Impressions of Folk East 2019

The following are impressions of this year's Folk East Festival.

Walking onto the FolkEast site from the ‘Morristown’ campsite was a pleasure and source of excitement and anticipation to me. Every year, as it’s character builds, the site is becoming a charming and beguiling mixture of old and new. Familiar stalls in different places, new stalls and tents to explore and stunning use of sculpture, colour, flags and lights to create an atmosphere that is deeply redolent of the Albion Fairs, but in a more businesslike way. At night it looked magical and I got drawn for some time into into the eerie but very effective light display in the trees around the Soapbox Stage.
So the setting was perfect, there was a good mix of acts to catch up with once the Morris day was over and I happily roamed between the Moot Hall, Dance Tent, Sunset Stage and the Soapbox events. Sometimes I was on my own, other times not, it didn’t really seem to matter.
Blair Dunlop, Calan Band, the Pancakes, John Spiers, and various poets were all highlights for me, but there were many other moments too when I just stopped and enjoyed a tune or a song somewhere.
A lovely weekend despite odd outbreaks of weather, it didn’t spoil anything for me and it is good to know that we now have 2020 to look forward to. [J.P.]

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Claire Hastings at The Seagull Theatre

Thursday 30 May 2019 at The Seagull Theatre, Pakefield

The sun came out to welcome former BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year, Claire Hastings and guitarist Aidan Moodie for a rare visit to the East of England.

This was the last date of a short tour south of the border to promote her excellent second solo release “Those Who Roam” which was launched in January to coincide with her appearance at Celtic Connections.

Songs from that album were featured heavily in the programme along with plenty from her debut CD, “Between River And Railway”.

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GOOD LOVELIES + Fortunate Ones

at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft – Tuesday 16th April 2019

     A double helping of great acts from Canada

The audience at the Seagull Theatre was treated to an evening of exceptional harmony singing from 2 of the top artists currently operating on the Canadian roots music scene.

JUNO and SOCAN award winners Good Lovelies were on a UK tour during April accompanied by Fortunate Ones

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Mile Twelve at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft

Stunning Virtuosity from US Bluegrass Band - Thursday 21st March 2019

A good sized audience at the Seagull Theatre was treated to an exceptional performance by a young multi-talented 5 piece band from Boston USA who came to Suffolk on their first ever tour of the UK.

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Strummers’ Birthday Bash

by Les Ray

Strummers’ 3rd Birthday Bash - CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge, 26.1.19

 
Back in early 2016 Deirdre Murphy persuaded a group of like-minded musician friends to join us in setting up Strummers - with music with a social conscience as its tagline - as we felt there was a demand for a left-leaning club on the local folk scene. After two years, we made the tough decision to leave the club to devote our energies to our band Red Velvet, confident that we had left it in very capable hands.

It was therefore a great pleasure for me to go along to Strummers’ 3rd Birthday gig on 26th January, to catch up with old friends and - of course - to listen to some great music. The line-up for the evening was very strong: singer-songwriter Tony Phillips, exciting folk duo Causton and Walker and chocolate-voiced Norwich-based songster Marina Florance.

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