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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 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)


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:

Harvest Hop at the Bell & Jorrocks 23rd November 2013


Get ready for the Harvest Hop Barndance at the Bell & Jorrocks pub at 8pm on the 23rd November 2013, featuring our favourite dances, party games, raffle, and a great candle-lit atmosphere, with our good fried Chris Rose calling, music from theHorsmonden Traditional Music Class and friends, and Frittenden favourites Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison adding to the general jollity.

(Annie and Steve are also our featured guests at the Frittenden session on the evening of Sunday 24th).

Tickets are £7 and £4 (concs), with all funds raised going to help fund the Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out day scheduled for the 6th April. Call Gavin on 07985 522734 to reserve your tickets now!

If you play English traditional music and would like to join the band for a few tunes, you’re very welcome.