JJ writes “Join us on the Malvern Hills, through hidden Herefordshire hamlets with ancient Norman churches and inspiring border landscape as we cross 100 miles westward to finish in Kington below Hergest Ridge. Join us for a day, half a day, a pint at lunchtime or just a gig in the evening. Walk us through your local area or just meet us to say hello. See you on the road. JJ ”
Walk details here:jj-rr.org/hereford-100-the-homecoming-tour/
Gig details here: jj-rr.org/homecoming-tour-gigs/
The week will see 1,000 miles completed since the walking tours began in 2009. See here for John’s fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Jones-Oysterband – now on £4,634 and aiming for at least £5,000 by the end of next week – please donate if you can!
Sat 10th September: Oysterband headline Bromyard festival to start the week.
Sun 11th: Get-together, Nag’s Head, Malvern. No music, just recovery after a long walk.
Mon 12th: first Reluctant Rambers gig of the tour at the 15th century Royal Oak, Ledbury – following a wonderful walk along the length of The Malverns.
Tues 13th: The Barrels, Hereford. The great Wye Valley Brewery pub, Hereford’s local and a great live venue. We played here on our first ever Walking Tour 7 years ago.
Weds 14th: no gig.
Thurs 15th: A concert in the beautiful surroundings of Yarpole Church – a wonderful community space and building.
Fri 16th: Session at The Sun Inn, Leintwardine – one of the county’s great and iconic old pubs. Come prepared to sing and play .
Sat 17th: The Burton Hotel, Kington. Where we started 7 years ago and where we finish, 1,000 miles later and countless gigs. This will sell-out as will some of the others. Last gig of the year for JJ and The Ramblers.
As Oysterband celebrate their 40th anniversary next year, John will be incredibly busy so there will be no organised Walking Tour in 2017.
Click here for gig details
A good day gathering song lyrics, playing tunes and compiling a set for the Walking Tour. Many of my songs have no definitive recorded version yet and I love sharing them and hearing them evolve with playing. There are new songs…strange ones involving hangmen, mysterious birds, chalk-white horses and stories heard in the pub. Songs of the roadside which need telling. Who knows whether they will stand the test of time like some of the sweeping traditional songs we will sing…big songs from a small island. I have Rowan’s voice next to mine and one of the greatest bands that ever had the bottle to walk all day, and then gig. It is my craziest week of the year…certainly theirs…and hopefully yours. Meet you there. JJ