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
This just in from Bedford Folk Dance Club (click the link to download the poster):
Bedford Folk Dance Club – Summer 2017 A4 poster
This just in from St Albans Folk Festival:
Award winning performers lined up for St Albans Folk Festival concert on Saturday 24 June on the Albantide weekend
The Furrow Collective, winners of the Best Group award in the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards, will be the headline guests at the St Albans Folk Festival concert on Saturday June 24 at 8pm at the Maltings Arts Theatre, the Maltings Arts Theatre, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL. They will be supported by other award winners, Alison and Jack, winners of the Watford Folk Club song writing competition and singer Bláthnaid McCullagh, New Roots 2017 finalist. The concert will be the high point of the day, on the Albantide festival weekend, when there will be dancing in the City Centre and live music in City Centre pubs. Details of the full programme will be released nearer the time,
The Furrow Collective is made up of Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton, who was also awarded Musician of the Year in this year’s Folk Awards. They are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship.
Since their critically acclaimed debut album ‘At Our Next Meeting’, The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Their new album ‘Wild Hog’ was released in November 2016.
Alison and Jack are Alison Frosdick and Jack Burnaby. Alison started singing at Yeovil Folk Club as a teenager. Her voice is both powerful and gentle with an emotive edge that shows her fine understanding for lyric interpretation. Jack did a Jazz degree and toured and recorded with various people from the folk-rock world before teaming up with Alison. They won the Watford Folk Club 2016 song writing competition with their song on the theme of crime and punishment, which they will include in their set in the concert.
New Roots 2017 finalist Bláthnaid McCullagh comes from an Irish family in Honiton in Devon. She reinterprets traditional Irish folk songs and enjoys exploring a wide array of roots/folk music from different cultures.
Tickets cost £14, students £10 can be bought on the door or in advance, by booking online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo by phone on 0333 666 3366 or in person at St Albans Central Library, The Maltings, Chequer Street, St Albans, AL1 3JQ
Further information: Alison Macfarlane Tel 01727 852111 (home) 0207 040 5832 (work) 0770 801 2991 (mobile)
This just in from Herga Folk:
As you may already be aware, after more than 54 glorious years of a well-earned international reputation, a collective membership in the thousands, more than 500 guest performers and more than a million cumulative decibels, Herga will suspend operations at the end of June. Our last “normal” day will be Monday 19th June, when we have Kitty Vernon & Derek Burgess as our guests.
But we don’t want Herga go with a whimper; it has played too important a part in so many lives and in the UK folk scene, for us to allow its disappearance to go unmarked! So we are inviting you to a very special day, to help us “sing Herga out” (we are not calling it a “wake”). The event will be structured as a massive singaround interspersed with 20-30 minute sets by visiting artists, and will be held at our usual venue but on a Sunday from 2pm to 8pm, to enable people to attend without any logistics problems or concerns. There will be free food, there will be beer etc at club prices, but above all there will be music and song – your music and your singing are what will make this day truly special. So,
Come to HERGA’s LAST HURRAH
Sunday 25th June 2017
from 2pm till 8pm
Pinner HA5 3TJ
to ensure appropriate arrangements, please R.S.V.P to firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there!
This just in from New Roots…
Press release – New Roots 2017
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 2016 has now been finalised. Between them, Jim Causley, Steph West, Andy Stafford and Lynne Heraud 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 2 2017 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 email@example.com. 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 2017. 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.
This just in from Haddenham ceilidhs:
We are looking forward to Saturday evening, December 3rd for our Ceilidh and concert at Haddenham Village Hall.
For our Ceilidh in the main hall, dancing starts at 8pm – Music provided by DIATONICS, NICK WALDEN calling the dances and a chance to watch THE HADDENHAM MUMMERS performing the traditional Haddenham mummers play.
Diatonics are a lively and energetic band with a distinct style that will ensure dancing will be at it’s best. The band has a back line of drums, bass and guitars which fuse with melodeons and fiddle. The last time at Haddenham they took the place by storm!
Meanwhile, our concert in the intimate Walter Rose room starts at 8.40pm with a short spot from our compere. KITTY VERNON, followed by a 20 minute spot from WATLING STREET and then two 45 minute spots from our main guest of the evening, JOHN SPIERS.
John Spiers, known as Squeezy, has made a name for himself as one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation. Well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden in the formidable Spiers & Boden as well as his contribution to the massively popular Bellowhead, John has also played with Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers and a number of local folk-dance bands.
Doors open 7.15pm, dancing starts at 8pm. An admission charge of £12, lets you dance or enjoy the concert or perhaps a bit of both! We rarely put up “House Full” signs – it is a large venue but if you are concerned about gaining admission on the evening, just e-mail or telephone and we will reserve tickets for you on the door.
Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone or any other groups you feel may be interested.
Details of our programme up to June 2017 are available on our website.
This just in from Winchmore Folk Dance Club:
Download the poster here: