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From Brian Hooper
Hello Fo’c’sle folks.
Unfortunately, Sunjay Brayne can’t be with us at the Fo’c’sle tomorrow night - although he’s recovered from a cold, it’s left him with no voice. He’s coming on 10 April instead. In these situations we try and find a replacement who’s vaguely similar in style. I couldn’t think of anyone suitable, but then I realised. Excellent guitarist, good looking, young, on the way up…. so tomorrow, we have a Brian Hooper Mystery Tour! I’ll be exploring the dark corners of my repertoire, and possibly yours too. Please bring your voice, a joke (?) and if possible an instrument, ideally one you can play - and be prepared for anything. As I can’t work out what to charge on the door for this, please decide what it’s worth at the interval and then put at least that amount in the tin! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! Best, Brian
PLease reply to wake[at]talktalk.net
Contact Barry or Maureen wake : e-mail wake[at]talktalk.net
or telephone 023 8043 2216
www.goodintentpetersfield.co.uk and see www.facebook.com/petersfieldfolksession
from 7pm onwards, in a friendly pub with excellent ales. Acoustic tunes and songs. Come and play, or just listen.
Mainly English, Irish, Scottish trad, but also anything unplugged and roots/folk.
From Nicholas Molyneux nicholasmolyneux[at]yahoo.co.uk
This group started again at the Art House on Saturday 17th September, at the slightly later time of 3.30pm.
The group is for anyone who plays the fiddle, whether you’re just beginning, starting again after a break, or have never played folk before. We’ll build a repertoire of great tunes we can play together, and look at some techniques to help bring the music alive. And, of course, just enjoy playing together. You can learn the tunes by ear or from music, whichever you’re most comfortable with.
Sessions are led by Cath Watkins who plays with local folk band Jigfoot and co-ordinates a regular pub folk session.
Let’s Try Folk Fiddle runs on the third Saturday of every month from 3.30pm to 5pm, suggested donation £3.
The Bun Penny (postcode PO13 9JH) is in Manor Way, which is part of the B3385 from Fareham to Lee on Solent: if you reach the sea you've gone a few hundred yards too far! It's a comfortable venue with plenty of room in the bars, has ample parking and is a free house serving decent beer. The format is flexible but, broadly, play/singaround for the first part of the evening then a session after the break. Hope to see you there.
All very welcome
Contact me for more info , tunes etc chris.townsend[at]hants.gov.uk
Dolphin Inn, 30 Osborne Road South, St Denys. Southampton, Hampshire SO17 2EZ
our good friend Miranda Sykes had some equipment stolen from her car outside her house on Grosvenor place the night before last.
It might not sound like much, but all together including cases and cables it comes to about £3000 worth:
Gallien Krueger Bass Amp, in a mauve flight-case
The following items were in a blue flight-case. Orchid Acoustic Pre-amp, These are pretty rare: http://www.orchid-electronics.co.uk/acoustic.htm Shure E5 in-ear monitoring system Neuman KM105 vocal microphone (silver). Boss TU7 Tuner pedal Lots of bespoke cables, most identified with a 'Puxley Ltd' sticker.
Can you all keep your eyes peeled, and let me or Miranda know if you see or get offered these items or spot them in the free-ads. Please can you spread the word as much as possible to anyone you know to do the same. Not only is this all very costly for Miranda but this is all tools of her trade so she is currently having to tour without all this stuff.
It's FREE for members, membership and concessions will be available. For further info: ph.village[at]ntlworld.com or phone 01329 512106.
Lin Rayner Chairman
19 March 2010
The huge task of gathering information, music and photographs on the county's traditional folk songs and singers from the past forms the basis of a unique Hampshire Folk Map and travelling exhibition. A highly successful folk day with photos, workshops and an evening Concert was held at Twyford, near Winchester.
Paul Marsh writes:
Re The Song Goes On....
I’ve put a brief review of the Twyford event in the Hampshire Chronicle 7 Days. (published Thurs. 11th March)
And I'm pleased to let you know that all 70 of the ‘Twyford’ photographs are on display in the Hampshire Record Office on the 2nd floor. Sarah said they should stay up for a month or so. There may be some people who didn’t get to to see them in the Hall. Please let people know they are on display.
There is also a montage of photos of the concert on The Madding Crowd's website: http://www.maddingcrowd.org
Two academics from Bournemouth University are masterminding the Singing Landscape Project, which follows hard on the heels of a similar, highly successful, venture in Somerset which featured the work of one of England's best known folk song collectors, Cecil Sharp. The Hampshire Mao was launched at Winchester Discovery Centre on 26 February 2010.
Yvette Staelens, senior lecturer in Heritage and Museum Studies at the university, who, together with Chris Bearman, is overseeing the project, said: "Many of us will have singing ancestors and perhaps not even know it. This project gives people a chance to find out who they were, where they lived, what they sang, sometimes even what they looked like."
For a full list of Gardiner's singers go to http://www.forest-tracks.co.uk/hampshirevoices/media/Hampshire%20Singers.pdf and to find out more on the subject visit www.hampshiresongs.org.uk
Yvette and Chris would like to hear from anyone who can add to the biographical information on the singers. They are particularly keen to find photographs of the singers.
To contact Yvette Staelens tel 01202 961264 or email: ystaelens[at]bournemouth.ac.uk or write to: 'The Singing Landscape', School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Poole BH12 5BB
A new season of
And a website is in preparation. Meanwhile you can see some details at www.holidaylettings.co.uk property nos 12331 and 17372.
The cost will be £250, £150 secures a place with a max. on each workshop of 10, the balance to be paid on arrival at the workshop.
We hope it will be a permanent home, at the Royal British Legion, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AD. This is a superb Georgian style building tucked away behind the Market Place right in the town centre.
We have use of a lovely function room, with drinks available at the well stocked RBL bar. Prices are highly competitive and (according to John) beers are well kept.
The first club night at the Legion was Friday 12th March with Dave Swarbrick.
For more information or to add yourself to our club mailing list please visit our website www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk or phone Kathy.
From Somerset & Dorset list (sadfolk.co.uk)
Havant Folk Club
Cricket/Hockey Club Pavilion, Park Rd South, Havant
3rd Sunday 7:45pm
Informal singaround. Acoustic song and tunes.
Allan Jones, 0796 4778568
[Sorry for delay in this information - we've only just been told!]
CHANGE OF DAY & VENUE Bournemouth:
Fourth Monday of the month, 8pm till last bell. Guest artists & floor spots. Starting Monday 28th September.
(Formerly at the Bourne Spring Centre on second & fourth Tuesdays.)
From 8pm. Singarounds 2nd Tuesday and additional Guest Nights
- has a new web address
Note that the new address is already accessible via the SCoFF members page and drop-down club finder.
Church Farm, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL Tel. 01935 873889
The website http://www.folksw.org.uk/ and email address email@example.com remain the same, but note that the old telephone no (currently with a recorded message giving the new one) will not be available for long. 'Leigh' is pronounced 'lie'.
For the latest news and events list visit the website and download newsletter 21 in pdf format (do not necessarily expect the rest of the website to be completely up-to-date and note that even on the pdf the address to return the membership form to is still the old one).
Folk SW, like TAPS, was recently excluded from regular Arts Council funding with quite spurious reasoning. TAPS has decided to quit, but Folk SW under Eddie Upton is continuing and desperately needs everyone interested to become a 'Friend' at £15 per annum and/or to donate. Please contact them or visit the website to find out more.
Jenny Zeffertt is trying to re-establish an
Many thanks. Jenny Zeffertt jenny.zeffertt[at]btopenworld.com
Are there any
Music would be provided for those who like and need the dots (like me) but it's not essential to read music if people prefer to learn by ear.
The idea would be to meet up once a month for some (hopefully) melodic squeezy fun.
If you are interested please contact me via meatsvulpe[at]btinternet.com or 07867 933624.
There will be a Concertina Part Playing group meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday 25th March (7:30 for 8pm) The first meeting will be at my house in Romsey, but Romsey will not necessarily be the permanent location for this.
If you'd like to join in and you're not yet on my bcc list for the group, please email me for details of how to get here. I'll mention in passing that I'll be at the WCCP Kilve Concertina Weekend (20-22 March) in case anyone on this list is attending and would like to ask me anything about the group.
Some Saturday Evening bookings will be in alternative venues due to prior commitments at the Elephant & Castle - usually The Crown, but see the website which becomes http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/ for full details (although the old domain name still works for the moment).
We are moving because the new management of the Lewes Arms has asked us for £50 to use the club-room on a Saturday night and £75 during the daytime when we run workshops because they want to use it as a restaurant at weekends. We run to break even and give all door money to our guest performers, paying for our advertising with a weekly raffle and occasional night without a guest; the management were well aware of this when they asked us for money, which they described as a peppercorn rent in comparison with the amount of money they could be making out of the space we use: a room that holds fifty people at a pinch.
Not only have we been at the Arms for twenty-one years, but Vic and Tina Smith ran a superb club there before us; the best of traditional music has been in the pub for the best part of forty years. My first visit was to Scan Tester's 83rd. birthday party in September 1971. This year alone we have run and weekly performances and fifteen all-day workshops by excellent musicians including Alistair Anderson, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Paul Sartin and Coope Boyes & Simpson.
If you would like to protest to the owners, Fuller Smith and Turner, in the hope of showing them that a lot of people value folk clubs and that they will lose goodwill and money by evicting them from their pubs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
Mr. Michael Turner, Executive Chairman, Fuller Smith & Turner Plc, The Griffin Brewery, Chiswick Lane South, London W4 2QB.
Other Lewes Arms events are also moved. Note in particular:
You may be interested to know that the old tradition of
John Breese says “I'm available to
[from Dee Hallett's 'Bluegrass and More newsletter]
There a few mp3s and midifiles linked too.
Featuring 10-20 fantastic bands across a range of acoustic based genres, each download is exclusively available for three months after which it will never be available again.
See the latest message on the Melting Pot News group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/meltingpot_uk or go to the meltingpot.org.uk website.
Shows Regular Dolphin gigs
Hi,My name is Richard Holland, and I am the BBMA rep for the South (all sounds a bit grand, but it isn't!) We have started a Bluegrass pick - open to anyone who wants to try! The sessions are at a pub called The Golden Lion in Winchester, and I enclose details below.
After the success of the Mike Sanchez and The Portions gig on the blues day of this year's Southsea Folk & Roots Festival, we're delighted the area manager of South Parade Pier has asked The Bullfrog Blues Club back to present monthly gigs.
Please make sure that you check the website www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com for details of all Bullforg Blues Club gigs and join the Barking Spider email list if you are interested.
Due to geographical differences (Southport & Southampton) Nelsons Wake don't get to perform together very often, so if anybody out there wants to book them and make it happen, please send an e-mail to wake[at]talktalk.net .
Cheers folk friends!
Group email: southamptonukulelejam[at]yahoo.co.uk
After nearly 19 years
The board and staff would like to thank all who have made the work of TAPS possible: clients, partners, funders, audiences and workshop participants … and the scores of musicians, dancers and other artists who have contributed their time and skills to make it possible for us to push the barriers, take the risks and ask the difficult questions in our quest to make taking part in traditional music and dance in England something which is accessible, creative and intercultural.
That quest is not over…
We hope to see you in the future.
NB: Please note that there are no staff now employed by TAPS and no one in the office will be available to deal with enquiries. Telephone messages, emails and post will accordingly not be monitored. Please therefore contact the Official Receiver when one is appointed for all enquiries relating to the administration of TAPS. It is most likely that TAPS’ liquidation will be dealt with by the Official Receiver’s office at 2nd Floor, Kings Wharf, 20-30 Kings Road, Reading RG1 3ET (Tel: 0118 958 1931).
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on Bryancreer[at]aol.com
John’s book, long overdue, of 32 songs with music, words, several glossy country photos highlighting some of John’s influences and a CD of the tunes, (Verse and chorus) is now for sale I’ve seen a copy – the production and content is excellent!
Follow the link for reproductions of the front and back covers.
What an opportunity to treat yourself.
The price is a mere £14 plus postage and packing.
To order please send £16.50 to Alan Glock at:
2 Helena Road, Southsea, Hampshire. PO4 9RH or Email Alan: bigaljg[at]ntlworld.com or John Oke Bartlett: jbartlett[at]southdowns.ac.uk for further information.
“Regular belly-laughs in a very good cause.” (Sarah McQuaid, Dublin Evening Herald)
“Somewhere between Pam Ayres and Shakespeare, Les Barker has the voice of a home made pie and the wisdom of a zoo-keeper’s broom.” (Listener, BBC Radio Devon)
Prices including postage and packing: £12 for any one title, £21 for any two, and £27 for all three.
For more information, please visit the British Computer Association of the Blind website, at www.bcab.org.uk , email guidecats[at]bcab.org.uk or call the Guide Cats enquiry line on 08456 432 126.
There is a downloadable full track from the new CD on the website - Jenny Agutter reads Garden Waste! (be warned - it's a zip file, you have to unpack it).
FASH and Solent Waves should now be linked as www.fash.org.uk for all purposes - you'll find the 'real' address if you go to this, but please just use fash.org.uk in any fixed link, this enables us to keep just the one link up to date.
Megabops haven't yet a domain of their own and may currently be found at homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.gilson/megabops as well as at the (recently returned to life) Onetel address.
If in any doubt, simply type fash.org.uk or focsle.org.uk/SCoFF into your browser (reload the page if necessary) and use the links you'll find there.
Trevor Gilson 02380 456337, SCoFF and FASH webmaster, Southern Counties Folk Federation and Folk Association of South Hants
Includes Extended and updated notes in a DVD-style case.
Order details - visit website or contact folkmusic[at]forest-tracks.co.uk
Open for diary dates and event announcements.
Please contact: Kate Davis 01329 235599
Free promotion for artists
Cost effective legal downloads for music lovers
We work with both new and established artists
Pleas visit the site http://www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk for full details whether as Artiste or potential client or write ammoniteuk[at]yahoo.co.uk
Of Particular interest to members of this list will be tracks by Harvey Andrews, Tom Paxton and Steve Tilston.
The Missing Persians File can be purchased through the BCAB WEBSITE AT WWW.BCAB.CO.UK AND COSTS £10.
I believe there may be a special deal if you want to purchase both Guide Cats and Missing Persians File. Go to the web site to find out.
All money raised from the sale of these CDs goes towards training sight impaired people how to use computer equipment.
[from Steve Bingham of Readifolk]
From Bob Long:
For info and directions to the pub, visit www.chequersinn.com
Enquiries about the event should go to Bob Long long.boblong[at]gmail.com or tel.023 8028 2821
Acoustic players welcome; we provide a PA system!
That collection has been lodged with me for safe keeping.
Unfortunately, in the course of moving the records from their old home in Southend to their new one on Merseyside, two crate loads of LPs went missing. The loss represents about 450 records, or roughly ten per cent of the entire collection.
We cannot be sure what has happened to them, especially as the removal firm responsible is being totally obstructive and refusing any form of co-operation whatsoever. However, the most likely scenario is that they were stolen, whilst in the company's storage, and probably for sale to a record dealer. To exacerbate the problem, I cannot make this a police matter as long as the removal firm refuses to admit that a theft has taken place, or until I can come up with some independent verification of the same.
The list is at at.....http://www.mustrad.org.uk/letters.htm
I am appealing to anyone who buys or deals in 2nd hand LPs to keep an eye open for these records. Should you come across a similar list, I would be most obliged if you would e-mail me direct at Fredamhran[at][remove]aol.com. Please let me have all relevant details. EG., where you saw the list or the records, and the name, address and phone number of the person who had them. In particular, if they turn up at a record fair, please also note the details of the seller's stand, and of the fair's proprietors.
I cannot explain how sickened I feel by this loss. However, I can explain that I am far less concerned with the monetary value of these records than I am at the fact that Keith's collection has been desecrated, and that its integrity can no longer be preserved. It was a register of his life's work and interests; it contained many rare, important and irreplaceable items; and it would have been a first class guide for anyone from a future generation, who wanted to know what we meant by the term traditional music.
Many thanks to anybody who is able to help,
The Traditional Song Forum
http://www.tradsong.freeserve.co.uk/ "How can I keep from Singing?"
Bar open at 6.00pm, music starts around 9.00 pm.
Format is Informal Â– just bring your instrument or voice, sign in and join in.
So Come All that sing and play, let's be hearing you! Non-performers members and guests are welcome, too, of course - performers just love having an audience! If you know of others that would appreciate attending as either performer or audience, please let them know.
Check the website at www.lossc.co.uk for up-to-date information
NB. Non-members will need to be signed in by a member.
Bob Squirrell, LOSSC Management Committee.
Home Address: Bob Squirrell, 20 Glenney Close, Lee on the Solent, PO13 8FD,
UK. Tel: +44 (0)845 4563201; Fax: +44 (0)2392 554908; Mobile: 07770 436179; Bob.Squirrell[at]kognosys.co.uk
Venue listed by Peter Ashton's web music diary Playing Out Loud at www.playingoutloud.co.uk.
Posted on folkbiz-uk (Jacey Bedford's cyber-group). No further information available to SCoFF.
We would be really interested in hearing from you. After registration it might also happen that we will contact you about writing a feature about your band to The Cheers magazine (http://www.thecheers.org), so be sure to include your contact info.
Artistboost - The Mediacurse Station
Everyone is welcome: whatever they play, whatever music they are into and whether or not they are an active player or slightly lapsed. The only thing that matters is enthusiasm and an interest in trying something new. It is hoped that after we pilot the activity, we will be able to establish a regular ongoing programme.
I would be really grateful if you could this email to any contacts, colleagues or friends who would be interested - particularly anyone who is really into music but doesn't have that many opportunities to make music with other people.
The Music Lab: Creative Music Workshops for All Ages
The Music Lab is a new series of workshops for musicians from all different musical backgrounds, all abilities and all ages, enabling them to make and create brand new pieces of music. If you love music, want more opportunities to play with other people and would like to create music yourself, then join the Music Lab.
Everyone is welcome: whatever you play, whatever music you are into and whether youÂ’re an active player or slightly lapsed.
The workshops will be mainly improvisation-based but suitable for any level of experience. You donÂ’t need to read music or play by yourself (unless you want to!) - enthusiasm and an open mind are all that is required.
If you would like to register your interest in future Music Lab workshops at the Wiltshire Music Centre, you can call us on 01225 860100.
The Wiltshire Music Centre is situated on the north-west side of Bradford on Avon, next to St Laurence School. There are facilities for disabled people, plenty of adjacent free parking and the Centre is easily accessible by road, rail and bus. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Alexandra Tomkinson, Audience Development Officer, Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DZ, Tel: 01225 860 110 Fax: 01225 860 111, Email alexandra.tomkinson[at]wiltshiremusic.org.uk (please note that my email address has changed).
I am normally pleased to publish on this page any relevant reviews sent in, but please don't forget Folk On Tap and Solent Waves.
Similarly there are number of closely associated news services run either by Clubs themselves or by organisations like Barking Spider and Sadfolk which it seems pointless to duplicate for most of the time, so SCoFF news list members who want those services should join them direct. Spydafest was not much publicised by SCoFF, because, basically, it was the one that got away! However, it was publicised by Barking Spider (no relation) and by LOGO magazine which emailed many local organisations with roots music affinities.
Here is a list, probably not complete, of other email services some of which which you might well want to join if you are interested in what comes out on the SCoFF service:
1) Somerset & Dorset Folk Events run by Steve Cunio - join up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (highly relevant for all dedicated folkies in that area).
2) Barking Spider/Bullfrog Blues covering mostly their own Portsmouth & Southsea events (RMA tavern, South Parade Pier etc) but ranging widely to cover many Isle of Wight gigs, other associated festivals like Eastleigh and Jockstock and whatever else takes their fancy (such as Spydafest). Run by Andy Broad and John Roberts - join up at www.broad.ology.org.uk/mailinglist.html
3) The Greys pub/venue at Brighton - see www.greyspub.com.
4) Stiff Promotions based in Petersfield but with a pub-style venues list (mostly Hampshire) and folk-rock the main roots interest. Write stiffpromotions[at]tiscali.co.uk and see www.stiffpromotions.co.uk
5) Fo'c'sle Folk Club see www.focsle.org.uk.
6) Footlights at West Chiltington, Sussex - monthly folk gigs - partial coverage on SCoFFnews, for full news join up by writing to footlights[at]freeuk.com and see www.footlights.freeuk.com
7) Willows Folk Club at Arundel: write to chris[at]willowsfolkclub.org and see www.willowsfolkclub.org
8) Ringwood Folk Club: write to biggsra[at]yahoo.com and see mysite.freeserve.com/ringwood
9) Hitchin Folk Club: write to hitchinfolkclub[at]onetel.net.uk and see www.hitchinfolkclub.idnet.net
10) Forest Folk (North Boarhunt - the name refers to the Forest of Bere, not the New Forest!): write info[at]forestfolk.co.uk and see www.forestfolk.co.uk
11) Fun Sing Mailing list: monthly reminder of broadly community/participative singing events in the Southampton area, plus some acoustic gigs e.g. harmony singing group Segalula. Contact Eleanor at eleanor1358[at]tiscali.co.uk
12) Vic Smith's Sussex mailing list: write to tinvic[at]globalnet.co.uk and see the web version of Sussex Folk Guide at whatson.brighton.co.uk/folk (the email list covers mostly Lewes Royal Oak FC and Lewes Arms workshops, see web for full events list, but email will warn you when web is updated).
13) Fiona Moore's email list for her own projects including two formal and two informal choir-type groups (Portsmouth and Southampton), storytelling and folk gigs: write to fiona[at]moorestories.co.uk and see www.moorestories.co.uk
14) Pete Watkinson's email list: this is somewhat in abeyance since the demise of both the Railway and the Cabaret Caff, however you can't hold a good man down and I'm sure it will resuscitate: write to pjntrish[at]ntlworld.com and see his website www.users.waitrose.com/~pjntrish/
15) Paul McKenna, local (Southampton) Musician's Union Rep and promoter of various local musical happenings: write PAULDRUMS[at]aol.com
Please write and tell me if I have missed anyone out and note that almost all Artistes have their own mailing lists which you can join at gigs if interested - or see the SCoFF database for listed groups and individuals. All SCoFF member Clubs that I can screw the data out of are on the web and linked from the members page www.focsle.org.uk/SCoFF/members.htm both on the drop-down menu and under the individual Club details. If YOUR Club isn't linked - hammer the organiser, not me!
I am writing from Accordions Worldwide, the largest internet resource on accordion. We have a news programme that is updated weekly and which goes out in 7 different languages, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese and Russian - every Friday. The news programme features accordion news or news of musical events and groups which feature accordion music.
I am writing to ask if you have any news from your area of music that involves accordion which you might like to share with other members of the folk music/accordion community. If you do have any stories of future concert dates, competitions, new CD's, future shows/gigs, festivals etc... please feel free to send them to me for publication on our new site . If you have any pictures, please feel free to send them to me for publication as well.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Lia Taniela, News Co-ordinator
Accordions Worldwide http://www.accordions.com
Talking Heads new website is at http://www.thetalkingheads.co.uk/, the Brook at http://www.the-brook.com, Wedgewood Rooms at http://www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/listings.html and The Greys, Brighton acoustic music venue at http://www.greyspub.com,
Blues in the South (BITS) blues gig guide for southern UK.
Sussex Clubs (both SCoFF members and others) have their own County summary, the Sussex Folk Guide.