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.
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 inBorneo.
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!
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.
Our friends from Music in the Green will have a stand in the Pavilion Arts Centre foyer during the Big Session weekend. Don't forget to pop by and say hello!