Kitty MacFarlane at The Canopy Theatre Beccles

Award- winning singer/songwriter continues a star-studded autumn season at the Canopy Theatre Saturday 10th October

Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind's relationship with the wild.

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Winter Wilson at Canopy Theatre, Beccles

Popular folk duo begin a socially distanced season of Acoustic Music in Beccles this September

Winter Wilson are back!! Following the Covid enforced lay off from live events (save for streamed events), the duo have a number of live gigs including an indoor, socially distanced, show at the Canopy Theatre in Beccles on 26th September 2020.

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Ceilidhs on the Move - Covid Style

Shall we dance?
**Stop Press - this event is sadly cancelled**
Saturday 19th September
Clopton Village Hall IP13 6QN
4pm to 8pm
£10 per person
Beth and Matt from Take the Biscuit will play and call
A tentative first step to see whether you would like to dance whilst abiding by current Covid restrictions, hall use guidelines and social distancing.
30 people (maximum) can meet in the village hall.
Doors and windows will be open for ventilation so do wear warm layers.
Hand sanitiser is available on entry/exit and handwashing facilities are available in the hall.
Masks must be worn when inside the hall except when eating or drinking.
Dancing in couples and household bubbles only - no progression or moving on dances.
Please bring your own food and drink and seats - and please take your own
rubbish home with you.
A gazebo will be up just outside the hall for a breather and mask break.
If you would like to come - let me know.
I will need to keep a list with everyone's contact details.
£10 each - to minimise cash handling - to be paid on the day, rounded up as there will not be a raffle.
First come, first served - please pre-book with me as it won't be possible to just turn up on the day.
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Look forward to hearing from you,
let's see what's possible!

Roswell at The Canopy Theatre, Beccles

Award-winning folk duo Roswell to continue a star studded autumn season in Beccles this December 18th (Please note change of date from 26th Sept)

 “A folk duo whose voices combine to create a seamless flow of rich, harmonic beauty' ~ Americana UK.
 "Zoë Wren was the guest at Hadleigh Folk Club earlier this year. She is a fantastic singer - well worth seeing while she's in the area.
(Simon Haines - Ed.)

Roswell are Zoё Wren and Jasmine Watkiss, two harmony-obsessed multi-instrumentalists, formed after an impromptu Cambridgeshire gig in 2018. They didn’t imagine that in less than 2 years they would have won Purbeck Rising, released their debut EP ‘Remedy’ (winner Fatea EP of the Year Award 2019) and sold out a headline show at the Green Note in London for the launch of their 2nd EP, "Come Home."


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Cara Dillon Live at Cooper Hall

by Simon Haines

CaraDillon8.20I have followed the fortunes of the Derry singer Cara Dillon for about 30 years, in fact since I first saw her as a teenager in the group Oige, at Colchester Arts Centre. Her voice and her treatment of songs was mesmerizing and I became an instant fan. Cara appeared next in The Equation, a pop-folk band, where she replaced Kate Rusby who had left to start her solo career. The other members of the Equation were Kathryn Roberts and the Lakeman brothers: Sam, Sean and Seth.  

Fast forward a few years and Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman formed a duo. Rumour has it that the recordings they made for Warner Brothers were never released, so they walked away and started an independent musical life. Eventually Cara Dillon released a solo album and has since gone on from strength to strength to become an internationally acclaimed singer of traditional Irish songs. She has performed her repertoire in a duo with Sam Lakeman but also with other formations of traditional musicians. She has appeared regularly on TV in Transatlantic Sessions. 

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The Recorder in Folk Music

Article by Dawn Wakefield with contributions from Finn Collinson

Emily AskewEmily AskewThis article was originally written for the Recorder Magazine which is distributed nationally to members of the Society of Recorder Players (SRP) and also members of The European Recorder Teachers Association (ERTA). As a member of ERTA, I wrote this as an invitation to teachers and students to explore more folk music. Adapting it slightly for Mardles, I realise you are already fans of folk music, but you may need some encouraging to appreciate the recorder! It often has a bad press because of people’s memories of beginner primary school classes on mass descant recorders, often with inexperienced teachers. However do read on as there is much more to the recorder than that! For a start there are different sizes and shapes of recorder: sopranino, descant, treble, tenor and bass, all with their individual beautiful sound qualities and in experienced hands they do sound good.  Although this article focuses a lot on printed material, learning tunes by ear is more traditional and is still very much an option, one that was not always made clear in school muisc lessons in the past. Personally though, I find the ability to read music opens up such a wide range of material that I can learn independently, so I would recommend it as a skill, but others I know work more easily by ear. The main thing is to enjoy music and play whatever attracts you.

Whether you are learning ‘just for fun’ or looking for plenty of varied good tunes in between grade exams, folk music both from the British Isles and further afield provides a rich and rewarding source of varied music. I personally have been both a ‘classical’ and a folk player for many years. I run a monthly folk session in a local pub here in North Norfolk and attend others in the area; I have many happy memories of playing for dance while fronting a ceilidh band on descant recorder, and also playing with various informal groups for Balkan folk dancing.

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Ode to a Road

It’s an odd story, but I think one worth telling, as it has to do with folk music and it concerns musicians who lived and played in East Anglia. BOG5It began in Bog2March 2000 when I came across a photograph in a newspaper of a Dutch man lying across a main road in the middle of Sussex, an area I had been brought up in. It turned out that the road was the A272, stretches of which I was quite familiar with. The road starts near Mayfield where my parents used to live, runs through dozens of towns and villages including Newick where ceilidh bands I’ve been in played, and ended up in Wiltshire where I lived for a few years

The Dutch man lying in the road turned out to be Pieter Boogaart and amazingly, almost incomprehensibly, he’d written a book about this old east-west main road: A272 Ode to a Road. His wife Rita, an art historian, was responsible for the photography. It’s a travel book of sorts, but one like no other I had come across. The pages are divided into different sections -  a central part which is the basic narrative travelogue along the A272, and around this, there are notes and photos of places of interest on either side of the road. Pieter's interesting design helps to make this a unique publication.

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Suffolk Folk

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