Around Kent Folk Issue 105 June / July 2021

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ke nt folk Issue 105 June / July 2021

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.

ISSN 2634-7830 (Print) ISSN 2634-7849 (Online)

Welcome to issue 105 June/July 2021 issue of Around Kent Folk Looking at the adverts and news in this issue you will notice more signs of local festivals, folk clubs and dance clubs getting back to LIVE events. Sandwich Folk and Ale, Chickenstock Festival, Southdowns Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Tenterden Folk Festival and Harwich International Shanty Festival are pushing ahead with plans for as near normal as possible live events this summer and autumn. A few folk clubs are planning to reopen in later June or July and more still hope to go back to live events after what would have been the August break. This is all good news. We even have an advert in this issue for Kent Regency Dancers who are planning to re-open on 22nd June. All this is also good for us at AKF as it means there will be more live events to advertise, review and write about and for you to read about and go to. If the Treasury had agreed to the campaign run by UK Music, The Association of Festival Organisers and others, for a Government backed festival insurance scheme, we would have seen even more festivals taking the financial risk and planning to go ahead this year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the folk clubs and other advertisers who have continued to advertise with us through the three lockdowns and enabled us the keep the magazine going ready for what we hope will be the big comeback of live events which is now getting under way. Alan Castle (Editor) PS: You can make a donation to Tenterden Folk Festival or this magazine via our websites or by post (see payment details on last page). Thank you.

STOP PRESS The bad news is that for personal reasons, The Wilson Family has had to postpone their appearance at Tenterden Folk Festival to 2022. The good news is that there will be a rare appearance of Chris and Steve Wilson’s new duo at Tenterden Folk Festival 2021 instead. Hopefully by next year all restrictions will be a thing of the past and we can pack Tenterden for the Wilson’s long awaited festival appearances.” For the latest news of online folk events check out The Folk Forecast at lots of interesting stuff there. Around Kent Folk, the independent folk magazine for Kent, Surrey, Sussex and beyond, which is now published six times a year by Tenterden Folk Festival, edited by me with the invaluable assistance of Andy Wood from Anmar Printing Services. Find us online at and on Twitter as @AroundKentFolk, where you can always find a link to the latest and past issues of AKF. Please pass this link on to your mailing lists and place it on your social media so that as many as possible of our regular readers can find AKF online until we are able to get back to a full print run and physical distribution of the printed magazine. Stay well and take care in these difficult times

Scene & Heard Where to start? Many good things going on and news of better, all to be read with fingers crossed for the future… the biggest news for Kent of course is that planning for Broadstairs Festival has been going ahead and that a substantial grant has made it possible to anticipate some kind of gathering this year. All concerned have safety in mind, and are at the mercy of the medics and politicians, but August looks promising. It will be different. Sandwich earlier and Tenterden later are also planning their weekends. It helps to advance book if possible; the organisers do need to have some idea of potential attendance, to arrange suitable venues as it looks like some kind of spacing may still apply. We may be lucky and back to normal, whatever that is… Looking around at the Zoom sessions, it is notable how keenly they are supported still, which will give a fascinating conundrum as lockdown eases: will pubs reopen, or rooms be available for sufficient attendance to pay for travelling guests? Chats with Gavin Atkin, Ernie Warner and Sue Watson most illuminating. Many video sessions have regulars from far afield, and the Drum and others have plans to use technology to beam their sessions widely if at all possible. The sessions I regularly attend have decided not to record their sessions for later viewing, copyright etc being an issue (playlists in advance?) , and this again may offer a potential broadening of scope. Club regulars now face global competition of high quality- though for myself I prefer the atmosphere of a live performance and the audience singing along with a good guest and will continue to support that. Paul Green’s sessions at Orpington Liberal Club have carried on right through virtually and are now able to offer back garden sounds… Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter nipped in with a living room session for Orpington Change Of Horses… Nick Dow has been all around with Southern Songster, companion volume to Southern Harvest, plenty of tuneful selections from the Hammond & Gardiner manuscripts… All 4 Morrigans and I played for the Global Fusion Arts St George’s night, a highlight Ros and Don’s living-room dance- lots of fun, we had a Jolly Good Time- it’s still there on Facebook, albeit with the GFA trailer of Julie Felix 2012 as the intro picture… at Deal Sue Watson and Martin Thompson have the crispest compering techniques ever encountered… regulars from Medway’s Monday session, Bill Vandrome and Co with their eclectic blend of Americana are often out and about… Bill’s latest, a Maz Hobday song is well worth seeking out. Nice also to see the misty Geoff Doel from his steamy oast bringing erudition and tradition to banter with John Moore… the participation all round is fascinating to watch! Coming up are the virtual festivals, Chippenham/Chester and Pig’s Ear one after the other, with a blend of live sessions and video contributions... Rosslyn Court continues with a fine range of musical styles- something for everyone there. Morag’s ballasting is coming on a treat… Dave Ferra and Katie Bradley must have had a word… Good work from the Abbey Capers band- Mike Wheeler and Ruth Cronk have set the goal of raising £1000 for hospices across Kent and have been out in socially distanced sixes most successfully. Their performance in Tunbridge Wells drew many favourable comments… the sun shone and all was well with the world… watch out for them in a High Street near you… S&H hears from Nigel White that the Stilebridge club will be moving to the Bull at Linton for live sessions monthly beginning on 21st July, assuming all goes well. A good venue with food and Sheps. Paul Stepto passes on that Tonbridge are also looking to start afresh- their website will carry details of progress. John & Di Cullen featured at the Oxford Folk Festival- their online sound is among the best, mind you they have, it is rumoured, been practicing… good to see BFW Woodshed

regulars Rik Lawson, George and Val finding us- we, like Faversham, are keeping a close eye on opening up for real… The latest session was a delight! A heads-up for anyone who is looking to publicise their gigs, online or actual- please do e-mail us the details early. I’d love to include details, as I frequently get Facebook etc event notifications on the day, especially from internet-savvy young musicians… I know Will Allen and Erin Mansfield among others have been busy busy… Keep well everyone, and hopefully soon we will be folking about as good as new… Bob Kenward The Knoydart Retreat run a series of creative retreats on the remote Knoydart peninsula, on Scotland’s west coast, for SONGWRITERS in the Spring, Summer and Autumn. They chose this extraordinary location for a reason as from the moment you step onto the peninsula you enter a treasured environment that transports you to a land that unlocks creativity. Cut off from the mainland with no roads in or out, and only accessible by boat or a two-day hike, this truly is ‘Scotland’s last great wilderness. The aim of their immersive five-day retreats is to take creatives away from life’s distractions and to offer an environment that allows them to fully immerse themselves in their art by working closely with award-winning mentors throughout. Forthcoming Writers In Residence for include Jon Boden, Shelly Poole & Paul Statham and Boo Hewerdine. Find out more at

CD Reviews

George Sansome - ‘GEORGE SANSOME’ 10 Tracks Grimdon Records/ available through Bandcamp Pure, sincere and melodic, George Sansome sings from the tradition in captivating style. It’s as if he’s in the room, singing personally to you in a way that few master. The strength of his guitar work we know from the Granny’s Attic repertoire: here it augments each lyric sympathetically. Each song is a personal story. From the off we are in Collier country, strong, chunky and defiant, a clear voice relating the hardships and yet seeing a way out, and if that doesn’t work maybe another. Bold Princess Royal’s appropriately percussive backing has some delightful rhythmic variation to bring out the tumbling excitement of the account. George’s guitar style uses space well, especially so in (the song) Australia: there’s also a hint in the delivery that he could, though transported with his memories, have once been a highwayman... myxolydian colours The Bleaches So Green, in a transatlantic flavour; unusually in this bluesy mode, the woman is has a degree of choice. The tune of Bonaparte’s Departure has inbuilt poignancy, and George makes the most of the long melodic syllables. A bouncy Jovial Cutler with its crisp modulation reminds us that all things are possible after a drink or two, before harp-like qualities are brought to bear on The Bold Fisherman with its courtly resonance. The theme continues with Gown Of Green, where the offer of becoming a lawful bride comes a voyage later than the grass stains... The Cd closes with two songs in which the anguish feels personal, one from Sharp’s American collecting and the other from Southern Harvest: a long way from home. Open air is beautifully captured in When Shall I Get Married in the intonation of ‘cuckoo talking’, and the way in which the guitar tautens behind ‘my love has changed his mind’ perfectly conveys annoyance as well as sadness in a relationship’s turn. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD for its nifty yet gentle tunes between verses, its ringing warm tone and above all its honesty. Highly recommended. Iain Matthews - Fake Tan 11 tracks A couple of previously unrecorded songs available now for the avid collector of Iain Matthew’s output; still great vocals on remakes of favourites such as Woodstock and Southern Wind. Fair enough to record past glories with new musicians, in this case The Salmon Smokers from Norway; I prefer the Budokan versions of several Dylans. These reconfigurations draw attention to the lyrics, they aren’t straight covers. There’s a jazzy groove to the Ballad Of Gruene Hall and the brand-new I Threw My Hat shows Iain still to be actively in fine form. Reno Nevada is a gem, as is It Takes A Lot To Laugh in this orientation. To review, I listen first without reading the notes or bumph; I might have wondered about the ‘marriage of musicians… no formula, no agenda’ billing (we’ve all heard a few of those down the years). Do they respect and add to the songs? Yes, in this case. Matthews Southern Comfort were well named, in that their approach was instantly recognizable, and it’s no disrespect to earlier recordings to listen to Iain Matthews with fresh ears. Bob Kenward

in normal times

Dartford Folk Club BBC Radio 2 Best Folk Club of the year 2008 01322 277218


PRE-BOOKED GUESTS Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions: All June and July acts have been rescheduled as follows: 01 June 2021 - Steve Ashley (Rescheduled to May 2022)

08 June 2021 - Sally Barker - Solo (Rescheduled to March 2022) 15 June 2021 - Union Jill (Rescheduled to April 2022) 22 June 2021 - James Fagan & Nancy Kerr (New Date TBA) 29 June 2021 - Dave Ellis & Boo Howard (Rescheduled to April 2022) 06 July 2021 - Dan Walsh (Rescheduled to April 2022) 13 July 2021 - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer (Rescheduled to May 2022) 20 July 2021 - The Local Honeys (Rescheduled to June 2022) 27 July 2021 - Tim Edey (New Date TBA) During these uncertain times, we are keen to keep pre-booked artists in our diary and will reschedule gigs as and when appropriate. Please check our Website and Facebook pages for updates.

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CD Reviews

Seaspeak / Joe Danks Songs & Stories from the National Maritime Museum 10 tracks Joe Sea songs for ready appreciation here: gentle, lyrical modulations rather than salty choruses bawled into a nor’easter. Think Kate Rusby rather than Kimber’s Men. They are the result of a residency at Greenwich, drawing on the library resources, deftly played on guitar and melodeon with accompanying musicians Danny Pedler (accordion & hurdy-gurdy), Sarah Matthews (fiddle & viola) and Jean Kelly (harp) contributing to the melodically intricate arrangements. Some good finds in the archives: the sets of Quadrilles and Hornpipes (the latter adding 2 Bob Cann tunes) come over well. Songs about the battle of Jutland, a reworking of Leon Rosselson’s Jumbo, the interesting revelation that a banjo was considered an invaluable asset aboard Shackleton’s Antarctic expeditions, all good stories. The contrast between the steady progress of HMS Rawalpindi and its demise in a torpedo attack is expressed musically. In several of the songs I feel that Joe’s voice could do with a bit of bite: you have to feel that the singer is really there, rather than in a concert environment. This is particularly evident in Man Of War, admittedly a difficult song to cover because so many good robust versions have been made recently and over the years. You’re on a bank of primroses rather than right in an ugly, bloody, timber-shattering battle… an old sailor’s reminiscence perhaps. It’s a style thing: a well-recorded collection which will encourage others to seek out the archive and to make music their way. It will, also, appeal far more to the general public in the museum store: it’s easy to listen to.. Bob Kenward Paul Hutchinson - Petrichor (Self-released) This is a lockdown album with all the 11 tunes composed by Paul Hutchinson. Paul says that with all work commitments abruptly cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020 he had time and space to record this album. It is a mix of musical styles and traditions with influences from folk, classical, jazz and world music and Paul is joined by a variety of excellent and diverse musicians from across the world including Sweden, Belgium, USA, Australia and the UK but his accordion is still prominent on most tracks. All the guest musicians join Paul for the final track creating the sound of a full orchestra. Definitely an album to get you on your feet dancing along. The album certainly shows a far more serious side of Paul from what you see and hear with Belshazzar’s Feast! Alan Castle (Editor)


Tonbridge Folk Club (Nellie’s) The Beer Seller, 64 High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1EH

First and third Mondays of each month, 8 - 11 pm

Subject to the Covid 19 emergency, please check our website for the latest information: Our provisional programme is: Monday, 7th June

Vic & Tina Smith

Monday, 19th July

Martin Ledner

Monday, 6th September

Celtic Caim Trio

Tel: 01892 822945

Singdanceandplay We’re all missing our regular events and our friends. We’re particularly missing: • last Sunday of the month Castle Inn, Brenchley song and tune sessions with guests • lively mainly English tunes sessions at the Gun, Brenchley • popular workshops for tunes players • twice-yearly barndances We’re greatly looking forward to normal life resuming. Until then, we’re running weekly online Sunday night song and tune sessions from 7.30 to 9.30pm, focused as usual on the trad, the old fashioned and the entertaining. To join us, go to and sign up to receive our emails.

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Farnborough Social Club

6 Pleasant View Pl, Farnborough, Orpington, BR6 7BL JUNE

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Singers & Musicians Nights


1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Singers & Musicians Nights See website for last minute changes. Orpington Folk Music and Song Club exists to promote folk music and song. It is a non profit making organisation and is for those who wish to listen to or take part in an informal evening of folk music and song. For those who wish confirmation of guest(s) nights see the website or contact the telephone numbers for details

Thursdays @ 8.15pm 01959 532 754 020 8325 6513 Website: E-mail:

Deal Folk Club Meets 8pm every Friday

Deal Folk Club is continuing to meet online for weekly singarounds via Zoom every Friday. For the latest information see our website We look forward to seeing you all again in person, hopefully after the summer. Guest Nights £5, Singers Nights £2 or ring Sue on 01304-360877

MOORE or LESS FOLK CLUB Oast Community Centre, Granary Close, Rainham, Kent, ME8 7SG (next to Rainham railway station)

Live club nights due to resume on Friday 10th July, 2021 (Subject to the road map out of covid remaining unchanged)

Second Friday of each month The club always welcomes new performers, of any ability, and audience who just wish to listen. All club nights 8.30 to 11.00pm Entrance fee £4.00 ( guest nights as advertised) Enquiries to Chris Wilkin – 01634 366155 or 07821 606076

CD Reviews

C.O.B. - Spirit of Love Bread and Wine Records / East Central One BRINECD5 C.O.B. stands for Clive’s Original Band, Clive being Clive Palmer, a founder member of the Incredible String Band and the Famous Jug Band. The other two members of C.O.B. were Mick Bennett and John Bidwell. Spirit of Love was produced by Ralph McTell in 1971 and was then described as one of the most beautiful acid folk albums ever to come out of the British Isles. The three band members play banjo, guitars, organ, bas guitar, dulcimer, recorder, washboard, dulcitar, 12 string guitar, percussion and Indian hand organ as well as providing the vocals. They are joined by several guest musicians and backing singers including Ralph McTell who plays drums on Wade in the Water. Two tracks are described as traditional, Banjo Land, Scranky Black Farmer, and the other eight are credited to the band. Sleeve notes were provided by Ralph both in 1971 and 2020. With your long lockdown hair, if you put on your Afghan coat, flairs and beads you can take yourself back to the heady days of the late sixties and early seventies. Alan Castle (Editor) Ian Bruce and The Tartan Spiders - Young Territorial (Greentrax CDTRAX 414) Ian has been a fine exponent of Scottish song, both traditional and his own compositions for decades now, performing all over the UK and Europe. He was also the person who wrote, directed and produced a previous, very impressive album about the First World War for Greentrax; “Far, Far From Ypres” (DVTRAX2024 - 2018) and his father was the London Scottish pipe major during the Second World War. So, when that regiment’s archives, the London Scottish Volunteer Enterprises wanted to make an album celebrating their history, it is hardly surprising that they ended up on Ian’s doorstep. The result is here; an album that has the feel of a radio documentary or a multi-media stage show with pipe tunes and readings from some of those harrowing diaries from the First World trenches are interspersed with the songs that Ian was commissioned to write for this album. The whole was recorded at Ian’s own studio in Cupar, Fife and it brings together a host of singers and musicians from the Scottish scene with the readings by a Lieutenant colonel, from the regiment. The suite of songs that have been written for this project reflect the various aspects of regimental life and its training, discipline and companionship as well lighter moments. There are frequent references to ‘Hodden Grey’, the unbleached undyed tweed that the regiment’s founder chose for their kilts and tunics. As their founder Lord Elcho wrote, ”A soldier is a man hunter. As a deer stalker chooses the least visible of colours, so ought a soldier to be clad.” However, another reason was thought to be to avoid any inter-clan rivalry by potentially showing preference for a particular tartan. 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 All events suspended & dependent on public health guidelines at the time WORKSHOPS 2021-22 (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 Oct

Andy Cutting Melodeon Rob Harbron English concertina Sam Sweeney Fiddle LEVERET evening 2022

9 April Rheingans Sisters Fiddle 30 April Daoirí Farrell Bouzouki 11 June Emmanuel Pariselle & Didier Oliver 9 July JIB (Temples & Jim Mageean) 11 Nov Riley Baugus Banjo TBA TBA TBA


John Kirkpatrick John Kirkpatrick

Gascon trad Sea songs

Tune arranging Vocal harmony

Alistair Anderson Northumbrian tunesmiths Dan Walsh Clawhammer banjo ALISTAIR ANDERSON & DAN WALSH evening Andy May Northumbrian pipes Sophy Ball Fiddle Ian Stephenson Guitar ANDY MAY TRIO evening


Every Wednesday 8.00pm Doors open 7.30

Folk Club

The Limes

Preston Steet, Faversham ME13 8PG

June - July

There’s still music at Faversham Folk Club every Wednesday at 8pm! It’s just temporarily online… We meet on Zoom for a friendly evening of traditional and contemporary songs and a few tunes.. hosted by Ernie, Bob and Al with support from the Committee- and no chairs to put away… If you’d like to join us please contact as below and we will forward your request to the Keeper Of The List. Hints and tips on the everchanging Zoom are available to optimize your sound… it varies so much according to platform, connection and whether the guy manning the radar dish is cycling fast enough. We like to sing along with chorus songs, muted of course to reduce th latency issues, and it’s fine to play along too. Signing to singing and other participation such as dance are also encouraged, they’re your neighbours… We are keeping tabs on the developing situation regarding reopening; for now we are looking at booking a few free guest showcases, although our main emphasis is on our weekly singarounds which are always entertaining. Drop in and join uswe’re easy to find! Keep well and see you over the summer.

We meet every Wednesday for Singers’ Nights: all are welcome to perform or listen Please contact Ernie, Bob or Pat for the access code to our Zooms. Chairman/ Bookings: Pat on 01795 423674 or rjpmailbox Press/ Radio Publicity:Bob on 07885 642763 /

Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, Croydon

When I first met my wife, Jenny Collins as she was then, I quickly realised that she had a real commitment to folk clubs locally. We eventually landed at the Croydon Folk Club at The Waddon Hotel with the ever-present Maureen Wilson on the door. Croydon Folk Club started in The Grange at Thornton Heath and moved to The Waddon Hotel in about 1970. Peter Twitchett took over the running of the club and was later joined by Graham Maisey. Les Elvin remembers that time fondly - except for the fire, which heated one side of singers while the other side froze! In 1980, the club moved from the Waddon Hotel to The Ship in Croydon High Street. Club residents Grant and Sue Rule also produced a cassette tape around that time called Folk’s All, which was recorded during a club evening. Phil Revnell recalls the need for good timing at The Ship because the town hall clock was a few metres away and struck all the quarters! The Fairfield Folk Festival started in 1981 and for a while was run by Croydon resident, Jim Lloyd, who had the folk slot on Radio 2 at the time. Jim encouraged the club to take a more exposed spot at the festival by doing presentations on the main stage. He also drove the move to the Arnham Gallery at Fairfield in early 1985. The club prospered during the festival years and, using the whole Arnham Gallery, was able to accommodate larger audiences for the likes of Martin Simpson, The Kipper Family and Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick on their first reunion tour. Barn dances were also well attended. In 1995, a cassette tape was produced of residents entitled In Residence, to celebrate the 30th year. When the club made its move to Ruskin House, Rita Cherriman though gravely ill at the time, showed great determination to make the move succeed. She left us in 2000, shortly after the move, and is still sadly missed. In 1999 I took over the bookings, Jenny became musical director with Phil Revnell as treasurer and Jeanne Revnell accommodation hostess. We gave the club a more modern ‘corporate’ image while retaining the traditional nature of our club presentations. We try to give members the acts they like, while warmly welcoming visitors. Contemporary singer songwriters rub shoulders with long standing acts in the tradition. We’ve had a healthy following for our Burns Night and Shakespeare Night supper dances, all run and performed by residents and regulars. After 10 years at Ruskin

House, various artists (including Martin Simpson, Clive Gregson and Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman) gave tracks for a special CD which is still available, the club also produced a CD of members’ performances which spread over the whole period. Following the closures due to the pandemic we have depleted finances and so, unlike some clubs, we start again with a near zero bank balance. Supporters have made donations over the period of closure which have made this possible and this reflects our ethos of being a folk club and we have passed this on to our partners to help them in turn. We don’t expect to make a profit but return income to the performers and others we rely on to keep going and this will continue. The programme I have produced for the autumn is designed to get the club up and running in preparation for 2022 when we expect to be back to whatever we call normal. We’re looking forward with an eye on the past by building on our experience. Brian Dalton “I have fond memories of the Croydon Folk Club - always a welcoming venue with a good standard of local singers. A sure sign of a good and well-run club is that it is still running after 50 odd years and long may it run. Now at Ruskin House with a good, dedicated and experienced team of organisers, the coming years look to be secure.” – Martyn Wyndham-Read “Croydon Folk Club always give us a lovely warm welcome. The people are great, the acoustics are great, the venue is great and we always look forward to going back again.” – Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer Starting soon We plan to resume Orpington Folk and Blues sessions on Tuesday 22 June from 19.00 in the newly refurbished Orpington Liberal Club, 7 Station Road, Orpington BR6 0RZ and thereafter every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. See us at and look out for a new Facebook group page being launched shortly. We look forward to seeing you all on 22 June! Best wishes from The Team. John, Jenny, Dave, Grahame, Rik and Frank

CD Reviews

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner - From Poets to Wives Talking Elephant Records TECD454 Gigspanner are probably one of the most popular bands on the folk scene at present so a new album from them is always going to be treat and this one is no exception. You may think, at first sights, that nine tracks is rather short shift but when you note that She Moved Through the Fair is 8.37, Death of a Lady is 9.04, The Butterfly 8.37, Hard Times of Old England is 8.25, you realise that is not the case. The shortest track is Bold Riley at 4.27. All the recordings have appeared on previous albums, one on Lipreading, one on Doors at Eight, four on layers of Age and three on The Wife of Urban Law, so I suppose you could call this a compilation album. Peter’s fiddle playing blends with fellow Gigspanner members Roger Flack’s electro acoustic guitar and Sacha Trochet’s percussion. As Roger and Sacha both live in Sussex and Peter just over the water in France I suppose we can claim them as a local band! Alan Castle (Editor)

Autumn 2021 Oysterband We never expected to get a whole year off did we! Apart from a handful of spontaneous Sunday 19th September – Gulbenkian Full Price £26, U25 £15 outdoor concerts last August – October, a whole year of carefully crafted programming had Thea Gilmore to be shelved thanks to Covid-19. Looking ahead, most of the programmed concerts have Wednesday 29th of September – Gulbenkian, Full are Price £20, U25 been rescheduled – some them three times now! We hopeful that£10 come the Autumn we’ll be able to pick up where we leftEddi off, and look forward to seeing you all, safely vax’d, Reader th in one of our beautiful venues, to enjoy the live music we have all missed. Most of the Friday 8 October – Gulbenkian, Full Price £24, U25 £12 dates are on sale now,The a chance to see some of our favourites alongside some very special Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican new additionsSaturday to the Folk the Barn diary including Full EddiPrice Reader, Gilmore and 20thinNovember – Gulbenkian, £17,Thea U25 £8 the legendary Usher’s Island. In the meantime we intend to put on some more of those Usher’s Island spontaneous outdoor concerts during the Summer months so please keep an eye on the Sunday 28th November – Gulbenkian, Full Price £24, U25 £12 website, or join the mailing list if you haven’t already (link on the Joseph to plan them too far ahead because website) so that you don’t miss out.Martyn We’re reluctant Sat so 4th weather December – Waterstones, Offline £20, U25s £9 booking they are dependent and weOnline found £18, picking a dry£19, andDoor not windy day, then a gig and letting everyone know, worked really well last Summer. Take care all… St Agnes Fountain Thursday 16th December 2021 – venue tbc

Debs Earl, Simon Nicol

Albion Christmas Band Saturday 18th December 2021 – Gulbenkian, Full Price £23, U25 £11

Autumn 2021 Oysterband Sunday 19th September – Gulbenkian Full Price £26, U25 £15 Thea Gilmore Wednesday 29th September – Gulbenkian, Full Price £20, U25 £10 Eddi Reader Friday 8th October – Gulbenkian, Full Price £24, U25 £12 The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican Saturday 20th November – Gulbenkian, Full Price £17, U25 £8 Usher’s Island Sunday 28th November – Gulbenkian, Full Price £24, U25 £12 Martyn Joseph Sat 4th December – Waterstones, Online £18, Offline £19, Door £20, U25s £9 St Agnes Fountain Thursday 16th December 2021 – venue tbc Albion Christmas Band Saturday 18th December 2021 – Gulbenkian, Full Price £23, U25 £11

Steve Turner Steve Turner has always been a popular artist on his visits to folk clubs in Kent and Sussex and in particular he has been a favourite amongst the singers that have been booked at Tenterden Folk Festival. I write this article about him and it appeared in fRoots in 2012 but none of the information has changed substantially. If we were to go back five years, Steve Turner would have been an ideal subject for a “Whatever Happened to….?” article. The man who had been so omnipresent from the 1970s to the early 1990s was nowhere to be seen in folk music circles. I was intrigued and delighted to find myself on the same concert bill as this “lost legend” at Whitby Folk Week in 2008….. but what was this? Was my memory playing tricks or was this Steve even more impressive than the one that I had booked many times in those active decades? Somehow, the 21st century Steve had returned with a more commanding, authoritative, impressive performance. Well, it wasn’t long before I was able to check this impression; I had regarded The Isle of St. Helena as the most memorable track from Steve’s 1979 album Out Stack but here it was again on his phoenix reborn album The Whirligig of Time some 29 years later and though his approach hadn’t changed radically, everything – tone, phrasing and timbre of singing, accompaniment, recording quality – was better. Steve was a product of the vibrant Manchester folk scene and had quickly made an impression both as a soloist and as what he calls a “decade as a pretend Geordie in a boy band”, Canny Fettle. This was followed by a spell when he moved south to Sussex to combine a professional solo career with working in the top traditional music shop, Hobgoblin. As I recall, Steve had always been involved in some buying and selling of instruments on his own behalf though strangely this gradually developed into a specialisation on one instrument that his multi-instrumental talents did not extend to; the violin. Though his performing career had flourished with club and festival bookings all over Britain and Europe, including a string of albums both solo and with the band, it was the violin business that started to demand his time as a highly successful small enterprise was developing. Turner Violins now has ten employees if you include the part-timers and shops in Nottingham and Birmingham with many of the customers coming from the huge classical conservatoire in Britain’s second city. What? Not the fiddlers that you knew and worked with on the folk scene? “Well, most of our business seems to come from classical players, but we understand the folk market and can set up any instrument to folk playing specs and get lots of folkies in the shops.” says Steve. The man who recorded and worked with iconic figures like Nic Jones and Martin Simpson and drove and shared gigs with Peter Bellamy dropped out of performing altogether; didn’t sing or play anything for over five years. Somehow, the pull of the enjoyment and companionship remained a strong one and he started to go to folk gigs again – even to

sing and play a bit though he was now just regarding it as a hobby. However, things started to move; he was offered a few gigs and enjoyed them. He credits Mick Peat with pushing him towards regaining a higher profile. Why don’t you perform more – re-release your old albums – record a new album and so on. Somewhat to Steve’s surprise, it all started to come about. After a false start with John Tams, the 2008 album was recorded by Olly Knight and a great critical success it was. Some of the great and good were playing in it including Miranda Sykes, Nancy Kerr, Martin Carthy, Pete Flood and James Fagan and an increasing proportion of his time was again given to performance. Having caught quite a number of these in the past five years, I have been struck by the utterly convincing qualities that he brings to them. The singing is utterly sure and is thoughtfully adapted to the nature of each song, the concertina accompaniments are richly layered and complex though not intrusive, though we should not forget that Steve’s cittern song accompaniments also bring well deserved compliments. The tunes on the mandolin are precise and exciting. Introducing his songs and tunes, he has somehow mastered the stammer that can still return in ordinary relaxed settings – and Steve is a delightful person with whom to share long wide-ranging conversations. The next big event in the Turner calendar will be the release of the new album Rim Of The Wheel. The pre-release copy has been on more or less continuous play in this household in the last month. The royal Corsican makes an inevitable return on the breathtaking treatment of Napoleon’s Farewell to Paris. There are two songs from another of the folk scene’s “disappeared”; Paul Metsers. On the evidence of these recent compositions, Paul is still on the top of his game with the exquisite Peace Descends and the sad, beautiful The Crows They Crow about their good mutual friend, Nic Jones. A return by Mr. Metsers might be just as welcome and enjoyable as that of Mr. Turner. Vic Smith

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.

Once normality returns Contact Jerry Hatrick (07387) 382050.

Festival News

Chickenstock Festival is a family friendly music festival, running from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th July, in Stockbury, Kent. A combination of folk, rock, acoustic, country and blues music, just 5 minutes from Junction 5 on the M2. Under 18’s go free with accompanying adults, and dogs are welcome too! Created by Moya and David Taylor in 2018, Chickenstock (named after some beloved pet chickens and the village in which it is situated) has evolved from large garden parties held in their garden to a music festival in a paddock just up the road. The festival has gone from a capacity of 300 to 3000 in the space of 2 years, and they hope it will continue to grow. Chickenstock Festival aims to cater for all accessibility needs throughout the duration of the festival. It offers a number of facilities and services to cater for all needs such as an accessible campsite, first aiders/paramedics on site, disabled toilets and free career tickets. Moya and David always wanted the festival to support smaller local businesses. The bar stocks ales from the local Nelson Brewery (based in Chatham) and Turners Ciders (based in Marden) amongst many others. Local charities are also supported with The Happy Pants Animal Sanctuary (based in Newington) who will be bringing a small petting zoo for the younger festival goers. They will also be providing £5 bar vouchers to NHS Staff, Emergency Services and School staff when they show a valid ID. Sustainability is important and the organisers have asked all the vendors not to use plastic (where possible). They will be selling souvenir cups at the bar for a small fee which can be used time and time again - you can also bring your own cup from home, but do not bring glass. There will be free water points available on site for you to refill your reusable water bottles. There will also be recycling points so as much rubbish as possible can be recycled. Headline acts include 3 Daft Monkeys, Show of Hands and Hayseed Dixie. See advert for more details. “It’s friendly, it’s fun. It’s Kent’s BIG little festival!” Broadstairs Folk Week 6-13 August 2021 Up until the end of March, nobody was sure if a festival was going to be viable at all. There’s been a lot of talk about insurance for the events industry as it is such a risk to take if it has to be cancelled at the last minute. So, the Folk committee, which has been meeting on the inevitable Zoom throughout the pandemic, decided to plan for a Step 3 Folk Week. It was either that or do nothing at all. Continued Overleaf...

Now, plans are steaming ahead for a new Festival Arena, in the Memorial Rec, with an outdoor stage and options for social distancing if necessary and probably if they’re not. All the headline acts will appear here, a non-seated venue, but with plenty of room to bring chairs, blankets but hopefully not umbrellas. Music in the Festival Arena will begin at 1pm, through to 10pm, with a break between afternoon and evening music. In the mornings, there will be a variety of activities - the Arena will be free to enter up until noon. These are our plans at the moment – we will let everyone know if there are any amendments to them as soon as possible. Folk Week has always taken place throughout the town, with the Craft & Music fair at Victoria Gardens and music at the Bandstand. If all goes well, these free events will go ahead, with some tweaks. Our friends Zoe and Peter at Inspiration Creative are all set to return to the ever-popular family Hobby Horse Club at the bandstand, alongside those Hooden Horses and Clarence the Dragon. Free music in the pubs of Broadstairs is a huge attraction to the town, so this move to Step Four is pretty crucial – but very late for organising it – the Souvenir Programme with all the details is usually published by the middle of June! Most of the pubs are very keen to get involved with Folk Week and there are also a lot of musicians very keen to play, so we hope to be in a position by 21st June, that if all is well, music in pubs can go full steam ahead. Our fund-raising Souvenir Programme will be published a bit later than normal, so please support Folk Week and buy it! One of the major absences is dancing – ceilidhs, late nights at the Pavilion – and they will be much missed, but we hope to have lots of Morris dancers performing at the bandstand – and maybe even a Saturday parade – we are trying to be as flexible as possible. Please take a look at the website, which has details of the headlines at the Festival Arena – with more to be announced. Tickets are already selling well. We hope that we can have a safe and happy festival for local people and to welcome visitors to our beautiful town. Box Office – 01843 604080

THE HELLFIRE FOLK CLUB Not many people know this, which might be just as well, I used to run a Folk Club, t’was the Folk Club from Hell. Our Landlord’s name as Barry, an enterprising bloke, He did his best in booking guests, but some more Funk than Folk. His barn we used was freezing, we all wore thermal vests, A concrete floor with bales of straw, a right endurance test. The barn had seen better days, and we’d seen better nights, When sun went down we stumbled around, in flickering candlelight. Down one end, sheets of chipboard on beer crates made a stage, Thus it appeared, a night on the beer, for anyone who played. The stage was rather wobbly, and sagged from getting damp, Your poor chair legs would sink like pegs, or slither down a ramp.

Our tunes were old traditional, all with enchanting names, A joy to hear, to untrained ears, they all did sound the same. We sang of toil and hardship, in fields and mills and mines, We’d office jobs, not short of a Bob, to pay our Library fines. Big Dave’s voice was like sawdust, real floor singer all right, Wooden and flat, his lyrics were spat, with wall-to-wall yawns all night. But Dave was good on guitar, though a right tuning pest, Before he’d sing, he tweaked his G string, then retuned all the rest. Sandra sang those long ballads, but would forget her words, Despite the wait, the eventual fate of Matty Groves went unheard. And it seemed uneventful, for old Tam Lin that night, Although rarest, was The Three Marys, and John Barleycorn got off light. And Steve was a stand-up comic, he had us all in fits, His gags were old, but I heard told he was a shining wit. Though Steve suffered from acne, we booked him for a spot, At School he’d passed just Woodwork and Maths, making rulers was his lot. Young Dan thought he was a poet, reciting from his book, His rhythm was poor, but worse for sure, he couldn’t get a rhyme. But quite an intellectual, Art with Geography degree, He composed odes of life on the road, painting signs for Kent CC. Once Barry built a log fire, in middle of the barn, Sort of Hoolie meets Ging Gang Goolie, to keep brass monkeys charmed. But the barn had no chimney, so the smoke came back down, The tall ones coughed, whilst those best off, were sprawling on the ground. Big Dave sang on regardless, in smoke he disappeared, Must be first time, Haul on the Bowline had moved a crowd to tears. To stave off asphyxia, we groped ‘round for the door, Young Mike and Pam didn’t give a dam, just groped around some more. By now you could smoke kippers, more apt than you’d expect, With Big Dave blaring The Shoals of Herring, unaware we’d all left. The rafters soon ignited, with Big Dave’s voice the fan, First time he’d found, he’d bring house down, ‘Smoke chokes Folk Blokes!’ mused Dan. Barry hosed the building down, plus Mike and Pam as well, Ever the tout, he was figuring out what he’d charge for old mulled ale. The Club like the barn folded, and now is a Hotel, But then to me, it’ll always be, the coldest Folk Club from Hell. JJ Crossley Abridged2021



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CD Reviews

Jim Eldon & The Sharpshooters – Rocking With The Band – One Row Records ORRCD511 Mossy Christian has become a close associate of Jim Eldon in recent years; they recorded an album of fiddle duets for this – Mossy’s label. Now he brings out this reissue of a limited issue cassette from 1987. This is really only an extended player CD, but it packs more of interest and excitement in its 17 minutes than there is in many full-length albums. Jim has been something of a cult figure in the folk scene over the decades and is an important ever-present at Whitby Folk Week. There are three songs and three instrumental dance sets and all the songs were written by Jim. These are all fine engaging songs and show his quirky close observations of life that typify his song-writing; coping with unemployment, the joy of reacting to music and in Custom Car Kid he seems to be predating the folk-raps that Pete Morton had brought us in recent years. The trio come into their own on the dance tunes; Jim and Terry Fox are the fiddlers and Croz Crosbie adds a lovely grumbling cello below the melodies. This is a lovely combination and it evokes the style of some of the vintage recordings of the Boscastle Breakdown album that had such an influence of folk dance bands in the 1970s. There are only a few singer/musicians that can do no wrong in this reviewer’s opinion but Jim Eldon is amongst them. Vic Smith Dando Shaft - Shadows Across the Moon Talking Elephant Records TECD449 Dando Shaft were Martin Jenkins, Kevin Dempsey, Dave Cooper, Roger Bullen and Ted Kay and on this album recorded live at Sala Piata, Italy in 1989 were joined by Chris Leslie. Comprehensive notes about the band and its history are provided by Simon Jones from Spiral Earth. Sadly there is no information about the actual songs on the sleeve other than a list of the 11 tracks and their length. The album was recorded as a result of Gigi Bresciani persuading the band to do a reunion gig in Italy some time after they had last all played together. Gigi is also credited with being the executive producer and Kevin the producer. The album starts with Railway which opens with Chris’s fiddle prominent and puts me much in mind of a Romanian dance tune. Well worth a listen. Alan Castle (Editor)

Tenterden Folk song and music sessions IN NORMAL TIMES AT The William Caxton West Cross, Tenterden TN30 6JR The second Tuesday of every month 8.00 for 8.30 p.m. Free, sing-a-round style folk club Floor singers, musicians storytellers, step dancers, etc. always welcome Information: E: W: T: 01233 626805 Tenterden Folk Club has been running consistently since 1993 Tenterden Folk Club is part of Tenterden Folk Festival (Charity No 1038663) Promoting folk song, music and dance

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“Tenterden the Jewel of the Weald”

Thu 30th Sept to Sun 3rd October Folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions

A Covid safe Festival. Check our new website for the latest details All details subject to Covid restrictions and government advise

Guests: Bill Jones, Bob & Gill Berry, Brian Peters, Broomdasher, Dick Miles, Dora Darling, Graeme & Heather Knights, (Jeff Warner ~ moved to 2022), Morrigan, Pete Castle, Peter & Barbara Snape, Scolds Bridle, Steve Turner, Tom Patterson, Tom Perry & Clive Brooks, The Tonic with Fee Lock, The Wilson Family More still to be confirmed Plus up to 50 Morris sides and dance display teams

Local and regular guests Bob Kenward, Chris Roche, Gavin & Julie Atkin, Jerry Crossley, John & Di Cullen, Malcolm Ward, Marsh Warblers, Peter Collins, Portside, Rattlebag, Roger Resch, Spare Parts, Sue Watson, Travelling Folk, Vic & Tina Smith, Vic Ellis one man band Free music stage & showcase guests Ashford Folk Band, Broomdasher, Highworth Folk Band, The Kukes, Lunatraktor, New Frontier, Nun-head Folk Circle, Open Water, Direction Corsairs, Yardarm Folk Orchestra More still to confirm

CONTACT INFORMATION: Festival director: Alan Castle, 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 3HA E: Crafts & stalls: Margaret White E: Chief steward: Sally Williamson E: Dance co-ordinator: Spud Jones E:

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Tenterden Folk Festival 2021 Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd 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. FROM 1st May to 31st August 2021 Full Weekend Adult: £58.00 Youth 10 -16's: £27.00 or Under 10’s: £2.00 when bought with an adult ticket Caravan / Campervan: £25.00 Tent: £20.00 Thursday evening concert: All £12.00 FROM 1st September 2021 Full Weekend Adult: £65.00 Youth 10 -16's: £32.00 or Under 10’s: £3.00 when bought with an adult ticket Caravan / Campervan: £30.00 Tent: £25.00 Thursday evening concert: All £12.00

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CD Reviews

Chris Leslie – Fiddle Back Many people will be familiar with Chris Leslie as a member of folk-rock band Fairport Convention, and may well know that he has written much of the original material coming out of the band in recent years. But unless they have listened to his own solo CDs they may not realise quite how linked Chris is to the more traditional side of folk music and what an excellent solo musician and songwriter he is. His Album Fiddle Back, written and recorded at home and released during the pandemic, contains many traditional tunes and songs, mainly from the UK, including Old Morpeth, A Sailor’s Life, Sandy River Belle (from the US), Curly Headed Ploughboy, and Italian Resia Valley Melody – all performed and arranged with a real feeling for the traditional material. He also showcases his talents as a fiddle player on most of the trad tracks, including The Flight/The Irish Devil and St Anne’s Reel, and his self-penned tunes Angels of the North and South/Elvish, atmospheric The Sea Spirit and the beautiful Fiddle Back. His song-writing skills shine out on the wonderful story Song for Andreas about Andreas Pile who made Chris’s beloved fiddle, The Traveller’s Song which opens the album, and magical Gwyr ha Gwynn ha Glas showing his love of Cornwall. All instruments on the CD are played by Chris himself – fiddles, mandolins, guitars, bouzouki, ukulele, whistles and percussion are all played expertly, but always compliment the song or tune being played and never over-arranged. He describes it as “an album straight from the heart” and this comes across. A lovely CD to listen to again and again. Sue Watson Anna Tam - Anchoress (TAM002) The name Anna Tam did not mean anything to me when this well presented CD dropped on the door mat but the track list looked very interesting as it includes such well known titles as Tarry Trousers, Whittingham Fair, Elsie Marley, If I were a Black Bird, Let No Man Steal Your Thyme and She Moved Through the Fair. Anna plays nyckelharpa, cello, viola de gamba, hurdy gurdy and percussion as well as performing all the vocals and is accompanied by Roy Chilton on banjo and Geoffrey Irwin on fiddle. Two tracks, The Goblet and The Fairy Boat Hornpipe were written by Anna. The CD sleeve shows several pictures of Anna and her instruments on a beach beside a breakwater, by a pier, a fisherman’s hut and a rowing boat and includes a 12 page booklet with all the track details and words to all the songs as well as a couple more photos. By now the album was on the CD player and I was become entranced by her arrangements and her voice. As I glanced through the publicity blurb enclosed with the CD I noticed that Anna had been shortlisted as “instrumentalist of the year” by Fatea Magazine in 2020 with her group “Wilde Roses” and that this was her debut solo album. Further on I read that Anna was a member of the “Mediaeval Baebes”. This album is certainly well worth a listen and very different to what has come before. I hope there will be a chance to see Anna performing solo at festivals or folk clubs before too long but in the mean time you can see her each week on “Folk from the Boat” via YouTube. Alan Castle (Editor)


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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. 106 August/September COPY DATE: 18th June Then … 18th June 2021 – August / September 18th December 2021 – February / March 18th August 2021 – October / November 18th February 2022 – April / May 18th October 2021 - December / January 18th April 2022 – June / July

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