Went to the Acoustic Folk Club at the Crown and Anchor last night. Featuring Glashin, otherwise known as Jo and Paul, from Hastings. Paul plays a mean guitar which contrasts most fascinatingly with Jo's haunting flute. I liked their soulful version of 'High Germany' and their brilliant high-speed polkas.
This is the third meeting of this club. The venue is upstairs at the Crown and Anchor on Marine Parade every last Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. You can show up with your instruments and get your name on the running list, and everyone is very friendly. (When was anyone not friendly at a folk club?!) It is acoustic, although amplified, and you don't have to be used to singing with microphones, as Jim makes sure you will be heard.
As Jim says, the joy of a folk club is the variety of styles. George and the Georgettes delivered a lively rendition of Paul Simon's 'Mardi Gras' with strong harmonies from the Georgettes. Keith read several of his poems, including a vigorous Valentine poem for a double bass, and one about the city full of creative metaphors like 'as hard as a dead kitten'. There were traditional songs as well as pop songs, and a few with choruses being called for. And if you aren't sure you'll remember the words, a music stand is provided!
Got my new website up and running, although it still has fake recipes on the home page and the search engines don't appear to have found it yet.
Yesterday I was practising tunes on the fiddle and my finger just cramped up and wouldn't move any more. Trying too hard, perhaps. When I can look at an audience and smile and not forget what I'm playing, then I shall be getting somewhere!