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Please note the following message from Ailsa,

Some regular club members have been busy keeping up with folk in various ways.  Here’s what some have been doing.

Rob and Janey van Sante,

Rob van Sante and his wife Janey have set up a concert series is called ” Falcon House Concerts ” and is run from his home in Whitby. Linda Hardcastle and Alan Rose (Rosecastle) as will be their first guests on September 17 th . The next guest is a solo gig by popular performer and ex Battlefield Band member Alistair Russell, on 15 th October, at 7.30pm. Funding will be through a tip jar via PayPal. The link to the concerts is http://www.youtube.com/user/Tulip0852/live . Funding is through a tip jar via PayPal at falconconcerts@gmail.com or PayPal.me/tulip0852 For more information please go to the Falcon Visual Arts Website at https://www.falconaudiovisualarts.co.uk

Tony Morris,

Tony Morris was quick to act when lockdown was first announced, by creating Covideo Folk Club on Facebook. Here is his story about it 1 9 th March 2020. Hunkered down at home. No folk clubs. I usually spend at least thirty hours a week performing at singaround folk clubs. I decided to set up a Facebook Group to try to replicate the feeling of a singaround: the camaraderie, the rough and ready presentation of performance and the sense of community. I asked people to video their performances at home and to keep it simple. No self-promotion videos. Within a week there were 3000 members worldwide, most videoing themselves and posting their performances, and not just once: twice, thrice, some daily, some weekly, hundreds upon hundreds. As I write this in September 2020 there are close to 4250 ‘and still they come’. It has formed an incredible archive of performers, songs and music, differing versions, different styles, different types of songs and music, eclectic, worldwide; hundreds of them, perhaps thousands; a rainbow spectrum with a sense of community that is a simple, singaround folk club online. Touring performers, club performers, people who have never performed in public before, performers of all ages and those all- important people who just choose to listen. Someone wrote that it must be the largest folk club in the world! My hope is that when we can meet in folk clubs once more there will be, because of the Covideo Folk Club experience, less insularity, new performers, a wider range of songs and music, both traditional and new ‘folk’, and a wider and widening audience attendance of all ages than there has been in preceding years. Following the creation of ‘Covideo Folk Club’ other virtual folk clubs and music outlets were set up. Some were live sessions with tip jars to pay artists, some as a form of self- promotion, some simply ‘to get your music ​out there’. They were just that so people were doing videos and simply sharing them from YouTube and their own sites. These other sites were very different to Covideo and received comparatively little attention from those who viewed them, few ‘likes’ and very few comments. In addition to all this, on 31 st March 2020 I started to post a song or piece of music a day on my own Profile site as I didn’t want to cram Covideo with my own works when there were so many others and, because I was the sole admin, sort of MC, I thought I ought to take a back seat as far as my own work was involved. I am up to #Day152 of those posts on my own Facebook site. This has been an eye-opener because songs I have abandoned on the folk scene have been picked up and appreciated by a much wider audience. I have also shared posts to some of the virtual folk clubs but apart from a handful, looking at likes and comments relating to other artists, these are a waste of time. There is so much out there now. As well as all this, many folk clubs have started Zoom singarounds. I now enjoy zooming in to Saltburn (Monday), Cutty Wren (Tuesday), Flash Company (Saturday) and, occasionally Brewers Troupe at Whitley Bay (Wednesday). I cannot see physical folk clubs starting anytime soon, partly because of the demographic, partly because everyone will be older and less used to travelling about and partly because people will have lost the habit. I believe the Zoom-type club is here to stay and it is only a matter of time before the technology improves so that people can sing along together rather than having to be muted while others perform. tonymorris.org.uk@gmail.com Ailsa MacKenzie Harpist, singer, hammer and mountain dulcimer player and member of Bryony The lockdown has provided a superb opportunity for me to digitalise my collection of literally hundreds of folk music LPs, cassettes and CDs. I began buying traditional music in the 1970s, with most of my LPs and cassettes being stored in the attic for many years. It has been a joy to listen again to the likes of Dolores Keane, Tom McConville and Kieran Halpin, Nic Jones, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Swan Aracade, Strawhead, The Tannahill Weavers, Ossian, Rosemary Hardman, Jack the Lad, Hedgehog Pie, Dave Goulder, Sandy Denny, Willard’s Leap, and Sue Harris, whose playing inspired me to take up the hammer dulcimer. I am naming only a few people here but all have brought back such wonderful memories of Bryony days and the folk revival in its heyday. They were the best of the best. But for the lockdown this treasured collection would have remained in my attic and probably put into a bin upon my demise. I should​have done it years ago but now they are on USB and being played once again, on computer and in my car. At the time of writing (Sept. 24 th ) I still have not finished digitalising everything, but it has been such a worthwhile exercise and a timely reminder of what is so good about traditional music.

tonymorris.org.uk@gmail.com

Ailsa MacKenzie

Harpist, singer, hammer and mountain dulcimer player and member of Bryony The lockdown has provided a superb opportunity for me to digitalise my collection of literally hundreds of folk music LPs, cassettes and CDs. I began buying traditional music in the 1970s, with most of my LPs and cassettes being stored in the attic for many years. It has been a joy to listen again to the likes of Dolores Keane, Tom McConville and Kieran Halpin, Nic Jones, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Swan Aracade, Strawhead, The Tannahill Weavers, Ossian, Rosemary Hardman, Jack the Lad, Hedgehog Pie, Dave Goulder, Sandy Denny, Willard’s Leap, and Sue Harris, whose playing inspired me to take up the hammer dulcimer. I am naming only a few people here but all have brought back such wonderful memories of Bryony days and the folk revival in its heyday. They were the best of the best. But for the lockdown this treasured collection would have remained in my attic and probably put into a bin upon my demise. I should​ have done it years ago but now they are on USB and being played once again, on computer and in my car. At the time of writing (Sept. 24 th ) I still have not finished digitalising everything, but it has been such a worthwhile exercise and a timely reminder of what is so good about traditional music.

Ailsa.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING NEW REQUEST FROM SU CHILDS, EDITOR OF THE FOLK ROUNDABOUT

I’d be grateful if you could help us with Folk Roundabout …

The Autumn issue of Folk Roundabout (September/October/November)will definitely be coming out as usual (available mid/late August), and there will be lots of interesting ‘folk’ articles to help keep people’s spirits up! As most (all?) folk clubs will probably still be closed then, we have a problem working out how to get Folk Roundabout to those folkies who want a copy. Obviously, clubs won’t be able to sell them in the normal way.

For full details, contact Su Childs on 07946 482 449 (or folkroundabout@yahoo.com).

I AM SORRY TO INFORM ALL THOSE CONCERNED WITH THE WHITE HART FOLK CLUB, THAT DUE TO THE ONSET OF CORONOVIRUS THE CLUB WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AND WILL ONLY BE OPENED WHEN THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FUTURE NEWS AND REOPENING. MICK MADDEN.

 

This is the new website for the White Hart Folk Club, please use the site for all future events and updates.

Mick Madden.

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Club closed until further notice!

 

 

 

We will update this site as and when required.
Mick Madden.


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