On a sadder note, I am sure that many of your readers will be sorry to hear that a stalwart of the local music scene, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Penny Mack passed away on 31st January.
photo Lucy Hart
In our last issue we had intended to award our annual My Lady of Autumn prize for the first person (apart from serial offenders) to break cover with a rendering of this Dave Webber song. Surprisingly, but fittingly since she is the best singer of this song around here, June Thaine claimed the prize. In her defence for singing it in late August she explained it had been a request. The Church? All Saints Runhall in late autumn sunshine.
Written by Dave Bartlett
Robbie Callas Cup February 2019 at The Oakes Barn Bury St. Edmunds
Our fifth Robbie Callas Cup Folk Singing Competition– and still as popular as ever. There were the usual last minute contacts confirming that people were going to be there and this was the title of their chosen song (the songs should be traditional or in that style). In the end two people couldn’t come and one, unfortunately, wasn’t up to singing – well… it is the season for dodgy throats, coughs and splutters but the show went on regardless and we hope they have now fully recovered. We had fifteen entrants this year.
ONE of the most popular acts from the annual Blues at the Barns blues and Americana festival are returning next month to play a special show in Maldon. BATB promotions is bringing international duo Tyzack and Tortora to the Long Room, at Maldon's historic Blue Boar Hotel on Friday, February 1, for the latest of its successful bi-monthly shows at the venue.
Blues at the Barns promoter Tim Aves describes the duo as "great friends of our festival, who also happen to be two of the finest songwriters and instrumentalists on the blues and roots circuit today.