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Singaround / Music Session - Sunday 21st February 2016

A lovely night of songs and music, with some newcomers, some returning occasional visitors, and a good helping of regulars. New to Poppy Folk Club were Sheffield singer Jerry – a lovely singer of traditional songs – and (from the same city) Vic Shepherd and John Bowden, who we had first met running sessions at Upton Folk Festival. Another new face, Alan, performed some of his own songs accompanied by lovely guitar playing. I think this was a first Poppy visit for Jan Robertson too - a familiar face at the Leicestershire folk clubs.

It’s great to have new faces and voices at the club – hope to see them again soon!

Returning to the club after a previous single visits were the Kitchen Table Band; and the duelling banjos of Mick and Val Scott – who made enough sound to put on the red lights on the audio-safety system! From Derby, Steve and Julie performed duets with nice guitar accompaniment and well thought out harmonies. Singing solo, having previously been to the club as part of the Trent Navigation Band, was Jeff who gave us a version of Shenandoah.

To complete the line-up, Poppy organisers Phil, Dave and Julie all sang, as did regulars Trevor Marriot, Ian Price, AJAR, and Marc Block. Highlight of the evening for me was Jerry’s singing of ‘The Deserter’ – a very different version of a song I’d previously only heard in Folk Rock style by Fairport Convention. Very well sung!