Traditional English songs and dance tunes performed on acoustic instruments
2013 - celebrating 20 years of Magpie Lane
This year marks our 20th anniversary. The centrepiece for our celebrations will be a
20th anniversary concert at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford on May Eve (Tuesday 30th April),
where we will be joined by former band members and a number of really special guests.
We also have 20th birthday gigs arranged at the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham, the Oxford Folk Weekend, Chippenham Folk Festival, and Ringwood Folk Club.
See the News & Gigs page for more details - and keep checking back.
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Tim Healey's account: Magpie Lane - how it all began
Latest CD "The Robber Bird"
The most recent Magpie Lane CD "The Robber Bird" was released in December 2011:
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Magpie Lane perform traditional English music and song. They combine powerful vocals
with vigorous dance tunes - inventive arrangements on acoustic instruments.
Magpie Lane appear regularly at top national Festivals - including Sidmouth, Towersey,
Fylde and Chippenham - and have recorded eight critically acclaimed CDs.
In my opinion the finest English Folk Band for concerts... Magpie Lane release a much-anticipated CD which still manages to exceed our high expectations... if I want to show someone why I love English folk music, I can play them this.
Flos Headford, Shreds and Patches
quite the best offering of English traditional songs and dance tunes that has come this way in many a day... a well chosen and balanced programme, full of change of pace and variety
Vic Smith, Sussex Folk Diary
What is so special and indeed unusual about the band is their combination of strong stage presence, delivery, technical skill and instinctive verve, with a genuinely scholarly understanding of the music at its core.
Jon Boden, English Dance & Song, Summer 2012
this Oxfordshire sextet represents the very best in the English country dance and song tradition
release consistently good albums of English songs and music
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
"Traditional English songs and dance tunes performed on acoustic instruments". These modest words of theirs tell only a small part of the story. The Oxfordshire-based quintet marry a deep love of their material with an unflashy musicality and a seriousness of purpose that is never solemn. This is traditional music with nothing taken out and just the right soupçon of seasoning.
Jon Boden & Fay Hield, Royal Traditions, Dungworth
Thanks for another great evening. Every time Magpie Lane appear at Ringwood Folk club we are near to capacity, with plenty of great singing from you and the audience. It's really good to hear proper Southern English Traditional music played so well.
Rod Biggs, Ringwood Folk Club
We have had some superb feedback from audience members. The fact that each member is not only a fine singer but also an instrumentalist in many ways makes the band quite unique.
We have been scratching our heads trying to think of another English act which is able to offer the same standard of performance!
Alan & Maggie, The Barn in Baston