5th June - 1pm to 9pm UK time (Greenwich Mean Time + 1) The Blowout Online is free, but donations to support the event are welcome and can be made when getting tickets from Eventbrite. There will also be opportunities to make donations at other points during the day! Online tickets are limited to 100. However, the Join the Band session and concert will be broadcast to YouTube via the Bagpipe Society Facebook page and YouTube channel, making these two sessions widely accessible.Read more »
The Blowout is our annual celebration of pipes. We fully intend to celebrate the return of the real - 3 dimensional - Blowout next year 😀 IMPORTANT UPDATE The weekend of 10 -12 June 2022 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE We are now looking for an alternative date and will update this page when we have one - keep your fingers crossed! Stay healthy IanRead more »
Dear All In view of the coronavirus pandemic, we have reluctantly come to the decision to cancel this year’s Blowout. Any tickets bought will be refunded in full as quickly as possible, but please be patient, as we are a small organisation and this may take a little time. Let’s look forward to making up for this year at Blowout 2021 😀 Stay healthy! IanRead more »
5th to 7th June Polesworth Memorial Hall and Priory, Warwickshire, UK Featuring: Olle Gällmo Olle Geris Toon van Mierlo Porembela Quentin Budworth Dave Rowlands plus … The Friday Tune competition!! EVENT CANCELLED - TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE Downloads Saturday timetable Sunday timetable Please note: there will be updates, so do check from time to time Artistes Olle Gällmo (concerts & workshops) Olle Gällmo is ‘riksspelman’ on Swedish bagpipes (Säckpipa) and well known for his work in playing and promoting the instrument, in Sweden and abroad.Read more »
That was another great weekend! Next year’s Blowout will be 5-7 June 2020. See you then Blowout 2019 featured: Unisonus Branschke / Armstrong Duo Yan Cozian Jon Swayne and Friends Chris Bacon Chris Allen Terry Mann Pat Goodacre Artistes Unisonus (Sat, Sun concerts, workshop) Unisonus are a young ensemble from Salzburg and neighbouring Bavaria. Their main interest lies in exploring and interpreting old sources of popular music as well as contemporary Central European folk music.Read more »
Blowout 2018 is now a fond memory of a brilliant weekend! Blowout 2019 will be 31st May to 2nd June 2019 Featuring: Eric Montbel ZampogneriA Jane and Eric Moulder Terry Mann Paul Roberts Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant Pat Goodacre plus … The Friday Tune competition!! Programme Saturday programme Sunday programme Tickets We can no longer accept advance payment, but tickets can still be bought on arrival, so fear not!Read more »
Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth, Staffs Featuring Griff Trio Cätlin Mägi The Jon Swayne Mystery Band David Faulkner and Steve Turner Paul Roberts Sean Jones Scott Marshall Pat Goodacre Terry Mann plus… The Friday Tune competition!! Download: Saturday schedule Sunday schedule For workshop material downloads, go to the “Workshops” section below Griff (Sat, Sun) “They are 3. They are from Belgium. And they are great musicians. These 3 authentic troubadours from the 21st century invite you on a journey of celtic myths and legends, Scandinavian sagas and other traditional laments through vocal polyphony, bagpipes and flute soundscapes.Read more »
Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth, Staffs 3rd to 5th June Featuring Savage Prunes Juraj Dufek Estron MoltenAmba Jean Pierre Rasle Vicki Swan Sean Jones Cliff Stapleton Julian Scott Dave Rowlands Andy Letcher plus… The Friday Tune competition! Savage Prunes Callum Armstrong of the Savage Prunes The Savage Prunes are a young and innovative band from England, playing new compositions on traditional instruments. Having won the ‘Petit Formations’ competition at Le Son Continu 2015 as a duo, the ‘Prunes’ now exist as a trio.Read more »
Who performed in 2015: Trio Matta Rouch Balázs Istvánfi and András Németh Jon Swayne and Becky Price (Bal) Rohan Kriwaczek Paul Martin Chris Allen Dave Rowlands Andy Letcher John Tose Trio Matta Rouch Trio Matta Rouch Welcome to this talented trio of musicians and instrument makers, who have done so much to revive and sustain the music, traditions and instruments of the Occitan region of southern France.Read more »
Blowout 2013 – Our 21st! Were you there? Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth, Staffs Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June Featuring Antón Varela trio Cliff Stapleton Callum Armstrong Vicki Swan Pete Stewart Heretique Tom Hughes Richard York Antón Varela (Concerts, workshops, Sat & Sun) Antón is one of Galicia’s top gaita players, who won some of the most important gaita competition prizes in the early stages of his career, which started in the seventies.Read more »
Blowout 2012 – were you there? Olle Gällmo (All weekend, including presentation, concerts Saturday and Sunday, Saturday Bal) Olle Gällmo is a Swedish musician and ‘Riksspelman’, known for his work in playing and promoting the traditional Swedish bagpipe – säckpipa. In 1991 he began researching the Swedish bagpipe tradition and has since become one of the instrument’s most vocal proponents, in Sweden and abroad. In 2008 he became the fifth bagpiper ever to receive the Zorn silver medal and, thereby, the right to the honorary title “Riksspelman”.Read more »
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