The first dates for morris dance events have just been sent to me, which means that summer must just around the corner.
Bury Fair, Hageneth and Green Dragon sides will all be performing at the Dove pub, Hospital Road, in May and June. It’s well worth going along to watch as it’s not very often these days that one of this country’s oldest traditions can be seen and heard. Some years ago I was involved in a temporary side and remember Gill Boseley from the Green Dragon side trying to teach a couple of dances to eight complete novices. It was exhausting and dangerous. Fending off a female dance partner with a stick the size of a table leg, stomping up and down and waving it to and fro was quite daunting at times. Gill’s teaching was sound. She managed to get us to do the two dances and we performed them at a local village fete. I think one of the dance tunes was Speed the Plough.
If anyone would like to know more about local morris sides please contact the Collective.
Roger Young, from the Wolferton Folk Club, has sent some information that may interest banjo players. Adam Hurt, from America and one of the finest exponents of the Round Peak style of banjo playing will be at the WFC in April. I will chase Roger for the date. If there is enough interest to fill a car to spread fuel costs please contact at the address above.
An update for the proposed Bury Folk Festival is that we are in the final stages of completing the mounds of paper work and finalising the performance list. It’s beginning to look good – visit www.buryfolkfestival.co.uk
Roy Palmer, the writer of many folk song and folklore books, sadly died on February 26. He was very prolific in his output with collections of his writings and field recordings in the British Library. There are many of his publications in print which can be obtained from any of the main book retailers and very good they are to. He edited the Everyman’s Book of English Country Songs, from which songs are sung at local folk clubs and singarounds every week. Here are a few that may be familiar: Henry My Son, The Prickle Holly Bush, The Cuckoo, Pace Egging Song. There are many more. The folk fraternity will miss him, I never met him but he was a nice man as anyone who came into contact with him will agree.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 – Milkmaid Folk Club: Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds. 8pm, £12/£14. Concert. Peter Knight’s Gigspanner
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 – Singaroung: The Bull, Woolpit. Free. 8pm. First timers welcome as are oldtimers.Ask for John or Peter.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13 – Milkmaid Folk Club: Constitutional Club, Bury. 8pm, £8/10. The Jaywalkers. Support by Jolene.
Melford folk: Cock and Bell, Long melford. 8.30pm. Free. Everyone welcome. ‘Anything goes’. Stage
-- Written and compiled by Brian Kew