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(ish), normally on the first Thursday and usually at Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG. Admission charge is £5 for guest performers and £4 for all comers evenings.
Location: Bowes Park, North London
Latest Activity: Feb 23
4 September - Andy Mathewson
2 October - Steve and Will O’Donoghue
6 November - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
4 December - Christmas party
On 3 JULY we showcased our own talented performers. Close on 30 of us enjoyed a wide variety of songs and instrumental pieces, while outside a magical summer evening provided a perfect backdrop. Many thanks to Mary Blake (who probably will sing 'The Wild Rover' again ...), Adrian, Dave Burns, Nick Siepman, Mark and Janis, Ian Coles, Rick Hayter, Keith Beechey and the Shanty Crew, who combined volume with a touch of artistry.
On Thursday 5 June Blue Harbour gave us a lovely evening, with very varied songs, many written by themselves. Funny, sad, personal, environmental and, in one case, a little bit scary, some were sung a capella, others with two guitars and a fully functioning washboard. Phil and Jim can be found on Thursday evenings at the Loughton Folk Club (www.loughtonfolkclub.btck.co.uk/). Thanks to them, and also to our floor performers, of whom more next time ...
PS The All-you-can-eat buffet was excellent, and will be a regular feature of our evenings at Mum's.
On Thursday 12 June, 14 of us had an excellent workshop led by Alison Rowley, a violinist and folk fiddle player who works as performer, composer and teacher. In 2012-13 she was Creative Artist in Residence for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. WE achieved harmony! www.alisonrowleyteaching.com/workshops
What a great evening we had on May Day with Nicole ('Nod') Lazarus and Paul Flannery, who gave us a wide range of beautiful songs, sung with and without accompaniment. Floor performers added to the variety, including a mandolin.
The club went with an Irish swing and a lilt when we met on 3rd April. Our two contrasting singers, Oliver Mulligan and Aoife Nally, gave us songs that ranged over several hundred years and covered the spectrum of human emotions. Oliver learnt from the living tradition in Ireland. Singing in the sean-nos (‘the old way’), he transported us from Bowes Park to the Emerald Isle. Aoife treated us to Irish favourites like Spancil Hill and Carrickfergus. Sensitively accompanied by Keith Beechey on harp and Ian Coles on guitar, Aoife’s lovely voice and warm presence held us entranced.
On 6th March Sian Allen and Maria Byrne were the club's guests for an all-female bill at Mum's Bistro in Myddleton Road - two days ahead of International Women’s Day on the 8th.
A favourite with the Walthamstow Folk Club crowd, Sian regaled us with stories of love, death, and drinking, all made vivid by her strong voice, expressive delivery and sensitive guitar accompaniment.
Bowes Park resident Maria started life in Cork, but her infectious country-tinged compositions (seasoned with covers from the likes of Gillian Welch) showed that part of her heart is in Tennessee. Her new CD, 'Back To You', launches on 10th March.
On 6 February St Michael’s Church Hall, temporarily transformed from a nursery to a folk club, was buzzing 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.
We had an enjoyable evening on 5 December at a new venue, Mum’s Lounge in Myddleton Road, where we were made very welcome (lots of popcorn!).
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.
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).
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