FOLK COLLECTED: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, June 12

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Shape Note Singing is a vibrant form of acapella singing that anyone can learn in a very short time, with no experience needed.

It is a simplified easy-to-remember form of notation only containing four shapes – a triangle, a circle, a box and a diamond, that’s it!

Bury greatly appreciates the help of the Norwich Sacred Harp group who have kindly offered to run these two sessions.

The Bury Folk Collective will hold an introductory session at Oakes Barn this Sunday evening, June 14, starting at 7.30pm.

On Saturday, June 20, at the Friends Meeting House in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds – meet at 1.15pm to begin at 1.30pm sharp and finish before 6pm, with breaks for lunch and a cuppa.

Donations will be requested to cover the cost of the hall.

There are a number of local ‘folkies’ already using the Shape Note System in and around Bury, however this is an attempt to make this exciting four-part harmony singing accessible to a wider audience, perhaps on a weekly basis.

Come along.

For more information contact Joe on 01284 760835.


On the first Wednesday as usual of every month, Bury Guitar Club meets at the Constitutional Club.

All levels and styles of guitarists and any other instruments are welcome to join the relaxed, informal evening playing and chatting about all things musical! The club runs between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and entry is free.

Contact Kevin on 01284 768715.


And don’t forget the Hunter Club in the Green Room. You can always go along and take part in the Open Mike sessions, get your calendar dates in now.

June 17, July 1 and July 15.


Coming up at the Apex from Milkmaid we’ve got:

Dana and Susan Robinson support Different Accents on June 19;

Tom McConville support Andrea King on June 26;

‘A Touch of Class’ (by Something Happened) on July 3.

Entrance £8 to Friends of Milkmaid, standard price £10


This leads us of course to the first ever Bury Folk Festival organised by the Bury Folk Collective, presenting excellent music from local artists

on Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 10am to 9pm.

There will be real ales on sale courtesy of Oakes Barn (the place we like to call home) as well as food and tea/coffee.