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June 24, 2007

Trees and Roots

The Tree 10 by David Vernon, cc by/sharealikeSo, it was Filk Massive down at the folk club tonight. The Walthamstow Folk club already has several regular attendees who are closet or not-so-closet filkers, but tonight they booked Playing Rapunzel, who are a definite filk duo; most of their material is actual filk and the rest is the sort of folk songs beloved of filkers. They shared the evening with guitarist and songwriter Simon Stephenson, which made a good contrast. The whole thing was billed as 'Futureproof'; I am not sure that either act would have comfortably carried a full evening at the club, but putting them together worked very well indeed. A very interesting and varied set of floor spots rounded out the evening, which seemed to me to epitomise what we go to folk clubs to do.

There was some sort of auspicious alignment of the heavens tonight; in honour of midsummer, and English filk, and traditional English folk music, I sang Oak, Ash and Thorn and dedicated it to Gytha; nearly everyone present joined in lustily. I think it sounded quite good; if the tape's come out ok I might stick it on MySpace. Woo.

Posted by Alison Scott at June 24, 2007 11:22 PM


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