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Les Barker

Sunday 30 December 2007

  The room was packed to overflowing, the temperature soared and oxygen was in short supply, but no one seemed to care as Les recited poem after poem from a selection of his 77 books (yes … 77 !). Oddly though, he needn’t have bothered ‘cos all he had to do was read out the titles and the audience took over from there. As he commented himself, “you needn’t have bothered booking me tonight, your doing it all yourself”. Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive, Spot of the Antarctic, Reg was a lonely glowworm the list goes on and on. We heard all his classics delivered in his usual quirky fashion, and always with a shy but mischievous grin on his face. The audience was reduced to a mass of helpless laughter and aching sides (One friend of mine managed to lose one of her contact lenses as the tears flowed). Congratulations to Dave Johns for getting Les along to the club at a time of year when most artists are, like the rest of us, putting their feet up and taking a well earned rest. What a brilliant way to round off the old year and the Christmas festivities.


Alan Blood


Mike Silver

Sunday 25 November 2007

  A big crowd turned up to see Mike and they were very impressed by the floor spots, namely Trouble Brewin', Robert and Julie and Tim Watkin. They did great sets in the first and second halves and warmed us all up nicely for what was in store. Mike, as usual, blew us all away with what was live, CD quality songs and mind blowing guitar accompaniment. This man really knows how to write songs and put them across! His words cover a wide spectrum of themes including Love, war, domestic violence, child abuse and much more. So prophetic and Poignant with beautiful melodies. His voice is powerful yet full of emotion and harmony and at the end of the night we were spell bound and raving for more. Thanks to you all for a great night, the audience, floor spots and Mike Silver Himself.
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Dave Johns



On the Fence

Sunday 28 October 2007

  A good size audience turned up to see 'On the fence'. We were justly entertained by the superb trio 'Trouble Brewing' , (to have a booking at the club because they are a quality act) the very humorous "Colin Grantham" and the deep and mellow voiced 'Tim Watkin' in both the first and second halves. These acts warmed up the night nicely for the Guests of the evening. On the fence are Julia and Dave Taylor. Julia sang melodically delightful folk songs and Dave had us all laughing at his comic genius. Must mention that Dave also sings serious songs extremely well. Please listen to their sound bites. A very happy night was had by all with much wit and good natured banter from the audience. Thanks to all the floor singers, On the Fence and the Audience for an entertaining night.
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Dave Johns


Bram Taylor

Sunday 26 August 2007

Bram Taylor

  Bram is an absolute Super Star and all round good time entertainer and troubadour of the folk scene. He had the whole audience totally at his command and we were spellbound by the wonderful material he chooses to sing with his pure and tuneful voice and guitar accompaniment. He had us joining in on all the choruses and we were in raptures all night. What a glorious night! A big treat that Bram had for us was that he brought along George Armstrong, the composer of the famous folk song " Albert's Pretty Flowers". George gave us two great sets that night and it was a privilege to meet him, thanks George. I must mention John Prowse who did two fine sets for us and got the evening off to a great start. Thanks to all concerned, Bram, George, John and the Audience.
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Dave Johns








Tom Patterson and Dave Morton

Sunday 29 July 2007

  The night started with a fairly full house and John Prouse kicked us off with a fine set of songs. Tom and Dave took us by storm with wonderful self penned numbers written by Tom and great sing-along material such as from Clare to here and the Black legged Miner. In the second half John Prouse did another fine set followed by a great number by Alan, one of our resident singers. A visitor to the National Forest, Shaun did two really good numbers before Tom and Dave returned for their final set. A magical night was had by all with Tom and Dave ending the evening with the room filled with harmonious voices singing along with the requested again " From Clare To Here " Thanks to all the floor spots and thanks to Tom and Dave for a great night.
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Dave Johns

Flossie Malavialle

Sunday 24 June 2007

Flossie Malavialle at the Scrag End Folk Club

  What a great night, nearly a full house with two superb support acts: namely " On the Fence " Julia and Dave Taylor and Julie and Robert Elveston. Both Duos did us proud with two brilliant spots each. Flossie took us by Storm with her powerful yet melodic voice, great choice of material, clever comedy and entertaining banter. She had us in stitches with her wit, that she drops in at the end of a line just when you think the Joke is over, to laugh even louder. Flossie sings great French songs but is as much at home with Traditional or Contempory Folk Songs as well as classics from Country and Rock genres.
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Dave Johns








Jim Reynolds

Sunday 27 May 2007

Jim Reynolds at the Scrag End Folk Club

  Audience numbers were disappointing for a STAR such as Jim Reynolds, but a cosy audience was given a most delightful evening of laid back contemporary songs, interspersed with ragtime tunes, country blues and great songs from the shows of yesteryear. Jim is as skilled as any of the top line folk artists such as James Taylor and to have him in person, a few feet away, is a great privilege. He is too modest to make a big name for himself but prefers to gig around the country at small venues, pubs and folk clubs. This Man's voice is silken with guitar playing that is second to none. Jim's songwriting is very skilful, with great melodies and heartfelt words. His way with the audience is calm and relaxing with interspersed humour. Why pay megabucks to go to big name gigs when you can have audiences with the Stars at the Scrag End on a Sunday night for a mere £6.00 ?
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Dave Johns



Pete Castle

Sunday 29 April 2007

Pete Castle at the Scrag End Folk Club

  Pete Indulged us with two fine sets of Traditional English Folk Music. He proved to me that he is a master interpreter of this Genre of music, with his modal guitar accompaniment and pure, deep resonant voice. A small audience was entranced with what they heard. Thanks to the floor spots who came all the way from Belper, a really pleasant night was had by all.
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Dave Johns
















Pete Morton

Sunday 25 Feb 2007

Pete Morton Live at the Scrag End Folk Club

 Was I glad that I took a friends advice and booked Pete.   He is a superb song writer, guitarist and Singer who gave us a very special night.  Such a laid back and peaceful Man who seemed to have no pretensions at all.  See him if you can!, I can highly recommend his CDs as well.  Thanks to all the floor singers for their spots and thanks to all who attended the night.
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Dave Johns











Carter Chapman

Sunday 28 January 2007

 Carter Chapman gave us the most glorious night of entertainment. Carter has a delightful personality and melodic voice. She had us laid back and in the groove, chilling on slow love songs and tapping our feet to up beat numbers. Her cosy patter made us all feel at ease and her rendition of the full version of Old Man River and acapella gospel songs had the audience crying for more. Thanks go to Tim Watkins, Noel and Olga Jackson and Debbie Warren for their admirable floor spots. All in all a great night but a slightly disappointing turn out, probably due to the post festive season blues.

Dave Johns

Carter Chapman Live at the Scrag End Folk Club



 


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