Spine of England II – send-off from Holmfirth

JJ writes: “My friends in the Holmfirth area have booked Hepworth Village Hall on Wednesday evening 23rd May, for a send-off do for the walkers. It’s a small hall and tickets are limited. We are holding a set of tickets for the regular walkers. If you are coming on the walking tour and arriving on the Wednesday then please email info@jj-rr.org to confirm and arrange to pay for your ticket(s). Tickets are £10 each to include a pie and peas supper and of course lots of music. There will be a cash bar.”

Information for walkers:
There is a bus every half hour from Homfirth to Hepworth and last bus back to Holmfirth is at 10 past 11. (only  a 15 minute journey)
Taxis only £5 from Holmfirth – 01484 683500

Spine of England II — Walk Outlines

This May, JJ returns to his native Yorkshire and walks from the Peak District to The Dales, singing  songs from his albums ‘Rising Road’ and ‘Never Stop Moving’ with the superb Reluctant Ramblers band playing and walking with him. There will be hard-yards during the day and lots of songs and humour each evening.

Click here to see outlines of the walks in 2018
– from Thursday 24th May to (Bank Holiday) Monday 28th May

JJ says: ” putting my twin passions of singing and walking together was always going to be a risk but it has defied the doubters and gone way beyond my expectations. There is a real spirit of shared achievement during the day that informs and spills over into the evenings. Come and join us at any time; for a short  walk, a lunchtime pint or for the gig in the evening. You will be welcome. JJ”

The Reluctant Rambling Choir

Rowan is arranging two one day voice workshops on two weekends before the May walks. They will be limited to 25 places per workshop.

In the north of England — Saturday 5th May  at The Woolpack Music and Arts Studios, Otley. The addresss is 14 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB

In the south — Saturday 12th May at Warmington Village Hall ( just off the M40 at the same junction as for Cropredy). The address is Church Hill, Warmington, Banbury, OX17 1BX

These are open to anyone whether coming on the walks or not. As part of the workshop, Rowan will teach one song to be performed during the walking tour. For further information and to book on these workshops, please email Rowan at rowangodelmusic@gmail.com

Spine of England II — Tour update

We have just added a special Gathering and Send-off evening with music for Wednesday 23rd May. This will be in the Holmfirth area before we set-off on the Pennine way next day to Hebden Bridge. Details will follow shortly.
JJ says, ‘ This is my home area and I couldn’t miss the chance to get everyone together and maybe have a sing!  I am hoping Rowan and the RR choir will be up for it as well as the band. ‘
We also have an informal session on Sunday the 27th at the Craven Arms in Appletreewick (pronounced “Ap’wick” locally). We have booked their wonderful Cruck Barn for the evening so bring your instruments and voices.
John again: ‘ We start where my first Spine Of England Tour reached and we head North from The Peak District into the Yorkshire Dales, through stunning scenery and with great gigs along the way. Join us for a walk, a lunchtime pint or in the evening … wherever, whenever, you will be welcome. Hope to meet  you there. JJ ‘

Planning for May

I will be back in Yorkshire next week for a beer and maps session with Boff and Colin and checking out some of the excellent live venues we have planned for the Spine of England II Ramblers Tour in May. We hope to get some walking in as well and hopefully Boff can join us having recovered from his bizarre tobogganing accident [anything for attention]. This has been a dismal winter weather-wise here on the border and the fields are saturated from the snow-melt and incessant rain. That extra few minutes of daylight is beginning to lift the gloom and we will be out in the Shropshire hills tomorrow whatever the weather. I once wrote that walking in wild landscape was my drug, my gym and my church and the need for ‘a fix’ is at its strongest this time of year. However you get it ..keep well and see you out there. JJ

Click here for information about the walks

Spine of England II

Join John and the Reluctant Ramblers for 5 days of walking and 4 gigs in May 2018.

The dates are Thursday 24th May through Monday 28th May
(the second May bank holiday weekend)

John writes: “This is something I have wanted to do for some time. As well as walking some of the iconic landscape of my childhood, we get to play some superb live-music venues and carry our own brand of music and humour, often inspired by the walking, into peoples’ lives. The walks are inclusive and so is the spirit of our music. Hope to meet you there. JJ”

Click here for more information including the gig venues and ticket links. Note that walking routes will be announced nearer the time.