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Dear Members & Friends,

Don't miss Jim Bainbridge on 4th March !

All the best,

Peta & Ken






From South Tyneside, Jim is a skilful melodeon player and natural entertainer with a song for any occasion. Satirical and comic songs crop up alongside traditional North East, Irish, Scots and music hall songs acquired on his rambles.

With Roger Digby (concertina) and Liz Giddings (fiddle) 

Jim Bainbridge entertains with the apparent ease of one playing for fun in his own backyard. He sings in a high pitched, sweet-toned voice, and plays his G/D melodeon with exemplary skill. When I listen to him play tunes I am reminded of the late, great, Bob Cann. Bob liked to put "a bit of a twiddle" into his playing but he also knew when not to. Our man is the same. He backs his own singing in a way that lets us hear the words without any distracting flashiness on the instrument and he sings in a straightforward, unassumingly direct manner, totally satisfying to one like me who likes his trees with the bark still on them.
Much of this album was recorded before a live audience at The Davy Lamp folk club in Jim Bainbridge's native North-East. Lucky customers.

Roy Harris review of Lights on the River
Furze Music 003CD in Living Tradition



FRIDAY 8th April The Askew Sisters - Hazel & Emily        Emily and Hazel Askew are a young duo making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk music. Using fiddle and melodeon, they play and sing with an infectious enjoyment and love for the music, winning them fans wherever they go. From rhythmic foot stomping tunes to powerful interpretations of songs and ballads, their playing always guarantees to engage and inspire those who hear. "Hazel's rich gutsy voice and inventive melodeon playing combined with the skill of Emily's singing fiddle or soulful cello are a new force to be reckoned with." Stirrings magazine. "What the Askews do so well is tell the story and allow the music accompanying them to help that story along.                                                                                                With The Pigeon English Band


MAY 6th- 8th 2011 Keith Summers Festival Grace Toland & Brian Doyle, Patricia Flynn, Mick Quinn , Oliver Mulligan & Brendan McAuley (uilleann pipes), Joe Aitken, Geordie Murison, Dan & Bonnie Milner, Jeff Warner, John & Katie Howson's East Anglian Concert Party and more???MORE INFO. SOON !!


Friday 17th June Bloomsday event with poet Racker Donnelly

 With Irish music from Pete Cooper (fiddle), Colette O'Leary (melodeon ) and Sue Lee (whistle) plus special guests



The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL (junction of Foley Street and Cleveland Street )Nearest tube: Goodge Street / Warren Street/ Great Portland Street.  Parking OK after 6.30. 

Club runs 8-11pm    Admission for club nights : Members 6, concs. 4

Non - Members 7,concs. 5       



There is a link to a map on this site



NON - MTC events which might be of interest:

   A night of  MUSIC HALL with John Foreman on Sunday 27th February




Islington Folk Club, The Horseshoe, Clerkenwell

Thursday 31st March 2011 

Peta Webb and Ken Hall branch out from the traditional Irish songs for which they're renowned to sing their favourite "brother duets" and gems from The Stanley Brothers, Doc Watson and Hank Williams with  virtuoso guitar backing plus harmony vocals from one of England's finest  bluesmen, Simon Hindley. Simon also contributes his own fine blues performances on guitar, voice and harmonica.


Reg Hall's Traditional Irish session runs at The Auld Triangle Finsbury Park on Sundays from 8pm ( N4 2QW ,junction of St Thomas's  Road /Plimsoll Road)


 Jeff Wesley 5th March; Thomas MacCarthy 19th  March ; Cellar Upstairs, Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street NW1 1HR  nr. Euston, Sats.


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