Keith Summers Festival
King & Queen, 1 Foley St., London. W1W 6DL
In 2005 nearly the whole Saturday's music was recorded by KentFolk, and so-far a very rough 20 track CD was cut. In 2006 most of the Sunday's music was recorded, and a 12 track 70 minute CD has been cut, but the artists would have to give permission before these very rough tracks could be released
KIF 9097to9100 King Queen
A vista of deeply experienced musicians in the King & Queen, Sunday lunchtime - some young, others less so, but still young at heart.
|The strong contingent of musicians from Ireland deserves especial mention, but also a fine representation of musicians and step dancers from the UK (particuarly Suffolk and also Bampton) and an excellent singer of Breton songs, Catherine Perrier, from France.|
The quality of the Irish unaccompanied singing was particularly of note, and the amusing story-lines of a number of their songs makes them particularly accessible.
KIF 9115 Peta-Webb Ken-Hall
|The harmonies from Peta Webb and Ken Hall's duets are exquisite.|
KIF 9120 jewsharp
John and Michael Wright bring the tension of a high-wire act to the Jew's Harp.
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Later in the evening in the clubroom they demonstrated that the Jew's Harp has a far wider tonal range than I was aware of.
To find out more see www.jewsharper.info/.
KIF 9126 Jerry-OReilly
|Jerry O'Reilly gave a cracking rendition of "The Miltown 14", a recently penned and highly amusing tale by Con "Fada" O'Drisceóil, concering musicians at a session in Miltown Malbay and their brush with the law - very relevant to the UK's new licencing laws.|
KIF 9152 Bruce-Scott
|Bruce Scott from the Liverpool Irish community not only has an imposing presence and a very fine voice, but is also a well respected composer of songs, having recently won both the All Britain Fleadh and the All Irish Fleadh, for the "Newly Composed in English" category.|
KIF 9174to9175 King Queen session
The formal end to the afternoon's event led to a fine session with a range of
highly experienced players and singers.
To the left is Bob Davenport singing, then left to right : Simon Ritchie (melodeon), Paul Gross (fiddle), Jamie Wheeler (melodeon ) from Bampton, John Grout (fiddle) from Bampton, and Francis Shergold (not playing ) from Bampton.
KIF 9180 Eamonn-OBroithe
|Also from Ireland was Éamonn ó Bróithe, a pipe player of quite remarkable quality, and also a fine singer, deeply knowledgeable about the history of Irish music in prior centuries. The highlight of the evening gathering, he gave a fascinating recital in the club room.|