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ke nt folk Issue 91 February / March 2019

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

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


So what have you heard about this year’s festival? We’ve heard lots of variations in Folk Week Central so here is a bulletin straight from the Hooden Horse’s mouth! Many of you have been coming to Folk Week for years – some of you since it started over 50 years ago – and you will have seen the ebbs and flows of the shape of the festival. So we’re happy to say that 2019 is looking very positive and that the festival will once again bring Broadstairs to life with concerts, dances, workshops, children’s events, Morris sides and the Craft and Music Fair. The beauty of holding a festival in a town is the opportunity to see bands in smaller, intimate venues and we’re delighted to have the Sailing Club, the seafront Bandstand, Crampton Tower Museum and of course, numerous pubs and cafes around the town. The festival campsite will once again be at Dane Court School and with a few tweaks following our first year at the site – it will be a hub for festival goers. The concert marquee in Pierremont Park has been wrapped up and stored for the time being – until Folk Week can raise the funds to bring it back. Over recent years, grant funding from local authorities and arts organisations which subsidised the cost of the marquee has diminished to 30% of the amount in 2008 and at the same time, festival expenditure has risen. Of course, we want the festival to continue and minimise the risk to its future. Our advert in this issue gives you details of the 2019 line-up so far - which we hope will be very appealing to you -and of course, we’re updating the website with more information throughout the year as we haven’t finished inviting everyone yet! If you like listening to concerts in a venue with comfortable seats and air-conditioning, then you will really appreciate the surroundings of the Baptist Centre where many of the Folk Week concerts will be held. There’ll be a wine and beer bar at the evening concerts and an on-site café, loos and a lift to the concert floor. The Pavilion on the Sands will also host some concerts, most notably – Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings on Saturday 10th and tickets for this event will only be available as individual tickets – so make sure you get hold of one as soon as they go on sale in May – Friends of Folk Week can buy them now. There will be ceilidhs galore, dance workshops – Russian, Appalachian and Zulu so far – and lots of Late Night leaping about too. Our lovely Madeleine Smith is putting the final touches to the social/country dance programme – once again to be held at St.Peter’s Church Hall – a venue that proved very popular with everyone in 2018. Take a look at our new Festival Ticket prices too www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/tickets we think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised…. We can’t predict the weather – but we can be sure that the festival will be full of discoveries, old favourites and friendly faces – all in a beautiful seaside town. Bring on the sunshine! Jo Tuffs


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

FLOOR SINGERS WELCOME (PLEASE BOOK)

5th February Luke Jackson Duo 12th February The Shackleton Trio 19th February Barber & Taylor** CHANGE OF ARTIST!

**Due to a prior booking, Wizz Jones will now appear later in the year.**

26th February Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis 5th March Alden Patterson & Dashwood 12th March Craobh Rua 19th March QuickSilver 26th March Tom McConville Duo 2nd April The Askew Sisters 9th April Steve Tilston 16th April Mairerad Green & Anna Massie 23rd April Chris & Wendy Moreton 30th April Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

To receive regular updates: Email (put ADD on subject line) dartfordfolk@googlemail.com

DARTFORD WORKING MENS CLUB Essex Road EVERY TUESDAY 8.30 TILL 11.00


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Review of Tw o-fingered Archer CD: “ A second offering from popular local trio Dean Tainio, Kevin Henty and Malcolm Peet, crisply recorded in Berlin and featuring many of the tunes and songs which make their current setso memorable.I enjoyed the lightness of touch in the arrangements, guitar and melodeon tucked in behind gentle lyrics augmented by mandolin, dobro and Weissenborn- respecting the meaning of the words… Altogether a great pleasure- this wasn't a review copy, I bought it at a gig and am glad to have this record of a delightful evening.” (Bob Kenward)

7th February – The Anchor Folk Club, Byfleet 13th February – Man of Kent, Rochester th 20 February – Dorking Folk Club For bookings, contact Kevin on 0772-461-6705 or at kevinhenty@hotmail.com


An Interesting New Venue

Morag Butler and her husband bought Rosslyn Court at Cliftonville which seemed an ideal space for folk music to happen. It had a bar, not licensed, but well used. She says “we have converted this - and the whole house - (my husband and I are carpenters) and are now beginning to have traditional and acoustic music here, it’s great”. This inspiration came since visiting the Ceilidh Place in Ullapool also Wrigley and the Reel in Kirkwall, Orkney. I loved the atmosphere in both places and being surrounded by traditional music and fun. A studio room has been made that is good for workshops and performances. It has toilets attached and a secluded garden for smokers as well as facilities to make hot drinks and serve soft drinks and cake. The drinks licence route is being explored but at the moment it is bring your own with glasses provided. A number of workshops have happened already and there have also been house concerts; in the large room about 30 people can be managed comfortably. There are also three b&b rooms upstairs and the idea of residential workshops is being investigated and use of the space for intensive rehearsal time for bands. It is ideal for this. There are some exciting events coming up in the next couple of months: Friday January 25th - Burns night, a proper traditional Scottish evening with live music, food ‘n fun. £15 Saturday February 9th Lizzie and Hamish Bell. Lizzie has a gorgeous melt your heart voice and Hamish writes tunes, sings and plays guitar beautifully. Friday March 1st Brown Boots - talented fiddle and melodeon duo with great tunes and banter. They come well recommended! Thursday March 21st Martin Carthy - Wow! An opportunity to experience one of the most influential figures in British traditional music in an intimate venue. £12.50. Great songs and a distinctive guitar style. Lovely man. Workshops which need to be booked in advance: February 2nd Song writing workshop - with Hughie Gavin 12.30-3.30 £15 Places are limited on this workshop to allow individual focus. February 9th Fiddle workshop with Krista Bubble 2.30 - 4.00 £12 March 2nd Voice - harmony with Hughie Gavin 12.30 - 2.30 £12 Rosslyn Court is situated at 62 Sweyn Rd, Cliftonville, CT9 2DD. Check event updates on Facebook/Rosslyn Court. www.RosslynCourt.com Please book events in advance 07902140248, via Messenger or email, moragbutler1@hotmail.co.uk You can use the number 8/33/Loop bus or park on the sea front -or nearby if your mobility is limited. Rosslyn Court is accessible on one level. Rosslyn Court has had very positive responses so far; really it’s about enjoyment of music and encouraging people to try out new stuff.


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 Doors/bar open 7 for 7.30

The Bell, High Street Kemsing TN15 6NB

2nd Thursday each month from 8:30pm a great programme of events for 2019

February 14th Allan Richardson   March 14th  Mike Nicholson        'Resident singers: Alan Austen and Linda Smith' as well as our regular club members.   All musicians, singers and audience very welcome.      Contact: 01689 825263/ 0208 857 1024

Email: sheilafinn@hotmail.co.uk


ELSIE’S

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

14 June -21st Keith Kendrick February and Sylvia John & Di Cullen with IrisNeedham Bishop 12 July - Geoff Higginbottom 7th March - Mike Nicholson 23 August Peter 25th April - Isla Collins St Clair 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. Tel: 01797 320518 mobile: 07890 292467 or email: david@plesbit.net www.folkatthedrum.co.uk

The Queen’s Arms, on the B2026 midway between Edenbridge and the A264, Tunbridge Wells - East Grinstead Road 8 - 11 pm

9th February - Will & Wolfie Good - time music, songs & laughs

16th March - Carolyn Robson & Iris Bishop Northumberland & Scotland meet at Elsies again

20th April - Jim Causley One of the best from the West - an Elsies favourite!

www.elsiesband.com

Tonbridge Folk Club (Nellie’s) The Flying Dutchman, 118 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Kent TN11 9EN First and third Mondays of each month, 8 - 11 pm

4th February 18th February 4th March 18th March

Bond of Union Mitchell & Vincent Glymjack Duo Richard Grainger

1st April Will Finn & Rosie Calvert 15th April

Hickory Signals

the Change of Horses Farnborough Village, Orpington

FEBRUARY

7th

Geoff Higginbottom

He performs traditional and contemporary songs on a wide range of subjects and from a variety of sources.

21st

The John Ward Trio

Comprises John, his wife Lynne and Les Woodley. Delights folk club and festival audiences around the country.

14th & 28th

Singers & Musicians Nights

MARCH

7th

Sue Graves & Hector Gilchrist

21st 14th & 28th

Na-Mara Singers & Musicians Night

Tel: 01892 822945

Thursdays @ 8.15pm 01959 532 754 020 8325 6513

info@tonbridgefolkclub.org www.tonbridgefolkclub.org

Website: www.orpingtonfolkclub.org.uk E-mail: orpingtonfolkclub@hotmail.com


John H Hills

The Stolen Kiss

May 2016


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 Feb 2 Feb 9 Feb 16 Feb 23 Mar 2 Mar 9 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30

Robb Johnson Ramskyte Come All Ye with spotlight on Milly Murphy The Twagger Band Elsie’s Band Bond of Union Tom McConville & workshop Elye Cuthbertson (New Roots finalist 2018) Shirley Collins & Ian Kearey & workshop

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. 16 Mar TOM McCONVILLE: FIDDLE & SONG £35 31 Mar (Sun) SHIRLEY COLLINS & IAN KEAREY SINGING & ACCOMPANIMENT £35 13 Apr COHEN BRAYTHWAITE-KILCOYNE: MELODEON £35 18 May EMMANUEL PARISELLE & RICHARD BURGESS FRENCH & SCANDINAVIAN DANCE MUSIC £35 8 June JEZ LOWE: SONGWRITING £35 22 June SANDRA KERR: VOICE & CONCERTINA £35 14 Sept JEFF WARNER: USA WORK SONGS £35 21 Sept JOHN SPIERS: MELODEON £35 12/13 Oct VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER £35 TOPICS TO BE CHOSEN 23 Nov BRYONY GRIFFITH: VOCAL HARMONY £35


Skinners Rats As last issue

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.


CD Reviews Helen North : Honest and Poor - 12 tracks www.helennorth.com) Honest indeed: Helen’s second CD has all the attributes of her live performance, in the best possible way, combined with the talents of Georgina Turner, Pip Ives and Geoff Sandiford in songs which sparkle with insight and sincerity. A reworking of Sea Glass opens the door to the title track, which reaffirms her clear understanding of maritime matters: only a genuine sailor could have penned it. Then, for me, the outstanding track: Hold On To You. It’s rightly become a signature tune, the sentiments clear-sighted, compassionate and worthy of the acclaim they are gathering. Helen’s vocal has so much strength and purity it leaves this listener awestruck. Other genres contrast delightfully: Meantime Man you’d imagine a 30s blues, The Company You Keep is a wry look at friendship with a warm smile and Winter Song reveals a reflective, deeper side. The Youngest Shantyman tickles up the ambitious novice neatly; Rest Easy is another standout track in which Helen’s ability to convey emotion is to the fore. If you had Helen’s work filed under ‘seafaring’, think again: here you’ll find a body of melodic songs from a writer branching out, performed with a powerfully gorgeous voice and leaving you with a host of memorable phrases which hit you when you least expect them. Riches! Bob Kenward The Revels The popular Revels returns for a third time at St Dunstans Church West Peckham ME18 5JH on Sunday March 10th commencing at 6.30pm The theme of the entertainment this year will be Looking at The Working Life through music, dance, readings and song. Tickets are now available by calling 01622 817255 priced £10 which includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

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 p.m. FM 88 to 91 www.bbc.co.uk BBC Radio Kent: Kent Folk with Doug Welch every Sunday at 9 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 p.m. www.channelradio.co.uk/two Deal Radio: The Folk Pilot with Neil Vessey every Tuesday at 8 p.m. www.dealradio.co.uk Chichester Hospital Radio: "Folk For All" with Ken Hobbs every Thursday at 6 p.m. www.chr1431.org.uk or via the apps TuneIn and Radioplayer


Reviewing CDs Receiving a CD for review is a real treat- it might be useful to open up a discussion as to how it’s prepared and presented. Personally I take little account of any publicity material that comes: I take out the disc and play it in the order the artistes intend. I may jot down a note or two but listen entire, including those little add-ons at the end; it’s always possible that something has altered in production. I’m listening for quality of production alongside accuracy of notes- and also sometimes become aware of a raw energy which dominates both. I don’t look at the lyric sheet. Songs is songs, and if they need a sheet to make them comprehensible then in my view it’s a production issue either in the artist or studio. It may be my ears, of course! Then I’m looking for elements to praise- everyone who makes a CD deserves that. Reviewers are only as useful as their honesty though, and I’d rather pass on a review to someone else if I genuinely don’t like the material. Someone somewhere will find the right words for the fan base. Each CD stands on its own merits rather than reputation. Fortunately standards are pretty high these days and songwriters with well-researched lyrics and interesting melodies are rising. Finally I will check line-ups, dates, past performances etc as far as possible before publication. Bob Kenward Still looking can you help? Marlings Morris require an experienced musician contact Tim - tim@tpeters.co.uk

Moore OR Less Folk 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 February - Singers Night - Entry £3 including raffle Friday 8th March - Guest Night with “Cappella” Entry £5 including raffle All singers nights are £2.00 members and £3.00 non-members Guest nights as advised but generally £4.00 / £5.00

All Club Nights 8.30 - 11.00pm Doors/bar open 7 for 7.30

Doors/bar open 7 for 7.30 Enquiries Chris Wilkin 01634 366155


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Harwich International Shanty Festival - past and future From its small beginnings in 2006, the Harwich International Shanty Festival has grown to become the second largest shanty festival in the UK. Its flavour is truly international, featuring artists from many different countries. Groups from the UK, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Canada and the Republic of Ireland have all attended or are scheduled to attend. It is an excellent example of a community venture which the town has taken to its collective bosom, and which benefits the local businesses. Hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, pubs and cafes are all full for the weekend - at a time of year when the main season “Dutch Uncle”, Hans Weehuizen (right) is already over. Last year’s festival took place on the 5th, 6th and 7th October, once more filling the old town of Harwich with song, music and nautical entertainment in celebration of its rich maritime heritage. It featured 204 events, 30 ticketed, and 174 free! Over 5000 festival goers were in town for the weekend, and 37 artists, old and new, were included in the programme, with many from the UK and seven coming from abroad - from Ireland, Russia, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Some of the highlights were El Pony Pisador from Barcelona with their vibrant, exciting and varied performances, Nordet from Lorient in Brittany who perform at maritime festivals all over the world and Men Overboard from St. Petersburg, Russia whose original performances combine a mixture of traditional sea songs and shanties, including some Russian versions. Other top acts included The Exmouth Shanty Men whose entertaining act includes drama and costume and The Norfolk Broads, a 4 piece all female group singing in close harmony. The exciting workshops and talks included a “Singing in Public” workshop for beginners and “Harmony Singing” for those with a little more experience and a ‘Squeeze, scrape and blow’ workshop for instruments, learning to play tunes with a nautical theme. The popular Bones Workshops continued, with “Dutch Uncle”, Hans Weehuizen instructing participants in playing this traditional maritime percussion

Exmouth Shanty Men


instrument and running schools workshops for children. Talk topics included Thames Sailing Barges and Sail Making, Britain’s Lighthouses and Harwich Ships in World War One. Many events took place at the Redoubt Napoleonic Fort including musket drills, cannon firing and skirmishes with River El Pony Pisado Rogues Pirates and the King’s German Artillery. A Barber Surgeon demonstrated his grisly skills, and Black Dog the Pirate was there with a chest full of treasure! There was Figurehead Carving by Andy Peters, Ropework Crafts, and Kipperland - demonstrations of freshly smoked kippers with an opportunity to buy. A great attraction for all the family were the two Sea Shanty Trains running between Harwich and Manningtree on the Saturday morning with pirates and shanty singers. Looking to the future, the guest list for the 2019 festival is already almost full, with artists from all over the UK and around the world, including Canada, Denmark, Germany and France. Exciting acts are planned for 2019, working towards the 2020 celebrations to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. In 2020 even bigger celebrations are planned emphasising Harwich’s links to the Mayflower and exploring this connection in concerts and workshops. We are keen to promote Harwich’s connection with Captain Christopher Jones, the master of the Mayflower and his house in our town, and this will be reflected in the festival. Join us for this year’s festival which will take place on the 11th, 12th and 13th October See our website for details www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk. Article by Debbie Jones (Festival Press Officer - debbie_harwich@hotmail.com) Photos by Paul Turvey NEW from the next issue We will be introducing a regular new column in the next issue of AKF. Bob Kenward will be compiling a selection of news and information from around the region under headline of “Scene and Heard”. Bob would welcome your news, information and other comments which can be emailed to him at bobkenward21c@gmail.com. Please ensure you send in your information early to guarantee inclusion. Vic Smith’s Sussex Folk News column will continue as usual. Catch them if you can New trio on the block, Hook, Line and Sinker, are Sue Watson, Chrissy Holmes and Karen Scott... experienced singers all, their delightful 3-part harmony gave Tonbridge Folk Club at the Flying Dutchman a flying start to the New Year... Good to see Sue Hudson & Ian Petrie in fine form at Faversham- and catch Phil Burkin among the host of singers there to support them. Still relevant after all these years!


-Folk Nightat the

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 October 26th - Granny's Attic - 3 incredibly talented young men who have taken the folk world by storm in years 15threcent February - Tim Laycock

Welcome back the Dorset concertina player November 9thto - Singer's Night with Remembrance theme (Armistice Day Centenary)

15th March - Tom McConville November 16th - Quicksilver - Grant Baynham & Fiddle virtuoso from Newcastle Hilary Spencer entertain and delight with virtuoso guitar and amazing voice

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


Faversham

Every Wednesday 8.00pm Doors open 7.30 www.favershamfolkclub.net

Folk Club

The Limes

Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PG

Feb - March

April - May

6th February - Dave Ellis & Boo Howard £7/8 Forthright songs and great entertainment from one of our best contemporary duos- telling commentaries on the times allied to punchy musicianship. 13th February - Singers Night 20th February - Helen North £7/8 With a nod to her brand-new CD, Helen returns with her unique blend of sweet vocal and compelling lyrics. Sea songs from experience and a fund of fun. 27th February - Singers Night 6th March - Steve Turner £7/8 One for the squeezeboxers and traditionalists alike, Steve also brings new arrangements of some surprising modern choices. His warm personality ensures an evening which flies by- and cricket too... 13th March - Singers Night 20th March - Judy Cook £7/8 Judy brings her delightful Transatlantic take on themes Irish and American. Another engaging personality whose wide repertoire brings all shades of warmth and tragedy to her audience, with participation to the fore. 27th March - Singers Night Coming soon: Saturday 6th April 50th Anniversary concert with Green Diesel

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 / bobkenward21c@gmail.com


Adventures of an Old Folkie I’m writing this on New Year’s Day; the first day of 2019, so I can look back on the past year and look forward to the new one. 2018 was an interesting year for me, containing quite a few adventures, most of which have been related in this column. This particular edition of the column may, however, be rather more succinct than usual (I hear a chorus of approval here), as, being in the depths of midwinter, I have been able to have rather fewer adventures than usual, this being traditionally a somewhat fallow period of the year, with many people staying in by the fire, huddled up against the cold. One thoroughly enjoyable adventure I had recently was watching Roger Hubbard play some good old Delta blues on his steel guitar at The Dog House, near Ashford. A superb local player and singer, he used to be part of a blues-rock band called Buick Six, which was a staple on the festival scene a few years ago. At the end of the gig, I bought a copy of his latest album on vinyl, as I have recently acquired a record player (cum radio/cassette/CD player and recorder). This, of course, means that I can now, at last, play the old pre-CD vinyl records which, being a bit of a hoarder, I refused to dispose of when CD became king. Ah, the good old days! The interesting thing is that, when CDs first arrived, they were more expensive than vinyl; now it’s the other way around. In the last edition, I recounted that I had recently bought a new guitar; a Blueridge electroacoustic, which I’m still very happy with, and have gigged with in a variety of open mics and folk clubs. It’s useful for amplified gigs, as I can just plug in and play. However, I’ve only gone and bought another guitar! This time, it’s a solid body electric; a Fender Squier Telecaster. Squiers are traditionally at the budget end of the Fender range, but this plays well, has a lovely action and a good range of sounds. I first saw it on the Village Guitars website, and took two of my guitarist friends to look at it with me. We all had a go at playing it, and all agreed that it was a lovely piece of kit, and very good value for the price that was being asked. I even got a nice Roland Cube amp to go with it for an extra ton. This was the first time I had ever been in Village Guitars (in Wingham, near Canterbury), and I can heartily recommend it. It stocks a wide range of (mainly) second-hand electric and acoustic guitars, all very competitively priced. Another, very important, feature of my new Tele is that it looks gorgeous! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for; the classic Tele shape in Butterscotch Blonde, with a black pickguard. Beautiful! I only wish that I possessed the requisite playing skills to really do it justice. Ah, well; I’ll just have to keep on practicing. Unfortunately, it will probably never make it outside my study/music room, as I’m not in a band and an electric guitar is not really suitable for individual accompaniment. I’ll just have to limit myself to being one of those “bedroom guitarists”, flailing and thrashing around, dreaming of being a (rather elderly) rock star! Talking of rock stars, I was saddened to hear of the recent death of Pete Shelley, the main man of Buzzcocks; with The Sex Pistols and The Clash, part of the initial triumvirate of British punk bands. He was only 63; younger than me! Seasoned readers will know that, prior to my involvement in folk music, I came from the world of rock music, and punk came along at just the right time for me, when I was studying for a BA in Humanities at Bolton Institute of Technology. It just so happened that Pete was also studying there, as was Howard Trafford (nee Devoto), who was on my course. In 1976, they formed Buzzcocks and funded and recorded an EP; the first “indie” record. This is my big claim to fame in this life; that I was almost a Buzzcock! Howard placed an ad on the college refectory noticeboard, appealing for other members during the summer of ’76, but unfortunately I was at my parents’ place in Kent at the time, and so missed the opportunity; the first of many in my life which I have come to regret. Oh, well; perhaps I am alive now because I missed out on the classic rock’n’roll lifestyle of excess and over-indulgence. Perhaps it was


this which did for poor old Pete; the official cause of death was “a suspected heart attack”. This column has turned out to be rather longer than I originally thought it would be, and I still haven’t told you about my plans regarding using a vocal harmoniser at live gigs, the (hopefully) forthcoming issue of my new album and my impending trip to Western Australia. You will just have to wait (with your breath tightly baited) until the next issue! Jeff (JR) Hartley

CD Reviews Shadows in the Mist Paul & Liz Davenport Hallamshire Traditions HATFCD12 (41.44 minutes) This new album is the fifth from Paul and Liz and starts off with an a cappella rendition of the traditional song, “Come, come my brave boys”. This sets the mood for 13 tracks of traditional and newer songs, some unaccompanied and others with Paul’s concertina accompaniment. The newer songs and tunes come from the pens of Paul himself as well as Gavin Davenport, John Conolly, Tim Laycock and David Howes while the traditional ones come mainly from the Roud collection. This is probably not an album for the casual listener but will be appreciated and enjoyed by those with a deeper interest in the more traditional folk songs and singing. Paul and Liz’s rendition of David Howes’ song “Canterbury Bells” will be of particular interest to the readers of AKF and was seasonally appropriate at the time I was writing this over the Christmas period. Paul and Liz have been fairly regular visitors to Tenterden Folk Festival and are on the guest list for Tenterden Folk Festival 2019 from 3rd to 6th October. See the advert elsewhere in this issue for more details. Alan Castle - Editor

Doors/bar ors/bar open 7 fo for 7.30

2nd Thursdayy each month from 8:30pm

The Bell, High Street, Kemsing, TN15 6NB We are short on numbers and would welcome support from musicians, singers and audience. It is possible we may have to close in the spring if we do not have a few more regular people. Lots of parking, the pub does food and the room is comfortable. What more could you want? Free entry but a hat collection to defray payments to guests.


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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 us for friendly,, free evenings with great music and special guests at The Castle Inn, Brenchley TN12 7BN from 8pm: x 24 February:: Peter Collins — well loved local singer with a warm deep voice and a wealth of great songs x 31 March:: Helen North — North Kent singer--songwriter with a fine voice Also fo or regular English music sessions,, popular free tunes workshops, twice--yearly family barn dances,, and old local Christmas carol sings see Singdanceandplay.net or call 07985 522734

Shepherd and Crook Inn Burmarsh TN29 0JJ 01303 872336

Open Mic Night

1st Tuesday of every month

7.30 – 9.30pm

Come and join us, and sing-a-long with a local ukulele band If you play come and entertain us It’s a fun evening


Sussex Folk News The increasing movement for folk clubs to find themselves in other venues than the room above/at the back of a pub continues with a newish smallish venue which has made a very promising start. The Toy Museum Folk Club is Brighton’s newest traditional folk night, bringing the very best acts to the unique setting of Brighton Toy and Model Museum. They present intimate acoustic sets from the finest folk talents, and explore the train sets, model planes and traditional children’s toys on display in the museum which is located under the main Brighton Railway Station with the entrance at 52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton. The club meets roughly monthly but there does not seem to be any fixed regularity to the day or date. In addition though the venture calls itself a ‘folk club’, its format is more of a concert structure with main/support artists listed The attractions for the current diary period are:Fri. 22nd February - John Kirkpatrick - support - Kirsty Merryn Fri Mar 8th - Kitty Macfarlane - support - Robin Elliott Sat Mar 30th - Iona Fyfe - support - Thom Ashworth The guest performers later in the year include: Jim Causley and then Ben Walker & Rob Harbron. With the capacity at the Toy Museum in the mid-40s, it would be advisable to book tickets in advance folkroom.co.uk/toy-museum-folk-club/ Over the years there have been five venues (the other four being pubs) that have hosted folk clubs in Trafalgar Street in Brighton and one is only around 150 yards down the road from the Toy Museum at the Nelson at number 36. At the start of 2018 the running of this well established club was taken over by three younger and very talented performers. News has just been announced that two of them. Rowan Piggott and Rosie Hodgson will soon be moving to Sheffield. Where this leaves the future of the Brighton Acoustic sessions is uncertain at the moment. Watch this space! There is a lot of folk music in the pubs in the Old Town area of Hastings with the Jenny Lind at 69 High Street, presenting a variety of music on most nights of the week. Every Thursday evening the pub is filled with the ample sounds of the RX Shantymen and their friends, but there are other booked bands that will also appeal to readers of AKF such as country blues from John Pearson and the Outriders on February 17th, The Garry Blakely Band on March 15th and Porchlight Smoker on March 31st. Robert Eggleston has been promoting excellent folk music concerts in mid-Sussex for a number of years now. Previously these have been mainly in Burgess Hill and Hove but now he wants to concentrate on the well appointed Studio Theatre at the Clair Hall in Haywards Heath. The current programme contains a galaxy of top names including Jim Moray on Friday 15th February followed by Miranda Sykes on 19th March and Sam Carter on 12th April. Mention of the Clair Hall in Perrymount Road reminds me that as well as the studio theatre there is the larger main hall there and that is the home of the long-running Meltdown Ceilidhs. Their February dance is on Sat. 16th when Mary Panton will be calling to the music of the Cock & Bull Band and then on March 23rd it will be Fee Lock with Random. The Lewes Saturday Folk Club at the Elephant & Caste in White Hill has been posting “House Full” notices for many of its autumn/winter programme and is likely to be doing so again in this diary period. They are most likely to be full on the evenings following All Day workshops an there are two of these in March. On 16th Tom McConville’s evening booking there will be preceded by ‘Fiddle & Song’ workshop and then on the 30th Shirley Collins will lead a traditional song workshop an Ian Kearey another on guitar accompaniment before they combine their talents in the evening, Bob Perry’s ‘Spyboy’ presentations go back to their original roots in folk music with these events in February and March:Thursday 21st February - Cara Dillon - The Birley Centre Eastbourne Friday 8th March - Steve Knightley - Hailsham Pavilion


Friday 15th March - Edgelarks (The new name for the duo of Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) - The Old Chapel Alfriston Saturday 30th March - Feast of Fiddles - St Mary in the Castle Hastings. Vic Smith

CD Reviews Amsher - Patience Vaisey at Adwell 1892 - Lucy Broadwood Finds Hampshire Songs in Oxfordshire - Bar Code 5 051078 963525 - bobaskew@hotmail.co.uk A significant event very early in the first folk song revival was Lucy’s visit to her cousin’s house in Oxfordshire where she met Patience, the wife of the estate’s gardener. The singer had sixteen songs notated by the important folk sing collecting pioneer and Bob Askew has uncovered the details and includes all of them here. All are sung by good female singers - Anna Baldwin, Alison Frosdick and Annie Winter. In the main they are sung unaccompanied though some of Alison’s contributions have neat accompaniments by her regular musical partner, Jack Burnaby. To have the repertoire of one Victorian woman brought together like this gives a rare and valuable insight into what was sung at that time; especially as Lucy does not follow the practice of many early collectors of notating only songs known to be folk songs. The majority of the songs have become well known in folk clubs but as always its the slight variations from standard versions that add to the interest. Mostly, with the likes of the broken token songs, the lovely My Bonny Boy and The Banks of Sweet Dundee, for example they have love encounters in their story but there are also ploughing and hunting songs. As always with these early collected items, one longs to hear what the singer, Patience, sounded like but this is a really worthy substitute and Bob deserves a lot of thanks and praise for putting this together. Vic Smith David Milton - Songs From The Bellman - Story Records STREC1801 - songs fromthebellman.co.uk Why ‘The Bellman’? Well, David is the Town Crier of the lovely town of Watchet in Somerset. That was the home of the famed “Yankee Jack” or John Short, Watchet’s famous sailor and shantyman whose songs were collected by Cecil Sharp. David does sing these regularly with his shanty group, The Old Gaffers, but it is only one side of a many faceted talent that is shown here. There are other traditional songs that he learned from other singers around the town but he also includes his own well-wrought compositions which are bound to resonate in his area; the closing of a factory which had been one of the town’s main source of employment, the decline of the harbour and his presence at a re-enacted Viking funeral are amongst the subjects he has written about. He is well served by his accompanists who include some of our finest young musicians; Archie Churchill-Moss on accordion and Tom Moore on fiddle, They and others contribute to enhancing David’s fine straightforward voice on a varied and interesting set of songs. A very well designed booklet adds to the attraction of this release. Vic Smith


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Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th October 2019 Folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions

i Ticketed events include: Thursday evening concert, concerts, barn dance, special shows, workshops, meet the guests, folk clubs, etc. Free events include: cra & street stalls, free music stage, dance stage, Morris dancers, 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: chiefsteward@tenterdenfolkfes val.org.uk Dance co-ordinator: Spud Jones dance@tenterdenfolkfes val.org.uk

Tenterden Folk Fes val Registered charity No. 1038663


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. 92 April/May COPY DATE: 18th February Then … 18th April – June / July 18th October - December / January 18th June – August / September 18th December – February / March 18th August – October / November 18th February 2020 – April / May

ADVERTISING RATES: With both printing and postage costs continuing to rise we have reluctantly decided to increase some of our advertising rates with effect from issue 91. The new rates are as follows: Full colour: Back cover: £75 Inside front or back cover: £65 Full page run of issue: £60

Grayscale: Back cover (if available): £50 Inside front or back cover (if available): £50 Full page: £35 / Half page: £25 Quarter page: £16

Series discount: 10% if you pay in advance for a series of six adverts. You can still submit new artwork for each issue. Artwork: Copy for new advertisements should be supplied as camera ready artwork by email as a high-resolution PDF, JPEG, or TIFF. Existing, regular advertisers need only send in new copy to update existing adverts. A minimum extra charge of £10 will be made if you cannot submit your artwork in the correct format or sizes. Adverts and listings should be sent to akf@tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk with a copy to anmarprintingservices@gmail.com Payment: Cheques payable to Tenterden Folk Day Trust (not Tenterden Folk Festival or Around Kent Folk). Send cheque and hard copy of adverts to: Alan Castle, 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3HA You can also pay by BACS or internet banking. Ask for details. REVIEWS AND NEWS ITEMS: AKF also includes CD and book reviews. Please send items for review to the address above. AKF also welcomes reviews of live gigs and festivals that you have attended and other folk news which you can email to us at akf@tenterdernfolkfestival.org.uk WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA: www.aroundkentfolk.org.uk twitter.com/AroundKentFolk ● facebook.com/AroundKentFolk Around Kent Folk Subscription Form Name ....................................................................................................................................... Address .................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................. Telephone: ............................................................................................................................... Email:....................................................................................................................................... SUBSCRIPTION £8 for 1 year (6 issues) Cheques payable to “Tenterden Folk Day Trust” Send to: Alan Castle, 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 3HA


TENTERDEN

olk festival 2019

The Thursday Concert supported by AKF Thursday 3rd October Town Hall, High Street, Tenterden 7.30 to 10.30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) All tickets £10 until 31st May £12 from 1st June

Will Pound and Eddy Jay Plus other festival guests

TICKET AVAILABLE FROM: Festival director: Alan Castle Tenterden Folk Day Trust 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3HA E: info@tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk T: 01233 626805 Or online www.musicglue.com/ tenterdenfolkfestival/tickets/

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Around Kent Folk #91 February/March 2019  

Your free guide to folk events in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Around Kent Folk #91 February/March 2019  

Your free guide to folk events in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

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