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Top  Upcoming Gigs
October 4th Thu
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra
Nottingham University
October 5th Fri
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra
Songs from the Curate`s Lounge, Long Buckby
2019 May 18th Sat
8:00pm - 10:30pm
Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra
Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon

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After an evening spent watching the sun sink slowly into the Thames Estuary, swarms of bumbling dune bugs tapping and buzzing against the van, trying to perch on wiper, ledge or crevice long enough to clumsily copulate before being picked off by swooping terns and gluttonous gulls, and a glorious peach-tinted dawn chatting with Tom of the French Foreign Legion, I have a few minutes to write a little missive before hitting the road for the next bout of Djukella music.

The World Cup seems to be keeping everyone on their toes; the mighty falling whilst teaming minnows prosper. In the pub the other night, I was embraced with violently joyful sincerity by gammon-faced sixty-year-old strangers who`d moments earlier been feverishly gesturing at the telly and howling obscenities at distant Colombians. I slipped out just as the chanting erupted. I do like a bit of sport, but I`m particular about the type of chanting I can endure. Having been struck down by some kind of Thanetian belly-fever which seems to have been doing the rounds, I’m relishing my new-found ability to eat food and move around without groaning. I have new strings on both guitars, a few set lists in my head and a spring in my step. 

This weekend we’re bringing the Djukella Orchestra out to the West Country for some choice shows. If you’re anywhere nearby, be sure to come and catch us.

On Saturday lunchtime, we’ll be playing Devizes Beer Festival at 1pm, then hightailing it to the legendary Priddy Folk Festival, perched in the prettiest part of the Mendips, for TEYR’s set at 4:30, then to the delightful Radford Mill Folk Festival, nestled between hills south-west of Bath for a barnstorming set at 9pm, back to Priddy ostensibly for an early night, before taking to the main-stage for our Better than Church™ set with the full-fat Djukella Orchestra at 10am on Sunday morning. Featuring some of the finest fiddling, piping and boxing you’re likely to encounter, the Master of Space and Time caressing the double-bass and a cameo from the inimitable Nathan Ball, it’s not to be missed.

I know some of you will have been up playing sessions all night, and may be nursing spectacular hangovers, but it really is going to be a special show, so drag yourselves out of those boiling tents and get down to Swildon’s. 

The past weeks, notwithstanding the shivering lurgy, have been a bucolic idyll of long days, warm breezes, innovative football chants and incessantly repetetive brexit-bickering, long sweltering drives on melting roads and hours sweating in dusty scrapyards harvesting spares from unfortunate minibuses, punctuated by some delightful concerts, including the enduringly familial Small World Festival, Mati, Jules and everyone’s Big 0 multi-party at Pooh Corner, and of course Abi and Ian’s hay-maker’s holiday. Thanks to all fine musicians, hosts, guests, singers and dancers for all the magic.
I’ve been editing various videos from last year, which capture some stellar performances from the lads and indeed a wee touch from the endlessly brilliant Dominee Hooper, but thanks to my nomadic existence, I’ve yet to find an internet connection strong enough, or long enough to upload them to this ‘ere interweb.

I will endeavour to get it done as soon as possible, but for now, just to whet your appetites… after enjoying the multi-camera swanky-pantsyness of James Patrick Gavin’s recent run of videos from Union Chapel, released by the good folks of Folk Radio UK, I’ve decided to go in totally the other direction and share a decidedly dodgy, but remarkably watchable “iPhone in the the audience” type of video for you from that very same show. Don’t worry… the top of that person’s head disappears in the first few seconds, and the view is spectacular. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIKJMzA3tMA

And for those of you who haven’t seen it. Here’s the third of James’ videos. Standing Stone/Trip to Topped, featuring the marvellous, mellifluous, Adrian Lever and the inimitable Philomena Gavin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGNwCSrZMO0

Now I must hit the road, circumnavigate London, kidnap a bassist and get down to the West Country forthwith. If you’re free this weekend, come and join us at one, two or all of these festivals. It’ll be fun. If not, check the gigs page at www.jezhellard.com for what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

Posted: 5th Jul 2018 | Contact