Bedford Folk Dance Club gig…

This just in from Bedford Folk Dance Club:

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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

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/#

Mike Silver gigs in the Unicorn area…

This just in from Mike Silver…
Here is a list (of one, he he!) of clubs that you can see me playing live close(ish) to you.
June 20th (this Tuesday coming) 2017
8.00pm
St Neots Folk Club
The Priory Centre
St Neots
PE19 2BH
St Neots is a wonderful club with a long history. Running a club for as long as Patti and Roger Pitt have can only be described as a labour of love. Their effort and hard work is simply outstanding. I look forward very much to seeing them again and to playing for their audience.
Hope to see you there.

Harpenden Folk, Roots & World Music Festival 2 on Sunday 11th June

This just in from the Harpenden Folk, Roots & World Music Festival…

Solid Entertainments is delighted to announce that Harpenden Folk, Roots & World Music Festival will be returning to Harpenden Public Halls on Sunday 11th June 2017.

Showcasing the quality of live music in the UK; with Martin & Eliza Carthy headlining and five other very special acts in the line-up, this will undoubtedly be another great festival and an occasion not to miss!

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures.  His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.  Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest.  In the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.

Martin is a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material.  He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation.  Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth.  More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.

Eliza grew up immersed in the world of traditional music.  She still divides her time between touring and recording with her legendary parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson as well as engaging in numerous pioneering solo and band projects, including work with Pere Ubu and Melanie Challenger, an artist in residence in Antarctica.  In what has become something of a parallel career, Eliza has co-presented the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, been a regular guest-presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show and has made many appearances on BBC TVs ‘Later with Jools’.  In her own right, Eliza has been the subject of an hour long ITV documentary (‘Heaven & Earth’) and ‘My Music’ on Channel 5. Comedian and writer Stewart Lee describes Eliza as “Not the Messiah, but a very naughty girl”.

The full line-up comprises of:

Martin & Eliza Carthy – the good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy, join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever!

Michael Chapman– born in Leeds, he first became known on the London and Cornish folk circuits in 1966 and is known as one of the UK’s best finger picking style guitar players!

Chris SherburnDenny BartleyEmily Sanders– Chris and Denny bring their unique sound and Emily’s fiddle playing and singing adds a new depth to what will surely be a memorable set!

Louise Jordan– fuelled by an untamed spirit, her music is authentic and timeless, underpinned by an unassuming natural elegance that places simple honesty alongside bold imagination!

Mia And The Moon– combining early folk festival influences with the urban, contemporary styles of today, the two sisters distinctive, gospel sound, reaches out to people of all ages!

Lucy Zirins– mixing folk, country and blues influences in to original songs, her first album “Chasing Clocks” debuted to great press reviews and airplay from BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6!

No need to worry about searching for food and drinks on the day either, there will be a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, real ales available and a varied menu that should meet everyone’s taste!

There is no doubt that this will be a great days entertainment and memorable day in Hertfordshire, so if you could help raise awareness in the region, it would be really appreciated.

The festival will take place at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 1PD . Early Bird Tickets are only £22 (for a limited period) and to book, please call 01472 349 222 or go online at http://www.harpendenfolkfestival.co.uk/tickets.html

To find out more about the line up and festival in general, please visit http://www.harpendenfolkfestival.co.uk/

Don’t be late, doors open at 1.30 p.m and the music starts at 2.00 p.m. and ends at 10.00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/harpendenfolk/

http://www.solidentertainments.com/presents.htm

Music & poetry event in St Albans on Tuesday May 3rd 2016

This just in from The Ver Poets:

Could you let your followers know about a very unusual folk music and poetry eventi in St Albans on Tuesday May 3rd? A company of actors will be reading from Heavy Water, Mario Petrucci’s award winning book of poems about the Chernobyl disaster.

It’s the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident and the performance LESSONS OF CHERNOBYL will include music, poems and historical narration.

The venue is the Maltings Arts Theatre and the event starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets available from the theatre website http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/whats-on.php

Download the press release below:

Chernobyl Press Release