5 May 2017
Derek Gifford (aka Giff) is a fine singer with a repertoire including traditional songs and modern ones by such luminary writers as Pete Coe, Brian Hooper and Alan Bell. He also wrote the tune for the wornderful "When All Men Sing"; expect choruses!
12 May 2017
We celebrate the club's 54th anniversary with our friends Innominata, currently on a two-year tour (ahem, ahem) with their latest album, the aptly-named "Forgotten But Not Gone". Songs and tunes (and choruses) from all over the world!
19 May 2017
Monkey See Monkey Do
While the Fo'c'sle stares into the abyss of possible closure, traditional music carries on regardless with people like Monkey See Monkey Do. Guitar, fiddle, clarinet, bodhran, voices and oomph!
A word from Brian
I’ve been at the Fo’c’sle Folk Club most Fridays for the past 40 years and it will be a wrench to stop, but, as Pete Seeger and some old prophet said - to everything there is a time. I picked up the baton as “organiser” in 2012 and said at the time I aimed to run it for five years and then hand it over to someone noticeably younger. I haven’t found the young pretender yet, but my five years are up. Having been struck by a stroke during the first of those years, it hasn’t been easy and I am immensely grateful for the current Committee and numerous others who have kept the club in shape. Sadly, none of those are in a position to take on the main organiser role, so we will have a meeting on Friday 9 June to decide the way forward – probably closure, with the last night being 30 June. Could you take it on? Maybe monthly rather than weekly? Then bring your plans to the meeting!
In the meantime, we will enjoy (almost) every last minute!
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Parking behind the nearby shops near "Iceland" is now managed by cameras. If you stay for the full evening you will be fined £60.