Roswell at The Canopy Theatre, Beccles

THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR TWICE RE-ARRANGED SHOW WITH THIS EXCITING MULTI-AWARD WINNING DUO (Fingers crossed!!)

FRIDAY 4th JUNE 2021

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 A folk duo whose voices combine to create a seamless flow of rich, harmonic beauty'~Americana UK.

Roswell are Zoe 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."

They mix Folk & Americana, have supported Gilmore & Roberts and played main stage shows at UK folk festivals including Purbeck Valley and Wimborne Minster. They were also invited to Switzerland to play the Fête de la Musique Genève 2019.

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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

 CANOPY THEATRE 26th JUNE 2021

Welcome return to Beccles for this in-demand folk duo

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Huddled ‘round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique. Since emerging in 2016, the duo have recorded two studio albums, Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018), produced by award winning producer David Travers-Smith in Toronto. Both albums have gathered praise for the craft and skill of their musical writing and arranging.

The duo have toured the UK, North America and mainland Europe (and played at the West Java World Music Festival, Indonesia in 2019), enrapturing audiences with the sparkling beauty of their acoustic style.

They have shared stages with, and opened shows for, Americana and folk luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Oh Susanna. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, Shirley Collins & Davey Graham or Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, but their distilling of musical influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

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Tribute to Geoff Roberts - Norfolk folk hero

from Pete Rushmer - March 4th 2021

GeoffIt is with great sadness we have to advise that NORFOLK FOLK HERO and ‘pilot’ of Norfolk’s Flying Folk, GEOFF ROBERTS died recently after a short spell in hospital.

Geoff, a quiet, genial, unassuming Norfolk man, was an enthusiastic stalwart of the Norfolk folk scene, within which his unique and rousing Flying Folk nights have become an enviable and much enjoyed institution over the last three decades.

Flying Folk nights are uniquely itinerant, in that a different venue is visited each session, typically on a Saturday night and at a local pub. They fall mainly within a 20 mile radius of Norwich, although the occasional foray further afield has been equally successful over the years.

Since the early days Geoff’s Flying Folk nights have taken place regularly on a roughly monthly basis, with a break in the Summer, and with a special session every Boxing Day. They have grown enormously in popularity and standing over the years. This is in no small way due to Geoff’s enthusiasm and commitment, along with that of his wife Myrtle, organising things himself and keeping in close personal touch with participants and venues alike, many of whom have become good friends over the years.

With Geoff “in the cockpit” as MC, and Myrtle at his side, he’ piloted’ lively, rousing, free and open sessions for folkies and non-folkies alike. Consequently, for years now Flying Folk has attracted a loyal following of talented amateur and semi-professional performers, along with the occasional professional. Contributors are some of the best in Norfolk, often with close links to the Norwich and Norfolk folk scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Many others are encouraged to join in, though, and are always made welcome.

There can be no doubt that the heroic commitment Geoff made to his Flying Folk nights, along with the support he regularly received from a faithful corps of performers, enthusiasts and venues, helped make these sessions the legend they have become.

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Robert Hodgson - Amended obituary

This obituary appeared in Mardles magazine, August - October 2015. The original version had a date error which has now been corrected. Apolgies to Robert's wife Lilian Hodgson who brought this to our attention.

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Obituary: Mary Moore

Some Mardles readers may remember Mary Moore who died recently. She was a regular at Suffolk sessions including the one at the Kettleburgh Chequers

 

Mary MooreMARY MOORE, the Suffolk-based granddaughter of golf legend Samuel Ryder, and creator of dozens of beautiful village signs in the county, has died at the
age of 86. Mrs Moore, who lived at Brandeston, near Framlingham, was President of the Samuel Ryder Foundation, created in memory of the man who founded the Ryder Cup - now one of the sporting world’s most prestigious tournaments. Paying tribute to Mrs Moore, the Foundation described her as “a wonderful person, and a very proud and passionate supporter of her grandfather’s legacy. She attended seven Ryder Cups, home and away.

“She was a huge advocate of Samuel Ryder’s ethos and belief in the power of the game, and the enjoyment that it brought to so many people.” Interviewed by the EADT in 2019, Mrs Moore said her grandfather died only a couple of years after she was born. “So he knew me as a baby, but I don’t remember him.” Mrs Moore said she loved attending the Ryder Cups, where the Ryder party, usually numbering six or seven, were able to mingle with celebrity guests. She named Colin Montgomerie as her favourite player “because he spoke so politely and pleasantly to me”. Samuel Ryder initially created the Ryder Cup to give golf a higher profile. At the time, in the 1920s, it was something of a poor relationship compared to sports like tennis.

Mrs Moore wasn’t sure what her grandfather would have made of the huge sporting phenomenon his tournament has become. She said: “He would be astounded. Whether he would be happy with the scale of it now, I’m not sure. He never visualised this.” After attending art school, Mary married Hector Moore, a blacksmith, farrier and metalworker, who lived and worked at Brandeston. The couple were together for 44 years until Hector’s death in 1999. The Moores became well known locally for creating some 50 ornate village signs throughout Suffolk and also in neighbouring counties. Mary used her artistic talent to design the signs, including features from each village, and Hector employed his metalwork skills to create them. Mrs Moore was also a talented singer and musician, often taking part in local performances.

Report from the East Anglian Daily Times 23rd January 2021