Morris Dancing and Me

A new BBC 4 TV Programme - For Folk's Sake: Morris Dancing and Me will be shown on Sunday 31st March at 2.55am and Monday 1st April at 9pm

I have just heard about this programme and hope you see this message before Monday 1st April as, judging from the BBC trailer for the programme ( ) it looks like it could be worth watching.  It seems to cover a bit of Morris history, the usual speculation about origins (is it called Morris because it sounds like “mores” when pronounced in a Chaucerian fashion?), as well as an insight into the challenge of learning the mysteries of the “one, two three hop” double step.  It raises the question of how to save an ageing generation of Morris dancers from extinction and wonders whether the solution is to encourage people other than men to dance the Morris (no, really, it does!  Imagine, whatever next?). 

Moulton Morris Men at Thaxted Ring meeting 2014

As the programme goes to Thaxted to interview dancers as well as audience you can imagine how some of the issues are addressed but it also goes to Bampton and meets a young dancer from Moulton Morris.

The BBC press release for the programme goes as follows;

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Sofie Reed - Maldon Gig

BRILLIANT international singer and multi-instrumentalist Sofie Reed is coming to Maldon, Essex early next month for the latest in a successful series of concerts in the town's historic Blue Boar Hotel.

Sofie grew up in Ludvika, Sweden, but now gigs worldwide from her base in Buffalo Creek, Colorado, USA. She is currently touring in Europe and agreed to extend the UK leg of her tour to fit in BATB Promotions' latest Maldon show. Sofie left Ludvika, Sweden, aged 18 in 1987 and settled in Minneapolis, USA, where Sheila Charles - daughter of the legendary Ray Charles - hired her as a backing singer.  That led to recording sessions and performances with her ex-husband, fingerstyle guitarist Preston Reed, before she quit Minneapolis for Colorado. 

She's a self-taught one-woman-band who sings, plays harmonica, mountain dulcimer, lap steel guitar and other instruments - all the time stomping her foot on an old wooden wine box to provide a strong beat. Over three decades, she has evolved as a vocalist, composer and one-of-a-kind musical visionary, with a style that encompasses roots-blues, folk-blues and Appalachian roots.

The gig is in the Long Room, upstairs at the Blue Boar, in Silver Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 4QE, on Friday, April 5. Doors open at 8pm and admission is £10. The venue has a limited capacity, but places can be reserved in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about Sofie Reed, along with video and audio clips, visit

Pakefield Acoustic Music day

Seagull Theatre, Pakefield to host first Acoustic Music Day

On 27th April 2019 the Seagull Theatre in association with Martello Promotions will be hosting “Pakefield Acoustic Music Day”, with a wide range of top acoustic based artists from across the UK. 

Featured artists are inventive Lancashire trio Harp And A Monkey, Norwich based Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood (who have just completed a major UK tour with Show of Hands), husband and wife duo Winter Wilson from Lincoln (recently returned from a highly successful tour of Australia), FATEA Award winning duo Oka Vanga from Hertfordshire, Folk/Americana duo Honey & The Bear from Woodbridge,  internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Hannah Scott and Suffolk born traditional folk singer Megan Wisdom.

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The Cellar Sessions


The Wine Vaults Bar Restaurant in Blyburgate Beccles, in association with Martello Promotions, announces the first of a series of acoustic music events under the banner “The Cellar Sessions”.

On Monday 8th April from 8.00 p.m. there will be an Acoustic Showcase in the Cellar bar which will be open to performers in any musical genre, with the only stipulation being that the performance must be wholly acoustic.

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Event dates: Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2019

Main venue: Pavilion Theatre, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HE


Cromer’s popular music festival will be twenty-one years old when it returns to the town’s Pavilion Theatre on 10, 11 and 12 May. The event will celebrate its ‘coming of age’ bringing some of the most respected stars of the folk rock world from around the UK and beyond to the town’s Pavilion Theatre.

Read more: CROMER'S 'FOLK ON THE PIER' 2019

Suffolk Folk

Norfolk Folk Association