Blackbeard’s Tea Party have been playing together since the summer of 2009. They began as a busking, function and ceilidh band, but quickly gained a reputation as a formidable live act and soon found themselves selling out venues in their home town of York.
Word quickly spread, and the band began to play gigs further afield, including a number of noteworthy festival concerts and ceilidh bookings throughout 2010 and 2011. These included Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and a headline slot at Galtres, amongst others.
To date Blackbeard’s Tea Party have released an EP (Heavens to Betsy, 2009) and their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober’ (2011). Since the release of Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober – which R2 Magazine gave a five star rating – Blackbeard’s Tea Party have gone from strength to strength. They were recognised as one of the best live bands in the UK in the 2011 FATEA Awards and 2012 saw a long run of festival bookings, including Cambridge and Whitby, and return visits to Sidmouth and Shrewsbury, amongst others.
2013 saw the band continue to grow with the release of their second album “Whip Jamboree” accompanied by their first UK headline tour. During the summer of 2013 they performed at numerous festivals, including a return to Sidmouth plus appearances at Beverley, another headline slot at Galtres, alongside first time visits to Broadstairs, Holmfirth and many more. In between all these shows, Blackbeard’s Tea Party could still be found busking on the streets of York whilst performing at their own band gigs across the country.
In 2014 Blackbeard’s Tea Party went from strength to strength with appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cropredy, Costa Del Folk Festival in Spain and the Rainforest Festival in Borneo alongside numerous others such as Larmer Tree and Shrewsbury Folk Festival back home.
The band will continue with their extensive touring schedule throughout 2015 and plan to release a new album in October.
Sun 30. Cornwall Folk Festival Town Hall, The Platt, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7AG, Tel: 01208 812230 — Tickets £17.50 — From 7.30 p.m.
Fri 9. The Duchess Stonebow House, York, Nth Yorkshire YO1 7NP, Tel: 01904 641413 Tickets £5.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 10. Bristol Folk House, 40-a Park St, Bristol BS1 5JG, Tel: 0117 926 2987 Tickets £11.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sun 11. New Cross Inn 323 New Cross Rd, New Cross, London SE14 6AS, Tel: 020 8694 1565 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.
Fri 16. St Edith Hall High Street, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 6NA, Tel: 01732 761078 Tickets £13.20 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 17. Telford’s Warehouse Tower Wharf, Chester, Cheshire CH1 4EZ, Tel: 01244 390 090 Tickets £4.00 — Doors 8:30 p.m.
Sun 18. Lichfield Festival of Folk (L2F), Lichfield Guildhall, Bore St, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6LU, Tel: 01543 262223 £15.00 — Evening Concert
Thurs 22. The Greystones Greystones Rd, Sheffield, Sth Yorkshire S11 7BS, Tel: 0114 266 5599 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 23. Queens Hall 75 Queens Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5LA, Tel: 02476 347402 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thu 29. Fruit 62-63 Humber St, Hull, E. Yorkshire HU1 1TU, Tel: 01482 221113 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 31. King’s Somborne Village Hall Recreation Ground, off Romsey Rd, King’s Somborne, Hampshire SO20 6PP, Tickets £12.00 Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sun 1. The Musician Clyde St, Leicester, E. Midlands LE1 2DE, Tel: 0116 2510080 Tickets £12.00 Doors 8:00 pm.
Mon 2. The Processed Pea Light Dragoon, Etton, Nr Beverley, E. Yorks HU17 7PG, Tel: 014308 10669 £10.00 — Doors 7:00. p.m.
Sat 7. The Shire Hall 11 Market Place, Howden, E Yorkshire DN14 7BJ, Tel: 01430 431535 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Sat 28. ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot St, Stockton on Tees, Co Durham TS18 1LL, Tel: 01642 525199 Tickets £13.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Fri 4. The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1DB, Tel: 01704 533 Tickets £14.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 5. Norwich Arts Centre 51 St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG, Tel: 01603 660352 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.