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. Admission charge is £5 for guest performers and £3 for all comers evenings.
Location: Bowes Park, North London
Latest Activity: Feb 23
THURSDAY 1 MAY Guest performers: Nicole 'Nod' Lazarus and Paul Flannery
8pm, Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8YJ. Admission: £5.
Nicole Lazarus comes from the Tanners Hatch music scene in Surrey, so log fires, beech woodlands and travelling feature strongly in her repertoire. Nicole has played with Surrey folk band Noddy's Lot and more recently in the duo Scudnodus. She plays traditional and contemporary folk songs with acoustic guitar, including the occasional self-penned number. She has teamed up with Paul Flannery, adding his fine harmonies and piano accompaniment. Paul started life in London where he played with bands High Tension and Heritage. He moved to Yorkshire and joined Aiken's Drum in 1990.
THURSDAY 5 JUNE Guest performers: Blue Harbour
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 6 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.
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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