Around Kent Folk issue 93 for June and July 2019

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ke nt folk Issue 93 June / July 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.

Scene & Heard Lovely to see The Spectator illustrating a rather predictable and debatable article/whinge about the English Tradition with a dancer in full spring, obviously enjoying the Morris... who he? Why, none other than our good friend Gunther! Luckily the BBC programme was more balanced, I’m told. The Faversham Session run by Mike Wheeler & Ruth Cronk of Abbey Capers has had to move both day and venue due to a surfeit of darts. It’s now on Tuesdays and in the Market Inn, usual time 9-11pm. Phone Mike 01795 536635 if you’re not sure where that is. It’s a great session, 40+ tunes in a couple of hours, really gets your fingers twirling! Pat Langridge tells me of the new club in Maresfield, which runs usually on the third Wednesday of the month- it’s building up an audience and the Chequers has a splendid room and good beer. Rosslyn Court in Margate has had some stellar guests over the past couple of months, Martin Carthy among them, and runs many workshops of instrumental and songwriting interest. Contact Morag for details. To theme or not to theme? Over at the Woodshed session in the Wrotham Arms in Broadstairs every month there has been a focus on doing so, themes as wide-ranging as Colours, Relationships and the upcoming Postcards... we’re always waiting to see what Paul and Lesley Jenkins come up with, new songs every time, and its intriguing to see how deviously the lyrics of old favourites can yield the word that earns points.... Alan comes all the way from Essex! The Sailing Club concert for Broadstairs raised more funds for Folk Week- good idea, Sally, Brian, Helen, Lesley and Tony. If you didn’t see the publicity pic, be sure you do! Looking forward to Chippenham festival at the end of May, still some tickets available, followed the next weekend by Pigs Ear in the Wealden countryside…. Both bigger and better this year…. Looks like Orpington Club has found a new home- how many times do we hear of a longestablished club finding that a change of horses in the pub sends them down the road with pretty well no notice? It’s happened to the Tonbridge Club, where fortunately the Flying Dutchman in Hildenborough has provided excellent facilities. Contact Steve Jennings or any of the Orpington committee for directions to the new venue, the Rosecroft Social Club in St Mary Cray BR5 4AR- they have a full guest list worth checking out... Of course there are the pubs which have a range of music and also book folk acts, check out the Punch & Judy in Tonbridge, the Anchor at Wingham and all the Broadstairs venues for local folk mixed in with blues and sixties tribute bands… they can have interesting audience participation, as Steve Moreham and I found… Light sabres waggling in time to Dr Syn… I’d like to tell you some more about the excellent music I’ve heard recently- however it seemed more sociable to keep my coughing to myself... accompanying on catarrh doesn’t help anyone... looks like normal service will soon resume, I hope. More in the next tissue.... Please do keep sending contributions to Editor’s note: Goings-on at the Drum in April... Helen North played a lovely set on the 11th in a swap for Bob Kenward who was ill, instead of Isla St Clair who was unavailable later in the month... Helen had been due to play in June, which Bob will now do on Thursday 27th instead. Blessings on Helen, and aren’t we lucky to have such versatile and interesting performers on our doorstep!

CD Reviews

Megson - Con-tra-dic-shun 10 tracks If you’re a Megson fan you know to expect a stripped-back style, inviting you to a conversation rather than nailing you to a wall. Debbie and Stu Hanna have a knack of combining their voices intriguingly to offer a discussion or a harmony which results from a moving together of opinions within a song. Half of the tracks have traditional lyrics to which they have added melodies or reworked, and these sentiments are bang up to date. The Voice Of The Nation (... these relics of representation) from 1812 has ‘freedoms sold’ and ‘sanctioned by knavery’...; not so cosy, then. Using ‘Good Companions’ alongside ‘Jackie & Jenny’, a wife’s thanks for the cash now available to a teetotaller, didn’t quite work for me, but that’s because I remember George Belton & others celebrating a good night out. Megson’s own songs are well crafted, bringing in accordion and banjo/mandola/guitar lightly so that the stories are highlighted. Barrington Judo Club has a hook and twist like Long Shot; A Week Away In A Caravan will have many nodding in recognition. Two Sides In Every Conversation is a fresh take on courtship memories. Altogether a highly pleasant and listenable collection. Did they really drop the car-keys where they say? Ah, but ‘everything written in this booklet is a lie’... storytellers to the last! Bob Kenward Harbottle & Jonas - The Sea Is My Brother 11 tracks Brook View Records BVR001 Maritime enthusiasts searching for brisk and breezy shanties will be puzzled by this nautically themed collection from David Harbottle & Freya Jones. It’s full of wistful layered strings, gently haunting vocals and when a trad Sailor Boy gets saucy it’s with a trumpet (I think)... Shipwreck and loss loom large- inevitable I suppose given Scott of the Antarctic (a setting of Ewen Carruthers/ Mike Silver’s Was It You?), Morecambe cocklepickers and Anna Spafford (who lost four daughters to the Atlantic) as subject matter. Grace Darling saves the day. I’d not heard of Lilian Bilocca and her Headscarf Revolutionaries: here’s a song which will find its way into the repertoires of those who care that trawlermen are put in mortal danger by their trade. It’s good to listen to, the instrumentation, the rise and fall, the harmonies they develop all enhance the songs beautifully, and they’ve thought about variety of approach. Liverpool City is followed by an instrumental of quirky tide which captures a character well- the last women to leave Hall Sands, apparently, though you’d have to read the sleeve notes to know that- it’s in the music. The title track has most grab: ‘I’ll be gone at the pull of the swell’... Altogether interesting, little sweat, tar and yaw, but a voyage of discovery. Bob Kenward

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Sussex Folk News Bob Perry’s “Spyboy” presentations at various places in the Hailsham/Eastbourne area started off nearly twenty years ago almost exclusively with folk music presentations but those broadened over the years to include a wider range of music. However, the current batch of bookings in June and July sees him returning to a programme that should be of interest to readers of this magazine. On Saturday 1st June at 8.00pm, it’s Phil Beer at The Old Chapel Alfriston. Phil is something of a fixture at Spyboy concerts. In fact it will only be three weeks since he appeared for them along with his musical partner, Steve Knightley as the long-standing Show of Hands. At Alfriston, the support act will be Saskia Griffiths Moore. Then just a few days later on Thursday 6th June at 8pm at the venue that Spyboy, The Pavilion in Hailsham they will be presenting one off the UK’s longest running bands, Fairport Convention. They first took to the stage back in 1967 and, amazingly, founding member Simon Nicol still plays with the band 42 years later! Over the years such distinguished musicians as Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews and Dave Swarbrick have all done their bit with the band, which now, along with Simon is in the safe hands of Dave Pegg (1969), Ric Sanders (1985), Chris Leslie (1996), and the superb percussionist, Gerry Conway (1998). Moving on to Sunday 16th June and back at The Old Chapel, Alfriston, it’s Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell with Ben Paley as support. Two time BBC Folk Award winners Ciaran Algar, (the All-Ireland Championship winning fiddle player and one of Sam Kelly’s Lost Boys) and Greg Russell with his powerful voice and driving guitar style, combine original contemporary songwriting with traditional material and are undoubtedly one of the one of the most exciting young folk duos on the circuit today. Brighton based Ben who has been playing fiddle since the age of six opens the show – expect Swedish, Irish, Klezmer and American traditional music from the son of the late Tom Paley, a founder-member of the seminal New Lost City Ramblers. A fortnight later, and once again at the Old Chapel in Alfriston there is a concert on Sunday 30th June at 8.00pm with Chris Leslie with another Brightoin fiddle player, Tim Cotterell as support. Chris Leslie is a multi instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, primarily known for the past nineteen years for his work with Fairport Convention. He has also provided music for a number of Radio Four plays and classic serials, and his fiddle playing has been heard on the TV series Heartbeat, Midsommer Murders and Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland. Sharing the stage with Chris is Tim Cotterell , fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, producer and member of the Reluctant Ramblers, the band led by John Jones of Oysterband. The last name in a very exciting line-up takes place at (you’ve guessed it) the Old Chapel again and this time the concert is headed by James Fagan & Nancy Kerr and that takes place on Sunday 7th July at 8pm. Songwriter and celebrated fiddle player Nancy Kerr, spent her early years playing with Eliza Carthy. More recently it has been with the Sweet Visitor Band and the ground breaking super group, The Full English alongside Seth Lakeman. She has a very special voice and has been rewarded with six major BBC Folk Awards including Folk Singer of the Year. Nancy comes to the Old Chapel with her husband and regular stage partner, James Fagan. Horsham Folk Club takes a two month summer break, closing for the months of July and August. Their last guest night before the break will be on Sunday June 9th when they have an interesting new duo performing for them. Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are a duo from the heart of Newcastle. Playing traditional music with a contemporary flair, their shows are a veritable smorgasbord of folk fusion, utilising piano, steel pan, ukulele, and close knit harmony singing to tremendous effect. Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are graduates of the Folk and Traditional Music BA at Newcastle University and have been met with accolades from their performances at Beverley Festival, Towersey Folk Festival, The Sage Gateshead, and folk clubs across the country, as well as further afield at the ‘Bie Daip’ Shanty festival in the Netherlands. The pair’s debut album, ‘Beneath This Place’ was released in June 2018, and has been garnering rave reviews across the board. Vic Smith

Lewes Saturday Folk Club Traditional music every Saturday night Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ 8.00 – 11.00 01273 476757 Loyalty card: 6 evening visits = £5 off an evening June 1 Jerry Jordan June 8 Jez Lowe (workshop) June 15 Charlie Quinnell June 22 Sandra Kerr (workshop Sunday 23rd.June ) June 29 Capella July 6 Suntrap July 13 Jim Glover & Chris Skinner July 20 Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman July 27 Peter Collins 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. 8 June 23 June 14 Sept 21 Sept 12 Oct 13 Oct 9 Nov 23 Nov 7 Dec


John H Hills

The Loss of the Regiment


John H Hills

The Loss of the Regiment The guns, they lie silent. They’ve fired their last round. And the barracks tremble no more to their sound. There is nobody left to parade them around, Since the regiment is dis-banded. Gone are the gunners, their brass and khaki. Gone are the tales of the old enemy. There`s no more saluting or standing at ease, Since the regiment is dis-banded. Gone are the lance bombardier and the “sarge”. Gone are the sinners brought up on a charge. Not even a driver is in the garage, Since the regiment is dis-banded. The main gate and guardhouse, they also lie bare. And gone are the cries of “Halt, who goes there?” You can now come and go and no-one will care , Since the regiment is dis-banded. These barracks have stood since Napoleons war. Now the stand empty like never before. The odd broken window, paint peels from the doors, Since the regiment is dis-banded CH:The officers mess where waiters once fussed, Is damp, mouldering, gathering dust. The parade ground that once was kept spotlessly clean. Now weeds grow thick where soldiers were seen. Traditions and customs of two hundred years, Are buried with memories of triumphs and tears . And what have they done with the colours that sport, The name of the battles the regiment fought? They now hang, unseen, in some museum vault, Since the regiment is dis-banded. So here`s a ”Hurrah” to that brave band of men, Who were at Waterloo, Vimy Ridge , the Ardennes, Little chance that we`ll ever see their like again, Since the regiment is dis-banded. Since the regiment is dis-banded.


CD Reviews

Arrowsmith:Robb Trio - Title : all the salt Fallen Angel Music 2019 W: A colon is a rare punctuation in folk circles but is apt here as the North Atlantic Ocean normally separates the two parts of this trio. Jess and Richard Arrowsmith [Melrose Quartet / Hekety] and Brit ‘ in exile ‘ in Canada Ian Robb [Finest Kind / Friends of Fiddler’s Green]. Having seen them perform a storming set at Walthamstow Folk Club at the end of March placing their CD on the platen was done with much anticipation on my part (confession here that I have been a long term devotee of Finest Kind). A good part of that live performance is represented here and highlights their strong vocal harmonies , song choices and instrumental competence. Ian plays tenor-treble English Concertina, Jess fiddle and Richard various Melodeons. The title track, written by Jess, is an anthemic song which Jess describes as a humanist prayer and it is hard not to believe that this will be sung for many years to come. Ian’s adaptation of the Housman poem ‘The New Mistress‘ is likely to endure in similar fashion with strong chorus lyrics “ I will go where I am wanted For a soldier of the Queen “. Ian brings two Canadian songwriters work to the album with Ian Bell’s ‘ The Mermaid and the Swallow ‘ and ‘ The Old Red Duster ‘ by John Archbold and in addition to a number of fine renditions of traditional songs and instrumentals Mike Harding gets a look in with his ‘ On a Sunday ‘ given the Arrowsmith:Robb treatment. All in all this is a very fine album from a trio who I see deservedly going far – folk clubs book them whenever they assemble on these shores. Joe Whittaker Allan Richardson - Flights Of Fancy 9 tracks 29 min £5 Familiar now to many on the Kent circuit, here are nine of Allan’s whimsically crafted narratives. Most are studiobased whilst A Quidsworth Of Dreams has been recorded in front of a live audience. Each performance is faithfully reproduced here, no backing musicians, no overdubs, no tricks. The guitarwork is intricate and Allan pays due attention to his delivery. Memories are stirred in the evocation of Biscuits. Hatfield is my favourite, an account of growing up in a town dominated by the aircraft industrysome clever lyrics and delight in the names of those fleeting creations. Annie Haywood has a nice twist in the story of a room-cleaner- it’s a song gaining currency because of its skilful rhyming, as is Your Blackbird. Allan has the art of setting a scene and situation, developing it and coming to a conclusion in well under 4 minutes- would that other songwriters... This is a short CD at bargain price, a taster honest and direct. You’ll find something to like here. Bob Kenward

Faversham Folk Club

Every Wednesday 8.00pm Doors open 7.30

The Limes

Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PG

June - July

June 5 - Geoff Lakeman Touring now with a wide selection of songs and a wealth of experience, 5 an evening of duet concertina and his own material from GeoffJune provides Geoff Dartmoor. Lakeman Touring now with a wide selection of songs and a wealth of experience, provides JuneGeoff 19 - Bob Fox an evening of duet concertina and his own material from Dartmoor. A true troubadour, Song Man in Warhorse, an entertainer with songs from the North-East, pit ballads, a fund of tour stories. What’s not to like?

June 19

Fox July Bob 10 - Flossie Malavialle A true Song Man Warhorse, entertainer songs French withtroubadour, a North-Eastern edge,insongs from an Edith Piaf andwith Jacques from the North-East, pit ballads, a fund of tour stories..... what’s not to Brel, an engaging performer who continues to surprise. 13th album now like? available!

10 Carthy July July 17 - Martin Flossie Malavialle Get in quick! Always fresh, always direct and always an evening to French with a North-Eastern edge, songs from Edith Piaf and Jacques remember: singing the tradition with its quirks and resonance, reserve your Brel, an engaging performer who continues to surprise. 13th album now seat available! now! July 31 - Martyn Wyndham-Reed July 17 Songs and tales of warmth and humour from a real favourite: one of the Martin Carthy great vocalists returns to charm and enchant. Get in quick! Always fresh, always direct and always an evening to remember: singing the tradition with its quirks and resonance, reserve Unless your seat now!otherwise stated, admission to guest nights is £6 members, £7 non-members Other31 Wednesdays are Singers ‘ Nights, £2 for an eclectic mix... July

Martyn Wyndham- Reed

Songs and tales of warmth and humour from a real favourite: one of the great vocalists returns to charm and enchant. All singers now Unless otherwise stated,nights admission to £2. guestUnder nights is18£6always members,free £7 non-members

Chairman/ Bookings: Pat on 01795 423674 or rjpmailbox Press/ Radio Publicity:Bob on 07885 642763 /

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Adventures of an Old Folkie In my last communiqué, I was telling you about Lorna’s and my recent adventures down under. Since then, we’ve been to Northern Cyprus and back to visit Lorna’s brother. It was Spring over there and we expected the temperatures to be similar to those in Britain, but we hit the country at the end of its coldest winter for 112 years! The one positive factor was that the countryside was covered in lush greenery; on our previous visits, the landscape had been parched and dusty. We hired a car and visited many historical and cultural sites, including Bellapaise Abbey and pre-Roman Salamis. We visited Nicosia, where we crossed over from the Turkishcontrolled north to the Greek-controlled south. We had to go through passport control, as if we were entering a different country, which, I suppose we were. There is still a UN base there, overseeing the continuing peace between the two halves of the country. Evidence of the 1974 war remains in the gunshot -pockmarked buildings, untouched since the war’s end. As regards music we saw a sign in English advertising an Open Mic evening but its date coincided with a celebratory meal with our hosts so we missed it. It would have been interesting to see whether it was attended just by Brit ex-pats or locals. Back in Blighty we are looking for a cat to adopt. Our previous moggy passed away before Christmas and we thought we’d get over our adventures before looking for a replacement. We thought we’d adopt a rescue cat from a rescue centre but with no luck so far. One of the unforeseen effects of our six weeks away from home was the softening of the callouses on the fingertips of my left hand; not playing guitar for such a long time has resulted in holding down the strings being quite painful, especially as I am now trying to practice more and develop more variety in my playing. The trials of being a musician, eh?! Jeff (JR) Hartley

Tenterden Folk Festival New Grant For Series of Workshops Tenterden Folk Festival has been awarded a grant to run a series of workshops on folk song, music and dance in schools in and around Tenterden. The Overstone Fund and Kent Community Foundation are funding this project. The aim is to get the children and youths actively involved in singing, playing music and taking part in Morris dancing. More details later.

Come and celebrate the longest day of the year and be part of a global festival of music



Shanty-folkrock band The Salts conclude the days celebrations from 8pm at:

St Milfred’s Church Tenterden, KENT TN30 6AT

Book Reviews

Discordant Comicals – the Hooden Horses of East Kent By George Frampton Published by Ozaru Books ISBN 9780-9931587-7-3 In the publicity for this 235 page, hard cover, book the publishers, Ozaru Books, describe it as “the first full-scale study of Hoodening, the ancient East Kent winter custom, since Maylam in 1909”. Ozaru are a small specialist publish bases in St Nicholas-at-Wade in Thanet. The author, George Frampton, was until a few years ago when he moved out of the county, well known on the Kent folk scene having been involved in dancing, singing and writing for many years. The book is obviously thoroughly researched and despite a handful of minor printing errors, is very well presented. It is full of previously un-published interviews with traditional Hoodeners and second hand stories from the eighteen and early nineteen hundreds gleaned from their descendants as well as in depth analysis of Percy Maylam’s research. There is a selection of both colour and greyscale illustrations of original and revival Hoodeners and Hooden Horses. The book also discusses other traditions related by the location, style and season including Mummers, carolling and of course quite a bit about Morris sides and their adoption of Hooden style horses and other characters. The “Broadstairs incident” of Christmas 1828 when a Hooden Horse allegedly frightened a lady to death is investigated and discussed. At the back of the book there is a general index as well as an indexes by team, location, names and of publications. I was interested to see reference to a William Frederick Castle who could possibly be a very distant relative. This book could not be described as light reading as is presented a bit like a degree thesis but it is extremely interesting and a valuable resource for anyone interesting in the folk traditions of Kent. I shall be dipping back into it in the future I’m sure. Alan Castle – Editor The body on the doorstep ISBN 978-1-78576-120-1 The body in the boat ISBN 978-1-78576-123-2 The body in the ice ISBN 978-1-78576-126-3 By A J Mackenzie I stumbled across these three novels quite by chance in the local book shop. I picked them up because The Body on the Doorstep is described as “A Romney Marsh Mystery”. The books are set in 1796 and seem to have been influenced by the Dr Syn series with characters including a vicar, smugglers, Excise men, Customs officers, French spies and the inhabitants of the impoverished Marsh, New Romney, Tenterden, Ashford and Canterbury. The author has incorporated the geography and character of the Marsh, local villages, the Napoleonic Wars and real people into the stories. When reading the books you can recognise Marsh landmarks and buildings especially the pubs and churches, and the author has taken the time to learn about and incorporate local workers to describe the lookers’ huts, ditches and activities, etc. All that is missing is a few tunes and songs from Bob Kenward! Alan Castle – Editor

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FEATURED GUESTS June 4th LANDERMASON June 11th THE MILE ROSES June 18th PAUL DOWNES June 25th HICKS & GOULBOURN July 2nd CUP O’ JOE July 9th WIZZ JONES July 16th HICKMAN & CASSIDY July 23rd MARTIN CARTHY July 30th SPIKEDRIVERS AUGUST 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Singer ‘A’ Rounds in the Circle Coming up: Jeff Warner, Kristina Olsen, Bob Fox, Miranda Sykes, Dark Horses

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Gulbenkian Theater, Canterbury is open! After 8 weeks of extensive renovations and refurbishment from mid February to mid April, the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury is now open once again and planning their 50th Anniversary Celebrations this Summer. In June at the venue Folk in the Barn are honoured to be presenting the Sacred Earth Tour 2019 - a first time collaboration between legendary Irish Accordian master Sharon Shannon and her band, and Seckou Keita, the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation. This promises to be a very special musical event. The concert is happening on Tuesday 11th and tickets are available from the Gulbenkian Box Office. After 52 years on the road, there are still some venues new to Folk Rockers Fairport Convention. The band are looking forward to their first ever visit to the Tower Theatre in Folkestone on Wednesday 5th June as part of their Spring Acoustic Tour 2019. The Tower Theatre is a characterful converted former Garrison Church of St Mark, in Shorncliffe, Folkestone, home to a Battalion of Ghurkas who had little use for a Christian Church. Now home to FHODS, it’s a welcoming and vibrant community theatre. Martin & Eliza Carthy – folk royalty come to Rye Whilst Martin Carthy has appeared at Rye Arts Festival with his wife Norma Waterson and Eliza has played there with her own band (both some years ago), this September they play the Festival as a duo for the first time. The gig will be at 8pm on Saturday 21st September and it promises to not be just one of but actually the must-see event at this year’s Rye Arts Festival, which runs from 14th to 28 September with a packed programme of music. The Carthys are playing at the intimate Rye Community Centre and so tickets (just £20) are likely to sell out quickly – they can be purchased online at . For more info leave a message on 01797 224442. Further gigs at this year’s Rye Arts Festival will be announced later with some more top quality folk music on the menu.

Music at Rosslyn Court, Margate

Live acoustic music –It’s easy to book in advance- see below.

7.30-10 ish, £10 pay on the door Limited bar

May 27 Stewart Hardy fiddle Frank McLaughlin guitar/small pipes. Tunes in the folk tradition June 7 Lunatraktors - CD/vinyl launch tour June 13 Hector Gilchrist and Sue Graves - -gorgeous voices and wonderful songs June 29 Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter – good fun July 6 Wovoka Gentle- folk, but not as we know it… July 20 Phien O’Reachtigian Parvee travellers songs plus The Jones Boys- award winning tunes and great songs. Workshops - Please book in advance - £12 May 27 Guitar – with Frank McLaughlin details on Facebook May 27 Mixed Instrument workshop - with Stewart Hardy 2-4 June 8 Tin Whistle with Gordon Jackson 2-4 Weekly Thursdays pm Margate little choir 4-8 year olds Friday am/pm Zohreh toddler’s music sessions Rosslyn Court is at 62 Sweyn Road, Cliftonville, MargateCT9 2DD. Check/book events on Facebook / Rosslyn Court book in advance by email, Messenger/Rosslyn Court, text or phone 07902140248. Please use the 8/33/Loop bus or try to park on the sea front-unless your mobility is limited. Now licensed Hot and cold soft drinks available.


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

14 June - Keith Kendrick 27 June - Bob Kenward and Sylvia Needham 12 July - Geoff Higginbottom 25 July - Martin Curtis (New Zealand) 23 August - Peter Collins 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.

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15th June - Mary Humphreys June &9th Anahata Welcome back again. Roy Clinging Another welcome return

13th July - Triage Always a great night

14th July

Wyndham-Read 3rdMartin August - Home Groan!

Tel: 01797 320518 mobile: 07890 292467 or email:

Tonbridge Folk Tonbridge FolkClub Club(Nellie’s) (Nellies) The Flying Dutchman, The Flying118 Dutchman 118Road, Tonbridge Road, Tonbridge Hildenborough, KentTN11 TN1 9EN Hildenborough, Kent 9EN First and third Mondays of each month 8-11pm First and third Mondays of each month, 8 - 11John pm & Di Cullen Monday 4 June:

Expect an eclectic mix & of Alison robust, reflective 3 June David Fenner and humorous songs.

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

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

Monday 16 July: Triage

Welcome19 return of this popular local Kelter band Monday August who made a good impact last time. Expect lively renderings of tunes and songs with various instruments. Tel: 01892 822945


Note: Temporary Venue

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Fairport Convention – Spring Tour 2019

Wednesday 5th June 2019 – Convention The Tower Theatre, Folkestone, Price £24, U25 £12 Fairport – Spring Tour Full 2019 Wednesday 5th June 2019 – The Tower Theatre, Folkestone, Full Price £24, U25 £12

Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita

Tuesday 11th June 2019 – Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Full Price £24, U25 £10 Tuesday 11th June 2019 – Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Full Price £24, U25 £10

Gerry Colvin Band Gerry

Saturday TheKingston KingstonBarn, Barn, Canterbury, Saturday13th 13th July July –– The nrnr Canterbury, Online £15 ,,Door Door£16, £16,U25 U25£7 £7 Online £14, £14, Offline Offline £15

Chris Leslie - Summer Garden Party *5pm

Chris Leslie - Summer Garden Party *5pm £15, U25 £8 Sunday 21st July – Edge of Beyond, Barham, Voluntary Contribution Sunday 21st July – Edge of Beyond, Barham, Voluntary Contribution £15, U25 £8 Old Man Luedecke Tuesday 20th August 2019 – Waterstones, Canterbury Old Man Luedecke Online £13, Offline £14, Door £15, U25s £7 Tuesday 20th August 2019 – Waterstones, Canterbury Online £13, Offline £14, Door £15, U25s £7

All start 7.30pm*

CD Reviews

Matt Quinn & Owen Wood - Unaccustomed as We Were - Hebe Music HEBECD010 Two of the finest young musicians on the English folk scene combine their talents to produce a really fine album of instrumentals drawn from a variety of sources. Although they are both multi-instrumentalists, they restrict themselves to one instrument each here with Matt playing the duet concertina and Owen the melodeon. Inevitably this begs comparisons with Matt’s dad, Dan and his partnership with Will Duke. In fact there would seem to be an equal of similarities and differences with the older duo. Both play with a tightness and empathy with one another but Owen and Matt seem to have a wider ranging approach to the styles in which they play an a broader repertoire. As well as English tunes, there are others from Estonia, Norway and Quebec. Another difference is that both Owen and Matt are recognised as composers of tunes and a few of these are included here. Mention has been made of Matt’s background following his famed father into folk music. The same is true of Owen though in his case the main inspiration was his grandfather, the fine concertina player, Rollo Wood. Very few musicians these days would have the courage to include a hoary old favourite like Brighton Camp in an album, but these two manage to find a new approach to the tune that is both fresh an invigorating. Vic Smith Alan Stivell - Human-Kelt - World Village WV479132 Alan has been a major force in Breton folk music since the late 1960s and is probably the French folk musician with the highest profile this side of the channel. His career has had a number of quite different phases during which he has seemed to travel in different musical directions ranging from a solo harper and singer through various partnerships with different musical cultures and nationalities to huge projects involving many diverse musicians and huge orchestras. Though these are all new recordings, they seem to attempt to be a retrospective of the various ways that he has presented his beloved Breton music as well as its Celtic cousins, particularly Ireland. One of the outstanding tracks features Andrea Corr singing in Irish interspersed with Alan’s Breton. It is no surprise to see that old associates such as Dan Ar Braz and Donal Lunny as guest musicians here; more surprising to read among many others, the names of Bob Geldof and the great Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara as also contributing. Looking at the album shelves whilst this is being written, there are quite a number representing his long and varied career but it would be difficult to nominate one that is as adventurous as or reaches the heights of this one. Vic Smith


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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: T: 01233 626805 Or online tenterdenfolkfestival/tickets/

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You can help us continue to promote folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions by joining the supporters group. You may like to come to the festival; benefit from the influx of people into Tenterden; run a hotel or B&B; be a Morris dancer, musician, singer, craft person, etc. Whatever your reasons you can become a friend and supporter of the festival. Commercial supporters: make an annual tax deductible donation of at least £25.00 and your business will be listed in the souvenir programme (also included on website) and receive a window sticker, special newsletters, etc. Individual supporters: make an annual donation of at least £10.00. If you are a UK taxpayers you can do this under gift aid and we can then reclaim £2.50 from HMRC making your donation worth £12.50 to us. Individual supporters will be listed in the festival programme (unless opted out), received a window sticker, newsletters, etc. Complete this form and send it, with your cheque made payable to Tenterden Folk Day Trust, to Alan Castle, Tenterden Folk Festival, 15 Repton Manor road, Ashford, Kent TN23 3HA. T: 01233 626805 E:

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The Normandy Shore Words and Music by Bob Watson

The Normandy Shore Words and Music by Bob Watson The song Normandy Shore tells the story of the D-Day Landings of 6th June 1944, whilst the poem Norman Sands describes the same beach seen through the eyes of a returning veteran who himself took part in the landings, and now finds it impossible to reconcile the present day tranquillity with memories of the carnage that surrounded him and his mates all those years ago. Together they form part of an integrated set that begins and ends with a harmonica tune (called Waiting for Dawn) and also incorporates some spoken soldier dialogue to set the scene. Featured in entirety on YouTube video Normandy Set ’44 & ’94 uploaded by Patchworks39. NORMAN SANDS The beach looked quite a pleasant place At dawning on a day in June; The Channel breezes fanned his face, the wavelets rolled with steady pace, Murmuring a tune. He walked across the Norman sands and, stooping, took some in his hands. He thought: all beaches look the same, All gravel, grit and seaweed slime, And this one different just in name. Mind you, the last time that he came There hadn’t been much time To stick around and check the view -- other, more pressing things to do. He looked and hoped a sign might show, A hook to hang his memory on: Something there to let you know what happened all those years ago, But, looking, he found none. The seas had washed the beaches clean, and he and Bill had never been. So easy when he closed his eyes To taste again the sight and sound The haze that hid the dawning’s rise, but not the lightning in the skies, And thunder all around. The image in his mind so clear could find no scene to set it here. That cliff . . . so very close today . . . Was that the one they had to reach? Funny, it seemed a mile away as they came wading through the spray And ran across the beach. And hereabouts – how can you tell? – must be the spot where Billy fell. And by a rock – was this the one ? -A Jerry trooper lying down, Still clinging to a shattered gun. Another Hausfrau’s lost her son And, in some Hansa town, She’d fear to see the postman come . . . just the same as Billy’s mum. He thought: there’s nothing here to see, Nothing sure you can recall; They sent the likes of Bill and me to make a world forever free And fair to one and all . . . . But there’s no sign of yesteryear. I had no business coming here. The rising sun began to shine, To light another Norman day, And from that beach so virgin–fine, the pilgrim to a vanished shrine Turned and walked away. He let the sand fall from his hand, and hoped that Billy’d understand. 1984 rev 1994 Bob Watson or phone 01843 221791

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

June 14th - Paul Downes young men who have taken the folk world by storm in

REVIEW Proper English Julytheme 12th(Armistice - AliceDay Jones Centenary)

Experienced singer widely regarded as one of the recent years best acoustic guitarists on the folk scene November 9th - Singer's Night with Remembrance A young lass from Yorkshire who loves traditional November Quicksilver - Grant Baynham & English and old 16th timey- American songs and is justly Hilary Spencer entertain and delight with virtuoso making a name for herself. guitar and amazing voice Guest nights - £5. Singers Nights - £1.50 Singers, £2 Non-singers or ring Sue on 01-304-360877

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. during August 8th June - Singers CLOSED Night - Admission £3.00 (including raffle) 14th September£3.00 (including raffle) 12th July - Singers Night - Admission Singers night - Entrance £3.00 (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

Skinners Rats As last issue


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.

Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th October

Four days of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions


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Tenterden Folk Festival 2019 Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th October

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FULL WEEKEND TICKETS: Admits holder to all Festival events except Thursday evening concert and camping, which must be booked separately. Terms and conditions apply. EARLY BIRD: To 31st May 2019: Full Weekend £44.00 (under 16's £22.00) Caravan / Campervan £20.00 Tent £18.00 FROM 1st June to 31st August 2019: Full Weekend £54.00 (under 16's £27.00) Caravan / Campervan £25.00 Tent £20.00 FROM 1st September 2019: Full Weekend £59.00 (under 16's £29.00) Caravan / Campervan £28.00 Tent £22.00 THURSDAY EVENING CONCERT: All tickets £10.00 to 31st May. £12.00 from 1st June

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HOW TO PAY (also available on line from Make cheques payable to "Tenterden Folk Day Trust". Send cheque and details of the tickets you require, together with 2 x A5 stamped and addressed envelopes (for tickets and free programme) and a list of the full names of all ticket holders and age if 16 or under, to Tenterden Folk Festival, 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 3HA

Acoustic Acoustic Music Night

Music Night

at “The George” at “The George” Stone Street CT4 6DF

Stone Street CT4 6DF

Every third Wednesday of the month Every third 8pm Wednesday of the month - 10.30pm If you enjoy 8pm playing- or listening to unplugged 10.30pm

acoustic music of all types If you enjoy playing or listening to unplugged (folk, blues, pop, rock, country, soul, classical etc) acoustic music ofjazz, all types you are very to join jazz, us atsoul, the pub for a etc) (folk, blues, pop,welcome rock, country, classical free, relaxed and entertaining evening. you are very welcome to join us at the pub for a For more information, evening. free, relaxed and entertaining contact Jeff on 01303 813188 For more information, contact Jeff on 01303 813188 Doors/bar open 7 for 7.30

Doors/bar open 7 for 7.30

The Bell, High Street Kemsing TN15Street 6NB The Bell, High

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

June 13 The Gillies July 11 Bob Kenward Allan Richardson February 14th August closed March 14th Mike Nicholson 'Resident singers: Alan Austen and Linda Smith' as well as our regular club members. 'Resident singers: Alan Austen and Linda Smith'

Kemsing TN15 6NB

as well as our regular club members.

All musicians, singers and audience very welcome. Contact: 01689 0208 very 857 1024 All musicians, singers825263/ and audience welcome.

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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: 0345 9811 111 Radio Kent Folk Show The Great Hall Mount Pleasant Road Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1QQ

Singdanceandplay Join us this summer for: • Free helpful tunes workshops at 8pm at the Gun and Spitroast, Horsmonden on the 4th and 18th June. See and click on ‘Workshops’ • Friendly, mainly English tunes sessions from 8pm at the Gun and Spitroast on the first Sunday night of the month For information about our other activities — lively mixed song and tunes sessions, barn dances, and mighty Christmas carol singing with old local carols, see, write to or call 07985 522734

Shepherd and Crook Inn Burmarsh TN29 0JJ 01303 872336

Open Mic Night

1st & 3rd Tuesdays 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

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

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 with a copy to 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 WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA: ● 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

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