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Sent: 16 February 2010 20:07
Subject: SEFAN 2010-02-16_01 Two Items from Tenterden Folk Festival & Folk Club. Kent

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From: "Alan" <folkspots_at_btinternet_dot_com>
Date: 15 February 2010 15:10:54 GMT

Subject: TFF Tickets

Hi all,

Tenterden Folk Festival 2010 tickets, The Ram Company show tickets and camping passes are now on sale direct from us or online from

Tickets for our other up and coming concerts with Tom Lewis (19th March) and David Jones (29th June) are also available in the same ways.

See for more details.



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From: "Alan" <folkspots_at_btinternet_dot_com>
Date: 16 February 2010 15:52:18 GMT
Subject: Tom Lewis in Concert

Tenterden Folk Club present TOM LEWIS in concert
Tenterden Folk Club, with support from the White Lion, presents Tom Lewis in concert on Friday 19th March at the Saddlery at The White Lion Hotel in the High Street, Tenterden from 8.00 p.m.  This follows our sell out evening of Irish songs and stories in February so early booking is strongly recommended.
Tom Lewis brings to the stage wry humour, button accordion, ukulele, a great voice and his unique experience of more than 40 years entertaining the sea-going and folk-singing communities.  According to the Canadian Society for Traditional Music, Tom is “widely acknowledged as North America's finest exponent of contemporary nautical songs”.  In fact Tom was born in BelfastNorthern Ireland and then moved with his family to GloucesterEngland for his Grammar School years.  He joined the Royal Navy as an Engineering Apprentice in 1959, just a few days after his sixteenth birthday.  He served mainly on diesel submarines until leaving the navy in 1983 including spending some time based in Kent at Chatham.
Tom’s interest in folk music and sea songs started in around 1960 while based in Scotland where he heard such luminaries as Willie Scott, Alex Glasgow, Ewan McColl, Archie Fisher, John Watt and Louis Killen singing at local clubs.  Around this time Cyril Tawney, also a folk singing sailor, and his songs were becoming celebrated throughout the world of folk music and had an enormous influence on Tom's own development as a writer and entertainer.  Tom managed to establish himself as a popular singer at folk clubs and festival while still in the navy and collaborated with the late Johnny Collins,  Jim Mageean and many others.  One of Tom’s best known and most sung songs is "Marching inland (from the shore)" which originally featured on the “Live at Herga” album and helped to establish him as a composer as well as a singer.  Since that time it is a rare event for a song session anywhere in the English speaking world not to include at least one of Tom's songs.
On completion of his naval service in 1983, Tom and his wife Lyn emigrated to the mountains of British Columbia probably taking the advice of the sailor in “Marching Inland” to get somewhere completely different from a large port and later moved on to Salmo, B.C.  Tom was in great demand to sing at clubs in North America and in 1987 they decided to “take the show on the road”.  The first place it led was to a recording studio and Tom’s very successful album Surfacing.  Now after twenty years, hundreds of thousands of miles in cars, motorhomes and aircraft, tours in Australia, Britain, Europe, Canada and the United States, major festival and tiny coffeehouses, as well as six more albums, Tom is back in Tenterden where he has appeared several times before. 
Tom has translated his love of singing into a way of life and his previous existence as a sailor and his reincarnation as a musical ex-sailor bringing enjoyment to all that hear him.
Tickets £7.00 on the door or £6.00 in advance from Tenterden Folk Festival
Tickets also available online
Festival and Club information:
More details of Tenterden Folk Festival 2010 and Tenterden Folk Club, guests, accommodation and camping are now being posted on our website at
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Alan Castle
Folk Spots
Tenterden Folk Festival

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