Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Beer and the Bully Wee Band

FOLK music is the talk of the town again, what with the BBC folk awards looming at the end of

FOLK music is the talk of the town again, what with the BBC folk awards looming at the end of the month, writes Lesley Potter.

It also happens that one of the country’s premier folk venues, the Nettlebed Club, opens its doors on Monday for the start of the new season.

First up is four-piece group the Bully Wee Band who, according to Mike Sanderson of the club, are one of Britain’s foremost exponents of acoustic folk/rock music.

The band is supported by Phil Beer, one half of the Show of Hands, who have filled the Albert Hall four times over.

The Bully Wee Band was formed originally in the Seventies by brothers Jim and John Yardley and they successfully toured Britain, Europe and America. The line-up changed by degrees over the years, until they disbanded in 1983.

Twenty years later, a chance encounter between members Ian Cutler and Fergus Feely and Colin Reece resulted in a jam session — which launched the trio back on the road.

Their subsequent 2004 tour was so successful that they recruited former member Jim Yardley back into the gang, thus completing the current line-up.

Support act Phil Beer has been playing fiddle, guitar and mandolin since he was a schoolboy in Devon. He has played with stars such as Mike Oldfield and the Rolling Stones.

The gig at Nettlebed on Monday, January 21 starts at 8pm. Box office: 01628 636620 or visit website www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk

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