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Blackbeard’s Tea Party have added further tour dates across the UK for 2016.

Playing together since the summer of 2009, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have become firm favourites on the English folk scene. An independent band with four albums to their name, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have also completed a number of successful UK headline tours.

Their latest album ‘Reprobates’ was produced by Dave Boothroyd at Reel Recording Studios. Barn-storming folk tunes rub shoulders with narrative folk songs, telling dark tales of wicked and nefarious characters. The title ‘Reprobates’ doesn’t just give their latest album its theme. It’s also a nod to the band’s reputation for musical mischief, frequently breaking folk-rock’s conventions. The album shows off the band’s imaginative arrangements, accomplished musicianship and dark sense of humour. ‘Reprobates’ follows the 2009 mini-album ‘Heavens to Betsy’; the band’s first full-length album, 2011’s ‘Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober’; and 2013’s ‘Whip Jamboree’ which R2 magazine called “the best party going on five inches of plastic.”

Blackbeard’s Tea Party combine fiddle, melodeon and voice with the interlocking grooves of two hand percussionists, a distorted electric guitar, and funk-inflected bass patterns. Though their music often takes traditional tunes and songs as the starting point, it’s clear that Blackbeard’s Tea Party is not for folk purists. Theirs is a gutsy take on folk which aims to renounce the trendy twee of bands like Mumford and Sons in favour of folk’s darker and more primitive origins, all by way of classic rock, funk and dance music. The resulting arrangements are often quirky and boisterous. This playfulness – along with their anarchic and ebullient stage show – has won Blackbeard’s Tea Party a small legion of fans.

Reception for the band has been phenomenal over the last two years: the Huffington Post called Blackbeard’s Tea Party the ‘THE band to see at Glastonbury 2014’ and, after they played to their biggest ever crowd at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, they were overwhelmingly voted the best band of the festival by Fairport Convention fans. This year sees the band on another UK headline tour in support of ‘Reprobates’, with new dates announced for July, August, September, October, November and December 2016.

July 2016

Fri 8th. Ely Folk Festival 38 Lynn Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 1DA

Tel: 07500 527334 See festival site for ticket details

Sun 17. The Ship Inn Cliff Road, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire YO15 1EW
Tel: 01262 672374 Admission Free — From 2:00 p.m.

Sun 24. Milton Keynes International Festival

The Stables Spiegeltent, Sth Willen Lake Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK15 0DS

Tel: 01908 280 800 Tickets £14.00 From 8:00 p.m.

Fri 29. Sidmouth Folk Week The Bulverton Marquee Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP

Tel: 01395 577952 Tickets £16.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

August 2016

Fri 5. La Belle Angele Hasties Close, Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland EH11 JD
Tel: 0131 220 1161 Tickets £13.50 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Sat 6. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival By Beauly, Inverness, Scotland IV4 7BA

Tel: 01463 741366 See festival site for ticket details

Thurs 11. Broadstairs Folk Week The Pavillion, Harbour St, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1EU

Tel: 01843 604080 Tickets £10.00 — Time 11.00 p.m.

Fri 12. Broadstairs Folk Week Concert Marquee, Pierremont Park, High St, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1JX

Tel: 01843 604080 Ticket £15.00 — Time 7:30 p.m.

Fri 19. Moira Furnace Folk Festival Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Leicestershire DE12 6AT

Tel: 01530 272 305 See festival site for ticket details

Sun 28. Shrewsbury Folk Festival Worthen, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, W. Mids SY5 9XG

Tel: 01743 892800 See festival site for ticket prices.

October 2016

Fri 14. The Adelphi 89 De Grey St, Hull, Yorkshire HU5 2RU
Tel: 01482 348216 Tickets £12.00 — From 7:30 p.m.

Sat 15. Telford’s Warehouse Tower Wharf, Raymond St, Chester, Cheshire CH1 4EZ
Tel: 01244 390090 Tickets £4.40 — Doors 7:30 p.m. Starts 10:00 p.m.

Sun 16. FAC251 118 Princess St, Manchester M1 7EN
Tel: 0161 272 7251 Tickets £11.00 — From 7:30 p.m.

Sat 22. Queen’s Hall 75 Queens Rd, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5LA
Tel: 024 7634 7402 Tickets £11.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m. Starts 10:00 p.m.

Sun 23. Hartlepool Folk Festival Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, Raby Rd, Hartlepool TS24 8AH

Tel: 01429 299330 Tickets £18.00 See festival site for ticket prices.

November 2016

Sun 13. Bristol Folk House 40a Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JG
Tel: 0117 926 2987 Tickets £14.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Fri 18. Cecil Sharp House 2 Regent’s Park Rd, London, NW1 7AY
Tel: 020 7485 2206

Sat 19. SHOCC Ceilidhs, The Hilt, Hiltingbury Recreation Ground, Hiltingbury Rd, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire SO53 5NP
Tel: 023 8027 1609 Tickets £12.00 — From 7:30 p.m.

Sun 20. The Globe 125 Albany Rd, Cardiff, Sth Glamorgan, Wales CF24 3NS
Tel: 07590 471888 Tickets £11.00 — From 7:30 p.m.

Fri 25. The Greystones, Greystones Rd, Sheffield, Yorkshire S11 7BS
Tel: 0114 266 5599 Tickets £13.20 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sat 26. The Bungalow, Shuttle St, Paisley, Scotland PA1 1YD
Tel: 0141 889 9976 Tickets £5.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

December 2016

Sat 3. West End Centre Queens Rd, Aldershot, Hants GU11 3JD

Tel: 01252 408040 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sun 4. The Musician 42 Crafton St W, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 2DE
Tel: 0116 251 0080 Tickets £14.00 — From 8:00 p.m.

Fri 9. The Crescent 8 The Crescent, York, Yorkshire YO24 1AW
Tel: 01904 622510 Tickets £5.50 — From 7:30 p.m.

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