Folk Night

Folk Night at The MuseumLast night I joined my parents at a folk evening at the Museum pub near Stoke-on-Trent hosted by Tony Boyle, a local musician. It was a fantastic evening with a wide range of people and instruments including lots of guitars, violins, cajons and mandolins. I took my ukulele along and joined in the fun.
The folk night was crammed in one of the two rooms available at the pub with at least 50-60 people there; we go there early to get a seat and was just as well! The best bit was the atmosphere made up of lots of friendly chatting and really supportive listening. People took it in turns playing, there was a ‘house’ group aptly called the Museum Pieces, another group of players who played some awesome blues with harmonica, guitar and bass and several soloists.
I took my turn and played a few pieces. First of all with my parents who played on mandolin and guitar with me. I then took a deep breath and volunteered to do a solo, in front of a group of complete strangers! Once I had got going I really enjoyed it. I chose to play some well known songs like ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ and ‘San Fransico Bay Blues’ and so people started to join in which made it even more fun. The massive applause afterwards made me smile and it was good to be able to play in front of such an appreciative crowd. I’m hoping to go again at some point in the future
There’s a folk night coming up at the Raunds Folk Festival during the first May day bank holiday, so I’m looking forward to that. If you see a folk night coming up, go along and join in whether you sit and listen (like several did last night) or take an instrument and play. You’ll have a great night!

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