A Weekend of Women and Wonder

by Holly D Johnston

I am always surprised when people talk about Suffolk as a sleepy quiet place.  My own experience is that on any given night I have to choose between events to go to and wonderful experiences to have.  I personally lean towards folk and acoustic music, but I try as many different genres as I can and have noticed that when I chat to people at folk clubs, they are just as open.  This past weekend I have loved the variety on offer and have been to two events I feel inspired to write about.

Friday 8th March 2019 marked International Women’s Day and there were a number of events going on around Suffolk to mark the occasion.  I took myself off to the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket where the Soapbox was hosting an evening of performance, poetry and debate.

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Phil Beer at The Canopy Theatre Beccles

Friday 8 February 2019    Phil Beer 10, Storm Erik 0  !

Phil had to overcome both the elements and a major road closure to perform at the Canopy Theatre in Hungate Church, Beccles on 8th February.

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Edwina Hayes at The Seagull Theatre, Pakefield

An intimate performance by the acclaimed singer/songwriter - Monday 28 January 2019

A dismal, cold and frosty night on the East coast was forgotten for a few hours in the company of the wonderful Edwina Hayes, who had driven all the way down from the East Riding of Yorkshire to the most easterly town of the UK to entertain fans old and new.

Concentrating on songs from her two independently released solo albums “Pour Me A Drink” and “Good Things Happen Over Coffee” plus many from the album she is currently recording, Edwina delivered soaring vocals underpinned by unfussy but effective backing from her trusty Takamine acoustic guitar.

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Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe at The Seagull Theatre


Seagull Theatre, Pakefield – Saturday 24 November 2018

An intimate performance by two of the UK’s finest songwriters.

Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe – both known across the globe in their own right as brilliant writers, singers and instrumentalists – were first paired together while on a tour of the USA a number of years ago.

They were pleasantly surprised to find how easily their styles of playing worked together and complemented each other’s songs, so they decided that they would continue the collaboration back in the UK.

Both of them are so busy with their own careers (and in Jez’s case with many other collaborative ventures) that it took until 2016 to record their debut CD together.

It was well worth the wait, however, as “The Janus Game", full of great new original joint

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Looking back at Cambridge Folk Festival

Les Ray, who writes a regular column for Unicorn magazine, has agreed to become our Cambridgeshire correspondent. In practice this means he will write reviews of relevant events and CDs. We will also share the column he writes for Unicorn. Les also presents Strummers and Dreamers, a fortnightly folk programme broadcast fortnightly. See the foot of his first contribution for broadcasting details.