THERE is an absolute flurry of activity to start the folk week tonight, opening with that most enduring of Scottish bands, the Tannahill Weavers, who play at Chilwell Road Methodist Church. I first encountered The Tannahills in the mid-70s, when they were a more sizable outfit and on that occasion they were supporting, and overshadowing, a hugely disappointing Steeleye Span. Since then they have undergone numerous personnel changes and now operate as a four-piece but they still produce the best in Scottish music and song. For tickets call 0115 943 1164.
Lucy Ward continues her meteoric rise with a new album in the offing and some seriously important concerts and festivals. Tonight she plays nearer home when she is the guest of the National Forest Folk Club, Miners' Welfare, Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch.
With the sea shanty being very much in vogue at present it is a timely venture for Bingham Folk Club, Town Pavilion, Brendon Grove, to welcome back the maritime group Stormy Weather Boys for an evening of sea songs and shanties.
Meanwhile, for an evening of quintessentially English folk songs and musical items, Trio Threlfall are back in our area and they will guest at the Brewtown Folk Club, Old Cottage Tavern, Burton.
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On Saturday it will be the Irish sounds of Tim Edey and Brendon Power to the fore when this duo are in concert at the Darwin Suite, Assembly Rooms, Derby, where they will be supported by Kirsty Bromley and her band. Tickets available on 01773 853428.
Meeting a week later than normal , Tigerfolk, Stumble Inn, Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, will be celebrating its 22nd birthday with special guests, GU4.
Toetappers will be guests at Mansfield Folk Club, Black Bull, Woodhouse Road, on Monday night, while at Belper Folk Club, Old King's Head, Days Lane, on Tuesday the guest will be Graham Knights.