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North West Fed Article

Posted in Reviews on August 30, 2014 by Rhyl Folk Club

This is an article about the club, written by EmmCee, published in the N.W Fed magazine Continue reading

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Review of Tom McConville CD “Back to Scotswood”

Posted in Reviews on July 23, 2014 by Rhyl Folk Club

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Tom McConville

 

Once again this man has pulled not just a rabbit but also a fully jugged hare out of the hat. This CD ought to be called ‘The Elixir of Tom McConville’ it is brilliant. I’d like to write a host of superlatives but I’d rather leave it at just brilliant and tell you to stop reading this review, go out buy the C.D. sit down, put it on close your eyes and just play it.

I can honestly say in all my 60 plus years of listening to music; this is the first album I have heard where all the tracks are my favourite.

Starting with The Knife Grinder running through to The Ross Memorial Hospital, 12 offerings of beauty.

Tom’s voice, unlike most of us, is improving with his age. His fiddle playing is once again second to none. Add to that the skills and musicianship of Chris Newman, Leonard Brown, Andy Watt and Malcolm Busby and you have a superlative sound. Even after playing for the first 10 times I was still hearing different nuances and little surprises that I hadn’t heard the first nine times. I suppose after one hundred plays I might get it all.

Tom has never stood still in his musical repertoire. I thought a few years ago that he had reached his peak (BBC Folk Musician of The Year – 2012) and would sit back and rest on his laurels a little, but no, he still leaves me gob-smacked at how he turns out music that just gets better every time I hear his latest offering.

His constantly expanding choice of styles and presentation reflect a soul who will never give up. I can’t wait for the next C.D. Well done canny lad, please don’t stop.

 

Jeff Blythin

Rhyl Folk Club – July 2014.

Review – Folk in the Cellar, Camden.

Posted in Reviews on October 23, 2013 by deputyfolk

Our little trip to England’s capital was a busy five days of seeing people and places and trying to avoid getting run over on Euston Road. We had, in advance, googled “folk clubs central London” and plumped for The Constitution in Camden on the basis that it’s folk night was on our free Monday and it wasn’t far from our billet. A nice looking pub on a bridge over the Grand Union canal and towpath.

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Map in hand, we fetched up at 8pm and were soon into the Deuchar’s I.P.A.- a splendid pint of proper beer. I will refrain from any discussion about the price of beer in London as the memory of it pains me. We were directed to the cellar, and it really was a cellar- a room like the Bee, only smaller, reached by  precipitous stairs, one of which was a bit dodgy. Forewarned, we entered a subterranean, dimly lit room with six surprised people. They were charming and having established that we were not lost or AWOL from a secure facility, they welcomed us fulsomely. We were quick to disabuse them of any belief that we were a “turn”. So a keen audience of two joined the throng of performers. They too have guest nights and quiet nights. This Monday was the latter type of night.

We had interrupted an earnest discussion about nails and the problems that guitarists have with (or without) them. I was assured that the website www.amazingnails4guitarists.com does , indeed exist. I have checked, just in case they were taking the Michael, and it does indeed give valuable cosmetic advice and much more. It is also a fact that John Renbourn used cut down Ping-Pong balls as a substitute for nails.

There were 4 guitars and a lady with a type of zither and the evening consisted of a turn and turn about between them. One guy did only self-penned stuff which, for me , were a triumph of technique over tune. We had quite a few Dylan covers and some lesser known tunes from people I’d never heard of. It was refreshing to hear a new mixture of songs. One of the gents had set the Poet Laureate’s verse about the “badgers moved the goalposts” to a nice diddly-diddly-dum-dum refrain.

My insistence that I was a musical ignoramus did not prevent them from involving me in a discussion about DADGAD. It was all a bit much for me, but, their version is that it was started in Morocco as an effort to copy or play N.African music. We won the raffle- a CD by Amy Speace (no- me neither).

A splendid, convivial evening with a small band of musicians who were genuinely happy to see us and even happier to entertain us- recommended.

Folk in the Cellar, The Constitution, 42 St Pancras Way, Camden, London, NW1 0QT.

www.folkinthecellar.co.uk

Review of “Branwen” (Tudur Morgan) From Alun Rhys Jones

Posted in Reviews on March 12, 2013 by Rhyl Folk Club

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Review of Martin Carthy’s Second Album

Posted in Reviews on February 5, 2013 by Rhyl Folk Club

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CD Review

Well, I must confess this isn’t so much a CD review as an LP review (anybody remember LPs?). It was released way back in 1966 Continue reading