FOLK COLLECTED: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, June 5

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We are now only four weeks away from the first Bury Folk Festival. Everything is beginning to rev up.

Tickets are beginning to move fast so if you’re intending to go, best get on to that old website pronto. I’ve had a word with Helios and he says he’s going to drive his chariot of the sun across the sky all day on the 4th of July. The music will also shine the festival opening with our local Irish band The Molly Maguires. Very much in demand this will be their first gig of three on the Saturday. The second being at the Ousden beer festival and then an evening gig in Reading. If Irish is not your thing and you’re from the protest song era, Derek Hough will be performing a little later, around noon time and I’m sure he will doing a rendition of Ewan McColl’s ‘I’m a Rambler’, a super song with which to join in the chorus and a fabulously well constructed song as well. A little later the very popular Broadside Boys will be entertaining with the Invisible Navvies of Utopia an hour later. From then to the end of the evening the music continues, changing from country oldtime through traditional English and French dance to cajun and metal folk and to round off the evening gothic folk. If this line up was at Glastonbury you would have to pay 150 big ones but for a tenth of the price they can all be seen here on 4th July. AND there are a lot of performances in between that warrant attention. I’m not normally an excitable person but this day has really got my juices flowing. Phew!!

Keep an eye out for the Norwich Sacred Harp choir who will be performing in Bury in the next week or so. Questions to Joe 01284 760885.

What a night it was at the Collective on the 31st. Contemporary songs from Charlotte Coles, traditional a capella from David Rumble and a sad farewell to Eric Whibley who joined us a year or so ago and was taken to our hearts but is now off to Crete with his partner Zanny. We wish them both well. Super country/bluegrass group Different Accents played a 30 minute set as did Cambridge traditional singer David Cambridge (yes). The evening was rounded off by Thursday’s Band, from Bishops Stortford, Cambridge and Bury, and a chorus song by Derek Hough.

Among all this talent was the first performance by a young fiddler who only five weeks previously hadn’t even heard of oldtime fiddle and banjo music, let alone play, it but on this night play it she did – and she showed she will be a talent in her own right very soon. Well done Francesca Akehurst, oldtime fiddler.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 - John Peel Centre, Stowmarket. Ceilidh. Valiant Dance. Contact John Howson 01449 673695.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 - Bury Folk Collective. Oakes Barn. 7pm. £3 on door. Professional sound engineer, lights, real ale and friendly. black fen folk club. Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Street, Cambridge. 7pm. Check before going.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 - Woolpit. The Bull, P.H. Free. 8pm. Sing around in back room. First timers welcome as are old timers. Ask for John or Peter. Also: Bury Fayre Morris dancing in the car park. Free.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11- Horningsea Folk Club. Plough and Fleece. 8pm-11pm.

Contact Phil 01638 741743. Check before going.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12 - Long Melford. Melford folk. Cock and Bell. 8:30pm. Free. Everyone welcome. Winging sounds from the silver screen with Joanna Eden (voice), Alan Barnes (sax/clarinet), Chris Ingham (piano), Andrew Brown (bass) and George Double (drums).