Text amend on St Albans Festival Review…

This just in from Julian Mount:

On page 13 (bottom of column 1) of Unicorn Issue 144, a review of the St Albans Festival Concert on 16 June 2018 states that Julian’s winning song in the Watford Folk Club song writing contest was “Skeletons In My Closet”.

Although this song (actually titled “Skeletons”) is one of his songs, it is his song “Waiting For A Rainbow” (also played that night) which won the contest.

Apologies for this inaccuracy…


Watford Folk Club celebrate their 10th Birthday on the 12th of October 2018!!!!!!

This just in from Watford Folk Club:


Watford Folk Club celebrate their 10th Birthday on the 12th of October 2018!!!!!!
Over the years, we have been privileged to host many well-known artists (too many to list here!) and to have encouraged “up and coming” performers to establish themselves on the folk scene. We have also been involved with activities organised by local councils and groups.

Our annual “Write a Folk Song” Competition is now a permanent fixture in the folk calendar.

The support from our members, artists who have performed, other local clubs Unicorn Magazine, and the venue (The Pump House Trust and Arts Centre) has been invaluable and is very much appreciated by our committee members, past and present.

We are proud to have been able to bring the best in Folk, Roots and Acoustic Music to Watford and surrounding areas over the past decade, and we are delighted that the fabulous Polly Morris Band will join us to celebrate our 10th Birthday on 12th October , along with our special guest MC for the evening, our own Mr. Julian Mount.
Do come along and celebrate with us (minimum donation for entry – £10.00) at

The Colne River Room
Local Board Road
Lower High Street
WD17 2JP
8pm- 11pm (doors 7.30pm)

Looking forward to seeing you – there will be cake!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fridays 8pm – 11pm

About the Club
Where :: The Pump House, Watford. WD17 2JP
When :: Friday evening at 8pm

Some erratums to Issue 144

These just in:

  • The advertisement for the Folk at the Maltings gigs (on page 6) has the incorrect date for the next concert – please note this should read Friday 5th October (not Friday 6th!)
  • Unfortunately we omitted to include information on John Timpany’s Roots School, as below (many apologies to John!):
    Thursdays, 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
    Event/Artist/Guest – ‘Roots’ style tuition in singing, guitar, fiddle, penny whistle etc. See website for full details.Roots School, Community Centre, Britten Grove, Old Farm Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK7 8QU
    Contact Name – John Timpany
    Contact Phone Number – 07587 562 282
    Club Website Address – roots-school.co.uk

Unicorn Magazine Issue 144 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 144 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 144 of Unicorn Magazine (October, November & December 2018) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable / readable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please note that for the best and most reliable user experience, we recommend that when possible you download the PDF to your machine and view it that way, rather than trying to view it directly online via a browser etc.

Download Issue 144 here >>

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues… For example, there is already an amend necessary to the printed version of 144 … For The Chesham Folk Dance Club (CFDC) event on Sunday 7th (featured in The Shall We Dance on page 10) we ommitted to include the venue details – please see these full details as below:

Chesham Folk Dance Club
Annual Autumn Dance
Sunday 7th October
The Guide HQ, Bury Lane Chesham, HP5 1HX
3:00 – 6:30 pm
Caller: Ivan Aitken with JIP
£10.00 includes raffle ticket
Please bring a plate of food to share
Enquiries: Richard: 01494 783890
                Joyce 01494 786322

Bedford Folk Dance Club Autumn Dance 2018

This just in from Bedford Folk Dance Club:

Please find attached a poster for BFDC Autumn Dance. You may already have a poster but the event is approaching fast and the club would be grateful if you could bring the dance to the notice of your club members and friends who may wish to attend and would be most welcome. (click the link to download)

Bedford Folk Dance Club Autumn 2018 >>

Watford Folk Club: Ange Hardy booking cancelled on 14th September

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

Unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, Ange Hardy has cancelled her booking with us on 14th September.

Here is her announcement:

September 7th 2018

It’s with a very, very heavy heart that I have to announce that I’ve had to cancel all currently scheduled gigs and performances for 2018/2019.

If you’re a promoter or booker then you should have received, or be receiving, an email from Fancourt Music.

If you’ve already brought tickets for an upcoming concert then I’m sure individual venues and promoters will be in touch to offer options for refunds or alternative arrangements.

If you’re either of the above and want to contact me directly, please feel free.

Unfortunately Fancourt Music have made the decision that they are no longer able to represent me for live bookings. The result is that I’m simply unable to continue with any of my scheduled dates. I feel broken. I can’t get on stage and perform feeling like that, and I’m so, so sorry to those I’m letting down. Mental health has to come first, and to that end we’ve had to take the decision to simply draw an immediate line.

I hope that Ant Miles and I will remain friends after the dust has settled.

I’m going to use the next 12-18 months to spend time with my family. I shall continue to write songs and play tunes. I may even record them. I might write that book I’ve been talking about. I’ve got a completely finished live album that I’ll try to release… but for now, “Ange Hardy” is hanging up her touring boots. I’m going to concentrate on being Angela Swan for a while.

Ange x

We will now be having one of our “Legendary Singarounds” on the 14th and look forward to seeing you.

Thanks for your understanding.

Watford Folk Club”

Unicorn Magazine Issue 143 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 143 is now out..!

Just to say that Issue 143 of Unicorn Magazine (July, August & September 2018) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies are being distributed now.

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues…

Download Issue 143 here >>

Watford Folk Club news – please read!

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

“As you may have seen from recent facebook posts, Watford Folk Club needs your help. After running the club for 9 years now we are desperately sad to have reached this stage. Over the last year or so our funds have been depleted as we’ve made huge losses on almost all of our guest nights due to lack of attendance, sometimes amounting to hundreds of pounds worth of losses in a single month- you can see how damaging this is to our future survival.

Our Singarounds remain popular but we still only pull in enough to cover the weekly rent. We increased the minimum donation for Singarounds and Spotlight Singarounds to £5, our first increase in 9 years, but this hasn’t stemmed the tide very much.
So, where are we now? We have arranged a “Gala Fundraiser Night” ( see our flyer attached) to help increase our funds and enable the club to continue into the future and carry on booking major guests.

We are extremely grateful to the artists taking part as they have all agreed to donate their time and play the concert for no fee.

All folk clubs we know are having similar difficulties but this is the only club in Watford and has an enviable reputation for it’s welcoming atmosphere and the quality of it’s floor singers and regular performers. October will be our 10th anniversary, and we hope to make it to our 20th and beyond!!

So, please do what you can to help by coming along on the 13th of July. It will be a great night & we look forward to seeing you there.

Many Thanks for your support!

Pete & Kim

Download the Fundraiser Flyer here>>