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MERRY HELL is a band founded on the ever evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though our hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before us, we bring you new words and music forged from our own experiences, from the lows and the loves of our lives. Our art is energy and our hope is unity. Our pleasure is to please: let the audience be the acid test and let the music speak for itself...

TRACK 1 - LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND

TRACK 2 - SISTER ATLAS

TRACK 3 - EMERGENCY LULLABY

LATEST NEWS

Don't Walk On Me
John Melia, a friend of Merry Hell, has had a hard and difficult life. Not because of his disability and learning difficulties but because of the way that others have treated him.

Don't Walk On Me

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From the Merry Hell family - your introduction to carbonhobo - 'Somewhere Down The Northern Line' taken from the soon to be released album 'Memoirs From The Crooked Road' carbonhobo is a new project from our fiddle player Neil McCartney and features contributions by friends from both @Merry Hell and The Big Geraniums as well as his son Ben. Hoping you like it - more to come soon!

Lost Songs

DON'T MISS OUT
A very, very special event on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7TH - well we did promise!. Reflecting on their times as both Merry Hell and The Tansads, John, Bob and Andrew, along with Virginia, share much loved but rarely heard songs from their illustrious and occasionally murky past. - some familar songs, some old favourites and throw in some stories and chat for a night to neither miss nor forget. Support from the currently mysterious carbonhobo. All in support of PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide.

At The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn
Support from the mysterious carbonhobo.
The evening show has now SOLD OUT, but we've put on an extra afternoon show at 2pm - so get in and book your tickets!

English Folk Expo

We were absolutely delighted to have entered the official Folk Charts as a new entry at No.24, alongside new entries from The Levellers and The Pogues as well as albums by the likes of Show of Hands and Fairport Convention.

Click here to view the latest chart

Official Folk Albums Chart Show

We have also been included in this weeks Official Folk Albums Chart Show

Click here to watch the Official Folk Albums Chart Show

5th Anniversary

Released on July 4th to mark the 5th anniversary of the succesful quadruple heart bypass operation performed on our manager, Damian. The song was originally written to mark his recovery from a previous heart attack and return to running. If you enjoy the track - please make a donation - however small to support the British Heart Foundation. Also, the track can be downloaded for free from our website but we ask that people make a donation if they do this - from each according to their means! All hail our NHS!

http://merryhell.co.uk/mp3/BandOnARun.mp3.zip

Here are his own words from July 3rd:

5 years ago today was a little of a low point. I was that ill that, late in the evening, the sheer physical effort of cleaning my teeth was enough to send my heart rate high enough to trigger the alarm on the Nurse station on the ward and staff came dashing to check what the problem was. Waiting in Wythenshawe Hospital for my bypass operation, I had been in hospital for nearly a month after a couple of heart attacks - I had been unable to walk more than around 30 feet in that time without something unpleasant happening. So fast forward to yesterday - I did a half marathon - although in fairness I did walk most of it - a little bit of a contrast (I would have waited until today but the weather forecast didn't look too good). So, tomorrow - the anniversary of my quadruple bypass op, I will be doing something a little special along with help from Merry Hell and hopefully you will support it. Keep watching. It isn't a Chumbawamba cover - but - I get knocked down....

2020 Folking Awards Winner

The Folking Awards

MERRY HELL: WINNERS OF BEST LIVE ACT AWARD FROM THOSE LOVELY PEOPLE AT FOLKING.COM - Thanks to all who voted for us - we do put a lot into trying to make our gigs an event - a celebration of the joy we feel in sharing our songs - days like today it all makes sense!

www.folking.com/the-2020-folking-awards-the-results

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WHEN WE MEET AGAIN
NEW SINGLE

WHEN WE MEET AGAIN
CD & Postage

EMERGENCY LULLABIES CD
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW

Emergency Lullabies

Gigs

Merry Hell: Live After Lockdown

Lowdham Village Hall
With Ranagri
April 16th

Church Stretton, Silvester Horne Institute
April 22nd

Liverpool Philharmonic
April 23rd

Derby, Hairy Dog Folk Festival
April 24th

Filey Folk Festival
April 30th

Dorchester Festival Folk Night
May 2nd

Uttoxeter: Acoustic Festival of Britain
May 21st

Didcot: Folk at The Fleur
June 4th

Wychwood Festival
June 5th

Wimborne Folk Festival
June 11th

Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival
June 17th

Folk at The Froize, Chillesford, Suffolk
July 1st

Folk In A Field Festival, Norfolk
July 2nd

New Forest Folk Festival
July 10th

Oundle International Festival
July 15th

Gate to Southwell Festival
July 16th

As You Like It Festival, Stratford upon Avon
August 4th

Cropredy Fringe Festival, Brasenose Arms
August 11th

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
August 28th

The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn
September 1st

Assembly Rooms, Melbourne (Derbyshire)
September 3rd

Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
September 22nd

Corn Market for Wessex Acoustic, Blandford Forum
September 23rd

Folk at The Barlow, Edgeworth, Bolton
November 18th

Hungry Horse Folk Club, Ellesmere Port
November 24th

The Platform, Morecambe
November 25th

Harrogate Folk Club
November 26th

Media Resouces
A bunch of resources for all you media, gig and festival organiser types. Here you can find photos, biogs, logos, stage tech requirements etc. Click here to find out more.
Awards
Folking.com
Best Live Act 2018
Folking.com
Best Band 2018
FATEA Award
Best Single/EP 2017: 'Come On, England!
FolkWords Award
Best Album 2016: 'Bloodlines'
FATEA Award
Best Group/Duo 2015
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