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Latest news…

Crikey, it’s been a bit of a while since I last updated this blog, hasn’t it? Well, it’s not for lack of action. Quite the contrary… I’ve been so busy with all sorts of stuff I don’t really get time to sit and write blogs. A lot of the updates I share (as do many […]

People power

I just wanted to write a few words about an event in my home city recently. The Humber Street Sesh took place on Saturday, August 4, in an area near the city’s marina that has, of late, seen considerable decline since the traditional fruit market moved away. It is largely populated by derelict buildings and […]

What is folk?

Ok, that’s a pretty big question that I’m clearly not going to be able to answer definitively here in this little old blog. But recent gigs and events have had me musing on what ‘folk’ means to me, at any rate, so here goes… In a nutshell, I believe that ‘folk’, as the word suggests, […]

Culture of underachievement

This is something I’ve been musing on for some time now and I’ve been struggling to put it into words (so bear with me). But it has been in my mind in recent months, having watched a number of top-notch folk artists at a variety of venues and thought, “Why can’t I do what they’re […]

A productive week

I actually managed to have a week off work and pretty much stuck to my promise to myself not to check any work emails for seven days. It was great just being able to sleep in a bit, catch up on a bit of telly-watching, do a bit of cooking… and most of all get […]

X Factor antidote? Folk is the answer!

This is the first time I’ve really written a considered piece on my blog; it’s been prompted by The X Factor (finally) ending last night, but I’ve had a few folk-related thoughts buzzing around my mind lately, so here goes… The X Factor, then. I mean, no-one really expects it to produce any singers or […]

Appearance on WHCR FM 106.9

On Monday, December 5, I had the pleasure of appearing on West Hull Community Radio. I was asked to do some live tracks after Max Roberts, who does the folk hour on Mondays from 7pm-8pm, got in touch with the folk club I regularly attend. I firstly directed him towards the stuff I’ve done on […]

Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, folk club 26/09/11

Saw these two at the (Not) The White Horse Folk Club in Beverley last night… and stunningly talented they were too. Sam is an exceptional fiddler (by that I mean he’s good on the violin, not at avoiding the taxman) and Hannah is a superb accordionist and singer, and also an out-of-this-world clog dancer. They’re […]

Cropton Folk and Roots Festival 2011

In September, Beggar’s Bridge were delighted to be able to play at the Cropton festival in North Yorkshire. This was our first proper folk festival, having previously played pub gigs in and around Hull to audiences which were appreciative but not really folkies, so it was great to play to the converted for once. The […]