FOLK COLLECTED: Weekly folk music round-up (March 20-27)

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After the disappointing news last week that folk clubs were closing in the area, this week a ray of optimism is shining through in that I can report a new sing around session starting up. It will be held in the Gardeners pub in Tostock, beginning on March 30 and thereafter on the last Monday of each month.

It will be a traditional folk night starting at 8.30pm. For more information contact Dave on 01359 241554. Thanks to Gayle Wade for the info.

St Patrick’s Day was on the 17th and many bands helped with the celebrations. One of these bands is the Molly Maguires a trio who, as the name may suggest, play Irish music. The band consists of Dave Rushton on guitar and bouzouki, Ray Hale on fiddle and mandolin and John Rushton on bodhran and cajun. They are very well known on the folk circuit and played at at Oakes Barn last week. Keep an eye out if you like diddely diddely music and maybe pay them a visit next time you see them advertised. It is hoped we can get them to the Collective soon.

While mentioning super bands, I am reminded that the Invisible Navvies of Utopia are performing at the Collective on March 29. There may be someone very recognisable on bass guitar, no prizes for guessing who though. Folkies will recognise him. Brian Burns and Dutch and The Leftovers will complete the bill.

It’s all change at the Collective. Having been operating for 16 months we decided to have a reassessment and came to the conclusion that we need to move on. We will still be running the five nights that we already manage but will be offering a different choice of evening. The Traditional Unaccompanied Folk Singers evening held on a Monday will stay the same. The ‘with a traditional focus’ evening will now be called ‘Folk From The Tradition’, which will be on a Wednesday. The other Wednesday will be a ‘Contemporary Folk’ evening. Both our Sunday evenings will stay the same. The wired night, concentrating on giving performers extended slots with a professional sound engineer, and our acoustic night offering extended slots ‘as it comes’, ‘folk for all’ an opportunity to perform for folk musicians out there on the periphery of pop but still folky. Both Sundays will welcome you. If you would like to make a booking for any one of our nights please mail contact at address above.

The website for the Bury Festival, to be held on July 4, will be active from the end of this month. Tickets will be limited and I have to say excellent value for money – 10 hours of entertainment, real ale, home cooked food, a wide spectrum of folk music, children’s entertainers and more for the modest sum of £15. Visit www.buryfolkfestival.co.uk for more details.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 – Milkmaid Folk Club: Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds. 8pm. £8/£10 on door. Steve Turner. Supported by Foxearth.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 – Horningsea Folk Club: Plough and Fleece. 8-11pm. Contact Phil 01638 741743.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 – Milkmaid Folk Club: Constitutional Club, Bury. 8pm. £5/£6.Showcase. Two Coats Colder CD launch. Support

Martin Kaszak and Adrian Black.

Written and compiled by Brian Kew