Fallout the Honky Tonks UK Tour – The North

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Two months into the UK branch of Abel & Eade and it was time to go on tour. After a couple of friendly local gigs in Devon at Exeter’s Timepiece and Exmouth’s Bicton Inn, Randy and I headed off northward.

First up was The Settle Inn, Stirling. An intimate gig in the back of a lovely pub run by Lesley, it was here we met George who would the next day take us on our first Castle tour of the tour – Stirling Castle. Back in my “other” band, Hedgepig, we sing a number of Scottish battle related songs from this area, so it was great to catch up on some of the local history.

Next up it was off to the Isle of Bute for the holiday part of our tour, with the backing of Hugh Reed and family (of Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants who we gigged with up in Glasgow back in August at McChuills), and a little gig with some excellent food thanks to Brody and his local Scottish Honky Tonk bar.

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Randy with Hugh Reed in Glasgow, Aug 2017.

Beautiful weather for rainbows, beach walks, and a visit to Rothesay Castle plus the rather grand Mount Stuart House.

Five days of peaceful quiet rambling, and it was back to the mainland for a gig at the fabulous Falkirk Folk club, opening up for Jefferson Hamer, and catching up with family. This is a really great folk club, with a great range of music – I’ve played here before as the Rosie Eade duo/trio on a couple of previous Scottish tours, so it was a good environment to showcase our new project to some friendly faces. And they all sang along with my song The Fire again, despite me forgetting the words in all the excitement… Big thanks to Charlie for organising this and looking after us for a few days, and for getting us a bonus gig the next day too.

Lots of site seeing in this part of the trip too. We popped to Edinburgh for the day for a quick run round Castle and a bit of trainspotting spotting…

Then it was off to play knights of the round table at Castle Doune with my transatlantic kindred spirit.

The bonus gig was for Kenny at the charming Torphichen Inn, fully equipped with a beautiful Tam O’Shanter mural painted around the walls of the main bar area.

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Torphichen Inn, Oct 2017

This turned out to be a double bonus gig, thanks to two lovely locals. First up, local photographer Arran McMillan took us out for a spooky night time tour of the Torphichen Preceptory in our half time break. Then the next day, Graeme showed us around Blackness Castle on our way to Berwick-upon Tweed. And he gave us a special performance on the bagpipes – definitely worth a look and a listen if you are in the area.

The final gig of the tour was thanks to Jaki at The Barrels Alehouse, Berwick-upon-Tweed. A lovely live music venue down by the river, much of which was being careful guarded due to filming that was taking place that week for the Outlaw King. We were joined by a fine selection of welcoming and like minded music lovers who were passing through for the weekend, and this made a great end to a very enjoyable tour. And we’re already planning the next one, so looks like we passed the “2 musicians in a small car for 12 days” test. Few!

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Barrels Alehouse, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Oct 2017
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Abel & Eade – From Beijing to Exeter

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Abel & Eade: UK-based singer-songwriter duo — English/American alt. country

from Beijing

An idea initially nurtured in the friendly setting of Caravan, Beijing Dec 2016, with Randy Abel of the Randy Abel Stable fame, Abel & Eade properly came to life in Beijing in Jan 2017 (Beijing On Tour 2017).

“In spite of themselves, singer-songwriters Rosie Eade (UK) and Randy Abel (US) build a spirit bridge between their contentious homelands… via China, the Middle Kingdom! Separated by a common language and ravaged by endless television comedy-writing conflicts, America and Britain yet managed to spawn the roots-influenced sounds which gnarled and entwined–rose upon rose and briar upon briar- into the twisted acoustic cluster that would electrify the 20th Century. Being rooted in the 21st, Randy and Rosie speak to and from these traditions with utmost passion and a goodly measure of atunedness. Craftsperson-like, innit?”

Learning songs from one another, a mix of originals and favoured covers from the folk/country genre, led firstly to “The living room sessions” demo recordings, e.g. Tecumseh Valley (by Townes Van Zandt):

And then a number of gigs around Beijing, e.g. here at 69 Cafe – Shadows Cannot Wake (by Rosie Eade), artsy wobbly video thanks to Dan Taylor of The Harridans.

to Exeter

And now, drum roll etc… the “Abel & Eade” project has been brought to the UK!!

Open Mic Marathon

We started off with a marathon string of open mic sessions in July/August thanks to the South West’s marvellous array of hard working musicians:

14.07.17 The Village Pump Friday Folk Club; 18.08.17 Jimmy Ireland and The Sorry Head Open Mic, Exeter; 26.08.17 The Ship Open Mic, Exeter; 28.08.17 Samantics and The White Hart Open Mic, Exeter; 31.08.17 Jake Miller with Grace and Oddfellows Open Mic, Exeter; 01.09.17 Alex Johnstone (of Pattern Pusher) and The Stables Open Mic, Exeter; 02.09.17 Oddfellows Open Mic, Exmouth; 04.09.17 Barnfield Theatre Open Mic, Exeter; 09.09.17 Emily Howard and The Angel Open Mic, Exeter

Gig-tastic

Leading on to a lovely selection of Abel & Eade summer gigs…

23.07.17 Samuel Jones, Exeter

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Abel and Eade at Samuel Jones 2017, by João and Maria

29.07.17 The Bicton Inn, Exmouth

11.08.17 Timepiece, Exeter

And some guest spots with The Rosie Eade Band at Sidmouth Folk Week and Broadstairs Folk Week.

 

Radio

07.08.17 We’ve even been played on the local radio, thanks to Classic Country with Doug and Marjorie Parish, Bay FM.

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Classic Country Bay FM with Doug and Marjorie Parish

and beyond…

Lots more gigs coming up – check out our Abel and Eade Gig List.

Plus a visit to the US is in the pipeline for Dec/Jan. More details to come..!

Rosie Eade Band – Folk Festival Season 2017

I can’t quite believe how quick the summer folk festival season has come and gone.

29.04.17 – 01.05.17 We started out as usual at the Rochester Sweeps Festival  back in April/May. I’ve been playing this since 2009, when I was first joined by Lesley Conquest on fiddle, and we’ve been adding band members ever since. This year we had 4 gigs in 3 days – joined by Steve Matthews, Simon Stanley and Lesley Conquest (thanks to Tracy Patterson for photos).

 

We very much missed the Village Pump Festival this year, our stalwart July Festival and my favourite part of the summer since being a teenager… We hope they come back in full strength in the future..!

05.08.17 Next up was Sidmouth Folk Week. We first played this in 2016 and were chuffed to be asked back to play the Anchor Garden Stage. This was also the first festival gig with special guest Randy Abel of Abel and Eade. Here we all are, just after watching some pre-gig morris dancing…

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And here we are on stage after watching the very lovely folk trio Solasta :

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16.08.17 – 18.08.17 A new festival for us this year was Broadstairs Folk Week. Similar to Rochester Sweeps, but by the seaside, we performed “Take the Seagull Eye View” each day for the many seagulls that flocked to watch us, but might have to add an extra verse about their wanton causing of mischief and mayhem. We had 4 gigs in 3 days, joined by Steve, Lesley and Simon, plus a special mid-gig set led by Randy Abel.

Here is a seagull eye view action shot of our final gig of the week at The 39 Steps (thanks to Randy Abel for the photo)

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REB 39 Steps Broadstairs

And here is a superb sketch by Wynford Vaughan Thomas capturing our musical spirit.

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REB Sketch by Wynford Vaughan Thomas

 

We have one more festival gig of the year coming up – letting out our more rocky element at Feral Fest 1st-3rd September. This is our chance to let loose Niall on full drumkit, and allow Steve to air his full wah-wah-fuzz-mando experience. Check out the t-shirt! 😀

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Much love to all festival-goers everywhere! xx

Rosie Eade & Friends – Spring Tour East

It has become a tradition to have a mini East UK tour in Spring as Rosie Eade and Friends…

17.03.17 Starting off with the annual outing to The Six Bells, Cambridge, with folk-rock band Hedgepig for St Patricks Night – we’ve been playing this gig so long, our previously youthful faces are featured as the Six Bells Gallery music image

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Cambridge and Hedgepig marked the start of my early musical career, and it is out of this that our first Rosie Eade Band gigs were formed, nicking their mandolin player Steve Matthews, as well as regular collaborations with their bass player Jim Gair – incidentally all 3 of us are Suffolk Folk don’t you know.

18.03.17 The Rosie Eade Band tour started with our first band gig in London, at the Islington, with Steve and Simon Stanley. A lovely venue, and now the home city of our official bass player Simon.

20.03.17 Steve and I then hopped up to my home town Colchester to play at the folk club there. This takes place in an awesome venue – an old converted church made into the town’s Arts Centre. Here is a video of us playing Queen of the Tower (thanks to camera-person Lynn):

21.03.17 Next up we joined our fiddle player Lesley Conquest in Rochester at my favourite micro-pub, The Flippin Frog.

Gig photos from The Flippin Frog (thanks to Martin and Tracy Patterson), including the first outing of our cabaret number “Raggle Taggle Gypsies – OMG!!” featuring Lesley on vocals and wig-wearing!

 

24.03.17 This was promptly followed up by a gig in my birth town Ipswich – Cult Cafe in the re-vamped “quay” area, which was very different back in the 1980s when I was growing up.CultCafe2017

 

25.03.17 And finally we finished off the tour back in Cambridge at CB2 with the Suffolk Crew Steve and Jim, + Lesley on fiddle, for their purely acoustic night. There is something very special about being able to play a gig without the need for electricity. Photo below thanks to Julie Carney, with Lesley hidden at the back somewhere.

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Beijing On Tour 2017

So… China was so much fun… I’m going back – for the 小玫瑰 tour 🙂

Jan 2017: So… China was so much fun… I’m going back – for the 小玫瑰 tour 🙂

Dec 2016: After a lot of hard working and tourist-ing I finally got down to some music playing in my final week thanks to the lovely folks at Caravan http://caravanbeijing.com, especially Badr, Kamau, Randy and Shannon for their encouragement at the open mics, gig proffering, and of course wine and g&t 😉

 

 

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小玫瑰 = little rose, "Xiǎo méiguī"

Caravan is Badr’s quirky music venue with delicious Moroccan food and a fabulous array of drinking delights.  It attracts Beijing locals and passing travellers, and for me it was the perfect start for my continued musical adventures.

Next step? Clearly have to go back, play some more tunes, and check out some more local musicians! So, with a little help from my new friends, a very 小玫瑰 tour is being organised to fit around a trans-Atlantic collaborative musical project and the Chinese Spring Festival Experience!

Sat 21st Jan – Duo with Randy Abel – 69 Cafe, Beijing https://site.douban.com/152181/

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Fri 27th Jan – Duo as Abel and Eade – Caravan http://caravanbeijing.com

Sat 4th Feb – Duo as Abel and Eade – DDC, Beijing https://site.douban.com/237627/

Post-Tour Update:

Gig photos

 

Holiday photos

From HotPot in Beijing to boat trip and the Tipsy Fiddler Irish Session in Shanghai.

Finally had a chance to sit and listen to… Reed in the River (Album) by Pete Falloon

For me its like a train ride through a world of images, though maybe I should have chosen a more watery simile. From the thoughtful poetic beauty of Feint Ruled Notebook to the positive tropical vibe of Reed in the River, though its Lay Down in the Morning Light that has me singing along and Gone that has me dancing in my chair (current favourite). Great debut album Pete.
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From a Field to Beijing

The highlights of this year had to be our MAIN STAGE FESTIVAL gigs

The UK summer festival season is over, and the cold is tentatively creeping in here in Beijing, so here is a warming reminder of the fun I’ve had this year with the Rosie Eade Band.

The highlights of this year had to be our MAIN STAGE FESTIVAL gigs: The Village Pump Festival, Wilts and BunkFest, Oxon. So a massive thanks goes to everyone who got us there and who came to watch!

The Village Pump is a special place for me as I’ve been going there since I was a kid. It was bands seen here, such as Blue Horses, Sally Barker, and Maddy Prior, that inspired me to play music outside of my bedroom and write songs, so its always been a dream to play The Pump! As with a number of festivals, it’s future has been looking a little rocky, but fingers crossed it will rise up in 2017 stronger than ever. Give them a “like” and help them storm into 2017 All Hands to The Pump (facebook)

Here’s us captured on video:

And then there was BunkFest. We have a growing friendship with Oxfordshire, having recorded our latest album Battlestorm in Wantage last year, and played a number of gigs locally. BunkFest is a picturesque festival in Wallingford, based around a main outdoors arena with lots of nearby local venues joining the fun. This year marked our first time playing the main stage, described as “sonically superb”, and our first time being shown on a big screen! The festival hat in all its glory (acquired after playing Tolpuddle festival early in the year) – Yikes!

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BunkFest 2016

 

And then to Beijing. My hotel room is perfectly well equipped for downtime from science and learning Python: tea, hand luggage ukulele and penny whistle.

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And the city is full of delights, with stunning parks, spooky protective animal figures on ancient buildings, and a museum full of scary looking percussion instruments and beautiful wine vessels (essential Christmas present idea folks!).

 

And finally, after 35 gigs including 7 festivals, I’ll be playing the last gig of the year joining with Folk Rockers Hedgepig (17th Dec, Cambridge) and then it’s on to 2017, March tour, Rochester Sweeps Festival, and onwards we go…!

Rosie 😀

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