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Folk music in South East London

vocal local 28 May 09 - 04:13 PM
matt milton 28 May 09 - 04:17 PM
Richard Bridge 28 May 09 - 05:01 PM
Waddon Pete 28 May 09 - 05:15 PM
Richard Mellish 28 May 09 - 05:20 PM
Alan Day 28 May 09 - 05:56 PM
matt milton 28 May 09 - 07:17 PM
Tootler 28 May 09 - 07:32 PM
Tug the Cox 28 May 09 - 08:26 PM
Valmai Goodyear 28 May 09 - 08:26 PM
Richard Bridge 28 May 09 - 10:17 PM
Alan Day 29 May 09 - 03:14 AM
GUEST,Ralphie 29 May 09 - 03:44 AM
Essex Girl 29 May 09 - 03:52 AM
Richard Bridge 29 May 09 - 04:23 AM
vocal local 31 May 09 - 04:49 AM
Tug the Cox 31 May 09 - 06:33 AM
Sarah the flute 31 May 09 - 03:39 PM
Richard Bridge 31 May 09 - 05:46 PM
Tug the Cox 31 May 09 - 07:38 PM
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Subject: Folk music in South East London
From: vocal local
Date: 28 May 09 - 04:13 PM

We are house minding for our son in Streatham Vale until 13th June.
It would be great to track down a folk music singarounds, sessions, Northumbrian Pipes sessions in this part of the world - inc., Croydon, and rest of southern 'burbs'. Feedback to Mudcat or a text to 0780 552 9492 would be gratefully received.
Cheers
Malc - the vocalocal


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: matt milton
Date: 28 May 09 - 04:17 PM

Court Sessions is probably your nearest port of call.

Have a look here:
http://sessioneast2.tripod.com/

You've unfortunately just missed the Goose Is Out folk singaround in East Dulwich - not all that far from Streatham, – and their next isn't till July, but they put on a lot of interesting concerts, next of which is tomorrow.

Have a look here:
www.thegooseisout.com


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 28 May 09 - 05:01 PM

Folkmob - google it.
Orpington FOlk Club.
Orpington Friday FOlk.

THis is a good weekend to get out of town to the Pigs Ear FOlk Ale, Markbeech, near Edenbridge, Kent.


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 28 May 09 - 05:15 PM

.....and don't forget Croydon Folksong Club!

Croydon Folksong Club


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 28 May 09 - 05:20 PM

And Martin Nail's English music sessions


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Alan Day
Date: 28 May 09 - 05:56 PM

The George Session - First Monday in the Month, two minutes from London Bridge
(South Side)
Al


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: matt milton
Date: 28 May 09 - 07:17 PM

can you give some more details (web link?) for the George session? Presumably it's in a pub called The George?

thanks
Matt


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Tootler
Date: 28 May 09 - 07:32 PM

The George and Martin Nail's sessions look useful links for me too.

My daughter lives just off the Old Kent Road a couple of minutes walk from Tesco. In fact she mentioned she had been in the pub where one of them is held last time I saw her so it would be handy to have info for the George so I can check when we go visiting.

Any singarounds in the area as well?


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 28 May 09 - 08:26 PM

There's a session, I believe on Monday's, in Greenwich. Doug, Sarah croft. Bill Dudley and others.


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 28 May 09 - 08:26 PM

On the weekend of 6th. and 7th. June, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan and Rob Harbron are running five all-day workshops for the Lewes Saturday Folk Club and performing at the club on the Saturday evening. Lewes is about an hour on the train from Victoria and there are two trains an hour. The workshops are as follows:

SATURDAY
Nancy, fiddle
James, bouzouki & cittern
Rob, all concertina systems

SUNDAY
Rob, tunes from the William Winter manuscript from Somerset for any instrument
Nancy & James, vocal harmony

We now have the music ready to be sent out by post or email for everything except the vocal harmony workshop, which will be taught by ear.

Booking forms can be printed from the club website or I can email them to you. Workshop places are £30 per day and tickets for the Saturday evening are £8 each. Floor singers are welcome, and we always start with a few join-in tunes.

Tootle pip,

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 28 May 09 - 10:17 PM

The George session does not have singing, and there is a tendency towards European music - but it does get some good players. Conversely it is in a pub where one gets city workers unwinding before going home, so there is a high level of background noise.


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Alan Day
Date: 29 May 09 - 03:14 AM

The George is one of the oldest pubs in London and has its own site.
If you Google it ,it is easy enough to find,
It is in the High Street on the South Side of London Bridge,about five minutes walk from the station,
The music is mainly English, French and Breton and the session is held in the function bar which is underneath the gallery.There is usually very little Irish music played, but there are no rules as regards to what music is played. On the down side, the beer is expensive and as Richard says there are a number of City workers there when the session starts at 8 ish, but they will disperse as the evening progresses. About 9-30 a coach load of people turn up as The George is part of the London Old Pubs tour and some come in to listen to the music. After a request for Amazing Grace, which is normally declined they get back on their coach for the next pub.
Al


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 29 May 09 - 03:44 AM

Amazing Grace? You're lucky...at least it's not the Fields of (bloody) At-Henry!!


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Essex Girl
Date: 29 May 09 - 03:52 AM

The Greenwich musicians session is held on Tuesdays at the Lord Hood, just across the road fron the DLR entrance. There is also an open mike folk club at The British Oak Old Dover Road Blackheath the same night. I'd also suggest a visit to Sharps folk club if you don't mind a late night journey back.


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 29 May 09 - 04:23 AM

NO Ralphie, as I said, the George is not a song session.


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: vocal local
Date: 31 May 09 - 04:49 AM

Our hearty thanks to those of you who have responded to my search for singarounds, sessions, Northumbrian Pipes sessions in this part of the world .

The clear answer is "not a lot". I am truely amazed that London is such a 'Folk music desert'.

As we travel around the uk we enjoy a whole movement of free singarounds and sessions, good clubs and great festivals where folk enthusiasts gather together to sing, play and enjoy one another's fellowship.

Clearly the pressure cooker environment of the capital is not conducive to the gentle sleepy friendly world of the new grass roots revival of folk music.

We did turn up to attend the Court Sessions at the Globe. Sadly we got back in the car fast, put off as we were by the air of tough town centre boozer with bouncers on the door in a generally seedy run down intimidating area.

We were also amazed to see that it would have cost £8 for the two of us just for a singers night.

We are happy to pay at our local clubs when significant acts are on but we don't need to pay to hear ourselves and friends sing thats why the singarounds and sessions have developed around the country.

We haven't visited CS House yet but their website does not hold much promise, we quite like scottish, Russian cajun and north american native music but struggled to find the throbbing heart of English Folk Music. Howeever we look forward to an evening at Sharps Club - even though it will cost us £6 for a singaround!!!

I suppose the thing to celebrate is that folk music is firmly rooted in the country. London's loss is our gain.

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 31 May 09 - 06:33 AM

I feel the same, I came from SE London, and could go to the catford, Forest Hill and farningham clubs. When you think of the huge population these served, it wasn't much really, and they've all gone.


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 31 May 09 - 03:39 PM

You could pay a visit to The Kilkenny Tavern where there is a fine Irish Music session including Irish pipes - although in general anything goes (we have seen a Punjabi organ, stylophone and Scottish bagpipes there). Starts about 9-9.30 and finishes whenever (at least midnight and often beyond). It's free and there is some singing.

The pub is just around the corner from South Wimbledon tube. It is a traditional London Irish pub. The area is a bit run down but it is very safe and you can park easily in the side streets.

It is on every Tuesday and numbers vary from around 10 to over 30 - some fine musicians

Cheers

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 31 May 09 - 05:46 PM

I think you should have gone to the Pig's Ear this weekend. It was fantabulous.


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 31 May 09 - 07:38 PM

Well, SW London and Kent. The popint still remains, why is such a big area such a folk desert. Is it cos those of us that could all escaped to greener climes?


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Subject: RE: Folk music in South East London
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 31 May 09 - 11:07 PM

Kent is not such a desert. Within 20 miles of me there are (at least)

Maidstone - Folk and acoustic music
Rainham - Moore or Less, Folk at the Oast, and an Old-timey session
Rochester - the Good Intent
Lower Stoke - My own (winter only) sessions at the Nag's Head
Eltham - Folkmob
Orpington - Orpington Folk club and Fridayfolk
Dartford - Dartford Folk Club
The thing that replaces Knapp's Valley
Sheppey - Folk and Blues
Snodland - the Bull

A little further
Margate, Broadstairs, Deal, Elsie's in Tonbridge, the Piggy stuff in Edenbridge


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