Havering Folk Club News 7th June 2010

Havering Folk Club News

7th June 2010


Hi all,


Pete here again. We’re a day later than usual with this week’s newsletter; that’s because Gill and I spent the weekend as we always do at the Thaxted Morris Ring Festival. On Saturday we follow the tour coaches all day as the various sides from around the country dance at pubs in the surrounding villages, then it’s massed dancing in the evening in front of the old Guildhall in Town Square.


On Sunday morning there’s more dancing in front of the church with as many sides that care to stick around , then in the afternoon there’s country dancing in Margaret Garden for any who care to join in (guess which two Haverfolk always join in!). Wouldn’t miss it for anything.


Last week:

Wednesday, 2nd June saw the return by popular request of our guest artists, Suntrap. Paul, Sarah, Mary and Debbie gave us a superb performance, just as we knew they would. Floor spots were necessarily restricted this time as we had a lot to fit in. I did the MC’s duties for the evening and introduced Foxen, Dennis Homes, Bob Cash, Dennis Homes, Jim Coombes, Eugene (sorry Eugene, forgotten your surname), Dave Worley and an HFC virgin, Richard who made quite a hit. My apologies to those who would have liked a spot but whom we weren’t able to fit in.


Haverfolks’ Outside Activities:

Richard Staines has a gig on Sunday, 13th June at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PP. It starts at 8pm.


Richard’s also involved in The Chingford Village Festival on Saturday, 26th June. This is a free festival in and around Chingford Green, with music from various genres. There will be three stages and music is from 12 noon to 5pm. The PR says it’s five minutes walk from Chingford Station, but I can do it in three! Other Haverfolk have been involved in previous years but I’ve not heard from anyone else so far. More details as soon as I know them.


Several Haverfolk feature in the Southend Live Storehouse Charity Gig this coming Saturday, 12th June. The event takes place at various venues in and around Southend, with different genres at each venue.


At The Ship, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea there is Irish music, folk music and blues. It runs from 3pm to midnight and Haverfolk taking part are Fiddlefit from 3pm to 3.30pm; The Jones Boys from 5pm to 5.30pm and again from 9pm to 9.30pm and finally, WhatEverNext who round off the evening from 11pm to midnight.


Meanwhile, at Barlambs, a venue within the Lion & Lamb, Station Road, Westcliff there is an evening of mainly comedy with our own Foxen doing  a one-hour spot commencing at 9pm.

For details of the other venues, contact Sara on 07870 337837 or John on 01702 612900 or e-mail john@southendvineyard.org.uk.


Other Stuff:

Not really Haverfolk themselves, but well known to many of are Tom & Barbara Brown. They have a gig on Sunday 13th June at Walthamstow Folk Club, The Plough Inn, Wood St., Walthamstow, E17 starting at 7.30pm. If you want to see Tom & Barbara, look at http://www.myspace.com/tomandbarbarabrown


I’ve mentioned Bandstand Busking before in this newsletter. For newer subscribers who may not know, they organise a series of busks at otherwise disused bandstands around London parks and you can get on their lists of artists at http://www.bandstandbusking.com. Although no money’s involved, you do get a wide audience and they video record some of the busks and put them on their site. They’ve been asked to take part in the Meltdown Festival at the South Bank on Sunday, 13th June and Sunday 20th June. If you want to have a look at this festival or other busks, just click the link above.


Talking of video on websites, I’ve now updated our own website to the end of the year and there are a couple of new clips of Mick Brown, our December featured member and also of Kriss Pouch with his Native American flute. They’re both also on YouTube of course.


I mentioned in the last newsletter that Gill and I would be at the Bampton Day of Dance on Bank Holiday Monday. Jolly good it was, but the BBC 4 cameras were out and about during the day for a series of programmes on folk arts. I couldn’t discover when these programmes are to be broadcast, but they’re clearly worth looking out for. The Squire of Bampton Traditional Morris, Tony, was being interviewed in some considerable depth for the programme. His interviewer, if I’m not mistaken, was Rachel Unthank.


Next Merry Meeting:

This coming Wednesday, 9th June is another of our open sessions, so make it a date – Wednesday at eight! – at Havering Fpolk Club, the feelgood folk club.


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Cheers – Pete W.


Havering Folk Club, The Golden Lion, 2 High Street, Romford, RM1 1HR


01708 724544                       07860 452623               haverfolk@yahoo.co.uk



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