Posted February 21, 2012 by Nimue Brown
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I haven’t updated this site in an age, because I’ve not been running a club in Redditch. I’m not actually in Redditch any more, nor am I running a club anywhere else, so I’m afraid when it comes to booking people, I’m not much help any more!

Anyone curious about what became of Bryn Colvin… www.druidlife.wordpress.com is a good place to start. I’m always happy to hear from old friends, and I lost touch with a lot of folk as a consequence of leaving Redditch with no advanced planning. So things like phoning people to explain didn’t happen, and I don’t know what’s filtered through the grapevine. However, I’m alive and well, my child is thriving, I’ve remarried, and the future looks bright for us.


news and updates

Posted May 24, 2010 by Nimue Brown
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We had a nice night at Dave’s last week, I’m hosting next week.

You might want to check out Kingfisher FM – local radio which now has a Sunday Folk Program. I’ll put a proper article here about that soon.

4th June, Gigspanner are at Huntingdon Hall, Box Office 01905 611427 – they’re a trio, including Peter Knight (the fiddle player from Steeleye Span). Again, I’ll add more details in the not too dim and distant.

5the June is the Green fair in Redditch – World Environment Day – from 10.30am – 3pm. The fair will be held in and around St Stephens Church in the heart of the town centre. There will be many stalls offering green products, fairtrade goods, organic produce, natural gifts and lots of info to help you lead a more sustainable, eco-friendly life. Also kids fun activities, talks, entertainment, alternative therapists, free vegan food samples and lots more…! Admission to the fair is free.

Dave Gibb

Posted May 17, 2010 by Nimue Brown
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We had an excellent night with Dave Gibb up at the Memorial Hall. A nice mix of new songs he’s written, some old favourites (Avalon being one of mine) a lot of humour and some sparkling guitar playing. For those who are not already Gibb-devotees I should mention his gorgeous arrangement of Burns’ ‘Green Grow the Rushes Oh’ and a breathtaking version of ‘Lady Eleanor’. Dave is an excellent songwriter, but he offers other matierial as well.

 Thanks to everyone who supported the gig. And thanks to Dave for a most excellent evening.

 I’m in the process of sorting out a few private events for the summer, and actually pinning down bookings for the autumn, so the current void that is the ‘coming soon’ page will be fixed in the not too dim and distant.

Post Volcano

Posted April 29, 2010 by Nimue Brown
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We had some chaos due to my being in America slightly longer than intended – and I missed the event at Forge Mill, although I did get to the St George’s day fete at St Georges.

Folk club this week is not quite happening – two of our core members, Jonathan and Belinda, are getting handfasted, most of the other core members are caught up in this, and the celebrating thereof, so to those of you who aren’t, sincere appologies but we’ll be back to normal next week. I believe we’re going to Chris and Hajni’s.

The next guest night will be the 15th May when we have Dave Gibb (Not a former BeeGee, nor any relation, so far as I know!).


Posted March 31, 2010 by Nimue Brown
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We had a brilliant night with Mike and Tania – thanks to everyone who came along, good to see so many people. Thanks also to Hajni and Jonathan for the posters, Jonathan and Belinda for the door, Hajni and Pauline for the kitchen, Lyn for talking to the papers and Sally for rounding up the dulcimer people. There is no way I could make this work if I didn’t have so much support.

We were all very saddened to hear about the death of Vicki Williams last week. Trefor and Vicki played Redditch a number of times, and we were all very fond of them both.

This coming Saturday finds us with Bill and Lyn, the following week we should be with Chris and Hajni. Also on the 17th of April, is an event at Forge Mill – Farm Fun from 11 – 4  (at which I will be playing) and on the 24th April there’s an event at St Georges Church, redditch, trying to keep it open – I’ll be playing there too.

Tania Opland and Mike Freeman

Posted March 16, 2010 by Nimue Brown
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On the 27th March, Mike Freeman and Tania Opland will be performing at the Memorial Hall, Headless Cross.

Longstanding favourites of Redditch Folk club, this highly talented duo play a range of instruments and sing in a number of languages, with a repertoire of traditional music from around the world.

Mike Freeman’s roots are in Eastern Europe, with grandparents from Russia, Roumania and Hungary.  He has played guitar and percussion with an assortment of bands, accompanied Middle Eastern and African dance troupes, performed at countless festivals throughout Britain, and featured on recordings in the roles of musician, arranger and producer. Mike’s main instrument is the Gambian djembe, from which he draws an amazing variety of sounds, but he plays everything from dholak and darabouka to bones, bodhran and congas, and composes tunes on guitar and mandolin.

Originally from Alaska, Tania Opland has travelled extensively and now lives on an Indian reservation in Washington State. Her vast repertoire reflecting the diversity of the communities whose music she has shared. She has appeared on radio and television in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan, Scotland, Ireland and England. Her five solo albums have received excellent reviews in acoustic music magazines on both sides of the Atlantic.

From early classical training on piano, cello and violin, Tania moved on to explore many different fiddle styles and a wide range of wind instruments, and even to experiment with such exotic instruments as chang, gidjak and doira, giving her a style rich in techniques and traditions. She still treasures the unusual blond violin, a handmade instrument by Eskimo craftsman Frank Hobson, which she has played since she was nine years old, but has recently switched to a c.1920 German violin converted to five-string for concert work. Other instruments include an early handmade Larrivee guitar, Flatiron octave mandolin, hammered dulcimer by Dusty Strings, Kiowa Native American flutes by Allan Guffey and Stellar Flutes, and a tiny ocarina by Clayzeness Whistleworks.

This pair are unique, and captivating. To learn more about them, visit their homepage – http://www.opland-freeman.com/

Tickets available on the door, for £5, concert commences 8pm with support from local performers. For advance tickets contact bryn(dot) colvin(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk or leave a comment on this blog post.


Posted January 31, 2010 by Nimue Brown
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Last night was much fun – lots of Scottish material, including some Burns. Sally gets the ‘tenuous conenction’ award – for singing a song by Ewan MacColl (on the grounds of his Scotishness). The song however was ‘Space Girl’ – lyrics here…http://monkey.org/~pheezy/audio/space.girl.html (an excellent song, resulting in much laughter)

Lovely to see Andrew again, with his fabulous guitar playing.

Next week we are at Belinda’s house. Drop me a line if you need directions!