weekly news 29/03/11

A quiet start with a decent build up to a very pleasant and jovial evening. Cake and pear drops provided by Jan from her mothers 80th birthday cake were well received and followed by some excellent singing from everyone this evening. A highlight was our Northumberland pipe player Brian whom also  makes the pipes himself, who brought in a new chanter he has fabricated from scratch to show around. The detail is fascinating and the skill level needed to make them is mind boggling.  To Hear Brain playing his pipes come along and have a seat next Tuesday at the Athenaeum Club in Church street, all welcome singers and none singers.

Weekly News 24/03/11

Tues 22nd March
After a slow start, all who attended were on top form! Beautiful Harmonica playing from Al, Kay accompanied herself on guitar, which she did very well and so gently, and John took us older ones, back to our childhood with the complete 3 verse version of ‘Fireball XL5’, Great Stuff!
John could also be heard  using his ‘Bass’ technique, whilst jamming with other performers. There was a lovely duet of guitars from Mark & Paul, with Mark on vocals, and Trevor made his debut in the club, with “Lying Eyes” & “House of the Rising Sun”, two great songs, very well played.
All meet again next week  at the Athenaeum on Tuesday, all welcome singers and watchers alike

Kays Article 25/03/11

Article, Foggy Furze Folk Club, Friday, 25 March 2011

Over at the Athenaeum in Church Street, the Foggy Furze Folk Club is settling into the new surroundings with regular visitors coming in from the surrounding areas.  The next guest scheduled to visit is Martin Nesbitt, a local singer-songwriter, and we’re agog to see if he’s created a further verse for his song involving panama and a canoe.  Martin writes good comic songs and lovely ballads and has a way of putting a song over which will crack you up.  He’s just funny.

The Headland Folk Club is on TONIGHT, Friday, 25 March 2011 at the Cosmopolitan.  Get there early or stand all night.  The last session was a pleasant warm up for the St Patrick’s Day event held there the following Thursday with lots of lovely ballads and plenty of choruses.

The whole St Patrick’s Day thing seems to have gone past on a blast this last week and woken people up.  It was so energising that another great party was had at the Nursery on Monday, which raised over £300 for one of the local charities.  This event was supported by a lot of the local groups, such as Skyran and the Monkey Moonshine Boys.  Great fund-raising everyone, keep up the good work……………….Keep on folking around, guys.  Keep in touch with events on www.foggyfurzefolk.com or e-mail me on kay@foggyfurzefolk.com.  It’s still only £1 on a singaround night, £2 for a guest night.  You’re welcome.


weekly new and roundabout Hartlepool

FFFC Blog, weekend  Friday, 18 March 2011

The Foggy Furze Folk Club played host to old friends last Tuesday when our guests were Pat and Ron Keedy of Strings n Things.  This pair of troupers delighted the club with some very intricate footwork, an exhibition of ‘dolly dancing’ and some traditional American tunes played in a new, accommodating style one a Martin Guitar and autoharp.———–The next guest on at the FFFC will be Martin Nesbitt who appears on Tuesday, 12 April 2011, and we’re all agog to see if he’s put another verse to his hit from 4 years ago which described the travels and travails of a canoe and Panama.————We haven’t had any volunteers recently for our 15-minute spotlight but if you want to put yourself forward for that (usually the 4th Tuesday of the month) then please see Barrie Archer when he has his diary to hand. ————Speaking of Barrie Archer, he played host at the Headland Folk Club last Friday in the Cosmopolitan where there was a lot of Irish music put forward as a practice session for this Thursday, 17 March 2011 and lots of old friends got together.  Barrie shall be hosting again, at the Cosmopolitan again, on Friday, 25 March 2011 so be there early or stand.—–Staying with the Cosmopolitan over on the headland, they’re having a hooligan Irish music night on St Patrick’s Night itself, 17 March 2011.  On the Edge, your local group, will be leading the singing and providing the musical framework with a little help from those Lynnotts, but feel free to join in the general hooligan-ness.—Coming back into the town, there is to be a birthday celebration on Monday, 21 March 2011 in honour of Diane and Ralph, who celebrate their birth anniversaries over the weekend.  This is to be held at the Nursery and you’re invited to help them eat all the lovely grub.———–We’re still not sure when Skyran are hosting their next occasional evening but we’re advised that they have changed location from the Seaton Club to the Woodcutter up in Kingsley  Avenue.  So keep an eye out and we’ll let you know as soon as we know.


weekly news 08/03/2011

Strings and Things were the guests this week and were in very fine form. It was a treat and a pleasure to watch Ron and Pat going through there paces, literally in pats case as she tread the board once again with some fine fancy footwork. The “things” part of their performance, spoons, dance and kazoo were in the fore and the members enjoyed every moment. Thanks Ron and Pat, we look forward to your visits in the future.

Next week is a sing around, bring yourself along to the Athenaeum Club in Church street on Tuesday and enjoy or even contribute, a friendly welcome is a guarantee. we kisk of around 8 to 8 30. We meet every week.

Kay’s article and weekly news 01/03/2011

Article, Foggy Furze Folk Club, 4 March 2011

Folk comes up with some real unexpected gems on occasions, times when you just sit open-mouthed and listen enraptured.  A couple came into the Foggy Furze Folk Club last night, just popped in, they’re on a contract in the area for two days, and we were mesmerised.  Wonderful instrumentation on a quality guitar and a powerful, expressive vocal which just cries out for a stage.  They were Sue and Dave and we might never meet them again but they were magnificent.  Our guests next week are Strings ‘n’ Things, who specialise in Appalachian and American folk songs, some real Carter family classics.  It’ll be good to see them again and only £2 for the pleasure……Over at the Headland Folk Club, they have completed their first cycle of the Cosmopolitan one Friday and the Pot House two Fridays later.  You’re going to have to watch carefully so you know where they are.  Next Friday, 11th, it’s the Cosmopolitan who have to suffer the influx of instrument cases and beer-swilling folkies.            The Nursery Folk and Acoustic is back on it’s feet after the temporary hiccup so why not pop in there any Monday evening.  The next Seaton folk gathering is yet to be announced.

If you need to get in touch, please contact me on kay@foggyfurzefolk.com or ianferguson0@gmail.com view the website on www.foggyfurzefolk.com/index.  That’ll give you directions to our new pad over at the Atheneum in Church Street, Hartlepool.  You’re always welcome and it’s only £1 on a singaround night, £2 on a guest night.  Pop in and see us sometime.