Loughton Folk Club 2014 Charity CD
Here are some details of the many contributors to this years two CDs and their songs
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Suburban Dirts
Performing All Of This.
From the Album A Tiny Little Island In The Big Bad Sea

A love song to family, friends and memories.

"Suburban Dirts bring the camaraderie and warmth of a late-night campfire singalong roaring to life in heart-tugging fashion – 4 stars” – R2 Rock n Reel Magazine

Spangles Gang

Performing All Over Bar The Shouting

From the album You've Been Spangled.

You'll know when you have been - and you'll like it!

Ewan McLennan
Performing Aye Waulkin O

From the album Stories Still Untold.

"Robert Burns' stark imagery, the joys of summertime against the pain of unrequited love are typical of his style and the haunting power of his writing" (paraphrased from the album cover).

Al Neville
singing Consider the Neighbours.

Al at his cheeky best. Recorded live at Loughton, Oct 2014 – and while you’re at it Please Take Your Glasses to the Bar!

Steve O'Donoghue
singing Dandelions.

Steve says "I wrote Dandelions on Remembrance Day 2013, in memory of my grandfather Arthur Hoy. He fought in the First World War but said very little about his experiences, whenever I asked him he always said “I’ve seen things that no man should have to see” some of the things I did hear him say are contained in this song".  

Steve’s always coming up with insightful comment on our world - this one hits the spot for remembrance of the Great War!

Performing English Penny

From the album Songs of the Civil War.

Based on the true story of Penny Felwel, a nurse, who volunteered to go to help in the hospitals of the Republic and the International Brigades. Based on her own words

Garden of Daisies/Maloney puts his name above the door.

The trio Rosewood (ex-Halfcrownstreet) sing a song made popular by the 1920s
Irish-American group, the Flannagan Brothers. The song is preceded and followed
by an Irish set-dance tune, Garden of Daisies.

Rosewood sing and play traditional and contemporary songs and 
tunes, some of which they have written themselves. Their unique features are the range of their source material and the array of  instruments they play. These include bandoneon, footbass, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, bouzouki, and desk bells.

Hannah Sanders
Performing Hard Times.

A superb performance from Hannah from her soon to be released new album!

Andy Mathewson
Performing I Can't Believe That's How It Ends.

Not enough ragtime guitarists about and this is one of the best!

Adrian Hilton
Playing Jamaica.

The musical kingpin of the Lopping Band and Chingford Morris – Adrian is a very fine melodeon player.

Steve Turner
Performing Lass of The Moorland Hill

From the album On the Rim of the Wheel. Spiffing!

John Hart
singing Leeds Pals. A Yorkshire song from a Yorkshire lad!

John lives near Jim in Loughton's Latin quarter and is our trusty MC. 

Tom & Jess Dalton
Singing Let Union Be

From the album Let Union Be. A Cappella isn't usually foot tapping - but this certainly is!

Winter Wilson
Performing Life in the Old Dog Yet

From the album Cutting Free.

A true story of one man's hunt for work

Bob Wood
Performing Low Down in the Broom

From the album After the Swithering.

A traditional and curious song of courtship. True to form the girl's apron is lifted… and you know the rest. Bob came across this version in the 1970's performed by Chris Foster.

Bob Collum
Performing My Little Hurricane

From the album Twisted Lines & Mixed up Rhymes.

Two Coats Colder
Performing Never Let Go

From the album Ice Cream Harbour.

A true family story of determination and perseverence

Daniel Nestlerode
Performing Old Calapina

From the album More Than Just a Little Guitar.

Ann Hilton
Singing Robber Bridegroom.

Our regular a cappella singer and mistress of the Loughton Folk Club retail experience!

Matthew Shepherd
Performing Sunny on the Southbank

From the album Sunny on the Southbank.

Matt writes "I suppose it's the song that has started my dream to do this for a living! It's about a busker on the Southbank of London, who sees a girl walk on by every day. She doesn't notice him, but somehow hopes one day she might stop and listen to his song and let him sweep her off her feet...well is it too much to ask for?"

"I am a songwriter, whose songs cover a mix of emotions, but most of all about the terrible, thrilling and terrifying thing that is love. I try to convey these feelings in my songs and recreate this in live performances. Above all, I hope my songs can be of interest to others who have fallen in and out of love, but can't quite say how they feel".

Phil Hewett
Performing That Evening Sun.

Not enough new blues around - and this is top notch!

Blue Harbour
Performing On The Banks of the Beane.

Theme song from the film of the same name!

Two old Folkies who found they were wearing the same shirt and decide to make a song and dance about it (ok - there's no dancing! but that's a blessing believe me).

The Jones Boys
Performing The Cook in the Kitchen/The Kilkenny Jig/The Queen of the Rushes.
Three cracking Irish jigs to be found on The Jones Boys’ debut album: Like the Sun a-Glittering. Some album reviews (all very positive!) can be found here The Boys are currently a duo: multi-award-winning accordion and concertina player Sam Sloan, and on octave mandola and vocals, Gordon Jackson. The album also featured Ian Carey on mandolin, who had to leaver to spend more time with his family!

Nick Dow
Performing The Country Carrier

From the album My Love You've Won to Keep.

Dennis Homes
Performing The Forest of Epping

From the album We May Never Walk This Road Again.

Prolific thoughtful and funny songwriter, lively performer and spaniel breeder (no - he gets the spaniels to do it! - mind you that picture.....)

Tom McConville
Performing The Knife Grinder

From the album Back to Scotswood.

Written for Tom's friend Anne Harland who is a dabhand knife grinder (the sleeve erroneously says Traditional but it is Tom’s own – Jim’s fault)

Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff
Performing The Little Fish

From the album The Green Lady.

Collected by John Meredith from two different singers and put together by Caz & Ste. Believed to be adapted from a Portuguese fishing song.

Tony Winn
Performing The Men Who Paint Weeds

From the album Mice on a Cheese.

Tony writes "The Men Who Paint Weeds - not my own words sadly - In John Webster's play "The Duchess of Malfi" Bosola explains "A politician is the devil's quilted anvil, he fashions all sins on him and the blows are never heard...The men that paint weeds, to the life are praised" - that was in 1612 - things, of course, are better than that now!!"

He writes and performs his own songs, stories and poems.,Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, or banjo or not at all -  he mixes the touching with the hard-hitting, the poignant with a laugh.  He sings about Humankind and it’s world reflecting his own oblique views on life as a member of the human race which he is determined to win!.  However it’s mixed, his aim is always to entertain.
Tony has the great knack of making social comment easy to understand, and even fun!

Alan Gore
Performing The Star of the County Down

From the album Charango.

The Star of the County Down is a traditional Irish melody that goes under a number of titles, which Alan has arranged for charango, a South American instrument that he started playing in 2013.

Alan Gore is a singer, songwriter and former folk club organiser living in Enfield. He plays a number of instruments, including guitar and saxophone.

Fools Gold
Performing The Wall.
From the EP Dancing with Moonlight

Carol and Steve Robson are writers and performers of strongly narrative songs – every one has a tale to tell. ‘The Wall’ is concerned with all the soldiers (and non-combatents) of The Great War who disappeared without a marker. This song is our memorial for them, inspired by the 38,000 names engraved on the walls of The Menin Gate. Website

Jim Coombes
Performing The Wild and Wicked Youth.

Mild and tricked more like! – but what can you do?
Just another Shaggy Dog story?

Dominic John Sebastian
Performing Too Many Words.
From the forthcoming (January 2015) album From The Distance
Itinerant musician and performer in the best of traditions

Mark and Cindy Lemaire
Performing Zanzibar Sands

From the album Home isn't Home

We all start as kids, but some of us stay home, and others go on to new horizons. The singer of this song is a hometown family man. He discovers that the kid he knew in school went on to be a world traveler, and reads a book about his solo crossing of Africa.

Mark Lemaire has taken the tradition of guitarist and songwriter to a unique place. While Mark's solo guitar pieces stand as complete statements, his harmonies with Cindy Lemaire add another dimension. When Mark and Cindy join in song, it’s like two people with one voice. This is music for adults, yet it appeals to the part of us that is ageless. 

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