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 £6/7 for guest performers and £5 for all comers evenings. All-you-can-eat buffet, £9.95, from 7pm/
Location: Bowes Park, North London
Latest Activity: Feb 17
Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG. £6.00 All-you-can-eat buffet, £9.95, from 7pm.Nick Dow has been singing traditional folk songs for over forty years, setting his warm, mellow voice to deft accompaniment on guitar. Every song Nick sings has a story attached to it, and his gigs are as informative as they are entertaining. His lasting influence on the folk scene was proven when award-winning musician Jim Moray included a song learned from Nick’s singing on his latest album. Acknowledged experts on West Country folk songs, Nick and his wife Mally have collected over 300 songs in Dorset, Lancashire and Essex. His recordings of Gypsy singers have been included in Topic Records’ series, ‘The Voice of the People’. Hear him here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O8LyVnz9ls.
Thursday 4 June, 8pm: TOM LEWIS
Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG. £6.00 All-you-can-eat buffet, £9.95, from 7pm.
Tom "The Springsteen of Sea Chanteys" Lewis
Tom's repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom's Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty "to be heard above the gales." With 24 years in the British Royal Navy he certainly has the qualifications that "provide him with that vitally authentic stance with which to tackle nautical song!"
Sheffield Carols workshop
On 20 November a dozen Bowes Park Folk Clubbers raised their voices in rousing 'folk' carols on Thursday at the TaB Centre in Palmerston Road. We were ably and enthusiastically led by Jeff Dent and six of his fellow singers from the 'Traditional Carols in London' initiative, with Fran Wood on keyboard. The carols date from pre-Victorian times, and were traditionally sung in the villages around Sheffield. Who'd have thought that 'While Shepherds Watched' scanned so well with the tune to 'On Ilkley Moor Baht 'at'? Or that 'Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells' could indeed sound sweet as well as loud?
If you missed out, you can join Jeff and friends for traditional carols sessions in pubs in Borough, Richmond and Putney in the run up to Christmas - see www.londoncarols.co.uk.
On 6 November we enjoyed an unmissable performance from Vicki Swann and Jonny Dyer - possibly playing more instruments in one evening than we have seen in the BPFC's history to date, and all faultlessly. A great choice of songs, with clever - and even soulful - arrangements. And crochet too... We look forward to their return. Hear them here - https://soundcloud.com/swan-dyer/red-house-teaser-track - and check out their website - http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/
On 4th September, Andy Mathewson kicked off our current season in fine style. Vintage ragtime and blues, judiciously chosen covers and thoughtful originals – variety, enthusiasm and virtuosity. His deep knowledge of past performers (have you heard of the Boswell Sisters?) underpins his beguiling performance, which blends expert guitar playing and gentle singing that draws you in. Read Andy’s great selection of advice from top songwriters at http://www.andymathewson.com/page9.htm.
Our floor performers did us proud as well. It was a great welcome back, expertly and stylishly compered by Dave and Mandy. Thanks as always to Mum’s Bistro for hospitality and the delicious buffet.
Folk in the Park on Sunday 27 July was a lovely afternoon of perfect weather, excellent performances and appreciative listeners. Upwards of a hundred people came to Broomfield Park, sat, picnicked and enjoyed. Thanks to Zahir and the Friends of Broomfield Park for inviting us, and to the performers, Mary for putting the programme together, Mum’s Bistro for the bar, Nick for sound, stewards Catharine, Katie and Rowena, and to the Winchmore Hill English Folk Dance group for their interlude.
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!
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