Hello all,
With our sails up catching the English winds, we have been kept very busy again this week – its blowin’ a gale, even a touch of sleet. In other words, its freezing up here!

Kicking off the week, we made the journey up to Sandwich and then Broadstairs on the hunt for more venues to expand our 2018 tour. There were many spontaneous moments of song for the beautiful folk we met along the way. (click here for example).

Hospital Radio Medway

We shared a very special show with Alan at Hospital Radio Medway singing for all the patients in the hospital live, one of the biggest hospitals we’ve ever seen. It went on for blocks – such a blessing to give something to those in need with an hour filled with live music and lovely conversation. Hello to all the patients, we hope that you all get well soon!

Radio Caroline

Meet Derek and Steve, the guys from Radio Caroline – the original pirate radio that began in 1964, (for those that have seen the film ‘The Boat That Rocked’ with Philip Seymour Hoffman you’ll know what we’re talking about!)  It’s still going, streamed around the world. We had listeners tuning in from Ireland, Norway Holland and Iowa! Cheers to you guys!

Rochester Sweeps Festival

From the biggest stage to the smallest – what a spectacular weekend of gigs at the Rochester Sweeps Festival! From being the headline act on the main stage in front of 3000 people, to playing for 30 with standing room only in the Flipping Frog Micro Pub – the smallest venue ever, we had a radical time and have been given such a warm welcome on our first UK appearance.

This whole festival is held in the grounds of a 12th century castle, magnificent in its graceful standing over all of these centuries. It is known as one of the finest and most well preserved Norman forts, with an incredible backdrop framing the Main Stage. Music can be heard filling the lawns of the moat and cascading across the township below. This annual festival, started as a celebration of Spring and a day off for all the Chimney Sweeps of England, includes traditional Morris dancing, Irish dancing, street performance and lots of Kentish Real Ale tasting!

We’ve been invited to return for the festival in 2018, so we’re planning already! Thank you to all the festival volunteers and organisers for making this incredible event happen, and a big thank you to all the new hearts that we have met this weekend.

We’ll be looking forward to seeing you next year!

Onto Ireland!

Our tour has now brought us over to the West Coast of England for gigs in Bristol, Glastonbury and Somerset County. We have a week here playing shows at:

– May 5th – The Bear Inn – Taunton Somerset – 8:30-10:30pm 
– May 6th – The Hawthorns Hotel – Glastonbury, Somerset – 4:30-6:30pm
– May 6th – The Sheppey – Lower Godney, Somerset – 9:00-11:00pm
– May 7th – Farm Fest Take Over at Frome Markets – Somerset 2:15-3:15pm

Next week we’re off to Ireland!

So looking forward to being amongst the beautiful faye and kindred spirits of Ireland! The gigs and radio shows are lining up as we speak, so stay tuned and we’ll be filling you in after the ferry ride!

Here’s a snippet of what we’ll be up to on our Irish Tour

– May 11th – Crowleys – Kenmare, Kerry – 9:30-11:30pm
– May 12th – Scanells  – Clonakilty, Cork – 9:00-11:00pm
– May 13th – Levi’s Corner House – Ballydehob, Cork – 8:30-10:30pm
– May 14th – McCarthy’s – Kenmare, Kerry – 9:30-11:30pm

Love to you all,
The Heart Collectors