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ADT wins competition at Shrewsbury Folk Fest 2017

Photo by Rich Spencer 

Photo by Rich Spencer 

It's funny how things weave together.

When I started working the Tipis it was something different, some variety to help with developing new skills and to get some fast cash. I never thought it could lead to me playing at Glastonbury 2016 or to ADT winning the open mic competition at Shrewsbury folk festival this year!

Black Dog Tipi's are a 'glamping' company based in Devon and they operate all over the UK.
I remember when I got the phone call from Tom: I had just returned from my spring trip to europe in 2014 and was on a coach to Bristol, contemplating my life options.  
"Rob, it's Tom. Hannah told me that you might be kind of in-between things at the moment and...well we could use an extra pair of hands".

For the next three summers, I got used to living mostly outdoors (or in a tent/van), lifting canvas and hammering pegs, then sitting by the fire in the evenings and enjoying the warmth. It was great fun, not to mention the festivals!

Shrewsbury was the last Tipi gig of this season and just as I was turning my thoughts away from tents and back to my music career, the two things seem to have gone and wound together...

The rope is tight around the wooden pegs as we heave them from the hard dirt ground. It's humbling to feel the rain on the back of our necks and to see the almost pitiful looks from strangers as they leave the festival gates...if only they knew.
(The prestigious festival holds an open mic competition each year and the winner is invited back the following year for an official slot)
See you next year Shrewsbury!

In other news, we have a new record launching on 1st October (officially) but there will be a special Lichfield EP release show on the 1st September (This Friday) where 50 copies of the EP will be for sale in person. First come, first served. We are delighted to announce that 'Bric-a-Brac' will also be performing alongside us (we saw these guys play at Shrewsbury and couldn't get enough of their infectious folk sound).

This month we also did some recording at the new 'Ivy Lane studios' in Dartmouth and thanks to our good friend Alfi Romeo, we now have two new singles waiting to be mixed. They already sound fantastic!

One more day of Tipi's to go and as we fall asleep, we hear the distant sound of fiddles and a hundred voices singing in harmony as the festival gates close for the night.

Upcoming shows:

Friday Sept 1st
Exclusive EP launch show
Brewhouse & Kitchen

Sunday Sept 10th
Balstock Festival
The White Lion

Sat October 14th
Lichfield Festival of Folk
Lichfield Guild Hall
(early show 1.30pm)

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Our first gig in Cardiff

This wednesday (7th) we are performing at Gwdihw in Cardiff with Folk ensemble: Bonfire Radicals. They're from our neck of the woods and have emerged from the Birmingham folk/world scene with a fresh approach to traditional tunes and a host of creative original material. Check out the video below.

There are only a few tickets left so grab them while you can!

In other news, we are proud to be supporting Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys on the 13th of June at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Birmingham, CLICK HERE to check out Alicia's story of how we got the gig and her personal connection to these incredible artists in our most recent blog post.

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Blues Bomb! + May Tour Dates

On monday we played a show at Mr Wolf's in Bristol and we got 'blues bombed' by the Bristol Blues Dancers!

We were about to go on stage and there were only a handful of fans in the audience and then all of a sudden the room filled up with amazing dancers!

It was hard to keep my jaw from dropping.  
We're looking forward to playing a blues set for them on 12th June at Pata Negra.

Speaking of mouths, we are excited to be returning to Dartmouth this weekend to play during the Dart music festival and kick off our shows for May!

May 12 Fri
Newbold Methodist Chapel

May 13 Sat
The Seale Arms 1.30pm
The Floating Bridge 6pm

May 14 Sun
The Cherub Inn 1pm
The Ship Inn 6pm

May 18 Thu
Apples & Pears Bar

May 20 Sat
Lichfield Kitchen Fest

May 21 Sun
Kitchen Garden Cafe
(Supporting Those Pretty Wrongs)

May 25 Thu
The George Tavern

May 26 Fri
Amersham Arms

May 29 Mon
George IV 2pm
Lichfield Fringe Fest 3pm
(Beacon Park) Lichfield

May 30 Tue
The Marr's Bar
(supporting Lisbee Stainton)

For more info on shows visit our website at 

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Our Bristol EP Launch Show

We would love to see you at our EP launch gig in Bristol on Sat April 15th at The Lansdown in Clifton. We are excited to be featuring The globe trotting songstress, all the way from the USA - Alicia Best! Hosted by the tremendously talented - Larkham and Hall AND featuring The Young and Rambling Bristol duo - Moody Will and the Roll.

All live in person for one night only! An intimate evening of Folk, Blues, Americana.

Oh and maybe a Murder Ballad or two...

Tickets are £7 each and the money from the tickets gets shared between all the performers.

The atmosphere is cosy and we maxed out our last show here so get your tickets on while they last!