We have just finished our first week of our 7th UK tour. We landed at Gatwick on May 17th and promptly jumped on a train to Devon. John picked us up in Newton Abbot and brought us to his home for a lovely meal with his family and finally much needed sleep. After a couple of days recovering from our jet lag and getting in a bit of rehearsal we hit the road again. First up on our tour was a brilliant night at the Faldingworth Folk Club in Lincolnshire.
After sound check we were greeted by the colourful and gregarious Alan Ritson who not only compèred the evening but also did an interview with us for his radio programme
Fine Folk on Lincoln City Radio 103.6FM and Siren FM 107.3.
You can listen to our conversation here www.lincolncityradio.com on Tues 30th May at 7:00pm.
The evening was brilliant! We were treated to some wonderful support by Pete Wray and his partner Helen. They did some really fun 1920's - 30's songs including Hot Tamale. The full house was well warmed up for a bit of fun by the time we jumped on the stage. Such a warm, welcoming club. What a fun night and great way to start the tour.
Next we headed to the Warwick Folk Club and were greeted by the incomparable Norman Wheatley and his beautiful wife Viv. The Warwick Club is so well run, the volunteers do a smashing job. The brilliant Chris Tobin did support and shared his repertoire of early jazz songs and fingerstyle guitar work. There was a bit of a tally being kept on how many chords both Chris and Terry covered over the course of the evening! Our night wasn't complete though until Norman presented the "Make Your Own Fabulous Paper Shoes Kit" as one of the raffle prizes in honour of our Whistling & Jangling song. Hilarious fun!
Thanks to John Wright for these lovely photos from that night.
Wednesday brought us to Irvine Scotland where we always feel right at home. What a lovely bunch of folks! After a yummy steak pie dinner (yay pie!) and lovely chats with folks we've gotten to know over the years (including a little pet with Joan's service dog) the night got started. Four floor spots in total soon had the whole room singing and suddenly it was our turn to play! These folks really love their music! What a brilliant night!
Each club has its own distinct personality and way of doing things but the common thread is that all of them love live music and are so warm, open and welcoming. Thank you to all the organisers, volunteers, the audiences and the wonderful people who welcome us into their homes! We made new friends all week and although we are heading down to Devon for a much needed bank holiday weekend (I'm writing this in the van), we can't wait to start the next batch of shows and see what adventures they bring.
Happy Trails to All
xo Sandra, Terry & John