KentFolk News

November 2004


My regrets it is so long since I have done an update, just no time. Hopefully soon for a calendar update - I have placed a number of gig list and other items in this News :

The new licencing laws are being discussed in by the local councils. Now is the time to tell them about live folk music, and make sure that the new guidelines they are drawing up cater for live music !

See the local press for details, but I believe there is a meeting in Lower Hardes village hall on the 23rd Nov. 7:30.
Also a seminar Friday 12th Nov. 10 to 5 in the Westgate Hall, Canterbury.

Manston are doing flights to Shannon - out on the Friday evening, back on the Sunday night - so Go to Ennis this weekend (13th, 14th) for the Ennis Trad. Festival :
wish I had the time ...

Stop-Press News

The Broadstairs Folk Week Annual Autumn Ceilid, this Saturday, 13th November, with Bograt and Akmed's Camel, has had to be cancelled, unfortunately, so please spread the word.

Monkey Puzzle

The KentFolk Gig in the King William, Littlebourne, was excellent, a completely packed pub and great music. Tim Edey sat in for part of the gig as well.

Monkey Puzzle offer : Remarkably good fiddle, whistle - some of the best bodhran playing in the country, and class guitar.
Top Celtic instrumental music, with some excellent gypsy rhythms as well :
Laura Targett, Lucy Randall and Pete Gazey.

Laura and Lucy have won the Wiltshire award for Young Folk Musicians of the Year. Lucy also won the Wiltshire award for Young Instrumentalist of the year. Laura is on walk-about mostly these days, touring with Celtic shows in Australia.
Laura Targett is back in the UK for a short while, so book Monkey Puzzle for gigs while you can.


Celtic and other Sessions
If you have been looking for the Wednesday Celtic session at the George Inn, Stone St. this has now terminated again - the session is back in the Anchor Inn in Wingham, until further notice. However there are also now sessions in a number of pubs on different days of the week:

On the last Tuesday of the month there is a mixed session/folk evening in the Kings Head, Hythe.

Celtic session at the Anchor Inn, Wingham, on the A257 near Canterbury. New musicians very welcome.

This mixed session has now moved to the Three Tuns, 16 Tanners St., Faversham;
There is also a Celtic session in the White Hart Hotel, Hythe.

On the 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday there is a Celtic session in the Compasses, Sole Street, Crundale. CT4 7ES

The last Sunday Celtic session at Deal has no home at the moment.

From: andy renshaw andy_at_camine_dot_co_dot_uk
Subject: Camine in Switzerland.

Hot News Just In.......Camine in Switzerland for New Year.

Ramona, Andy & Zinta are ending 2004 with a four gig visit to Switzerland. Flying out to Basel for the 28th (back on Jan 2nd)
the gigs will be in Biberist nr. Solothorn, Switzerland.
Camine will be joined for these dates by special guest Jem Scott. Jem is a fab singer, plus a great Bouzouki and Guitar player.
For more Camine info -
Kind Regards

From: andy renshaw andy_at_camine_dot_co_dot_uk
Subject: Quicky gig up-date.

Hi there, hope things are just fine and dandy with you,
here is a very quickie Camine gig up-date.

Oct 30th The Kings Head, Hythe, Kent
(9-11pm) (01303) 266283

Oct 31st The Duke of Cumberland Hotel,
Whitstable, Kent (1-3pm)(01227) 280617.

Nov 5th George Inn, Stone St, (Canterbury to Hythe Rd)
(01227) 709247 (9-11pm) Why not join us for our super-fun-packed monthly residency.

Nov 13th Gulbenkian theatre bar, University of Kent
at Canterbury. Free. A short slot from us in the bar before
Crabh Rua take the main stage (unfortunately they are not free!). From about 7.00pm.

Nov 19th The Phoenix, Faversham, Kent.
(9-11pm) (01795) 532757.

See you soon - from the Camine gang.


Get yourself on the new Cajun email list : Cajun In Kent
-- if you would like to be reminded about Cajun events in Kent, do email Satu at the above address.
(replace _at_ by _at_ symbol)

From: Cajun In Kent
Subject: Forthcoming Cajun Events: November - December
Hello y'all!
The latest update for your Cajun Diaries - Voila!

Sunday 14th November
CAJUN DANCE WORKSHOP with Kay Anderson and Wild Turkey
2.30 to 4.30pm, Royal Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester. Entry £3.50 For more information, please call Ann on 01634-405840 or check out

Friday 26th November 9pm
WILD TURKEY at the Prince of Wales (9 High Street, Strood). Free.
Saturday 27th November 9pm
WHITSTABILLIES at the Wrotham Arms (9 Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs). Free.
Thursday 2nd December 9pm
WILD TURKEY at the Kings Head (58 High St, Rochester). Free.

Wednesday 8th December
WILD TURKEY - music and dancing at Broadstairs Cultural Centre (4 Crow Hill, Broadstairs, CT10 1HN). 8pm start, tickets £6 (advance booking adviceable) from 01843 860246 or email info_at_broadstairsculturalcentre_dot_co_dot_uk . See also the Cultural Centre website at
Sunday 12th December
CAJUN DANCE WORKSHOP with Kay Anderson and Wild Turkey
2.30 to 4.30pm, St Peters Church Hall, Cromwell Road, Whitstable. Entry £3.50
For more information, please call Karin on 01227-779178 or check out

Friday 17th December 9pm
WHITSTABILLIES at the Wrotham Arms (9 Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs). Free.
See you all there,

Satu - Promoting Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing in Kent!

Subject: Cajun Dance Workshop - Sunday

Hello all,

A reminder on this Sunday's (14th Nov) Cajun Dance Workshop by Kay Anderson and Wild Turkey!!!

The workshop takes place at The Royal Function Rooms (12 Star Hill, Rochester, Kent) from 2.30 to 4.30pm - entry £3.50.

For more info, call Ann on 01634-405840 or see

Hope to see you there,

Satu - Promoting Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing in Kent!

Breton Music and Dance

There are regular French and Breton music and dance sessions on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 1.00pm at Hollingbourne Village Hall.

From: Steve Barrett
Subject: Les Batons

Just to let you know that there is a French Music Session at the Rose,Wickhambreaux, Kent (not far from Canterbury),on Monday 15th November at about 8.30pm.

If you are interested please try and come along - if enough are there it will become a regular session.
If you want to know more please email Martin Sutcliffe at
See you soon
(01303 253717)


From: Bottleneck Blues blues_at_bottleneckblues_dot_co_dot_uk

Well judging from the number of emails I've received from around the country Ben Andrews has really redeemed himself..........his performance at The Bottleneck on Friday was exceptional & many said they've never seen him play better........with Rag Mama Rag adding their superb music to the evening it was one of those special nights.
Ben passes his sincere apologies to those venues he was unable to perfrom at.

Only one last gig for Ben in this year's tour & that's at The Riga, Southend takes less than an hour to get there from Kent so you might like to consider a drive?

Tues 28th _at_ The Roffen, Rochester is our next Bottleneck gig featuring a double USA headline night jointly presented by Blues in Britian & The Bottleneck Blues Club.

CHARLES WALKER with MO INDIGO plus LITTLE TOBY WALKER'll see on the night ~ they're not related!
This will be a wonderful combination of sophisticated soul/blues with some of the best country blues from Toby you'll likely to hear anywhere....& of course he launches his new CD this night ~ "LIVE AT THE BOTTLENECK" ~ Of which The Times said "Acoustic blues heaven".
Please note : We WILL start the music no later than 8:45pm ~ if you arrive later than that we will seat you during the first intermission. Unless we know you are arriving late we release untaken tables after 9:00pm.


From: Bottleneck Blues blues_at_bottleneckblues_dot_co_dot_uk
Subject: Newsletter

Well Little Toby Walker's tour has gone like a dream....what a sublime performer he is. Those that were lucky enough to catch a full show will know how entertaining he is....not just a virtuosic musician (& boy can he play!!) but also a very informative & funny guy.
I will be planning his 2005 tour for May/June next year & will obviously keep you all informed.
So onto the next gig....we only have three more gigs left this year ~ two at Maidstone & one at The Roffen, Rochester before we close until the end of Jan 2005 ~ & then we start all over again!
Fri 12th Nov
The Bottleneck Blues Club
Zaffa, Maidstone.
The Root Jackson Band +
Tom Doughty
Root Jackson, from Granada, is a wonderful artist who injects a little Caribbean & South American rhythm into his blues ~ it's a fascinating mix ~ he also uses some interesting percussion instruments, gourds, rattles & drums when he sings & what a voice!!
His band members include the superb Winston Delandro on lead guitar. Tom Doughty was chosen to represent Britain in this year's Memphis International Blues Challenge ~ he has a unique way of playing his lap slide guitar & he writes & sings some beautiful songs....a great way to start the evening off.
So another excellent & eclectic night of Blues/Roots ~ we have some tables left but as I will be on the road still with Toby until Thurs afternoon (got to run him to the airport) don't bother to book, just turn up & I'm sure we'll fit you in.
You can always get me on my mobile if you wish 07702 554989 until I move into my new office sometime next week.
Hope to see you soon.

Broadstairs Cultural Centre

"They didn't want the night to end"`
was the review of a recent performance by singer ADRIAN NATION who visits Broadstairs Cultural Centre in Crow Hill on Wednesday 17th November at 8.00pm. Anyone who has seen Adrian Nation perform live will know why an ever increasing following just keeps coming back for more! He is rapidly establishing a reputation for himself as a talented acoustic guitarist and singer songwriter. A magnetic quality, both in the man and in his songs, sincere melodies, insightful lyrics and an intricate playing style, have a
universal appeal that transcends musical tastes and genres.
Picking up his first guitar chords at the age of fifteen he began performing two years later. During this period he wrote his first songs, which he describes as ‘the ramblings of a searching teenager.’ These ramblings have evolved into the meaningful words of a talented songsmith.

His earliest influences are best described using his own words, ‘the first music to excite me was that of Mark Knopfler. At sixteen I heard and saw Isaac Guillory for the first time. Suddenly the acoustic guitar was a much bigger instrument than I thought it could be and my mind was set.’ Later Bruce Cockburn had a great impact, ‘writing songs of intense poetry with meaning and arrow-like purpose, wonderfully crafted, not a word wasted’ and another hero is Dougie Maclean for his lyrical warmth and passionate vocal style. Pursuing his own musical path outside of market-driven pressures has given Adrian the freedom to express himself through his music with a sincerity that is characteristic of the man himself. Adrian has already begun work on his second album and is forging forward with new songs as he continues to enhance his popularity with nation-wide performances.

ADRIAN NATION can be seen at The Broadstairs Cultural Centre on Wednesday 17th November at 8.00pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked on 01843 860246. The bar and bistro will be open.

More details PETER & FRANCIS SHAW 01843 860246
KIM HEADLEY 01843 604080/861020

Kingston Barn

From: Folk in the Barn folkinthebarn_at_foxinsocks_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk Subject: Folk in the Barn - Newsflash

Hi all

A couple of things to inform and entertain. Firstly the fantastic news is that
the ColvinQuarmby gig on the 27th November is almost sold out. I can still squeeze about another 5 peeps in but the response has been brilliant to this so a huge thanks to all those who have bought tickets. Gerry, Mart, Dave and Nick are very happy about this and looking forward to coming back to the Barn. You'd better be quick if you want to catch the last available seats. Can I just do a quick reminder for a few of those who have reserved seats by phone or email, I'd be really grateful to receive payment as soon as possible, sorry to nag but there's a few outstanding. Please send to the usual address 18 Derringstone Downs, Barham, Canterbury CT4 6QE. Thanks very much.

I have heard a preview of their new album 'A Short Walk to the Red Lion' and it is wonderful, definitely the best so far and that's saying something cos the others are pretty good too. I helped the guys out with the merch at a gig last weekend and that venue had sold out too. It was an amazing gig, they sold loads of cds and most of the audience came out in tears, as Gerry had been on top surreal form. Can't wait for the 27th. If you're dithering - don't delay call me on 01227 831493

For those of you who enjoyed Mundy-Turner at the Barn in July here is a chance to catch their Christmas Show in Kent, courtesy of fellow promoter Janice English from Orpington. Janice has asked me to pass the following information on to you and I can highly recommend this event as one well worth going along to, its a very nice venue too.

Put on your bathers, deck your hat with corks and slap on some sunscreen, because Warren Road School, Orpington is about to experience a BONZER AUSSIE CHRISTMAS courtesy of the musical duo Mundy-Turner. Mundy-Turner have rightly been hailed as "one of the best shows currently on the UK circuit". Anyone lucky enough to have seen them on their own tours or supporting The Corrs and Fairport Convention will know exactly why they are acclaimed so highly! Well, now there's no reason why you should miss them, because Cath Mundy and Jay Turner will be performing their sensational Bonzer Aussie Christmas Show at Warren Road School on Sunday 5th December at 6.00pm. Their unorthodox approach to the Christmas theme will surprise and delight as the comedy and mayhem of Australian versions of well-known carols blends with beautiful original songs. Cath and Jay, with their impeccable instrumentation and vocals, are as refreshing as a tinny of Fosters on a hot summer day. So forget those winter blues - come and experience a real Aussie Christmas. And if you feel like dressing up in traditional Aussie Christmas Summer gear all the better!! Cath and Jay's show is the third in a series of concerts staged by Warren Road School and is bound to prove hugely popular. Tickets priced at £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children are available by calling 01689 619878.

Thats all for now
keep warm
01227 831493


From: Hook The Band hooktheband_at_hotmail_dot_com

Hello Hook fans!

we had a stomping time in Glasgow despite Jo becoming grumpy ( ;o) ) with a hangover and over-tiredness but now we're happily booked to do a few chilled out home town gigs in Canterbury.

1) 13th November- Local Hero Records
2) 21st November- The George- Petham ( stone street). ( possible lunchtime/evening)

Both these venues are lovely cosy and friendly - perfect for a more refined night out!

Do hope to see you there.. we'd be very chuffed

If you want membership for Local Heros call 01227 760801 and they will sort you out.

Check out for news, reviews and upcoming gigs plus how to get hold of our new Hook and friends CD "Square"



From: Vic & Tina Smith tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
Subject: 8 Items of Folk Music News from Sussex

Thursdays at 8.00 pm
Contact tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk or 01273 478124

Our programme for the autumn and winter is a fine and varied one. Here's how things are arranged until the end of January: -
Oct 21st * £4.00 * ROGER BRASIER
Verse, worse (!) and a few songs from one of our most popular regular performers
Oct 28th * £4.00 * ROISIN WHITE
One of Ireland's leading singers of traditional songs comes over from Armagh to perform for us.
Nov 4th CLUB CLOSED - BONFIRE NIGHT BADGE MEETING IN CLUBROOM Nov 11th * £4.00 * ALISON MacMORLAND & GEORDIE MacINTYRE Two very fine Scots singers make their debut for us. Alison accompanies them on the banjo.
Nov 18th * £4.00 * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE
The attractive sound blend of Dave Arthur (melodeon & banjo), Pete Cooper (fiddle) and Chris Moreton (guitar) present a programme of Old Timey material.
Nov 25th * £5.00 * JAMES FAGAN & NANCY KERR
Two of the most exciting and popular young performers around. Come early to get in when we have these two booked!
Dec 2nd * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT
Dec 9th * £4.00 * PETE MORTON PRESENTS "THE FARMER'S BOY CHRISTMAS SHOW" Sparing no expense; Pete has assembled a cast of several to present a hilarious insight into the workings of folk clubs!
Dec 16th * £4.00 * MARY HUMPHREYS & ANAHATA
Melodeon, concertina, banjo, cello, keyboard, will all play their part in this excellent evening in prospect as well as Mary's fine singing. Dec 23rd * Free Admission * CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
And a right old Song & Dance it is too....
Dec 30th * CLOSED
Jan 6th *£5.00 * THE COPPER FAMILY
On what would have been his 90th birthday, Bob Copper's life and great contribution to traditional song will be celebrated.
Jan 13th *£5.00 * JOHN KIRKPATRICK
The master of a range of squeezeboxes and a remarkable singer makes a very welcome return.
Jan 20th * £4.00 * BEN PALEY & TAB HUNTER
The most exciting fiddle and guitar duo around - and they are right on our doorstep!
Jan 27th * £5.00 * PETE COE
A one-man folk festival. Pete's show is an all-singing, all-dancing treat demonstrating his great multi-instrumental talents.
Future Guests include: -
Jim Bainbridge, Jeff Davis (USA), Dan Milner & Bob Conroy (USA), Vic Gammon, Annie Dearman & Steve Harrison, Beverley Smith & Carl Jones (USA). Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include these dates amongst them.
We have been approached by The Copper Family to say that they felt that there should be no reason not to go ahead with a celebration of Bob's 90th birthday on January 6th 2005 even although the great man is no longer with us. We will be planning a celebration of his life in song and we are looking for items that could help us to make this a memorable occasion: - film, video, photos, articles, stories, anecdotes about the man, anything that people have and would be prepared to lend or bring to the occasion would be welcome. In particular, at the moment, I am looking for photos of the man in a variety of circumstances and performances to contribute to a multi-media show about Bob's life. We have had quite a number of responses to a previous appeal but any more ideas/contributions to me at
Incidentally the Southampton-based magazine, "Folk On Tap", their 100th issue celebrating 25 years of the magazine includes long tributes to Bob Copper
from Peter Collins and Vic Smith.
There is also to be a Tribute to Bob Copper Day at Cecil Sharp House in London on Saturday April 2nd. Look out for details of that.
For those who have already contacted me about Bob Copper material, I promised to be in touch in November, but at the moment all our time is being taken up with road managing the tour by Jali Sherrifo Konteh - see next item.
3] ENGLISH TOUR BY JALI SHERIFFO KONTEH IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER. The great kora player and singer from The Gambia, Jali Sherrifo Konteh is in the middle of a hugely successful first tour of England at the moment, with a very busy schedule that in the end has him making 32 engagements in 35 days. He
follows in the footsteps of his father, Alhaji Bai Konte and his half-brother Dembo Konte in touring England.
In the end, the majority of the work that we have been able to arrange has been in schools, colleges and university music departments. However, there are quite a number of public performances that we have been able to arrange and the website will be kept up to date with the fluid and changing position of performances. He flies back to The Gambia on 29th October and the remaining public appearances are as follows: -
15/10/04 * Cafe Afrika, Cambridge * Daisy & Khalilou Sene * 01223 716309 17/10/04 * The Farm Arts Centre, Chapel St Leonards, Skegness * 01754 871445 20/10/04 * Carhampton Village Hall. near Minehead * Jamie Robertson * 01984 656727
23/10/04 * Royal Oak, Lewes * Vic & Tina Smith * 01273 478124 25/10/04 * The School of African Studies, University of London. * 020 7637 2388
ALSO Listen out for Sherrifo's appearance on Lucy Duran's "World Routes" programme on BBC Radio 3 on Sat 16th October at 3pm.
The community radio station for Lewes and the Ouse Valley will be back for the Lewes Bonfire Season. (23rd Oct to sun. 7th Nov) on 87.8 FM. Vic Smith will be presenting a number of programmes whilst it is on the air - as follows:-
* Sunday 24th October 8-10pm * OUT OF AFRICA: Vic Smith with Jali Sherrifo Konteh More details on
* Wednesday 27th October 6-7pm FOLK MUSIC with Vic Smith. Studio guests will include Valmai Goodyear talking about the Lewes Arms instrumental workshops. * Sunday 31st October 8-10pm TO THE ROOTS Vic Smith makes a personal selection from the many excellent recent releases of roots music. * Wednesday 3rd November 6-7pm FOLK MUSIC Vic Smith takes a long illustrated look at the recent publication "America Over The Water" with the book's author Shirley Collins. More details on
* Saturday 6th November 8-10pm TO THE ROOTS Vic Smith makes a personal selection from the many excellent recent releases of roots music. **********
The Sussex Folk Guide Website has been updated with listings of many folk song and dance events in and around Sussex between now and the end of September. There are around 100 folk song and dance events listed on the site. You can find it at
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY Issue no 209 covers the months of October & November It is packed with adverts for various folk festivals, folk music record companies, specialist shops, instrument makers and other services. To obtain copies of this free magazine as it is published, please send SAE's to Vic Smith at the address below. It is also the address to send album review copies to. The Copy date for the December/January issue is October 30th. Potential advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates.
The Saturday daytime instrumental workshops in Lewes organised by Valmai Goodyear - valmaigoodyear_at_aol_dot_com - continue to attract increasing support. The next in their long series of attractive learning opportunities will be:-
JOHN KIRKPATRICK: ALL-INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP: 'THE MUSIC BEHIND THE MUSIC' Saturday 20th. November 2004 (sold out - tickets still available for the club appearance in the evening.)
TOM McCONVILLE - Fiddle Saturday 4th. December 2004

Look out for:-
"America Over the Water"
Shirley Collins
ISBN: 0 946719 66 7 Publication: May 2004
192 pages (illustrated). Hardback
Price UK £20 US $30
A fascinating journey into the cultural roots of traditional American Music accompanying legendary music archivist Alan Lomax
"Shirley Collins is without doubt one of England's greatest cultural treasures." - Billy Bragg
Probably the easiest way to obtain it is direct from the publishers, SAF, at

In support of the book, Shirley will also be presenting her multi-media show, "America Over The Water" at
THE ELECTRIC THEATRE, GUILDFORD Thursday 28th October **********
...And if you are ever looking for a good barn dance band, look no further than THE SUSSEX PISTOLS - though you should get in quickly - available dates for 2004/5are being snapped up quickly. For example, all Saturdays in June 2005 are already booked!
Website at

Vic Smith
26 Ferrers Road
East Sussex

Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124





From: Mike Aylward mikeaylward_at_last_dot_demon_dot_co_dot_uk
Subject: Re: Folk Roots magazine back numbers

Dear Beau,

My ad for my collection of 'Folk Roots' magazine would read:

209 issues of 'Folk Roots' magazine for sale, consisting of issues ;
from: August 1985 (No. 26)
to: July 2003 (No. 243)

Following magazines are missing:
28, 29, 34, 107, 113 and 198.

Any reasonable offer accepted.

Will deliver free of charge anywhere in the immediate Maidstone area.