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FOLK COLLECTED: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 11

phoenix folk: The group started as the St James Middle School Folk Group and Guitar Club over 30 years ago. Having retired after 40 years of teaching, Ricky continued the Folk Group (renamed Phoenix Folk), at the request of parents and Folk Group members.

Phoenix is a boy band of singers and players aged seven to 15. They perform for charities and Special Needs groups, to bring music to the community. They have won many Community Awards such as the High Sheriff’s Award (twice), Music in the Community Award (Child of Achievement) and raised money for Save the Children Fund, Red Cross and many more charities. They also perform for concerts, Bury Christmas Fayre and an annual St Georges Day service for Scouts and Guides at St Mary’s Church. In August this year four of the group performed at Folk East Festival in the grounds of Glemham Hall.

Phoenix members usually start when in primary school. All sing and most learn to play guitar or bass guitar with Ricky and when ready, accompany the group in performances. Some progress to perform solo with voice and guitar to large audiences which takes confidence and courage! When voices change and deepen a few members stay on to provide harmony parts, play guitar or operate the sound system.

The Phoenix songbook has grown to 119 pages of folk and popular songs with guitar and vocal harmony arrangements to suit boys’ voices. The emphasis is on reaching a high standard of performance whilst having fun.

During term time Phoenix practice after school in the tower meeting room at St Mary’s Church by kind permission of the Rev Malcolm Rogers. Membership is free and parents help with the cost of refreshments. In 2008 Phoenix were awarded a grant to purchase their own sound system which is used for performances.

Bury has an excellent Folk scene with the Bury Folk Collective based at Oakes Barn and Milkmaid Folk Club and the boys have performed at both. Phoenix hopes to keep the Folk scene alive and well by introducing youngsters into the art of performing – a skill for life!

For more info email Ricky Wilkinson at ricky5844@aol.com

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – THE DARK HORSE. Stowlangtoft. 7pm–11pm. Kelly and Woolley, Sam Inglis, Big Marc, Pauline O’Brien. BBQ and folk music.

MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Friends £5, non £6. Showcase. Different

Accents supported by Reset Prose, Matt and Erin, Thorpe and Bailey.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – BLACK FEN FOLK CLUB. Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Street, Cambridge. 7:00. Check before going.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – ELY FOLK CLUB. The Old Dispensary, St Mary’s St. ‘Smörgåsballad’, An evening of music and tales from Sweden presented by Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer. Contact elyfolkclub.co.uk.

NEWMARKET WILDWOOD RESTAURANT. Muzic+ Wordz. An evening of poetry, prose and acoustic music. Contact Yvonne 07880 695839.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – HORNINSEA FOLK CLUB. Plough and Fleece. 8pm-11pm. Contact Phil 01638 741743. Check before you go.

BURWELL FOLK CLUB. Ex Service and Social Club. 8:30pm–11pm. Michael Freaney.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – LONG MELFORD. Melford folk. Cock and Bell. 8:30pm. Free. Everyone welcome. ‘Anything goes’. Stage format. Reccommended.

MILKMAID FOLK CLUB. Constitutional Club. 8pm. Members £5, non mems £6. Showcase. Dryad supported by Robert Casrellan.


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