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Phil Birkin + Helen North + Open Mic
Friday February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm£5
For our February Guest + Open Mic Night we’ve put together a double bill featuring two of Kent’s finest folk performers .
Singer songwriter Helen North has a growing reputation for her skilfully turned lyrics, strongly visual songs & beautiful, true voice. Helen’s compositions draw on years of experience working with boats and sailing incorporating nautical themes. Singing both traditional & self-penned songs her captivating performances have her audience in gales of laughter at one moment, & in rapt attention the next.
Septuagenarian Phil Burkin is a delightful banjo player who accompanies himself parlour-style with the sort of subtly & understatement which great banjo solo accompaniment demands & seldom gets. He is also a very capable multi-instrumental who amongst other things turns his hand to Appalachian dulcimer, guitar & spoons. Phil is a long time stalwart of Hartley Morris & in addition to playing traditional folk from both sides of the pond he is no slouch as a songwriter. In the 70’s his song Grasshopper was covered by the late great Peter Bellamy who wrote ‘This piece is the work of Phil Burkin, a young singer of traditional and original songs who lives in Kent, in the land through which Chaucer’s pilgrims did indeed travel on their way to Canterbury.’
Now you can’t beat a bit of banjo for Valentines day. As usual we’ll be kicking off the evening with floorspots & love themes will be welcome but not compulsory…Please turn up early on the night if you are interested in doing a spot & want to make sure your name is on the performers’ list. Musicians & singers, poets & storytellers are all welcome.
It’s just £5 on the door plus optional £1 strip raffle tickets. The door take is just used to pay the guests & nothing more..
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