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I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year.
We lost a number of gigs and sessions to the snow and icy roads - if it turns bad again, please remember to check the KentFolk News "Cancelled Gigs" section, before braving the roads.
I am afraid we have some bad news, we have lost one of Kent's leading musicians to cancer.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Kevin Smith, of The Fling / Original Fling, died in December. Kevin was an remarkable, fiery, fiddler, but also an excellent player of a whole range of other instruments including flute, accordion, banjo, whistle, keyboard ..... - frequently multi-tracked on his numerous CDs.
Kevin enjoyed travel and walking - he finally collapsed while out on a walk in the snow in December - he never managed to get to the Arctic, but perhaps the Arctic came to him ?.
While Kevin travelled to the service in Ash Church on a carriage drawn by horse the mourners were greeted by a perfect rainbow. The service included many of Kevin's songs and instrumental pieces. The church was completely full with his family, friends and fellow musicians, to say goodbye to him.
Kevin Smith, playing a gig with Mark Thompson, at the King William IV, in Northgate, Canterbury, Nov. 2001.
The excellent music shop Hobgoblin now has a presence in Canterbury :
22 Lower Bridge Street,
Tel: (01227) 769484
Fax: (01227) 769541
Or visit: www.hobgoblin.co.uk
for more info see the news item below in the Folk Genre.
KentFolk now has a Facebook presence; see :
and I am flagging some breaking news there.
Check out the KentFolkVideo page on YouTube - I have updated it with a lot of new Kentish videos that I have taken and uploaded over the last year.
KentFolk Bluegrass gigs at The Boathouse, Grove Ferry Inn, are suspended until I hear what their new gig policy will be. Very disappointing turn-out at the last gig, I also have to review if they will be continued.
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