Recent News Update

ImageApologies for the lack of updates recently. Things have been quite busy on the local scene and plans are being drawn up for next years Free Folk Festival. It all takes times that can be in short supply sometimes and it is a shame the updates have been casualty. Here is hoping this is part way to a remedy...

The Wednesday night sessions at the Alison Arms continue and there have been a number of new faces recently along with visitors who have been passing through the area. The regular stalwarts have made up the bulk of the nights and it has been rather pleasant having most of String Shack attend each week. As with the Saggy Bottom Girls it is hard to get all four members of the groups together at one time for leisure only but they all try their best and the Alison Arms Folk Club have had the benefit of seeing them most weeks of late. String Shacks talented young violinist, Elliot, is soon to start music college (and we wish him all the very best on his studies) so sadly we may not be seeing as much of him as we would wish over the next few weeks. However, the rest of the group continues apace and their repertoire is growing all the time.

Other regulars have been branching out locally and there has been a mixture of new instruments and songs appearing weekly. The Alison Arms Folk Club seems central to the many and varied other folk clubs in the area so we get lots of visiting singers from other clubs too. This all makes the folk scene locally a very friendly and welcoming place and we pride ourselves on not being cliquey in any way. All are welcome to our sessions, whether a singer or a listener, and it would be great to see more folks visit.