FOLK COLLECTED: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 4

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The Folk Community in Bury St Edmunds continues to spread its endeavours to different events to encourage people to join in and hear the music, and hopefully find a new friend in folk. One example of this is happening on September 10, hosted by Oakes Barn, St Andrew’s Street South. The Bury Folk Collective are holding a Charity Casino and Music Night in aid of Suffolk Rape Crisis. The charity was founded in 2010 and offer specialist support to girls and women from Suffolk who are survivors of sexual violence. They offer face to face counselling in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft, and also provide telephone support. This year Suffolk Rape Crisis expect to assist over 300 women and girls. They know they could help many more, however they are restricted due to funding. The charity offers a way for survivors to start to become more positive and in control of their situation, to be able to feel they can make decisions about their future. When the Folk Community was approached by a nurse who realised the charity was so underfunded to organise the event, we were quick to agree. Music is a way of bringing people together and a chance to have a flutter at the gambling tables knowing that it’s all for a good cause, well there’s no better way of spending a Thursday evening! Kelly and Woolley are headlining the event; they are an acoustic duo that never disappoint. Their music is upbeat and uplifting. Their talent is really quite a treat to the ears and we think will impress anybody regardless if they thought they ‘weren’t into folk’! Also Compass are playing, another very special band who will do nothing but add to a very special evening.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 –MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Members £10, non members £12. The Young’uns supported by the 3 J’s. Real ale.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 – STETCHWORTH. Ellesmere Centre. Open mike. 8pm. £2.

Special guests Dryad. Contact Rob 07944 963174.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 – COLCHESTER. The Big Sunday, various venues around Queen Street and the Castle end of High Street. Five stages of music. Dancing, poetry, bazaar and an orchestral concert in the

First Site garden. Information at

www.facebook.com/events/424660071057598.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 – BLACK FEN FOLK CLUB. Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Street, Cambridge. 7pm. Check before going.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – ELY ROYAL FOLK CLUB. 7:30pm – 11pm. All are welcome.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – WOOLPIT. The Bull, P.H. 8pm – 11pm. Free. Sing around in backroom. First timers and old timers welcome. Ask for John or Peter. Managed by Dave Cooper.

GUITAR CLUB. Constitutional Club, Bury. Free. 8pm. Real Ale. All welcome.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 – CHARITY CASINO NIGHT. Oakes Barn. 8pm. In aid of Suffolk Rape Crisis. Music from Compass and Kelly and Woolley. Real ale.

HORNINGSEA FOLK CLUB. Plough and Fleece. 8pm - 11pm.Contact Phil 01638 741743. Check before you go.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – LONG MELFORD. Cock and Bell P.H. Melford folk. 8.30pm. Free. Everyone welcome. ‘Anything goes’. Stage format. Recommended.

MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Members £5, non members £6. Showcase, Different Accents. Highly recommended.

THE DARK HORSE. Stowlangtoft. 7pm – 11pm. Kelly and Woolley, Sam Inglis, Big Marc. Barbecue and folk music in superb surroundings.