It’s summertime…

We’ve had another lovely season, with cracking sessions, workshops and dances, but as always, Singdanceandplay goes quiet for a while in the middle of the year… (this is the time when some of us go sailing and maybe get around to a few folk clubs and other sessions… )

There’s one date to put in the diary though – we will be having a surprise mixed songs and tunes session on Sunday July the 30th at The Castle Inn, Brenchley from 8pm.

The last tunes session of the season is at Horsmonden’s The Gun on Sunday the 4th June at 8pm and the final chorus night is on Wednesday the 7th June at the West End Tavern at 8.30pm.

The final official tunes workshop with new tunes was on Wednesday  the 24th May, but I gather the workshop members are planning to get together over the next few weeks to do a bit of tunes work… Drop me a line if you want to know the details – I’m at

I’ve been asked to mention that the Pig’s Ear Folk Ale is on at Markbeech from the 1st-4th June. See the website for details. I notice quite a few of our pals are involved and that they’ve got the wonderfully funny and clever poet Les Barker just after lunch on the Sunday…




Ruairidh Greig at the Castle Inn, 30th April

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Ruairidh Greig is returning as our visiting friend at the Singdanceandplay mixed songs and tunes session from 8pm at the Castle Inn, Brenchley, on sunday the 30th April. (The Unicorn is out of commission as it’s being refurbished.)

He comes from Lincolnshire and features many local songs in his repertoire – some from Percy Grainger’s song collecting expeditions to the county in in the 1900s, and others from his own collecting work in the 1960s.

He also has material from his own singing family, which ranges from Scottish ballads to the ‘gems’ from the Music Hall era.

He was a researcher with Sheffield University’s National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) and has published a number of articles on folk song and folklore.

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