Rob and I have been visiting Watford Folk Club for almost ten years and the welcome and support we have received from club organisers and members has been very warm and full, and we number many in the club amongst our closest folk friends. So, it was lovely that so many of them came out to see us perform on a blisteringly hot Friday night in July when the barbecue and cold lagers in the back garden must have been very tempting. It was also very nice to be accompanied by family who were passing through St Albans on the way to a function in London the next day.
The organisers at Watford Folk Club appear such a very well integrated group, supporting each other both practically and musically. They also represent a well of musical talent and this was evident in the variety of song styles amongst the floorspots for the evening. As always, it was great to hear one of Julian Mount’s very clever songs; this time on the pace of modern life. Linda Birmingham sang a recently composed protest song. Kim Olyett sang a lovely medieval tale to a tune she had composed to accompany it and her partner Martin Olyett did a great version of his own song No More Jolly Jack Tar. Pete Nutkin and Liz Lawley were both on excellent form as was Dave Artus with his self-penned song about the dangers of children losing their sense of wonder. From memory, we also had calypso and a Richard and Linda Thompson classic which extended the variety of material even further. It was also the first time that Rob and I had heard burgeoning new talent, David Gunarwardana, who is doing a Spotlight session at the club on 28th July. David sang one of his own compositions and had the room enthralled by his silky vocal delivery. If you get a chance to hear David, take it; beautiful material from a very pleasant young man.
Even though at times it was a challenge to keep strings in tune on such a hot night (and we certainly have a lot of strings to keep in tune) our two sets seemed to go down very well and comments at half time and at the end were very supportive and much appreciated. We were called back on for an encore and played The Maid of Culmore.
Being so close to St Albans, after proceedings had concluded, we were even able to get home and have a cold beer before bedtime.
Many thanks to all at the Watford Folk Club for inviting us to perform for them once again. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope to return to the club for many years to come.