Monday, 18 December 2017

Folk rockers are enjoying their second time around

Folk rockers are enjoying their second time around

A BAND reckoned to be among Britain’s foremost exponents of acoustic folk/rock music are playing Nettlebed Village Club on Monday (January 23).

Since reforming back in 2004, the Bully Wee Band have had no trouble proving that they are still a force to be reckoned with, blending acoustic guitars, mandolin, fiddle and keyboards to mesmerising effect.

Originally formed in the early Seventies by brothers Jim and John Yardley, the band successfully toured Britain, Europe and America through several line-ups until Ian Cutler, Fergus Feely, Colin Reece and Maartin Allcock decided to call it a day in 1983.

Fast-forward 20 years and a chance meeting between Messrs Cutler, Feely and Reece resulted in a very spirited jam session at Faversham Folk Club in Kent and the subsequent decision to put a three-piece Bully Wee Band back on the road in January 2004 — “if only for the craic”.

So successful was the 2004 tour that the reformed three-piece decided to repeat the experience the following January, only this time with the addition of Bully Wee founder member Jim Yardley.

Thus the current line-up was complete and reunited. They have toured every January since, but this year are returning to Nettlebed with their first new studio album in over 30 years under their belts.

Like The Snow represents the first time the band have been in the studio as one unit in 35 years — and the finished tracks demonstrate how they and their sound have matured over the years.

Nettlebed Folk Song Club organiser Mike Sanderson said: “This four-piece band was known as one of the most exciting bands on the circuit and now they only tour for a few dates in January, so it’s not one to miss!”

Support on the night will come from the Bully Wee Band’s old friend Phil Beer of Show of Hands fame. Beer, who is also the patron of concert organisers the Nettlebed Folk Song Club, has another live engagement next Friday (January 27), when he plays Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead.

The concert, which starts at 7.30pm, is the first in a series of four “Folk at Norden Farm” dates between now and mid-March — full details of which can be found at www.nordenfarm.org

Monday’s show starts at 8pm. Tickets are £14 in advance and can be booked by calling 01628 636620 or at www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk

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