Bayfield Booth tour dates
On Wednesday 2nd October 2019, Mat Bayfield finally lost his long battle with an inoperable brain tumour. What you see and hear below is a living archive of the music we made together, plus some older activity, which I will leave unaltered. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the chance to make this music, these songs, and most importantly, to capture the man's voice.
"Last Man" was the farewell song he wrote very much on purpose, in July this year. Right now, we're all still struggling for words, but that's ok, because Mat's are perfect.
Love and peace. David Edward Booth. 11th October, 2019.
David Booth & Mat Bayfield, Suffolk, December 2018. Photo by Tony Bell.
Bayfield Booth is/are Mat Bayfield and David Edward Booth:
Mat - Left half of Bayfield Booth. Storyteller, singer, survivor. 3-time Suffolk Connect Four champion. Heart on sleeve, over-thinker, allergic to jigsaws. Amongst the top-2 best singer-songwriters from Framlingham. Driving 19 miles an hour down country lanes.
David - Right half of Bayfield Booth. Crafter of songs, eternally distracted multi-instrumentalist. Dad, husband, retired village cricketer, trainee yogi. Home Suffolk, roots Derbyshire Peaks, small islands obsessive. Doesn't dream it's over.
What's all this 'trio' & 'band' stuff?
Well, Bayfield Booth is actually just a duo - Mat (vocals) & David (vocals, guitar & kick drum).
The '7-piece band' is the duo, plus Kev Walford on guitar & vocals, Kelly Bayfield on vocals & percussion, Steven Mears on bass, Tony Winn on banjo & concertina and Andy Trill on electric guitar.
10th December 2018...
We're busy finishing off songs for the album following the successful Crowdfunder (thank you!) and rehearsing for the sold-out show on 23rd December.
A couple of weeks ago we checked out of modern life for three days for a creative 'retreat' in Winston School Room in deepest darkest Suffolk. Ok, we went home to modern comforts at the end of each day, but you get the idea.
Here's an unplanned video from there, filmed by Kelly Bayfield, with a cameo from Tony Bell who joined us for an afternoon of capturing the whole thing on camera (photos coming soon).
Bayfield Booth - Hold On Tight, unplugged, by the fire...
David & Mat, Suffolk, December 2018. Tranquil Soul Photography
OLDER NEWS... In Feb 2018 Mat & David released a charity single...
Double-A-side single in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity
WERE YOU AT THE EARLY SHOWS?
13TH MAY 2018 - RIVERSIDE THEATRE, WOODBRIDGE, SUFFOLK
22ND JUNE 2018 - THE FROIZE, CHILLESFORD, SUFFOLK
16TH AUGUST 2018 - FOLK EAST WARM-UP PARTY!
8TH SEPTEMBER 2018 - WHITE HORSE, SWEFFLING, SUFFOLK
27TH OCTOBER 2018 - LIVE AT THE FERRY!, FELIXSTOWE FERRY, SUFFOLK
23RD DECEMBER 2018 - THE FROIZE, CHILLESFORD, SUFFOLK
6TH FEB - LEISTON FILM THEATRE, SUFFOLK
19TH FEB - RADIO - BBC SHEFFIELD, New Traditions with Greg Russell
21ST FEB - RADIO - BBC MANCHESTER, Morning show with Mike Sweeney
23RD FEB - GREEN MAN GALLERY, BUXTON, DERBYSHIRE
23RD MARCH - PRIVATE CONCERT FOR A LOVELY CROWDFUNDER SUPPORTER
30TH MARCH - WHITE HORSE, SWEFFLING (4-piece with Kelly & Kev)
12TH MAY - RIVERSIDE THEATRE, WOODBRIDGE (6-piece band)
14TH JULY - FOLK AT THE FROIZE, CHILLESFORD (duo, opening for Phil Beer)
20TH JULY - PRIVATE CONCERT FOR A LOVELY CROWDFUNDER SUPPORTER
15TH AUGUST - FOLK EAST (7-piece band)
20TH SEPTEMBER - MILKMAID FOLK CLUB, BURY ST EDMUNDS
21ST SEPTEMBER - BLAXHALL SHIP
29TH SEPTEMBER - LANGHAM WALLED GARDEN