Tomorrow (Sat 09 Apr) we have a band called 'La Boum' which is a new one to me - but given that they're a ten-piece line-up of Scottish musicians that appear to mix folk with african percussion - this could be excellent.
Mon 09 May sees Irish folk septet Danu playing. I missed them last year at Snape due to being sent to work in Washington DC so I might pop along to this.
On Fri 20 May there's a band called Mabulu who are an East African collective of veteran marrabenta stars, nu-generation hip-hop ragga rappers and diamond-sharp guitarists.
Whereas Wed 25 May sees the excellent Salsa Celtica play. This band play salsa but include bagpipes, flute and fiddle in amongst the horns and percussion ! They sound better in life than they do on paper is all I can say...
The Michael McGoldrick Band are playing on Thu 02 June. Michael has been in so many other great bands (Lunasa, Kate Rusby Band, Afro Celt Sound System to name just three) that this is likely to be well worth seeing.
There's a twelve piece charanga band playing on Wed 15 June. I like large bands whatever style of music so I hope to be seeing Candido Fabre Y Su Banda.
I've been wanting to see the Broken Family Band again since I saw them at last year's Cambridge Folk Festival. They are playing on Thu 30 June.
Highlight of the summer though could be the mighty Lunasa who are playing on Mon 18 July. These are the best Irish folk band I've ever come across and I'll be featuring their debut album in my Essential Albums spot eventually.
This week's Big Tune is one of those songs that, whenever I hear it I just have to stop whatever I'm doing and listen. It's "Everything Must Change" by Nina Simone. Click on the big tune link on the left to listen. This one is dedicated to a friend - she'll know who she is...
This weeks mashup is another beauty it's called Can You Stand By Me (which gives you a clue as to what tunes it features) and it's by the very talented DJ Zebra. Click the mash of the week link on the left to stream the track.