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Win 2 Tickets to see Twisted-Folksters 18th Day of May… in April.

The Eighteenth Day of May play the mandolin, the viola and the autoharp; this means they rule.

Published on April 11th 2006.

Win 2 Tickets to see Twisted-Folksters 18th Day of May… in April.

The Eighteenth Day of May play the mandolin, the viola and the autoharp; this means they rule. If you need more convincing, they’re also being bigged-up by the NME and The Independent, and have been perfecting their own blend of psychedelic-folk and underground-rock.

Click here to win two tickets for The Eighteenth Day of May at the Night and Day (26th April 2006).

Plentiful are the bands which try so desperately to be unique, yet stay the same as everyone else. Does the world really need another skinny indie-boy band with funny hair and spiky guitars? Of course not. What the world needs now, is love, sweet love, as Burt Bacharach so eloquently said. But if love isn’t freely available, then we should have music that is genuinely fresh and individual. And we should all hug more.

Refreshingly, The Eighteenth Day of May are more influenced by folk pioneers Shirley Collins, Martin Carthy and Fairport Convention, rather than say, Television and Iggy Pop, although they do confess to a soft spot for the Velvet Underground. Comparisons aside, The ‘May’s own material is inspired partly by the storytelling aspect of traditional songs and murder ballads.

The Eighteenth Day of May are a five-piece, London based group. Originally formed as an acoustic trio comprising American singer and flautist Alison Brice...

Swedish-born Richard Olson (acoustic guitar, harmonica and sitar) and Oxfordshire-based guitarist and mandolin player Ben Phillipson.

The group's original intention was to combine elements of traditional and contemporary folk stylings with a psychedelic "underground" rock sound.

They spent the summer and autumn of 2003 making home demo recordings and, having established the bare bones of a reportoire, went electric early in 2004, adding rhythm section Mark Nicholas (bass), Karl Sabino (drums,autoharp) and Alison Cotton (viola). The resulting sound is accessible, yet exciting and unique; and almost completely divorced from what the UK music scene has to offer.

If you’re interested in witnessing The Eighteenth Day of May’s refreshing acid-folk-rock clamor at the Night and Day on the 26th April 2006 then simply fill out the form below and hey presto! You could be on your way…


Freyja Handley- you have won the 18th Day of May tickets!

Please call us now on 0161 835 2235 to verify your email address and we will arrange your prize!

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on November 11th 2009.

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