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Author event Ripon

On September 8, at 11.15 am, I will be performing some of the story from The Nameless Children, my gothic, supernatural novel, using words and a song from my CD In Solidarity. Free event with tea and cakes. Look forward to seeing you there.

Audiobook released!

My first audiobook has been released. The Room Between the Floorboards is available on ACX Audible, Amazon and ITunes. See the page for the book: book cover 5

Looking forward to playing a set of my own songs at York Folk Weekend on Saturday June 2.  I will be playingthe hurdy gurdy, Appalachian dulcimer and the guitar to accompany the songs, which will include some from my new CD HEART TO HOME.

Hedgehog Talk today

I am giving a hedgehog talk at 1pm today at Stllingfleet Village Hall.  All welcome.

IFAW Animal Action Awards 2017


Charles Hutchinson charlesatpress

YORK folk singer-songwriter Toni Bunnell will launch her seventh album, Heart To Home, at the Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest run by York’s Little Festival of Live Music at the Black Swan Inn on Peasholme Green on March 31.

She will be selling copies, so festival-goers should either head to the merchandise table or see Toni after her performance. Alternatively, the CD will be available to buy online from the same day at

The album features 12 new songs and will be showcased by multi-instrumentalist Toni on bouzouki, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer and hurdy gurdy.

“I’m thrilled to be performing at the mini-fest, which will help enormously the charity that York’s Little Festival of Live Music has chosen to support,” she says. “I’m also delighted to be launching my latest album in one of my favourite venues in York.”

Ellen Cole, the festival curator, says: “I adore working with Toni and was over the moon when I heard that she wanted to be a part of this year’s festival. Toni is the perfect story-teller through folk music and her performances are truly mesmerising.”

Through the years, Toni has performed at folk clubs and festivals in Britain and Germany, as well as on television and radio, and she has received acclaim for such albums as Tune On A Shady Beach and Where I Come From. She is also a wildlife biologist, broadcaster and writer of stories and has run a hedgehog rescue centre for 27 years.

She will participating in a festival that promises Celtic, gypsy, modern folk, gentle Americana and Nordic music. “We even have a Viking-style band performing, which is going to be a treat,” says Ellen. “This year we’re fundraising for The Island Mentoring Scheme, a charity that supports vulnerable children and young people living in York. It’s a great charity, which does great work with many children, and I was delighted that they wanted to be a part of this adventure.”

Joining Bunnell in the mini-fest line-up will be Scarlett Gordon; gypsy Celtic group Leather’o; Norse folk group Bruni; acoustic musician David Ward Maclean; Plumhall’s Nick Hall, performing a rare solo set, and folk-Americana headline act Edwina Hayes.

Doors will open at 2.15pm for the 2.30pm to 9pm event. Admission is free but a suggested donation of £5 will be welcomed; these donations will be given entirely to the chosen charity.

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Animal Action Award

On October 17, I was delighted to be presented with an Animal Action Award for outstanding achievement in the field of hedgehog care and conservation. The award was given to me by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, UK, and was presented at the House of Lords, London by Bill Oddie. It was a great honour to receive this, after 27 years running York Hedgehog Rescue Centre. IFAW AAA 17-10-2017 233.jpg

Hedgehog talk

Tonight starting 6:30pm I will be giving a half hour presentation about hedgehogs at Scampston Hall, near Malton.

Hedgehog talk

Today,Wednesday April 19,  at St Nicholas Fields Environment Centre, York, I will be giving an illustrated hedgehog talk. Starts 1pm. Finishes 2pm. All welcome.