From: Alan Castle
Sent: 29 July 2010 12:08
Subject: Tenterden Folk Festival
FOLK FESTIVAL 2010
30th September to Sunday 3rd October
of the least likely exponents of contemporary English folk music currently
appearing at festivals and clubs across the country is singer songwriter George
was born in Salonika in Greece
and came to English folk music after being interested in a wide variety of
music. He started in school choirs where he discovered Carmina
Burana by Carl Orff, but in the 1960’s he says he became a guitar-bashing
singer of protest songs in Greek “boites” and briefly played lead guitar in a
teen band; "Drosophila Melanogastris" or "aphids" to
us. He progressed to mediaeval French and Italian songs and as the music
at teenage parties in Greece
at that time was mainly English and American pop, he soon became interested in
that as well as in some Italian and French pop music. He says he still
drools over Mireille Matthieu's eyes & voice! However while in the UK
in the 1970’s he final fell in love with English folk music and started playing
it solo and also joined a trio called the Cosmopolitans. He also heard
the songs of the King's Singers and got some more madrigals under his
belt. In the 1980’s he rediscovered Byzantine chant and sang in a choir
that won the 1982 Eisteddfod and then in the 1990’s he found some gems in the
Netherlands, but back in the UK in the 2000’s he picked up his folk threads
again with the help of the Herga and St Albans folk clubs. In between
times he was listening to the Beatles, Who, Canned Heat, Jethro Tull, Moody
Blues and ELO as well as Jake Thackray, Clive James
and Pete Atkin, Tom Lehrer, Stan Rogers, Graeme Miles, Robb Johnson, Dave Webber, Steve Hughes
and the multitude of superb contemporary songwriters. From singing in a
Greek school choir to workings as a singer song writer on the English folk
scene is not a typical route but it certainly worked for George as since 2001
he has written 212 songs and recorded eight albums.
will be at Tenterden Folk Festival on the Saturday and Sunday when he will
perform in concerts and folk clubs and lead a workshop. Make a point of
seeing him, and hearing him, over the weekend.
Vic Ellis – one man band
unusual exponent of English folk music is Vic Ellis – one man band. Vic
will be taking to the streets of Tenterden with his drums, cymbals, bells,
horns, melodeon, kazoos, whistles and dance steps and may even find the energy
and dexterity to include a song or two. Vic is sure to draw a crowd with
this traditional form of street entertainment which is said to originate with
the pipe and tabor players of the 13th century and went through a
period of particular popularity in the 1920s.
buy your tickets, book your craft fair, street stall or music fair pitch or if
you would like to be otherwise involved in the Festival contact us now.
details of Tenterden Folk Festival
2010, guests, accommodation and camping can be found on our website at www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk.
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songs from Kent Vol. 3 (2008)
A new CD from
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Kenward and Roger Resch, The Millen
Family, Marian Button and Dave Mason.