Na-Mara Blog

Maidenhead Folk Club, Thursday 7th June 2018

Albeit holidays and illness meant numbers were a little below their usual average, Rob and I had a lovely evening at the Maidenhead Folk Club yesterday evening.  Those who had managed to make it along were very welcoming and fully engaged with what we were playing, joining in robustly with choruses from the very start of the evening

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NAF Club, 5th June 2018

It was very nice indeed to return to the excellent NAF Club last night.

We arrived nice and early at the Star and Garter pub in Silsoe near Bedford which hosts the club.  This was partly because the M1 behaved itself but mostly because, for some reason, I had a start time in my head for the club that was 30 minutes earlier than was the case.

Anyway, the bar staff let us into the club room and we had plenty of time to tune up and to chat with friends who had kindly travelled over from the Baldock and Letchworth Folk and Blues Club to come and support us.

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Waveney Folk Club, Lowestoft, 1st June 2018

What a tremendous night it was at the Waveney Folk Club in Lowestoft yesterday. The welcome we received from club organisers and audience members alike and the support for what we do were as pleasing as they were outstanding.

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Epping Music Club, 16th May 2018

Rob and I greatly enjoyed our trip to visit Trevor Kreuger’s Epping Music Club for the first time last night.  We were providing support for the rightly revered singer-songwriter Reg Meuross and we also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with an opening set from the very talented Linda Em.

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St Neots Folk Club, 8th May 2018

It is always a delight to perform at the St Neots Folk Club.  The welcome is warm, the choruses are loud, the banter is funny and the music is consistently good. 

So, on a splendid sunny evening, we loaded up the car and set off.  The A1 behaved itself on our way up to St Neots and we allowed us to arrive in plenty of time to catch up on all the club news with Roger, Patti and other club volunteers and to hear a bit more about the forthcoming St Neots Folk Festival – which sounds like a great line up.

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Cambridge Folk Club, Friday 20th April 2018

It is always a pleasure to play the Cambridge Folk Club.  The club has been supportive of our music from the very start and many of the club’s organisers have become good friends over time.

So, after a blisteringly hot day, it was great to get in the car and travel over to The Golden Hind PH in Cambridge where the club meets.  The journey was remarkably easy for a Friday night on the A1 and we arrived in plenty of time to the sight of a pleasingly crowded pub, with scores of early evening revellers outside enjoying the unusually warm April evening.

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Cambridge Folk Club, Friday 20th April 2018

It is always a pleasure to play the Cambridge Folk Club.  The club has been supportive of our music from the very start and many of the club’s organisers have become good friends over time.

So, after a blisteringly hot day, it was great to get in the car and travel over to The Golden Hind PH in Cambridge where the club meets.  The journey was remarkably easy for a Friday night on the A1 and we arrived in plenty of time to the sight of a pleasingly crowded pub, with scores of early evening revellers outside enjoying the unusually warm April evening.

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Folk at the Maltings, St Albans, 6th April 2018

We have always enjoyed our trips to perform at The Maltings Theatre in St. Albans.  It is a well equipped and intimate venue where one can create a real atmosphere and, being our home town, it also guarantees that we will see lots of our local supporters in the audience.  As such, it was with delight that we accepted a recent invitation from Folk at The Maltings organisers, Alison MacFarlane and Bill Redway to perform the April folk concert at the theatre.

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Brunel University, Lunchtime Concert series, 16th March 2018

Back in July 2017, Rob and I were pleased to receive an invitation to perform in the prestigious Brunel University, Lunchtime Concert series.  This is a series of classical, jazz, folk and other types of music, organised by members of the Music Department at Brunel University and open to students, staff and members of the local community.  Past invitees to this community-oriented concert series have included, amongst others, the wonderful Bob Fox and, more recently, the highly respected guitarist, Laura Snowden.

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Watford Folk Club Fund Raising event and the Banjo Mandolin and Guitar (BMG) Federation Festival Worthing, 2nd and 3rd-4th March 2018

Sadly the fund raising event at the Watford Folk Club had to be postponed on the 2nd March 'Beast from the East' wrestled with 'Storm Emma' and dumped snow and ice all over south west Hertfordshire. The date is to be re-arranged and we can then lend our shoulder to the wheel to help secure the future of this wonderful folk club which is providing a great service to music in the Watford area.

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