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Skegness Club Move

Skegness Acoustic Club is on the move again. From Sunday the 1st of March they are moving to The Grosvenor House Hotel on the Junction of Scarbrough Ave and North Parade, Skegness and the club will now be called The Skegness Folk and Acoustic Club. Contact details remain the same plus additional contact Phill Gaskell Tel 07952 837046 Email

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A new mapping resource has gone live on soundLINCS’ website at to help young people find folk groups and opportunities across the East Midlands and help put the Focus on Folk!

With almost 100 entries and growing all the time, if you’ve ever wanted to play, learn about or even just listen to folk music, Focus on Folk can help you find what opportunities are available in your area.

The map highlights folk singarounds, ceilidhs, clubs, concerts, festivals, organisations and collaboratives providing folk activities, workshops, courses and events for young people across the region, along with information of nationally available toolkits, digital resources and workforce development activities assisting in teaching and community engagement.

Soundlincs say "This is just the starting point! Our aim is for this resource to be a useful and inspirational progression tool for young people, their parents / carers and teachers across the region. We hope it will encourage and enable young people with a love of folk, or those who want to discover more about it, to easily find out how and where to go to join others who share their interest."

They want the map to keep growing so your contributions are welcome! If you know of any other opportunities or resources in your area not currently on this map, please get in touch with soundLINCS at or by calling us on 01522 510073 and they will happily include them.

EMTaP is heavily subsidised by the National Foundation for Youth Music with additional support from each of the Music Education Hubs in the East Midlands region.

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It might seem unlikely that a group who have sung on both Broadway and at the Albert Hall could be performing in Brigg, but that’s what’s happening in a concert promoted by Live Arts in Brigg at The Angel in March.

The group in question is The Wilsons, a group of five brothers from the north-east who opened in Sting’s musical, ‘The Last Ship’, on Broadway last summer. They’re reprising their Broadway success in two special performances with Sting at The Sage in Gateshead at the end of April – but you can see them in Brigg first!

The brothers, who play regularly to audiences all over the country, each have unique and very powerful voices which have gained them a huge following wherever they go. Singing either individually or in close harmony, they perform both traditional and more modern material – along with a large helping of humour – making every concert a truly memorable one. One of the brothers, Chris, has close links with the area, having lived in Winterton for a time some years ago, when he was a popular local singer.

Their support at the concert is also familiar to local audiences. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Vermond was a great favourite when he sang regularly in the area a few years ago. His witty songs, great voice and brilliant musicianship will perfectly complement The Wilson’s powerful performance – it promises to be a terrific concert, so don’t miss it!

The concert is at the Angel Suite, Brigg on Sat March 7th at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Brigg Tourist Information Centre £12 (£14 on the door). Tickets may also be reserved on 01652 678771.

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Grimsby Morris Men - Rediscover the Past

Thanks to Peter Millington at Master Mummers for the following.

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln, is hosting an important exhibition on historic Lincolnshire plough plays from the 9th January 2015 to 27th March 2015. Curated by Grimsby Morris Men, it will feature a collection of scripts, historic images, costumes and artefacts from the traditional Plough Plays of Lincolnshire villages. Free Admission.

There will be an afternoon of live performances in Lincoln and in the museum (following on from the monthly singing session) on the 7th February. Grimsby Morris and Branston Plough Jags will be performing, and it is hoped that the Coleby Plough Jags will also be there. Details will appear on the Master Mummers Events List in due course at

More information from the Museum:

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Rattlejag Morris, Grove St Methodist Hall, Retford, DN22 6LB
MONDAY 26TH JANUARY – 8.30 pm – 10.00 pm – free – no need to book!

Rattlejag Morris are inviting anyone with a love of dance or music to come to a free Open Evening to experience what it is all about. The team are opening the doors of their practice night to anyone who would like to call in – with no obligation but to come and enjoy. if you are interested in dance, music, performance/heritage/community/folk arts, a novice, experienced, student or professional – you are sure of a welcome at Grove Street Methodist Hall, Grove Street, Retford, DN22 6LB, from 8.30 pm on Monday 26th January.

Rattlejag is a mixed side, so all genders, ages and abilities are welcome. Their activities are not just some kind of “historical re=enactment, but a creative “living tradition” in the 21st century. This is dance and music without grades or exams – just for enjoyment and good company and it is a good way to keep fit! Developed out of careful research into the area’s own history, the side have created a new genre of morris dance in keeping with the older information, but with consideration for newer performance demands. The side travel to more national folk, music and dance festivals and other non-folk events these days than the more traditional May, Plough Sunday or pub “dance outs” (which they still support fully). You won’t find any hankies here or bell pads on the legs – those are part of another style which actually originates from around the Cotswolds. You will find the kind of dances once found in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire – morris dances with rattles and ribbons, clickers, and sticks, alongside broom and bacca pipe dances, to tunes mostly from Lincolnshire. The appeal for most English traditional dancers and musicians is the sheer joy of being involved in a shared activity and the friends made wherever they go – the side have even danced abroad in Germany and this year are going to France. Although they practice in Retford, members come from all over the region.

And the music is totally live – Rattlejag have a band that includes a range of instruments: melodeon (button accordion), fiddle, hurdy gurdy, bassoon, bagpipes, drums, mandolin, concertina, whistle, recorder – with no electronic support! The tunes originate from Lincolnshire collections – if you are interested, they are all, notes and sounds, on the website, along with lots more information. So musicians - come and have a taster too.

Further info from Jayne at or Chris on 01636 821714.

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Sibsey Session

The folk and acoustic session at The White Hart in Sibsey is to become a regular event, as the "Second Sunday Session" The next one is on Sunday 11th January, at 2.00 pm., and thereafter each second Sunday in the month.

Date added 7/1/15

New Home for Beverley Folk Club.

After three years of struggling for a regular home Beverley folk Club, Not to be confused with "Not The White Horse Folk Club" (also in Beverley have now settled on Just want to update you on our club. After three years of struggling for a regular home have now settled on a new venue at The Function Room, Beverley Conservative Club, Wylies Road, Beverley, HU17 7AP All enquiries via the usual channels; Tel: 01482 864979 Web: email:
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Armistice Pals

Commemoration with a difference – all folk/dance clubs and singers sessions across the land are invited to take part in a grass roots community celebration of the folk scene organised by Armistice Pals during October and November which is hoped will draw much needed attention to the club scene and the unsung heroes who run them in order to help keep the circuit alive and kicking.

Armistice Pals is the name given to a ‘super group’ of over 35 musicians from across the folk firmament who in the year that sadly presented us with the passing of Pete Seeger and the much reported 100 anniversary of the ‘war to end all wars’, have come together to create a special charity single. Think ‘Perfect Day’ using the song Pete Seeger made popular ‘Where have all the flowers gone’ and you won’t be far off !

The single will be released as a limited edition 7” single, a physical cd and on iTunes on November 9th, with all proceeds going to peace keeping and anti war charities (The Red Cross, Malala’s Fund, The Peace Foundation and Peace through Folk) and was conceived by Merry Hell’s manager Damian Liptrot who organised the ambitious project with Folkstock Arts Foundation’s Helen Meissner.

The single will be released on Folkstock Records.

We are delighted that Peggy Seeger has asked to be on the single and she is joined by, among others, Dave Swarbrick, Lucy Ward, Johnny Coppin, Peter Knight, Chris and Kellie While, Julie Matthews, Judy Dyble, Luke Jackson, Kelly Oliver, Ninebarrow, Reg Meuross, Said the Maiden, Gavin Davenport, Flossie Malavialle and more, as well as Pete Seeger.

If those interested in taking part register their intention to hold a special Armistice Pals themed session in October or November, which could also involve videoing their rendition of the song, the organisers have said they will add the club name and the video to their social media, promote the club and hopefully boost attendance by focussing on the life enriching experience of coming together in song.

Something which Peggy Seeger told us was Pete’s legacy.

A video in which Peggy talks about the single and why she was keen to be part of Armistice Pals will be released on social media shortly.

Press and radio promotion is also lined up, with all clubs taking part potentially gaining free publicity

on their local radio shows as well as via national media as a direct result of their involvement.

There is no fee, just a commitment to mark the release of the single with a special themed evening.

If you want to take part in the biggest country wide club and singers grassroots project we’ve seen in recent years, please contact

Damian Liptrot or Helen Meissner via email

Or our website



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Scunthorpe Singaround Closes

The Wednesday night "Jagger's Singaround" at The Malt Shovel, Ashby High Street Scunthorpe has now closed. This does not affect the Sunday night Musician's session.

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Lincolnshire Sings

Lincolnshire Sings is a resource to help people identify community choral groups in their area across Lincolnshire.

The Lincolnshire Sings map is now up and running at It’s a one stop shop for aspiring singers wanting to find a group they can join. Or maybe School teachers ascertaining which choirs and already established groups there are close to them. It is Hoped that it will encourage and enable young people & adults who love to sing, providing the opportunity to easily find out how & where to go to join others with a passion for singing.

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Richard Langridge

Some of you may already be aware of the sad passing last weekend of Richard Langridge . Richard was playing the lunchtime set at the Drill Hall before being taken ill following his performance. In memory the Drill Hall this Saturday (September 20th.) are planning to have a short informal acknowledgement in tribute to Richard's contribution to music in the area with a 2 minute silence. With this in mind Write Note session at Lincoln Central Library will start at 12.15 so those who wish to pop next door to the Drill Hall are able so.
Richard recorded various albums of original material over the years,co-hosted the Wragby open mic at the Turners Arms in Wragby with Dave Godfrey for many years & amongst all his other musical & artistic endeavours played the Write Note from time to time.

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Charity gig on offer in Lincoln

"We are launching a new church in the heart of Lincoln City (St. Swithin’s Church – ), and celebrating on Sat 4 October, 6pm…

We are expecting a large turn out from people right throughout the area, as well as guests from London and further afield, and I wondered if you know of any folky / acoustic groups from the Lincoln, Lincolshire area who I could get in touch with about possibly playing for an hour or so while people drink/eat, mingle?.. Our budget is really limited unfortunately as we are beginning a new church, but we would pay any expenses and it would be great fun and great exposure!

Feel free to contact me by email or on 07972217150."

David Black l Worship Pastor

St. Swithin's Church, 1 St Swithins Square, Lincoln, LN2 1HA

More Morris, Better Morris conference

A one-day conference to share effective practice in how to inspire the next generation of morris dancers will be held at Cecil Sharp House in London on Sunday 2 November 2014.

‘More Morris, Better Morris, in schools and beyond’ is being organised by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) with the Joint Morris Organisations. Sessions will be across a range of morris and sword dance traditions including Cotswold, Molly, North West and Border morris, as well as rapper and longsword.

Workshop leaders, presenters and speakers will include practitioners from across England who are experienced in teaching morris to young people, including: Damien Barber from the Demon Barber Roadshow and the Lock In Dance Show; Will Hampson and Bryony Griffiths; John Bacon, Ann Bacon and David Johns; Dave Leverton from the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England; Laurel Swift and Benjamin Moss; Sue Bousfield; Gordon Phillips and Nicky Stockman; Liam Robinson; and Kim Woodward. More names will be confirmed early September and will be updated online.

The day will include topics such as:

· Delivery in primary and secondary education and links to the curriculum

· Setting up and running groups in out-of-school settings

· What an inspiring morris dance workshop looks like for children and young people and current best practice in dance education

· Safe practice – looking after the bodies of young dancers at different stages of their development

· Kitbag – ideas, information and resources on planning, structuring sessions, writing a CV, insurance and safeguarding issues

Rachel Elliott, EFDSS’ Education Director, said: “This conference offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about teaching morris dancing to young people, whether you are an experienced morris dancer, a teacher or in a morris side, or just starting out and keen to pass on the morris traditions. EFDSS is delighted to presenting this landmark event in partnership with the Joint Morris Organisations. “The aim of the day is to inspire people, connect them and feed them ideas for the delivery of great morris dancing sessions with young people!”

Conference fee: £20 including refreshments and light lunch

For more details and to book

Promoted by: EFDSS and the Joint Morris Organisations (The Morris Federation, Open Morris and The Morris Ring).

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Scanlon's Folk Nights return to Brigg (North Lincs)

After a couple of years of closure and uncertainty the Nelthorpe Arms on Bridge Street, Brigg has been renovated and re-opened. Scanlon's Folk Nights return on Wednesday 13th August at 8.30 in its original singaround format.

Dancers Needed

Lincoln based Poacher Morris are actively seeking new members (dancers and musicians). No experience necessary. For more information please contact

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Dave & Julie Evardson CD in aid of St Andrew's Hospice

Many of you may know that St Andrew's Hospice provides amazing care facilities in the North East Lincolnshire area. They are currently creating a new adult hospice as well as making improvements to the existing children's facility. They need a great deal of financial support to complete this work.
Many local people are coming up with fundraising ideas. To do our bit Julie & I have issued an album of ten of our songs with a Lincolnshire flavour entitled 'Missing Lincs'. We hope people will buy it digitally & it's now available to download using your credit card from for $8.49 (that's about £5). Here's the destination URL:

We hope you'll support this important work to enhance Grimsby's major Hospice facility - and, of course, that you'll enjoy the songs!

Kind regards,

Dave & Julie

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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, 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 for further details.

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The White Horse Folk Club (Beverley) Moves

A new 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.
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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 For festival information and tickets go to 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

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.
If anyone want to meet up on route, to walk and play or at one of the nightly gigs. Or offer a bed for a night the schedule and so on is at He would love to see you.
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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 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

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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

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 performance
opportunities,' says soundLINCS CEO Nikki-Kate Heyes. 'The project 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' 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

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Brian Dawson – Obituary

Born Lincoln, 16 August, 1939
Died Scunthorpe, 22 November, 2013

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 –
“What’s a beauty? – the flower as blaws –
“But Property, Property sticks – and Property, Property graws . . .”

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 service”, Brian
continued to travel, sing and play, not just in his beloved Lincolnshire, but all over the country, from Scotland down to Cornwall, at gatherings of traditional singers and musicians.

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.




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