Judi Daykin is the showcase guest at the White Horse Inn on Friday 6 November and will perform two spots within the singaround. Judi first sang in folk clubs “up north” back in the 1970s, but she was seduced away from the scene by the lure of the bright lights of show business. She trained as an actor and singer at drama school in London and has worked mainly in theatre for some years now. Folk music came back into her life in the new century following a chance conversation with Simon Nichol of Fairport Convention. He suggested a visit to their annual Fairport’s Cropredy Convention to see how things had changed. Inspired by this visit Judi rushed down to Norwich Folk Club and joined their ranks, as well as becoming a regular Cropredy goer.
Judi uses her actor’s storytelling ability to mix modern singer songwriter material with traditional numbers and even the occasional bit of poetry. Influences include Fairport Convention, Joni Mitchell and Show of Hands, all of whom will no doubt be showing up in her choice of songs. All welcome and entry is free.
On Friday 30 October the singaround is at the Manor Rooms, just up the Street from the White Horse Inn. Drinks can be bought at the pub and tea and coffee are also available. Everyone is welcome, whether to listen, sing or play, and the mix of music is often eclectic.
Young folk band Trí have had a fantastic first year, playing the Godiva Festival in Coventry, Folk in the Park at Biddulph, Alcester, Warwick, Bideford and Fylde Folk Festivals, and will be at Bedworth in November. With a background in Irish music and a string of Fleadh medals to their names, they are accomplished musicians. Ciarán Algar and Neal Pointon are impressive fiddle players and Niamh Boadle‘s vocals and guitarwork are beyond her years. She recently won the Fred Jordan Memorial unaccompanied singing competition at Bromyard Festival and has just been chosen as one of the six finalists in the Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010. All this, and step-dancing too!
Godiva Festival June 2009, Dave Swarbrick and Pete Willow: ‘They are absolutely wonderful and you can quote me on that. They are taking the Festivals by storm; You have just seen the future of folk music.’
St Albans New Roots Finals April 2009, James Fagan, Nancy Kerr, Andy Stafford and Lynn Heraud: ‘We … have run out of superlatives for this group. The musicianship was absolutely superb. Niamh has a beautiful voice with great quality. The song arrangements were subtle; … good variety throughout the set and the dancing added a lovely extra dimension … easy on stage and obviously enjoying playing the music …. We were absolutely stunned … !’
This event will be in the Manor Rooms, just up the Street from the White Horse Inn. Collect your drink from the pub on your way! Tea and coffee also available. Tickets £5 (£3 members). Please email to book (see ‘About the club’ page).
On Friday 16 October there will be a singaround at the White Horse – everyone is welcome, whether to listen, play or sing.
FOOTNOTE: James Findlay, another New Roots finalist who played at the club in November last year, has also reached the Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010 final.