Hope you're doing well and had a nice July! We had a lovely month, we actually saw each other for the first time in 4 months. Of course from a 2 metre distance. And it was wonderful. We went on a camping holiday/writing retreat/reunion in the Malvern Hills where we played lots of tunes and worked up some new songs for when the world is ready for them! We also walked up some very nice hills, including an Iron Age Hillfort which the nerds in us were very excited about. We had our first real-life pints in a real-life pub. Played an excessive amount of Kubb, our new favourite outdoor stick-throwing game. Bathed in a spring. Made fire. Foraged. Generally became one with nature. Apart from in the night when we thought we were going to freeze to death. We stopped being at one with it then.
We even recorded a gig for you all, which premiered last week. But don't worry if you didn't catch it 'live', it's available to watch right here! If nothing else it's an insight into the nonsense we say when we think we don't have an audience, but have forgotten the camera's rolling ... The gig is free, but we've set up a tip jar and any contributions, however big or small would be very greatly appreciated!
In other news, our new album - Tidings - had its first play on the Radio 2 Folk Show. Mark Radcliffe said some very lovely things about it. So if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, here it is again!
Coming up this month, we're taking part in Ripon Folk Club's Virtual Mini Fest on Saturday 15th August, which will be raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. We had a lovely gig there in February and we're thrilled to be performing there again, albeit virtually!
We were also very excited to find out that (fingers and toes crossed!) we will be playing at one non-virtual festival this summer, or 'festival' as they used to be known, and it's a lovely one - Beardy Folk Festival from 17th - 20th September. It's a wonderful line-up and an all round lovely festival. We'd love to see you there! Here we are at last year's festival where Polly is playing a version of charades we call 'Flamingo or Jethro Tull?'
And that's about it for news, so without any further ado we'll move on to ...
The Magpies' Pick of the Month
Campsite of the month:
Karen's campsite at The Malthouse in the Malvern Hills. It's got everything you could want. A stream. A wood ... That's about it but what more do you need?
Artist of the month:
Lido Pimienta with her new album 'Miss Columbia'
Quote of the month:
'Don't shoot the newsagent!' - Polly Bolton's autocorrect being too clever for its boots.
Stay safe and look after each other.
Until next time,
The Magpies x