FOLK FOR ALL: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, November 27

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Apologies to John O’Kane whose article last week (November 20 20) was unfortunately attributed to Peter Twitchett. Peter’s contribution will be coming shortly.

What a nice night it was at the Long Melford Folk Club on November 13. The Club, held in the upstairs room at the at the Cock and Bell, was initially very cold but the radiators soon began to throb once the thermostats were kicked into life. As the performers drifted in the warmth of the birth of a new era soon spread and even though we were all British we began talking to one another. Pauline O’Brien, who is now the MC (she doesn’t like being called this but I take my chance), was undecided as to how the evening should pan out and left it to the performers to do what they found comfortable. It seemed that performing, not on stage but on the same level as the audience, was the most popular with musicians occasionally joining in from around the room. The music was very varied with renditions of covers from Jimmy Hendrix (contempory folk) to a naughty song about Fritz, who worked for the CIA. Instruments were out in force, six and 12 string guitars, mouth organ, accordian, fiddle, autoharp, banjo, ukulele, shakers and voice. Pauline would like to thank all the following performers who came and supported her on her first foray into running a folk club and hopes for return visits. Malcolm Spillett, Brian Hender, Fred Rayner, Steve Sale, Dianne, Graham Cunliffe, Ray Rainbird, John Mills, Heather Clayton, David Hartley, Andrew Akehurst, Jon Langeland, Brian Kew, John O’Kane, Jude and Francesca Akehurst. Many thanks Pauline.

This is interesting. I wonder how much classical composition actually occurs in contempory folk music. I refer to Pachelbels Canon in D in which he uses a chord sequence that seems to lend itself to a variety of differing types of music. For instance Pete Waterman has used the sequence when writing for Kylie Minogue’s ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ and the Farm’s ‘All Together Now’. There are other examples. Pet Shop Boys ‘Go West’. Coolio’s ‘C U When U Get There’, Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’. Oasis ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and Vitamin C’s ‘Graduation (Friends Forever). A quote from Peter Waterman is that ‘Canon in D is almost the godfather of pop music’ – and folk music? Mmm.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – HUNTER CLUB. 8pm. £10 advance, £12 on door. Dryad featuring Paula Welham (flutes and vocals) and Robb Appleton (blues harp and vocals). Special guests Sue Szymanski (bodhran and percussion), Myke Clifford (saxes and flute). Support by the Scoobs.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 – GARDNERS P.H. Tostock. 8.30pm. Free. Traditional sing around. Contact Dave 01359 241554.

WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 2 – OAKES BARN. Real Ale. 8:00 Folk Music.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 – CIRCLE DANCING. United Reformed Church, Whiting St. 2pm-3.30pm. Contribution fee £5. Contact Jen Larner 01284 705548 – jenlarner@gmail.com

HORNINGSEA FOLK CLUB. Plough and Fleece. 8pm-11pm. Contact Tony 01638 741743. Check before going.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 – MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Members £12. Others £14. Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg. Support by MMI Music Group and Milkmaid Molly.