tynefolk Guest List for 2012

Taking a look down memory lane...
Below you will see the guests we hosted during 2012.

Guest List for 2012

Chris & Steve Wilson.

Chris and Steve are very powerful acapella singers and are part of the renowned Wilson family from Teesside.

In the very early days of the Wilson family growing into a formidable force in the folk world, Chris and Steve often sang together as a duo. As the family became more established, this practise stopped due to lack of time and fell by the wayside.

The Wilson family have been great friends to many of us at tynefolk over the years, and culminates in a Wellington (their club in Wolviston) and tynefolk (our club in Blaydon) club swap in August at Blaydon and Wolviston in December for the last 12 years and it's still going strong.

Now, it is time to resurrect this duo from yesteryear, and welcome them to tynefolk for a night of great singing and no doubt, great fun. Their material and style remain traditional, with lots of powerful choruses to sing along with.

So, if you want to start off 2012 with a rousing sing - we'll see you at 8pm in January.

A Taste of Burns

Some people hate Burns. Some people love Burns. Some don't know enough to comment and some like to hear Burns songs occasionally, for while they acknowledge his brilliance they don't want to hear them all night.

Well, here's your chance to enjoy some Burns songs, or even sing one yourself, all mixed in with a normal folk night.

But we know that's not enough!

So, Gordon Inkster from Alnwick who has presided over many a 'Burns Supper' in his 80+ Years will come to tynefolk and address the Haggis.

What Haggis??

Well, we can't really call it a 'Taste of Burns' without providing haggis, and neeps for all who attend.

What could be better? Tasting and addressing the Haggis at tynefolk as well as tasting some Burns songs and other folk songs as well.

We hope to have a great night for those who don't really know Burns (or haggis!) but would like to find out.

Tom McConville

I won't bother telling you about Tom McConville because I'm sure you all know this truly professional musician from Tyneside.

I wont go on about his fantastic fiddle playing or the knack he has of keeping his serious performance of traditional materials light and humorous as only Tom can, and lastly, I won't mention the long long list of other highly respected artists that Tom has performed with but here are some of their comments :-

BBC Musician of the Year

Tom McConville

"One of the greatest violinists I've ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music - A true master"
Seth Lakeman

"When my schoolmates had boy bands on their Walkmans, I was listening to Tom McConville"
Kate Rusby

"Tom is a great player, and a terrific singer, he happens to be a number one bloke too. Tom plays as Tom is, with honesty and passion, and an obvious love for the fiddle and traditional music."
Dave Swarbrick

Finally, I won't tell you how important he has been to folk music in general since his childhood start when playing at 'The Globe' (his dads pub) on Scotswood Road to the regulars.

I know you all want to be there so see you at 8pm on the night.

Kevin and Ellen Mitchell

Originally from Derry, Kevin is an important carrier of Irish song sang in the traditional way and has been well known to some of us at tynefolk since before 1970 when he was a regular at the old Gosforth Folk Club.

His first booking at tynefolk (which was then Ryton Folk Club) was in January 1992 when he travelled all the way from Glasgow, did the booking and then drove home again for work the next day, all because we hadn't been going very long and wanted a guest which we really couldn't afford at the time.

Kevin has a fine style and the gracing and ornamentation of his acapella style is just something else. And shouldn't be missed.

To add even more panache and style to this visit, he will be joined by his lovely wife Ellen who is well known around the folk club and festival circuit in her own right as a brilliant performer of Scottish song and ballad.

We are promised a fine night of singing and we hope you'll all be there to welcome these old friends back again.

Roll up your sleeves - Dave Webber, Anni Fentiman, Judy Cooke (U.S.A.)

"Roll Up Your Sleeves" is a musical tale of two countries; We'll take you back in time to the late 19th Century to visit with two farming families living through the industrial revolution. Your hosts are played by three wonderful musical artists who illustrate their story with a wealth of songs of the time from both sides of the Atlantic.

Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman perform substantially at home here in the UK, but have worked extensively in the USA and Canada to much acclaim and have produced five albums, all of which are still in demand after many pressings.

Judy Cook comes to us from Maryland, USA. Each year she delights audiences in Britain and America with the songs she loves. She has four CDs, two of traditional songs and ballads, and two of 19th Century songs on the themes of the American Civil War and Lincoln's America.

Di Henderson

Di Henderson

Di Henderson, originally from Tyneside, but now hailing from Teesside, picked about the hardest part of the folk scene to break into... the male bastion of the traditional unaccompanied folk song. She has been around the folk scene for many years and has appeared at clubs and festivals all over the UK.

A well-respected figure on the folk scene, she has a rich, powerful and yet flexible voice and puts passion and commitment into her singing.

Her songs are taken from both traditional and the best of the newer writers. They cover a range of subjects like pathos, humour, drinking, love, feminism, not to mention the occasional bawdiness.

Matt Armour's words not mine...Who am I to argue?


tynefolk will host a charity night to raise money for the whitby lifeboat with the help of cockersdale who have agreed to fully support this venture on 24th may 2012 at our normal venue 'the black bull, Blaydon'.

COCKERSDALE. Magnificent harmonies from Graham Pert, Val Marsdon and John O'Hagan will be the order of the day from one of the best known unaccompanied groups in the folk world.

Originally started by Keith Marsdon who sadly passed away in 1991, the group will produce a night of his songs in support of this charitable event. We would be grateful if everyone would put this date into their diaries now and help make this worthwhile event a total success and a total sell out.

There will be many good quality raffle prizes throughout the evening and all monies from admission and raffles will be announced on the night and will be presented at the Whitby Folk Festival in August 2012 during the final day at the Shanty session run by Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights at the Endeavour.

Geordie Party night In Celebration of the Blaydon Races Song

Bennie Graham supported by Johnny Handel will be presenting a 'Celebration of 150 years of the Blaydon Races song'

A mixture of songs, stories and rare film footage from the centenary parade, along with other local scenes.

8pm, £6 per person.

See our flyer about this event here

Pete Watkinson

Not everyone may have heard of Pete Watkinson who perhaps does not appear on the well advertised 'Radio 2' style guest circuit but those who have heard him sing are always extremely impressed with his pleasant and easy style of folk song, both contemporary and traditional, accompanied by his excellent guitar style.

I first met Pete many many years ago in his native Hampshire when he was a regular member of the well acclaimed Portsmouth Shanty Men and later when he accompanied Mick Ryan in his various oratorio's and in particular 'The Voyage' depicting the life of the emigrants while on board a transport ship.

This likeable and excellent singer has been kept in the deep south for far too long, so we have decided to press him into service at tynefolk.

Great songs of all styles, with and without choruses will suite all tastes.

A night truly to look forward to.

WELLY Swap at tynefolk

The annual visit of "The Wellie" to tynefolk. Not to be missed.

Ian Bruce

One of Scotland's best Songwriters, Ian doesn't just stick to self penned material. A fine solo performer both unaccompanied or with guitar, and a good authority on Burns too.

Ian sings his Burns songs without pertaining to the long, long ballads and poems, in fact he prides him self in singing 'BIG', with plenty of participation and everyone having some fun.

First time at tynefolk and not to be missed.

Dearman, Gammon and Harrison present The Noisy Frame: Cloth Making in Song and Testimony, c.1780-1840

The Noisy Frame marks the 200th anniversary, in 2012, of the Luddite 'outrages' in West Yorkshire. Manufacturing innovations in the cloth industry gave rise to unprecedented changes in people's lives, sometimes leading to tumultuous conflicts. The Noisy Frame illuminates experiences of cloth workers in northern England during the earlier stages of the industrial revolution through the performance of historical song and documentary and pictorial evidence.

The programme consists of two approximately 45 minute halves with a 20 minute interval which will take up the latter part of the evening. The performers are Annie Dearman (voice and jew's harp), Steve Harrison (narration, melodeon, mouth organ, banjo) with Vic Gammon (voice, anglo-concertina, banjo, melodeon), and Peter Wood (narration).

Dearman, Gammon & Harrison perform English traditional songs and tunes. Collectively and individually they have worked on numerous musical performances, shows, plays and community arts activities over many years. For examples of the music of Dearman, Gammon & Harrison hear the CD Black Crow, White Crow on EFDSS CD11. Some comments on the CD:

'An A-list buy for anyone who loves English traditional song' (English Dance & Song)

'Hallmarks of their style are an infectious, lively delivery, which is at once direct and upfront yet thoughtful....' (Folk Roundabout)

'The playing is never less than expert and Annie's and Vic's voices are breathtaking.... This is a first class offering ...' (Folk News from North and East Yorkshire)

'.... For anyone interested in traditional music, this CD should be in their collection....' (What's Afoot Magazine)

'.... A thoroughly tasty selection with unfussily scholarly liner notes.' (Stirrings)

'Here is a really tasty CD...' (Shreds and Patches)

'The whole listing is of unusual versions which make this CD a fascinating treasury.' (Folknews Kernow)

'A really rather splendid album.... ' (Musical Traditions)

Jeff Warner - A collector's notebook

A collectors notebook is our effort to bring some insight and a sense of history to American collected song by prominent song collectors Anne and Frank Warner, by their son Jeff, a well known folk singer/musician in his own right. No doubt Jeff will discuss and talk about his family and their lives and contribution to our folk tradition with some interesting anecdotes from a bygone time. Here are some comments from others about Jeff and I'm sure you'll have a great time with this very entertaining artist (I hope he brings his dancing doll!!)

Jeff Warner is among the Americas' foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives-and artistry-of 19th century Americans. Jeff will leave you with a deep appreciation of these songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bringing us the latest news from a distant past. Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of his father Frank Warner and the traditional singers his parents met during their folksong collecting trips through rural America. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips and is the editor of his mother's book, Traditional American Folk Songs: From the Anne and Frank Warner Collection. He is producer of the two-CD set, Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, the Warners' recordings of rural singers, many of them born in Victorian times. "The scion of one of the nation's most eminent families of folksong collectors, he represents a tradition that is fundamentally unbroken since preindustrial times"
(Stuart Frank, Senior Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum)

Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several "pocket" instruments, including bones and spoons. And "he inhabits a song in a way which few singers can do"
(Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, UK)

A native of New York City, Jeff has lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire since the late 1990s. He is an artist for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, a speaker for the New Hampshire Humanities Council and was a 2007 State Arts Council Fellow

WELLY swap at Wolviston

The return "match"! When tynefolk invades Wolviston... whatever the weather!

Christmas Party

Last chance for a singaround before Santa calls