I was delighted to be invited to speak at the Folk21 East Midlands Discussion Day and Showcases on Sunday 23rd February. It was a really interesting day with a bunch of people who put on folk clubs and concerts in the area, perform, run radio shows and just generally are interested in the nuts and bolts of the folk scene. An afternoon of discussion and information (and advice) sharing was followed by a slap-up buffet and an evening showcase concert headlined by the wonderful Andy Cutting and featuring my agency artists, Union Jill. who did a lovely energetic set, their voices edgy and harmonic at the same time. Tight as a drum (musically not alcoholically!) Also appearing were the wonderful Caffrey/McGurk who record here at Brian Bedford’s Park Head Studio, and do as good a traditional night in a folk club as you can find anywhere. New to me were:Kirsty Bromley, Jake Wilson, Louise Jordan. All excellent musicians. Kirsty sings unaccompanied, some of her own songs and some trad, Louise has a clear, fluty, almost operatic quality voice and accompanies herself on guitar and Jake has composed a sing cycle about Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Not a laugh a minute, but beautifully sung.
My part of the day was a ten minute segment on how folk clubs and venues can share the responsibility for doing promotion and publicity. More about this in a separate post.