The Big Session
Pavilion Arts Centre
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
28 Apr 2017
Playing together since summer 2009, Blackbeard's Tea Party began as a busking, function and ceilidh band, but quickly grew a reputation as a formidable live act. They 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 through 2010 and 2011. These included Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and a headline slot at Galtres, amongst others.
During this time, Blackbeard's Tea Party released a mini-album (Heavens to Betsy) and a full length album (Tomorrow We'll Be Sober) to excellent critical acclaim and public response. Both were funded and distributed independently.
After the release of Heavens to Betsy the band's distinct sound was picked up by the BBC's Mike Harding, who played Blackbeard's Tea Party on BBC Radio 2's weekly folk show.
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 saw the band continue to grow. In April, Blackbeard's Tea Party issued their second full length album Whip Jamboree, released nationwide through Proper Music Distribution and reaching No. 4 on the Amazon MP3 folk charts alongside continued critical praise. In support of the release the band embarked on 2 UK headline tours playing far and wide in both the spring and autumn.
In between touring, summer provided a stunning festival season including return visits to Sidmouth (three consecutive years), Beverley and another headline slot at Galtres, alongside breaking into more mainstream festivals such as Bingley Live and Hull Freedom Fest.
In 2014, Blackbeard's Tea Party experienced their biggest and best year to date. They finally signed up for their passports and branched out into international gigs, playing at the first Costa Del Folk Festival in Spain, and headlining the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. At home, the band continued to support Whip Jamboree with their longest and most prestigious festival run to date, including slots at Glastonbury, Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, another Galtres headline and Larmer Tree Festival!
2015 sees the band embark on another long run of festivals (with bookings still being taken!) and the end of the year holds some very exciting plans that they cannot possibly reveal yet!
Plus support: Candi’s Dog
Tyneside trio Candi's Dog specialise in acoustic folk-pop, combining inventive structures with ludicrously catchy melodies in the essential A Light Has Gone Out, released in November. The album demonstrates the band at the very top of their game with crisp, upbeat melodies and warming harmonies generously supplying a comforting air of familiarity whilst simultaneously providing a fresh take on the folk-pop genre. With crystal-clear tones combined with bucket loads of untouchable sincerity, the resulting mash-up is akin to the likes of Bright Eyes and Fleetwood Mac along with the lyrical qualities of Ed Sheeran and Bob Dylan.
It’s hard not to like these fellows as audiences have been finding out. After supporting the Sons Of Pitches, winners of BBC TV’s The Naked Choir on their sold out shows earlier this year, Candi’s Dog are back by popular demand, well and truly winning over the masses and utterly depleting their CD supplies in the process.
Music in the Green will be holding a stall at this event.
Dates and Prices
Dates: Friday 28 April 7.30pm
Discounts: Not available.