FOLK COLLECTED: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, April 24

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Many thanks to Gayle Wade for stepping up to the plate at the last minute last week to enable the Folk Collected to be published.

Gayle made a request for singers for the World Choir, please make contact if you are interested.

It is with mixed emotions that we are having to say goodbye to two of the stalwarts of Bury’s folk music scene, Vicky and Peter Hrebien.

Happiness because after having been messed about through circumstances not of their making whilst trying to sell their house for almost a year, it is now sold and they are moving, but alas they are leaving Bury for Cheshire this Friday. They will be on their way while you are reading this. As we all know house moving is a trauma even when it goes well.

The sadness is we at the Collective and the Milkmaid will struggle to replace them. They are two of the most hard-working backroom/support team you could ever wish for. Always on hand and always willing to help. I think it fair to say neither are performers, I can only remember once when Vicky launched into a Scottish favourite song on a club night. Couldn’t tell you what the song was called that she sang, it in a Glaswegian dialect. I seem to remember the words ‘hurroo, hurroo’.

Peter on the other hand is quite prolific compared to Vicky. Peter is a traditional story teller, not many of them around and I doubt if I’ve heard him perform more than four stories in all the time I’ve been associated with him.

Peter is the club photographer for both the Milkmaid Folk Club and the Bury Folk Collective and all the pictures of folk events and artists that have been in the local papers are probably from Peter’s camera.

All our posters and fliers are designed by Vicky and we hope she may be able to carry on with the great work when she gets to Cheshire.

From a personal point of view she has been the angel of patience to me, a Luddite when it comes to technology. For all that you and Peter have done for the folk music of Bury St Edmunds Vicky we all thank you.

The ticket sales for the Bury Folk Festival are going along nicely. If things keep going as they are, they will be sold out way before the July 4 – visit www.buryfolkfestival.co.uk

FRIDAY, APRIL 24: Milkmaid Folk Club: Constitutional Club, Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds. 8pm. Concert. Sarah McQuaid. Support tba.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 – Music to celebrate St George’s Day: Oakes Barn, St Andrew’s Street South, Bury. 5pm. Free. Real ale. At 4pm, Oakes Barn String Quartet and the Mellis Barn Tappers, hopefully. Not to be missed. Contact 01284 761592 for info.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26 – Bury Folk Collective: Oakes Barn. Sunday Special. 7pm. £3 on door. Acoustic, lights, real ale. Robert Cross, Nobodaddy, Bex and Freda. Brian Burns and Dutch, Erin Calder and Peter Brazeer with Tony.

MONDAY, APRIL 27 – Traditional sing around: The Gardners pub, Tostock. 8.30pm. Free. Contact Dave 01359 241554.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28 – Poets Aloud: Bay Tree Café, St John’s Street, Bury .7.30pjm. £2 on door. Offers a sympathetic platform to local poets. First time readers very welcome Contact Rob – www.poetryaloud.org.uk 01284 701947

THURSDAY, APRIL 30 – Horningsea Folk Club: Plough and Fleece. 8-11pm. Contact Phil 01638 741743.

-- Written and compiled by Brian Kew