Sark Folk Festival 2012 – Review « Tom Girard

Sark Folk Festival 2012 – Review « Tom Girard.


mrs ackroyd july eletter

Here’s the eletter.

Les Barker’s upcoming gigs:-

11/7 Club at Well Hall, SE9 6TE, 07809 095237

2/8 Festival, Wickham, 023 80711818
8/8 Windsor Hotel, Pontyclun CF72 9DQ, 01443 226892
17/8-18/8 Tegeingl Festival, Mold,

16/9 Manifold Folk Gathering, Hulme End SK17 0EX,
22/9 Festival, Otley,

2/10 Appledore Book Festival (tbc)
12/10 Grove, Leeds LS11 5PL, 0113 2439254
13/10 Folk Festival, Lewes, BN7 2DJ 01273 476757

1/11 Nag’s Head, Wrecsam, 01978 357307
22/11 Copper Beech, Darlington, 01325 486555

10/12 Warwick Arms, Warwick CV34 4AT 01327 563185
14/12 Conservative Club, Frodsham, WA6 7AU 01925 740422
16/12 Bear & Billet, Chester, 01244 677212
18/12 Folk Club, Dartford Working Men’s Club, Dartford, 01322 222553

Really enjoyed Ireby Festival, and had a nice time at Middlewich Folk &
Boat Festival, working with Fake Thackray; John does an excellent job
With Jake’s songs.
I performed a Welsh version of ‘Dachshunds with Erections’ in Denbigh
Last month. I had to leave lots of pauses while they worked out what was
Going on.
Had my pre-operative assessment in June for the hip replacement, but
Still haven’t got a date for the operation. When they eventually tell me,
I’ll put something on the web site.
In theory this is a nice quiet month, but they never turn out like that.
There’ll be a lot of preparation for Tegeingl Festival next month. It’s a
Very interesting line up.


Mid Cheshire Music Trains and Menus – July and August.


Music Trains Programme for July and August.

We havemusic from popular Music Train regulars Acoustak and The Weavils; a jazz quartet, Marts ManJazz4, on the train to and from Jazz in Chester in July and the versatile Dmitri string quartet in August; the multi-instrumental Deportees (successors to Root Chords) and popular Geoff Higginbottom.

Music Train Menus

The Golden Pheasant at Plumley and the Greyhound at Ashley are well-known for their food. Both have special Music Train menus which you can download from the MidCheshire website. The menus have a selection of the best that each pub has to offer – ranging from sandwiches and baguettes to main dishes and puddings. It helps if you can order in advance or from the train you will get your food more quickly once you get to the pub just tell the bar staff which table you are at. At Alexanders your bangersn mash, with gravy, is included in the package price and theres a great choice of sausages (including vegetarian), mashes and gravies.

Wednesday 11 July – Chesterto Ashley – daytime

Deportees on the train and at the Greyhound. Mick, Adrian and Graham play guitars, mandolin, mandocello, bouzouki and banjo as well as harmonica and melodeon. Most of all they sing – three voices finding unexpected harmonies in a mix of old and recent songs from both sides of the Atlantic. You’ll hear songs to join in with, songs to make you think, songs to move you and songs to get you moving (Leaves Chester at 12:07 and returns from Ashley at 14:52)

Wednesday 18 July – Altrincham/Knutsford to Chester – evening

Alan Jeffs &Endangered Species at Alexanders in Chester and MartsManJazz4 on both trains. Endangered Speciess performances are always different, always challenging for the musicians involved, and – most importantly – always enjoyable for the audience. They include Paul McRae (double bass), Mike Holmes (drums) and the newly-discovered vocal talents of Jacky Q. Expect to hear some well-known songs, but also some less familiar ones! MartsManJazz4 are four musicians from Mart Rodgers Manchester Jazz. Our music is based on the jazz sounds of early musicians from New Orleans, and Chicago – and influenced by the Great British revivalist jazz musicians of the 1940s to 1950s. As well as buying your train ticket, you need to book the package deal of bangersn mash plus taxis to and from the station at Chester online at (Leaves Altrincham at 18:46 and returns from Chester at 22:48)

Wednesday 25 July – Chesterto Plumley evening

The Weavilson the train and at the Golden Pheasant. The Weavils are the four-piece band from the banks of the mighty River Weaver in Northwich, playing tunes from the far-flung corners of the world. Nothing and no-one is sacred: Blues, Calypso, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Ska, Reggae, South African, Traditional Folk, Klezmer and Gloria Gaynor. (Leaves Chester at 19:07 and returns from Plumley at 22:03).

Wednesday 8 August – Chesterto Ashley – daytime

Geoff Higginbottom and Rob Carroll on the train and at the Greyhound . Geoff Higginbottom and Rob Carroll play guitars, bodhran and mandolin and sing traditional and contemporary songs. Geoff sings traditional songs (his powerful voice being ideal for the chorus songs he loves) and also contemporary song from a variety of sources. Their whole act is spiced with a delightful sense of humour. A great afternoon of songs to join in with. (Leaves Chester at 12:07 and returns from Ashley at 14:52)

Wednesday 15 August – Altrincham/Knutsford to Chester evening.

Tim Franks Quartet at Alexanders in Chester and The Dimitri Quartet on both trains. The Dmitri Quartet formed in 2008 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They are a young, vibrant quartet who are dedicated to showing the versatility of the string quartet, frequently performing pop, rock, jazz and folk as well as the more typical classical music. Since their formation they have been in great demand and perform regularly at events all round the UK. Playing on a Music Train is a first for them and for us! As well as buying your train ticket, you need to book the package deal of bangersn mash plus taxis to and from the station at Chester online at (Leaves Altrincham at 18:46 and returns from Chester at 22:48)

Wednesday 22 August – Chester to Plumley Acoustakon the train and at the Golden Pheasant. Acoustaks repertoire ranges from country, folk and pop through to bluegrass and old time. Their music covers a diverse range, from country, folk, pop through to bluegrass and old time. Particular influences include Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Hank Williams and Creedence Clearwater Revival. (Leaves Chester at 19:07 and returns from Plumley at 22:03).

More details of Music Trains, timetables, fares and other events on musictrains

Michael Ross

Music trains organiser

Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership

0781 408 0550


Frank Cunningham

Hi Lorna and friends

Some sad news I am afraid – Frank Cunningham has recently passed away in Spain.

Frank was 74 years old and husband of 53 years to our dear friend Maureen the great wee scots lass with a unique voice and treasure trove of her own compositions.

Many will recall that Frank most enjoyed the Yew Tree at Cauldon Lowe and sometimes accompanied Maureen on her other folk adventures. When he retired from a lifetime in the RAF he continued a long active retirement working at the Star Caravan Site, Cotton in the summer and enjoying winter sun at their van in Murcia Spain.

Maureen has been out in Spain sorting out their affairs and hopes to be back in her home in Shrewsbury this week. I know she will be grateful for all the love and friendship that her folkie friends will give her when she brings her tales of cludgy making back to these shores.

God bless Frank, welcome home Maureen.


Hi folks

First another cancellation from Geoff and the Slippery Hill Boys

Hi Lorna, sorry I should have let you know sooner but our Red Bull session is canceled for the next couple of months because of holidays and other commitments. We will, however be hosting a charity fun day at the Red Bull on August 19th. Line up TBA


Geoff Berrow
The Slippery Hill Boys

Now the BC delights newsletter from Desi – and I’m sure you all join me in wishing him a belated Happy Birthday for yesterday


Hello everyone

What a summer we are having two or three seasons in one day – every day!!!

Sorry to everyone who expected to see us about in the last couple of weeks, but we have taken it in turns to be under the weather, so have stayed in a lot. Anyway thanks to all who have enquired and sent good wishes and we are both now firmly on the mend and hoping to be out and about again now.

Before I go on to the reminders – ORGANISERS, PLEASE CAN I HAVE YOUR DATES FOR SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER (Thanks to Dave Littlehales and Eric Cox who have supplied theirs already)

Reminders for this week:

Sun 01 Swan, Cheadle
His Worship and the Pig, Potteries Songs, Travellers Rest – CANCELLED DUE TO FOOTBALL

Mon 02 Wilkes Head, Leek
Shroppie Fly, Audlem
Windmill, Werrington
Full English, Packhorse, Longport – SEE BELOW

Tue 03 Yew Tree, Cauldon – hope to see lots of you there – L
Spittalbrook, Stafford
White Lion, Knighton

Wed 04 Pilgrim’s Way + Gren Bartley, Bidduph Up in Arms (Biddulph Arms) – SEE BELOW

Thu 05 Greyhound, Penkhull
Dabbers FC, Nantwich

Fri 06 Jervis, Onecote Americana

Sat 07 Flossie Mallavialle, Alstonefield Village Hall – SEE BELOW

Sun 08 Jervis Arms, Onecote
Royal Oak, Wetton – lunchtime


English Folk Dance Tunes and Songs
The Full English acoustic session
Monday 2nd July
Packhorse, Longport

Vandals of Hammerwich (G) a noble tune from Staffordshire
Tiger Smith’s Jig (D) a toe-tapper from our mates in Suffolk
Quickstep from Louth (D) from the Capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds
Upton Upon Severn Stick Dance (G) a Shropshire Morris fave
Three Around Three (G) a ubiquitous English session tune
Rakes of Mallow (G) great tune also found in the Irish and Scottish repertoires
Walter Bulwer’s No. 2 & No. 1 Polkas (G/D)(G/A) from the great Norfolk fiddler
Jenny’s Reel (G) via the Woodlanders
Speed the Plough (G) perhaps the National Anthem of English music
Woodley’s Waltz (G) not by Arnold the Bampton fiddler and not a waltz!
(Better known as: Do Ye Ken John Peel, from Cumbria )

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Here’s Jolly Good Health to Lynne & Dave our Landlady & Landlord


~ w. Terry Fox is Cheshire’s Longest-Serving Poet Laureate ~

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new info and reminders

Hi folks

Just to remind you that the Potteries Folk Club have a singers’ Night at the White Star in Stoke on Friday 13th several people have contacted us up to yet, so hopefully we’ll have spots from Sons of Clogger, Jeff Parton and Beth Holland, Malcolm Hawksworth, and Ted Hulse and maybe Lin Hulse too. Sounds very exciting so far, I’m sure there will be more. Hope to see you there


There was actually a lot more than this, but I was too late to send some and there was others which really didn’t state exactly where they were taking place and were therefore quite confusing – sorry everyone

Tuesday, 3 July 2012, 14:50
Dear All,
Just a reminder – this Thursday is our regular Dabbers session in the Vine in Nantwich.

Please could you very kindly circulate our evening of Folk at St Francis church, Meir Heath.

Saturday 6th October, featuring Sons of Clogger, Rick Ford and Esther and Ian.

£5 per ticket, BRING YER OWN FOOD AND DRINK, its going to be a good night!

Many thanks

Dave Sons of Clogger

Hi Lorna

Is it too late to ask you to put in a mention for Karen and Liz (now aka the Roaring Owls) who are appearing in the Barrel Room (Undrground Venues at the Buxton Festival Fringe on Sunday 15th July at 3.45pm?

We have sung at the sessions around the Waterhouses and Leek areas, and will be presenting a mainly traditional folk from the British isles (with contemporary bits and the odd American interloper, mainly a capella harmonies but with guitar and maybe the odd flute or fiddle – we’d be very happy to see any folkies there!)

Liz Turner

New Years Eve Barn Dance.
Brown Edge Village Hall
31st December 2012
8pm – late
Proceeds to charities

With Caller Sylvia Fisher

Admission by ticket only, £12.
Tickets strictly limited

Real Ale bar but bring your own food

For tickets contact. Adam on 01782 623666.

Or Sylvia on 01782 536630.


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New Boat Band gig/Audley pub opening Saturday

Stop press: the Boughey Arms in Audley is reopening on Saturday, and it promises to be a very interesting place. Newly done out, guest real ales(it’s a Thwaite’s house), food on the way(not sure if that’s fully happening by Saturday). This may well become quite a music place, there is talk of a festival in the back yard in August, and there’s a potential function room upstairs .
The Boat Band will be there on Saturday, friendly and acoustic, playing a few tunes in the corner.
Paul Ball is the new landlord: many will know him as the boss of Peak Pursuits and the Audley Climbing Centre. The pub, incidentally, is next to the climbing centre, and opposite Peak Pursuits. It will be a good place to visit in the future, practise your climbing skills and slip next door for a pint after.
Come and have a look…we’ll be playing from about 8.30.

Greg and the Boat Band
PS It’s raining in Penkhull. Again.

To whet your appetite: the Boat Band in Another Pub

Northwich Folk Club present Miriam Backhouse UK Tour 2012

Miriam Backhouse makes a welcome return to Cheshire from her home in South Africa, this time to Northwich where she appears at the Harlequin Theatre in Queen Street on Friday June 29th at 8.30pm. Doors at 8pm.
Admission £6 or £5 to members on the door.
Reservations can be made through John on 02606 79356 or Iain 07521611922.

‘An absolute delight ” she will captivate you ” a voice not to be missed ” a true minstrel ‘Woodies Folk Club Sussex UK September 2006.

Miriam is one of the worlds’ best Folk Singers.’The real thing’ to quote Nibs van der Spuy. She has a crystal clear expressive voice and plays the guitar with great sensitivity, arranging each song according to its theme. Her vibrant warm personality makes any concert a joy to be part of.

‘We’ve missed our First Lady of Folk’
Cambridge Folk Festival,Miriam Erasmus – Traditional folk from the legendary pitch-perfect angel Mim in our ‘sold out’ Folk evening last Monday- entertaining & stunning.
Dave Marks from Hidden Years ArchivesThe Dockyard Theatre February 2007

‘Together with a professional approach to audiences Miriam’s haunting voice and tasteful instrumental work never fail to impress’. John Leonard. Smooth Operations. Producer of Radio 2 Mike Harding Show


Landing from her home in South Africa May 10th
May 14th Herga Folk
May 25th The Song Loft
June 9th Deal in Kent
June 10th Star Inn the Marsh Romney Marsh
June 13th The Willows Arundel
June 19th St. Neots Folk Club
Saturday 23rd June The New Variety Club Russell Street, Keighley BD21 2JP
June 29th Northwich Folk Club, The Harlequin Theatre.
July 4th Stratford-upon-Avon Folk Club tbc.
July 9th Warwick Folk Club
Departing September

Interviews and appearances booking now ! To book Miriam for your events contact Lynne on 077 900 82523.

Warm regards,

Lynne Barnes
AmandaLynne Music Agency
01270 628041 mobile 077 900 82523
68 The Beeches, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5YP

Another StringFing WingDing

Holy Inadequate, Etruria

Wednesday 13th June, 2012


Poets Corner

Plus our

Special Guest

!! Pete Shirley !!


~ Cheshire’s Longest-Serving Poet Laureate ~