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GUEST,s-j in newcastle 05 Jul 09 - 03:37 PM
Micca 05 Jul 09 - 05:01 PM
Richard Bridge 05 Jul 09 - 06:19 PM
Leadfingers 05 Jul 09 - 06:41 PM
GUEST,s-j in newcastle 06 Jul 09 - 05:46 AM
Richard Bridge 06 Jul 09 - 09:46 AM
GUEST,s-j in newcastle 06 Jul 09 - 09:56 AM
Leadfingers 06 Jul 09 - 12:14 PM
Mark Powell 06 Jul 09 - 12:17 PM
GUEST,PeterC 06 Jul 09 - 01:19 PM
GUEST,s-j in newcastle 06 Jul 09 - 02:44 PM
GUEST,woodsie 06 Jul 09 - 06:06 PM
Sarah the flute 06 Jul 09 - 06:12 PM
GUEST,s-j in newcastle 06 Jul 09 - 06:21 PM
Jack Campin 06 Jul 09 - 06:30 PM
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Valmai Goodyear 07 Jul 09 - 06:17 AM
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GUEST,Essex Girl 07 Jul 09 - 08:55 AM
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Subject: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 03:37 PM

Hello, can anyone reccomend some folky nights that would be good to play at/check out in London...am down there for 5 weeks in Sept/Oct time and have a lot of spare evenings so would like to get playing out down there as much as possible..
Played with a friend at a night in Stoke newington the last time I was there, and hope to go back there to play again, but didnt manage to get out anywhere else so reccomendations of places would be great!
Sarahx


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Micca
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 05:01 PM

Sharps Folk club, Cecil Sharp House Camden Town Tuesday evening in the Bar starts at 7.30 or 8, very friendly,and welcoming to floor singers, sign up to sing or play at admission


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 06:19 PM

Are you a singer, a traddy, a snigger snogwriter, a humpty or a diddler? It makes quite a difference.

Indeed are you an audient as well as a performer?


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 06:41 PM

One would assume from the Stoke Newington mention that you are NOT West side ! Plenty over my way (I am in Hayes , but Mobile ) IF I can help just Ask !


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 05:46 AM

Well last time I stayed down there stayed in Brixton, and played a half hour spot with a friend I used to be in a band with (til they moved to London.
I sing and play flute, mandolin, ukulele and whistles. I play some traditional material, couple of my own songs.
Dont know where am staying this tme not found anywhere yet, but happy to travel to the other side of town for somewhere good to play!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 09:46 AM

That sounds like a good mix. What you really want is a John Barden-style mixed session, but those are in Maidstone, Kent.


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 09:56 AM

I guess what I play can fit in a few things, am looking to perform more..I'm used to playing in bands but less experienced at playing alone and would like to get more experience at doing that plus meet other musicians!
Will check out Cecil sharp house, heard alot about it of course...be good to use the library... this is only my second time in London, so I dont know the place too well but gettin lost is something I got used too just on the tube!!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 12:14 PM

GUEST,s-j It would make sense to Join ! Then contact could be maintained through PMs rather than in Open Forum !


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Mark Powell
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 12:17 PM

Islington Folk Club and the Magpie´s Nest, also in Islington are both good all-round venues, and very welcoming.


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,PeterC
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 01:19 PM

Folk London

The August / September diary will go on line in about a fortnight.


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 02:44 PM

Heard of Islington folk club, my friend Laura is playing there in November, she said it was friendly too...will look into joining mudcat...


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,woodsie
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 06:06 PM

Why not visit FOLKMOB in Eltham SE9 any Wedenesday night. The transport links are good and you will be made welcome.


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 06:12 PM

For diddley - none better than the Kilkenny Tavern next door to South Wimbledon tube on a Tuesday night - starts around 9.30pm

Cheers

Sarah


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 06:21 PM

all sounds good...am there for 5/6 weeks so keep em coming!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 06:30 PM

How about coming to Edinburgh instead? Sound like you'd fit in great with us in Sandy Bells on Sunday, and several other sessions around the city & Midlothian.


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 08:25 PM

Well if I ever get any work in Edinburgh I'm there - supposed to be good session that one or so I heard!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 06:17 AM

Getting to Lewes, Sussex, from London is no harder than getting from one side of London to the other, and there are two trains an hour from Victoria. Try the Lewes Saturday Folk Club any Saturday night: we also run a lot of all-day workshops with an evening performance by the tutor.

Here are some traditional music sessions in Sussex and Surrey . They are free.

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 06:28 AM

Thanks Valmai, Jeff Warner gig looks good...think will try and go to that, he played up here not so long ago and I missed it...learnt a song off a friend via him!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 08:55 AM

The Jolly Farmers in Ladywell (near Lewisham) has a mixed session on Monday nights, and the Lord Hood in Greenwich (opposite a DLR entrance)has a musicians session on Tuesdays.


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 01:56 PM

S-J, you'd be very welcome and if you'd like to do a floor spot in the evening we'd be delighted to hear you.

Here are some useful bed and breakfast places in Lewes .

Valmai


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 02:10 PM

Good of Valmai to give a link to B&Bs - The last train back is at 23.07 pm .
Its a point to consider , getting TO a club is usually OK , but the trip back can be dodgy !!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 04:00 PM

I can see this time in London is going to be a bit of an adventure! Thanks Valmai


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 02:26 AM

And the Elephant & Castle in Lewes is ten minutes' walk from the railway station. I think there are some later London trains which go via Brighton.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Mr Red
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 07:46 AM

cresby.com has links to many listing sites including Folk London (more links in the drop-down menus)


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 10:13 AM

Well am going down to London on sunday, so looking forward to checking out some of the places mentioned here!
Was also wondering if anyone knows of anywhere where it is ok to busk in London?
Sarah x


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Banjiman
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 10:20 AM

What do you want to go to that London for..... you should stay in the Northeast lass!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 10:53 AM

Ha well, I do like where I live but have suffered low work amount syndrome...have five weeks work with a theatre company, is really enjoyable work! So going to go to big smoke! Only for five weeks though...


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: Banjiman
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 11:06 AM

If you are who I think you are I guess we'll see you at Osmotherley at the weekend?

..... and just you be careful in that there London!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: matt milton
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 11:18 AM

hmm, london isn't a great place to busk. actually, right by where i work is a pretty good spot - just in front of embankment gardens by embankment tube.

As far as London gigs go, my top recommendation would be Lantern Society. It's fortnightly Thursdays at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. Just turn up at 8 and you can play 3 songs. Very friendly, lovely little upstairs old-school pub room. You can even hear the sort of people that play there here on their 'radio show';
http://thelanternsocietyradiohour.blogspot.com/

Every Tuesday at the Betsey there's also a sort of Americana-leaning folk night, which also has an open mic element.

I like the Easycome Acoustic club too - every wednesday at the Old Nuns Head in Nunhead (they do have an open mic element, but it's a bit chaotic)

The Green Note open mic in Camden is quite good, but they've changed from weekly to monthly now, so I dunno if it'll coincide with your visit.

Note: all the above are kind of a mixture of traditional and singer-songwriter type stuff. But much more folk-leaning than the average open mic. If you catch my drift.

Have a look here for a range of nights:
www.thevac.co.uk

Actually there's an open round-the-table folk singaround at the Grosvenor in Brixton on Thursday night, but I guess you won't be down here by then.

Does your friend Laura play cello?


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: matt milton
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 11:38 AM

"The Jolly Farmers in Ladywell (near Lewisham) has a mixed session on Monday nights, and the Lord Hood in Greenwich (opposite a DLR entrance)has a musicians session on Tuesdays"

a question for Essex Girl: when you say a "mixed session" and a "musicians session" could you be a bit more specific? And what sort of repertoire - Irish, English or what?


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 12:58 PM

Banjiman - you may be right, am playing at Osmotherly sat afternoon anyway as far as I know! so may see you there..not staying too long tho - have to come home to pack!

Hi Matt, thanks for the suggestions there, will look them up and see whats happening..yes my friend Laura does play cello - used to be in a band together when she lived up here..am staying with her actually for some of my visit!


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: matt milton
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 01:06 PM

right, yeah, I heard her play a few songs at the ritzy cinema in brixton one Sunday a while back.


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 01:27 PM

yes that would be her!
Went to ritzy last time was in Brixton.,...seemed like a good place to go..and the windmill...


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: matt milton
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 07:39 AM

just had this email from the kit&cutter folks:


Dearest Friends,

We've had a truly spiffy summer holiday roaming around the country and mucking about, but now we're itching to get back to the Deptford Arms for some more singing, twirling, raffling, and serious good time musical fun. And we are *tres excited*, as the French might say, about some of the guests coming down to grace our Autumn season. These are already set to include Peta Webb and Ken Hall, Ed Hicks, Robin Gillian and Martin Carthy (yes, guys and gals - that's THE Martin Carthy).

Saturday 19th September, Deptford Arms, Doors 8pm, £5/£3 entry

But firstly, to re-open the club in stellar fashion, we have two contrasting - yet complimentary - troubadours: the legendary Tom Paley and uniquely captivating Birdengine.

By rights, Tom Paley shouldn't be available to play the Deptford Ams in just over a weeks time. Born in 1928, Tom has been in bands with such mythical figures as Woodie Guthrie, Mike Seegar and John Cohen, travelled extensively in the true style of the troubadour, and could quite reasonably have hung up his banjo by now and be relaxing in a cabin somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains. Instead, and to our great delight, Tom has lived in England since 1965 and continuously toured alone and as part of bands such as the New Deal String Band and Mysterious Redbirds, taken up the fiddle, and still plays all over the UK - and world. It's a rare treat to have someone so direct from the American tradition to Kit & Cutter... should be a really special one.

Tom Paley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Paley

With Tom Paley we have another troubadour of a different, and yet sympathetic, kind. We saw Birdengine at Cafe Oto last year and were immediately charmed and intrigued by his strange folklore laden imagery and traditional musical tropes. A pastoral story-teller, with a shaman-esque commitment to the moods and movements of his songs, you can feel the Dorset countryside seeping through each song. Though it's a Dorset you may not be exactly familiar with, its being populated by dead mermaids, feral children and disturbing woodland creatures...

Birdengine: www.myspace.com/birdengine

See you down there at the splendid and resplendent return of Kit & Cutter, with more brilliant open spots, sing-a-longs, the r-r-r-r-r-raffle and after hours dance off. Your five (or three) quid won't buy you a better night out in Deptford.

Love from K&C xx

www.myspace.com/kitandcutter
and see our Facebook group


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Subject: RE: places to play in london?
From: GUEST,s-j in newcastle
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 07:42 AM

sounds interesting will look them up on my space


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