Belper Nailers Folk Moot 2005

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This year's event was a major success with large numbers attending each of the events and, by all accounts, enjoying them all to the full.

The Friday Folk Club in the Nailers bar was well supported with over a dozen performers adding ther names to the list to get a spot. The Ceilidh in the Community Hall attracted large numbers of dancers who were very well entertained by the band Kettle of Fish with Mick Peat as the caller. Entertainment at the interval was provided by the Appalachian Dance team Feet First.

The Saturday morning concert kicked off with a "Come all ye" with Belper Folk club regulars Penny Bun, Chris Preston and Ed Hulse providing the entertainment. This was followed by an excellent accoustic spot from local duo No Fixed Abode and a highly entertaining set from Mick Ryan and Pete Harris.

The afternoon concert was opened by Cross o' th' Hands with their mix of high-quality harmony singing and playing of local tunes. No Fixed Abode were next up with Irish singer Una's amazing voice accompanied by Tony on guitar.

Quicksilver, who are Hilary Spencer of Artisan and Grant Baynham, best known for his television work on That's Life, then performed a highly entertaining spot before the headline act Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh took the stage for a spellbinding display of guitar and harp playing.

The evening concert was opened by Mick Ryan and Pete Harris who were both in fine form, performing a selection of Mick's original songs. They were followed by Shonaleigh who is a Jewish storyteller; and what a storyteller she is! Shonaleigh is not well known on the folk scene yet she became the surprise hit of the event, holding the audience spellbound with her amazing ability to draw the audience into her stories. You could have heard a pin drop during her spot and I have never known 45 minutes go so quickly. Watch out for her, she is brilliant.

Local stars John Tams and Barry Coope then took the stage for an hour long performance of very high quality. John Tams is an amazing songwriter and singer and has that magical quality called stage presence which is so hard to achieve. Without seeming to try he can have an audience hanging on his every word. With Barry Coope providing keyboard backing and also singing this was an excellent performance from these two very talented men.

The final act of the concert was a second spot from Quicksilver who, with their wit, Hilary's amazing voice and Grant's superb guitar work, provided an extremely entertaining end to the 2005 Nailers Folk Moot concerts.

On the Sunday, those who still had the energy joined in a very lively lunchtime session at The Duke of Devonshire on Bridge Street, Belper. A fitting end to a very successful event.

Belper Folk club would like to thank the following for helping to make this year's event a real success:-

Arts Council, England for their financial support;

Leadmill and Marston’s breweries for sponsoring our publicity leaflets (and for their excellent beers!);

Belper Meadows Sports Club for the use of their car park;

Dave Davidson of The Attic Folk Club, Chesterfield, for help with publicity;

The Lion Hotel for accommodating some of the artists;

Jim Rolley-Parnell, for the excellent sound he always gives us;

Paul Carroll, the Old Kings Head landlord, for making Belper folk Club so welcome and for running the bar at the Community Hall;

All the “volunteer” stewards for their hard work;

Mick Peat and Lester Simpson on Radio Derby’s Folkwaves for their invaluable support;

The Nailers Football Club and the staff for the excellent facilities and service;

The MCs and artistes;

And, most importantly, the people who buy the tickets!

Folk Moot 2006 will take place on 23rd and 24th June.

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