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Folk music news for Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire

Dave Hoy Memorial Service


As most of you will know the folk world lost an irreplaceable friend and performer with the recent death of Dave Hoy. It was Dave’s wish to be buried in his home town of Shrewsbury, however to provide an opportunity for his many friends and colleagues from the local folk scene to celebrate Dave’s life A memorial service will be held on 20th of May, 2019 at 2pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Barnard Avenue, Brigg, DN20 8AS.



“Singing Choruses” Workshop with “Folk ‘Round ‘Ere”


11.00 - 12.00 - Saturday 11th May - Lord Nelson, Brigg

For this year’s Brigg LIve Arts Fest, Folk ‘Round ‘Ere are holding an informal ‘workshop’ to introduce new singers to folk songs, shanties and choruses. The session will be held in The Lord Nelson, Brigg and take the form of a ‘Sing-a-Round’ where each of the singers will take the time to teach the words of the choruses so that anyone new to this kind of event can join in. There will be something for everyone of all ages and backgrounds and even if you don't want to join in, you are very welcome just to listen.

This event is just part of a full day of FREE performances and activities around the market town of Brigg from 10am - 4pm. See Brigg Live Arts Facebook page for more details.


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I'm sorry to pass on the sad news that well-known local folk musician Pete Sumner has died, on Friday 29th March, after contracting rapid-onset CJD (Creuzfeld-Jakob Disease), a very rare brain disorder.


Many Club will recall Pete from the early days of Grimsby Folk Club, when he would accompany the songs of Chris Coombs, and appeared in that role on the Club Residents' LP "Eastern Approaches". After living and working in Bermuda for some years, where he helped to run the Bermuda Folk Club, Pete returned to England with his family, and once more immersed himself in the local Folk Scene. He enticed John Conolly and Bill Meek out of retirement to form a new band "Rational Anthem", which also featured the talents of Will Meek and Dick Appleton. Another  successful musical venture combined John and Pete with Jane Clark and Sue Heron, to form " Donkey's Breakfast", a band set up to perform "Lincolnshire Songs Old and New."


Some time later, encouraged by BBC Folk Radio presenter Mick Peat, John and Pete set their stall out as a duo, and this took off like a rocket, with Pete's scintillating mandolin and cittern forming the perfect foil to John's songs.  The immediate result was a tour of Germany and Holland, and a contract to produce "Trawlertown", an album of sea-songs for the Fellside Recording Company. This was followed by several tours in the UK and USA, and a memorable fortnight's residency at Flanagan's Bar, in Hamilton, Bermuda. . .   With the help of contacts made in the USA and Bermuda, Pete later returned to live in California, where he set up and ran  a successful piano business.


R.I.P. Pete, old buddy - I will miss your friendship, your musicianship, and the good times we shared. . .

All our love - John and Vere.Connoly


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New musicians and singers night in Scotton


A new Singers and musicians session at the Three Horse Shoes, Scotton starts on Saturday February 9th. And second Saturday of the month after that. Those of a certain age will remember the excellent evenings at the Three Horse Shoes in the 1980s and 90s. It would nice to see history repeat itself.

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Reely Grimm Folk Dance Club


Unfortunately, the venue for the Reely Grim Folk Dance Club, Rothwell, is no longer available due to renovations at the Blacksmith's Arms. They will not be meeting in the immediate future, but will let you know of any developments for a new venue

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Ferry Folk Moves


Ferry Folk, formerly Third Thursday at the Crooked Billet in Owston Ferry has now closed and has now moved to Wroot, at The Cross Keys, under the name Axholme Ferry Folk on . Fourth Wednesday every month starting at 8.00 p.m. Singers and Musicians Session. 01427 728643

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Alford Morris


Alford Morris is recruiting. They meet on Sunday evenings at The Half Moon Inn Alford. Call Patrick on 07712 107957.for more information.


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New Singaround in Kirton in Lindey


With the Closure of Scanlon’s in Brigg a new singaround is being trialled at The Queen's Head,  King Edward St, Kirton in Lindsey  DN21 4NF. The folk nights will be on the second Wednesday of each month starting at 8:00pm, the first one will be the second Wednesday in July, that is 11th July 2018If you want to know more please email Geoff on and ask him to add you to the email group for regular notifications. You can also ring him on 01652 648589. 


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Scanlon’s Folk Nights Closes


With the closure of the Nelthorpe Arms in Brigg Scanlon’s Folk nights have now ended. Dating back to 1990 when the pub was in the hands of Miles Scanlon the folk nights have proved a popular event over the years . However it looks as though the closure of the pub is permanent and that the folk nights will not be resurrected.


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Shanty Blast Closes


The Shanty Blast, held at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life on the first Saturday of the month has now closed. With the introduction of room charges the event is no longer viable. I have no information on other sessions and events held at the museum, you are advised to check with the organisers before travelleing.


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