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On tour with Heidi and family

Jon Lewis | 15:59 UK time, Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Guest blogger, Heidi Talbot, writes:

"Hello again! I'm writing this in our new house, surrounded by boxes, again! Since my last blog, John and I have moved house, got married and finished the first leg of The Last Star tour. We thought we may as well do all the big things at once!

"Our wedding felt like the best folk festival in the world with Eddi Reader, Kris Drever, Phil Cunningham, Alan Kelly, Boo Hewerdine and Iain MacDonald all playing and singing and that was just in the church!

"The tour has been brilliant fun so far and I'm really enjoying singing songs from the new record and also playing with the lads. We started the tour at the Live Theatre in Newcastle and travelled up and down the country for two weeks finishing up in Devon playing a festival with our friends Ade Edmonson and the Bad Shepherds.

Myself, John, baby Molly Mae and John's mum and dad all travelled down together at the start of the tour. We got about half-an-hour outside Edinburgh before John'ss dad was fast asleep, snoring with his chin on his chest in the passenger seat, John's mum was lightly snoring beside me in the back and Molly was out for the count on the other side. John looked in the mirror and asked: "could this tour be any less rock &roll?"

"The gigs have been going great, brilliant audiences and people really looking after us. We based ourselves in Derby for the first week, and played a concert there also, and then the following week we were based in Lincoln. We started every day feeding and playing with Molly, before driving off in the afternoon to the gig and returning at night to our home away from home.

"It;s always amazing to see the effort folks put into putting a concert on. You turn up to places like Nettlebed Folk Club and see the volunteers all working so hard to make it a good night, just because they're passionate about this music. It makes you feel lucky to be part of this scene. I've been doing lots of interviews for the record and tour and there seems to be a general feeing that this is a very exciting time for folk and acoustic music. I totally agree and it's been great seeing lots of young people coming to the gigs on the tour. It always annoys me though when journalists say that it's great that folk music is no longer about people with beards and woolly jumpers. Growing up in Ireland with the music of Luke Kelly, The Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers I've never understood that attitude - those musicians and singers were so passionate and exciting and had so much to say, and I'm sure they could have out-partied any rock band going today! Mumford & Sons have beards and jumpers and play banjos and got to number one! It's all nonsense. It;s just brilliant that people are getting excited about the music we all love.

"A big thank you to everyone who has come out to see us so far, and all the promoters and hotel staff for being so welcoming to us and especially to Molly Mae. This weekend we're off on our 'gigamoon' to play more gigs across the country. Hope to see some of you on the tour. Heidi x "


  • Comment number 1.

    Congratulations one and all, Heidi ! Great to see you contributing to the current ukelele revival too. The bloke in Hobgoblin told me they're flying out of the shop right now almost faster than they can restock.

    We're looking forward to seeing you at the London gig on Oct 1st.


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