Claire Hastings at The Seagull Theatre

Award winning Singer/Songwriter Claire Hastings visits Suffolk

Described as “A genuine treat” by FATEA magazine, Glasgow based folksinger, songwriter, ukulele player and guitarist Claire Hastings made a name for herself on the folk scene by winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015.

photo: David Moses

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Norwich Slow Session

Norwich Slow Tune Session 

 For beginners and those who find the usual session a bit too fast

More details at Norwich Slow Session including music notation for download

All melody instruments welcome.

Hope you can join us!

Good Lovelies @ Seagull Theatre

Award winning Canadian band to appear in Suffolk

You hear it a lot these days – the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts – and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of Good Lovelies. Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks – immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony – powerful and pure, organic and inspiring – that elevates Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless.

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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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