From: Hugh Crabtree [Hugh_at_Farmex_dot_co_dot_uk]

Sent: 25 September 2017 17:29



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The 2018 Spring Tour is now fully sorted, here are the APRIL dates for your diaries:-








Village Club

01628 636620



Village Club

01628 636620



Corn Exchange

01392 665938



Tivoli Theatre

01202 885566



Huntingdon Hall

01905 611427



College Theatre

01323 841414



Brooke Theatre

01634 241108


Bury St Edmunds

The Apex

01284 758000



City Varieties

0113 243 0808



The Playhouse

01665 510785



Brewery Arts

01539 725133



The Atkinson

01704 533333



The Roses Theatre

01684 295074



Neeld Arts Centre

01249 446699


Milton Keynes

The Stables

01908 280800

This will be the 25th outing of Feast of Fiddles and none of us can quite believe we've got to this important milestone.

We had a fantastic time at Fairport's Cropredy Convention in August and I am sure those of you able to be there will agree it was a very special festival to be part of celebrating as it was Fairport's 50th anniversary. Certain members of the band were particularly busy with Mr Mattacks playing in the Morris On set, with Richard Thompson and of course with Fairport themselves. Mr Knight was also delighting the crowd with the augmented Gigspanner Big Band.

The new album Sleight of Elbow has been getting some great reviews. You can order a copy on line at if you haven't yet got one. It marks something of a watershed moment for the band with it's significant original composition content and lack of traditional tunes being given the FoF treatment. However, we think you'll enjoy it and expect it to bring a smile to your face - especially during String of Pearls and Siamese Kashmir!

During the 2018 Spring Tour we rather think we'll head back to a bit more traditional territory and perhaps even consider making the whole set full band ensemble material - with individuals featured of course. It's the 25th tour after all and we've amassed a fairly large back-catalogue to select from.

With your kind indulgence we'll also take this opportunity to tell you about our Finnish friends FRIGG who are doing a short tour in November. We know some of you have been to see this band having heard about them from us and they are so good we want to make sure you have every opportunity to either see them again or get introduced for the first time. All the details are below.

Thanks for your wonderful continued support. It is very much appreciated.

All the best,
Feast of Fiddles



FRIGG (Finland) are back!     
?those fearless Scandinavian sultans of string' Tony Hillier, The Weekend Australian

?the playing is spectacular' Alex Monaghan, Living Tradition

New album Frost On Fiddles out in the UK on 5 Oct

#5 World Music Charts Europe and #9 Transglobal World Music Charts


Songlines' Top Of The World choices 2017 & 2014

Folklandia's Folk Album of the Year 2012

Finnish Ethno Gala 2017 nominations for both Artist of the Year and The International Act of the Year categories. Awards will be announced on Nov 7th

fizzing Finnish fiddle septet  -  Scandomusic as good as it gets


Mon 20 Nov            CAMBRIDGE Junction 7.30pm 01223 511 511 + Finnish fiddle tunes workshop 5.00-6.00pm

Tues 21 Nov            CARDIFF St David's Hall 8pm 029 2087 8444 + Finnish fiddle tunes workshop 5.30-6.30pm

Wed 22 Nov            BURY The Met 7.30pm 0161 761 2216 + Finnish fiddle tunes workshop 5.00-6.00pm

Thurs 23 Nov           NOTTINGHAM Lakeside 7.30pm 0115 846 7777 + Finnish fiddle tunes workshop 4.30-5.30pm

Fri 24 Nov               MALVERN Colwall Village Hall Mill Lane WR13 6EQ 8pm 01684 540366 + Finnish fiddle tunes workshop 5.30-6.30pm

Sat 25 Nov              BRADFORD ON AVON Wiltshire Music Centre 7.30pm 01225 860100 + Finnish fiddle tunes workshop 5.00-6.00pm

Sun 26 Nov              HORSHAM The Capitol 7.00pm 01403 750220 (show only)


FRIGG (Finland), a leading act on the Nordic music scene, has dazzled Rainforest World Music Festival, WOMADelaide, Celtic Connections, The Scots Fiddle Festival, Fiddles On Fire, Cambridge Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival & many more. There's an enthusiastic appreciation of their fiddle-founded Nordgrass sound  -  a mix of Nordic folk and bluegrass. Possibly the most exciting, uplifting, gut-wrenching & hip-twitching band in the Northern Hemisphere. Don't miss this swirling blizzard of jigs, reels, polskas & bluegrass inventions!


live at G livelab Helsinki              


?five-star' Fiona Talkington, Songlines

?A wonderful outfit - seven artists and when they combine their talents the music is stunning. Amazing - I can't help but sit back and throw up my arms in admiration - fabulous stuff' Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales

?high-energy, full force fiddle attack to pastoral chamber-folk ? a thrilling performance from start to Finnish and the audience Lapped it up!' Peter Cowley, Fatea Magazine

?You can put me down as a fan' Simon Nicol, Fairport Convention

?Great fun! Great bounce!' Mark Radcliffe, The Folk Show (R2)

?really hot' Spencer Leigh, BBC Radio Merseyside

?This is Blazin' Fiddles on steroids' Jim Byrne

FRIGG's new album Frost On Fiddles is released in the UK on 5 Oct.


?extraordinary fluency, energy and excitement' fROOTS Andrew Cronshaw

?sixty five minutes of astonishing music that covers all the bases' **** RnR magazine

?the Finnish fiddle wizards are back?' World Music Central

?a wall of strings ? swaps classical with ceilidh and trades Appalachian with Hebridean' Folk Monthly


Esko J?rvel? fiddle

Alina J?rvel? fiddle

Tero Hyv?luoma fiddle

Tommi Asplund fiddle

Anssi Salminen guitar

Petri Prauda mandolin, cittern

Juho Kivivuori double bass


?Embracing everything from Nashville to Nordkapp, Salzburg to Stornoway, this Helsinki septet manages to sound like a polka band, a rock group, or a Riverdance ensemble, while remaining purely acoustic and firmly string-powered. Four fiddles, an upright bass, guitars and mandos: that's all there is, but Frigg fill the air, live or on CD.' Alex Monaghan, Folkworld

?Their superbly matched four fiddle frontline, buoyant string rhythm section and dynamic arrangements, complete with humorously choreographed movements, proved irresistible' The Herald



FRIGG's Finnish Fiddle Tunes workshop offers string players the experience of Scandinavian tunes  -  jigs, reels, polkas, schottisches, waltzes  -  taught by ear but with the offer of scores for future reference.