Shipcote and Friends was a really lovely start to Sunday on the Drystone Stage – the perfect music for a sunny afternoon – mellow and smooth like a fine oak-aged whisky. A great selection of engaging songs, very tastefully arranged, and which the Drystone audience loved. A real connoisseur’s band. Thanks again - Dave Camlin Solfest - Aug 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed Shippy & friends Ireby Fest set. Lovely relaxing music -and a skilled bunch of musicians too. Phil Simpson - Regent Music - May 2013
He writes songs that are warm, humane and down to earth - and also leavened with a little gentle humour. I hope it's only a matter of time before his songs get picked up by more commercial acts. Keep an ear out for Shipcote & Friends, anyway - definitely something of a hidden treasure.
John Davey - Flying Shoes 2011.
Good - humoured & warm - hearted songs celebrating life in a somewhat idiosyncratic & thoughly entertaining fashion. David White - R2 Magazine June 2012
I thought the piped music was sounding rather good coming from The Barn stage & when I passed, it was Shipcote & Friends playing live. More than a match for any of the Festival artists. Paul Spencer - Maverick Festival MD July2012
March - Not much happening this month. we'll lead up to our album launch in April with a few new song practices I suppose.
Feb - Band members Graham & Cath had an awayday in Darlington recording a duo album. It will be out alongside the Shipcote & friends cd
Weve just been added to The Maverick Festival.
Jan - Were not doing our teatime show at The Schooner this month as we need to sort lots of what not's out ! Weve changed dates too & start back on Feb 28th.
Dec - Weve recorded our new album , over two sunny weekend afternoon's in Blank Studio's Stepney bank......by the ouseburn river......Its been a great year
Nov - Here's a nice pic from a worthy gig wev'e just done late Nov for My Mind Matters and Change Ur Mind charity at Cluny2.....
Oct- . There's are still a few gigs in for 2013, so if you wanna catch us live, check out gigs page....it would be lovely to see you.
Sept - The jumpin Hot jamboree was the perfect laid back ending to all our Festival shows. Me, Jon Codd & Bernard played Sunday morning at the back of a barn whilst Nicola danced & cantered away to the music , at the front........remarkable !
Aug - The band made the long journey up to Belladrum Festival nr Inverness & was it worth it. ???? ........Well - we saw a Stag on the way up & Id say its one of the bestest Fest weve played....I played Moonshine Fest on the way back. so what a weekend that was.....Following that everybody was up for another trodding off , this time into the dark Northumbrland wilds & Clennel Hall Folk Fest. What a lovely event that was too & the craziest folk, in the nicest way. Then finally we hit Solfest in Cumbria & the sun did shine.......Here's a live link to us playing the tune "Butcher Boy" there ......... YouTube
July - Its funny what you end up doing in summer & a spot at Scotswood Community Fest after a great Schooner teartime made for a grand start to the holiday season. little ones dancing at our Boiler Shop Steamer show was a rather fine sight too, that put grin's on everybodies faces including the band !
June - .Our monthly teatime date in The Schooner Gateshead is now a Friday - once a month from here on in.
May - We playied the Ireby Festival this month in a Village Hall. Cath came up from Kendal on her bike...whoo'p ..and played so hot, her fiddle flew out her hands....honestly !!!
April - Funny old month is April , were playing a Northumberland country pub, a wedding, our usual Schooner gig & a beer Fest too....oh well somebody has to do it :-)))))
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