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ke nt folk Issue 87 June / July 2018

Your FREE Guide to Folk Events in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and beyond

The Leep Froggers

Published by Tenterden Folk Festival, Charity No 1038663 Promoting folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions.

AKF News June/July 2018 The memorial “Concert for Bob and Kathy” took place on Friday 27th April and raised nearly £600 which has been divided between Pilgrims Hospice and Tenterden Folk Festival. Thanks to everyone who attended or sent in donations and special thanks to guests Steve Turner, Graeme Knights, Morrigan and Greg Harper duo who gave their time for free. Also thanks to Tenterden Town Council who donated the venue, Courtfield Audio for PA and Lewis Brockway for photography. It was an enjoyable evening and Bob and Kathy would have been pleased with the evening and the results. The annual gathering of dancers from both sides of the county heralds the arrival of early Spring. Known as East Meets West, the event gets under way with a popular workshop session during the afternoon which is followed by a dance in the evening. This year Carol Hewson and the English Contra Dance Band (Gareth Kiddier on Keyboard and Linda Game on fiddle) kept all those who attended busy, introducing new skills and techniques encouraging some enjoyable and vigorous dancing at times. At the end of the “American Tea” between the Workshop and the dance John and Di Cullen entertained with a good selection of folk songs which provided a relaxing break before the evening dance got underway with an entertaining selection of dances old and new. Ryarsh Village Hall will again host the event next year which is planned for Sunday 24th March with Carol Hewson calling and Kelly’s Eye band. Alan Castle (Trustee and Festival Director) Tenterden Folk Festival

Acoustic Music Night at “The George�

Stone Street CT4 6DF Every third Wednesday of the month 8pm - 10.30pm If you enjoy playing or listening to unplugged acoustic music of all types (folk, blues, pop, rock, country, jazz, soul, classical etc) you are very welcome to join us at the pub for a free, relaxed and entertaining evening. For more information, contact Jeff on 01303 813188

The Bell, High Street Kemsing TN15 6NB

2nd Thursday each month from 8:30pm a great programme of events for 2018

June 14th Tony Hall July 12th Alison Frosdick and Jack Burnaby August Closed 'Resident singers: Alan Austen and Linda Smith' We welcome all new musicians and singers as well as our regular club members. Contact: 01689 825263/ 0208 857 1024 Email: sheilafinn@hotmail.co.uk


Every Wednesday 8.00pm Doors open 7.30

Folk Club


June - July

April - May

The Limes Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PG

June 6 Reg Meuross £8/9 Fascinating songs fashioned with excellent guitar accompaniment. Reg’s gentle style charms and illuminates.

June 20 Jez Lowe £9/£10 Another visit from a Faversham favourite, Jez brings his unique take on life and times. Guitar, harmonicas and mandola as well... Book early!

July 11 Geoff Higginbottom £7/8 From the other side of the Pennines an evening of full-on entertainment, wit and chorus. A super trooper!

July 18 Jon Heslop £7/8 Writer of many much-travelled songs, Jon hies up from Cornwall with tales of sea dogs and plenty to join in with. See him in the flesh! Well, almost... All other Wednesday nights are our popular Singers Nights @ £2 only for a cracking evening of song and the occasional instrumental treat from local artistes

Unless otherwise stated, admission to guest nights is £6 members, £7 non-members All singers nights now £2. Under 18 always free Chairman/ Bookings: Pat on 01795 423674 or rjpmailbox pat@yahoo.co.uk Press/ Radio Publicity:Bob on 07885 642763 / bobkenward@talk21.com

CD ReviewS Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage – Awake Sun grazing SGR003 Hannah and Ben both come from musical families from East Anglia and have grown up fully aware of a range of music, particularly folk music. Two things stand out from an initial playing - the very high standard of all the instrumental playing and the exquisite quality of the recording and mastering so it comes as little surprise to read subsequently that Ben studied for a tonmeister degree. There should also be a mention for some very fine arrangements here and they their guest musicians make a considerable contribution with particular mentions for the effective, subtle horn playing by David Travers-Smith and tasty banjo played by Chris Coole. The songs that they perform here are mainly their own compositions apart from two very different traditional songs, Santa Fe Trail and Reynardine. Hannah has a very beautiful voice but she seems to focus on using it to produce the sort of sound that fits the lush arrangements rather than focussing on the enunciation of the words or giving an emotional content to the meaning of the lyrics. www.hannahbenmusic.com Vic Smith Matthews Southern Comfort – Like A Radio MIG MIG02032 Ian Matthews came to prominence as the first lead singer with Fairport Convention. As that band’s interest in the British tradition developed, he decided to form his own unit in 1969. Listening to the early tracks of Southern Comfort again, the band sounds like a mainstream Americana band long before that term was invented. Here he goes back to the reformed Dutch line-up from 2010 but with acoustic guitarist Eric De Vries replacing Elly Kelner on vocals, a very tight and talented unit, all fine musicians with strong contributions from multi-instrumentalist Bart Jan Baartmans and particularly keyboard player Bart de Win. Nearly all the songs are written by Matthews usually in co-operation with one or other of his fellow band members. They are all well-constructed songs with the title track and Down So Long standing out amongst the ones that Iain was involved in writing. They have fine melodies though the undemanding lyrics tend to edge the album towards the easy-listening end of the market and it would be fair to say that two of the three songs by other songwriters attract most attention; Darcy Farrow with its ballad structure hits the mark and they do well with the James Taylor’s Something In the Way She Moves. www.mig-music.de Vic Smith

Book Review Of Death and a Banana Skin - Poems and other words by Simon Mayor With illustrations by Hilary James. Acoustic Publishing £12 I like a good story but am not a regular reader of poetry so I sat down to have a quick skim through this new book which arrived on the door mat. Two hours of so later I was still sitting at the table reading it! The book includes tongue in cheek stories of Simon’s travels around England from gig to gig, trips across Europe and even his experiences when visiting Poland as a student of Russian in the 1970 and how he became separated from Hilary due to a problem with his papers. I’ll leave you to find out how this was resolved. Other stories feature visits to Cleethorpes and Hay on Wye. The story of Simon and Hilary’s gig at a humour festival in Canada certain fits well with the overall tone of the book. I even ended up reading many of the poems as they range from the more or less serious to what could almost be described a limericks. Not quite ‘there was a young man(dolin player) from Reading’ but “The Grand Old Duke of Pork”. Some of the poems have a musical theme to them such as “Perfect Pitch” or are a play on words. In addition to Simon’s words there are also Hilary’s relevant and colourful illustrations which help to bring the book to life. The only down side to me was that some of the text is printed on background colours and these aging eyes find it hard to read black or white print on grey or yellow pages. If you are into Apps you can even download HP Reveal and follow the somewhat complicated instructions to access video and audio linked to what you are reading on the page. Who says folkies live in the past! I will certainly be dipping in and out of this book for some time. www.hannahbenmusic.com Alan Castle

Folk music on the radio and online Send us details of the folk show you enjoy especially those produced in Kent, Surrey and Sussex BBC Radio 2: The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe every Wednesday at 7.00 p.m. FM 88 to 91 www.bbc.co.uk BBC Radio Kent: Kent Folk with Doug Welch every Sunday at 9.00 p.m. MW 96.70 West MW 104.2 East. www.bbc.co.uk Channel Radio Channel 2: Folk in the Barn Radio with Keith Peverly every Tuesday at 7.00 p.m. www.channelradio.co.uk/two Deal Radio: The Folk Pilot with Neil Vessey every Tuesday at 8.00 p.m. www.dealradio.co.uk



olk festival

“Tenterden the Jewel of the Weald” Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th October 2018

Folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions GET INVOLVED, TAKE PART or BUY TICKETS www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk info@tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk

GUEST CONFIRMED SO FAR Thursday evening : John Conolly Special guest: Julie Felix Plus: Alice Jones, Delta Ladies, Geoff Lakeman, Georgia Lewis & friends, Granny’s A c, Mick Ryan, Morrigan, Pete Castle, Pete Morton, Scolds Bridle Also featuring: Mick Ryan’s new Folk Opera “Here at the Fair” Our regular and local guests: Chris Roche, Direc on Corsairs (Belgium), Gavin & Julie Atkin, John & Di Cullen, Marsh Warblers, Peter Collins, Portside, Spare Parts, Sue Watson, Travelling Folk, Vic & Tina Smith, Vic Ellis - one man band, United Folk Orchestras Free music stage guests: Charlie Tophill, Nunhead Folk Circle, plus more to be announced Morris sides and display teams And lots more!

Ticketed events include: concerts, barn dance, special shows, workshops, meet the guests, folk clubs, etc. Free events include: cra & street stalls, free music stage, dance stage, dance displays, procession, song and music sessions, street theatre, etc. CONTACT INFORMATION: Fes val director: Alan Castle, 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 3HA E: alan@tenterdenfolkfes val.org.uk T: 01233 626805 Cra s & stalls: E: info@tenterdencra fair.org.uk Chief steward: E: info@tenterdenfolkfes val.org.uk Dance co-ordinator: Spud Jones dance@tenterdenfolkfes val.org.uk

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EGERTON FOLK AND BLUES CLUB Meets every last Tuesday of the month, at The Barrow House, Egerton, TN27 9DJ, from 8pm.   Folk, Blues and beyond. No guests, just residents and itinerants. All welcome. Hat collection.   Contact Jerry Hatrick

(01233) 756357.

Foots Cray Social Club Waring Road Entrance, DA14 5BY

Open Music and Song Session in the Bar every Monday 8.00 11.00 p.m. www.crayside-folk-club for more information All genres- – Mainly Acoustic, but quiet electric guitars with battery amp allowed- must be compatible sound level. Beginners Encouraged. Experience is gained through jamming along. Occasional Open Mic Evenings and Guest Nights. Players, poets, storytellers, and listeners welcome. Free Entry – Please support our raffle, which pays our running costs.


John Hills 2005

OLD RAG-A-BONE Rusting bedsteads, broken bikes with wheels that have no tyres. An old tin bath that leaks like fury, a grate from someone’s fire. Kitchen chairs with but three legs and toys that have gone wrong. Are seen upon the totter’s cart and carried away with this song. CH:- Old Rag-a-Bone, Old Rag-a-Lumber. Old Rag-a-Bone, Old Rag-a-Lumber. There’s a hotplate from a cooker that can cook no more. A suitcase full of God knows what, some handles from a door. Old lead pipes that once held water, clothes no longer worn. Gardening tools and a watering can who’s working lives are gone. CH:Two old men in battered hats and well worn overcoats. Mittens to protect their hands and chokers at their throats. Hopsacks wrapped around their legs to stop the cold day’s chill. The same old route they’ve done for weeks, the same old totters drill. CH:In the shafts there stands a horse, part sorrel and part grey. A flourish with the reins and once again he’s on his way. There’s no need for vile words, no need for him to race. He’ll pull the cart from street to street at his own determined pace. CH:Deptford, Greenwich, Charlton Churchlane done in half a day. All along the south Thames bank the totters make their way. Slowly up to cross Blackheath, rich pickings to be had. Then to the yard to sort it out and sift the good from the bad. Ch:No longer do we hear their cries or see their horse drawn cart. There’s no need for “Rag and Bone” men now to play their part. Things have changed and rubbish now is hid beneath the soil. Or strewn around at dead of night, the country to despoil. CH:CH:-

John Hills 2005

since 1976

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Adventures of an Old Folkie For those of you foolish enough to follow the events described in this column, you will, no doubt, remember that I finished my last epistle saying that I would let you know how things went for meninhats at the then upcoming session of Folk-At-The-Drum. You will be mightily relieved to hear that our performance went very well and, most importantly, the audience really enjoyed it. Indeed, since then, we have performed again successfully at The Drum and at The Star in St Mary-in-the-Marsh.

Meanwhile, my open mic empire is set to grow; you will remember that I already run an Acoustic Music Night at The George Inn on Stone Street on the third Wednesday of the month. Well, one of my favourite local venues for live music is The Doghouse micropub at the Evegate centre, near Ashford; it’s not too big and not too small for intimate performances by local artists, indeed, more internationally renowned musicians such as Kent DuChaine, an American delta blues guitarist performed an excellent set there last March. I’ve always thought it would be the perfect venue for an unplugged open mic night and recently Jim, the manager, tried to start one on a Saturday night. Hoping to play there, I booked a table for my wife and I bringing along my twelve-string guitar to perform with. The session was supposed to start at eight o’clock, so we got there early to eat a meal before it started. We finished our meal and looking forward to the session starting, wondering who would be kicking it off, as there seemed to be few people in the place. I had already propped my guitar up on its stand and got my songsheets in order ready. Eight o’clock came and went, nothing happened; then eight thirty, and still nothing. I thought “Oh, well, some places are not sticklers for exact timekeeping” and continued waiting. Nine o’clock came and went, still nothing had happened, I went up and asked the lady behind the bar when the open mic session was due to start. She informed me that she didn’t know, and I could start it if I wanted to; obviously, nobody had been nominated as its organiser. So I grabbed my trusty guitar and, aided by the Dutch courage provided by the previous consumption of a couple of pints of the pub’s excellent locally-brewed ale, I introduced myself as “JR Hartley” ( my real name ) and, as proof, showed the audience my copy of the book “Fly-Fishing”, presented to me as part of my retirement package from the English Department at my last school. Older readers will remember the Yellow Pages advert featuring JR Hartley, a gentle, avuncular elderly gentleman searching for his own book on fly-fishing. He had toured the local bookshops in his search, but to no avail. Then – voila! – his daughter found a bookshop with a copy in the latest edition of Yellow Pages. Nowadays, of course, she would have just looked it up on the internet. Anyway, I told a few jokes and performed my planned first set, which seemed to go down quite well with the rather sparse audience. Then, rather fortunately as it turned out, a family party of somewhat inebriated individuals entered the pub and , hearing me perform my last song of the set, regaled me with slurred shouts of, “Give us another one, Jeff” and, “You’re brilliant!” Well, any performer would be encouraged by such comments, so I ended up performing three or four sets; it was a good job I had brought my big songbook with me! It then transpired that in the audience was a guy who played one of those wooden rhythm boxes which you sit on, and he came up and accompanied me; he had just been waiting for somebody to kick the whole thing off. Two more people came up to perform during the evening and, overall, it was a very enjoyable session. Since then, I have offered to run regular open mic sessions at the pub and negotiated with Jim, the manager, to hold them the second Wednesday of the month, starting 9th May. Jim has very kindly agreed to open that particular night specifically for the open mic. Of course, by the time you read this, in the June/July edition, this session will be a distant memory, I promise to inform you of its results. Jeff (JR) Hartley

Sevenoaks Summer Festival 23 June - 8 July S PRESASE Cara Dillon is John Smedley Memorial Choice for 2018 RELE This year Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman have been chosen for the annual John Smedley Memorial concert as part of the Sevenoaks Summer Festival. The performance will be part of Cara’s tour to promote her‘Wanderer’ album, and will also feature favourites from previous releases. The Oaks Theatre at Knole Academy is a fully-equipped venue complete with a grand piano for Sam to play. John Smedley is remembered for his visionary Folk South East promotions that brought folk into concert settings, and Cara’s show, that has sold out many venuesacross the country, is a wonderful way to celebrate John’s memory. Every note and word sung with a passion, with Cara's warm and natural stage presence - something to savour. "Cara Dillon is one of Ireland's truly great singers." - The Guardian The Festival’s own website for more information and online ticket links is www.sevenoaksfestival.org.uk The Festival Box Office is hosted by Stag Theatre: 01732 450175


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The Club meets every Thursday at ‘The Drum’ Inn at N. Stanford, Stone Street (Between Cant’ & Hythe)

The Queen’s Arms, on the B2026 midway between Edenbridge and the A264, Tunbridge Wells - East Grinstead Road

14 June - Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham 12 July - Geoff Higginbottom 23 August - Peter Collins

8 - 11pm

9th June Roy Clinging

All other evenings Singers Nights Guest Nights 8.00 p.m. Singers Nights 8.00 p.m. Members, Guests & visitors are always welcome to play, sing, listen or do all three! On Club Nights everyone who wishes gets a spot to perform. On Guest Nights there is limited time for ‘floor artists’ but a phone call usually gets you a spot.

Another welcome return 14th July Martin Wyndham-Read

Tel: 01797 320518 mobile: 07890 292467 or email: david@plesbit.net www.folkatthedrum.co.uk



Tonbridge Folk Club (Nellies) The Flying Dutchman 118 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Kent TN1 9EN First and third Mondays of each month 8-11pm

Monday 4 June: John & Di Cullen Expect an eclectic mix of robust, reflective and humorous songs.

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Farnborough Village, Orpington June: 7th      Jim Mclean a composer, acoustic-based musician and singer/songwriter.    

An extremely talented singer-songwriter with many diverse topics in his songs, accompanied by accomplished finger style guitar playing.

14th, 28th Singers & Musicians Night   21st  Allan Richardson sings and writes songs    and   plays a mean backing guitar.    July : th      5 Hunter Muskett a Brighton based four piece

Monday 2 July: Consort of One

12 Jimmy Lee an accomplished singer /guitarist

Monday 18 June: Chris Cleverley

accordion, fiddle, banjo guitar, mandolin and Bodhran. th    

Lizzie Gutteridge combines medieval and renaissance music and song, on traditional instruments, with 21stC looping technology.

promising an entertaining evening of poplar, self-penned and folk songs. th      

Monday 16 July: Triage

19 Singers & Musicians Night th       26 Reg Meuross one of the premier singer/

Welcome return of this popular local band who made a good impact last time. Expect lively renderings of tunes and songs with various instruments.


songwriter’s on the folk scene. Described as "a warm engaging live entertainer with songs of love, longing and true life stories"

Thursdays @ 8.15pm 01959 532754 020 8325 6513 www.orpingtonfolkclub.org.uk E-mail: orpingtonfolkclub@hotmail.com

(IN THE) LAST DAYS OF JUNE The years 1914 &1939 both had lovely summers, both overshadowed by fears of what might come – and did.



© COPYRIGHT 1989 ROM Watson 9 Compton Close Earley READING RG6 7EA GB watson.bob@tiscali.co.uk

(IN THE) LAST DAYS OF JUNE Words & Music by Bob Watson

© COPYRIGHT 1989 ROM Watson 9 Compton Close Earley READING RG6 7EA GB watson.bob@tiscali.co.uk


O H S K L FO Sunday 9 - 10 pm Presented by Doug Welch mw 96.7 (west) 104.2 (east) Live show featuring guest performers and artists appearing in Kent venues. Send info to: kentfolk@bbc.co.uk 0345 9811 111 Radio Kent Folk Show The Great Hall Mount Pleasant Road Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1QQ

Singdanceandplay Join the Singdanceandplay regulars for events in mid-Kent including great sessions, regular free tunes workshops,, barndances twice a year and even local carols at Chrisstmas!! For deetails seee the Singdanceandplay.net website or call 07985 522734

Shepherd and Crook Inn Burmarsh TN29 0JJ 01303 872336

Open Mic Night

1st Tuesday of every month

7.30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9.30pm

Come and join us, and sing-a-long with a local ukulele band If you play come and entertain us Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun evening

Dartford Folk Club BBC Radio 2 Best Folk Club of the year 2008 www.dartfordfolk.org.uk 01322 222553

FLOOR SINGERS WELCOME Residents: Dartford Ramblers, Rob Mitchell Trio, Ian Petrie

5th June Flossie Malavialle 12th June The Teacups 19th June Steve Ashley 26th June Dave Ellis & Boo Howard 3rd July Midnight Skyracer 10th July Jess Morgan & Kitty Macfarlane 17th July Vera Van Heeringen Trio 24th July Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer 31st July Tim Edey 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August Singer ‘A’ Rounds in the circle Coming up: Broom Bezzums, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Colum Sands

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Broadstairs Folk Week 10 - 17 August 2018


Folk Music by the Sea

The 53rd Broadstairs Folk Week rolls into town in August with hundreds of musicians and performers in almost evert available venue in Broadstairs. Folk traditions of the British Isles and Ireland are very well represented:- Kathryn Tickell & the Darkening, Jez Lowe, Tom McConville, Jed Grimes and Pons Aelius hail from the North East; Jim Causley, the Longest Johns and Harbottle & Jonas from the west country; Narthen, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, Mrs Ackroyd Band from a medley of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire and Ireland is represented by the Sharon Shannon Band, and John Doyle; Scotland by Elephant Sessions and Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente – plus Spain! Kent’s musicians play a big part in Broadstairs Folk Week. Tim Edey is the Patron of Folk Week and features solo in a marquee concert, followed by the Sharon Shannon Band; he also appears alongside Luke Daniels as a duo. The ever-popular Kent Song Collective present a new show by Bob Kenward – Under the Green Bough – with Sue Watson, Roger Resch, John & Di Cullen, Steve Moreham who explore farming in song old and new with plenty of audience involvement... from heavy horses to the Green Revolution. Other bands from Kent include bluegrass band Gentlemen of Few; singer songwriters Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter, Pete Collins, co-host of the Neptune singarounds; the Stark Bros; master harp player Al Clark and Happy Trails, Crisis, Hot Rats as well as Hobo and the Hippies and the Foot Down ceilidh band – both up and coming bands from Kent. This is not a definitive list but shows the incredible range on offer at the festival. Families and young people are very catered for at Folk Week. There’s the daily free Hobby Horse Club – this year with Inspirations Theatre company and a new band Giddy Yup plus the mascot of the festival Clarence and the Hooden Horses. The Hill Top Ceilidh band invite young musicians between 12 and 20 to join them in creating a Band in a Weekend – or even a Band in a Day; Alphonse Daudet Touna will create a family band with steel drums at the heart of it; there’s a Creative Tent at the campsite and a daily Magic Club at lunchtimes tucked away in Crampton Tower Museum. There’s a Day of Song and a Day of Dance for families and children. The core of the festival dance programme is curated by Madeleine Smith and this year there is a new venue in St. Peter’s Church Hall, just around the corner from the new campsite location at Dane Court School and a new Dancers ticket for committed dancers who want to make the most of every day with callers Ted Morse and Anne Welch and bands Albireo with Tom Kitching and Narrowlift. Morris sides make a great contribution to the colour and music around the town and this year there are many returning sides such as Hartley, Bishop’s Gundulf,

Loose Women, Wantsum, Offcumdens, Kent Korkers and Pork Scratchings and new attendees include Brixton Tatterjacks and Black Dragon Morris. The headline acts depend on the taste of the individual – Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri are a mainstream and very popular duo and tickets are selling fast; longstanding folkies will be looking forward to a weekend with Blowzabella – celebrating their 40th anniversary with a concert, workshops and full-on ceilidh. There are workshops in music, song and dance for all standards from beginners to advanced including this year a masterclass with melodeon supremo Andy Cutting. Some of the smaller more intimate venues where you can see festival artistes are very popular and this year, Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne, Narthen, Paul James of Blowzabella, Luke Daniels, Alice Jones, Gavin and Julie Atkin and Banter are just some of the artistes appearing in the Sailing Club. The Souvenir Programme is published in mid- June and has all the details including the free pub sessions: £6.50 including postage and packing. Concerts Ceilidhs Workshops Dances Children’s Festival Craft & Music Fair Festival Campsite Morris Dancers Pub Sessions All tickets are now on sale - Festival Tickets with or without camping for a week, weekend or day: plus single event tickets for dances and concerts. Credit card booking, Ticket Sales & Information Call 01843 604080 Book online at www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk Email:info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk Facebook and Twitter

CD ReviewS Through the Seasons (A year in Morris and folk dance) LULLBUG004 (54 minutes 39 seconds) Will is a three times nominee for “musician of the year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for his skills on harmonica and melodeon and says he has been involved with the Morris since he was born. This 12 track CD and the associated live show is supported by Arts Council England. Most of the tracks are well known Morris tunes taken from across various traditions from Cotswold to Molly and taking in Long Sward and Rapper and, to complete the coverage of the UK, finishing with a dance tune from the Shetlands. There is a lot of information and interesting pictures in the small booklet included in the CD case. As you would expect, most of the tracks on this very listenable CD are instrumental but for the Kentish song “The Nutting girl”, Will is joined by Eliza Carthy on vocals and fiddle. Other guest on the CD include John and Benji Kirkpatrick and The Newcastle Kingsman amongst others. A CD of Morris tunes could lack variety but not this one as there are great versions of “The Liberty Bell March” and “The College Hornpipe. The live show involves a 12 date tour across the country in May taking in festivals such as Chippenham and then goes on to visit Whitby, Warwick and Sidmouth festivals later in the summer. I will be aiming to catch the show at one of the festivals. Alan Castle Ninebarrow. The Waters & The Wild If you’re a fan of gentle layered pastoral harmony this is definitely for you. Ninebarrow create the atmosphere of a dreamy day on fairweather hills, a pace of life long gone but fondly remembered. The scene is set by the drifting Hour Of The Blackbird, a territorial marking. It’s somewhat startling to realise that the next lyric deals with Dorset’s worst shipping disaster, so subtle is the arrangement. Into a future, where mankind’s influence has long gone from the ancient Ridgeway... woven harmonies and gentle persuasion. Right through to Gather It In, an attributed version of All In A Row with new tune and words relating to harvest, there’s the tapestry effect, delicate stitches carefully placed. Some trad covers: The Prickle-Eye Bush, While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping (I could have done with a bit more menace here, you have to believe the singer would really paunch a doe- their version they credit to June Tabor, who admittedly gave the impression that she would do it with her bare hands), Row On. Each a pleasant visit, never overstaying their welcome. Coming with an attractive colour booklet, a CD full of wistful pleasures sympathetically recorded on acoustic instruments. Heartwood.

Bob Kenwood

Obituary Dominic Dowsey Magog had been a fixture in the Shanty Crew since the first rehearsal that he attended at the Grapes in Borough High Street way back in 1981. His name is an ancient west country name as a youngster his father being in the Army Dom attended boarding school in Dover. When we first met 23 year old Dominic was selling insurance for Britannia Insurance Company, he was then living in Belmont less than a mile from where I am now at Carshalton. Dom as I called him had always liked his real ales and while I would take a pint he would have two or three he tended to drink weaker beers than I did, saying he was a social drinker. He took over at the Downs club at the Royal Marsden which he ran as the steward for a number of years before he moved to his home town of Northampton where he ran the Express lift club, it was more difficult to practice now so we went up to him and used first the club and later The Duke of Edinburgh and latterly The Plough at Everdon the two pubs he had as tenant. For twenty years we sang at the Lancaster Maritime and Shanty Festival the routine was to go up to Dom`s and make a pickup then driving on to the gig. Over the last number of years I had sung with Dom as a duo, the Shanty Crew largely had dispersed by then, We were still gigging all over this country, Ireland and in Europe at times. Dom would come on his Triumph either to me or the gig, his second love being motorcycling, he reconnected with his love of bikes when he gave up Pubs to take up Truck driving and so it was, that on the 9th April he collapsed at the wheel of his 30 ton truck with a massive heart attack that killed him. Dom was just 59, we had sung together for 37 years. Our last gig was for the RNLI at Deal last September. Farewell my friend Farewell; Chris Roche





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Stile Bridge Inn at Marden Come and join us every third Wednesday for a free sing around 7.30pm until 11pm Musicians and audience welcome The Stile Bridge, Staplehurst Road Marden, Kent TN12 9BH

Tom Thumb Theatre 2 Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2LB www.littleopryattomthumb.webeden.co.uk 01227 770840 01322 228802 www.tombthumbtheatre.co.uk www.wegottickets.com or phone 01843 221791

Doors/bar open 7 for 7.30 01622 831236 Or call Nigel White 07793 076827

Deal Friday Folk Club meets 8pm every Friday at RMA Club (upstairs) 37 The Strand, Walmer CT14 7DX June 8th - Nancy Kerr incredibly good (and justly famous) fiddle player and singer

July 20th - Eddie Walker the blues/ragtime man is back!

Guest nights - £5. Singers Nights - £1.50 Singers, £2 Non-singers www.dealfolkclub.org.uk or ring Sue on 01-304-360877

Lewes Saturday Folk Club Traditional music every Saturday night Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ 8.00 – 11.00 www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/ valmaigoodyear@aol.com 01273 476757 Loyalty card: 6 evening visits = £5 off an evening June 2 Bob Kenward July 7 UnReel Quartet June 9 Nancy Kerr July 14 Martin Carthy June 23 Ramekins July 21 Will Duke June 30 Gaslight Follies July 28 Belshazzar’s Feast WORKSHOPS (10.45 am – 4.45 pm) The tutor performs at the club in the evening. Booking forms from club website. Half-price places for 2 under-25 year-olds. 9 June



Sun 15 July MARTIN CARTHY: BALLAD FORUM £35 Saturday evening at club 21 July

IAN HAYDEN: SALLY SLOANE’S TUNES £25 WILL DUKE at the club in the evening

28 July


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MAIRE ni CHATHASAIGH: IRISH HARP £35 CHRIS NEWMAN: GUITAR £35 Performing as a duo at the club in the evening

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Sussex Folk News The Sweet Sunny South Festival is on the move. One of the premier festivals of American Old Time music is on the move. The festival has been held in the grounds of the Fairlight Cove Hotel just outside Hastings but now it is moving right across to Ashington in West Sussex and will be held at the Manor Buildings in Park Lane, Ashington. RH20 3AW. The festival maintains its first-weekend-inSeptember position in the calendar which means that it will be on 7-9 September this year. This year the event is headlined by Rachel Eddy who was born and raised in rural West Virginia just south of Morgantown, where her musical family inspired her to play and sing as a little girl. She grew up listening to local fiddlers, her father among them, going to old-time festivals, and attending square dances. The old-time bug bit her early in life and Rachel now performs and teaches full-time on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. The attractive line-up also includes the excellent and very popular Rattle On the Stovepipe and superb dancing of the Brighton-based Crooked Moon Appalachian Clog Dancers. Website is www.sweetsunnysouth.org Email Contact christopheraggs@gmail.com The same venue as for the above festival is also the venue for a number of other American Roots Music events presented under the name of “Music At The Buildings” and they present three events in this diary period:• Jock Tyldesley Old Time Fiddle Workshop on the weekend of 15-17 June and as part of the weekend there is a separate concert with Jock on the Saturday evening at 8pm •

Concert with Midnight Skyracer on Sat 30th June. – Brilliant all-female bluegrass band

Concert with Vera van Heerigan Trio – excellent musicians with origins on bluegrass, folk and Blues.

Once again the contact is christopheraggs@gmail.com and there are more details at www.facebook.com/MusicalBuildings/ Chichester Folk Club meets on Mondays at The Chichester Inn in West Street and their programme for this period includes two of the top names on the folk scene:- 25/6/18 Jez Lowe, 23/7/18 Jackie Oates Both are likely to attract capacity attendance so it might be worth checking before setting out:Telephone: 01243 781866 Fax: 01243 781866 Email: chifolksongclub@btinternet.com Sunday nights are when Horsham Folk Club meets at their excellent clubroom at the Normandy Centre Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF. This club takes its summer break from the beginning of July and their last big night before then will be:- Sunday 17th June Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman. For general enquiries contact: Jeffrey Thomas - 01403 276 273 Kent songs come to Sussex on Saturday June 2nd when Bob Kenward is the guest singer at the Lewes Saturday Night Folk club at the Elephant & Castle in White Hill. BN7 2DJ. Their very attractive summer programme includes visits from Nancy Kerr, Martin Carthy and Belshazzar’s Feast. Nancy will be there on June 9th and she runs an All-Day fiddle workshop in their clubroom before performing there in the evening. Martin’s visit is on 14th July and the following day he will be running an All-Day ballad forum there. Both Pauls of Belshazzar’s Feast will be running All-day workshops on July 28th. Paul Sartin runs a fiddle workshop whilst Paul Hutchison’s is on arranging music before they come together to perform in the evening. Advance tickets for all these events by emailing ValmaiGoodyear@aol.com or phoning 01273 476757 Vic Smith

CD ReviewS Turning the Tide - Islander www.ilanderfolk.com Turning the tide is the debut album from a Kent based folk singer and guitarist who calls himself just Islander. The 14 tracks are well recorded by Sean Kenny at Ten21 Studio. On a few tracks Islander is joined by James McOran-Campbell on keyboard and vocals. Islander’s style is very laid back and gentle and his choice of material certainly suits his style and voice. The songs are a mix of traditional and covers of such songs as Richard Thomson’s “Crazy man Michael” and Sandy Denny’s “Who knows where the time goes”. There is even a folky arrangement of Jagger and Richards “Wild Horses” which is interesting to listen to. The traditional songs Islander have featured range from “Lady Franklin’s lament” to “The 18th of June”. There are one of two songs which are down as tradition which may or may not be, I leave you to decide on that. Islander would go down well in a quiet folk club where the audience are there to listen and join in on songs they know and enjoy. I look forward to hearing more from Islander and seeing how he develops and expands his material. Alan Castle Utopia and Wasteland - Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar Rootbeat Records Ltd RBRCD40 (2018) This CD comes from two excellent young musicians and singers still in their 20s who have already established themselves on the folk festival and club circuit after gaining a BBC Young Folk Award in 2013. The CD released on 13th April contains 11 tracks nine of which highlight their song writing skills as well as their musicianship. Greg plays acoustic guitar and sings while Ciaran plays violin, tenor banjo, electric guitar, bodhran and also sings. When I have seen them previously they have performed mainly traditional songs and tunes and, of course they featured in as young country men in Mick Ryan’s folk opera “A Day’s Work”. The tunes and songs they have written themselves remain very much in a tradition style and draw on history, political and even football for their themes. Greg’s song “Walter” tells the story of Walter Tull who was apparently the first black player to reach top flight football and played for Spurs for two seasons. I think one of my favourite songs from this CD is “1908 “ which draws on the lyrics of the broadside “The Liberal March” printed in Birkhamstead in 1908. Greg and Ciaran’s take on Stan Rogers “The Lock Keeper” is also well worth listening to. I am very glad to have added this CD to my collection. Alan Castle



olk festival Pre–Festival Concert Thursday 4th October

Town Hall, High Street, Tenterden 7.30 to 10.30 p.m. (Doors open at 7.00) All ckets £10.00 un l 31st May £12.00 from 1st June

John Conolly Plus support

John is an interna onally-respected singer/songwriter who has based his style firmly in the folk tradi on. His finely-cra ed songs are performed with warmth, good humour and lil ng accompaniments on guitar and melodeon. His best-known composi on, the classic FIDDLERS’ GREEN, has the ring of a tradi onal ballad, and has earned him a warm welcome at major folk and mari me events all over the world. TICKET AVAILABLE FROM: Fes val director: Alan Castle, Tenterden Folk Day Trust, 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 3HA E: info@tenterdenfolkfes val.org.uk T: 01233 626805 Or online at www.musicglue.com/tenterdenfolkfes val/ ckets/ Tenterden Folk Fes val Registered charity No. 1038663

Moore MooreOR OR Less Less Folk Folk Club Club Oast Community Centre, Granary Close, Rainham, Kent, ME8 7SG (next to Rainham railway station)

Second Friday of each month The club always welcomes new performers, of any ability, and audience who just wish to listen. Friday 8th June   - Singers Night Friday 13th July   - Singers Night Entrance, as always, £3.00, including raffle for Singers Nights Guest Nights £5.00, including raffle for (unless otherwise advised)

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Urban Folk Quartet Friday 22nd June

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start Tickets Full price £15.50 12-25 £8 Box Office:    01227 769075    Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are Urban Folk Quartet. The award-winning UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009. 

Blair Dunlop Sunday 1st July

The Kingston Barn, nr Canterbury.

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start Tickets £14 Online £15 Offline £16   Door  £7 12-25 yrs Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, has now released 3 albums 2 ep’s and toured widely around the globe.

Heidi Talbot & John McCusker Saturday 14th July

St Gregory's Centre for Music, CCCU Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start Tickets £16 online (plus bkg fee) £17 offline £18 Door £6 under 25s

2018 will see Heidi and John celebrate their tenth year as musical partners with a new EP released in November on Under One Sky Records and an extensive Uk & European tour.

Arcelia Sunday 15th July

Edge of Beyond, Barham

Doors 4.30pm for 5pm start As a private house concert we're unable to sell tickets in advance, but can reserve places and suggest a voluntary donation on the day   for each place of £15 Under 18s £8 Enjoy a beautiful Summer afternoon musical garden party/picnic in the beautiful Elham Valley village of Barham with gorgeous harmony trio Arcelia. (pronounced Ah-KELL-ia – meaning ‘treasure chest’in old Spanish) is a soulful folk trio from the valleys of Kent Coming up...

McGoldrick, McCusker, Doyle Saturday 18th August Gulbenkian, Canterbury Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start Tickets Full £16.50 12-25 £8 Box Office:01227 769075

Doors/bar open for 7.30 Prices in advance, chq or online (booking fee10%) still cheaper than on the door Doors/bar open 77for 7.30 www.folkinthebarn.co.uk

email info@folkinthebarn.co.uk

This issue of Around Kent Folk was produced by Alan Castle and Andy Wood on behalf of Tenterden Folk Festival. Promoting folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Registered Charity No 1038663 Issue No. 88 August/September COPY DATE: 18th June Then … 18th August - October/November Front Cover picture by: Dylan Woolf 18th October - December/January

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Around Kent Folk #87 June / July 2018  

Your guide to folk music in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and beyond for June and July 2018.

Around Kent Folk #87 June / July 2018  

Your guide to folk music in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and beyond for June and July 2018.