Penny Mack

On a sadder note, I am sure that many of your readers will be sorry to hear that a stalwart of the local music scene, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Penny Mack passed away on 31st January.

Along with husband Stuart, Penny had been a regular and popular performer since 1993 throughout East Anglia and at many festivals across the UK and undertook extensive tours of mainland Europe. Their album Toby has been a consistently strong seller and contained some of Penny’s best known and best loved songs, including the poignant and emotional title track, Muchanta (about the ivory poaching trade) and her historical tale of Cornish wreckers, The Wreck of the Jessie Logan.

I attach a photo of Penny at the Acoustic Music Day in Beccles last year (taken by Lucy Hart) at what turned out to be her final public performance.


Earache - Jan 2019 edition

All Saints, Runhall

In our last issue we had intended to award our annual My Lady of Autumn prize for the first person (apart from serial offenders) to break cover with a rendering of this Dave Webber song. Surprisingly, but fittingly since she is the best singer of this song around here, June Thaine claimed the prize. In her defence for singing it in late August she explained it had been a request. The Church? All Saints Runhall in late autumn sunshine.

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The Robbie Callas Cup February 2019

Written by Dave Bartlett

Robbie Callas Cup February 2019 at The Oakes Barn Bury St. Edmunds

Our fifth Robbie Callas Cup Folk Singing Competition– and still as popular as ever. There were the usual last minute contacts confirming that people were going to be there and this was the title of their chosen song (the songs should be traditional or in that style). In the end two people couldn’t come and one, unfortunately, wasn’t up to singing – well… it is the season for dodgy throats, coughs and splutters but the show went on regardless and we hope they have now fully recovered. We had fifteen entrants this year.

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Big Music Night 36

 Friday March 8th 2019

At Henley Community Centre

Henley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0RP

(approx 4 miles north of Ipswich)

Licensed Bar & plenty of parking space.

From 7.30pm  (doors open 7.00pm)

£5 on the door 

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Suffolk Folk

Norfolk Folk Association