A special day at Frittenden


Saturday 29th March at Frittenden

Singdanceandplay by the fireside 2-5pm

An afternoon of singing in the lovely Bell & Jorrocks pub function room with:

  • Peter Collins  – legendary local singer with a fabulous voice, great songs, runs the Beacon Folk Club (look out for Wild Willie Barrett’s Sleeping Dogz and Roy Clinging doing dates at the Beacon in coming weeks!)
  • Nigel Hobbins – charming and singer of traditional, old fashioned and newly written songs from Whitstable and runs Whitstable folk club at the town’s Labour Club (Julie and Gavin Atkin are playing there on the  28th February btw!)
  • John Morgan – a highly respected singer with a smashing collection of traditional songs, with a lovely light voice and an engaging delivery
  • regular visitors Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison down from Yorksire with a collection of mainly old songs powerfully delivered
  • your hosts Julie and Gavin Atkin (of Marden) and friends!

Expect some great singing by the fireside, a variety of old fashioned, traditional and new songs, and a few tunes to relax by. Entrance £4 and £2 (concs).

Old Fashioned Night Out family barn dance 8-11pm

These popular events feature everyone’s favourite easy dances, a few party games, a few songs and a great candle-lit atmosphere. Music will be provided by the Horsmonden Traditional Music Workshop and friends, our good friend caller Fee Lock explaining what to do, and song spots from mighty musician and singer Matt Quinn and Annie and Steve. Tickets £7 and £4 (concs). All funds raised go to fund future events.

For information see singdanceandplay.net or call 07985 522734. Download a pdf of the poster/flier to share with friends here.

PS! The regular last Sunday of the month session on the evening of the 30th March features the excellent singer and storyteller Adrian O – it’s his first visit and he’s our first storyteller so don’t miss him! (Free event)


Ollie and Malcolm Woods at the Frittenden session, 23rd February

Ollie and Malcolm Woods

Sunday the 23rd February is the date of our next Frittenden session at the Bell & Jorrocks, when our featured visitors are Ollie and Malcolm Woods. (The sharp-eyed may remember Malcolm played with the band as a visiting friend at the Harvest Hop back in November.)

Ollie and Malcolm Woods  met 38 years ago at Islington Folk Club when it was still at The Florence just off Upper Street – Seamus Ennis was the guest – and have both been actively involved in traditional music, song, dance and various calendar customs ever since.

Ollie sings and plays bones and Malcolm plays melodeon and sings. Their repertoire is firmly rooted in English music, with a few diversions into the Music Hall, the Victorian parlour and other sources along the way.

Based in Southend-on-Sea, they are nevertheless regular participants in The Hunting Of The Earl of Rone in Combe Martin, Devon and, more recently, The Traditional Sailors’ Hobby Horse in Minehead. They are also annual pilgrims to South Yorkshire during the carolling season and follow the Good Easter Molly Gang on Plough Monday – Ollie and Malcolm danced with Cockleshell Clog and Angel Morris respectively for many years.

Both Ollie and Malcolm appear on Malcolm’s CD Amongst Friends produced by Wren Music of Okehampton (Wren CD018) in 2012. If you stand still long enough he will likely try and sell you a copy…