I’m afraid that football fever, the prospect of heavy rain and a long list of outstanding domestic and arts-related tasks kept me away from what was apparently a very enjoyable Ely Folk Festival a couple of weekends ago according to a few people and a couple of performers that I know. Well done to the organisers and how nice to have some local live music available once again.
Speaking of which on Wed 28th July, Baldock Folk Club have three great acts bringing a Scottish flavour to their last club night of the season. Joe Quinn, Stewart Murdoch and Robin Campbell, all old friends of the club, return to bring some great music! The doors will open at 7:15 with the music starting at 7:30 and finishing by around 10pm. Please phone The Orange Tree to book your place – 01462 892341. There will be table service for buying drinks and food payable by credit card. Please though bring some cash towards buying raffle tickets (to help keep the Club going).
Royston Folk Club are making a cautious journey back into live music and were/are looking for a select few Showcase performers for Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26 and January 28 – all Friday evenings. It will be a traditional Friday night Showcase format, unpaid, 4 songs apiece, probably in two sets, all at the Old Bull Inn in Royston, plus a socially distanced audience. Please message Mark Gamon, email@example.com, if you are interested in a slot.
The Acoustic Club based at The Horn at the Half Moon in Bishop’s Stortford started up on Wednesday 21st July and open again on the 28th with a programme planned for several weeks ahead. Just follow this link http://acousticclub.co.uk/ACwhatsonsoon.html to view.
Calling all young musicians! New Roots is an annual event is for young performers of all styles of traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you play traditional material or write your own. Categories are under 18 and 18-24. View details on the main Unicorn Folk website
Finally, I promised Sandra’s review of Beardy Folk Festival which I have been a bit tardy in putting up but you can now find on the main Unicorn Folk website.