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"Inventive, witty folk rock with guts... being bound for hell never sounded so exciting." Bright Young Folk
"Blackbeard's Tea Party really are honest-to-God party monsters." fRoots
"This, simply, is the business." R2
"A powerhouse demonstration." The Living Tradition
Funky folk tunes, frolicking songs and an infectious stage energy. Blackbeard's Tea Party mix fiddles & squeezeboxes, guitar noise & synth bass, and a feast of percussion to bring you an unforgettable folk‐rock extravaganza.
Grounded in English traditions, but flirting shamelessly with a plethora of exotic musical avenues, they create a sound that is equal parts tasty, dramatic and danceable.
Together since 2009, the band quickly developed a reputation as a formidable live act. Before they knew it, they had sold out venues in their home town of York. Word spread rapidly, and the band began to play gigs further afield, including a number of festival bookings through 2010 and 2011, with many big festival highlights in 2012. In the last three years they have played many of the major folk festivals in the UK: Shrewsbury, Cambridge, Beverley and Sidmouth, as well as appearances at Whitby, Galtres and many more.
After the release of Heavens to Betsy (2009) the band's distinct sound was picked up by Mike Harding, who played Blackbeard's Tea Party on his weekly BBC Radio 2 folk show.
Following the release of critically acclaimed Tomorrow We'll Be Sober (2011, *****, R2 Magazine), the six-piece folk-rock band embarked on their first UK tour in April 2013. This run of live dates coincided with the release of their second full-length album Whip Jamboree. This latest album has already been received with glowing reviews across the board, and scampered up the Amazon mp3 Folk Charts to enjoy the view at #4 for the duration of the April tour. Having barely had time to dry their boots, Blackbeard's Tea Party now find themselves embarking on a SECOND UK Whip Jamboree tour THIS AUTUMN due to popular demand.
"Whip Jamboree - the best party going on 5 inches of plastic." R2, June 2013 ****
Blackbeard’s Tea Party were recognised as one of the best live bands in the UK in the 2011 FATEA Awards; with the success of 2012, 2013 is shaping up to be stratospheric for this unmissable young band.
BRAMPTON Lanercost Festival, Lanercost Priory, Cumbria CA8 2HQ
BEVERLEY, Folk Festival, Beverley Racecourse, York Road, HU17 8QZ
GRASSINGTON Festival The Square, BD23 5AT
LONDON Jamboree, 566 Cable St E1W 3HB
SIDMOUTH Folk Week, Various Venues
Broadstairs Folk Week, Various Venues
LONDON Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 1DF
LONDON Surya, 156 Pentonville Rd N1 9JL
MANCHESTER Sound Control , 1 New Wakefield St M1 5NP
HULL The New Adelphi Club, 89 De Grey St HU5 2RU