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Inspired by both The Bentham's travel blog (see further in the newsletter) and Corinne's rave up in Portugal I too am awarding myself and lady wife a holiday and that is why this edition of Tatters in out so early.

That and the fact that life at both home and at work over the last few weeks has been totally mental there has not been a lot of time to think about a subject for the editorial so a few items of news will be here in its place.

The first item is particularly sad for all long term East Midlands folkies with the news that Gren Blatherwick died on Saturday 16th June. Gren was a major figure on the Nottingham scene when I first moved down to Nottingham forty years ago and he was most friendly when our paths crossed, mainly at The Three Horseshoes, Beeston back in those days, as he told me which were the clubs to visit. At that time Gren was associated with both The Co-op Folk Club and Nottingham Traditional Music Club but he will be indelibly linked with Carrington Triangle which he helped run from its conception. The awful irony is that the news broke exactly at the same time as a nostalgic photograph of a group of Carrington members, gathered in the club room sometime in the early eighties, was published on Facebook with various members identifying all those present. Gen visited Traditions at the Tiger once to my knowledge and that was as part of The Higglers who did a memorable night back in 2005.

We at Tigerfolk send our deepest condolences at Gren's family at this sad time.


After Sunday 1st July we will be closed until Sunday 2nd September when we re-open with a Singaround and the September get together often provides a number of surprises. Last year for instance we had a number of old friends who just happened to be in the area and decided to visit The Stumble Inn; so much so that I struggled to get round the room twice but managed to do so with minutes to spare. Hopefully we will do so again this year; so don't show up on 5th August as there might be a Guns n Roses tribute band on offer or a chance to go on the quiz but nothing in the way of folk music. 


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This is a special night with all the proceeds taken on the evening going to The British Heart Foundation - at the guest's request.

Moira we will know well from her work with Craig, Morgan and Robson and more recently in a duo with Carolyn Robson at clubs, concerts and festivals both home and abroad. Malcolm will be new to many of us who haven't yet hears him performs at various song and ales so a surprise is in store for us.

Go to our website page to read a review of Moira's solo album "On Ae Bonny Day"



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Panic would be too strong a word to use, it was more concern and apprehension that took over the early part of Sunday 3rd June the day of our last club night and it was all down to Facebook! Upon opening my account on the morning the first thing that I encountered was a heartfelt cry from Sarah Matthews who had found that the end button on her violin, an essential component to such an instrument, had become detached overnight. While I offered any assistance that Tigerfolk could provide there had already been a number of fellow fiddle players offering to loan instruments or advise on quick fixes so certainly alternative arrangements were already being made. Dipping into Facebook a little later only to find an epistle from Corinne berating her garage for continually letting her down with her car and this latest episode was going to severely impact on her journey to the airport that morning where she was due to fly to Portugal on an 18 - 30 holiday.

So no violin and a resident down we prepared for the night.

Certainly no need to panic, worry or even be mildly concerned; the singers poured in and Sarah and Doug arrived fully equipped with instruments and voices to fulfil their booking, their third at the club but their first at The Stumble Inn. Having seen them both perform going as far back as the days when they were part of Cross o'th Hands, while their musical talents were never in any doubt it is most rewarding to see how their singing has developed both in quality and confidence.

With both of them playing regularly for dance teams it was no surprise to hear a selection of tunes at various times throughout the night but there was such a wide variety of songs to boot. Some were not only local but also self - written such as "The Windmill in Heage" and a history of Rolls Royce. It was later in the evening that we got to hear some slightly more familiar stuff like Peter Bellamy's arrangement of Kipling's "The Dutch in the Medway", Lester Simpson's "Shuffling Jack" and the closing song, Rick Scollin's "Tha Looks a Proper Swell"   however my particular favourite on the night was their rendition of "The Taoist Tale" a piece that I first heard as a recitation of Yorkshire dialect prose and then once from the singing of Nic Jones both ages ago so I was quite fascinated by it.

Hopefully it will not be as long before we have Doug and Sarah back to the club for their fourth visit.

On the night John Bentham introduced Sheila with a tale about moths; Paul Mansfield with  a tale inspired by Derby County's new manager (which hopefully will be all he will inspire), Sam Stephens, John Edbury, Dave Walters, Ruth Fraser -another Storyteller and John Chambers. Also a welcome visit from Pam and Jack Daws whose return to Nottinghamshire is getting ever closer so maybe we will see them on a much more regular visits.

Dave Sutherland


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Bendle's Bit

So, after an enjoyable stay in Liverpool we continued on our journey, the ferry over to Belfast and then a fabulous drive up the beautiful Antrim coast road, a journey if you haven’t done it, that is a sheer joy. Our destination was an isolated house way up the Antrim Glens for a house ceilidh, where local singers, musicians, poets and storytellers meet weekly for an evening the like of which we will be hard stretched to to meet up with again. This all took place when the “Beast From The East” was upon us and the next day's trip to see the famous Glenariff waterfall was spectacular as it was partly frozen with icicles up to two feet in length. A meal out with friends listening to a couple of local singers and musicians was a fitting way to end our short but most enjoyable stay in this unspoilt part of the world. We spent a couple of days touring around the far north-west up on the Inishowen Peninsular taking in Malin Head and its environs for a spot of birdwatching before meandering our way south, calling in at some very odd places, but that is another story for another day, for the “Business End” of our visit.

The Howth Singing Circle for the last decade has supported the St. Francis’ Hospice in Raheny with an annual “Singathon” in Sutton Methodist Church. We were approached by Francy Devine some time ago to see if we could arrange a visit and participate in the event. No second asking was required and so it was that Sheila and I met up with the rest of the group for a song packed weekend in and around Dublin. Our party consisted of regulars of the Grand Union Folk Club and Tigerfolk who all contributed to making this a really memorable visit. Friday night was a grand sing at the Goilin club in the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square in the heart of Dublin. As it was the weekend of the annual gathering organized by the Inishowen Singing Circle, it was reckoned that the Goilin would be a bit quieter than normal but far from it. The room started to fill and by the time the evening got under way, we had a pretty packed room. Thanks to Gerry O’Reilly and everyone at the club for making us so welcome. Saturday was the day of the “Singathon” and quite a bit of time had been spent beforehand sorting out a programme of songs. It was felt that good strong chorus songs should form the backbone of the contribution from us visitors because, as you may well know, chorus singing, generally, in Ireland is in short supply. Turn and turn about we went and as it says in the song When All Men Sing; “As unison accords the song, Uplifting beams in Inn and Hall, and shaking plaster from the wall, When all Men sing”, well we certainly did! Friendships bands were certainly tightened after that wonderful sing followed by some downtime spent in different ways by different members of the party, a meal and more socializing (Read into that what you may) and a not too late nightcap before retiring.

Sunday morning found us on the banks of the river Liffey in the heart of Dublin. Noel Kelly, that piper of great fame, led us on a tour along the river and when he stopped, we stopped. Where he stopped was pre-ordained as this was a walking tour entitled “Bring Out Your Banners” and featured songs and readings at waterfront sites that echoed workers’ experiences, in particular, during the 1913 Dublin Lockout. Again, much time and effort had been put in to the selection of the programme and a great deal of research by Francy Devine proved to be a winning combination. For a couple of hours we were conducted on a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening walk in this fascinating city. Food and liquid refreshment awaited us back at the Teachers’ Club where we rounded off this song filled weekend with more laughter and singing. Great company and great weather made this a visit that we will all treasure and look forward to repeating. As in the past, the Howth Singing were a joy to be with and it would be an honour to welcome them over for a visit. Thanks to them all for making us so welcome but especially to Francy Devine and Ann Riordan who put in so much work in the organizing, not only of the Sunday walking tour but the whole weekend. You did us proud!

 John Bentham








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