Inaugural folk festival hailed a success

Festival organisers Brian Carter (seated) and Terry Mack performing Terry’s “28 Days” Picture: Ian R

Festival organisers Brian Carter (seated) and Terry Mack performing Terry’s “28 Days” Picture: Ian Robb - Credit: Archant

Organisers have hailed the success of a joint folk music festival.

Members of the Longhshore Shantymen going through their paces. Picture: Ian Robb

Members of the Longhshore Shantymen going through their paces. Picture: Ian Robb - Credit: Archant

The festival, held on Saturday, attracted a good turnout on what was the first impromptu folk festival held jointly by the Waveney Acoustic Sing-a-Round Club and the Waveney Folk Club at their base at the Gunton Estate Community Hall.

With stalwarts from both clubs displaying their musical virtuosity during a very relaxed afternoon, there were also two guest sessions – the first was by Lowestoft's own Longshore Shantymen before vocal group, The Oulton Broads, added to the relaxed atmosphere of the festival performing a selection of pop songs from the 1960s. Festival organisers Terry Mack and Brian Carter did a spotlight version of Terry's '28 Days', a song written in honour of the North Sea's previously unsung heroes, the crews who man the oil and gas rig standby vessels. The event also saw the welcome return of Jim Brown, a veteran of the folk song scene in Lowestoft, who was performing as early as the 1960s and who was a founder member of the Waveney Folk Club.

Speaking at the end of the Festival, a very pleased Terry Mack confirmed the success of the event. 'It was a risk,' he said; 'but it paid off and was a success. It was a fantastic shop window for both the Waveney Acoustic Sing-a-Round Club and the Waveney Folk Club'.

Veteran folk singer Jim Brown performing “Santiago”. Picture: Ian Robb

Veteran folk singer Jim Brown performing “Santiago”. Picture: Ian Robb - Credit: Archant


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