KentFolk News

June 2003


Sorry the June calendar is so late, just no time to do it.

Yet again we have lost a venue:
Hobson's Bar in Whitstable was all boarded up when I passed.
And the folk club that met at the Fordwich Arms in the 1st and 3rd Sundays has closed it's doors for the moment, though the Blues & Country evening on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays is doing well.

But yet again there is a plus, The King's Head in Rochester is having good quality people in for Folk on a Tuesday evening :
They have had Tim Edey and Dimitris this month, and not to be missed on July 17th are Bart Ramsey (Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals) and Netti Vaan (fantastic fiddle, vocals) from New Orleans.
Also in July : Wild Turkey on 10th, Skinners Rats 24th, Hot Rats 31st.
And on Sundays 5pm to 8pm there is Blues and Cajun, which sounds like Jetsum Wansum to me.

Wednesday Celtic Session
If you have been looking for the Wednesday Celtic session at the George Inn, Stone St. it is now in residence at the Anchor in Wingham, where they have had a very warm welcome - please do support them and the pub.

See above for Cajun at the King's Head, Rochester,
The next Cajun event is a Cajun dance workshop with Wild Turkey (Yves and Chris from Cajunologie). The workshop is led by Kay Anderson, 2:30pm - 4pm on 21st September at Star Hill Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester. £3.50, ring Ann on 01634 405 840.

then :
Cajun Dance Night with Cajunologie October 11th, Star Hill Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester. £6.50, ring Ann on 01634 405 840.

If you feel like joining the musicians for a lazy Mid-Summer BBQ, they will be metting at Reculver Towers on the evening of Friday June 27 - bring something to cook and drink, and an instrument if you play.

From: FJohnSmedley_at_aol_dot_com
Three great shows in Sevenoaks Summer Festival coming shortly:
Folk, Bluegrass and World Music events:
Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi combine the deep, rich harmonies of Zulu township songs with a dynamic display of traditional Southern African dances. On BBC TV's Later With Jules Holland, the producer called them 'the hit of the show'. 'Extraordinarily exuberant dancers...stunning and colourful' said The Scotsman newspaper. If you liked Ladysmith Black Mambasa on Paul Simon's Graceland, you're sure to love Black Umfolosi. The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks Tuesday 8 July at 8pm. Tickets 12.50/10.50/6 from Stag box office 01732 450175
Eliza Carthy and her band are part of a new generation of performers taking folk music forward into the 21st Century. At this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Eliza swept the board: Best Folk Singer, Best Album and Best Traditional Track. The Band are John Boden, Ben Nitsky and Jon Spiers. The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks Saturday 5 July at 8pm. Tickets 12.50/10.50/6 from Stag box office 01732 450175
Bluegrass Experience are award-winning vocalist and Appalachian-style clogger Rosie Davis, who also plays bass and guitar, multi-talented Adrian Farmer on banjo and guitar, humourist Tim Davies on banjo and British Bluegrass Music Association's 'Hall of Fame' member Rick Townend on fiddle and mandolin. St Julians Club, St Julian Road, Sevenoaks Friday 27 June at 8pm. Tickets 7 (concs 4) from St Julians 01732 458261 - pre-booking recommended.
Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks town centre is approx seven minutes from M25 (Jct5) St Julians Club is off A245 Tonbridge Road (uphill from A21 Hildenborough turn-off) Visit for full festival programme. Enquiries to 01732 460171
Cheers John Smedley

From: Wendy Harris wendyharris_at_ntlworld_dot_com
To: beau_at_kentfolk_dot_com
Subject: Hythe Festival 2004

Is there anywhere you could advertise this for us???
We are looking for FOLK performers to take part in a Folk Day - Saturday July 10th 2004 as part of the Hythe Festival. We are particularly looking for the interesting/ unusual!!! Please look at the website for more details but email me direct if you would like to take part.
Thank you