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…

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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

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 >>

News from St Albans Folk Music…

Two new bits of breaking news from St Albans Folk Music:

  • They now have a new home for the ex-Rose and Crown Wednesday session, now to be found at the Robin Hood in Victoria Street
  • An Dha have dropped out of Folk at the Maltings concert on June 1 and have been replaced by Rosie Hodgson and Rowan Piggott.

Contact them for more information…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 142 is now out…

Issue 142 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 142 of Unicorn Magazine (April, May & June 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 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 already an amend necessary to the printed version of 142 (we may be changing the download version if / when new ad artwork is available)… The Place Theatre have said that their ad on page 10 (and the Diary on page 27) contains an incorrect date – the Calan concert on 19th April is in fact on the 18th April… Please amend your diaries accordingly….

Download Issue 142 here >>

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

Fine Companion Dances

A note from Bedford Fine Companions (just in case!)… It seems we put the dates for their forthcoming public dances as below in the Diary section of Issue 137, but not in the Shall We Dance bit…

Public Dances: Newnham Middle  School  Polhill Avenue  Bedford MK41 9DT

  • 7.30 -11 pm         Entrance £7   Please  bring  a plate of food to share
  • Saturday    14/1      Caller – Nigel Close,   Band – Narrow Escape
  • Saturday    11/3     Caller – Mark Elvins,   Band  – Portland Drive

Please also note that their website address has now changed: https://finecompanions.wordpress.com