Quercus release on ECM

This is something that we’ve been looking forward to for a while!

The album was mixed January 2012 in the legendary Rainbow studio in Oslo, and will be released on March 18th, 2013. It reflects not only my long musical relationship with June Tabor (25 years!) but also a shared approach with Iain of finding a simple,direct and heartfelt way of expressing ourselves musically. I don’t think June’s fans will be disappointed (this isn’t an attempt at a jazz/folk crossover) but at the same time the collaborative nature of this recording makes it very different to any of the previous albums I have made with June. Of course, as ever, June sings with heart stopping beauty and an emotional directness that cuts right to the essence of each song. She really is in a category of one!

Here’s the official blurb from Sound UK….

Quercus brings together three of the UK’s most creative, multi award winning musicians to create exquisite chamber music that weaves together the essence of folk and jazz. Drawing on their life’s work including original compositions, traditional folk songs and reclaimed standards, Quercus subtly colours each song to create a magical atmosphere.

Two time winner of the BBC Folk Awards Singer of the Year, June Tabor rose to fame in the mid ‘70’s and has maintained a high profile career ever since, working with the likes of Maddy Prior and the Oyster Band amongst many others. Listed in the BBC’s 100 Jazz Legends, Iain Ballamy is one of the UK’s most widely celebrated jazz musicians and composers, enjoying an international career stretching from Scandinavia to India. Welsh pianist Huw Warren’s distinctive and enticing music has led to collaborations with Maria Pia de Vito, Mark Feldman and Erik Truffaz. Together they create beautifully poignant music that forges June’s intensely passionate voice with Iain’s gloriously mellifluous melodies and Huw’s off-kilter musicality, to tell of life’s bitter sweet tales.


quercus2The flyer has been designed by artist and  film director Dave Mackean with a photo  by Tim Dickeson.
Tour Dates

14 April The Stables, Milton Keynes Box office: 01908 280800
The Stables

25 April St George’s Bristol Tickets: £18; £15; £12 Box office: 0845 402 4001
St George’s

27 April The Sage Gateshead Box office: 0191 443 4661
The Sage Gateshead

29 April Warwick Arts Centre Box office: 024 7652 4524
Warwick Arts Centre

30 April LSO St Luke’s, London Box office: 020 7638 8891
LSO St Luke’s

31 May Salisbury Festival, Salisbury




Gigs in Feb/March/April

Just posted my upcoming gigs here

Lots of different projects – solo,trio: duos with Iain Ballamy and Maria Pia de Vito; quartet with John Helliwell, Steve Berry and Zoot Warren; and last (but not least) Quercus with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy. Our record on ECM is released on March 18th, with selected UK dates in April and May.

Scores and more…..


Leadsheets available to download directly as PDF




Still Hearing You


Bicycles and Bluebells






Please email for any requests for the ensemble pieces below

Small Ensemble 

Is it August Yet – sax, string quartet,pno, bass, drums

Tangled (vln, piano, accordion, bass,drums)

Lost Marbles (vln,viola,cello,clarinet,bass clarinet,tenor sax,piano bass,drums)

Ravishing Indifference (vln,viola,cello,clarinet,bass clarinet,tenor sax,piano bass,drums)

Biting My Teeth Out (voice and string quartet)

Buzz – Junior strings

Wednesday Night Boogie – Junior strings

First Blues – Junior strings

Still Hearing You – recorder, violin, viol da gamba, theorbo

Big Band / Large ensemble


Tilt  (wind 5tet+jazz septet)

New Welsh Stories:

1 – One Thing Leads to Another

2 – Yes and No and Yes

3 – Big in Llanbedrog

4 – Pentre This, Pentre That


Still Hearing You

Whistling Rufus(+strings)

Casual Obsession


In the Beginning/ Slippery

Railway Mania (Piece) Picc, Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings, El Bass,D Bass, Piano, Drums

Lullaby Exit Bear -mixed ensemble

Mil Harddach – Big Band

Mil Harddach – Big Band +voice

Chamber Orchestra (prices on request)

Strung Out – Concerto for 2 violins and strings

Chamber Orchestra + Choir (prices on requests)

Railway Mania – Large scale 30 minute piece for Childrens voices, chamber ensemble piano/bass/drums


I am the Song

Brass Band (plus 2 Jazz trumpet soloists)  On the Other Hand


Warren Medley


Happy New Year!

Just in the process of sending some of my music to people who haven’t heard me before! Not as easy as it sounds.

This is what I picked…

1. Teares (after John Dowland) from my solo recording “Infinite Riches in a Little Room”


2. Bicycles and Bluebells (from “A Barrel Organ far from Home”)


3.Salvador’s (from “Perfect Houseplants”)


4 Mil Harddach (trad welsh lullaby live from Brecon Jazz 2012)


5 Allirallena (Still Hearing You) with Maria Pia de Vito (original music with lyrics in neopolitan)


6 Sheep (Live solo version for Radio 3 Jazz on 3 2012)