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Poppy Folk Day
Sunday 19th March 2017
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For our 2017 folk day we have a fantastic array of performers for you. Including traditional singer and melodeon player Pete Grassby, the delightful up and coming young couple Danny Pedler and Rosie Butler-Hall, and to finish off the day in style we have Leveret featuring Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. But that is not all, we also have a marvelous selection of club regulars and other local performers to make the whole day something really special.

As usual we will start in the morning with a free singaround/session for anyone who fancies coming along. Then we'll have two separate afternoon concerts, the first headlined by Pete Grassby and the second by Danny and Rosie. We'll have a bit of a music session down in the bar after the second afternoon concert, and finally we'll finish with our evening concert featuring Leveret and support from Claire Halliday and John Garner.

Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today's finest tunesmiths in the folk field. Their music is not arranged at all in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment, combining consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity in a sound which feels both timeless and contemporary. The material may come from archive sources and manuscripts, but there is nothing academic or historical about the sound: it's warm, listenable, engaging and refreshing.

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Pete Grassby is probably best known to a lot of people who see him at festivals with his musical instrument stall and as a repairer of melodeons. He is also a great singer, musician and performer both solo, with the Aardvark Ceilidh Band and The Grasshoppers. Pete will be the headline act for our early afternoon concert and will be leading the music session in the bar for us after the second afternoon concert.

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We first had Danny Pedler and Rosie Butler-Hall at the club when we put on a concert night with the Young Uns in September 2014. Rosie and Danny did a great support spot for us, and we're delighted to invite them back again to play for our folk day. Both are great singers, Rosie is a master of the fiddle as well and Danny plays accordian and hurdy gurdy. Danny and Rosie will be the headline act for our late afternoon concert.

Claire Halliday and John Garner are both superb exponents of the diatonic button accordion. They have been playing together for a number of years now with the band for Mortimers Morris who are nationally acclaimed for their vigorous interpretation of north-west style morris dancing set to French and European traditional music. We all know and love Claire's playing as she is one of the Poppy Folk Club team. John was a founder of the well known RBB band and plays regularly for the French sessions at Ockbrook.

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** STOP PRESS ** Unfortunately Tina has been struck down with a bad cold and will be unable to perform for us. Huge thanks to Marc Block for agreeing to stand in for us at late notice.

Tina Taylor is a well known face on the Nottingham folk and acoustic scene, but we hadn't seen her at The Poppy Folk Club until Mark Block invited her to do support at his album launch concert. Tina was also joint winner of the Open Mic competition at Southwell festival last year along with Paul Carbuncle who played for us at last year's folk day. She is a great singer and songwriter, so it seemed only right that we should ask her to perform at our folk day this year.

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AJAR is a West Bridgford based acoustic folk trio, consisting of Ally, Juliet and Rick, who are Poppy Folk Club regulars. Playing as a trio for 2 years or so, their material includes songs from different traditions, contemporary songs, and the occasional tune. Their arrangements feature a variety of instruments and vocal harmonies.

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Sheila Mosley:

  • loves great songs that move the heart
  • singing and playing guitar
  • the sound of harmonies flying round the room
  • folk music of all kinds
  • working for change in the world

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Norman Randall gave us a delightful set of songs at last years folk day, so this year we asked him to bring his group along: Higgs Bo'sun is a particle of the Trent Navigation Company Shanty Crew (geddit?). The instrumental heart of the TNC they play a variety of squeezed, blown, strummed and plucked instruments. Just four old blokes re-visiting the folk music they loved when they were spotty sprogs in the 1960s and 70s with a repertoire the emphasis of which is on songs to join in with.

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Phil Preen and Martin Wildig are the two founder members of The Bang On The Wall Band who have been playing for barn dances and ceilidhs around the East Midlands for 20 years. Martin has a strong forceful style on the melodeon ideally suited for dancing, and phil tries his hand at percussion, tin whistle, anglo concertina, and likes to sing a bit too.

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Steve and Julie Wigley came to The Poppy for the first time at our folk day last year I think, and they have been coming along regularly since then. They always delight audiences with Julie's amazing self-penned songs, great singing and beautiful guitar arrangements. We are delighted to be able to present them on stage at the folk day this year.

Timetable and ticket prices

Tickets for the folk day are 20, or you can get separate tickets for the individual concerts. See prices below.
Singaround 10:00 - 11:45am FREE
Early afternoon concert 12:30 - 3:00pm 5*
Steve and Julie Wigley
Higgs Bo'sun
Sheila Mosley
Pete Grassby
Late afternoon concert 3:30 - 6:00pm 5*
Phil Preen and Martin Wildig
Tina Taylor Marc Block
AJAR
Danny Pedler and Rosie Butler-Hall
Music session in the bar
led by Pete Grassby
6:00 - 7:30pm FREE
Evening concert 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm) 12.50*
Claire Halliday and John Garner
Leveret

For tickets telephone Julie & Phil on 0115 9812861, Dave on 07790 943893 or e-mail phil@poppyfolkclub.co.uk