Shackleton Trio & Alden Patterson



SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY                             8.00 p.m.

Shackletons Alden Patterson

A wonderful evening of acoustic music lies ahead with a very special collaboration between 2 of East Anglia’s leading folk acts – the Shackleton Trio and Christina Alden & Alex Patterson.

Frequently referred to as one of the hardest working bands on the scene, The Shackleton Trio are an “in demand” name on the UK and international folk circuit. They have been featured on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show and BBC Radio 4, with Five star reviews, and an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival's main stage alongside a host of UK and European festivals and international tours.

The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group's native East Anglia.

They released their critically acclaimed third album “Mousehold” in 2022 and have since been touring extensively in the UK and across mainland Europe.

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Winter Wilson at The Canopy Theatre

Winter WilsonCanopy Theatre, Hungate Church Beccles – Saturday 14th January 8.00 p.m.

 Winter WilsonThe highly popular and talented duo of Kip Winter (vocals, flute, guitar and accordion) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) return for their fifth appearance at this excellent venue.

They are one of the hardest working and most sought after duos on the circuit with gigs all year round up and down the UK and regular tours abroad across mainland Europe, Canada and Australia.

It is in live performance where these two really excel. Now in their 11th year as full-time musicians, Kip and Dave bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with sometimes hilarious humour and tales of life on the road. Kip "simply has a voice to die for” (John Roffey, Maverick Magazine), whilst Dave is rightly recognized as being amongst the top tier of British songwriters, with his songs sung in folk clubs across the UK and beyond. Together, their voices are sublime.

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Clive Gregson at The Canopy Theatre


Canopy Theatre, Hungate Church, Beccles. (New date as this event was postponed from 4th Nov 2022 - all tickets are valid for the new date)

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2020 marked Clive Gregson’s 40th year as a professional musician. His plans to play shows throughout the year before finally hanging up his rail pass and retiring from touring were thwarted by the pandemic. Confined to his home studio during the many lockdowns, Clive wrote, recorded and released eight new albums!

Clive belatedly began to celebrate this milestone and new releases with a run of live dates in autumn 2021 and will play his final dates in October and November this year.

He took his cult band Any Trouble around the world in support of five critically acclaimed albums before the group disbanded in 1984. Fondly remembered and greatly missed, the band have occasionally reformed since 2007, recording two brand new albums: Life in Reverse (2007) and Present Tense (2015). The band toured to support these releases and the three CD box set of The Complete Stiff Recordings 1980-1981 (2013). Grown men cried!

Between 1985 and 1992, Clive formed a partnership with Christine Collister that Rolling Stone called "The state of the art in British folk-rock". Having released five albums and toured the world to much acclaim, their decision to call it a day left a huge gap in the roots music scene. The entire Gregson & Collister catalogue plus a “Best Of…” compilation were re-issued in 2009.

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East Anglian Traditional Music Trust Ruddock Bursaries

Ruddock Bursaries 2022-23

East Anglian Traditional Music Trust are delighted to be able to bring back 3 small bursaries for young musicians/artists involved in Traditional Music within East Anglia. One bursary will help towards the cost of a Burwell Bash place which is a week long summer school. Tickets went on sale on 18th December and by the end of the weekend all places were sold out. A number of young musicians applied for this place and over the coming weeks EATMT and Burwell Bash will be selecting a candidate. For the remaining two places, this will be launched at the end of January with decisions being made at the end of March. For more details see our Bursary Page.

Mick Graves (1949-2021)

A personal memoir by Adrian May

          I first met Mick Graves, along with his wife and musical other half Sarah, in the 1970s. They were a mostly traditional, mostly instrumental duo at Chelmsford Folk Club and I was a songwriter and resident singer at the Blackbirds and Chestnuts clubs in Leyton and Walthamstow. They were one of the first to ask to cover one of my songs, The Old Wood Fire. They seemed a bit serious to me, if likeable and bright – also very good musicians. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Peter Booth, guitarist and humorist, phoned me in Halstead to offer me a gig playing bass with him, Mick and Sarah, who were doing English barn-dances as the Metric Foot Band. I borrowed a bass and an amp. The gig was good and they played well. After a while, Pete and I changed their rather passive on-stage presence to loosening up, having a laugh, posing ironically and actually praising each other’s playing when merited. Mick was always brilliant but shy. Sarah was brilliant too and actually fearless. I loved playing with them. We quickly started doing songs. I remember Pete’s enormous presence, standing posed on his tiny amplifier, like a giant on a transistor radio set and everyone laughing.

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