Sat 29. The Duchess, Stonebow House, The Stonebow, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7NP
Tel: 01904 641413 Tickets £6.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Thu 3. Hare & Hounds, 106 High St, Birmingham, West Midlands B14 7JZ
Tel: 0121 444 2081 Tickets £6.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Fri 4. The Greystones, Greystones Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S11 7BS
Tel: 0114 266 5599 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sat 5. West End Centre, 48 Queens Rd, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 3JD
Tel: 01252 330040 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sun 6. The Edge Arts Centre, Farley Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6NB
Tel: 01952 728911 Tickets £8.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Wed 9. Fruit, 63 Humber St, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU1 1TU
Tel: 01482 221113 Tickets £10.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Fri 11. The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3SS
Tel: 01453 755600 Admission Free — From 8:00 p.m.
Sat 12. Rake and Pikel Chester Rd, Huntington, Chester CH3 6BS
Tel: 01244 318254 Admission Free — From 8:00 p.m.
Fri 16. Howden Live, Shire Hall, 11 Market Place, Howden, East Yorkshire DN14 7BJ
Tel 01430 431535. Tickets £10.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Fri 23. Ireby Festival, Globe Hall, Ireby, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 1DX
Tel: 01697 371645 See website for tickets and times
Sat 24. Chippenham Folk Festival, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15
Tel: 01249 657 190 See website for tickets and times
Sun 25. Chester Folk Festival, Kelsall, Cheshire CH3 5UP
See website for tickets and times
Sat 7. Gate to Southwell Folk Festival, Normanton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 OPT
Tel: 01636 816 678 See website for tickets and times
Sat 14. The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA
Tel: 01460 240340 Tickets tba
Sat 9. Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Cropredy, Oxfordshire, OX17
Tel: 0900 637 1644 See website for tickets & times
Fri 15. Moira Furnace Folk Festival, Moira Furnace, Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Leicestershire DE12 6AT
Tel: 01530 272 305 See website for tickets & times
Sat 16 & Sun 17. FolkEast Festival, Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0BT
See website for tickets & times
Wed 20. & Thu 21. Whitby Folk Week, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21
Tel: 01274 833669 See website for tickets & times
Fri 22. Galtres Festival, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Tel: 07803 570399 See website for tickets & times
Sat 23, Sun 24th & Mon 25th. Shrewsbury Folk Festival, West Midlands Showground, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2PF
Tel: 0115 807 7900 See website for tickets & times
Fri 5 & Sat 6. Swanage Folk Festival, Swanage, Dorset BH19
See website for tickets & times
Blackbeard’s Tea Party have been playing together since the summer of 2009. They began as a busking, function and ceilidh band, but quickly gained a reputation as a formidable live act and soon found themselves selling out venues in their home town of York.
Word quickly spread, and the band began to play gigs further afield, including a number of noteworthy festival concerts and ceilidh bookings throughout 2010 and 2011. These included Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and a headline slot at Galtres, amongst others.
To date Blackbeard’s Tea Party have released an EP (Heavens to Betsy, 2009) and their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober’ (2011). Since the release of Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober – which R2 Magazine gave a five star rating – Blackbeard’s Tea Party have gone from strength to strength. They were recognised as one of the best live bands in the UK in the 2011 FATEA Awards and 2012 saw a long run of festival bookings, including Cambridge and Whitby, and return visits to Sidmouth and Shrewsbury, amongst others.
2013 was their biggest year yet with the release of their second album “Whip Jamboree” accompanied by their first UK headline tour. During the summer of 2013 they performed at numerous festivals, including a return to Sidmouth plus appearances at Beverley, another headline slot at Galtres, alongside first time visits to Broadstairs, Holmfirth and many more. In between all these shows, Blackbeard’s Tea Party could still be found busking on the streets of York whilst performing at their own band gigs across the country. Already the diary for 2014 is filling up with numerous major festival appearances now confirmed.
Stuart Giddens: melodeon, sumptuous vocals
Tim Yates: bass, melodeon, trombone, sousaphone
Martin Coumbe: electric guitar, lidl acoustic guitar
Dave Boston: djembe, congas, shakey things, bells, faux bells
Liam ‘Yom’ Hardy: cajon, drums, tambourine, minature cymbal
Laura Barber: fiddle, cello