JT Sessions Update 20140926

Thanks to John Taylor for the following:

Here are the sessions, sing-arounds, and club listings for the first half of October. Hope the new layout is more readable. Any contact details are in a separate section after the venue listings. Gig news and events will now be covered by a separate email bulletin.

Once a Month Sessions, Singarounds & Clubs
October 2014 : Part 1 (1st to 15th)
Day Date Where Postcode
Monday 6th October The Pickled Plum Pershore WR10 1EQ
Tuesday 7th October The Cardinals Hat Friar St Worcester WR1 2NA
Tuesday 14th October The Farriers Arms, Fish St Worcester WR1 2HN
Wednesday 1st October The Talbot Knightwick WR6 5PH
Wednesday 8th October Malvern Storytellers, GMH Malvern WR14 2HN
Wednesday 8th October The Fox & Hounds, Bredon GL20 7LA
Wednesday 8th October Com Centre Wick Pershore WR10 3NZ
Thursday 2nd October Black Hill Tune Club, The Crown Longtown HR2 OLT
Thursday 2nd October Folk at The Haywain, Hellens House Much Marcle HR8 2LY
Friday 3rd October The Camp Inn  Grimley WR2 6LX
Friday 3rd October The Unicorn, Corve St Ludlow SY8 1DU
Saturday 4th October The Railway, Malvern Wells WR14 4PA
Saturday 4th October Rushwick FC, Village Hall Rushwick ** WR2 5TA
Sunday 12th October The Hop Pole Friar St Droitwich WR9 8ED
Sunday 12th October Pidele House Wyre Piddle WR10 2JB


** Temp date change for Rushwick FC for October only


Fortnightly or Twice Monthly Sessions, Singarounds & Clubs
October 2014
Day Date Where Postcode
Monday 6th & 20th October Lamb & Flag, The Tything Worcester WR1 1JL
Wednesday 1st, 15th, 29th October The Majors Arms, Hammonds Frome WR6 5AX
Wednesday 8th & 22nd October The Plough & Harrow, Guarlford WR13 6NY
Thursday 9th & 23rd October The Morgan Pub Clarence Rd, Malvern WR14 3EQ
Friday 3rd & 17th October Redditch FC, The White Lion Astwood Bank B96 6AA
Sunday 12th & 26th October The Bowling Green, Stoke Prior B60 4BH



Weekly Sessions, Singarounds & Clubs
October 2014
Day Date Where Postcode
Tuesday 7, 14, 21, 28 Oct The Falcon, Broad Street, Bromyard HR7 4BT
Wednesday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Oct The Prince of Wales, Ledbury HR8 1DL
Friday 3, 10, 17, 24 Oct Somers FC, The Alma Inn Worcester WR3 7HT



Venue & Organiser Contact Details
Venue Contact
The Cardinals Hat Worcester

Pub : 01905  724006 Website : www.the-cardinals-hat.co.uk

Organiser : Pauline Molloy : paulinamolloy(at)gmail.com

The Kings Head Tenbury Organiser : Pauline Molloy : paulinamolloy(at)gmail.com
The Farriers Arms Worcester

Pub : 01905 27569

Organiser : John Taylor : john.taylor39(at)btinternet.com

The Talbot Knightwick

Pub : 01886 821235 Website : www.the-talbot.co.uk

Organiser : John Taylor : john.taylor39(at)btinternet.com

The Admiral Rodney, Berrow Green

Pub : 01886 821375 Website : www.admiral-rodney.co.uk

Organiser : John Taylor : john.taylor39(at)btinternet.com

The Rose & Crown Severn Stoke Organiser : Roly Alcock : roly(at)mothy.co.uk
The Fox & Hounds Bredon Organiser : Tony Gibbons : tonyjgibbons(at)btinternet.com
The Black Hill Tune Club Organiser : Judy Mabe : judy.mabe(at)gmail.com
Redditch FC Organiser : Dave James  : dave.james8(at)gmail.com
The Falcon Bromyard

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Johnny Trashed at the Hop Pole Bromyard

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Johnny Cash tribute band, Johnny Trashed, appearing at the Hop Pole in Bromyard from 9.00 pm on 1st November 2014.

For tickets and enquiries contact Rosey Beardmore on 01885 482449 or email her or call into the Hop Pole.

They sound like they are well worth hearing. Take a look at their Facebook page for more info and videos.


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Music and Curry Night at the Granary Leominster

granaryVenue: Granary Tea Rooms, South Street, Leominster

Date: 22nd October 2014, 8.00 pm to 10.30 pm

Music: The Tony Burt Band

Food: wide range of vegetable and meat curries

Booking and Enquiries: 01568 614290 or info@thegranarytearooms.co.uk

Website: granarytearoomsleominster.co.uk

An intimate evening of fine food and excellent music in the special environment of Norrie’s Granary Tea Rooms in Leominster. Being such a small venue numbers are limited and the music from the Tony Burt Band is unamplified to create an intimate musical experience.

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Norrie is a great cook, and I speak from experience. Although she specialises in vegetarian food she also caters very well for carnivores like me. There will be several unusual and authentic curry dishes to sample and there is a well stocked bar to complement the food.

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Music will be provided by the Tony Burt Band, comprising Tony Burt on guitar, mandola and vocals; Allyson Craigan on violin and John Davis on bass. The songs are mostly Tony’s own but are aimed at entertaining the audience and many are fun to sing along with. Ally is an accomplished player of Celtic tunes and these will keep the party going.

Tony Burt Band : Profile

Because of the small size of the venue and the popularity of the food and music tickets will sell out quickly. If you would like to sample this unique experience you are advised to book your places without delay.

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JT Sessions Update 20140917

Some new dates for your diary and one temporary date change.

Rushwick Folk Club — temporary date change – October 2014 only

We have changed the date again for the October Rushwick Folk Club. We will now meet on Saturday 4th October to avoid clashing with Folk at The Fold concert on the 18th. The folk club will meet normally in November on the 2nd Saturday.

Vital Spark West Gallery Quire

We have a couple of gigs coming up soon.

Friday 26th September at 7.30 p.m. we have a concert at Tewkesbury Methodist Church, The Cross, Tewkesbury,GL20 5BB. Enquiries Kath 01684 295483

Sunday 5th October at 3.30 p.m. we’ll be at Hartlebury Castle near Kidderminster

DY11 7XZ. Enquiries Pippa 01299 250416

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Earth Fest 2014

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Richard Aird and BB Baslemann

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Running Order Bromyard Sessions Concert

falcon hotelHere is the running order for the FREE concert tonight (11th September) at the Falcon Mews:

7:30 pm Doors Open

8:00 pm Bloor, Marshall and Haigh

8:15 pm Changeover

8:30 pm Dempsey’s Lot Revisited

9:10 pm Changeover

9:25 pm The Stoned Cherries

10:05 pm Changeover

10:20 pm Tony Burt Band

11:00 pm Finish

Download programme

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Tommy Dempsey in Bromyard Free Concert

tommy dempseyTommy Dempsey, legendary Birmingham based Irish singer, is among several top performers at the curtain raiser concert for Bromyard Folk Festival this year.

Date: Thursday 11th September 2014. Doors Open 7.30 pm. Music 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

Venue: Falcon Mews, rear of Falcon Hotel, Broad Street, Bromyard HR7 4BT

Entry is FREE (but we will pass a bucket round for a small contribution towards cost of sound system).

Details of full line-up here.

I first met Tommy in the 60’s when I was a mere lad of 15. One Sunday afternoon I sneaked into the Prince of Wales in Moseley Village in Birmingham because I’d heard there was an Irish session going on in the back room. There was also a rumour that the Dubliners were in that session and it turned out to be true. I ended up sat next to Tommy, who was already a well respected performer, and he treated me great! Encouraged me to join in and sing a song myself and feel a part of it.

We’ve been friends ever since!

At various stages in my life I’ve filled in when someone in Tommy’s backing band couldn’t make it and from the early 90’s to 2006 was a full time member of what proved to be an enduring lineup backing Tommy. We once worked out that we had performed at over 1000 weddings, so add in other events, festivals, clubs, parties, etc. and you see how busy we were. For a raft of reasons that lineup broke up, entirely amiably, in 2006 and Tommy has continued with a new version of Dempsey’s Lot.

We met up at Bromsgrove Folk Festival in July this year, along with Rob O’Dell and Ally Craigan, and decided to reform that version of Dempsey’s Lot for the Bromyard Sessions concert.

So Dempsey’s Lot Revisited will rise like a phoenix, featuring:

Tommy Dempsey: vocals, bodhran and stories
Allyson Craigan: violin
Rob O’Dell: guitar, mandoline
Tony Burt: banjo, mandola, vocals

Here are three tracks by Dempsey’s Lot recorded for the Carl Chinn Show on BBC Radio Birmingham around 2000. There is also a recording of the entire show which has an interesting amd amusing interview with Tommy. Note that the violinist is Jon London, not Ally in this instance.






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News from the Nightwatch

The Night Watch website update

There’s been a lot of activity on the instruments page of the website http://www.the-night-watch.org.uk/instrument-guide.html with the addition of information and sound-files for bandora, French baroque lute, bray harp, baroque guitar, saz and several previously listed instruments updated. Ian thought that would bring The Night Watch instruments page bang up to date. Then Andy bought a chalumeau …

Forthcoming gigs

The first two listed are solo performances by Andy and Ian.


8.00pm, The Warwick Arms Hotel, High Street, Warwick CV34 4AT

Andy will be singing mostly English traditional songs accompanied on melodeon and concertina in the first half. In the second half he’s joined by Chris Lowe to sing such Music Hall favourites as Daisy Bell, The Galloping Major, Show Me The Way To Go Home, andYou Can’t Get Many Pimples On A Pound Of Pickled Pork.


8.30pm, Newhampton pub, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0DW

Ian is playing a double-header with Black Country dialect poet and singer Brian Dakin, who performs as Billy Spakemon. Ian will perform a first set of renaissance music on lute, a second set of traditional music on guitar, and Brian and Ian will perform a song together at the end.


10.30am (please note early start!), St. George’s Hall, Load Street, Bewdley DY12 2EQ. Part of Bewdley Festival. Tickets fromwww.bewdleyfestival.org.uk

This is an extra show not on the original leaflets.

The commemoration of the Bard’s 450th birthday continues. The Night Watch reclaim the songs and dance music William knew and used in his plays, performed on the instruments he would have heard, and wearing the clothes of his day: recorders, lutes, shawm, rebec, crumhorn, cittern, pipe and tabor, renaissance guitar, bagpipes, orpharion, bandora, bray harp and percussion. The Night Watch’s trademark irreverent humour will make this an entertaining show for music lovers with only a passing knowledge of Shakespeare, while also revealing hidden and little-heard musical gems to the Bard’s ardent fans.


8.00pm, The Fold, New House Farm, Bransford, Worcester WR6 5JB.

Tickets 01886 880 061 or eric_payne@btinternet.com

Show content as above. Delicious food will be available in The Fold Café from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. There will also be a bar with a range of specialist beers before the concert and in the interval.


Ian and Andy have recorded an interview about The Night Watch, their solo work and their ceilidh band, Captain Swing, to be broadcast in November on Black Country Community Radio. In the same month there will be an extra requested Shakespeare show in Birmingham. Details in the next emailing.

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Bromyard Sessions Concert 2014

Bromyard Sessions in Concert in the Falcon Mews Thursday 11th September 2014.

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

(Although a small contribution towards the cost of providing sound system and soundman would be appreciated – £2 per head will be plenty)

This concert is a curtain raiser for the 2014 Bromyard Folk Festival which runs from 12th to 14th September and all are welcome.

Music will be provided by:


Most people involved in the Midlands folk scene will know the legendary Irish singer Tommy Dempsey who has been performing for over 60 years now, both solo and with groups such as Slipjig, Drowsy Maggie and Dempsey’s Lot.

For one night only the line-up of Dempsey’s Lot that ran from the early 90’s through to 2005 is re-forming to play a set of traditional Irish songs and tunes, featuring Tommy Dempsey on vocals, bodhran and bones, Ally Craigan on fiddle, Rob O’Dell on guitar and mandoline, and Tony Burt on banjo, mandola and guitar.


John Bloor, Phil Marshall and Dave Haigh have recently been playing together at the Bromyard Sessions acoustic night, held in the bar at the Falcon every Tuesday. Using guitar and mandoline as backing they harmonise brilliantly on a range of traditional and contemporary folk songs.

stoned cherriesTHE STONED CHERRIES

Featuring Roger Pugh on mandola and guitar, and Dave Evans on guitar and mandoline, the Cherries have recently re-jigged their line-up adding the whistle wizardry of Aly May and electric bass from Matt Donaldson. Expect tunes, classic songs and the excellent original songs written by Roger and Dave.

tony burt bandTHE TONY BURT BAND

The Tony Burt Band comprises Tony Burt on vocals, guitar and mandola, Allyson Craigan on violin and John Davis on bass. In the main they perform Tony’s original songs which have thought provoking lyrics, often coupled with very singable choruses.

All three are long time performers on the Midlands music circuit and have joined together to produce new and interesting music whilst keeping the entertainment of the audience at the forefront. Tony states: “To me the challenge is to get people feeling involved and singing along with fresh, new songs they probably won’t have heard before.”

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