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FOLK COLLECTED: Folk round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, May 1

Many styles of music can be sourced in Bury, from our concert hall, theatre, churches, clubs and pubs. Our town is alive with music. It’s not very often though that a venue promotes such an eclectic mix as that that happened at Oakes Barn last Saturday.

How many times is it possible to go into a pub and hear a classical string duo followed by a folk music evening and finishing with a duo – in this instance Paris and Tom playing more modern music.

Although most of the evening consisted mainly of folk music played in varying styles, it was a delight to hear music of some of the greatest composers of classical music while enjoying a pint of beer. Congratulations to Susan and Heather who had the foresight to suggest it to the Bury Folk Collective, which managed the evening. Most of all, a big well done to Anne-Marie on cello and her sister Jessamy on violin and viola who entertained a very appreciative audience in a packed pub for the good part of an hour until the folk took over. More of this please.

The interest in shape note singing is beginning to take off. Although not starting until June 20, it may be an idea to jot down the date, as there will be a Shape Note workshop at the Quaker Meeting House. For more information, contact Joe on 01284 760835 or the email address above.

As the weather begins to improve, folk festivals begin to be part of the folk calender. I will list any local ones that are brought to my attention over the summer months. I won’t mention the Bury Folk Festival this week but instead a village pub folkfest that will take place approximately seven miles southish from Bury. It is the Harfest at the Crown pub on Hartest village Green, to be held on the weekend of the June 20/21. More information on this one in weeks to come.

For inclusion in the calender or to publicise your local festival please contact address above.

FRIDAY, MAY 1 – Milkmaid Folk Club: Constitutional Club, Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds. 8pm. Concert. Andy Irvine supported by Erin Brown and Matt Cudby.

SUNDAY, MAY 3 – Bury Folk Collective: Oakes Barn, St Andrews’ Street South, Bury. £3 on door.Professional sound engineer, lights, real ale, friendly. Just a super enjoyable evening. The Tin Heart Troubadours, Kelly and Woolley, Emergers, Tim Chipping, Anto Morra. Super.

Black Fen Folk Club: Hot Numbers Café, Gwydir Street, Cambridge. Check before going.

MONDAY, MAY 4 – Bury Folk Collective: Oakes Barn, Bury. 8pm. Pass the hat contribution. Traditional singers night. No instruments. Real ale.

TUESDAY, MAY 5 – Risby Folk Club: Crown and Castle. 8pm. Free.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 – Bury Folk Collective: Oakes Barn, Bury. 8pm. Pass the hat contributions. Contemporary folk. Cary Outis, Elephant in the Room, Reset Prose.

Bury Fair Morris: The Dove pub, Hospital Road, Bury. In the car park. Free.7.30pm. Tradition at its best. Traditional pub. Real ale, cider and pork scratchings.

Contact Roger 0750 4848 3069

THURSDAY, MAY 7 – Circle Dancing: United Reformed Church,

Whiting Street, Bury. 2-3:30pm. Contribution fee £5. Contact Jen Larner 01284 705548 or jenlarner@gmail.com

Horningsea Folk Club: Plough and Fleece pub, Horningsea, Cambs. 8-11pm. Contact Phil 01638 741743.

Swaffham Bulbeck Folk Club: The Black Horse pub, Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambs. 8.30pm. Free.

FRIDAY, MAY 8 – Melford folk: Cock and Bell pub, Long Melford. 8.30pm. Free. Everyone welcome. ‘anything goes’. Stage


-- Written and compiled by Brian Kew.


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