Dreamers newsletter 7th March 2024

Posted By dreamersfolk on Mar 8, 2024

Hi and welcome to this week’s Dreamers Newsletter after a week’s break when I had too much else to do and there didn’t seem to be a lot of news. I hope that last Sunday was as good as the weeks before at the Club – we felt we should go to the Memorial event for Bridget Taylor, stalwart of the Millbrook Folk Club near Torpoint which turned into a memorial folk event of its own with performers from all over Cornwall and some lovely tributes and memories.

On to this Sunday when we welcome Steve Winchester to Dreamers. Now based in Cornwall, Steve featured at the Cornwall Folk Festival back in 2022 (on the programme with Angeline Morrison).  A singer/songwriter with four albums to his name with songs covering a wide range from the impact of second homes on communities to the moors and seas around Cornwall. There’s more on Youtube and Facebook but, better still, come along on Sunday.

After that, we have some singers nights before the visit of Harry Glasson on 7th April. The next Cornish Zoom Folk Club is on 23rd March. More of all that nearer the time.

On line, there’s a special edition of Folk on Foot involving a chat at Cecil Sharp House with Joe Boyd and John Wood. They were the producer and sound engineer behind some of the greatest folk rock albums of the 60s and 70s working with Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, the Incredible String Band and others. Link at Bonus Episode: Joe Boyd and John Wood in conversation at Cecil Sharp House (folkonfoot.com)

Coming up next week on Live to Your Living Room:-

·        On Friday 15th March, there’s Hannah James and Toby Kuhn + Seb Stone in a hybrid gig from Downend Folk and Roots near Bristol. Award winning folk musician Hannah James (who has worked with folk like Lady Maisery, Maddy Prior, Eiza Carthy and Karine Polwart to name but a few) is,  complimented by the French cellist, Toby Kuhn. Support from Seb Stone, a traditional singer, whistler and uillean piper. Hannah James & Toby Kuhn | Online Gig | Live to Your Living Room

·        The next night, Saturday 16th March features a very familiar name in Reg Meuross. Stories that need to be told, struggles that need to be known, injustice that needs to be uncovered, social conscience that needs to be celebrated, Reg is currently touring with song cycle Stolen From God, focusing on the transatlantic slave trade from a South West England perspective. He has also recorded Fire & Dust, due for release Autumn 2024, a song cycle that delves into the life story of Woody Guthrie. Reg is preceded by Katie Grace Harris whose debut album, The Toledo Sessions, in 2022 includes two songs developed in collaboration with Reg Meuross. Reg Meuross | Online Gig | Live to Your Living Room

More updates, info about what’s on where if you are travelling, what’s on in the West and about folk traditions in the latest online Newsletter from  www.folklife.uk Well worth a read.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Ham Evening Concerts at the Sidmouth Festival in August. Lots of big names – Steve Knighley with a brand new band, Ralph McTell, Oysterband and Angeline Morrison among them. More detail and  tickets at Buy tickets for Sidmouth 2024 Ham Evening Concerts – 2024 Ham Evening Concerts – The Ham Marquee, Fri 2 Aug 2024 19:30 – Fri 9 Aug 2024 22:30 (tickettailor.com)

And, finally for this week, I’ve been contacted by the English Folk Dance & Song Society about free National Youth Folk Ensemble Open Days including one in Exeter on 31st May. These are a great opportunity for young people (between 12 and 18) who live in England and who have confidence playing their chosen instrument. Each event will have music workshops with skilled professionals, a Q&A regarding the National Youth Folk Ensemble, and lots of outlets for individual and group creativity. The Open Days will allow individuals to take part in a band for a day, and to explore folk music with other young people passionate about music. If you know of anyone who might be interested, just let me know and I’ll pass on the links.

More than enough for now, hope to see you on Sunday at Dreamers.

All the best