Welcome to the first of what we hope will be many articles of events and chatter of folk music in and around Bury St Edmunds.
Bury is alive with music and the aim of this article is to get the information out there to offer choice and offer folk music to a wider audience. As well as the two established folk clubs in Bury – Bury Folk Collective and Milkmaid Folk Club, there are many regular sessions and singarounds held in pubs and cafés that may benefit from inclusion in the calender as well as one off folk events.
Just to clarify what constitutes a folk event for this article; it is any event that falls within the traditionally recognised understanding of what folk music is. The writer will be the final arbiter. So what could be included ? Dance: Step, clog, Appalachian, circle, flatfoot. Music: Blues, oldtime, country and western, bluegrass, country, progressive, traditional, gospel. Events and festivals: Any that include one or more of those listed. I hope this gives an idea of what to expect and what will be included.
To make this weekly article a success, information of your event will be required two weeks before the Bury Free Press is published. If you have a ‘special’ performer or performance, a short description sent to me with the date will be included if possible.
Friday, November 21: Milkmaid Folk Club – Constitutional Club, Bury, doors open 7.30pm (£10 on door, £8 members). Dick Miles. Support by Paddy Butcher, one of Bury’s folk treasures. Dick Miles is a singer and concertina player of repute. He has performed on both radio and television many times. Not just playing for folk club audiences, he has performed at the Festival Hall, Purcell Rooms and on the South Bank. His material ranges from Lennon and McCartney through traditional, shanty and Irish. Enjoy.
Milkmaid Mind Set Music Group – Drop in at St John’s Centre, Bury (£1 at door).
Saturday, November 22: Bury Folk Collective – Oakes Barn. Mummers play celebrating St Edmund. Performances 2pm and 4pm (free). Music all day from 11am until 10pm (free). The Collective , together with Susan and Sean from Oakes Barn under the direction of Hatty Ashton, of Bring Out Your Dead Theatre Company, will perform a mummers play depicting the death of St Edmund. Script by Susan Wilde and Dave Bartlett. Music will be by some of the finest minstrels in East Anglia. Green Dragon morris side will be dancing throughout the day. The day is part of Oakes Barn birthday celebrations.
Boxford Fleece – Fleece Folk, O’Hooley & Tidow.
Monday, November 24: Colchester Folk Club – Philip Henry & Hannah Martin.
Tuesday, November 25: St Neots Folk Club – Sing around
Wednesday, November 26: Bury Folk Collective – Oakes Barn, 8 - 10.30pm (Musicians free others £3). Acoustic folk held in atmospheric upstairs room.
Thursday, November 27: Milkmaid Molly Practice – Constitutional Club Bury (free).
Friday, November 28: Waveney Folk Club – Tom McConville & Andy Watt. Milkmaid Mind Set Music Group – Drop in (St John’s Centre) £1 at door.
List compiled by Brian Kew.