From: Petawebken_at_aol_dot_com
Sent: 04 October 2007 21:58
                    MUSICAL TRADITIONS CLUB   AUTUMN  2007 
Dear Member,  
Next club night coming up soon!
All the best,
Peta Webb & Ken Hall 

Friday 12th OCTOBER
Mary sings passionately with a great feel for English traditional style, while the tunes she and Anahata play (on melodeon, cello, concertina and banjo) have that good old pub sound.       Reviews:

CD "Sharp Practice"

"This CD is a treasure. Exquisite in every detail..."
David Kidman, Living Tradition Web Site Reviews

"This is an excellent debut and I am now a fan. I recommend the album and I look forward to hearing them live sometime"
Roy Harris

This CD is a masterpiece. I really can't recommend it highly enough."
Jim Lawton, Tykes News

So who needs another Barb'ry Ellen? I hear you ask... Well, you do, if it's the one off Mary Humphreys and Anahata's collection of English tunes and songs... it's a performance that makes you glad you're alive. And the rest of the album isn't far behind...

Barry Callaghan, EDS (English Dance and Song)

Songs as they should be sung and tunes as they should be played"
Colin Andrews, "What's Afoot"

CD "Song Links 2"

Barbara Allen is wondrous, Mary Humphreys not only has a beautiful voice but she has obviously listened wide and deep and knows what to do with it.
Jody Stecher

CD "Fenlandia"

pared-down, beautiful and timeless
Mick Tems, Taplas

bounce, panache and a bit of zip
Paul Burgess, Shreds and Patches

"Fenlandia is a really enjoyable CD: solidly traditional songs and tunes, interesting background material which gives context to the music, and lovely singing and playing. What more could you ask?"
Joan Crump, English Dance and Song

CD "Floating Verses"

It doesn't come any better than this
Keith Kendrick, "Mardles"

"Two musicians from East Anglia who are working very hard to put lesser known English songs and tunes firmly back on the musical map"
Verity Sharp on BBC Radio 3

sent shivers down my spine
Des Redwood, The Folk Mag.

She sings like the old singers
Eddie Upton, EDS Magazine

Mary Humphreys sings English folk songs with a genuine feel of a continuous tradition, as if a "folk revival" had never been necessary Tom Bell-Richards, Shire Folk.

Floating Verses is a gem of a CD -- traditional English folk tunes played and sung by people who actually know how to play and sing and who have the scholarly background to know what they're playing and singing. What a treat! Green Man Review, Faith J. Cormier.

Live Performances

"I have to say I was spell-bound by her singing and the evening was far, far too short for me. "
Robert Mann, Bodmin Folk Club

"a lovely voice, enthusiastic delivery with sympathetic accompaniments on melodeon, concertina and cello. Mary's version of The Banks of the Nile was stunning."
Mick Harrington in "Shreds and Patches", reviewing the Song Links launch concert.

"Wonderful and unusual versions of songs and brilliant accompaniments and tunes."
Pete Coe, newsgroup

Everybody had an extremely enjoyable time. One member of the audience said you were both inspirational and another said that Mary was one of the finest singers he'd heard in years - "she's a natural".

Friday 9th NOVEMBER
Born into an Irish community in North East England, Mick draws on both these traditions in his singing and flute-playing. A stalwart of the Irish session scene in London, Mick has recently recorded a CD which reflects the maturity and rootedness of his singing.
plus  Donegal singer Breda McKinney and the Pigeon English Band
Friday 7th DECEMBER


Musical Traditions Club at The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W  6DL (at the junction of Foley Street and Cleveland Street). 8- 11pm. Nearest tube: Goodge Street /Warren Street/ Great Portland Street. Parking OK  after 6.30.       Admission  for Members £6, Concessions £3.50.         Non-Members £7, Concessions £4.
For further information,  contact : petawebken_at_aol_dot_com     or      0208 340 0530   

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                                            NON-MTC EVENTS                  




1) Return to Camden Town Festival (19-28 Oct) Lots going on ! Have a look at the programme.
Wed.24th October especially recommended with Roisin El Safty and Mairtin O'Connor
 or contact  Karen Ryan (k_dot_ryan_at_virgin_dot_net
                                                                       Plus regular Sunday sessions at the Auld Triangle .


 Saturday 3rd November
Jim MacFarland  (Derry) and Jerry O'Reilly (Dublin)  
The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club

VENUE: Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, London  NW1 2HR (on the corner of Cobourg Street, near Euston and Euston Square stations; parking is easy), on Saturdays at 8.15pm.

INFORMATION: 020 7281 7700

ENTRANCE: Members: £5, non-members:£6 (unwaged £1 less) .  Membership: £2 for the year.
3)London Metropolitan
University Irish Short courses for this Autumn 2007. These include:

Divided Ireland: Irish History 1922-63
Dates: Tuesdays 2 October – 11 December (11 sessions)                     Times:
Afternoon (TBA)
Cost: £135 *Concession fees: £95

Irish Migration to Britain
Dates: Tuesdays 2 October – 11 December  (11 sessions)                 Times:    6 – 8pm
Cost: £135 *Concession fees: £95

Irish Traditional Music Song and Dance
Dates: Thursdays 4 October – 13 December (11 sessions)                 Times:    6 – 8pm
Cost: £135 *Concession fees: £95

If you have any interest in attending one or more of these courses
please feel free to contact me directly via email or by calling 0207 133
4398. Additionally you may go online to and enrol. .......
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me directly.

Emily Nunes


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