People, Places & Ponderings
It's been a while but a NEW SONG emerged while I was on holiday in July! The Pembrokeshire coastline played a part - inspiring a number of sea-related images in 'Rescue me!'
The song had it's maiden voyage, so-to-speak, at the lovely Sandpiper Folk Club in Pattingham last Wednesday and seemed to go down well. The Pigot Arms provides a super venue and everyone was very friendly throughout an evening of really good music. Thanks to all, especially Brian and Geoff, for their welcome and also to those who kindly bought CD's! I look forward to going again sometime.
... via Kingswinford. This was rather special!
I happened to come across this video today. Sara Lind from Sweden 'brought the house down' at The Woodman Folk Club in June 2006, with her rendition of 'County Down' by Tommy Sands. I did my best to accompany her. (Playing the Baby Taylor guitar I had in those days.)
Sara was unfamiliar with the folk scene when she got to know our family c.2005. Classically trained and more used to choral music than folk, she took a little persuading to sing this great song by Tommy Sands - popularised by Danu on their album 'The Road Less Travelled' (2003).
As you can see/ hear, Sara 'nailed it'!
Great time at Bromsgrove Folk Festival. Thanks again to maestros Derek and Kirsty for playing on Friday afternoon. I had so many lovely comments - including several from people who couldn't believe it was only our second gig!
Overall it was a wonderful weekend. Many thanks to Bob Bignell and the team for organising everything. Highlights for me were the sublime songwriting skills of Robin Laing and the spellbinding storytelling of Ursula Holden Gill.
The 2018 Primrose Hospice Summer Fête was a great success! There was a terrific atmosphere and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves - not least three musicians who got together for the occasion. I've popped some photos in the Gallery. (Pictures courtesy of Gordon Rogers Photography.) Thanks again to Derek Mitchell and Kirsty Daniels. You were brilliant!