Women of Steel: The Folk Concert

Tickets are now on sale for the Women of Steel folk concert at Sheffield Cathedral on 26th November. We’ll be appearing alongside Fay Hield, Martin Simpson, John Tams and Barry Coope, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Roy Bailey and Ray Hearne.


Tickets are £18 from Sheffield Cathedral. The event will round off the Women of Steel statue appeal, a campaign to raise money to build a statue in honour of the women who worked in the steel mills during the World Wars.

I also appeared at the first of these concerts last year, which I wrote about here (with video). I think the folk concert will be less surreal but who knows…

Charity auction for Woodland Trust

On 12th June 2014, The Sun delivered 20 million free special issues to homes across England (everywhere except Liverpool).

When I got home yesterday and found a copy had been pushed through my letterbox, my first thought was for the trees. I felt a pang of terrible sadness for all the beautiful trees that had grown so slowly and gracefully, only to be turned into copies of this awful ‘news’paper.

So I decided to ‘edit’ the front page and give it back to the trees. This is an acrylic painting, measuring 26 x 28cm. I will frame it as part of the price. Postage is included. All proceeds will go to the Woodland Trust.

The Sun
NB: I will only post to the UK.


Summer Festivals: Indietracks & Tramlines!

It’s great to be able to announce a couple of summer festival slots:

Indietracks – Saturday 26th July

Indietracks is a unique festival in the Derbyshire countryside, reached by steam train. We’re playing the church stage on the Saturday evening and then I’ll be sticking around to watch Dean Wareham and Gruff Rhys among others. For more info and the full line up head to the Indietracks website.



The Folk Forest at Tramlines – Sunday 27th July

You know how much I like Endcliffe Park? Well then you’ll know I’m pretty happy that that’s where we’ll be for this year’s Tramlines. We’ll be playing on the Sunday afternoon. You can see the full line up for this stage on the Folk Forest Facebook page, or head to the Tramlines site for the full festival line up.

The Folk Forest is free entry but for some Tramlines venues you will need a ticket. More info on the Tramlines website.


Better dust off your wellies, eh?

Sheffield Music Map – “Women in Sheffield Music” audio tour launched

The latest audio tour, featuring contributions from me, on Sensoria’s Sheffield Music Map* has been launched today, featuring some of the women involved in music in Sheffield talking about the places that mean something to us and that are part of our individual musical stories.

I picked four places to talk about that were important or symbolic in my musical development in the early 2000s; The Arts Tower, The Raynor Lounge in the Students’ Union, The Grapes and 2Fly Studios. Do explore the map, look at the photos and listen to everyone’s stories if you can, but here are my audio bits on their own:

Of the other contributors, I’m particularly enjoying the stories from Jane Wilson of I’m So Hollow:

Thanks to Kate Geller for asking me to be involved. You can follow @womeninshef on twitter.

*Sheffield Music Map is a mobile application which provides users with access to a location-based guide to Sheffield’s musical heritage. It was developed by Sensoria Festival in collaboration with The University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute and School of English.