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.

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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

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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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Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival

End November to Saturday 6th December, 2014:

Mistletoe Festival: a week long, annual whole-town event in and around Tenbury Wells focusing on literary/ cultural events building on local folklore and legends, including theatre; Druid ceremonies, the crowning of the Mistletoe King and Queen, fairs, stalls, and storytellers.

All folk artists and groups are very welcome to take part throughout the town
If interested, please contact Caroline Palethorpe at: caroline(at)cmpconsult.co.uk
for details of performance slots and reimbursements.

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Folk in the Foyer : Granny’s Attic


Recently nominated for Radio 2 Young Folk Award

Supported by The Tony Burt Band


FRIDAY 25TH JULY 7.30 pm



01885 488575 – www.conquest-theatre.co.uk

Download poster:  Grannie’s Attic

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Big Busk in Worcester

Big Busk

Each year Worcester BID teams up with the Worcester Music Festival organisers to run the Big Busk.

Located in up to 5 locations in the BID area, local musicians provide free performances on a Saturday in July throughout the day.

It creates a wonderful atmosphere, provides a great platform for local bands to promote themselves, promotes the upcoming Music Festival and people in town can shop, eat and drink whilst surrounded by great music.

The next Big Busk will be taking place on Saturday 26th July 2014, from 11-00am to 4-00pm

Watch out for more information at :

www.worcesterbid.com/bigbusk and www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk

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