Hearth and Home / Census 1911 - Holly D. Johnston

HollyDJWriting for those who go before- by Holly D Johnston

Some events in history lend themselves to the written page, the spoken word, the sung story.  Songwriters and Storysingers seek these out and the world of folk music opens wide to make a home for these historic moments wrapped in melody.  Big events are captured and celebrated in crowd roaring, heart warming, tear jerking song.  How often then, do we know about the big, national mover shakers without knowing about the local, cliff face people who made changes right here where we live

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Maddy Prior


FOLK legends Steeleye Span are in a celebratory mood as they are about to set off on a 20-date UK tour to commemorate their 50th Anniversary!
Many members have come and gone, but vocalist Maddy Prior is still there, as she was back in 1969.

Steeleye Span 2019 50th Anniversary Year smlSpeaking at her home, Maddy, expresses an unusual emotion about the milestone.“Surprise more than anything,” she says. “Nobody sets off intending to last 50 years.”

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The Lowestoft Longshoremen

The Lowestoft Longshoremen were formed about 10 years ago when a group of like-minded individuals joined together, once a week, to indulge in their passion for ‘songs of the sea’.

The aim of the group, at that time, was to enjoy each other’s company and make occasional performances at local public houses.

As the years rolled by, members came and went and they now have only 2 of the original group, one of whom left for some years, before recently returning to the fold.

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Alan Bearman - all round folk enthusiast

Interview by Simon Haines
Unless you are a folk performer, you may not have heard of Alan Bearman, but he has been involved in the English folk scene for over 40 years, starting as a folk club organiser, moving on to being heavily involved in organising the Sidmouth Folk Festival. He is currently Artistic and Marketing Director of the festival, now in its 65th year, as well as running Alan Bearman Music (ABM), an agency representing major artists on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. He is also one of the few holders of the EFDSS Gold Badge, awarded for services to English folk music. Alan has famiy connections with the area and is a regular at Folk East Festival and at pub sessions in our area.  Here is my recent interview with Alan

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Playing together workshop - Norwich, 13 April 2019

by Jill Parson

Since Suffolk Folk ‘morphed’ into mardles.org in 2017 the idea of putting on events in East Anglia was always near the top of the agenda for the steering committee. Enter Vintage Squeeze! a group of enthusiastic melodeon players based in Norwich who will travel almost anywhere  to reach a workshop that would help them improve their mastery of the instrument.

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