LAST CHANCE to sign up to a three-part course in Ballad Scholarship & Sourcing. Lessons at 19:00 BST on July 7th, 14th and 21st via Zoom.


This will focus on the process of sourcing, interpreting, editing, arranging a ballad and will guide members through several of my favourite online (FREE) folksong and ballad resources and archives.

You don’t need any resources or books, just access to Zoom. Resources will be sent to you. Your ticket ensures you get three workshops so you get more out of the classes and can do your research between classes. This is open to beginners. This class is limited to 15 people so it will not be a big class and plenty of space to learn and ask questions.

It’s Bandcamp day! I thought I’d make something exclusively for Bandcamp, but don’t worry, it’s not a T-Shirt with my mug on it. It’s a six track release of unaccompanied ballads and accompanying lyric booklet. Proceed only if you are fond of protracted narrative songs of death and despair…

Ballads Vol. I is released exclusively on Bandcamp. Buy here.

We must #letthemusicplay. This is a photo from my last trio show on 8th March in Bilbao, Basque Country before the world entered lockdown. Despite the fact that cinemas, pubs, restaurants and shops are beginning to re-open, the arts and entertainment industry has been left on its knees. Pubs are to open, but live music prohibited. The government cannot ignore live music. We were the last to close down, and we will be the last to open up. In lockdown, we all turned to the arts for comfort and for our sanity – we consumed the product of artistic industries by watching it, listening to it and reading it. Yet, those who produced this art are the very people who have been left behind. As we begin to open up, we must support live music and give it a chance to survive. ✊🏻

📸 Carlos Garcia Azpiazu