Bob Fox

p046 0 00 01Twice Nominated BBC Radio 2 Best Folk Singer of the Year

Bob Fox from Seaham near the City of Sunderland on the North East coast of England brought his special eclecic song mix and 12-finger guitar playing for a full and varied repertoire of traditional and modern songs with plenty of good 'crack'.

Dance With Your Daddy, Galway Shawl and Big River were typical of the range and the like of Ewan McColl was favoured for his radio ballad about the HGV Drivers and Jez Lowe with the song he wrote specially for him.

A mind bendingly stunning evening from a man who has been at the heart of folk music for many years.





Garva gave us a mixture of well chosen songs both traditional and contemporary ranging from Song for A Life, Keg Of Brandy, Fairly Represented to The Orange And The Green and Reconciliation even breaking out into Jigs and Reels at the drop of a hat in the fashion of The Chieftains thereby reinforcing their reputation as one of the best Irish Bands in the North West of the U.K and beyond.

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Ruth Fuga & Ken Powell


Ruth & Ken emerged on to the folk scene with completely different lineups, Ruth having a successful Radio career and Ken in a highly acclaimed duo with Christine Collister. They joined forces 16 years ago in the widely acclaimed trio "Risky Business" with a combination of predominantly contemporary music and it was with great pleasure we saw them return as a duo after a short period of recuperation and personal development with a completely new repertoire.

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Flossie Malavialle

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A Fabulous evening was spent with Fossie who went through the whole range of her repertoire from Piaf to Brel to jazz to folk and enthralled a near capacity audience after a brilliant opening from Cockney Eric Carl Corbett and Mick & John aka Pepper Street.

Flossie Malavialle
is a French singer who started getting involved in the British folk scene in 2000-2001 while she was on a teacher exchange in the North East of England.

How it all started...
After 12 years of teaching English full time in secondary schools in the South of France, she decided to apply for a job as a French teacher in England, as she felt it would boost her English to live abroad for a year. She got one in Stockton-on-Tees and was living in Darlington at the time (great part of the world to improve your English, like ).
She had also been singing for years in France before that and that's why she found it quite natural to turn up at the Darlington folk club one night to meet the locals and sing a song... She didn't realise then that this was going to be the beginning of a new life in England for her.

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The Tom Topping Band

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After the residents Cockney Eric, Carl Corbett and Don & Heather, Zoe Mulford provided the perfect platform for this concert. Her brilliant musicianship and beautifully crafted songs put the audience in the best frame of mind by first insisting that we do not save things for best but use them all the time in Elegy as she did with her grandmother's cut glass. Accompanied by her own sensitive guitar playing Zoe was the ideal foil for The Tom Topping Band who then gave us an absolutely superb evening of songs and humour.

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Real Time

The Scottish Band from the Borders

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A first class concert with the ground prepared brilliantly by our resident performers during which time the room gradually filled. Then just when everyone thought they were having a good time Real Time burst upon us with Kenny starting off with The Gallowa' Hills, a fine traditional romp followed by some stirring violin, flute and whistle playing from Claire Mann and ably supported by Tommy Rosebugh on keyboard wo also created thir excellent sound and finally Judy Dinning with her guitar and bodhran.

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