Category Archives: Ruairidh Greig

Upcoming visiting guests at the Unicorn session, Marden

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.

Lincs song specialist Ruairidh Greig comes to Frittenden

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Ruairidh Greig is our visitor at the Frittenden session from 8pm at the Bell & Jorrocks, on Sunday the 25th January.

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.

We first met Ruairidh at a memorial event for fellow folklorist Brian Dawson at the Winster English Country Music Weekend last year – we’ve run into him a couple of times  since then and a fine chap he has turned out to be.

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

A retired primary school headteacher, 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.