Peter Collins sings at the end of December Frittenden session, 29th December

Peter Collins photographed by Jacqui Ross

We’re greatly looking forward to our session with Peter Collins on the evening of the 29th December.

The session is always a moment of sanity in the madness of the Christmas period, and we’re always pleased to welcome our old friend and session regular Peter to chip in with a well-considered selection of songs in line with a reflective time of year, in between the parties of Christmas and the New Year.

We’ll try not to let things get too conventionally Christmassy, but no doubt there will be the odd old carol – and we will have the Nonsuch Mummers along to entertain us. I expect high drama, costumes, a near fatality (and with perhaps a spot or two of corpsing, which is almost the same), and some spirited ad-libbing.

The sessions take place at the Bell & Jorrocks pub at Frittenden, Kent, and start at 8pm and continue until it’s time to sing Nellie Dean and say goodnight. They’re informal and free, with lots of old fashioned and traditional songs and tunes, and a big emphasis on variety, humour and entertainment generally – as we like to say, if you liked your pub the way it was before the telly and the computer came, this is the event for you.

Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison at Frittenden, 24th November

Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison

We welcome Frittenden favourites Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison to the session at the Bell & Jorrocks from 8pm on the 24th November – it will be a smashing night so don’t miss out!

Their website explains:

‘Annie Dearman (voice, jew’s harp) & Steve Harrison (melodeon, mouth organs, banjo, tenor guitar, bagpipes) perform songs in a robust and firmly rooted English style, taking their repertory from traditional singers, the folk song collectors of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, printed ballad sheets, and songs and tunes that they happen to hear and like. They have a particular love of songs that tell historical stories, but are also fond of American material from the 1920s and 1930s, a period when the line between folk and popular music was indistinct. Annie and Steve also have a nice line in political songs, whilst Annie has written a few telling songs about the places in which they live and which they visit.

‘Based in the Pennine village of Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, Annie and Steve are true community musicians, performing not just in festivals and in folk clubs all over England but for history societies, community groups, political events, weddings, birthdays and funerals. Their performance style is direct and straightforward, with uncomplicated accompaniments that always give priority to the words of their songs.’

And here’s a demonstration of what they do: