31/12/17: 2017 has been an amazing year with a record number of gigs (58 I believe!) With a record number already booked up for 2018, including cool festivals (to be announced later) and some boat stage festivals lined up with others still in the pipeline. Also Aartwork managed to be involved in the film LifeOn The Deben, record our debut album (out early 2018) and had a 4 page feature in Classic Boat magazine (Jan 2018 edition), for our trip to Paimpol, Brittany in Marie (the boat stage)! If we can keep up, bring on 2018!! Happy New Year to all who have supported us in 2017!! :) xx
14/10/17: Can’t believe we haven’t posted for so long!!! Busy, busy, busy! Check out our autumn gigs on the gig listing page. As well as all the gigs we are also recording our debut full album, hopefully out early next year!
22/01/17: Keep Posted: Some great festival bookings are coming in for 2017 - we will announce when allowed!
28/12/16: We have had a fantastic year full of really cool gigs! Just two more to go - 29th December Lafitts Hall, Pettaugh, Suffolk - joining forces with The Deben Collective to improvise a film track to Battleship Potemkin!! Finally we have our New Year’s Eve Shindig at The Old Mariner, Woodbridge - music 8-late! Here’s to an exciting 2017 and the very best to all music lovers!!
5/11/16: Last weeks gigs were a great success: Supporting Liz Lochhead @ Woodbridge Library and then John Spiers @ the Goose Is Out folk club in London. Both full venues with great, friendly crowds and inspiring main acts.
22/10/16: Following our recent successful gig at PJ McGinty’s, Ipswich, last Saturday night (“Thanks for an absolutely blinding night here. You really are true professionals and we will be more than happy to see you return anytime” ), we now have a string of gigs booked going forward at McGinty’s. Check out our gigs listing page.
2/8/16: Just recovered from Aartwork’s epic journey to Brest Maritime Internationales Festival! The band crewed the Scottish herring boat, Marie, for the 900 mile round trip, played a one hour set on deck every day as well an evening set at the Chilean cafe next to artist Paul Bloas’ awesome exhibition. The fabulously talented Carlos Canales jammed with us during the cafe set. What a lovely inspiring guy!
3/4/16: Great start to the season last night with a stompin wedding gig - next stop Cosmic Puffin Festival in West Mersea, Essex 1st May.
3/2/16: Lovely review from Tony Bell @GrapevineLive “Aartwork…play what they describe as Celtic [Folk] Fusion, a modern twist on folk, with a hint of jazz and maybe something else. However you want to describe their sound, it just works and is well worth seeking out” And check out the video he posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFJPels-1tM
17/1/16: Our first gig of 2016 next week: Folk at the Froize - supporting banjo player Dan Walsh. Check out our gigs page.
11/12/15: We play @ Ipswich Xmas Street Fair on Sat 12th @ 5pm, not 13th as was on the gig list, sorry for the confusion! If you Ips folks are about then come & have a jig!
6/12/15 A couple more gigs running up to Xmas and then The Mariners on New Years Eve - FREE ENTRY! Check out our ‘gigs’ page
7/9/15: MauiWaui Festival - you were amazing!
28/8/15: You can now buy our 2nd EP “Wind Over Tide” from our music page (click “Music” on the above menu) using Paypal. First Draft can also be bought at a new reduced price!
17/8/15: Our 2nd EP “Wind Over Tide” is now out! It is currently available from us (email) . It will be available on itunes, Spotify etc very soon!
14/6/15: So, John Dyvig is now playing bass with Aartwork, sounding great!
2/5/15: Aartwork are currently at No.2 in the Reverbnation UK Celtic chart! Cool beans!
11/5/15: It is so good having Merlyn Bruce playing cajon (like a master) with us - really adding to the sound and energy
22/4/15: Check out our gigs page for upcoming May/June public gigs
21/4/15: We have just returned from a USA road trip - inspired!
14/3/15: BIG UP to the loyal fan on an island/oil rig(?) off the west coast of Africa! Cool beans!
2/2/15: Really enjoyed playing at the Bury Folk Collective last night. Lovely crowd and made new friends. Keep a look out on our gigs page as festival bookings are coming in and will be announced as soon as allowed to.
4/12/14: Phoebe has just won her second Trinity Laban Prize this year for her outstanding recorder playing! Go Phoebe :)
22/9/14: We are off to France for a week from 27th September for a week of rehearsing/recording. Will have new material sorted by the end of it.
25/08/14: The Green Boat Hornpipe film and soundtrack now released on You Tube! Have a looksee at the film above.
20/8/14 : Our latest recording The Green Boat Hornpipe (see music page) is a sound track to a short film (to be released shortly) about a Scottish herring boat (Marie BA211) in the demise of the fishing industry and her adventures and survival since she stopped fishing. We hope you enjoy it.
7/7/14 : The festival ceilidh at Petta Fiesta was a great success and a really fun gig. The dancers were really up for it! Big up the dancers! The exciting news is that Phoebe Butler (concert recorder player), played with us and was a brilliant addition to the bands’ overall sound. Phoebe will be playing future ceilidhs with Aartwork.
Suffolk Ceilidh Band:
In addition to the pubs, clubs and festival gigs we are now taking bookings for ceilidhs for 2015 - so if you are looking for an upbeat band with a very danceable modern twist then please feel free to contact us (check out our ceilidh page -contact details on contact and links page).
We are based in Suffolk but more than happy to play ceilidhs further afield.