Category Archives: Traditional and old fashioned songs, dances and tunes in mid-Kent

Jody Kruskal at Whitstable, this Tuesday

Something someone said about Jody:

‘You can’t do that on the concertina! Well, maybe you or I can’t, but tonight’s opener Jody Kruskal can. Jody is known in the contra-dance world as a wizard of the Anglo concertina as part of numerous bands including Grand Picnic and Squeezology. But as a solo performer, he applies the little squeeze box to the most unlikely of songs, including blues, ragtime, jazz, and novelty numbers to marvelous effect.’

Sessions at Frittenden in the coming season

Don’t forget – the Frittenden sessions start again in September. They take place on the last Sunday (except at Christmas) in the month from September to April, from 8pm.

An entertaining old fashioned and traditional pub evening with songs and tunes, and plenty of variety and good humour. If you’ve got a song, a tune, a stepdance or story, enjoy joining in with a chorus or just like listening in the bar, please come along. We go on until it’s time to close with Nellie Dean the old way – just as people used to before the telly and the computer.

Also, we’ll be re-starting the trad music classes at the Gun & Spitroast, Horsmonden, on Wednesday the 12th September, and there will be a special Harvest Hop barndance with the class band and friends – and no doubt a few surprise entertainments at the Bell & Jorrocks on the 24th November.

Finally, we’re promoting a talk and concert by the brilliant American concertinist, singer and teacher Jody Kruskal, who is an Old Time and Contra music specialist. The event titled ‘American Old-Time styles and the Concertina’ takes place at Whitstable Labour Club on the 9th October from 8pm. This event is supported by the International Concertina Association. See the ad here.

Session guests for 2012/13

30th September: Matt Quinn

28th October: Alvar Smith

25th November: Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison

27th December: Peter Collins

27th January: John  Morgan

24th February: Mike Hebbert

Hoorah! Our thanks to everyone who has kindly agreed to perform for us, and to make these sessions special.

The event is organised by Julie and Gavin Atkin. Call Gavin 07985 522734 for information, or email gmatkin@gmail.com.