Wickham Festival Walk

Here is the initial outline for the walk into the Wickham festival on Thursday 1st August. The walk will start from a pub in Corhampton in the Meon Valley and then walk part of the South Downs Way to Old Winchester Hill and onwards before working south west to the festival site just north of Wickham.
The pub at which to meet and the exact route are TBD.
Start time is 10am and the expected arrival time at the festival site is 4pm.
Details to follow in early June.

Ticket availability for September

As of today (15th April) in the initial allocation of tickets for the two concerts at Threlkeld Village Hall on 27th and 28th September, there are just three tickets remaining for the Saturday concert and nine remaining for the Friday ceilidh.

If you don’t have tickets yet then the ticket links are:

Friday ceilidh: www.wegottickets.com/event/465506

Saturday concert: www.wegottickets.com/event/465509

Nearer the time of the shows, the venue will be making additional tickets available.

If you are reading this after the tickets have sold out on WeGotTickets then please email info@jj-rr.org and we will let you know when further tickets are available and how to obtain them.


Article in RnR

The March/April issue of the magazine RnR contains an article about the ten years of walking tours including an interview with John and his walking buddy Colin. It also has reminiscences from fellow musicians and reluctant ramblers Ray Cooper, Tim Cotterell, Dil Davies and Boff Walley.

For stockists see http://www.seymour.co.uk/storefinder/

Copies can be ordered online at http://www.rock-n-reel.co.uk/sales.html

RnR 74 Mar:Apr 2019 Cover Page

Tickets available for September shows

Tickets are now available for the two shows in the north Lake District on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th September 2019. Both shows are in the Threlkeld Village Hall as part of three days of walking and music. Details of the walks and the Thursday evening will be announced later. See www.jj-rr.org/walks-in-2019/

Friday 27th — 8pm start — a standing show with one hour of great songs from John and the band followed by a ceilidh in the village hall. Bring your dancing shoes. There will be a bar.  Click here to buy tickets .

Saturday 28th — 8pm start — a seated show, again in the village hall.  A full concert with two sets from JJ and The Reluctant Ramblers plus guests. Click here to buy tickets.

You don’t have to have walked to enjoy the music. Meet you there .” JJ

For further information, add a comment to this post or email info@jj-rr.org.

Two dates for your diary in 2019

Time to get rid of those winter blues and look forward to joining JJ and The Ramblers out on those hidden highways and byways of old England again:

1. Thursday August 1st at  Wickham Festival: John and the Ramblers band will lead a walk on the beautiful South Downs to arrive at the opening of the festival and then play a set that evening before The Proclaimers .  

2.September 26/27/28  Return to the North Lakes. Three days walking the rugged landscape of the North Lakes. A half day walk on the Thursday with a session in the evening. Then two great days of walking and evenings of music with JJ and RR in Threlkeld Village Hall. Further details to follow including when tickets will be available.
Save the dates now. JJ

JJ reflects ….

The raw stats of miles walked, metres climbed or calories expended cannot ever do justice to the shared experience of walking in all weathers with a great bunch of people like The Ramblers. As Boff says, “Reluctant” is hardly the right word these days; but in a way it reflects that feeling of not taking ourselves too seriously, whatever we do and … some of this was hard. It is The Lakes; inspiring and daunting and changing each time you look up from watching your step.

My thanks to you all for being on the walks and at the gigs and for some great FB feedback and my special thanks to Colin, Tom, Fran and Graham and Vanya for invaluable support – and there were times when I needed it! … And of course to a great band: Rowan, Lindsey, Al and Tim and guest Nick Passmore for making the songs and tunes come alive. JJ

The walkers at the very start – Thursday at the Castlerigg stone circle:

and at Skiddaw House on the Saturday walk:

The band on Saturday: