A night of surprises for Jurassic Folk Club

PUBLISHED: 17:23 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:18 15 June 2010

The March session of Jurassic Folk was once again full of surprises and ad hoc collaborations, although as we seem to get surprises every month it would probably be more surprising if there were none.

The March session of Jurassic Folk was once again full of surprises and ad hoc collaborations, although as we seem to get surprises every month it would probably be more surprising if there were none.

Performers, old and new, gave us songs about Irish monks, banshees, dromedaries, wedding anniversaries, northern lights, highwaymen and, inevitably, whisky, supported by guitars, hurdy-gurdy, penny whistle, dulcimer and harmonica.

Big Tim Burstall was back again with a song on which we joined in, on virtual bongoes.

First-timer Vivienne Clements co-opted Robert Wheaton to back up her Travelling Man.

Tony Reader, the hurdy-gurdy king, made a very welcome return and regaled us with his rundown on all the other local folk clubs.

Annie Bennett also assembled for herself an instant group with Robert and Mike G for an appalachian epic, and she was also responsible for commissioning a special ballad from the Bard of Beer, Frances Lee, to celebrate hers and Gerry's wedding anniversary.

Not to be outdone, Ted Dowse, Bard of Seaton, gave us an hilarious Spring Poem written in the style of Shakespeare.

There was lots more, but too much to list in detail, most new, all fresh and some written specially for the occasion; what more could you ask?

What surprises are in store for next month? Who knows, but all are welcome to come along and find out on Wednesday, April 15, at 8pm, at the Grove Nite Club, Seaton, with free admission and easy parking.

For more details phone (01297) 20064 or look at www.eastdevonfolk.org

Peter Arnold

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