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FOLK FOR ALL: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, December 4




Having seen Thy Last Drop at the Bury St Edmunds Folk Festival this year I was keen to listen to their latest album. The band, which takes its name supposedly from the very last refreshment which the condemned prisoner receives, have produced a series of macabre offerings revolving around the device (the triple tree) on which the said prisoner is hanged... you get the picture. Romantic it is not, unless one includes cadavers, carrion, crows and other forms of underworld spectre as the subject of ones affection.

What it does offer is one of the most different and thought-provoking works I have heard in ages. Mike Bingham, the chief henchman in this Victorian Murder Punk extravaganza, has written all the brimstone-charred numbers for this CD which seems to morph expertly from the excitement of the stage performance to recorded medium – no pun intended!

I am impressed by this bands work. If you dare to dance with the devil Tales From the Triple Tree can be purchased online at Bandcamp.com or from the contact above. J O’K

There will be more CD reviews in the coming weeks.

There is a message from John’s contribution this week. Thy Last Drop are a superb dark band who play dark joyous music, but darkness is all around us and it comes, unexpectedly, in forms one normally wouldn’t expect.

I am partial to a real ale and on Saturdays I claim my corner in the pub to have a sup. For some months now a very nice chap, Murray, has taken a liking to my corner where we now have a weekly chat. A few months ago, whilst at home, his lovely cat caught a bat and he did what we would all do and tried to rescue said bat. The rescue was a success but just before releasing the little rascal (Murray used a different word) to send it on its way it bit his thumb. Murray is a robust chap but that little creature inflicted months of medical attention and medication upon him and caused him and his wife untold stress. I’m glad to say Murray is now OK and bending his elbow nicely in the corner. It is a huge relief to his wife and indeed to me that he has had ‘the last drop’ of medication which has returned him to full health. Thank you W.S.H. BK

Enough of darkness here’s a snippet from Roger Young from the Wolfe Folk Club:

Christmas is coming and we have the sounds of Christmas music all around us. Most is and was folk music. The barrel organ used to be a traditional street sounds back in victorian times. There’s still a few which are somehow managing to keep well up to date. I find it fascinating on a number of levels.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 – MILKMAID FOLK CLUB: Constitutional Club. 8pm. Members £12. Others £14. Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg. Support by MMI Music Group and Milkmaid Molly.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 – OAKES

BARN: Real ale. Folk music. 8pm. With professional sound engineer.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 – OAKES

BARN: Real ale. Folk music. 8pm.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – Guitar Club: Constitutional Club, Bury. Free. Real Ale. 8pm. All comers welcome. Contact Kevin Causer. WOOLPIT, THE BULL P.H: Free. 8pm-11pm. Sing around in back room. First timers welcome as are old timers.Ask for John or Peter. Managed by Dave Cooper.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 – LONG MELFORD FOLK CLUB: Cock and Bell. Starts sharp at 8:30pm. Free. Sing around. A new era with Pauline O’Brien as your MC.



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