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Virtual Club Meetings 2020

In May we Zoomed again, encouraged by our successful online gathering in April. At times we battled for bandwidth, but nonetheless we enjoyed a lively and varied mix of musical offerings. Our May ‘meeting’ was well attended and we discovered some hitherto hidden talent, since members at home were able to play instruments that cannot usually be accommodated in a folk club. Thus, besides excellent singing from our soloists, we welcomed Bethan’s instrumental ‘breaks’ on a tuba, as well as Claire’s elegant jazz improvisations at the piano. We were delighted to preserve something of the usual cheerful atmosphere of our ‘live’ meetings through this online session.       (Ginnie)

The April meeting of the Club at The ArtYard Cafe was cancelled due to CV-19

Instead some 15 people contributed to a trial ‘Virtual’ meeting using Zoom. 

“What an amazing experience to share our first ever ‘Virtual’ folk club night, all from our own homes. There was the joy of seeing each other again, the enjoyment of our shared songs and a lot of laughter as we got to grips with the way Zoom works on our particular devices, and coped with drop outs every now and again.
But wonderful as always to hear new songs and old, and strum along in the background. Several people brought new songs that have come out of our current world situation.

Special thanks to Patrick, Mandy and Paul for admin, tech and crowd control!”  {Rachel C.}

 

ARCHIVE MEETINGS

March 2020

It was great to welcome new visitors as well as many familiar faces at Folk Club in March. People often comment on the warm welcome and wonderfully varied music you get every month at Chippy Folk Club – and we would be delighted to see you too on the second Monday of every month. Come and enjoy listening to some remarkably gifted guitarists, singer-songwriters, accordionists, vocalists and many other instruments. Whatever your taste in folk music, if you like hearing good songs played acoustically in a friendly, well-stocked pub then you will have a great time!

[Rachel C.]

February 2020

In these dark and troubled times, like ships taking shelter from the raging storms of adversity, a group of musicians gathers every 2nd Monday of the month at the Art Yard Café, Enstone. Lifting hearts and spreading joy, the Chipping Norton Folk Club is the place to spend a winter evening playing guitars, fiddles, accordions, mandolins. You name it we’ve got it. Blues and folk, traditional and Americana as old as the hills, Oh, Suzanna and Dink’s Song (moves her body like a cannon ball). The Sound of Music Edelweiss continues the mountain theme. With February on the move, My Funny Valentine was a good choice. From the ancient to the contemporary, we had singer songwriters from Evesham and Stratford upon Avon, keeping the flame of creativity alive. And of course, we heard a smattering of Bob Dylan, whose words neatly sum up our evening of beauty in harmony and unity; “without freedom of speech I might be in the swamp.”

[Dave O.]

December 2019 meeting:

A really fine conclusion to the year at The ArtYard for the Club’s Christmas Special.  Pretty much a full house with many festive/seasonal musical offerings.  The Interval saw the impressively rapid consumption of local sausages with chips and ‘home made’ mince pies.  Thanks again to John Clarke and his team for laying this on.  We have now chalked up our 4th Christmas at The ArtYard.   Now for the new decade….

[Paul C.]

Bill Pullen

We sadly report the death of Bill Pullen.  Bill passed away peacefully on April 18th. He was a great friend and supporter of the Club over very many years and remained a pretty regular visitor despite the trek from Winchcombe and then Alderton.  Many will remember Bill for his totally unique talents combining his love of Gloucestershire and traditional song, his sometimes wicked self penned material and his consummate blues performances with great harmonica playing.  He would always encourage guitar players and others to join in with his 12 bar blues giving the key at the start..

We think Bill won the coveted Rose Bowl for the Folk section at The Chipping Norton Music Festival on two or three occasions.

RIP Bill, you will be greatly missed.

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