A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
All are welcome at the monthly folk club evenings - singers, players, reciters, join-in-the-chorusers! We meet once a month from 8-10pm normally on the first Thursday and usually at Mum's Lounge, 143 Myddleton Road, N22. Admission charge is £5 for guest performers and £3 for all comers evenings.
Location: Bowes Park, North London
Latest Activity: Feb 23
Thursday 6 March Sian Allen, Maria Byrne
8pm, Mum's Lounge, 143 Myddleton Road, N22
We have two guest performers on 6 March (two days off International Women’s Day on the 8th):
Sian Allen trained as an actor and works as an actor musician. She loves the stories folk songs tell and accompanies herself on fingerpicked guitar, and she also plays the trumpet and saxophone. Her songs speak of unrequited love and death and drinking.
Maria Byrne is an Irish singer/songwriter, rooted in country and folk music, who sings intimate yet infectious songs with some rousing harmonies, and plays a country fiddle. Maria released her first EP, All You Need, in 2010 followed by her debut LP, Little Basement, at the end of 2011, which led to live sessions on BBC Radios 1, 2 and 6 and XFM. The song 'All You Need' was placed on the film 'The Hot Potato' in 2012. Her next EP (featuring Benjamin Folke Thomas) is due for release in March 2014.
Plus floor spots, new performers are very welcome. Admission £5.00.
THURSDAY 3 APRIL 8pm at Mum’s Lounge, 143 Myddleton Road, N22
Celtic evening, featuring club members Aoife Nally and Oliver Mulligan.
THURSDAY 1 MAY Guest performers: Nicole Lazarus and Paul Flannery
THURSDAY 5 JUNE Guest performers: Blue Harbour
St Michael’s Church Hall, temporarily transformed from a nursery to a folk club, was buzzing on 6 February, when we welcomed Pete Morton as our guest performer. Pete treated us to songs from his new CD, The Frappin’and Ramblin’ Pete Morton. They ranged from English people’s history, to political comment on the current ‘corporatocracy’ and the humour of ‘Ghost of a sailor’, performed with verve and passion. Thanks to Pete and our local singers for a great evening!
A-wassailing we went on 16th January in the Myddleton Road Community Garden. A small group of damp but undaunted people were ably led by Wassail Master, Chris Turner in the traditional English ceremony. Songs were sung, what we though was the oldest tree in the Garden honoured and fed with beer and bread, and things were banged. Then we went to The Step for a drink.
With singers new and old (well, not very old, we’ve only been going since May), there was a mixture of carols, Christmas songs and non-Christmas songs. We are still looking for the perfect venue, but with a few tweaks, Mum’s Lounge would do well. If you were there on the 5th, please do give us feedback.
On 7 November Shambolica - Andy, Kerry and Martin - gave us a terrific evening, setting the place alight with a good balance of traditional and original songs, tuneful harmonies and infectious rhythms. Several new people joined regulars in an equally wide range of excellent floor spots.
On 22 October eight of us enjoyed our first workshop. In two groups we practised and then performed ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ – more difficult than it sounds! We were much helped by local guitar teacher and member of the band, Miss Havisham’s Digital Clock, Grant Davis (hear their music here).
On 3 October we had an excellent evening when local singer-songwriter Rick Hayter gave us some of his songs about places and people, love and life, and even a song about a song (Waterloo Sunset). Floor spots included contributions from a harper and a piper, as well as tuneful voices.
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