The Big Green Cabaret | Falcon Mews Bromyard | 24th September 2016

The Big Green Cabaret

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The Falcon Hotel Mews, Bromyard
Saturday 24th September 2016 6.30pm – 11.30pm

Tickets (on the door) £8.00, nibbles included

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Featuring :

Watch Rapunzel’s “I Love Slugs”

Mice In A Matchbox | Barbados 2016:

Here’s a great track by The Stoned Cherries – Dance Of The Seven Suns

Here’s a video of Slippery Slope:

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Marrow Bones at the Song House | Blue Boar Ludlow

Friday 16th September 2016, from 8.00 pm, at the Blue Boar Ludlow. Admission £2.

At the Song House on Friday 16th September we will be singing songs from that great little song book “Marrow Bones”. The attached flyer tells you more.

Also attached is a list of the 100 songs in the book. How many do you know?

If you don’t know any of the songs well enough then don’t worry. We will divide the evening into three halves (like The Lambton Worm). The first half will be a “sing what you like” session for floor singers, with halves 2 and 3 featuring Marrow Bones songs. Sheila and I will start the ball rolling with a few songs but the idea is very much to hear other singers’ contributions too. No need to worry either if you don’t know the exact version from the book, variations will be allowed!

Not only are we doing this to celebrate the book and to sing these great songs but we are also raising money for the bone marrow charity Anthony Nolan. So please bring your friends and your loose change!

Thanks to the generosity of EFDSS bookshop, we will have copies of the new edition of Marrow Bones on sale on the night, with 100% of proceeds going to Anthony Nolan.

Download PDF:  Marrow Bones at The Song House

Download Song List: Marrow Bones Song List

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Workshops for Harmonica and Songwriting at Kenilworth Arts Festival

Received following info on workshops from Kenilworth Arts Festival – see contact details at the bottom if you have questions or want to book.

Will Pound’s Harmonica Masterclass
Date: Monday 12th September 18:00 – 19:00 (beginner level) and Tuesday 13th September 18:00 – 19:00 (intermediate & advanced levels)
Venue: The Tree House Bookshop, Kenilworth
Ticket link:

Will Pound is widely regarded as one of the finest harmonica players of his generation. He’s won multiple awards, appeared on TV and Radio shows including BBC Breakfast, MTV and BBC Radio 1Xtra and has released a number of critically acclaimed albums. As part of our festival programme Will’s going to be offering expert insights into the art of harmonica-playing.

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Song-writing with Rachel Sermanni.
Date: Saturday 17th September 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: Camden House, Kenilworth
Ticket link:

“Rachel’s songwriting world is dominated by rich visual fairytale-like imagery. The sea, stars, bone white moons, monsters and birds all enter her dreamlike world, which she conveys in some of the most beautiful, poetic lyrics I have heard.”
– Folk Radio UK

Rachel Sermanni has been described by The Observer as “one of Britain’s most promising Folk artists.” Her music draws inspiration from a variety of art forms, from the poems of Robbie Burns to jazz music, to the landscapes and lives that surround her. Prior to her headline show at Kenilworth Castle, Rachel will be running a small-but-perfectly-formed songwriting workshop. Spaces are extremely limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Charlotte Thomas
Head of Communications
Kenilworth Arts Festival

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Horizon Lights 10th Anniversary Concert

horizon lightsHorizon Lights in Concert with Karen Tweed.
Date: 12th October 2016  Doors Open: 7.30 pm
Venue: Falcon Mews, Falcon Hotel, Broad Street, Bromyard

Horizon Lights was founded in 2006 and is celebrating 10 years of entertaining audiences throughout Worcestershire.

Viv (vocals, guitar), Ally (fiddle), Graham (mandolin), Andrew (accordion) and Ian (percussion) will perform a variety of songs and folk tunes in their own particular arrangements and style.

Karen Tweed, the famous accordionist, will contribute to the concert as Horizon Lights’ special guest.

Doors open 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start. Tickets £7.50 will be available a month in advance at the Falcon and also via the form on the website.

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Herefordshire Open Mics Facebook Page

Take a look at Herefordshire Open Mics gig list on their Facebook page.

Robin Shaw lists a number of events which may be of interest (copied and pasted here so not verified by Bromyard Sessions:

This is the current list of regular OMs that I am aware of. Please let me know of any errors.

First Monday – The Royal Oak Hotel (Ledbury) – Open Mic 8pm Jim Smith
First Tuesday – Courtyard [Hereford] Courtyard Open Mic
First Thursday – Alma [Linton] Open mic Kevin Horn
First Friday – Mortimer’s Cross, (Mortimer’s Cross) Open Mic Steve Yeomans
Second Sunday – Sun Inn Leintwardine acoustic session 8pm Jill Ireland
Second Monday – Vega pub [Hereford] Acoustic session Angela Mango Williams
Second and Fourth Tuesdays – the Firefly (Hereford) open mic
Second Friday – Sun Inn [Leintwardine] – ‘band based open mic with drums, bass and PA provided; bring your own insturment’ Rhythm Thieves
Third Thursday – Tarrington Arms (Tarrington) Nathan Edwards
Last Friday – Sun Inn [Leintwardine] Jill Ireland
Last Friday – The New Harp (Hoarwithy) Open mic 8pm
Last Sunday – The Plough inn, Little Dewchurch
Most Fridays – Shobdon airfield – Acoustic Session
Every Tuesday – The Prince of Wales [Ross on Wye] – open mic 7pm
Every Tuesday – Globe [Hay on Wye] – open mic
Every Wednesday – the Booth Hall [Hereford] – The Booth Hall
Every Thursday – the Firefly (Hereford) -open mic – Logan Bann-Murray
Every other Sunday – Crown & Sceptre – Ross on Wye – open mic 3 – 6pmGreg Morris from 22/5/16

if you are going it is always best to check with the venue or host in case of cancellations

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Olion Byw at Canon Frome Court 28th October 2016

The Frome Society presents Olio Byw in concert at Canon Frome Court on Friday 28th October 2016. Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm. Licensed bar.

Click here to book.

olion byw at canon frome courtOlion Byw; Lucy Rivers and Dan Lawrence, combine fiddle, guitar, mandolin and voice, capturing the essence of traditional Welsh music and song and representing it in a way that is fresh and enlivening. They take influences from World music, Roots and Nu folk to create an intoxicating atmosphere – intricate yet simple, contemporary yet traditional.
Their fresh and exciting arrangements of traditional Welsh tunes and songs are interspersed with original compositions, hence their name :  Olion Byw means Living Traces; rediscovering, reinventing ….

Support from Soundboard ; Natalie Mason, Ebrahim Nazir and Dave Carroll. This multi-instrumental acoustic trio plays music which is entirely original and dazzlingly varied. Their songs and instrumentals feature guitar, violin, viola, oud, banjo, bass and accordion, bringing in influences from European, African and Celtic traditions; from lyrical ballads through gypsy jazz to delta blues.

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Gig Guide from BBC Hereford and Worcester

Here’s an updated list of gigs, sessions, open mics and so forth shared by Andrew Marston at BBC Hereford and Worcester as at August 2016. If you have any corrections or additions please let me know and I’ll update accordingly.

• Open Mic @ The Royal Hotel, Ledbury
• Folk Night @ The Lamb & Flag, Worcester
NEW • Open Mic @ The Cock & Magpie, Bewdley
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ Cafe Mambo, Redditch (fortnightly)

First Monday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Irish Night @ The Grape Vaults, Leominster
• Acoustic Night @ The Pickled Plum, Pershore

Fourth Monday
• Singaround @ Pidele House, Wyre Piddle nr Pershore

• Open Mic @ The Globe, Hay-on-Wye
• Open Mic @ The Firefly, Worcester
• Open Mic @ The Great Malvern Hotel
• Open Mic: Pete Kelly @ The Queen’s Head, Wolverley nr Kidderminster
• Jam Night @ The Falcoln Hotel, Bromyard
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ The Retreat, Ledbury

First Tuesday
• Open Mic: Nigel Clark @ The Miller’s Arms, Pershore
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Irish Night @ The Volunteer, Hereford
• Open Mic @ The Oddfellows Arms, Astwood Bank nr Redditch
UPDATED • Traditional Music Sessions: Phil Knowles @ The Rose & Crown, Feckenham nr Evesham
• 12-19 Years Open Mic @ Pershore Library 7pm
Acoustic Night: Pauline Molloy @ The Cardinal’s Hat, Worcester
NEW • Open Mic @ The Courtyard, Hereford

Second Tuesday
• Acoustic Night @ The Farrier’s Arms, Worcester

Third Tuesday
• Acoustic Jam Night @ The Miller’s Arms, Pershore
• Folk Night @ The Crown, Longtown, Golden Valley
• Open Mic: Mick Morris @ The Bell, Pensax nr Stourport

Last Tuesday
• Jam Night: The Beer In Hand, Hereford
• Folk Night @ The Miller’s Arms, Pershore

• Open Mic @ The Marr’s Bar, Worcester
• Open Mic @ The Red Lion, Malvern
• Open Mic @ Baskerville Hall, Clyro Court nr Hay-on-Wye
UPDATED • Folk Jam @ The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury
UPDATED • Ukulele Night @ The Old Cock, Droitwich —— Moved to Drummonds, Worcester
• Acoustic Night @ The Cap & Gown, Worcester (fortnightly)
• Folk Night @ The Crown, Colwall nr Ledbury (fortnightly)
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ The Queen’s Head, Redditch (fortnightly)
• Acoustic Night @ The Major’s Arms, Halmond’s Frome nr Ledbury (fortnightly) MOVED TO GREEN DRAGON, BISHOPS FROME
• Acoustic Night @ The Plough & Harrow, Guarlford nr Malvern (fortnightly)

First Wednesday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Bluegrass Session @ The Victory, Hereford 8pm
• Singaround @ The Talbot, Knightwick nr Bromyard?

Third Wednesday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Folk Night: The Cock & Magpie, Bewdley
• Acoustic Night @ The Admiral Rodney, Berrow Green nr Worcester?

Fourth Wednesday
UPDATED • Folk Night @ The Rose & Crown, Severn Stoke nr Malvern?

NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ The Cock & Magpie, Bewdley
• Open Mic: Dan James @ The Chestnut, Worcester 8.30pm (fortnightly)
• Open Mic: Tyler Massey @ The West Malvern Social Club 9pm

First Thursday
• Open Mic @ The Kings Head, Tenbury Wells
• Open Mic @ The Alma, Linton nr Ross-on-Wye 8.30pm
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ The Bridge, Tenbury Wells
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Folk Night @ The Farmer’s Arms, Wellington Heath nr Ledbury

Third Thursday
• Folk Session @ The King’s Head, Tenbury Wells
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Tarrington Arms nr Hereford/Ledbury
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • The Spread Eagle, Hereford

Last Thursday
MOVED • Open Mic: By The Shore @ The Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester

NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • @ The Imperial, Hereford ???
• Band Nights @ The Secret Garden, Kidderminster
• The Hotspur Sessions @ The Aero-Club, Shobdon Airfield nr Leominster

First Friday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Folk Night: The Pedigrees @ The Spread Eagle, Hereford

Third Friday
NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Folk Night @ The New Inn, Bartestree nr Hereford

Last Friday of Every Month
• 12-18 Years Open Mic @ The Hive, Worcester
• Open Mic: The Rhythm Thieves @ The Sun Inn, Leintwardine nr Leominster 8pm

NO LONGER TAKES PLACE • Open Mic @ Ledbury Community Hall

First Saturday
• Folk & Irish Session @ The Harp Inn, Glasbury-on-Wye nr Hay-on-Wye

Third Saturday
• The Harp Inn, Glasbury-On-Wye nr Hay 8.30pm

Friday Sunday
NEW • Open Mic: By The Shore @ The Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester

Second Sunday
• Open Mic: The Rhythm Thieves @ The Sun Inn, Leintwardine nr Leominster

Last Sunday
• Open Mic @ The Plough Inn, Little Dewchurch nr Hereford/Ross
• Open Mic @ The Retreat, Ledbury

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Mitcheldean Fete & Folk Festival 15 – 17 July

This is an invitation to all at Bromyard Sessions to our free festival on 15th – 17th July, where you can sing, play and dance whatever you like.

2016 MFFF flierThis is the third year of the only folk festival in the Forest of Dean.  See programme attached, but it runs like this:

Friday night music and singing session in the Brewery Tap (yes, we have our own brewery)

Saturday 16th July:

  • Bespoke Brewery open to visitors from 10 am – 12 noon
  • Morris dancing tours from 10.30 to 4 pm
  • Free concert  in the parish church from 12 – 9 pm
  • Poetry festival in the library from 1 – 4.15 pm
  • Village fete on the playing field from 12 – 4 pm
  • Ceilidh dancing from 5-7pm (family ceilidh) and 7.30 – 11pm in the community centre
  • Singing session in the White Horse from 8 pm
  • Acoustic session in the Brewery Tap ditto

Folk walk singing at local pubs from 12 pm on the Sunday

And if you would like to stay over to join more of the fun, we have bunkhouse, camping and camper van space at the Oakraven Centre – call them on 01594 369343 to book your spot.

More info here.

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Folk In The Foyer June to September 2016


Friday June 10th:
ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE – world class singer/ songwriter/ guitarist with a charismatic stage presence.
Support: Hennesea

Anthony John Clarke playing at Folk in the Foyer 10th June 2016.

Anthony John Clarke playing at Folk in the Foyer 10th June 2016.

Friday July 8th:
LITTLE RUMBA – superb musicianship original material, with an eastern European/klezmer flavour together with the odd dollop of latin and rock’n’roll thrown in for good measure.
Support: The Speedgums

Saturday August 16th:
GRACE PETRIE – Very powerful singer/ songwriter/ guitarist,whose songs are about what goes on in the world around her. Regularly heard on Radio 4, particularly, ‘The Now Show’. Past bookings include Latitude and Glastonbury Festivals and a tour supporting Billy Bragg.
Support : Too Easy To Please, featuring Francis Budden.

Friday September 2nd:
Double bill. Local Derby, featuring
MICE IN A MATCHBOX who are Sally Stamford, a very fine singer, accompanied on guitar by Jim Rolt. and …
VAGINAPOCALYPSE who are Lu Mason, another wonderful singer, accompanied on guitar by Robin Scott Wilson.


For more information contact Roger 01885-483425/07779-694615 or
For tickets: 01885-488575 or,uk


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Upton Folk Festival 2016

upton folk festivalThis year, Upton Festival is making Rover tickets available in advance for Saturday evening events and for Sunday evening events.

Attached is a poster showing some of the highlights of this year’s festival. These are available from Upton Tourist Information Centre or from .

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