Folk music news for Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire
Gainsborough Concert Series
A series of three folk / roots / acoustic music concerts are planned at The Old Nick Theatre in Gainborough. Organiser Mick Swinson says "the idea is to see if there's any interest in the area for acoustic music.If the gigs are successful we will have a longer programme next year. Its a great atmospheric venue,a converted police station and magistraits court near the entrance to Marshalls Yard in Gainsbrough."
Concerts are - 31st July, AMERICANAGE, old time blues and country..Jade Lee Saxilby,Winner Doncaster folk festival song writing competition plus one other to be confirmed. 28th august...Bob Chiswick,singer.song writer...Stuart Palmer and Mick Swinson,Traditional and contempory folk and blues plus one other to be confirmed 25th September Guests to be confirmed All dates are Thursdays. Contact number 01709861208 or E.mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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The White Horse Folk Club (Beverley) Moves
venue for The White Horse Folk Club. As of 7th July 2014 the club will
be at The Rose and Crown, North Bar Without, Beverley. All other details
remain the same.
BEVERLEY FOLK FESTIVAL’S APPEAL TO MAINTAIN FREE EVENTS
The award-winning Beverley Folk Festival has launched an online pledge campaign to help maintain its programme of free community events.
This year’s festival takes place from June 20-22 at Beverley Racecourse with a stellar musical line-up including Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy, Chas & Dave, Home Service, Lau and Thea Gilmore. In addition the festival – a not-for-profit organisation – encompasses comedy, film, drama, poetry, literature and storytelling. Also, the festival delivers a range of free admission events and activities for visitors, including:
· Free entry to the festival village, giving people the opportunity to enjoy the festival atmosphere, explore the craft stalls and perhaps even enjoy a real ale
· A wide range of fun and creative activities in The Den children’s marquee
· The Westwood Sessions, a free drop in practice and performance venue for young musicians age 11-18, nurturing new young talent both local and from further afield
· Free performances from selected festival artists on the Festival Green stage and across Beverley town centre
An online pledge campaign has been set up via CrowdFunder, with the aim of raising £3,200 to support the staging of free events at the festival, which was winner of the Remarkable Tourism Event at the 2014 REYTA awards. In return for donations of various amounts, from £5 to £250, pledgers are offered a range of exclusive offers including tickets, merchandise or goodie bags. Festival director Andrew Mills says: “Beverley Folk Festival is a not-for-profit organisation run by a small and dedicated group and supported by a loyal team of unflagging volunteers. “We believe passionately in supporting our local community, which is why we are asking for support to nurture the links we share.”
The campaign runs until 22nd June and pledges can be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/BeverleyFolkFestival. For festival information and tickets go to www.beverleyfestival.com or tel: 01377 217569.
Epworth Music Day 2014
The annual Epworth Music Day (held on 21 June) is very much a community event. Musicians, dancers and other performers of any genre and at any level of experience and ability are encouraged to perform and people are invited and welcomed to watch, listen and participate at a number of venues throughout the town. All this is done without payment to any performer and without charge to any member of the audience. As a result, it encourages participation from those who might otherwise be nervous about performing in public as well as providing a great spectacle to those watching and listening.
Epworth Music Day 2014 falls on Saturday 21 June and they are planning for this Music Day to be something rather grand. The event is planned to run from 10am to 10pm. Events are expected to take place throughout the town – indoors and outside. These will be both programmed and impromptu. There will be an evening concert in St Andrew’s Church.
Anyone wishing to become involved be it as performer of audience please contact Peter Barnard at email@example.com
450 Miles of Music
Tim Moon is off
on his musical long distance walking again, singing and playing his
way from Filey to Penzance in May and June.
North Lincs. Session changes venue.
The regular 3rd Sunday session at Magna Charter, New Holland is now closed. It is replaced by a new folk session on the last Thursday of each month from April. at The Jolly Miller, Brigg Road, Wrawby Starts 8:30pm Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the pub on 01652 655 658
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Beverey Festival wins 'Remarkable Tourism Event' at REYTA Awards
Beverley Folk Festival have been selected as joint winners of the ‘Remarkable Tourism Event’ category at the REYTAs (Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards) held on Thursday evening in Bridlington.
Chris Wade, Artistic Director of the Folk Festival said “It’s an award that should be shared by all the staff that work so hard throughout the year, our volunteers and supporters and all the wonderful artists who give their best for us over the festival weekend.”
Read more about the awards and all the winners [here]
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Lincoln Mystery Plays seek help
Denise Christison, chair and Stage Manager for the Lincoln Mystery Plays, is looking for an accordian player for a current Play that The Lincoln Mystery Plays are putting on called The Last Post about a local family in the first world war.
We are also looking for actors, anyone who would be interested in helping with costumes, Stage Crew, Helping with set design and a Muscial Directors with experiance in Directing music for plays, musicals etc.
If you can help in any way contact Denise on email@example.com
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Keep Community Singing on the Map
Vocal groups have until the end of February to play their part in putting community singing on the map in Lincolnshire.
Choral ensembles of all types - from folk clubs, social singers, barbershop choruses and amateur operatic societies to church, gospel and community choirs - are invited to take part in 'Lincolnshire Sings!', a project which is highlighting places where people can sing for fun all over the county. Groups can join the Lincolnshire Sings! register by simply completing a short questionnaire, available by e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org
The information is being gathered by community music organisation
soundLINCS on behalf of Lincolnshire Music Service, in accordance with
the guidelines of the Data Protection Act. 'The results of the survey
will not only show how much singing goes on in Lincs communities, but
could influence funding decisions, encourage new singers and help identify
The initiative is an extension of the 'Lincoln Sings' research project (see group Facebook page) which has already established that there are more open choirs than supermarkets within the city boundaries.
For more details on Lincolnshire Sings!, visit http://www.soundlincs.org
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Acoustic night at Reepham
The Fox and Hounds in Reepham, Lincoln have started an 'Acoustic Unplugged' evening Every third Wednesday of the monthfrom 8.00 p.m., next one is 19th Feb 2014. Contact Malcolm Tresadern 07900 465352 or 01522 595191 website www.foxandhoundsreepham.co.uk
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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 are 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 . ..
Despite his steadfast refusal to get involved in new-fangled stuff like Emails and Websites, I think Brian would have been genuinely amazed at the many messages of love and affection for him which have appeared on international Folk Forums like Mudcat Café. . .
Long after the Broadside Band “retired from active
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.
Item added 1 Aug 2013
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