth, followed by 'Band of The Year' in the Fatea Music awards, adding to their numerous awards from prevous years such as 'Best Folk Act' (Exposure Awards 2011) and 'Top Fiddle Player' (Irish Music Association 2011).
Roving Crows regularly recieve radio airplay from both regional and national stations, recieving acclaim from presenters such as Mike Harding and Paul O'Grady. Their music video for new single 'Casanova Is Burning' was playlisted by MTV.