On Friday 5 June at 8.30 pm Norwich Folk Club welcomes up-and-coming young folk band Spinndrift. Spinndrift are an exciting 5-piece band formed on the Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University, and have been playing together for three years now. Finalists in this year’s New Roots competition, they perform songs and tunes from Britain and Europe as well as their own material, on a range of instruments, including melodeon, fiddles, oboe, flute and whistles, cello, mandolin and tenor guitar. Two band members, Nick Wiseman-Ellis and Nic Zuppardi are well known to Norwich folk regulars. Support will be from a talented young Cambridge band, also finalists at New Roots this year, Grace and Bryony Lemon and Alex Patterson. This is going to be a busy night, so please check ticket availability.
On Friday 29 May Norwich Folk Club will meet for a summer ceilidh at the Christ Church Centre on Magdalen Road, just north of the city centre, opposite the Whalebone pub. (Head out of the city on Magdalen Street, past the Artichoke and bear left at the traffic lights where the road forks. The venue is on your right, next to the church.) There will be a balance of songs and dances, with caller Alan Helsdon, and musicians will be welcome to join the core band of Shufflewing members. Bring your own refreshments and perhaps some food to share. Easy parking. Members £2; non-members £3.
On Friday 22 May there will be an informal singaround at the White Horse Inn, Trowse (upstairs function room for this week only). Entry is free and everyone is welcome as usual, whether to listen, sing or play a tune or two. Why not try out some new material in friendly surroundings?
Sisters Jane and Amanda Thelfall weave gentle harmonies, ably accompanied by Roger Edwards on guitar and concertina. The Trio Threlfall are passionate about the English tradition and their latest CD, Sweet Nightingale, is testimony to their commitment:
“I am besotted by the new album … I think it’s absolutely beautiful. Terrific songs and playing and really tight, unfussy arrangements. The girls are in great voice and the accompaniments are brilliant.” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
And of their 2007 album, Revisited:
“Jane and Amanda … lift the songs way above the pedestrian. (They are) equally at home without the aid of any instrumental safety net … secure, relaxed harmony singing of the highest order.
Particular mention should be made of the concertina playing of Roger Edwards … his ‘Double Lead Through’ must be one of the finest recordings of a dance tune ever.” Baz Parkes, English Dance & Song
And what you hear on their albums is what you get from their live performance. Members: £5; non-members: £8.