This weekend, Elaine and I are taking a mix of traditional songs, fiddle tunes, covers and folky originals to the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta, in Greenwich and Woolwich. With eight performance slots packed into three days, it’s going to be a busy weekend for us, but that’s really the tip of the iceberg of what’s going on around the event. With weather holding so far through this week, and it falling on a bank holiday and school holidays, there should be a real buzz round that patch of the Thames, so come on down. If you catch one of our sets, so much the better! Here’s the list:
11am, Cutty Sark Gardens stage, Greenwich
1:15pm, New Capital Quay bandstand, Greenwich
11:15am, New Capital Quay bandstand
2pm, New Capital Quay bandstand
4:15pm, busking somewhere around and about!
12:45pm, Powis Street stage, Woolwich Arsenal
3:30pm, Woolwich Pier stage, Woolwich Arsenal
Also cropping up in the performance listings are The Salts, who the full band shared a stage with last summer and do a really excellent line in shanties traditional and modern performed through a lens of amped-up bluegrass, and other acts from musical hall to circus, lindy hop to rockabilly, theatre to medieval dance hip-hop fusion (no I didn’t make that up!). And if you’re really bored you could always, you know, actually go and look at some sailing ships. See you down there!