Unicorn Magazine Issue 141 is now out…

Issue 141 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 141 of Unicorn Magazine (January, February & March 2018) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU, the link below etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ysmfqfo2k4bx2bd/CB1440%20Unicorn%20Magazine%20Issue%20141%20FOR%20WEB.pdf?dl=0

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

Finally, we would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas & A Happy New Year – many thanks for all your support over the past year…

Clive & Sandra

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New Roots 2018

This just in from New Roots:

New Roots 2018

The call is out to young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music to enter for New Roots 2016. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.   There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. New Roots has been running since 2000 and the standard rises every year.

The list of judges for 2018 has now been finalised. Between them, Emily Askew, Jamie Roberts. Andy Stafford and Valmai Goodyst represent a wide spectrum of insights into the folk scene. Their task will be firstly to listen to the entries sent in and select the performers who will take part in the final on Sunday April 8 2018 at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. On the day they will give constructive feedback to performers. There is no overall winner and everyone who makes it to the final will win one or more performance opportunities. The aim is to match the performers to the opportunities at folk festivals, clubs and other events which are offered to New Roots finalists. At folk clubs, opportunities include support slots, featured spots on singers’ nights and full bookings.

Performers who want to enter are invited to complete the entry form on the New Roots web site and email it to info@new-roots.org.uk. In reply, they will get an email telling them how to upload up to 15 minutes of their music. The closing date is 31 January 2018. For further and more up to date information on the web site http://www.new-roots.org.uk This also has a form for event organisers who wish to offer performance opportunities for young musicians.

 

Further details:

http://www.new-roots.org.uk email: info@stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk or ring 01727 852111.

50 minutes with Bill Redway + friends – Friday 8 th December

This just in from Kimpton..

50 minutes with Bill Redway + friends – Friday 8

And now… the second of our ’50 minutes with…’ popup concerts at Kimpton’s Dacre Rooms, featuring the home nurtured talent of Bill Redway, along with a selection of his musical friends.

These short concerts give you an opportunity to enjoy the music of some of our finest musical artists. Seats are limited to 50 and admission is just £5.

Bill is a favourite on the local folk circuit; a very fine guitarist and singer who performs a wide range of blues, folk, pop and Americana music. The Dacre Rooms will be the perfect setting to enjoy his music.

Please arrive by 8.45 at the latest.  £5 admission includes a free ticket for the raffle. See you there!

Waltham Abbey Folk Club change venue…

This just in from Waltham Abbey Folk Club…
Important update information.
Please note that 30th Oct will be our last meeting at the Royal British Legion Hall.  From November 6th we will be welcome at The Angel public house , Sun Street , Waltham Abbey , Essex EN9 3DP.
Folk will start to gather at 7pm, singaround starts at 7-30 until 10-30.
We will continue to have one guest evening a month with singaround money going towards the fee.
The £1 per head donation that went to the legion every week will now be donated to the charity jar at the pub.

Change of name and venue for The White Horse Folk Club, Hertford

This just in from the White Horse Folk Club…
With immediate effect we are having to change venue to
The Hertford Club
Lombard House
Bull Plain
Hertford
SG14 1DT
…and as we will no longer meet in The White Horse I’m changing name to Four Rivers Folk Club (Hertford sits on the convergence of of The Beane, Lea, Rib and Mimram)
Until end of year we will be meeting there on 2nd and 4th Tuesday in the bar but in 2018 we will be changing evening to the  2nd and 4th Wednesday and have a private room upstairs.
More explanation here:
Hi Guys,
 
Due to the uncertainty of the viability of the White Horse as  a venue for the folk Club due to it remaining closed caused by no beer deliveries. There are many issues outstanding between Stefan (the licensee) and Fullers who appear to charge their resident landlords £160 for a barrel of London Pride but only charge non-tied landlords £115 or thereabouts. Stefan has taken no money out of the enterprise for the last 11 months. Seemingly Fullers are looking for another landlord.
With all this going on and to ensure that we continue to have a folk club in Hertford I have approached The Hertford Club and the following has been agreed to.
 
1. We can continue in the Hertford Club bar on a tuesday evening until end of this year.
2. From January 2018 we will run the folk club on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday monthly. This is because they a a decades long commitment  to the Chess Club on Tuesdays and this is ongoing.
3. I will transfer the amplified open mic from the 2nd Wednesday  to the 3rd Wednesday of the month 
4. We will have the room upstairs in the  Club at our disposal so we will be free of bar noise and be able to accommodate larger audiences.
5. They will charge me their standard fee for the room £25 per night but I can have my open mic night there if I want to without incurring an extra charge
6. If we have bigger acts that require a pa we can do this in this room.
 
Some notes:-
 
1. As we’re not using the White Horse I propose changing the name of the club to the “Four River’s Folk Club”, I didn’t think “The Hertford Club Folk Club”sounded good and “The Lombard House Folk Club” sounded too posh!
2. As I have to pay for the room now I am suggesting a £2 fee for audience and keeping it free for players as I don’t believe in the “pay to play” policy of some clubs.
3. Roger and Emma have helped out tremendously in taking over on nights but Roger isn’t always available and he and Emma are regulars at the Wednesdays in the Herald in Harlow so I’d like to ask Mike and John to consider assisting on a regular or ad hoc basis so I can have holidays etc.
Let me know how you see all this and please make suggestions.
 
To refresh from next Tuesday onwards we will be at the Hertford Club can you let as many people know as possible.
Cheers
Pat

A charity fundraiser concert, Kimpton, 14 October 2017

This just in…

What: A charity fundraiser concert
Who: The Simon Thompson Band, GBH, Kimpton Unplugged
When: 14 October. Doors at 8pm. And afterwards in The Boot
Where: Kimpton Memorial Hall
Why: This is a fundraising concert for a refugee facility on the Greek island of Samos. There 1600 refugees in the centre, half of whom are children. The majority are living in tents and with winter on the way, their hard living conditions will become unbearable. Life there is really tough.
One aim of this event is to buy a minibus as well as buying stuff that will help the refugees pass the time – games, books and toys for the children.
There’s a lot more information here or on their Facebook page
What next: Buy tickets. £12 for a single, £20 for a pair. On sale in the Corner Store, The Boot and from Ian Mitchell [01438 832747 after 6pm] or from Michael Magenis on 01438 833976 [after7pm].

If you can’t make it but would like to make a donation, please let Ian know

Unicorn Magazine Issue 140 is now out…

Issue 140 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 140 of Unicorn Magazine (October, November & December 2017) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues… For example, there is an amend to the printed version for the session in St Albans on a Wednesday night – now reading: ST ALBANS • White Swan, Dagnall Street, (8.30pm, weekly, Traditional Irish Instrumental): Rick, 01727 852976

The Little Folk Festival, Saturday 8th July, Rudolf Steiner School, Kings Langley.

This just in…  the press release and programme detailing this new Festival this coming Saturday 8th:

Award Winning Folk Musicians Play at New Music Festival in Kings Langley

On Saturday 8th July, BBC Folk Award winner Sam Carter will be playing on the Priory Stage at The Little Folk Festival, a brand new festival organised by the PTFA of the Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley. Other music acts include local trio Said the Maiden, winners of Bristol Folk Festival’s Isambard Folk Award; internationally acclaimed choir leader and songwriter Susie Ro Prater; eclectic contemporary folk band Boat to Row – ‘Simply wonderful’ Janice Long, BBC Radio 2; lively passionate young folk duo The Unsung Roots; and recent graduates from the Rudolf Steiner School Arthur Sawyer and Ryan Isbell with their new band Father Benjamin and the Frosty Mornings. Later in the day renowned folk band Boldwood will lead the evening ceilidh.

The day boasts a packed programme of events alongside a fantastic folk line-up, to include circus workshops, basketry, face painting, yoga, story-telling, Nia dancing, community singing, drumming, festival stalls and a huge variety of food and drink.

We are an alcohol-free festival, creating opportunities for enjoyment of a wide range of drinks suitable for all ages. Our festival ‘dry bar’ is run by some of our older students, with mocktails, juices, milkshakes and a range of other non-alcoholic drinks on offer. Classes from the school will be running food and drinks stalls, alongside external catering companies.

Tickets are discounted if bought in advance online, by midnight on Friday 7th July.

Under 16s are free if accompanied by a paying adult.

All profits from the festival will feed directly into the life of the school, both through funding play equipment for the children, and providing additional funds to help support low income families choose this education for their children.

Download the programme here: The Little Folk Festival Programme >>

Event details:

Who is the event aimed at?
The whole community – family friendly and child appropriate activities; something for every age

What activities can people expect at the event?
Live folk bands, huge variety of delicious food stalls, crafts, henna and face painting, story-telling, circus, yoga, folk dancing, foraging, drumming, community singing and lots more. The event is also environmentally conscious providing re-cycling, electric free stalls as well as some natural and organic foods.

Event details and features:

Date: Saturday 8th July 2017

Time: 10 am to 10pm

Location: Rudolf Steiner School, Langley Hill, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 9HG

Tickets: From £5.00 to £20.00 – Free tickets for children with every full paying adult

– Tickets in advance = discounts

– Wheel chair access and support

– Free ticket for carer – please contact organisers

Website: http://thelittlefolkfestival.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelittlefolkfestival

Social media connect: https://www.facebook.com/thelittlefolkfestival/#