Haddenham Arts centre, 20 High St, Haddenham, Ely CB6 3XA
September 17-18, 2022
When Singer-songwriter Jeremy Harmer got a message from a session organiser that the session was ‘Cancelled’ because of the coming Lockdown he sat at the kitchen table feeling life was SO UNFAIR, but then, after a time he messaged the organiser back and suggested that they could try and have a music session on Zoom - and Lockdown Folk was born.
To their surprise (as other Zoom organisers also discovered) once all the ‘settings’ issues were resolved for the people involved, Zoom proved a much more forgiving and inspiring ‘venue’ for sharing what players and singers do than originally envisaged.
Lockdown Folk (online) grew. Singers and players from all over the UK, from many parts of the USA – Alaska, to Califonia, Missouri, Oregon and elsewhere -started arriving. They came, too, from Germany, Switzerland, Italy and well, anywhere. All dedicated to playing, singing and listening, listening to music at the very highest level. True, they couldn’t sing and play together (although one Lockdown Folker managed to, somehow) but everyone got to hear (and play to) people they might never have met otherwise. Online paradise.