We have now settled into our new venue, The Dolphin Hotel, Fore Street, Beer, EX12 3EQ. Here's a map of where it is, and they can phoned at 01297 20068 and have a website at http://www.dolphinhotelbeer.co.uk They have a fine range of beers, ciders, wines and snacks, but if you want to make a night of it you can have a slap-up meal and stay the night!
Peter & Hilary, who started up Jurassic Folk over 7 years ago, and have been running it ever since, have decided it's time to step down. A "junta" ( my description, not theirs...! ) has been formed to take over and spread the workload between them, and this will take effect after the summer break, from 17th September. Quite a few people are involved, but main contacts are Andrew & June (the Amycrofters) 01404 46451 , and Adrian 01297 23291, and Jolly will be running the website. They will let you know in due course how things are planned for the future, but as I understand, the format will continue roughly as it is now, but watch this site or read your newsletters if you are on the mailing list.
We had two Guest Nights in April, Tim Edey on the 9th, and The Exmouth Shantymen on the 23rd. Both were fabulous nights with full house audiences.... well, we could have squeezed in on or two more standing, but it was pretty full. reports on these will appear in Jurassic Folk at the Dolphin shortly. Nothing further has been arranged just yet, but watch this space, or read your Newsletter...
More info on the Guest Night page when there is any news.
Pictures taken at our various past sessions, including recent Guest Nights with Tim Van Eyken, Tim Edey, Lucy Ward, Sunjay Brayne (with Big Al Whittle), Jess Morgan, Paul Downes & Maggie Boyle, Gadjo, Mike Silver, Jed Grimes, Jim Moray, Thrill Collins, Jackie Oates, Steve Turner, Boo Hewerdine, James Findlay, Louise Jordan, Ruth Notman & Fake Thackray can be seen at http://eastdevonfolk.jalbum.net and you can find lots of video clips also on YouTube, just search for "Lucy Ward at Jurassic Folk" or whoever you want to find.
The Come All Ye nights at the Dolphin carried on from the first, excellent crowds and a full artist rosta, which you can read about in great detail on the Jurassic Folk at the Dolphin page, and Jolly's photos are up on the album site eastdevonfolk.jalbum.net. Every 3rd Wednesday, so the next one is on 16th July. Doors open 7.00pm and start prompt at 7.30pm. One interval and we try and finish by 10.30pm, but sometimes over-run because of trying to give everyone a decent spot. And as always, it is FREE ADMISSION.
IMPORTANT: In order to secure a performance spot on Singers Nights, it is advisable to email or phone us to say you are coming. You can still just turn up early on the night but we can no longer promise that we can fit you in.
Song by song reports of performers on the singers nights can be read at Jurassic Folk at the Grove page, and pictures taken by ace snapper Jolly can be found at the Jurassic Folk Album
And now .......
Jurassic Jam !
The new Folk Jam Session started on Wednesday February 5th at the Dolphin Hotel Beer from 8 - 10.15pm. This club is for instrumentalists of all types and is intended to provide tunes in which others can join. Singing, provided it is accompanied by an instrument, is fine, as long as other instruments can join in. This will give those who wish, a chance to lead, with everyone having the opportunity to join in. All music will be acoustic so that there will be no gaps between slots. The new session will run on the first Wednesday of every month and the next session is on July 2nd 2014. Do note this date in your diary and bring your instruments. Jurassic Jam (JJ) will be hosted by Adrian Ball and Andrew Mycroft. All abilities of musician will receive a warm welcome. Spectators are also encouraged to attend these FREE jam sessions. For further details contact Andrew 01404 46451 or Adrian 01297 23291.
If you have any events that need publicising, instruments for sale or wanted, or just about anything please let us know and we'll put it up somewhere.
We would love to hear from anybody who would like to involve themselves in the running of Jurassic Folk, and those who have ideas about bringing in more young people. Phone, email or button-hole Peter when you see him.
Other Local Events
Full details of other local events are on the Other Folk Events page.