FOLK COLLECTED: Weekly folk round-up (February 6-13)

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Continuing from last week’s inclusion of cellos in folk music and the mention of circle dancing, here is some information that may be of interest.

There is a circle dancing group which meets in Bury once a month. But, what is circle dancing? From times long past when humans found it beneficial to interact, dancing was the catalyst. They found enjoyment in congregating and to the sound of rhythmic music formed groups to express their pleasure in ‘dancing’ with each other. What better way of socially integrating than holding hands, interlocking arms or just touching finger tips and dancing in a circle, each dancer having bodily contact with her/his partner on either side.

Organisers (left) and the winners (right) of the Robin Callas Trophy: Dave, Linda, Liz and Jerry. ANL-150402-085932001

Organisers (left) and the winners (right) of the Robin Callas Trophy: Dave, Linda, Liz and Jerry. ANL-150402-085932001

Circle dances are known to have been performed all over the world from the earliest of times. They have been performed at celebrations, rituals, marriages and friendship reunions and in all cultures. They are still performed in the Far East, South America, all parts of Europe and just about anywhere. They are not all historical dances. Present day choreography is alive and well and there are circle dances that are performed to recent classical music as well as contemporary compositions. Fancy having a go or want to know more? Well you can on the first Thursday of each month, 2-3.30pm in the United Reformed Church, Whiting Street, Bury.

For more information, contact Jen Larner on 01284 705548 or

There is a contributory entrance fee of £5.

STOP PRESS: The winner/s of the Bury Folk Collective Robin Callas Trophy held at Oakes Barn on Monday are Liz Miller and Jerry Lander. Liz is well known in the area, being the singing partner of Chris Wilbraham, performing as the Larks.

Jerry is from Cambridge and part of the Cambridge Chord Company, an a capella harmony choir. Liz and Jerry have not performed in public before. Well done to you both. Their winning song was Child Ballad #216 titled Clyde Waters which is a dialogue song (verses sung alternately). They won the trophy narrowly from Simon Kelsa, who performed a superb rendition of Battle of the Nile. There were 15 competitors in all and it was a very high class field.

A fantastic night organised by Linda and Dave who manage the T.U.F.S. Nights at Oakes Barn. Well done Linda and Dave.

Folk clubs,gigs and sessions can be listed in the calender by contacting

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 – Singaround: The Bull, Woolpit. 8pm. Free. Everyone welcome, first timers and professionals. Friendly. In back room. Contact Peter at or the Bull direct.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 – Melford Folk Club: Cock & Bell, Long Melford. Acoustic.Stage format 8.30pm. Free. First-timers and professionals all welcome – ‘anything goes’. Recommended by the writer.

Milkmaid Folk Club: Constitutional Club, Bury. 8pm. £6/£5 on door. Traditional American with Dave Ferrar with support artist.

Written and compiled by Brian Kew