Renowned folk musician Steve Bonham starts his Get Your Boots On Tour - May 25th 2013
Following the well-received launch of Steve Bonham’s single Steady at Bellingham’s Mini BAA festival, renowned folk singer Steve is getting his boots on ready for a musical odyssey along Hadrian’s Wall. Steve’s unique take on the tradition of travelling musicians will see him walk from gig to gig along the 85 miles of the spectacular Hadrian’s Wall Path.
The tour kicks off at Ireby Music Festival on Saturday 25th May followed by the first leg of the walk from Cumbria arriving at Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland on June 1st. Steve will then take the tour to Derby and Southwell Folk Festival before returning north for a grand finale at the Folkalpoint festival at The Sage Gateshead on November 30th 2013.
The tour has been inspired by Steve’s long term musical buddy Tim, who developed the neurological condition ataxia which curtailed his ability to perform. Steve wrote and recorded the song Steady, which features Stephen Doherty’s hauntingly beautiful whistle-playing, to raise awareness of ataxia and to support the charity Ataxia UK’s 2020 campaign to find a cure.
Ataxia is a progressive neurological disorder for which there is no cure. It affects motor co-ordination, walking, vision and speech. There are 10,000 adults with the condition in the UK and it can affect any age group including children. Ataxia UK supports people affected by the condition as well as funding vital research into finding a cure. www.ataxia.org.uk/
Steve Bonham says “I want to do something about this ataxia thing and I want to make more people aware of it - so people don’t think those affected are drunk or stupid. I want people to see beyond the stumble and the uncertainty to the still strong person within. And I want to raise some dosh so that good research by clever people can go on.”
Steve will be show casing Steady along with songs from his 2012 critically acclaimed album ‘The Moon’s High Tide’ and some new pieces. He will be joined by the “Bishop” (keyboards, tuba and percussion) and special guests to create some exhilarating performances of contemporary folk music. Steve is a folk veteran and has collaborated with folk royalty such as ex-Saw Doctor Pearce Doherty, Jimmy Higgins (Irish band Altan) and Fairport Convention’s legendary Dave Pegg.
Hadrians Wall Walk Tour Dates
Hadrian’s Wall Path is a national trail stretching from the Solway coast in Cumbria to Wallsend in Tyne and Wear, crossing the North Pennines area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and following the roman wall built by the Emperor Hadrian as a frontier of the Roman Empire.
May 05 – Sunday, Tour Launch BAAfest Bellingham
May 26 – Saturday, Ireby Festival
May 27 – Monday, Robin Hood Bar and Restaurant, Eastwell Houses
May 29 – Wednesday, Twiced Brewed Inn Twice Brewed
May 30 – Thursday, Boatside Inn, Warden
May 31 – Friday, The Angle Inn Corbridge
June 01 – Saturday, The Swan Heddon on the Wall
Midlands de Tour
June 8 – Saturday, Southwell Folk Festival
June 5 – Wednesday, Derby The Quad
Folkalpoint Festival Finale
November 30 – Saturday, Folkalpoint Festival Gateshead Quays
December 01 - Finally reach Wallsend for rendition of “Steady”
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