FOLLOWING a short post-Christmas break, Nettlebed Folk Song Club returns on Monday (January 18) with a show by the
FOLLOWING a short post-Christmas break, Nettlebed Folk Song Club returns on Monday (January 18) with a show by the Bully Wee Band.
Club patron Phil Beer of acoustic roots and folk duo Show of Hands will provide support with a 30-minute set.
Since their reformation in 2004, the Bully Wee Band have had no trouble proving that they are still a force to be reckoned with as one of Britain’s foremost exponents of acoustic folk/rock music.
Originally formed in the early Seventies by brothers Jim and John Yardley, the Bully Wee Band successfully toured Britain, Europe and America through several line-ups until the last one of Ian Cutler, Fergus Feely, Colin Reece and Maartin Allcock finally called it a day in 1983.
Twenty years later a chance meeting between Messrs Cutler, Feely and Reece resulted in a very spirited jam session at Faversham Folk Club in Kent, and a 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 Colin, Ian and Fergus decided to repeat the experience the following January — only this time with Bully Wee founder member Jim Yardley too.
Thus the current line-up of Ian Cutler (Feast of Fiddles), Fergus Feely (Dolores Keane), Colin Reece (Jim Davidson) and Jim Yardley (Corner Boys) was complete and reunited.
They have toured every January since. Returning once again to Nettlebed with their first new studio album in more than 30 years,
Like the Snow, the band blend acoustic guitars, mandolin, fiddle and keyboards to mesmerising effect.
Showtime is 8pm at Nettlebed Village Club in High Street, Nettlebed. Tickets are £15 on the door or £14 in advance, and are bookable by calling 01628 636620 or visiting the website www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk