YET another action-packed weekend around the local folk scene starts tonight when the Glee Club, Castle Wharf, presents one of the biggest names on the present folk circuit.
Martin Simpson has certainly fulfilled the positive reports that we heard about him in the mid-70s as he has grown into one of our finest guitarists and presenter of traditional songs along with some fine efforts of his own.
On Tuesday night the same venue plays host to the latest incarnation of The Albion Band which certainly is the youngest line-up to bear the name of one of the most enduring folk/rock outfits. Featured in the line-up are Katriona Gilmore, Blair Dunlop and Gavin Davenport.
Saturday night has the local guitar and vocal partnership of Steve Hicks and Lyn Golbourn playing at The Guitar Bar, Hotel Deux, Pelham Street, Sherwood Rise, while in Belper Canadian singer/songwriter Dan McKinnon will be in concert at Nailer's Football Ground, Bridge Street, Belper.
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The seafaring songs collected by Cecil Sharp from the Watchet sailor "Yankee" John Short were recently released on CD under the title of Short Sharp Shanties and now the recording crew are on the road with a concert of the same title.
They are playing only a limited number of performances in the UK and the only gig in the Midlands takes place on Sunday night at the Quad in Derby's Market Place and will feature Keith Kendrick, Tom & Barbara Brown, Jackie Oates, Jeff Warner (over from USA for this tour) and Doug Bailey.
On the same night at the Poppy Folk Club, Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay, West Bridgford will present Anna Shannon, who will be supported by Pete Burnham.
On Thursday night Nottingham Playhouse has as its monthly folk item a performance by one of the very early members of Steeleye Span when Peter Knight's latest band Gigspanner will be in concert.