KentFolk News

September 2005

September 9th, 10th, 11th is Deal Maritime Festival :
Lots going, on do not miss Mundy Turner on Saturday evening, at St.Georges Church from 7.30pm to 9.30pm,
or the now traditional Sunday morning session which takes place in the Walmer Lifeboat Station at 11am, featuring The Deal Hoodeners and Sheafknot.

Hurricane Katrina, New Oleans, and Louisiana

We have had a number of visitors to Kent from New Oleans and Louisiana, who have brought us great music :
Chris Taylor, Bart Ramsey, Neti Vaan
Chris Taylor, Bart Ramsey, Neti Vaan in the Ship Centurian, Whistable.
Neti Vaan, the excellent Cajun and Jazz fiddler, and Bart Ramsey the keyboard and accordion player, with interesting self-penned songs, ( were I believe on the road in Europe, and away from the damage, but I have not heard about the state of their home. Yves Langlois, Neti Vaan
Yves Langlois, Neti Vaan in the Ship Centurian, Whistable.
Mike West, Katie Eulis More recently we have heard the great song writer Mike West and Katie Eulis at both Sweeps and Broadstairs. I believe that they are OK but living with their children in a car in a Kansas car park.

Mike West, Katie Eulis ("Truck-stop Honeymoon") at Sweeps this year:

So please suport a benefit evening at the : Pavilion On The Sands, Harbour Street, Broadstairs Friday 28th October.
Kim Headley & Linda James, of Broadstairs Folk Week, write :
The evening kicks off at 7.15 pm with a Cajun dance workshop run by Kay Anderson everyone welcome, all ages, all standards. Workshop charge is 2.
Then stay for a steamy night of Cajun and Country music from 8.30 pm provided by the fine duo Wild Turkey.
This is followed by some great music from the deep South played by Happy Trails.- a fair number of the excellent songs that Happy Trails sing are from the pen of Mike West.

Tickets for the evening [not including the workshop] cost 8. All proceeds from this evening will go to the Red Cross International Hurricane Appeal. More information.

Kentish Festivals :

There are two major Kentish festivals coming up. Follow the above link to the separate page. There are currently entries for :

Tenterden Folk Festival 2005

Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2005

Canterbury Festival 2005

8 to 22 October 2005

Suggested gig-list formats

I have just added the capability to generate some of the Event Tables, that the KentFolk monthly calendars are created from, by the direct reading of a limited number of venue and group gig lists that are on the web.

Hopefully I will have more time to extend the number of Event Tables that can be updated this way.

Please follow this link if you are thinking of puting your gig lists on the web, or plan to send gig information to KentFolk.

New Licencing Laws - effects on music

Subject: SEFAN:2005-06-20:01.' Two in a bar rule' to go on 24 November 2005
Don't forget to keep pushing your venues, contacts etc.
to ensure that they're all in order.
luv 1d x

Begin forwarded message:

From: Fee Lock via MF Broadcast engine
Subject: 'Two in a bar rule' to go on 24 November 2005

This is a broadcast message for The Morris Federation
=======message follows========

The 'two in a bar rule' will finally cease on 24 November 2005. This exemption from public entertainment licensing for one or two live performers was originally introduced in 1961.
Music and licensing minister James Purnell announced the date during a debate on licensing on Wednesday 08 June A DCMS press statement also confirmed the date:
24 November marks the end of the 'transition period' during which all existing licences must be converted or varied to the new premises licence.
Many, if not most, two in a bar gigs will have to be licensed under the new regime. Such gigs could be lost or postponed because local authorities may not be able to process the necessary 'variation' applications within two months (i.e. by 6 October, two months after the 6 August deadline for conversion applications). The new law states that variation applications not processed within two months are deemed refused.
Landlords whose live music applications have failed for this reason could continue to trade after 24 November, but without the live music (unless they opted for a Temporary Event Notice, up to 12 allowed per premises per year). To get a permanent live music authorisation they would have to appeal to the magistrates court to reinstate their 'variation' for live music, or re-apply to the local authority. Either way this will take months, not to mention the paperwork, fees, and potential for knock-on costs.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Penny Allen / Anthony John Allen

South East Folk Arts Network:
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Stepback Project & Broken Ankles:

"Fiddlers Various", with 7 top quality/virtuoso fiddlers and all British uillean pipe champion, in the excellent Littlebourne Thatched Barn, plus two pub gigs over a long weekend:

went even better than I hoped - gigabytes of recorded sound, 4 hours of video - I hope to get the photo report up soon, just also a very important time for my research at the moment so that has to take precedence.

KentFolk Events 2005

KentFolk is hosting quite a bit of music this year :

The St. Patrick's Night special - Thu. 17th March, with Camine, in the Red Lion Hotel sold out well in advance, and in spite of sold out notices more than 300 people tried to book. This was an excellent evening, with a rib-sticking Irish stew - I have photos and a recording, and will do a photo report as soon as I have a moment.

The next event was Spring Cajun Dance with Wild Turkey, on Saturday 7th May, (the week-end after Rochester Sweeps festival 2005), in the Littlebourne Thatched Barn.
One chair was left unsold - but everyone was dancing, so no problem there, an excellent evening.
I will try and get the photos up soon.

The most ambitious was a long weekend, the first weekend in June, when there was a

"Fiddlers Various" showcase,

with 7 fiddlers : Ben Paley, Saskia Tomkins, Ian Cutler, Laura Targett, Chris Wood, Ramona Egle and Yves Langlois, in the Littlebourne Thatched Barn on Sunday 5th June.

There were also pub gigs :
Fiddler Saskia Tomkins in the King William IV in Littlebourne.
Monkey Puzzle with Laura Targett on fiddle, Lucy Randall on Bodhran, and Pete Gazey on Guitar will be in the Red Lion in Wingham on Monday 6th June

A brilliant weekend, thanks to the players, and my thanks also to all those who have said how much they enjoyed it - hundreds of photos, GBytes of good quality sound, 4 hours of video ...

I have finally had time to complete and upload the Fiddlers Various photo report

The next event is an :

Autumn Barn Dance,

in the Littlebourne Thatched Barn, on the 24th September, with the Longstone/Camine fusion that was such a success 2 years ago.

Fiddling around the World"

I can now say thet KentFolk is also doing a double fiddle event as Canterbury Festival umbrella events :
U16a: 2pm Sunday 16th October 2005: "Fiddling Around the World" - an illustrated afternoon talk, and
U16b: 8pm Sunday 16th October 2005: "Fiddling Around the World" - an evening concert.

Fiddle virtuoso Chris Haigh is deeply knowledgeable about fiddle styles from all round the world : on his web-site, he lists :
Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Klezmer, Mid East and The Med, India, China, Mexico, Cajun, Old Time, Bluegrass, Western Swing, and Jazz.

He will be giving an afternoon talk about these styles of playing, and their ornamentation and cultural background, demonstrate some with his fiddle, as well as demonstrating some of the ethnic fiddles he has brought back.

He will also be showing images and sound clips of a number of these styles that he has accummulated from his travels around the world.
Venue: Kingston Barn, The Street, Kingston, Nr. Canterbury, Kent. CT4 6JQ

See the


pages for links to more information and to buy tickets for all these events. and also the Festival box office for the Canterbury Festival events.

Thanks for the excellent support for the Fiddlers Various gigs, please do support the remaining events if you want anything like this to happen again.

Adrian `O

Adrian `O - our very own Story Teller and Landscape Photographer - has taken camera (and Sue !) on a round the world exploration - I have seen some of his previous photographs, and can not wait to see what he had brought back.
Follow the Adrian `O's travels link to find out more.

So now Adrian and Sue are back - congratulations on a successful and wonderful trip - and thanks for taking us along by e-mail - now we just wait for the photos ...

On the 29th September Adrian is doing an evening of Stories, Poems and Songs in the Alma in Deal.

So I have been encouraging everyone to make use of EUjet, but as you will have heard, they have folded, so no more very convenient flights to Shannon.

Gypsy / Romany music

British tradition Gypsy / Romany music.

Gypsy / Romany music has for hundreds of years been a part of local music in Kent. I have been digging to see what I can find, and have found worryingly little.
Eastern tradition Gypsy music is found more frequently, Saskia Tomkins, who will be at "Fiddlers Various" on 5th June, can fiddle in this tradition.

The Orchard family down to the West Country are a most significant heritage.

Rod Stradling of Musical Traditions Internet Magazine says : "Tom is the grandfather - a singer and occasional box player. His wife, Amy Birch, is a wonderful singer. Tommy is the father - he's a box player and step-dancer."

Jean Orchard, says :
I was just looking at the website pages that you gave me and saw the line up of the Topic CD and it reminded me to let you know that Amy Birch on that CD is my mum and I am singing 'Over Yonders Hill' on our new CD!
(now released, aim to get my copy- beau)

The Orchard family were in London at the Musical Traditions : Keith Summers Fest. : MAY 20TH - 22ND 2005
Sat. At the King & Queen, 1 Foley Street London W1W 6DL

A brilliant day, many excellent players and singers, with a strong contingent from Ireland. The Orchards were all I had hoped for an more, with Amy in fine voice singing old ballads, and Jean has indeed a lovely voice, singing some excellent somgs. Fine accordion and mellodeon playing from Tom and Tommy (as well as fascinating step dancing), but young Ashley was to me an excellent sign that there is much more fascinating music to come from this family.

KentFolk has a day-long recording in mp3, and part of the day and all of the evening as a .wav file - fills a DVD. This will be edited, and parts, with the musicians approval, may be available. Photos to come.

Sunday evening from 7.30, Rosie Stewart and The Orchard Family performed at The Old Rose & Crown, Hoe Street

So if you know of players/singers in the Gypsy / Romany tradition, particularly any fiddlers, or know someone that might know, please do contact me. It would be great to hear this music if we still can.
cheers, beau_at_kentfolk_dot_com , Tel: 01227 721 736, Mob: 07875 170 593.
I will add updates as I learn more.

Old Wine Warehouse, Ramsgate

I regret that I believe the music here has folded - I will let you know if there is more.

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.

A most important new session is an excellent French/European Session, that has some very traditional instruments, including pipes, "reed-capped shawm", and hurdy-gurdy, all in an excellent pub with good beer.
See the photo-report on the new section: [Current Gig Photos], where there are also some sound-clips.
This session is on :

2nd Monday of the month:
at The Rose, The Green, Wickhambreaux, CT3 1RQ : a French/European Session at 8.30pm.

There is a new Swing Jazz session in the Dove at Dargate every Tuesday : Dargate Django Djam as a working title! - Yes excellent - very enjoyable - beau

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.
1st Wednesday, Watershed (English), Simple Simons, Canterbury.
last Wednesday of the month: Larry and friends, Simple Simons, Canterbury.

This mixed session has now moved back to the Bear, in Faversham;
and an excellent evening it is, well attended by a range of musicians (including some young ones), and a packed pub.
White Hart Folk Club, Hythe - This has now been subsumed into "Folk at The Drum" :
Folk At The Drum, North Stanford just off Stone Street which is just North of the Hythe exit from the M20.

Sunday: 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.

Cajun Music and Dance

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: Kent Cajun
Subject: Wild Turkey new CD + launch gig!

Hello all,

The long awaited Wild Turkey CD "Gumbo" is to be launched on Tuesday 27th of September!!!

Come and celebrate the launch at The Elephant (31 The Mall, Faversham, ME13 8JN) at 9pm!

The CD will be available from all Wild Turkey gigs or you can order by post by calling 01227-779178.

"Gumbo" is priced £12 (please add £1.50 for postage & packing).
So dust off your dance shoes and see you at the Elephant,

A New Orleans Hurricane Benefit Night is to take place at the Broadstairs Pavilion on Friday the 28th of October
Satu - Promoting Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing in Kent!

Cajun Dances

Sunday 25th September 2005 The season's first CAJUN DANCE WORKSHOP with Kay Anderson and Wild Turkey 2.30 to 4.30pm, Davis Estate Community Centre, Barberry Avenue, Chatham, ME5 9TE. Entry £3.50 For more information, please call Ann on 01634-405840.also :

On Thursday 6th. October the Cajun Barn have The Ray Abshire Cajun Band from Louisiana, 7.30-11.00 pm :

From: Lynne Lane lynneandstevelane_at_btopenworld_dot_com
Subject: Cajunbarn

Hi Beau,

Hope that you're keeping well. We're having a special event in October and would be grateful if you could please include it in your listings for October

THURSDAY 6th. October Doors 7.30 Legends from Louisiana -The Ray Abshire, Mitchell Reed and Andre Michot Cajun Band

At The Cajunbarn at The Tudor Barn, Well hall road, Eltham SE9
Tickets on the door or phone Steve and Lynne on (020) 8850 2893
Admission £9 Cons £7.50

Please note that this is a THURSDAY gig, not our usual Sunday
Many thanks
Steve and Lynne

Cajun Dance Workshops

These workshops are led by Kay Anderson, with Wild Turkey (Yves and Chris from Cajunologie) providing the live music.

2:30pm - 4:30pm at St. Peters Church Hall, Cromwell Road, Whitstable, Kent. CT5 1NA; £3.50, ring 01227 779 178 :
23rd October 2005
11th December 2005
26th February 2006
23rd April 2006
28th May 2006

Also 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, now at Davis Estate Community Centre, Barberry Avenue, Chatham, ME5 9TE, (was at Star Hill Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester); £3.50, ring Ann on 01634 405 840.

- Summer Break -
25th September 2005
27th November 2005
22th January 2006
26th March 2006.


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