What’s New?

Hello!

It’s been a while since my last update and there’s plenty of news.

The Rad Orchestra, a band I’ve been involved in for years, is finally releasing an album.

We’re launching this eagerly awaited debut with an 11-day tour of Belgium, Germany and the UK.

The Rad Orchestra sing and play hypnotic tunes on guitar, ngoni, viola, violin, fiddle, bass and percussion. They take inspiration from time-honoured song writers, Blues & Soul, minimalism and global Folk.

We’ll be joined by our friends Frogbelly and Symphony for the entirety of the tour, so check us out and tell anyone you know in the vicinity!

RAD ORCHESTRA WINTER TOUR 2018

Nov 29 OFFBar – Mont-Saint- Guibert (B)
https://www.facebook.com/events/2158696371049154/

Nov 30 Barinton – Cologne (D)
https://www.facebook.com/events/2269217063120353/

Dec 1 Janja’s Musik Bar – Cuxhaven (D)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1157370637761684/

Dec 2 Barnaby’s Blues Bar – Brunswick/Braunschweig (D)
https://www.facebook.com/events/314981945757971/

Dec 3 Prachtwerk – Berlin (D)
https://www.facebook.com/events/347802089306380/

Dec 4 TischundStuhl – Hamburg (D)
https://www.facebook.com/events/693696457678189/

Dec 5 KIT Cafe – Düsseldorf (D)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1849030541833287/

Dec 6 The Duke – Whitstable (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/events/320864342043502/

Dec 7 Square & Compass, Swanage, Dorset (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/events/760067144326376/

Dec 8 The George Tavern, Commercial Road, Stepney, London E1 (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1480116895425028/

Dec 9 Yellow Arch – Sheffield (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/events/267176367329508/

CELTIC CONNECTIONS

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be playing at Celtic Connections in the National Piping Centre on the 19th of January 2019.

I’ll be joined by Adrian Lever,  Tim Fairhall and possibly some special guests……

If you can’t make it all the way up to Glasgow then you can catch Tim, Adrian and myself in The Green Note on the 14th of January. We’ll be supporting the Baroque ‘n’ Rollers, The Twisted Twenty.

Follow the link for more info- https://www.wegottickets.com/event/453406?fbclid=IwAR2-l-F9qGWw0k-HzaY8O9GEtuOyCTeIE0iLooc8y1WBTOlDb04lGr3hnJE

Tim Fairhall

Tim has played with world music star Yasmin Levy; contemporary jazz compositions with the John Martin Quartet, Diane McLoughlin’s Casimir Connection, and Madwort’s Menagerie; free jazz and improv with the London Improvisors’ Orchestra, Julie Kjaer, Ma/ti/om and The Markov Chain; and piano/laptop-led post-classical with Piano Interrupted.

Adrian Lever

As a guitarist Adrian performs regularly at major folk festivals in the UK and Europe with trio Alma (featuring leading English folk fiddlers John Dipper & Emily Askew) and Stepling (featuring champion clog dancer Toby Bennett)………..

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Standing Stone

Here it is! The third and last video from the Union Chapel launch of Chewing The Fat.

I’m sad to announce that this will be the last video I release of that awesome night, but have no fear! This one’s a banger!

One last big thank you to the people whom without their help and support this would have never happened. That includes the musicians, the crew, the Union Chapel, the audience and all the people that travelled across several countries just to get to the gig.

There’s talk of possibly touring the album January/February 2019, if that’s the case I’ll keep you all informed. Until then crank up your system to 11, sit back and enjoy the video of Standing Stone…….

If you’re interested in the story behind the tune then check out the article on FolkRadioUK.

As ever if you haven’t got a copy of the album or just fancy a listen, then click on the link- https://jamespatrickgavin.bandcamp.com/releases

Lady O’Dreams

Here’s it is! The 2nd of 3 live videos from the Union Chapel launch of Chewing The Fat. This time we have J Eoin’s song, Lady O’Dreams.
Lady O’Dreams, filmed and recorded live at the Union Chapel
J Eoin is one of the unsung hero’s of the London folk scene and an integral part of Chewing The Fat.You can find out more about him here-

Fancy reading more about the origins and concept behind the song? Then follow the link to the FolkRadio UK article-

Gigs and tours………

There’s an action packed summer ahead, where you can find me playing with TEYR, Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra and a special Chewing The Fat performance.

But first, the 10th-13th July will see TEYR double up with the fabulous Twisted Twenty on a cross-country adventure.
If we’re passing close by then come on down and if you know someone in the vicinity then send them down.
Check out the dates bellow…..

If none of those dates work for you then you’re in luck! As I said it’s an action packed summer of gigging and we’re looking forward to rocking the socks off of some new festivals and venues-

Friday 8th June – Music in Special Places, Oundle International Festival — *more info*
Sunday 10th June – Gower Folk Festival, 8:30 pm at the Marquee
Saturday 7th July – Priddy Folk Festival
Tuesday 10th July – The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny — *more info*
Wednesday 11th July – Timsbury Church, Bath
Thursday 12th July – The Acorn, Penzance — *more info*
Friday 13th July – Heath St Baptist Church, London
Sunday 5th August – Plush Festival with James Patrick Gavin’s Chewing the Fat — *more info*
Sunday 19th August – Purbeck Folk Festival
Friday 24th August

Makemore Festival, London

Last but not least, Tommie Black-Roff is launching Crean Folk Camp this summer in his native Cornwall. This one is for all you head banging tune heads and you closet Banjo players out there………..

You’ll have tutors such as myself, Dominc Henderson, Hilary Coleman, Flora Curzon and our own  Tommie Black-Roff.
If you’re interested and fancy reading more then follow the link- https://creanfolkcamp.org/

It’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these but I have a few good reasons why.

I currently find myself in Barteheide, just north east of Hamburg on tour with Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra.

For those of you who don’t recognise Jez and the band, you might remember him playing a couple of number at the end of the Union Chapel launch gig of Chewing The Fat.

Thanks to all of you who made it down for what was the best gig I’ve ever done. I’m very proud and humbled by all the class musicians who agreed to share the stage that night and for all the support.

It’s just about been 3 months since then and I’ve been slaving away with Paddi, Maxi and the crew editing audio and film of that night.

I’m excited to preset to you in collaboration with Sleight of Hand Records and DarkWood Media the first of three videos from the Union Chapel launch.

Here’s Mena’s Teapot…..

In other exciting new, Mr Tommie Black-Roff of TEYR and the Chewing The Fat gang is running a Folk music summer school called Crean Folk Camp.

The camp begins on the 18th of June and runs for the week, featuring a whole array of great tutors, beautiful beaches, sessions, concerts and great company.

The camp is located in Cornwall, nestled between Penzance and Lands End. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the most beautiful spots in the UK.

There are only a few places left so follow the link- https://creanfolkcamp.org/attend/

Last but not least, gigs. Believe it or not I have some, with loads of different people.

As I said before, I’m currently out in Germany with Jez and Nye tearing it up with some cracking songs and tunes.

If you find yourself with nothing to do in northern Germany for the next few days then check out the list of gigs on Jez’s website- http://www.jezhellard.com/htdocs/?page=gigs

If Germany’s no good then you’ll also find me playing not only with Jez but also TEYR this summer.

And if you’re still not happy with that, then I’ll be playing a really special gig at Plush Festival on the 5th of August with a whole of bunch of familiar faces from Chewing The Fat.

All the best and see you on the road,

James

Introductions

Despite many years on the road gigging in many guises, only now has the time arrived to set up shop online. I’m incredibly excited to share with you the fruits of the last few years. My debut, ‘Chewing The Fat’, is on its way so keep track of its progress here in full gory glory. Hello world!