I'd Rather Be Ramblin' Tour June 2011 3rd - WREXHAM - LAUNCH PARTY, Central Station with JKLMNO, Heal The Last Stand, Simon & The Witch, The Glendale Family, James Macgregor 5th - ABERYSTWYTH - Fire In The Mountain Festival with The Bear Beats Band, Loose Moose, Fernhill, Dave Owen, The Gentle Good and many more 9th - CHESTER - Telfords Warehouse with Baby Brave & The Love Bites, The Glendale Family, Heal The Last Stand 10th - SNOWDONIA - Capel Cyrug, Cobdens Hotel with The Random Family, Heal The Last Stand 12th - NEWPORT - Kama Lounge with Heal the Last Stand, Kai Lena, Billy Phono, Leeum Johnson 13th - CARDIFF - 10 feet tall with Heal The Last Stand, Meilir, The Gentle Good 16th - LONDON - The Empowering Church, London Fields, Hackney with John Fairhurst, Jess Roberts, Heal The Last Stand, Whisky Moon Face, DJ SLP 18th - LIVERPOOL - Kazimier Festival with Heal The Last Stand 19th - MANCHESTER - Odder Bar The Traveling Band presents - Shut The Far Cupboard 20th - GLASTONBURY TOR with Heal The Last Stand 21st - AVEBURY- Stone Circle Summer Solstice with Heal The Last Stand 29th - LONDON - Dalston Vic Andy Hickie Solo 30th - MOLD - Y Pentan ‘A Gathering Of Folk’ with Mechanical Owl, The Random Family, Heal The Last Stand, The Glendale Family 2nd - WREXHAM - St Giles Church
Andy Hickie & The Merry Maidens
Andy Hickie is a roaming singer songwriter from the mountains of North Wales. Spending the last three years touring the UK and Ireland, Andy has established a firm reputation on the touring circuit, built on the quality of his songs and the high energy of his live performances. Living out on the road in his trusty camper van 'Dean', Andy has been earning his troubadour stripes gigging, collecting stories and sharing his songs the old fashioned way.
Andy’s debut EP ‘The Other Man’ achieved plays on BBC Radio Wales, and also won him the opportunity to perform at Glastonbury Festival, amongst other UK festivals. It was the Glastonbury performances for which Andy formed the band that would eventually become The Merry Maidens – a collection of musicians and good friends from the North Wales music scene.
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Andy Hickie along with The Merry Maidens has just recorded his debut album ‘I’d Rather Be Ramblin’. Recorded at Giant Wafer Studios in Mid Wales, the debut album is due for release in June 2011, followed by a live tour of the UK and festival appearances.
With his guitar and harmonica Andy has been described as “The Welsh Bob Dylan”, by radio DJ’s and fans alike, singing his tales of freedom, love, and life on the road, as well as his powerful singing of traditional Folk ballads. When joined by The Merry Maidens, the seven-piece group fuse their influences of folk-rock, roots, and alternative sounds to create a gathering of folk like no other.
*** DEBUT ALBUM 'Id Rather Be Ramblin’ OUT 1st June 2011 ***
- Stan Ambrose, BBC Radio Merseyside Folkscene since 1962.