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


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
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 Festival cancelled…

Some sad news just in from the organisers of the Harpenden Folk Festival, this coming weekend:
Unfortunately the Harpenden Folk Festival (11th June) has been cancelled – apologies to anyone who was planning on attending.
However the Lincoln Folk, Roots and World Music Festival is still taking place this Saturday with Martin & Eliza headlining plus most other acts the same as for Harpenden see http://www.lincolnfolkfestival.co.uk/index.html
Also check out the Ilfracombe Folk Festival (20-22 October 2017)…
(see http://www.ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk/index.html)


Unicorn Magazine Issue 138 is now out…

Our latest issue (Issue 138) of the magazine is now out – download it here: Issue 138 >> … or visit our main website for more details >>

This issue is the first to feature a full colour cover and inner spread – and this is just the start! Our next issue (Issue 139, June, July and August) will be printed completely in full colour, something we have been working towards for a while now. Details of the change will be sent out soon…

You can also download our A4 poster , designed to encourage people to take a copy of the magazine… (or just collect the set for your wall!). Download it here:
Issue 138 poster >>

Unicorn Magazine Issue 137 is now out…

Our latest issue (Issue 137) of the magazine is now out – download it here: Issue 137 >>

… or visit our main website for more details >>

You can also download our A4 poster , designed to encourage people to take a copy of the magazine… (or just collect the set for your wall!). Download it here:
Issue 137 poster >>

Haddenham Ceilidhs – December 2016 Events

This just in from Haddenham ceilidhs:

Hello everyone,

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.

For more information, contact John at Action Folk, John’s House, 5 Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2QP Tel. 07717 047039
e-mail: john@actionfolk.co.uk Website: http://www.haddenhamceilidhs.co.uk

Details of our programme up to June 2017 are available on our website.

John Heydon


New dates for St Neots Folk Club

Here are some Diary dates for St Neots Folk Club – see their ad on page 7 of Issue 136:

  • October 4: Phil Hare Nov 1 Jody Kruskal
  • October 11: Tania Opland & Mike Freeman Nov 8 Open Stage
  • October 18: Liz Simcock Nov 15 Bram Taylor
  • October 25: Round the Room Nov 22 Sarah McQuaid
  • November 29: Round the Room
  • December 6: Greg Russell
  • December 13: Jim Causley £10.00 & £11.00
  • December 20: Club Christmas Party
  • December 28: Club Closed – reopens Jan 3rd – New Year Singaround

St Neots Folk Club
The Priory Centre,
St. Neots, PE19 2BH
Every Tuesday 8.00pm
Email – stneotsfolkclub@aol.com
Telephone – 01234 376278



Poster from Bedford Folk Dance Club, Autumn Dance 2016

This just in from Bedford Folk Dance Club…

Please find attached a poster for BFDC Autumn Dance.  You may already have a poster but the event is fast approaching and the club would be grateful if you could bring the dance to the notice of your club members and friends who may wish to attend and would be most welcome.
With kind regards, Bedford Folk Dance Club
Bedford Folk Dance Club
Click on the link below to download the poster:

Addition to Diary & Club Index for Redbourn Folk Club

In addition to their ad on page 2 of Issue 136 (see below), here are some dates from Redbourn Folk Club for the coming period:

  • October 6: BERNARD HOSKINS and floor spots
  • October 20 LIZ SIMCOCK and floor spots
  • October 27 Richard Scruton 1945 – 2016: FOLK, BLUES & BEYOND, to celebrate Richard’s love of Music
  • November 3: CARRIVICK SISTERS and floor spots
  • November 17: STORYWHEEL  and floor spots
  • December 1: BOB FOX  and floor spots
  • December 15:  DAVE ELLIS & BOO HOWARD and floor spots

Other dates are Open Stage. 

Thursdays 8.00pm

REDBOURN • Redbourn Folk Club
Old School Room, Hollybush PH, Church End,
Redbourn AL3 7DU
Contact: Jenny McNaught, 01582 793164

136 Redbourn Folk Club ad