From: The Magpie's Nest [events_at_themagpiesnest_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 27 April 2010 09:58
Subject: May Day! May Day!

 The Magpie's Nest

 Dear Friends and New Subscribers

wow, what couple of weeks this is shaping up to be!

The Magpie's Nest has been causing scandals in both the political and folk worlds...

First, last Friday, St George's Day, The Magpie's Nest stage made front cover of the Evening Standard after Folklahoma's lunch time concert at Leadenhall Market was hijacked by David Cameron and Boris "Dancing" Johnson for a party political speech. However, this commandeering of our folk stage backfired following the careful placement of a top hat on Cameron's head by the Bond Girls of Morris Dancing, our double agents the The Belles of London City, leading to a campaign crippling image that made front cover of the LA Times and an article in the New Statesman. See the  images at the bottom of this email.

Scandal also abounds the cover poster of May 3rds Nowt As Queer As Folk concert after a surge of emails has demanded its removal by members of the Morris Ring. Who says Folk is not political anymore!!! Let us know what you think of all this 'hoo haa' - email us with your vote.

Now, on with the shows ... 


Two For Joy Presents:

HoboPop Collective - Kirsty McGee and Mat Martin

Date: Apr 28 2010 - 19:30
Where: The Old Queens Head
Open Mic: 8 - 9pm
Price: £6 advance/£8 OTD
Buy Tickets: Here


A very welcome return to the Old Queen's Head by our friends from the Hobopop Collective in Manchester.

Kirsty describes herself as a maker of delicate yet stubborn songs, as an instinctive traveller, and a human scrapbook. Years spent as a hitchhiker and a period of homelessness have enriched her knowledge of people and places, all whilst keeping her moving.

After spending a while building tree houses and bagging-out earth from tunnels at road protest camps Kirsty sold all her possessions and hitched to Cornwall where she lived in a beach hut and learnt to fingerpick...

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Two For Joy Presents


Date: Apr 30 - 20:00 - 3am
Where: Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, DALSTON
Open Mic: not at this event
Price: £6 advance/£8 OTD
Buy Tickets: Here


The Magpie's Nest UK TOUR - Launch Night - Friday Folk _at_ Passing Clouds.


The Long Notes
Plaster of Paris

+ Special Local Guests

Zong Zing All Stars

Finding the Venue:
Passing Clouds is a warehouse venue situated on Richmond Road in Dalston, London. The venue is just behind the Haggerston Pub, which is on the corner of Richmond road and Kingsland Road (the A10). The Haggerston pub is at 438 Kingsland Road. There are countless buses that will get to the venue – any bus that goes up the Kingsland Road or down Ball Ponds Road : 30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243 or 277. Direct buses up from Liverpool Street. 

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Folklahoma Presents

Nowt As Queer As Folk

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Date: May 3 2010 - 14:30
Where: Cecil Sharp House
Open Mic: no
Price: £10, £15, £20
Buy Tickets: Here


The closing chapter in a week of concerts held in support of ‘Folk Against Fascism’, the organisation uniting folk artists and audiences to promote the all-inclusive principles that the folk community stands for. This concert will not only be a musical rumpus of frivolity and festivities but a point of reflection and celebration of all the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender artists performing today who have found voice through British traditional song and songwriting and the road journeyed toreach this point.

Featuring Tom Robinson, Roy Bailey, Lou Killen, Gina Le Faux, Jo Freya, Tim van Eyken, Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow, Jim Causley, Sam Lee, Alexis Joshua, Stew Simpson, Newcastle University Students and many more.

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Folklahoma Presents

bartram brookes weatherall

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Date: May 5 2010 - 20:00
Where: New Empowering Church, 1a Westgate Street, London Fields, E8 3RL
Open Mic: YES TONIGHT!!!
Price: £6


We are pleased to announce a new band that brings together the much admired vocal talents and traditional song repertoire of Chris 'Yorkie' Bartram with the music of Neil Brookes and Tony Weatherall, whose critically acclaimed CD 'the Whitchurch Hornpipe' explored 19th century dance tunes of North Shropshire.

Our line-up allows us to work as a concert band, featuring traditional songs and tunes, and also as an English style dance band. We are also able to offer tune workshops and lead song and music sessions.
We hope to perform at clubs, festivals and dances throughout the country - contact us for more details.

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Campaign Crippler - Ellen Hobson dons rightful owner of Top Hat




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