forward to 2015


Hope you've all had a happy Christmas and wishing you a pain free New Year with lots of high points! Thanks to all the people who have come to see us over the last year. We're hard at work (not today though!) on a new album which is nearing completion and should be ready in the Spring.
We've had a lot of fun doing it and we will be performing a set drawn mainly from that album soon... so see you at a gig somewhere near you in the New Year we hope!


A nice little gig at Redbourn Folk Club last night. It was the first gig we did when we converted to being folkies in 1998 and for some unknown reason we haven't played there for 14 years!
The club in the Old Schoolroom behind the Hollybush pub in Redbourn seems to be thriving these days and there was a warm audience... the room seems to have had some heating installed since our last gig there! 14 years is a helluva long time between gigs don't you think? We hope the next gig might be a bit closer than 2028.


We've just mixed a new song that must be that fastest we've ever completed a song from inception to final recording. It is called 'Remembrance Day' and was started on that day (Nov 9th) and we more or less finished writing it on the 10th. We rehearsed it on the 11th and the basic track was recorded on the 12th. We then didn't get together until the 18th when we completed the recording, then we finished the overdubs and mixed on the 19th.
We're very proud of the result, which has become the 10th track completed for a new album which is tentatively called 'Back To Default'.

Here's a sample...

A different outfit and hairdo for the bad bass playing bitch last night at the Ram Club (see below!)... and lots of new songs. The Ram audience stayed true to form and gave us a fantastic response.
Thanks to Bob and Maggie Wood and all the Ram regulars who made this great club work so beautifully.


We'll be playing at the Ram Club in Thames Ditton near Esher on Friday (7th)
The Ram was voted BBC folk club of the year in 2007 and has consistently been top of our list too. It's got a vibe that recalls the heyday of folk clubs in the 60's and 70's with an audience that's really up for it and a venue that's perfect.
Don’t miss this one, it should be a cracking gig and we’ve got a blinding set for you. See you there!
Details on the gig page.


A lovely night down in Orpington FC last night. It's a club we've been doing since we began playing in folk clubs in 1998 and it was so nice to see our old friends again. Teddy & Freddie were sorely missed though... the usual accordion extravaganza was weirdly absent and the club took on a new dimension!..


Nice to see a good turnout at Liz Simcock's gig in Norfolk on Saturday. We'll be up that way ourselves on the 17th when we play the Milkmaid Folk Arts Centre in Bury St Edmunds.
In the meantime we are very busy recording and now have 9 songs recorded for our next album, which may be out before the end of the year. All the songs are original as usual and we are so pleased with the way things are going that we suspect a peak in our development may be in sight!


Thanks to everyone at St Lukes in Holloway last night. It was a real treat singing in the lovely acoustics of the church (churches are not usually renowned for good acoustics!) and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
If anyone wants to know about future gigs in London, please join our mailing list and we'll keep you posted.


On the 19th Sept we'll be playing a benefit concert at St Lukes Church in Hillmarton Rd, Holloway, London N7 9RE. The fund raising will go towards Victoria's Living Legacy Fund which is used to help individuals with learning disabilities and their families who are having a hard time.

We'll be doing 2 full sets and admission is £12 (delicious home-cooked food with meat and vegetarian options is included in the ticket price). Wine and soft drinks can be purchased separately at the bar.

Tickets are available at the door or you can reserve your tickets by contacting Boo (boo@daveandboo.com)


Back from hols in north Wales and we've got another track in the can over this last week. Very fast work for us on one of our favourite songs: 'Who Will Tie My Old Shoelace?'. So many people have asked us if this new song is on our CDs at gigs. We can now say that it will be on the next one, which is shaping up beautifully. We may be peeking with this CD!

If you know the story behind the 'Knifegrinder from Ontario', here's another one for the collection. This Dafydd Ellis is a jeweller from Porthmadog - doesn't quite make it lyrically does it?


Played at Dorking FC last night, which had a good turnout despite hot weather, holidays and missing regulars. Nice to see a lot of our friends there and we had a great time playing to a thoroughly appreciative and responsive audience. See you when we're down that way again we hope. xx


Back home again after 7 consecutive gigs and a long drive home. Thanks to all the lovely people who came and listened to us and who gave us such a warm welcome everywhere we went.
Boo has got into discovering Facebook with her phone, hence all the pics, vids and irritating messages en route... I'm going to have to rethink that bloody song (you'll know the one I mean if you came to see us!)


We're starting to get very excited about our forthcoming northern tour at the start of July. If you are anywhere nearby of course we hope you can make it to one of these gigs. Most of these we have played before and are very pleased to be asked back. A couple of new ones too!...

Saturday 5th July 8pm - Belmont Bull, Bolton
Sunday 6th July 8pm - Bothy Folk Club, Southport
Monday 7th July 8pm - Folk at the Prospect, Runcorn
Tuesday 8th July 8pm - Sandbach Folk Club, Sandbach
Wednesday 9th July 8pm - Bromborough Folk Club, Port Sunlight
Thursday 10th July 8pm - Topic Folk Club, Bradford
Friday 11th July 8pm - Bollington Folk Club, nr Macclesfield

Full details on the gig page. See you there!


Working hard on our next album today. Here you see us trying out a new backing vocal technique. We decided in the end it was easier just to EQ a more orthodox vocal.

We're recording our 6th track now, so we're well into it. Give us another year. Some of it isn't written yet!


Thanks to everyone who came to our gigs at Twickenham and Cambridge in the last few days. Both of them were incredibly enjoyable for us and it was great to see some old friends again.

Our next gigs will be up north at the beginning of July, so we'll be honing our already honed set for the forthcoming experience! Have a look on the gig page if you're anywhere round the Liverpool/Bolton/Manchester areas. See you up there if you are...


Busy rehearsing some of our new material for a couple of gigs at the end of the week:

Fri 13th June - Cambridge Folk Club

Sun 15th June - Twickfolk, Twickenham

Hope you can make one of these if you're nearby... details are on our gig page.


We're busy recording our latest bunch of new songs which have accumulated over the last year, and there are several tunes in a state of flux and experimentation. It can be safely said that it is not going to be a solo guitar and vocal album of the variety that some people might churn out in a couple of hours just so they've got something to sell on their next round of rebookings!
We're trying out lots of production ideas and taking our time (a bass part for 'Shelter' took us 2 complete days to work out and record - and sounds fab!)
New songs are:

Shelter From The Pouring Rain
Facebook Friend
We Go Round
Always Will
A Mandolin For Victor Coyle
Two Left Feet
Who Will Tie?
Almost Right

By the time we've finished that lot there should be a few more... that's the theory...


A great night at Hitchin last night. Thanks to everyone who came. Some people travelled miles to this gig, which has become a bit of an annual reunion for some very old friends. Things don't get much better for us than the audience reception last night... you made it so easy for us to play at our best.

Here's a pic for the archive which surfaced recently: it's Brave Lucy, which was the name of our band around 1998 doing one of our final gigs before we became folkies.


Easter is coming around again and for us that can only mean one thing..
Hitchin Folk Club on Easter Sunday!
Last year's gig went so well that we're doing it again. Easter Sunday is on April 20th this year and if you came last year you'll know a little of what to expect! We'll be doing songs from our latest album 'Eye On The Sky' and also backing the sensational Liz Simcock in this double header.
Liz will be starting the evening at 8.15pm and we hope you can come and help us make it another Easter Sunday to remember. Click here for more detail.


A really enjoyable weekend of gigs in Chester - at the Chester Festival Folk Day on Saturday and at the Raven Folk Club on Sunday (with Liz Simcock). It's great to see such a lively happening folk scene up there with some very talented local musicians there to inspire us. We hope we'll see you again soon when we do some more gigs in the area in July (see gig page)


An unusual musical soiree last night at the Great Northern in Crouch End where chief Spikedriver Ben Tyzack celebrated the first anniversary of his club 'Blues and Other Colours'. Guests who had played there over the year were each invited to play a few songs (mainly to each other!)
This was the final jam with some eminent names taking part including (L-R) Melanie Harrold, Boo, Constance Redgrave, Fran McGillivray, (sorry didn't catch this man's name but a great slide player!), Mike Burke, Ben Tyzak. Dave isn't in the picture as he hates joining in with anything and was hiding in the toilet!


Our next public gig is on 22nd Feb at the Chester Festival February Folk Day (details on the gig page) which we're looking forward to and should be an experience!...

Afternoon Concert

We'll be on at about 3pm for a 35 min set


We'll be talking about our methods of songwriting with some hints on guitar accompaniment from 5.30 - 6.30pm.

Evening Folk Club
We'll be on at about 9pm.

Hope you'll come along if you're in the area.



We're having such a great time on gigs at the moment. We've had some lovely audiences, the one last night was no exception at Faversham Folk Club. A great reception and a night to remember.

We are doing a fair number of new songs in our set at the moment. Most if not all will probably be our next album. They are:

Who Will Tie
Facebook Friend
We Go Round
Two Left Feet
Almost Right


Nice evening at Fourth Friday in Covent Garden last night. Hugely enjoyable for us. You know we didn't mean it about FB... if you can find it in your heart to 'like' us(!).. see you again sometime we hope. Thanks for coming.

(pic: Mike Watts)


Thanks to all who came to Croydon FC last night. We really enjoyed ourselves with an extremely responsive audience (plus we managed to do justice to some of our newer tunes!) See you again next time we're anywhere in south London.. as it stands at the moment that won't be until October! However we've got a gig in Covent Garden at Fourth Friday on 24th Jan if you fancy a trip into town (this is an evening of poetry and music).

See our gig page for details or join our mailing list and we'll let you know when we're in your area. Oh... and we didn't really mean the rant in 'Facebook Friend', so if you want to 'like' us, we'd like you to like us! Please click here...


First gig of the new year at Dartford FC last night. Very happy to be out there playing some new songs to our old friends. Nice to see Pam and Alan again with Colin in great form.. the Dartford Ramblers told us they'd actually rehearsed!

Brian Hazelden, who made the Minster Abbey video (see below) installed a TV monitor by our merchandise running clips from the video. Looked very impressive but unfortunately you can't buy it yet. We'll keep you posted... oh and we may have committed Facebook suicide with our song 'Facebook Friend'. We didn't mean it... much

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