A week or so John contacted me asking if I would be interested in helping set up a discussion to look at ways to raise the profile and support the UK folk club scene.… Read more
Well where to begin with Royal Traditions… Jon and I moved to Sheffield and loved the session/dancing/singaround scene, which is frankly brilliant with great singers from Crucible hosting various song and tune sessions and a long-term singers club at Raise the Roof providing great places to go and sing. … Read more
In my last post I told the tale of how I unexpectedly and very rapidly got involved in folk music.… Read more
A while ago we posted some video of Fiona & Tiny Taylor’s workshops at the Lancashire Wallopers Weekend. At that weekend they met up with Tanisha Allman who is the current overall Fylde Folk Festival Clog Champion, and she’s only 12!… Read more
All social action has two kinds of results, those purposely pursued and those unintended. So what then is the purpose of the Folk Awards and what are its unintended consequences?… Read more
Bryony & Will are currently recording their debut duo album in Newcastle.
You’d think that living in the same house, Will and I would be able to find plenty of time to practise, but actually it’s very rare that we’re both in before about half nine at night, by which time it seems a little unfair to inflict melodeon, fiddle and 48 verse murder ballads on the neighbours in our little terrace.… Read more
Folk music has always been a huge part of my life from growing up in Coleraine, listening to LPs and tapes of The Fureys, The Dubliners, Planxty, De Dannan, Paul Brady, The Bothy Band…the list goes on.… Read more
So how did all this folking around suddenly happen to a young pop music graduate? The answer is: Very quickly!
One fateful day in 2004, less than a week before the Towersey village festival, I received a phone call my from sister, Bryony.… Read more
A few months ago Damien Barber and Bobak Walker (Artistic Director and Choregrapher of TGP) were invited by The Foundation for Community Dance to write an article on their experiences creating ‘Time Gentlemen Please!’ for their magazine Animated.… Read more
After more than fifteen years off the road folk comedian Mike Harding, once dubbed ” the grandfather of Alternative Comedy” is taking to the road again on a twenty night tour of small theatres, village halls and arts centres.… Read more
By Bryony Griffith
On the weekend following Plough Monday, The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival takes place. Basically, it involves a man dressed in a straw outfit, led by his keeper, dancing around the streets and pubs of Whittlesey.… Read more
These days I tend to shy away from the masses on New Year’s Eve preferring small numbers of good friends, a medium number of hot caffeinated drinks and infinite amounts of cheese, cold-meats and pickles.… Read more