Swell Park Schism, Stella Homewood and Twenty-One Crows, Lewes Con Club, 1 March

Picture by Simon (handolio on Flickr)

We’ve all been trying to stay dry, and Simon’s now a daddy. What next? .

An intimate evening of fireside songs at the Con Club

Michi, Matthew and Charlie played as Swell Park Schism back in November, and people seemed to like it, so we’re bring the nyckelharpa back to Lewes, this time for an evening with our friends Stella Homewood and Twenty-One Crows.

We last played with Stella at Songs to the River, and she lent her exquisite voice to several tracks on the Small Shipwrecks record. Stella’s just completed her second album, The Wild Places, and we’re excited that she’ll be launching it at this show.

album cover for Stella Homewood's The Wild Places

We’ve wanted to share a bill with Brighton-based Twenty-One Crows for a long time. Uncut magazine says they “spin dense and stirring tales of war, death and God against a backdrop of immaculate Pete Seeger-inspired folk,” which is pretty much a perfect Saturday night out in our book.

Twenty-One Crows playing live

If it sounds like your kind of Saturday night too we look forward to seeing you there.

Swell Park Schism, Stella Homewood, Twenty-One Crows
1 March 2014, 8pm
The Con Club, Lewes
Advance tickets from Union Music Store (cheaper) or £5 on the door

Home Grown at the Grange

In Lewes tomorrow? Of course you are. Whether or not you’re there for the main Mumford & Sons extravaganza, come and enjoy a tranquil breakfast in the Grange Gardens. Starting at 8 in the morning (wah…?) there’s a breakfast buffet, arts, crafts, shiatsu, all to the delightful acoustic soundtrack of BE-ings, Louise Almeida and our own selves.

We’re playing from 1pm and the event ends at 3pm, but make sure you get there early – you don’t want to miss out, and Lewes is likely to be completely rammed so it’ll take longer than you expect to get around.

For more info on what’s going on see details here. See you there! Bring hats and suncream!Event poster

Meadowlands festival

Only one gig in May but it’s a good ‘un – we’re on at Meadowlands, our home festival!

It’s a three-day festival at Glynde Place, Lewes, from 24-26 May, and the headliners include British Sea Power, The Herbaliser and the bloody marvellous Sweet Billy Pilgrim. We’re playing the Woodland Stage at 2pm on Sunday 26 May. Weekend tickets are £95 including camping, or you can buy a Saturday/Sunday-only ticket for £48 (includes camping that evening).

We’ll be warming up with a live set on Folk is Not a Rude Word the Wednesday before. More on this soon!

Snow day

What better way to recover from pneumonia, I hear you ask, than to sit in the Arctic snow while Carlotta Luke takes photos of your band?

How about if you’re not wearing a jacket and Matthew, who turns out to be a crack shot, pelts you with snowballs? Perfect!

Small Shipwrecks

Must have been something about it, anyway, because last Sunday we finally got some proper photos with all five of us. Weirdly we seem to be smiling in most of them; it must be the magic of the Small Shipwrecks Shuffle – a recurrent theme kicked off by Farah whenever she’s first to start playing.

We’ll be using them for various promotions, flyers and gig applications, but for now you can see a few more on Carlotta’s website. Many thanks to her for freezing her arse off in the name of art.

Small Shipwrecks

Small Shipwrecks with Chris T-T – SOLD OUT!

It’s less than a week until our Christmas gig at Lewes’ lovely Buttercup Cafe, and we’re thrilled to announce that Chris T-T will be our special guest. Although he’s lived in the area for a decade, this will be Chris’ first ever Lewes performance. It should be a special evening.

For those who don’t know the Buttercup – host to our August launch for Eucatastrophe – it’s an intimate, friendly venue with lovely acoustics and great food. Claire will be serving her delicious mezze plates ‘with a Christmas twist’, so make sure you turn up hungry!

There are limited tickets; they cost £5.50 and are available online or in person at the Union Music Store. Soft drinks are available, but if you want alcohol please bring it with you.

Incidentally, if you’re looking for other gigs in the run-up to Christmas, head along to what might be Chris T-T’s last performance of Disobedience. It’s an all-ages show in which Chris sets the words of A.A. Milne to his own music. It’s the afternoon of the following Saturday (22nd) in Brighton, and it’ll be quite, quite lovely.

**UPDATE 15/12**

Sorry but this is now sold out. Numbers are strictly limited and there are no tickets on the door, so please don’t turn up without one. Our next gig is at Brighton Folk on January 13th – see the listings over to the right ->

December gig in The Buttercup Cafe, Lewes

We’re delighted to announce our return to the beautiful Buttercup Cafe in Lewes for a Christmas gig on Saturday 15 December.

We’ll be playing two acoustic sets featuring tracks from Eucatastrophe, some new songs and one or two surprises. Full details and tickets are available now from the event website, www.smallshipwrecks.co.uk/xmas.

If you can’t make it, don’t forget we’re also playing with Guy Hayes at the Coach House in Brighton on Friday 7 December. We’d love to see you!

Eucatastrophe album launch gig

To celebrate the launch of the album we’re playing a special acoustic gig downstairs at the lovely Buttercup Cafe in Lewes. It’s on Friday 24 August.

Tickets are free but numbers are strictly limited. Here’s the link for details and tickets if you’d like to come along.

We’ll be selling copies of the album on the night – it’s the earliest you’ll be able to get your hands on it!