Earache- May 2019 Edition

(for those with a finger on the pulse)


SteveSuzeSteve Eamer and Suze Close We've noticed a drop off in attendance at some venues in recent times, some of it maybe to do with the uncertain economic climate in which we live, and maybe because it can be difficult to ascertain what's going on where at the moment. As it happens and fortuitously our information and data correspondent Vince Matthews has been updating a gig list for general use and we are able to bring you exclusive access to his deliberations, aided by reference to Mardles, Adrian from King's Lynn and Philippa from Suffolk and various snippetts gleaned on the way.

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I looked East and I looked West

by Simon Haines and George Monger

I looked East and I looked West, was the title of a weekend to celebrate the life and music of Julia Clifford, organised by Katie and John Howson and held at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket on the weekend of 26-28 April.

I was not able to attend the whole weekend, so this is necessarily a partial – in both senses of the word - account of what went on.

Julia Clifford (1914-1997), was a wonderful fiddle player born into a musical family in Lisheen, Co. Kerry, in an area known as Sliabh Luachra, renowned for its poets and traditional musicians. Through seminal recordings made in the 1970s, Julia and her brother Denis Murphy helped define what is now a well-known genre of Irish traditional music. Julia and her husband John Clifford, also a musician, had been living in London since the 1940s, but shortly after the recordings came out, they moved out to Thetford in Norfolk, and as far as publically available information goes, they all but disappeared from view. However, this period, and especially after 1981 when John died, was actually a busy period of music-making for Julia, with a younger generation of enthusiasts and a new audience on the English folk scene.

Saturday evening concert finale

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Percy Webb Singing Competition

written by Steve & Mary Dickinson (6.05.2019)

On Sunday 5 May the Ship Inn at Blaxhall in Suffolk was bursting with folk who had gathered for this year’s Percy Webb
competition. After Percy Webb died it was decided to buy a pewter tankard and sing for it annually to remember him.  The current tankard, kindly donated by Suffolk Folk (www.mardles.org) in 2007, replaces the lost original – and the replacement trophy has been engraved with the names of all past winners.

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What’s on around Colchester in May

Compiled by Ricard Brazear

On Thursday 2nd May, Paul Hayes will be the headline performer at the Wivenhoe Folk Club, at The Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe, CO7 9BX. Paul has been writing, performing and recording his music – a mix of his own interpretation of traditional folk songs and his own self-penned songs with a traditional feel – for many years, delighting audiences at clubs and festivals . And, of course, there will be the regular floor spots. Admission £7.00 / Concessions £6.00 / Floor Spot Performers £3.00. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. You can always get the latest Folk Club news at www.facebook.com/wivenhoefolkclub.

The 2019 Cosmic Puffin Festival is taking place from Friday 3rd May to Monday 6th May at Mersea Youth Camp, Rewsalls Lane, Mersea Island, CO5 8SX. With over 100 bands spread over seven stages, it promises to be an outstanding / unforgettable weekend. For information on tickets, camping, stages and performers, check out http://www.cosmicpuffin.org.uk.

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