We are thrilled to announce that our new album 'Undertow' is released today! We are at Folk Music Ontario playing a special showcase set to celebrate.
We want to thank PRS International Showcase Fund for sponsoring our trip to Canada - cheers!
Hello there!We're over the moon to release the final single from our upcoming album today - Now and Then!
If you like it, the rest of the album will be out on Friday 14th October and is available to pre-order now!
As the days get shorter and the jumpers come out again, we're excited to get stuck into Autumn. It looks set to be a good one! More news on that coming soon, but until then here's a quick reminisce on what's been a fabulous summer
What a week it's been! We've been absolutely blown away by the love from everyone who came along to The Magpies Festival last weekend and we want to say a massive thank you to all of you who came and supported us in our second year. We really can't believe it was another sell-out!!
We're extremely excited to announce that we'll be going ahead next year and that TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW with a 20% off Early Bird Discount!
And if that wasn't enough for this week, we also released a new single on Friday - Galileo!
Dr Bella Gaffney might tell you it's about the scientific method, but really it's about stepping out of your comfort zone and reaching for the stars, like S Club 7 told us to.
We've put togeth a festival highlights video, featuring our new single as the soundtrack. Get the tissues out mum...
The Magpies x
We're very excited to announce that we'll be on tour in the UK and Ireland this Autumn!
We'll be touring our new album, Undertow, which is out this Autumn and we'd love to see you there!
The Magpies x
Just a quick note to say that our new single UNDERTOW is out today! We had so much fun making this track and we're very excited to share it with you.
And a reminder that we'll be hitting the road for the second leg of our Spring tour next week and we'd love to see you there!
Just in case you can't remember where we'll be, we made you a little song. No excuses now ...
Stay tuned for a new video by our very own Kate, coming out on International Women's Day - Tuesday 8th March.
The Magpies x
We've got so much exciting news to share with you this month that, like many of the greats - Lord of the Rings, His Dark Materials, Fifty Shades of Grey - this month's 'Chattermag' comes to you in the form of a trilogy. Although admittedly one featuring less epic high-fantasy and questionable romance.
In this first edition, we are very excited to announce the final line-up for The Magpies Festival 2022 ...
We are absolutely over the moon to be joined by some of our favourite musicians and we hope you can join us there too!
And if that's not enough to tempt you, here's a little sneak peek of last year ...
We'll be back next week with news of our upcoming single release and tour!
The Magpies x
Hello and Happy New Year!
We hope that 2022 has got off to a good start for you all.
We started the year in Somerset, where we learnt that the local word for a magpie is a 'chattermag', a rather apt name for both ourselves and our monthly newsletter. So first and foremost, we would like to welcome you to the inaugural issue of 'The Chattermag'.
And we've got a special treat in store for you in this edition. As reading requires a fair amount of effort and concentration, we've decided to mix things up a bit and turn this month's newsletter into a newsfilm.
So here's what we've been up to ...
Finally, just one tiny little bit of reading for you ... This is where we'll be on tour. We'd love to see you there!
The Magpies x
We know it isn't quite the end of the month yet but thought we'd sneak in a quick news update before the bank holiday, because we've got lots to tell you and we couldn't wait any longer!
The Magpies Festival happened! And we can't really find the words to describe what an incredible weekend it was ...
We've been absolutely blown away by the love and support from everyone who came along. And we want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you who supported the event in its inaugural year.
You were such a fun audience and a lovely festival community. You left the grounds of Sutton Park absolutely immaculate, which certainly helped us out on Sunday morning, when we might have been sporting slightly sore heads.
We've been looking through your feedback and it's all so wonderfully positive, it has genuinely made us a little bit weepy (although that might have something to do with festival-organiser's-sleep-deprivation!)
And we're very pleased to announce that all your excellent thoughts and ideas will be put to good use because we will be going ahead next year with The Magpies Festival Part 2! More very exciting news on that coming soon!
We headed straight from the festival, slightly dazed and bleary-eyed, for a gig at Runcorn Folk Club, which was lovely. And then had a rather eventful journey to Purbeck Valley Folk Festival on the South Coast, featuring a minor car accident just minutes into driving Bella's brand new car (it wasn't my fault!) But we had a fantastic weekend, with highlights including a wonderful gig, lots of brilliant music, a trip to the beach and a delightful morning swim at our new favourite hotel.
We also managed to squeeze two Magpie birthdays into this month - Kate and Bella are now another year older and wiser!
And in less than a week, we will be kicking off our September tour! In exciting news, we've sold out The Live Room at Saltaire, Downend Folk Club have released more tickets and a few others shows are just a handful of tickets away from selling out. Get your tickets now and help us sell out the rest!
We very much hope to see you somewhere along the way!
The Magpies x
The Magpies' Pick of the Month
Service station of the month ...
Winchester Services: 3.8 stars
Pros: Fresh flowers in the toilets. Good natural light.
Cons: Long queue for Burger King, but we did sample the new halloumi burger, which was excellent.
Hotel of the month ...
Springfield Country Hotel & Spa, Dorset.
Pros: Very friendly. Provided refuge from a very damp campsite, as well as hot beverages and spa facilities well before check-in.
Cons: Bella stubbed her toe in the steam room.
Band of the month ...
The People Versus.
We had the opportunity to see them twice this month and they are awesome. Check them out!
Well, there's just 4 more sleeps to go until THE MAGPIES FESTIVAL and we're very excited!
We've been knuckling down this month, finalising the nitty gritty details to make it the best of days and we can't wait! Here's a quick reminder of the lovely bands that we'll be joined by ...
For those who've just joined us (or haven't been paying attention), as well as that very exciting line-up, there'll also be an excellent array of food and drink. The wonderful Brass Castle Brewery will be supplying the bar and there'll also be homemade pizza, a BBQ, Indian street food, tea, coffee, cakes aplenty and of course, ice cream!
Camping is available on site, nestled on the edge of the forest, in the stunning grounds of York's stately home, Sutton Park. Check it out, it's quite nice ...
We've been completely overwhelmed by the wonderful response we've had to the festival and tickets have been flying off the shelves. We want to say a massive, massive thank you to everyone who's taken a chance on our brand new festival and bought a ticket, it means the world to us!
As we said last month, we've limited numbers due to Covid to make sure it's a safe space from which to enjoy music BUT between you and me there are a few tickets left, so don't miss out, get them here ...
As well as the festival, you can also catch us this month at Runcorn Folk Club on Monday 16th August. Tickets are on sale here and we can't wait!
Next time we write, we'll be packing our bags for our Autumn tour, which starts a month today! We're almost ready to go - we've started to plan our in-between-gigs sightseeing activities and we're currently in the process of choosing an audio book for the car, because we're rock and roll like that. Audio book recommendations and tourist activities in the below locations are most welcome. English Heritage and/or The National Trust, it's not too late to sponsor us!
Check out the full tour here and get your tickets ...
And so we'll say goodbye, until the festival, where we hope to see lots of friendly faces. We can't wait to see you there!
The Magpies x
Well, we've almost made it to July - not that you'd know from looking out of the window!
June turned out to be a rather delightful month for us here at Magpie HQ. Not only have we now all had our first jab, but we kicked things off with some lovely airplay of our new single - I Never Will Marry. Mike Harding said it was a 'cracking track'! And Mark Radcliffe not only gave it a good spin but also gave The Magpies Festival a very nice plug - 'well that sounds just about perfect'!
Speaking of the festival, we're happy to confirm that The Magpies Festival still plans to go ahead on Saturday 14th August, BUT we've made the decision to limit numbers at the festival, so we can be sure we're operating safely. We'll be operating at 50% of maximum capacity to accommodate social distancing and the site has been designed from the outset in a Covid-secure way, with all areas open-air and enough space for you all to swing as many cats as you'd like! If you haven't got your tickets yet, don't miss out!
In other news, we are VERY excited to have joined Midnight Mango and will be working with the fabulous Louise McGovern as our booking agent. And here she is. Get in touch with any bookings, we think she's great!
Friday was an especially exciting day for us. It was our first time playing in front of real life people this year! We joined Man the Lifeboats for a sold out show at The Water Rats AND not only that, but it was also our first time catching the train to a gig as a band. Here we are looking thrilled to be on our way to play some tunes!
If you missed us in London, don't panic, we're off on tour again in September (yippee!) and we're heading all over. Check out the full tour here and get your tickets! We can't wait!
And finally, to celebrate England's victory yesterday and inevitable impending glory (it's coming home!) we launched a half price t-shirt sale! Stylishly modelled here by Grandma Brandon last weekend - get yours from The Magpie Shop, for only £11!
Well, after that hefty tome of a newsletter, I think that's enough excitement for one day! We'll be back next month, but until then have a lovely July!
The Magpies x