Jurassic Folk - new performers and new instruments

PUBLISHED: 11:06 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:26 15 June 2010

The cult of the unexpected seems set to continue unabated at Jurassic Folk, with the latest session earlier in the month, stretching the bounds of the possible yet again.

The cult of the unexpected seems set to continue unabated at Jurassic Folk, with the latest session earlier in the month, stretching the bounds of the possible yet again.

New performers and new audience heard new songs on new instruments. Brian Rennie came all the way from Manchester to visit his family here, who promptly dragged him to the Grove with his alto sax and he played Rabbie Burns and jazz standards with equal expertise. Then Peter Arnold brought out his keyboard, for the first time ever in public, and gave a gutbucket rendition of St James Infirmary. Susannah Belliver, a very welcome visitor who runs a similar folk club at Tiverton, borrowed the keyboard to belt out a stomping version of I Was Walking In The Park, and recruited Robert to accompany her on the bluesy You Gotta Move. Our regulars contributed their usual mix of the familiar and the outright startling, in particular the Bard of Seaton, Ted Dowse, who seems to come up with fresh and hilarious verse and song every month. There were notable offerings from Frances 'Bard of Beer' Lee, Mitch '12 fingers' Norman, Mike Gee (who gave us some lute music on his guitar), Vivienne Clements singing and playing the whistle and the sublime guitar and voice of Robert Wheaton.

The next session will be on May 20, at the Grove Nite Club, Seaton. More details from (01297) 20064 or look at www.eastdevonf

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