It’s incredible how something that happens regularly can suddenly be so different! Poppy song and music nights are never quite the same as the previous one, and you never know who is going to turn up whom you’ve not seen for a while, but on the 16th June we saw no less than seven performers who were first-timers at the club, three who have only visited a couple of times, and a couple of new collaborations.
Welcome visitors from Burton Folk Club were Andy Castle (an excellent guitarist and songwriter), and singer Tony Fowkes who has formed a trio with his near neighbours Julie and Stephen Wigley (Poppy regulars) with excellent effect: their harmonies worked really nicely! Not to be outdone in the harmony department, occasional visitor Dorothy had teamed up with new faces Roger and Jim to produce a lovely sound - their Crosby Still & Nash song was particularly lovely.
Very good to see our friend, singer and history buff Mark Hinsley, from Grand Union Folk Club coming over from Ashby for his first visit to the club. And, last but not least in the new faces lineup, were Shelagh (singer-guitarist), and Jan (guitar), who played separately and as a duo.
Top-notch slide guitarist and mandolin player Ian Buchanan made the journey from deepest Staffordshire for a rare visit to the Poppy, and delighted us with some gorgeous playing; while from nearer to home came singer and guitarist Paul Graham for his second visit to the club.
Wow! The regular Poppy folks were quite well outnumbered! Nevertheless, we made a good impression for the new visitors, with excellent performances from Wil Walker and Jenny Bell; AJAR (fresh from a successful showing at the Gate to Southwell festival); backed up by solo songs from Dave Walters, Samir Goswami, and Trevor Mariott.
It was a terrific night to be running a folk club session - so many new faces, new collaborations and great songs and tunes - long may it continue!