Folk music news for Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire
Brian Dawson – Obituary
Born Lincoln, 16 August, 1939
Collector and performer of songs and dialect in the Lincolnshire tradition.
I first met Brian when he became a regular performer at Grimsby Folk Club in the late 1960’s, after moving from his home at Washingborough near Lincoln to the little market town of Caistor in North Lincolnshire, to teach at the Caistor Yarborough Primary School. He had already been playing for some time with the Lincoln-based folk dance band “The Redwings”, and his music was quickly recognized as a great asset to the club. It wasn’t long before he was invited to join the Grimsby club’s resident group “The Broadside” where, together with myself, Bill Meek and Tom Smith, he formed the core of a band which, throughout the 1970’s, recorded six albums and travelled the length and breadth of the country to play at festivals and folk clubs.
Brian’s abiding interest was always the traditional
songs and stories of his native county, and through his friendship with
the folklorist and collector Ethel Rudkin, he introduced us and our
audiences to the songs of North Lincolnshire village singers like Luther
“Luke” Stanley of Barrow-upon-Humber, and William Hill of
Tetford – and to the treasure-house of song which had been collected
in Lincolnshire by Percy Grainger. He was also a great admirer and performer
of Tennyson’s Lincolnshire dialect poetry, and it was a pleasure
and a privilege to see Brian in full flow, enacting the role of the
chuntering old chap in “The Northern Farmer”, advising his
errant son against courting the daughter of the impoverished parson
Brian was a longstanding member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and a skilled musician on both accordion and fiddle – his knowledge of tunes and dances was one of the essential building-blocks supporting the formation of the Grimsby Morris Men, the Cleethorpes Folk Festival, the Plowgild Folk Dance Group and the Broadside Ceilidh Band.
There is so much to remember him for, but what sticks
in my mind is the little personal things which made Brian such a character.
He would have no truck with P.A. systems, or New Technology,
and I was deeply impressed with his “designer visiting-cards”
which consisted of small squares cut from corn-flakes packets, with
his address hand-written on the back . . . He just loved to sing and
play, and that was why he had so many friends – he would travel
any distance to share his songs and stories. It was always a struggle
to persuade him to raise our Ceilidh-band’s fees in line with
inflation – we knew very well that Brian would rather play for
nothing than not play at all . . .
Brian’s voice has not been silenced – it lives on, in the many old songs which he loved so much, and brought back to life in his performances.
Folk Camp Bursaries
The Ambassador Bursary scheme is open to people aged between 18 and 29 and it offers the chance to attend a Folk Camps holiday for the price of the deposit - £20. Holidays range from workshop weekends to fully catered week-long camps.
Folk Camps Society is a charity that has been running for more than 50 years, whose aim is to preserve and pass on the folk traditions of the British Isles. With an emphasis on participation and creating a community, we offer a variety of camping holidays across Britain, where volunteer staff help organise and lead musical activities, with daily workshops, singarounds and ceilidhs. As well as offering a virtually free holiday, this could be a chance for people to expand their repertoire, increase their mentoring skills and network with others involved in the folk world.
If you have any queries, you can get in touch with the bursary team by emailing email@example.com Detailed information and application forms are available on our website at www.folkcamps.co.uk/bursary.asp
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New venue for Bootleggers Dance Team
Bootleggers Appalachian Dance Team will be moving to new premises on Wednesday the 30th October and in future practices will be split into 2 hour sessions to accommodate both new dancers and those who want to practice more advanced routines.
Practices will be at Kimberley’s School of Performing Arts at South Leys Campus Enderby Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 2JL. (part of the old Riddings/South Leys School Campus). There is plenty of free off-road parking and even more importantly – a new semi-sprung floor!!!
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Community choirs and choral groups across Lincolnshire
are invited to contribute to a mapping project which will enable opportunities
for people to sing for fun to be identified and signposted.
‘We’re looking forward to hearing from hundreds of choirs from all over Lincolnshire!’ says soundLINCS CEO Nikki-Kate Heyes. ‘Their feedback will enable us to build a resource which will not only show how much singing goes on in our communities, but which may ultimately influence funding decisions, encourage new singers and help identify performance opportunities. It could even lead to choirs sharing their enthusiasm with others, whether by working with local schools or with other music-making groups.’
The initiative is an extension of the ‘Lincoln Sings’ project (see group Facebook page) which has already established that there are more open choirs than supermarkets in Lincoln city alone.
For more details on ‘Lincolnshire Sings!’ and a copy of the questionnaire, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org soundLINCS is a community music organisation operating across the East Midlands.
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New Singers Night for Scunthorpe.
A New Singers night starts at the Malt Shovel, Ashby (Scunthorpe) on Wednesday October 30th. 2013 and monthly after that on the last Wednesday.
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New Club in Brookenby
Introducing a new club and venue at the Limelight Theatre, Kent Road, Brookenby LN8 6ET. We Performers of any genre are welcome at this purpose built theatre in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The first event is Saturday 5th October starting at 8.00 pm and thereafter on the first Saturday of the month. The theatre has a capacity for about 80 seats, but is nevertheless an intimate setting with the benefit of a first class sound system. There is also a licensed bar in the building with drinks at club prices. Further details contact Tony Price on 07833 551209.
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Junior Clog Dance Champion
Themis Bacon, 13, the 2013 Junior Clog dance champion, Best Junior Male Dancer and winner in two solo categories and a team event, with his brother Alexis, 11, also a triple prizewinner, being presented with their medals and trophies bythe Mayor and Mayoress of Fleetwood at the recent Lancashire and Cheshire Clog Dance Championships.Both started morris and clog dancing with Leverton Academy's after-school group taught by members of Retford's Rattlejag Morris and Duke's Dandy Step Clog dance sides and now represent the Rattlejiggers team.This year they have also performed at Leverton Windmill bi-centenary, Southwell Folk Festival and Skipton Clogfest and last year Themis visited Germany as a soloist with Rattlejag Morris.
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Folk-Song Study Day: Drill Hall Lincoln, Saturday 7th September 2013, 9.30am – 5.00pm
As one of only ten venues, Lincoln has been selected to stage a prestigious event as part of a national campaign to re-connect us with our English musical heritage. Supported by a Lottery Grant, a huge collection of songs, words and music, together with a mass of correspondence has been made available on the internet through the Full English Project. Most of the songs, mainly collected in the early years of the last century, have never been published. Amongst them are the dozens of songs collected by Percy Grainger, the famous Australian composer and pianist, in North Lincolnshire between 1905 and 1908. The series of study-days around the country has been arranged to draw attention to the Project and to give people the opportunity to find out more about it.
Leading the study-day at the Drill Hall in Lincoln will be Steve Roud. Creator of the internationally-renowned Folk Song Index, Steve is co-author of the recently-published New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs as well as several major works on English folkways and customs. There will be the chance to hear rare recordings, view archive film footage and find out much more about the online treasure house that is the Full English Project. Assisting him will be Ruairidh Greig, who lives in the County and has spent many years researching its own musical traditions.
Full details of how to book your place at this event, which costs only £10 (including tea and coffee) are available on the Drill Hall website.
Further information is available from Frances Watt at the English Folk Dance and Song Society:
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Dave & Julie Evardson on You Tube
Although they are not performing these days, Dave & Julie's music is available to download from CD Baby. They have also started putting their songs on to You Tube, starting with North Wall, one of daves most popular songs at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYNZsn_a5l8 The photographs of Grimsby Docks were taken in June 2009.
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Lincolnshire Folk Autumn Event
This year's Lincolnshire Folk Autumn Event will take place at Gainsborough Old Hall on 22nd September (1 - 4.30 p.m.). There will be a special performance by the Coleby Plough Jag to add to the fun. If you intend to come along and perform, please ontact 01427 838726, so that you can be added to the list for free admission to the building.
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My name is Kenn Gordon and around 3 years ago I retired from Professional Music mainly due to ill health. That said and done I miss playing music with other musicians. I have a background in Irish Folk and just want to do it for FUN rather than the big bucks. I live in the Boston area of Lincolnshire and I would say I am a rusty Rhythm Guitarist of mature years lol. I want to keep Folk music alive. email@example.com 01205359207
Item Added June 2013
New Session in Goulceby
A new session is starting at the Three Horseshoes, Goulceby, LN11 9WA on the first Thursday of every month. It will be a traditional folk session, mainly instrumental. The first session will be on July 4th 2013, at 8 for 8.30.
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Epworth Music Day 2013.
Epworth is holding its 5th Music Day in conjunction with
International Music Day (Fête de la Musique) on Friday 21st June.
If you are a musician – amateur or professional, rock, classical, folk, jazz – or singer who would enjoy joining with musicians all round the world in celebrating the first day of Summer in music, please come and join in. If you would like to take part, the organisers would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply turn up in the town on 21st June at any time from 10am onwards to perform or listen.
If you want to perform in the evening concert, please contact Peter Barnard on 01427 873937. Although this is a day of free music, any money collected will be given to Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
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Horncastle Session Closes
The Red Lion session in Horncastle is about to close with the planned closure of the venue. They will be holding a final leaving session on Friday 31st May. A search is in hand for a replacement venue, watch this space for further news.
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Beverley Folk Festival Annual Promotion Day
On Saturday 11th May between 10.30am and 2.30pm, a selection of artists appearing at this year’s Beverley Folk Festival, will once again be hitting Beverley town centre Cafés giving taster performances of what the public can expect to hear at the festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations this June.
A variety of artists will be taking part in the popular annual event ‘The Festival Café Run’ including: Vinnie Whitehead, Nick Rooke, Ben Parcell and Nikki Airey. Café’s where artists can be found are: Vanilla’s, Café Nero, Rolando’s, Costa Coffee, Lempicka, Dine on The Rowe, Ask, Browns and The Poppy Seed.
The festival can also be found in Beverley’s Saturday Market the same day from 10.00am at the market’s charity stall where full information about this year’s landmark event will be available and organisers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.
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ENGLISH FOLK DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY OFFERS CREATIVE ARTIST RESIDENCIES
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has opened applications for its second round of creative residencies for professional artists from all sectors. The scheme is open to individuals or groups who want to explore their creative potential and English folk traditions by undertaking a residencyat Cecil Sharp House in London to research and develop new work.
is encouraging professional artists in all genres - from classical composers
and contemporary dancers to poets, musicians or visual artists,not just
those currently working within the folk arts - to apply. The society
is particularly keen to hear from artists who are interested in
The creative artist residencies form part of EFDSS’ Aspire Programme, which is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation ,to provide artistic support and professional development to emerging artists. The residencies includes the use of rehearsal rooms at Cecil Sharp House grants of up to £2,000 to cover costs and expenses; performance space for sharing the results; and support for future development of the work.
For more information or to apply for a creative residency, go to http://www.efdss.org/front/Creative%20Artist%20Residencies%202013/14/creative-artists-residencies/214298/214296.
The deadline for completed applications is Tuesday 28 May 2013, for residencies to be taken between September 2013 and March 2014. A decisionwill be made public late June/early July 2013. Completed applications can be returned to via email to email@example.com or toCecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY.
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Volunteer Community Event Organisers wanted for Our Big Gig Events
Superact are looking to recruit 275 volunteers across
the country to act as Community Event Organisers for a new project called
"Our Big Gig". These volunteers 27 of whom will be based here
in the East Midlands will run local live music events in their communities,
which will take place between Thursday 11th & Sunday 14th July 2013.
This new annual event aims to bring communities together to celebrate
their local musical talents and encourage people who are new to music
making to give it a go.
Leverton Windmill’s 200th Year of Milling
Rattlejag Morris has collaborated with North Leverton Windmill trustees to bring a Day of Dance to their 200th Year celebration Dance, Music and Craft Fair on Saturday 11th May. This historic windmill has been continuously milling for all that time for the villages of North and South Leverton, Habblesthorpe and Sturton-le-Steeple in north Nottinghamshire and is well worth a visit. Recently renovated, the mill is operated by a charitable trust and needs all the support it can get to keep operating in the future.
Starting at 12 noon the visiting dance sides will meet
up at the North Leverton's Royal Oak pub, after which they will progress
to the windmill in Mill Lane, just outside the village, to present an
afternoon of English traditional dancing until c. 5.00 pm. At 1.00 pm,
the Fair opens with the Leverton Stompers, a group of local schoolchildren
taught morris and clog dances by members of Rattlejag. They will be
joined by Rattlejag, Harthill Morris, Three Shires Garland and Clog,
Alongside guided tours of the windmill itself, there will be a field full of interesting craft and other stalls and entertainments. Following the dance displays, there will be a Hog Roast, music and lots of refreshments. Springhead Brewery ales will also be available. Looks like a good day is promised!
Further details can be had from James on 07968 969425 especially if you would like to have a stall on the day at no cost, just a donation is hoped for – space is still available. Or check out the website at http://www.north-leverton-windmill.co.uk.
Farewell to the ‘King of songwriters’
Visit any folk club and you will probably hear a Graeme
Miles song. This wonderful and unique songwriter who has died aged 77
has left a wonderful legacy that should not be allowed to disappear.
That his songs about industrial Teesside and the beautiful surrounding
countryside of the Cleveland hills and North York Moors should leave
such a lasting impression on the world is a great testimony to the talent
of this shy yet hugely influential genius. And what a legacy: Sea Coal,
Blue Sunset, Over Yonder Banks, Ring of Iron, Waiting for the Ferry,
Westerdale, Farndale Daffodils and so many more - all masterpieces recorded
and performed everywhere. At the funeral of my twin brother Roderick
in Florida in January, two of Graeme’s songs were played –
Along the Guisborough Road and My Eldorado. They were among Rod’s
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Sleaford Open Mic Threatened with Closure
The Hub/National institute for craft and design in Sleaford are threatening to pull the plug on the open mic nights held there on the first Tuesday of every month due to falling attendances.
This is the only open mic in Sleaford and thanks to the volunteers that run it, it has helped many young performers to show off their talents and grow in confidence. Also on the same night the Hub writers meet, they will also lose this facility if the threat goes ahead.
If you can, please help keep these events running by showing your support, either as participant or audience. The next get together is this coming Tues March 5th 6.30pm to 9pm.
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R.S.C. / Jon Boden Collaboration
Royal Shakespeare Company have a production of THE WINTER’S TALE
touring to the Grand Opera House in York 19 – 23 March and Hull
New Theatre from 9 - 13 April. The music is originally composed by Jon
Boden, of Bellowhead and the show features musicians live on stage and
live traditional clog dancing.
New Acoustic Open Night in Skillington
The Clock-Eaters Music Club opens on Sunday 24th February 2013 at The Blue Horse Inn, The Square, Skillington, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 5HB. Musicians and singers are invited to an open acoustic session, to be held on the last Sunday of every month from 6pm. Everyone is welcome to sing, play or just clap along. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01476 861314 for further details.
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New singers & musicians night New Holland
A new singers & musicians night is to be held at the Magna Charter Pub in New Holland on the 3rd Sunday of each month – starting 17th February 2013 at 8pm. for further details call Simon on 01469 541553.
Folk21 - West Midlands Showcase Artist Applications
Applications open Friday 25th January 2013 until Friday 22nd February
All folk song/music artists are invited to submit an application to perform a thirty minute set at the Folk21 West Midlands Regional Day, hosted by Folk21 and The Newhampton Arts Centre Wolverhampton on the 11th May 2013. The day will conclude with an evening showcase concert, headlined by Jez Lowe, which will provide an opportunity for artists to perform in front of both folk club/venue organisers and a public audience from the West Midlands
To be eligible you must be based outside the West Midlands region and to be already performing at folk venues.
To apply please email - email@example.com with a dated list of six recent or future folk club/venue gigs (or equivalent) as well as a link to your website and links to YouTube or other video/audio clips, if available.
It is hoped that by asking artists to apply outside of their own regions it will help them to expand their reach and promote their work to areas where they may not be established or well known, equally providing a chance for West Midlands club/venue organisers/promoters/audience present to hear artists that they may be currently unfamiliar with.
Applications will be open Friday 25th January and will close on Friday 22nd February Please note that any applications received after this date will NOT be considered.
If any further information is required:contact firstname.lastname@example.org
North lincs. Pub Offers Accomodation for Folk Club.
The Dolphin At Althorpe (on the A18 west of Scunthorpe is offering the use of the pub for anyone who would like to run a folk evening or similar event. For further details please contact 01724 488021 or on email@example.com
Item added Jan. 21 2013
Owston Ferry changes
Ferry Folk continues to meet at the Crooked Billet, Owston
Ferry but is now changing to the
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