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Katie Howson, ex-Director of The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, is currently undertaking a research project into the life and music of Julia Clifford, an important traditional fiddle player, originally from Kerry but a resident of East Anglia in the later years of her life. Katie is looking for information anyone has about Julia.
Julia Clifford was a wonderful - and very influential - fiddle player from east Kerry who lived in England for most of her life. After the issue of several LPs, in particular The Star Above the Garter in 1969 and the Topic series in 1977, the music played by Julia, her brother Denis Murphy and accordion player Johnny O'Leary helped to define a style now known as Sliabh Luachra.
Within months of the issue of those albums, Julia moved to Norfolk and the last twenty years of her life and music have been undocumented until now. Anybody wishing to know a bit more about Julia Clifford is recommended to visit the Rushy Mountain website https://rushymountain.com/2016/04/22/julia-clifford/
Once more the streets of Harwich will come alive with music and song when Harwich International Shanty Festival celebrate their 13th year from the 5th to 7th October 2018 with an exciting line up of artists from near and far!
El Pony Pisador
English ceilidh and barn dances for all ages and abilities,
with music from the best local and national bands
|19th May||Hosepipe Band|
|15th Sept||Take the Biscuit|
|20th Oct||Ducking and Diving|
|17th Nov||Harbour Lights Band|
Clopton Village Hall IP13 6QN
Doors open at 7pm, dancing from 7.30 to 11.00pm
**Bring your own drinks**
Youth (10-16) £4
Under 10's Free
(2 Adults, 3 Children)
Saturday 19th May Canopy Theatre, Hungate Church Beccles
Acclaimed singer/songwriters Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock first toured together in 2015 in a series of shows performing songs from the Clive Gregson & Christine Collister back catalogue. The tour was a resounding success, so Clive and Liz decided to keep the partnership going and in October 2017 they released Underwater Dancing, a CD of 14 brand new Clive Gregson songs
They undertook a very successful and well received tour in support of the album in autumn 2017 and will be embarking on the next leg of that tour in early summer 2018, bringing them to the Canopy Theatre at Hungate Church Beccles on Saturday 19th May at 8.00 p.m.
Photo Sara Porter