FOLK FOR ALL: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, October 23

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Readers may know that for many years there has been a folk and acoustic music night at the Cock and Bell in Long Melford. For the last seven years, John McMillan has turned out whatever the weather to run the club. Recently he decided that now is the right time to move on to pastures new, so on behalf of regular attendees, I’m taking the opportunity to use this forum to thank him for fronting the club and wish him well.

We don’t yet have anyone wishing to take on sole responsibility for the club. Rather than see it close, we have decided to try taking a collective approach to running it and this may change the format slightly.

We are host to a wide variety of artists – some are very local, some mid-distance, and on occasion we have had visitors from Norfolk and beyond. Some of us are ‘old hands’ whilst others are newer to performing.

We have a wide variety of music covering traditional and contemporary folk, blues, a cappella singers, instrumentalists and also a poet or two. Some people perform their own work, while others, like me, cover (steal?) great songs other people have written.

So, to our longstanding performers and audience, please keep continuing to support the club. If you haven’t been to us for a while, please pay us a return visit and to new people, performers or audience, we’ll be delighted to see you upstairs at the Cock and Bell, 8.30pm on the second Friday of the month.

At a recent festival, I was very fortunate to see Peggy Seeger. As well as singing, she played guitar, banjo, piano, Appalachian dulcimer and autoharp. As if that were not enough, she also entertained the audience with amusing anecdotes from her life, performers with whom she has worked and local news stories. I had not seen her before and found her an inspiration – she proved there is hope for all of us performers as we get on in years.

(Having been stimulated by Pauline’s article I rifled through the vinyl to have a listen to Peggy. I have seen her perform many a time, most recently in Bury. I know I have ‘Folk Songs for Children’ recorded in 1955 but couldn’t find it. Found ‘American Folk Songs’ from 1957 sung by the Seegers, who were Peggy, Penny, Barbara and Mike, and listened to it instead. Brilliant. I wonder what happened to Barbara and Penny. Better do some research. B.K.)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 – MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Members £8, non mems. £10. Beverly Smith and John Grimm supported by UsPlus.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 – BLACK FEN FOLK CLUB. 7pm. Check before going.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 – GARDNERS P.H. Tostock. 8.30pm. Free. Traditional sing around. Contact Dave 01359 241554.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 - POETS ALOUD. Bay Tree Cafe, St Johns St. 7.30pm. £2 on door. Offers a sympathetic platform to local poets. First time readers very welcome. Contact Rob at www.poetryaloud.org.uk or 01284 701947.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 – HORNINGSEA FOLK CLUB. Plough and Fleece. 8pm-11pm. Contact Tony 01638 741 743. Check before going.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 – MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Members £8, non mems.£10. Hudson and Cutler. Supported by The Bounty Hounds (acoustic).