CHESTER FOLK SURVIVORS

February Folk Day
Saturday 28th February 2004

Once again the great and the good of North West Folk enthusiasts gathered in Hoole for their traditional celebration of music and snow! However there was a warm welcome in the bar and the Clinging Catering Corporation had the kettle on for us designated drivers!
Solan hosted the lunchtime session (good to see them up north again) and then we were on to the Afternoon Concert. John Finnan welcomed all and, as usual, the programme was full of contrasts and excellent music.  

SOLAN


ROY CLINGING
  Roy Clinging started the entertainment and soon had us forgetting the cold weather and enjoying ourselves. Solan had us tapping our feet and admiring their skills on concertina and guitar and Marie Little had us singing along with her songs, some sad, some humorous, all sung with warmth and sincerity.
Top of the bill were Nancy Kerr and James Fagan who enthralled the audience with their highly skilful performance and were an excellent choice for the Folk Day. I didn't get to the 'Chance to meet' session but I'm sure many who left the hall after the superb afternoon set were ready to hear more later! 

MARIE LITTLE


NANCY KERR &
JAMES FAGIN
  The constant stream of customers at the bar were evidence, if needed, of people dashing out between dances or folk club spots for refreshment before hurrying back to enjoy more music.
There's so much to see, do and take part in during the evening, with the Ceilidh, Folk Club, Chance to Meet and not forgetting the music session in the bar, that I hope to be forgiven for drifting from one to the other and finally settling in the bar area to catch up with friends who also valued the opportunity to get together and look forward to this year's Festival.

A lot of very hard work goes into an event like this and even though the organisers and helpers enjoy their work, I would like to thank them all and say well done!

P.S. I must just commend the Clinging Catering Corporation on the new venture - waitress service!

 

TIM VAN EYKEN,
WHO JOINED NANCY & JAMES IN THE CONCERT

Barbara Bell, Rhyl Folk Club
Pictures by Tony Ballard

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