Obituary: Dave Benford of The Cambridge Crofters

Dave Benford — Musician, Entertainer, Artist in oils and pastels, Actor, Entrepreneur, Family man - husband, dad, grandad, great grandad - as well as the electronics day jobs and running his own business!

Dave, together with Andrew Kendon, formed the Crofters Folk Club - named after where Dave lived - The Croft - in 1964,  and by 1967 the Cambridge Crofters folk group had been started, first as a singing group, then as a ceilidh band. Dave’s energy, vision and organising ability were driving forces behind the group for over 50 years.

crofters2The Cambridge Crofters outside the Portland Arms, Cambridge: Left to Right: Andrew Kendon, Dave Benford, Richard Brading

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Stuart Mack at The Canopy Theatre

Socially Distanced Concert at The Canopy Theatre, Hungate Church Beccles Friday 4th December 8pm

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When Stuart Mack headed to Germany in the late 60's with his band Heir for a string of concert tours, he had no idea that he would stay and pursue a solo career that would keep him in Germany for many years.

When he finally came back to the UK he released "Footsteps" (a solo album that reflected both his time growing up in Exeter and his experiences across Europe) and eventually found himself in north Suffolk where he set up Green Fingers Music (a recording and music publishing venture that is still going today). He then recorded a duo album with John Ward, "4 o'clock on a Sunday Morning", which led to 3 more tours of Germany between 1992 - 94.

Until they moved to Northamptonshire about 5 years ago, Stuart and his wife Penny were regular performers all over East Anglia and further afield with many festival appearances and overseas tours and their debut album “Toby” is still in print today.

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Morning Tide, Tony Hall, from Threescore

Making WavesWe have been sent a recording of the song Morning Tide which was written by Norfolk melodeon
maestro Tony Hall and recorded by the band Threescore on their most recent CD.

The song was written in the context of the Falklands War (1982) so is appropriate at this time of
annual remembrance.



                                Morning Tide - Tony Hall

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Two Bold Singermen

Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival

The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox,

by Bruce Lindsay, pubished Equinox

£25 from publisher 

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I have been sent a review copy of this book and am currently reading it. A review will follow.  Simon Haines




Finn Collinson & Zoe Wren at The Canopy

ACOUSTIC “DOUBLE HEADER” at the Canopy Theatre, Beccles, Suffolk – Sat 31st October – 8 p.m.
Finn Collinson
Finn Collinson is a recorder player, singer and multi-instrumentalist from East Anglia. Heralded by The Recorder Magazine as a “folk recorder pioneer”, Finn has rapidly been gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene, performing at major folk clubs and festivals including Sidmouth Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast, and was shortlisted for the BBC Young Folk Award in 2018.

Finn’s debut solo album, “Call To Mind” was released in September 2019 and has received widespread critical acclaim and extensive airplay in the UK and US. Featuring mainly original material, the album was described by Spiral Earth as “exceptionally well executed folk rock”.
Together with his band, Finn completed his first national headline tour in 2019, but this visit to the Canopy Theatre will be a solo show (with his extensive autumn plans for a band tour having been postponed to 2021 thanks to Covid 19).

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