FOLK FOR ALL: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, October 16

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This has been sent to me by Pauline O’Brien, organiser of the Long Melford Folk Club. The next session being on November 13:

“I’m intending to start on time, regardless of how many people have arrived at 8.30pm, even if whoever starts is singing only to two other people! I feel that’s important especially if people have taken the trouble to come from a bit of a distance, and we have two regulars who have to leave at 10pm so that will help them too. We’ve always had a break in the past although I don’t really know why and I’d like to try without one. People go down to the bar at performer changeover anyway so I don’t think it will be an issue.”

And a response from Roger Fleming to Roger Young’s article of September 25:

“Hello Roger,

I was interested in your article about the autoharp. When I ran the Folk Cellar at Cecil Sharp House, the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and helped at the Hampstead Folk Club, both in London during the folk revival in the 70s, I used to play the autoharp along with finger-style guitar. It was great for playing accompaniment with other singers and musicians but in the end I gave the instrument up as it was a nightmare when it went out of tune.

As you mention unusual folk instruments, at present I play two types of mouth blown English bagpipes, mainly to accompany Maypole dancing in Tudor costume or as a wandering minstrel at Hedingham Castle, Layer Marney Tower or Cressing Temple Barns. One set called Hummelchen pipes in D (Hummelchen is German for Little Bee), and another larger, louder set of Shepherds pipes in G.

I went to the folk club at Long Melford where they aroused much interest but unfortunately that club doesn’t commence until after 8.30pm. Our London clubs used to start at 7pm or 7.30pm. It shows you how long ago it was as Paul Simon would turn up to sing from the floor and ask for a booking. He was made most welcome and got the vast sum of £10 for his troubles.

Regards, Roger Fleming.”

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 – MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Real ale. £10 members. £12 non mems. Vin Garbutt supported by Johnny Steinberg.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 – WATTISFIED VILLAGE HALL. Bar and refreshments from 7pm. Music starts 7.30pm. Tickets £10 in advance. £12 on the door or from Hopton Post Office. Contact 01359 221274 or 01359 221867. Blues/jazz band Us Plus, folk group Where’s Spot Band, singer songwriter Andrea King. Organised by Wattisfield Community Centre and United Reformed Church and St. Margaret’s Parish Church. In aid of the EACH ‘Nook Appeal’.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 – BLACK FEN FOLK CLUB. 7pm. Check before going.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 – THE DOVE P.H. 8pm. Singaround. Everyone welcome, young, old and others. Real ale. Pork scratchings, pork pies and birdseed.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 – OAKES BARN. Folk music. 8pm. Real ale.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 – HORNINGSEA FOLK CLUB. Plough and Fleece. 8pm-11pm. Contact Tony 01638 741 743. Check before going.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 – MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Real ale. £8 members. £10 non mems. Beverly Smith & John Grimm supported by Us Plus.

Please send your gig/events dates to the above email address at least two weeks in advance.