The free tune and song evenings at The Unicorn, Marden start at 8pm on the last Sunday of the month and are open to everyone: just pull up a seat and listen or bring a song, a tune, a story, or a dance.
We say the agenda is ‘trad, old fashioned and entertaining’.
We always have visiting friends to bring something a little different to the entertainment, so here’s our schedule for winter and spring:
29th January: Pip Ives Tunes and songs from a widely admired melodeon and anglo concertina player. (You may also recognise him from his day job at Hobgoblin in Canterbury.)
26th February: Will Duke Will is a fabulous anglo concertina player and singer with an interesting repertoire drawn mainly from Sussex. He’s also an entertaining performer possessed of an excellent dry wit, so expect to be amused into the bargain…
26th March: Mike Hebbert Mike’s a Jeffries duet concertina maestro with a cheeky grin and an old fashioned and entertaining repertoire you might not expect — but which may remind you of the BBC Light Programme.
30th April: Ruairidh Greig It’s great to have Ruairidh back again — he’s a proper scholar of the songs of his home county of Lincolnshire, some collected by Ruairidh himself. Expect to hear material we don’t often come across in the South East of England.
The Horsmonden tunes workshops are back in operation again on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month after the Christmas break – and will soon be practising a list of tunes for the spring barn dance, which will be at Brenchley Memorial Hall on the 25th March.
More details will follow – but I can already say that our friends Ollie and Malcolm Woods will be with us. If you don’t yet know them, Ollie’s a percussionist and Malcolm’s a melodeonist and both sing…
And of course on the Sunday night we have Jeffries duet concertina exponent Mike Hebbert at the Unicorn at Marden!