What a year that was!

Since launching our new line up now including Mark Niel our very own tame poet (well he is slightly wild sometimes) we’ve had lots of adventures.  Here are just a few:

Cromer Folk on the Pier Fringe complete with Kiss Me Quick hats and bracing walks on the pier.

Headline slots at Banbury Folk Club, Brackley Folk Club and Wessex Acoustic Club where our unique mix of traditional and self penned songs with a garnish of Marks poetry seemed to go down rather well. We are looking  forward to our return to Wessex A C in June.

Saturday shoppers in Bletchley were treated to a generous dose of Noah’s Cape entertainment from the bandstand on two occasions – whether they liked it or not!  Judging by the dancing and lovely comments we think they did.

We have also had the privilege to appear in support of many good causes including Relay For Life, four moving Armistice Day commemorations and an inspiring visit to  the Carlton Emmaus  Village which provides a fresh start for the homeless.

With the dawn of a new year  we are working hard on new exciting material. We love to take a song and work our magic on it, adding our own blend of harmonies. Watch out for our EP coming soon when you will be able to take a little piece of us home with you.

A huge thank you for all your support – we look forward to appearing near you soon.

Bandstanding!

Hasn’t this weather been glorious?

It has made outdoor events such fun if not a little warm!

Our set at Music in the Courtyard for Banbury Folk Club was roasting, but the valiant audience managed to creep into the shadows to stay cool for our performance. Thank you one and all.

Slightly cooler was our trip to perform in Bletchley as we had the grandeur of the Bandstand to protect us from the sun’s rays. there were lots of smiles and foot tapping and the odd dancer who braved the heat in the main square. we’ll be back again on 8th September and we all hope the weather is as good then.

Meanwhile we are working on new material and there’s a rumour that Mark has written a new song – watch this space…..

Coasting Along

Cromer was a blast! Noah’s Cape were there as part of the Folk On The Pier Fringe. This was a special year as the Festival celebrated its 20th Birthday and Headlining the final session was Folk Royalty, Fairport Convention. It’s a great gathering of Folk talent and music pours out of various pubs and community halls as well as at the Pier Theatre which is the focal point of the Festival.

We had a great time performing and the seaside location added a sense of holiday freedom. Linda was the resident host at the White Horse Inn for the weekend cranking out two great solo sets as well as joining Noah’s Cape as we kicked off the White Horse’s Saturday programme. There were some great weekend Fringe sessions including the amazing Stompin’ Dave Allen who tap dances in rhythm as he plays ands sings.

We also enjoyed Fish ‘n’ Chips, Ice Cream and walks along the sea front. During one such walk, the first line from a comic monologue from Stanley Holloway came to Mark’s mind and he wrote a poem based on “The Lion and Albert” It was written by Marriott Edgar, and his Dad used to perform his monologues as his party piece, so they’re one of his earliest poetic influences. The poem is below.

Noah’s Cape are now focusing on their upcoming gig headlining at the Banbury Folk Club on Wednesday 13th June at the Banbury Cross Inn.

We hope to see you there.

Love,

Noah’s Cape xxx
Linda, Marian and Mark

There’s Nowt As Queer As Folk Music
(Apologies to Stanley Holloway and Marriott Edgar)

There’s a famous seaside place called Cromer
That’s noted for fresh air and fun.
So Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom
Went there with young Albert their son.

Now t’family had heard about seasides,
All tacky and Kiss Me Quick hats.
There’s was nowt to eat but cheap burgers
And the shops were all full of tat.

But Cromer were a little bit different.
With quaint, understated respect.
Pa said, ‘Let’s explore the town’.
Ten minutes later, he said, ‘Right, what’s next’?

Mother said ‘Let’s look in the shops’
Pa and Albert let out a sigh!
When she started eying winter weight nightshirts
Pa said I’m hungry, let’s have a pint and a pie.

So, seeking for proper amusement,
In the White Horse they listened to some Folk
And were utterly bewitched by the music
The friendliness, banter and jokes.

The whole town was taken over by Folk Music
A veritable traditional sound scape.
They found they had a new passion,
Their favourite of course were Noah’s Cape!

So, the next time you find yourself in Cromer
Admiring the view, crystal clear.
If you’re in need of further amusement
Peer at the folk, playing Folk on the Pier.

Mark Niel

Oh I do love to be beside the Seaside!

Noah’s Cape head east to Cromer in Norfolk this weekend for the Wondrous Festival and Fringe that is Folk on the Pier.

Linda will be in residence at the White Horse for the weekend taking on her customary role as the Compere beyond compare, introducing a wide variety of acts as well as delivering some solo sets too.

Noah’s Cape kick off the fun on Saturday at high noon in the White Horse and if you’re in the area, we’d love to see you.  We’re looking forward to fun, folk and fish ‘n’ chips.

There’s a stellar line up at the main event all weekend and some of us may well be terrorising some of the open mics on offer.

Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend!

Linda, Marian and Mark xxx

Noah’s Cape

One, Two, Three, Four….

It’s been rehearsal day for Noah’s Cape (Linda, Marian and Mark) That means lots of music and mugs of tea! The intensity of each rehearsal depends on the proximity of our next gig, and whether we’re learning new material or simply refreshing items in our current songbook.

Now Mark is up to speed with a lot of Noah’s Cape’s back catalogue, the pace is a little more relaxed and today was a chilled catch up and debrief following our performance last week in Stockton. We’ve received some lovely feedback and we’re now looking forward to Cromer where we’re playing on Saturday 12 May at 12pm at the White Horse Inn as part of the Folk On The Pier Fringe. (See their website for details of the Main and Fringe programme).

We decided to refresh several songs as some lyrics tend to stick in your mind easier than others. We also try to have a wide variety of arrangements with different moods, tones and instruments. Sometimes, we’ve been enjoying the song or the lead singer so much, we simply get lost in the music and forget it’s our time to play or sing harmony and we’ve been tightening those things up. As Linda reminded us, we’ve only been playing together for four months and we’ve come a long way in a short time.

We then followed that up with work on a new song we’re hoping to add to our repertoire. These are the hard yards that must be run in order to find the right instrumentation and vocals that work together. We’re nearly there with this one but you never know until a song is played to an audience. We all have homework to do and we’ll see how we did next week!

Speaking of which, we hope you all have a great week : )

Noah’s Cape
Linda, Marian and Mark x

Rocking Stockton

We very much enjoyed playing our headline set at the Stockton Folk Club in Warwickshire this week. The audience were lovely, receptive and responsive. The audience comments were positive and they seemed to appreciate our mix of original and traditional songs and Mark’s funny poems.

We’ll now be focusing on getting ready for our set at Cromer’s Folk on the Pier Fringe on Saturday 12th May

Linda, Marian and Mark
Noah’s Cape

Hello world!

Welcome to the all new bright and shiny Noah’s Cape website. Bear with us as we get up to speed and add the latest information.

For now, we’re preparing for a gig at Stockton in Warwickshire and looking forward to that. An exciting year of Folk Club and Festival gigs lies ahead of us and we look forward to sharing our news.

Coming up are gigs at the Folk on the Pier Fringe in Cromer in May and a visit to Banbury Folk Club in June.

We also have plans to go into the studio later in the year.

That’s it for now

Love,

Linda, Marian and Mark

Noah’s Cape