MIDSUMMER THOUGHTS
Just back from a fantastic week of touring in East Anglia and the Southern counties. Loved playing back at Dartford Folk Club (although it was strange not having Pam around). We followed this with two lovely church gigs...St Lawrences in Little Waldingfield, Suffolk and St Nicholas' in Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk. Both were well attended and with lots of new faces - many CD's were sold!! We ended the tour with a couple of festivals...the Knitted Character Folk Festival (a new one for us) and St Neots Folk Festival (a place we have played many times). Both were wonderful in their own way. Comgratulations to all the organsiers, helpers and to all of you who came along to listen and support. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

We now have a few weeks back home but are looking forward to playing various dates over the Summer including Stirling Folk Club, The Hearth Arts Centre in Northumberland, Music on the Marr Festival in Cumbria, a fiftieth Wedding Anniversary, a Garden Party and a couple more concerts in Northumberland at Holy Trinity Church, Redesdale and our very own BAAFest in the North Tyne Valley! For more details see LIVE PAGE.

TWO CHARITY EVENT RAISE FUNDS!

Every now and again we are asked to perform for fund raising events. Sadly we can't do them all, but last month we ended up doing two in short succession and both in Tynedale. Wylam Winter Tales hosted a concert in Wylam Methodist Church with oursleves, Gareth Davies-Jones, The Andy May Trio, The Fenham Ensemble, Pete Ryder and Bethany Ellen Coyle. A total of 1200 was raised for the DEC appeal.The 2nd event 'Jazz at Queens' was hosted by Hexham Roatry Club and took place in The Queens Hall, Hexham. 4 different local jazz acts (Landermason, Jazzmatazz, Subtone and Tyne Valley Youth Big Band) each played a set to audience of nearly 200! All proceeds went to Purple4polio, a charity helping to eradicate polio worldwide.

OCTOBER TOUR 2016
We'll soon be hitting the road again for a short spell of gigs down south! Check out our LIVE PAGE for more details of where and when we'll be performing in SUSSEX, KENT and NORFOLK.

CONGRATULATIONS PAUL ON HIS BBC 2 APPEARANCE!
Some of you may already be aware that Paul is quite handy with a hammer! First he builds a Cancrusher, then an electric guitar...now a full size working trebuchet!...and last week it was featured on BBC 2's programme 'Britains Most Spectacular Backyard Builds'.  

To see the clip scroll along on BBCiPlayer to 21 minutes or sit back and enjoy the whole hour! 

A SONG FOR THE REFERENDUM
Hear our new song about the forthcoming referendum click HERE. Thank you to Gary Griffiths for taking the footage of 'Stand Together (Or Alone)' at Woodman Folk Club last month.

3 CHEERS FOR THE FOLK CLUBS!
Just back from a run of lovely gigs around the country...The Topic in Bradford, The Woodman Folk Club in the West Midlands and Folk on the Moor in Devon. All three had wonderful venues for live music and our music was welcomed with open arms. We even took a photo of each splendid audience enjoying themsleves from the stage! These can be viewed on our facebook page. Thanks to all the organisers for booking us and to our hosts for putting us up (with Buster!). 

FIRST DEVON AIRPLAY
Big thanks to Nigel Tant for pugging our recent gig in Devon on his show last week (May 17th) on BAY FM. To hear his interview with Fiona and 3 album tracks LISTEN AGAIN here. The gig at Folk on the Moor in Lee Mill was our 3rd performance at the venue and our biggest crowd yet turned out! Here they all are enjoying themselves...as indeed we did!

SCOTLAND TOUR & WELL EARNED BREAK!
Home from a wonderful trip up to Scotland...4 lovely gigs at venues we've never played before. Leith Folk Club (Edinburgh), The Blue Lamp (Aberdeen) The Spectrum Theatre (Inverness) and Coigach Community Hall (Achiltibuie). Hopefully we'll make a return visit to each one at some point! Seeing as we made the long trip up to the highlands it would have been rude not to stay a bit longer so a week in croft seemed the right thing to do! Took in a few mountains, mucked about on the many beaches and searched for seals and otters....perfect! Now we are back in our beloved Northumberland, we are looking forward to playing locally in St Andrew's Church, Corbridge before heading down to Southern Counties!

SPRING TOUR 2016 Highlands to Devon
Really looking forward to getting back on the road again. It's our first tour this year and we'll be playing lots of new material in amongst some old favourites at a wide range of venues...including several new ones!

Check our LIVE SHOWS page to see where we'll heading.
Hope to see you along the way!



WINTER CAROL SUCCESS!
We are delighted to announce that Fiona's 'Winter Carol' which we recorded as a charity single has raised a total of 1410 for disabled children and young adults at The Percy Hedley Foundation! The total has been rising gradually since it's release back in November 2015. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has bought the CD, downloaded the single, sung the carol at one of the performances and especially to those on the recording itself! Thanks must also go to our sponsors VIRGIN TRAINS who made the project possible and extremely memorable! We are feeling very proud.

NEW CHARITY CD RELEASE!
We're very excited to inform you that on November 30th a brand new single rasing funds for charity will be released by LAMA Records. It's a bit different for us as it doesn't have a guitar or saxophone on. In fact neither of us are singing either! WINTER CAROL is a choral piece written by Fiona for upper voices and piano. A group of singers from Northumberland schools are featured and some light orchestration has been added to give that little bit extra for everyone to hopefully enjoy! All proceeds from the physical and download sales will go to The Percy Hedley Foundation, a Newcastle based charity supporting children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Winter Carol together with another track composed by Fiona for solo piano, called A Year and A Day will be available via our SHOP page. Scores for both these pieces can be purchased from her own website as a download. 

A download of Winter Carol is available here.



FESTIVAL FUN, BELLINGHAM SHOW SONG & FORTHCOMING GIGS!

So our lovely little festival www.baafest.co.uk is over for another year. We had a terrific crowd in, top notch musicians and brilliant sound on all three stages. We both loved playing on the Thursday evening as a festival fund raiser although we're not sure where we actually got the energy from! Thanks to everyone who came along for the night, the day or the whole weekend! Next years dates are now confirmed for September 9/10/11th 2016 so make a note in your diaries! In the run up to th festival Fiona gained a wealth of publicity across the region with her specially composed song written for Bellingham Show. The song was performed at the Opening ceremony on August 29th with a 40 strong choir of local children and adults. The song was really well received and can be viewed on Youtube.

Now we are looking forward to playing some gigs around the country.Check out our LIVE page to see where we'll be in September and October. Hope to see some of you very soon!

 

SUMMER NEWSLETTER
Find out all our latest news in our Summer Newsletter. 

'THIS BLACK AND WHITE TOWN'
Please check out 'This Black and White Town'. A superb 5 minute audio visual produced for the Hexham Photographic Society by our friend Rob Halliburton. It is a mix of film and digital street work taken in Newcastle upon Tyne and is accompanied by our track 'When The Boat Comes In'. Thanks for asking us Rob...we think you've done a superb job!

June Tour 2014
Just back from a week of lovely gigs in the south of England and over in France. It was great to play back at Wales Millennium Centre, Dartford Folk Club and Moor Folk in Devon and we loved our 2 new venues in the Pay de Loire. One English bar 'The Red Lion' in Desertines and one very French pub the 'Hugo Victor Bar' in Lassay les Chateaux where we were asked to play 'Angel of the North' TWICE! Both bars had dogs that sang along to Fiona's saxophone (highly entertaining!) and the singing along was great everywhere we went. Well done and thanks to everyone for supporting! Healthy CD sales and invites back to every venue...what more could we wish for? Some photos from the tour are viewable on our Facebook Page.

GOODBYE SWEEP
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our wonderful border collie Sweep. Many of you met him on our travels and will know how much he meant to us. He was a great travelling companion and was the inspiration for two of our tracks...'Sweeps Song' and 'It's a Dog's Life'. He had many fans and even wrote a blog for a good few years! He was loved by many and will be sorely missed. 
SWEEP 06/09/05 - 27/05/14 RIP


JUNE MINI TOUR
We are travelling to the South of England and across to France at the end of June for a short series of gigs. If you find yourself are in the area please come along and support us...be great to see you! Details on the LIVE PAGE.

AMAZING RADIO AIRPLAY WITH KATHRYN TICKELL
Tune in to AMAZING RADIO on Monday 13th January between 9 and 10pm to hear Kathryn Tickell's new radio show. This week she has chosen to play one of our tracks so definitely worth a listen! 

ANOTHER YEAR OVER....A NEW ONE JUST BEGAN
Happy New Year from us both us! 2013 was a really busy one for with the completion, launch and tour of our new album 'Me, Him and The Cancrusher'. The Up-Front Puppet Theatre in Cumbria have also just completed their Christmas run of performances of 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' - a show which we featured an original musical score written by us! The performance was excellent and we felt proud to be involved in something so unique! Thanks John and Elaine for thinking of us in the first place and giving us such a wonderful opportunity!

So what's planned for 2014?...less touring and more writing! In fact we've already begun. That does'nt mean we won't be out and about gigging...in fact we have some lovely bookings scattered over the year around the country so keep checking our LIVE PAGE for updates. As some of you know we also organise events here in the North Tyne Valley under the name of Bellingham All Acoustic and this year we are moving our festival to a new location and new month so there's lots of planning and preparation involved in that too!

So here's to a creative and fun packed year of music making...hope to see you sometime soon. 

PIED PIPER RUNNING NOW!

A brand new show staged for puppets will run from December 15th through to 3rd January 2014 at UPFRONT THEATRE in Cumbria. All the music is original and written by us!! The puppet have all been hand made on the premises and are based on the illustrations of Emma Chichester-Clarke in the book by Michael Morpurgo. A short CD of the sound track (including rat scrathes & sqeaks!) is available at the theatre to buy after the show OR from our website for just 5.00.  



BBC RADIO NORFOLK INTERVIEW - LISTEN AGAIN
There are 4 days left to listen to Fiona's interview with Thordis Fridriksson on BBC Radio Norfolk (whilst Paul was parking the van!)

AND A RIGHT GOOD TOUR THAT WAS!
Just back from our September Tour and what a great response we've had everywhere!

It was lovely to play back at The Topic and The Song Loft again and even though numbers were small at Tonbridge Folk Club and Amberley Acoustic Music Club, we still gave our all and enjoyed sharing our music with a new crowd! Fiona did a couple of BBC Radio interviews (Lincs and Norfolk) both of whom played a track from the new album! (Bellingham Stomp and Dog's Life) Other more memorable performances on this tour were at All Saints Church, Winterton which provided an incredible acoustic for much of our set. (Special thanks to Brian for recommending us for that one!). Diss Corn Hall was equally as enjoyable as our last visit 4 years back, mainly due to the lovely audience we had in for the night but also the new facilities...a Green Room...fantastic!! We were also delighted to perform a set at the very first Festival of Folk, held in the superb South Hill Arts Centre, Bracknell. Little did we know that Richard Digence had been listening and congratulated us afterwards describing it as "absolutely brilliant!". Finally we played a support for BBC Horizon winner Lucy Ward at the highly respected Hitchin Folk Club. It was a joy to hear Lucy sing again and great to meet her violinist Joy Gravestock. To end the night we collaborated with them both on a very cool version of House of the Rising Sun...A memorable and hugely enjoyable experience. Thanks to all the venue organisers, hosts and audiences that have helped make this tour so brilliant. We WILL be back!

SEPTEMBER TOUR COMING SOON!

We'll be back on the road again in September with shows in Bedfordshire, West Yorkshire, North Lincs, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, West Sussex, Norfolk and Bucks! With two festivals, five clubs, a pub, a corn hall, a church and some radio stations on the itinery...things should certainly be varied!! More details on our LIVE SHOWS. Hope to see you there!

NEW LIVE VIDEO JUST IN!
Check out this beautiful video taken last month of our 'Hear No Evil' gig at St James's Church in Alnwick. We are playing Mike Bennett's tune Kielder Water followed by our very own XYZ...incredibly fast!! Thanks to Mark Stenton for producing such a top quality production and staging these wonderful monthly gigs in Alnwick. Check out their website and get yourselves along sometime! We certainly had a cracking night there. 

PIED PIPER SET FOR CHRISTMAS 2013!
For those that have been wondering...it's now confirned....The Pied Piper of Hamelin is to be staged at The Up-Front Puppet Theatre in Cumbria during the Christmas holidays! We will post up a reminder nearer the time but more details including performance dates can be found via their website.

LIVE SESSION ON BBC RADIO LEEDS!
We stoppped off to do 2 different radio interviews on our way home from Norfolk yesterday...firstly at FOLKSPOT an online weekly show presented every Sunday by Jane Knights and then up to BBC RADIO LEEDS for chat with the David, Mark & Lee Durberville who together present a fun packed hour on Sunday nights called The Durbervilles! To hear the whole interview, LIVE versions of The Shoemakker, Bellingham Stomp and Hey! Mr Weatherman (complete with Durbervilles backing) LISTEN AGAIN here!!

SOMALIA USED ON BBC THREE DOCUMENTARY!!

We've just discovered that our track 'SOMALIA' was used in a BBC THREE documentary narrated by Scarlett Johansson last year. The program was part of a series called Escape from the World's most Dangerous Place. Unfortunately it's too late to watch again on BBC iPlayer but we are delighted that it was chosen!! Did anyone see it?

BEER TIME!
After many months of planning our REAL ALE TOUR is about to begin! We are looking forward to visiting some of our favourite real ale pubs across the land as well as trying out some new ones! Come and join us on our travels for a pint and some great live music, bit of banter and a hopefully lots of laughs! 

BBC RADIO LEEDS AIRPLAY
Tonight 'The Shoemakker' from our new album was played on The Durbervilles Show on BBC Radio Leeds. It was a fun hour with a great live session from The Whiskey Dogs plus lots of banter as per usual. Our gig in Otley next week was mentioned and we were described as being from North Yorkshire!! Oh well...no hard feelings fellas!

Listen again for a week!

SUMMER NEWSLETTER
Our latest Newsletter is now available to read here.

HAPPY TIMES WITH HORIZONTAL SUNDAY
On Thursday we played our last gig as a collaboration with folk trio Horizontal Sunday. It's been great fun working and performing with Sarah, Becca and Dave and we wish them every success in their musical future together. Check out some videos taken on the night at Rothbury Roots. 

MORE BBC AIRPLAY FOR CAN CRUSHER!
Thanks to Genevieve Tudor for playing not one but THREE tracks on tonight's Sunday Folk Show which went out live on air across Hereford & Worcester and Shropshire too! The ShoemakkerIt's a Dogs Life and Bellingham Stomp seemed to tickle her fancy...You can listen again for a week here.

FIONA TO GUEST IN YORK AT UNION JILL ALBUM LAUNCH!
On Saturday 13th May Union Jill will be launching their new album Respectable Rebellion (produced by Clive Gregson and John Woods) at The National Centre for Early Music in York. Alongside Union Jill on stage for this one-off gig will also be Clive Gregson (guitars), Andy Seward (bass) and Mark Boyce (drums). Fiona will be playing playing various instruments as per usual! More details abouth Union Jill here.

LIVE IN SESSION THIS WEEK ON BBC RADIO SUFFOLK!
Tune in to BBC RADIO SUFFOLK each night this week to hear a live track from our new album! Stephen Foster has always been a great supporter of our music from way back when! Yes he was the very first radio presenter to ever get a copy of a Landermason album!  

WATCH US LIVE FROM CARDIFF ON TUESDAY NIGHT AT 6.15!
to watch us performing live from 6.15 - 7.15pm on Tuesday 12th March at the Wales Millennium Centre click here

THE NEW ALBUM IS LAUNCHED!
Last night we just had a ball! It was the launch of our new album 'Me, Him and The Can Crusher' at The Queens Hall in Hexham. With nearly 150 in the auditorium, fantastic sound and lighting, a beautiful grand piano and all our lovely instruments....we couldn't really fail to have a good time! Special thanks must go to Horizontal Sunday for their opening set and for their collaboration with us on Kielder Water and Bellingham Stomp which ended the first set perfectly! As for the 2nd half, it would'nt have been the same without the kids from Bellingham...you were all fantastic singing Hey! Mr Weatherman and The Rat Song! Photos taken by Neil Denham can be viewed here.

The Strawbs, BBC Newcastle airplay and Can Crusher delivery!
Just back from a long drive down to Kings Heath in Birmingham to open up for 'The Acoustic Strawbs' at The Red Lion Folk Club. We had 50 minutes to strut our stuff before the legendary Strawbs came on and we had a ball!...warmed the 100 strong crowd up, gotthem all singing along big time then watched their first set (captivating stuff and beautifully narrated by Dave Cousins). It was such a pity we had to drive back that night as we missed their 2nd set. Didn't get to hear the famous Union song but never mind! As we drive home we discover Hey! Mr Weatherman has been played on BBC Radio Newcastle together with a nice plug for the launch on saturday. Thanks to Paddy MacDee for that! On arrival back home we discovered a little parcel waiting for us.....THE NEW ALBUM!!!  Just in time for Saturday...phew! Quite a memorable 24 hours all in all! 

TOUR STARTS TODAY!!!!
The new album hasn't arrived back on our doorstep just yet but we are really looking forward to playing again after a long spell in the studio! We have dates this week in West Yorkshire, the Scottish Borders and East Yorkshire then down to Birmingham next week to support The Strawbs! Hope to see some of you along the way!

first airplay for the new album!
Last night Fiona chatted to Sally Moon from BBC Radio Cumbria about the new album 'Me, Him and the Can Crusher'. Not one but three three tracks from the new release were also aired for the very first time! You can listen again for 7 days on BBC i-player here. scroll along to 21 minutes

2013 HERE WE COME!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are now in the last few days of recording before we set to work on the mixing and mastering! A time consuming process but a very important one too. Details of the content of the album will follow shortly so keep checking back for updates! The Tour starts on February 19th at 'The Junction' in Otley and continues through to March 23rd at The Granary Theatre in Norfolk. (See LIVE SHOWS for all dates). Our main album launch will take place at The Queens Hall in Hexham on Saturday 2nd March. Tickets are now available from the Box Office. This should be a pretty special evening for us as we'll have a specially formed youth choir and fantastic folk trio Horizontal Sunday performing with us on stage for some of the tracks. Hope you can join us! 

ALBUM LAUNCH DATE - Saturday 2nd March 2013
Exciting news....Tickets are now on sale for our ALBUM LAUNCH taking place in the main auditorium of the The Queens Hall in Hexham on Saturday 2nd March. We will be playing lots of other dates before and afterwards around the UK so check the LIVE PAGE for a venue near you! 

EXCITING NEW ALBUM COLLABORATION !!
We are delighted to be collaborating with fantastic instrumental folk trio Horizontal Sunday for several of the tracks on our forthcoming new album to be released in February 2013. Dates are already in place for several live performances too, including our Album Launch on March 2nd at The Queens Hall in Hexham. Don't miss it!

COTSWOLDS TO CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Just back from a lovely few days away gigging. Our first visit to The Norman Knight (an excellent little pub in Whichford with a very appreciative crowd) went down very well. Local duo Generation Jones opened up for us so that made for a doubley lovely night! Hope to play back there again. After leaving the sunny Cotswolds a trip up to Nottingham was next on the cards. Paul amused himself for several hours in a guitar shop whilst Fiona discovered the beautiful Arboretum. Dog in one hand...camera in the other...heaven! Down the A1 to St Neots Folk Club for our final stop at the Priory Centre. Lots of familiar faces here and as always - tremendous singing along!! Thanks to all involved. 

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND AIRPLAY
Thank you to Iain Anderson for playing our track Tree of Souls on his evening show on BBC Radio Scotland on 11th July 2012.  

JUNE TOUR BIG SUCCESS!
Just back home after 10 days away on the road. Had a fantastic time and played several new venues including our very first Devon gig at 'Moor Folk'. Delighted to report that the club want us back asap and with the offer of a house concert too, we are pretty fired up to plan more gigs down that way! We stopped off at BBC Radio Shropshire on route to play a couple of tracks for Genevieve Tudor's Folk Show. It was great to pop by and chat to her once again! By the time we got down to Worth Matravers in Dorset for our return gig at the Square and Compass, the weather was really improving and we spent the following 5 days in shorts! A lovely crowd gathered in the small initmate room of the pub to listen which was magical! Such a great pub in a terrific spot. Well worth a visit! Planning your own tours means you can build in days off (!!!) and not being the type to sit about we managed to see even more of the country than we bargained for. Sweep certainly did well with walkies this tour! Getting back to the music, we also made a return visit to 'Forest Folk', North Boarhunt in Fareham to play a double bill with The Askew Sisiters. The evening was well attended and the contrast of our styles went down very well. Following this, we played three other new venues. The Lamb Folk Club in Eastbourne and Unicorn Folk Club in Staffordshire and Folking Live in Bracknell. Delighted to report that our music was very well received at each of these places and a goodly load of CD's sold!!

Massive thanks to all the venues for having us and to all the lovely people who put us up. Great hospitality all round! 

Photos taken whilst we were touring can be viewed on our Flickr page here.

AHOY....ALL ABOARD THE ALBATROS!
Just back from a lovely weekend away. Played a very intimate gig on The Albatros ship in Wells-Next-The-Sea on the North Norfolk coast. What a gem of a place! Really authentic Dutch boat complete with freshly made pancakes and a multitude of different fillings! It was however quite a challenge getting the piano and PA on and off the vessel but with lots of help from the staff and a good steady hand we managed without dropping anything! Following this we dropped down to Dedham on the Essex/Suffolk border to play at a friends 50th Birthday party. Unfortunately as the weather was looking threatening, we set up indoors instead of on the decking as originally planned. (How often is this the case!!!!) Still, all went well and we are raring to go now for our more extended tour later this week! 

The Good Lovelies and us!
Just back from Hull where we supported Canadian all girl band 'The Good Lovelies'. What a terrific sound they make...amazing vocal harmonies and hilarious on stage banter. Try and catch them whilst they are touring in the UK. We highly recommend! Our opening showcase set seemed to go down well with the crowd and we look forward to playing a full night when we return in Februay 2013.

BBC 1 & RADIO 4 play Landermason music!
We have just discovered that BBC 1's Antiques Roadshow included our tack 'Dance to you Daddy' as part of their show filmed at Delaval Hall in Northumberland late last year! The same track was also played on BBC Radio 4 too!

NEW INSTRUMENTALS AIRED!
On Friday night, two new instrumental pieces where performed at a fund raising concert at Bellingham Town Hall. Fiona played 'Celebration' a brand new piece for soprano saxophone and piano, whilst Paul performed a solo classical guitar piece titled 'El Baille de las Muertos' which translates as the 'Dance of the Dead'. Both were very well received and will hopefully be included on a forthcoming album of instrumentals.    

DARTFORD FOLK CLUB DATE JUST IN!
We have just been asked to play at Dartford Folk Club on Tuesday 24th April. It's a while since we've played in Kent so hope to see a few familiar faces there! (more details on the club website

RADIO AIRPLAY THIS WEEKEND!
One of our unreleased tracks 'OUT OF YOUR HEAD' is going to be aired on the 'Geordie Hour' on Radio Tyneside at 3pm on Sunday 29th January. It will also be featured on Radio Northumberland later the same day at 6pm.  

ONE FINAL VIDEO FOR 2011!
Just put together a little video to accompany our instrumental track 'SAXOPHONE JIG'. It is a gallery of landscape photos taken over the last 12 months here in the North Penines. Sit back and enjoy! 

NEW FACEBOOK PAGE
We have just set up Facebook page...so if you like our music why not 'like us' or come and be our friends! 

BRAND NEW TREE OF SOULS VIDEO

Check out our latest video...it's a very sweet animation which accomapanies our song 'Tree of Souls'. All drawings have been done by our good friend Rach Alana. Hope you enjoy it!



THE FRUIT TOUR
We are just back from a lovely trip away which we will always remember as The Fruit Tour. Not only did we see huge numbers of trees laden with autumn fruits but we managed to pick, cook and eat a fair few of them too! Apple, pear, blackberry and plum crumbles were in abundance....yum! Musically, we sampled some great new venues in the south of England and over in France. Our evening at the Cherrington Arms in Warwickshire was the perfect start and it was great to see and hear our good friends Generation Jones there too. Le Coquelicot in Fougeres (a popular touring venue), was particularly memorable for it's vibrant stage lighting (see photos from the gig) whilst our first visit to The Song Loft in Stony Stratford (at the famous Cock Hotel) was our best night for audience participation! (Those who were there will know know what we mean!) We hope to play at all the venues again

1000 VIEWS ON YOUTUBE!
Our first ever music video 'Hey! Mr Weatherman' (which features BBC North East weatherman Paul Mooney) has now had over 1000 views on youtube! It can also be viewed from the Homepage on this website. Oh and watch this space for another new video coming soon!

'SAXOPHONE JIG' REACHES FINALS OF 2011 UK SONGWRITING CONTEST!
We are pleased to announce that our composition 'Saxophone Jig' reached the Finals of the Instrumental Category in this years prestigious UK Songwriting Contest. With only one outright winner per category we have been assured by the judges that our score of 9/10 translates as 'runner up'...so we are feeling very pleased with ourselves!   

NEW LANDERMASON VIMEO CHANNEL & NEW VIDEOS!

We have just uploaded 2 music videos on our brand new VIMEO video channel. Out of My Head (a song we wrote and recorded a number of years ago but just released as a video) and a new instrumental track for ukelele and low whistle titled Riverdale. Go check them out now! 

A RIGHT ROYAL AFFAIR!

On Thursday 21st July we were delighted to have peformed at the grand opening of the Forge Studios and Visitor Centre in Allendale, Northumberland. HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex was flown into to village by helicopter to officially open the building. Our job was to provide music outside the building as the guests and crowds assembled. Unfortunately HRH was 35 minutes late so it turned into quite a long session! Fortunately we had some brilliant young musicians from Hexham to break things up a bit. Thanks to Beth, Jonnie and Will for that...you were terrific! So between us, we entertained the crowds until he arrived and then afterwards too. The weather was kind to us and the whole event went without a hitch. We played our usual mix of songs and tunes plus a brand new saxophone piece written specially for the occasion titled The Forge.

HEY! MR WEATHERMAN VIDEO.... DONATIONS TO COMIC RELIEF
Check out our very first music video! It a bit of a departure from the normal Landermason sound but great fun to make. Most of the footage was taken by Gary Cole whilst the editing was done by ourselves. Special thanks must go to BBC North East and Cumbria weatherman PAUL MOONEY who agreed to feature in the video and also to the BBC for letting him do it!!! To watch the video click the link below. Hopefully it will make you laugh! If you enjoy what you see...please click on the link to make a small donation to Comic Relief.

Click here to view the video


BAAFEST 2011
Well what a weekend! Our 2nd BAAFest is now all over. After many months of planning and hours of preparation we are both now breathing a big sigh of relief! The weather was simply glorious (unlike last year!) the bands were terrific and the audience very appreciative indeed. Bellingham certainly had a buzz about the place. Highlights have to be our good friends Rag Mama RagThe Churchfitters and Rod Clements whilst The Old Dance School, Clive Gregson and Patsy Matheson were fantastic. There are too many to name but a huge thanks to everyone who supported us in our big little venture! You can get a flavour of the whole event by watching this short film taken over the weekend by Neil Denham. Our own track 'Living on a Shoestring' accompanies the video.

www.youtube.com/watch

BACK TO SCHOOL...
On Friday April 1st we spent our first full day in school as Landermason...and what a great school it was too!! We arrived at John Bamford Primary School in Rugeley, Staffordshire at 8.45am ready for a 9.15am start!! Presentations to Nursery and Reception classes right through to Key Stage 2 filled our morning, followed by a couple of Question and Answer sessions about 'our lives as musicians'! Both staff and pupils were certainly well prepared for our visit as the whole school had learned to sing The Dark Island (a beautiful Scottish tune we normally include in our set) Even more impressive was the 25-strong school orchestra, who had learned to play the tune and accompaniment. We worked with the orchestra for 2 brief sessions (during which time we planned an arrangement together) then performed it as part of a concert to the whole school at the end of the day.... hearing 270 children singing this haunting song was quite something.
Another highlight has to be the children singing along in Tree of Souls and the specially designed back-drop with a fantastic hand made 'Tree of Souls' and an 'Angel of the North' attached! Thanks to all the children and staff for such a memorable day.

OH WHAT A NIGHT!!!
It's not every day you get the opportunity to perform in such an amazing venue as the Bowes Museum. We were invited to give a concert in the upstairs Music Room (just along from the Silver Swan, a Goya and a couple of Canalettos!) Our concer was the first in a series of 6 hosted by the Friends of the Bowes Museum. Thank you to everyone who came to listen and also to the organisers and staff at the museum for helping us carry all our gear! Thanks also to Terry Ferdinand from Bishop FM for taking photos and writing such a lovely review of the night. To read this click here.

QUEENS HALL GIG SOLD OUT
Thanks to everyone who came along and supported us for our 10th Anniversary gig at the Queens Hall in Hexham. We enjoyed singing songs from past to present to the sell out crowd.  Great singing, great atmosphere, great night!  

SEVERE GALE FORCE 9, SNOW, SAT NAV & A STEINWAY GRAND!
These are the 4 things we will probably remember most about our recent tour overseas! After surviving 20 hours on the North Sea with severe gale force winds, we were thankful for our 4-wheel drive and the all important sat nav! We played in 3 totally different venues...a house concert in the far north of the Netherlands, a state of the art concert hall in Bremen (Sendesaal) and a popular live music bar in Wuppertal (Domhan). Our music was well received in all 3 places and CD sales were healthy.
Thank you to all our hosts for your wonderful hospitality.We hope to return at some point!

Photos
of the concert at Sendesaal (complete with Steinway Grand) can be viewed on our Gallery Page. Other photos and a full blog of the tour can be viewed here.

EUROPEAN MINI TOUR!
The ferry is now booked and we are getting excited about our very first trip to the Netherlands and Germany! Yes, 3 dates are confirmed for the beginning of December and all 3 look to be very different indeed! We have a house concert, a theatre performance and a cobbled stage gig to look forward to! Should a great way to end the year.

WOODWORKS VIDEO
Had another great time at WOODWORKS FESTIVAL down in Bedford again this year. Caught up with some other great acts including our friends from Brittany The Churchfitters and really enjoyed the haunting arrangements of Jack McNeill and Charlie Hayes. We're delighted to have been featured on this new video taken by the LOCAL-NEWS TV. Click here to see us live in action and also being intervieved

FULL HOUSE AT BAA CLUB

Thanks to everyone who came and helped us celebrate the 2nd Birthday of our very own 'Baa Club' last week. We still can't believe 2 year has gone by! There was a terrific atmosphere in the room with lots of singing along and even some cake eating at the interval. As well as performing ourselves, the audience were treated to performances by Newcastle duo Jinski and song-writer Jim Wigfield, who had us all in histerics with his sheep song. Photos (taken by Neil Denham) from the evening can be viewed here.

SUMMER 2010 - NEW SONGS & NEW STUDIO!
We may appear to have had a relatively quiet (and very local) summer on the gig front...but things have still been happening in the Landermason camp! The studio or 'shed down the garden' has been totally refurbished by Paul and new equipment has been installed. This has taken quite sometime to organise but we're almost there! We are nearly at the point where we can go in and record some new tracks! Oh, and that's the other thing we've been up to...writing some new material. So if you come along to one of our gigs over the next few weeks, you'll hear some new songs and tunes in the set. Each very different...but then that's what we like...lots of variety!   

NEW ALBUM REVIEW - LIVING TRADITION July 2010
Our latest album 'Tree of Souls' has just received an excellent review in the latest issue of Living Tradition magazine (Issue 85). The full review can be read on our REVIEWS PAGE or by visiting the reviews page of Living Tradition.



LAST MINUTE GIG IN GLASGOW July 2010
Following the unfortunate cancellation of Lyra Celtica, we are delighted to have been asked to play at The Star Folk Club in Glasgow on July 22nd. Please come along and support us. It's our first time at the venue!

A LOVELY WEE TOUR! June 2010
Just back from a lovely weekend in South Western Scotland. It's been while since we've been across the border and we chose a cracking weekend for it too...plenty of sunshine and barmy temperatures! Friday we played Girvan Folk Club for the 3rd time and decided to chose this friendly club to air some new material...an arrangement of Mike Bennett's Friday Jig and a song (still untitled) written as a direct result of the West Cumbrian shootings. Saturday we headed down to Scotland's smallest theatre...the Swallow Theatre tucked away in a pretty location near Whithorn. Although we like playing to large crowds, the initimacy of this charming 50 seater venue suited us down to the ground! Thanks to both venues for making us feel so welcome. We hope to be back.

BAAFEST HAILED A SUCCESS! May 2010
We've played at many festivals across the UK over the last 10 years but have never actually organised one ourselves...till now!

They say it takes over your life and it certainly did for several months of ours, but despite the hard work...we enjoyed the experience. Bellingham All Acoustic Festival or BAAFest was born on May 1st and 2nd 2010. Although essentially a 2 day weekend of live music, the event for some was actaully 4 days with our monthly BAA Club on the Thursday night and a Student Folk Concert in the Town Hall on the Friday. These pre-festival events were terrific and photos from both evenings together with a selection from the weekend can be viewed here

We have recieved lots of positive feedback since the event from visitors far and wide whilst a very favourable review has been written in the Hexham Courant. To read the article click here.

AIRPLAY ON BBC RADIO WALES
Our track 'When the Boat Comes In' was played on the Frank Hennessey Show 'Celtic Heartbeat' on saturday 6th February. Listen again for one week on BBC Radio Wales.

EXCITING 'BAA' NEWS!
Following on from the success of the Baa Club (Bellingham All Acoustic Music Club) we are now busy organising a brand new 2 day music festival to held in May 2010! Bellingham All Acoustic Music Festival or BAAFEST will be held on May 1st and 2nd in the grounds of the Riverdale Hall Hotel, Bellingham in Northumberland. Aswell as a fantastic line up of quality acts (see website for details), there will be many other events going on around the village too (a student concert, farmers market, 'Sights and Sounds' exhibition, stalls, morris dancing and more). Tickets are now on sale!
We hope to see you there... 

NEW YEAR AIRPLAY ON BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
2 tracks from  our new album 'Tree of Souls' have been played on the Iain Anderson Show on BBC Radio Scotland over the last 2 weeks! The title track 'Tree of Souls' was included in the run up to Christmas whilst 'Shipbuilding' was played only yesterday!
Listen again until January 11th www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00pl8pl

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
After a lovely restful Christmas break and very 'local' New Year, we are looking forward to playing at lots of new venues in 2010. Following on from a most enjoyable 'Highlights' tour of village halls in the North East and Cumbria, we are pleased to be rural touring again...this time in East Anglia and North Lincolnshire during March and April. We've posted all our tour dates up until the Summer on the LIVE PAGE but keep checking back for updates as things are still coming in!

NEW COLLABORATIONS!
This weekend see's our first proper collaboration with the superb Gareth Davies-Jones. Well seasoned singer songwriter Gareth, is enjoying much airplay from both his brand new EP and recent album 'Water and Light'. The show promises to be a little bit different, taking on the slightly more informal 'Jools Holland' style approach!
So aswell as individual tracks from both Gareth and Landermason, there will be several joint numbers in each set. Hope you can make it along!  See LIVE for details.

SELL OUT GIGS!!!
As we near the end of our Highlights Rural Touring in the North East and Cumbria, we are delighted to have just played to 3 'sell out' audiences! Village halls in Boldron (Co Durham), Heads Nook and Bardesa (Cumbria) were all packed out! The tour concludes with gigs at Brampton Community Centre and Stainton and Streatlam Village Hall.



ONE VERY BUSY WEEK!
Just back after an exhausting but lovely week of gigs around the country. Had great fun in The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, The Man of Kent, Rochester and also in the Barnaby Rudge, Broadstairs! In between these, Centre Stage (the home of Bournemouth Folk Club) impressed us in many ways and was a joy to perform at, whilst The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Leigh on Sea was probably Sweeps most memorable gig of the week! Our first visit to Masham Arts Festival was delightful and with a completeley sold out gig at The Hearth Centre, back in the Tyne Valley, we were both fairly satisfied with our lot! Thanks to everyone who came along or helped make us feel so welcome on our travels.

HIGHLIGHTS RURAL TOURING Oct/Nov 09
We are currently enjoyng a series of 10 village halls gigs across the North East & Cumbria. These are set up by 'Highlights' Rural Touring Scheme. www.highlightsnorth.co.uk 

ALBUM LAUNCH THANKS!
A huge thanks to everybody who came along and supported us for our big gig! The launch took place in The Forum Cinema and was part of the 2009 Hexham Abbey Festival. Numbers are not definate at this stage but around 150 turned out. Thank you all so much. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!    

FIRST NATIONAL AIRPLAY for 'TREE OF SOULS' !
The title track from the new album received it's first national airplay on Frank Hennessey's Saturday night show 'Celtic Heartbeat'on BBC Radio Wales. Frank described Landermason as a fine duo and that the song told an interesting story!
You can listen again until Saturday 26th at Celtic Heartbeat.

UK SONG WRITING COMPETITION 2009 SEMI-FINALISTS!
The Landermason track 'Words Unsaid' featured on the album 'The Reason' made it through to the semi finals in the Jazz and Blues catagory. There were around 6000 entries in the various categories offered overall! To read about all the winners go to:
http://www.songwritingcontest.co.uk



SPIRAL EARTH BLOG SPOT
Follow the link below to read our Autumn Tour Blog posted on the excellent and informative Folk, Roots and Acoustic Music website.
www.spiralearth.co.uk

AUTUMN TOUR 2009
Landermason will be performing at a selection of venues around the UK over the next few weeks. Visit the LIVE page for further details.

LIVE AT CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 2009
Landermason made their debut performance at this years Cambridge Folk Festival. Not only did they play a set in the Club Tent on Friday night as guests of Cambridge Folk Club but were also offered a short slot on Stage 2 on Saturday afternoon as part of Brian McNeils Afternoon Session. They played 'Saxophone Jig' and 'Drummer Man' to around 2000 people. The applause indicated they were well received!