The Best Laid Plans …

We’re sorry to tell you that Skedaddle have had to drop out this year – we’ve had a message from Simon which says ..

Hello. Simon from Skedaddle here. I’m afraid we’ll need to pull out of Folk at the Boat. One of our musicians is unavailable and our fiddle player has injured her hand quite badly and has been advised it may take two months before she can play again. We are so sorry for this as we were really looking forward to it. Please accept our sincere apologies. I will be coming down as a punter so will see you on the day.

We’re really going to miss them and we send them all our best wishes. It won’t surprise you to know that they have already been invited back for next year.

Now … in the spirit of this being the 20th anniversary Folk at the Boat, we looked back into the archives to find a replacement.

Oh … that’ll be us, then. This was Triangle on our first appearance, way back in 2005.

Get well soon, Paul!

In a last-minute change to the advertised programme, we are very sad to say that Mc2 have had to drop out owing to illness. We wish Paul all the very best for a speedy recovery. Local duo Saltshaker, aka our wonderful sound man Adrian and his bandmate Andy, have kindly agreed to step in at short notice and we look forward to welcoming them.

The Running Order!

Here it is – the elegantly hand-crafted running order for Folk at the Boat 2023

12.30-2.00 pmMorris Dancing
2.00-2.30 pmHara Bellydancers
2.45-3.30 pmThe Columbines
3.45-4.30 pmBill Pipe
4.45-5.30 pmMc2
5.45-6.30 pmMyatt & Dansie
6.45-7.30 pmJustine de Mierre
7.45-9.30 pmLil Jim

A teaser for next year …

If you were with us last June, you will have been spellbound by the tale-telling skills of Justine de Mierre. The good news is that she’s back again next year!

But the really exciting news is that we have this gentleman …

If you haven’t encountered him before, this is Lil Jim, and I can do no better than quote from his website:

“Lil Jim is an award winning, multi instrumentalist. Dynamic and irrepressible. Seamlessly tying the roots of traditional music with modern arrangements and hooks. Combining guitar, harmonica and accordion with vocals and foot percussion to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody.

From supporting Hayseed Dixie, Paul Jones and Midge Ure, with standout shows at Leek Blues and Americana Festival and Acoustic Festival of Britain, Lil Jim is fast becoming the must-see act on the festival and touring circuit.”

The one thing he isn’t, is “Lil” …

Folk in the sunshine!

Did we have a good day? We most certainly did!

Now read on …

The sun shone, the geraniums opened their petals in glorious pink profusion, Covid restrictions were a thing of the past, and Folk at the Boat gloriously resumed its rightful place in the calendar, on the second Saturday in June.

We had waited three years to enjoy this day as it should be enjoyed. Last year’s Covid 19-safe event had some first-rate acts, but still felt restricted and somewhat stressful, despite our being thankful, in the circumstances, to have an event at all.

This day was a treat. It opened at 12.30 with over an hour of joyous dancing from four energetic morris sides. In complete contrast, the Hara Belly Dance troupe brought a very different energy, all sinuous grace and elegance in their billowing long skirts. Even when they were brandishing scimitars, these dancers moved with queenly femininity.

The afternoon and early evening brimmed with musical talent. Sea shanties were well represented in the completely contrasting styles of Salt Water and Beer, a more traditional shanty crew, and Essex-based duo Freddie’s Barnet, who gave the traditional songs a humorous modern twist and added topical compositions of their own. After the cut-glass harmonies of The VIPs – even more popular than last year on their return – Carys performed a blinding set, solo (except when she wasn’t).

To put the audience into full-on listening mode, professional storyteller Justine de Mierre compelled with her crackling, atmospheric, performing style. Every table was hanging onto her every word. Nobody wanted so much as to scratch an itch while she was speaking, and all eyes were on her throughout.

The apex of the day was Gerry Colvin, a great Steamboat favourite, with two members of his current band. It was as well that we had had practice listening, because Gerry’s songs have words set into them like jewels in a necklace. Not one should be missed. He, too, is a teller of tales. From the deeply personal references in “When the Light Switch can’t be Found” to the (completely invented) legend of the ghosts of the Black Lion Hotel in “The Tragical Conceit of Captains Millbank and Cat” – better known to fans as “Cutlass Cat” – the audience was with him. Accompanied by the guitar work of Lyndon Webb and the accordion of Trish Power, these songs really live.

The day was over far too soon. A rosy June sunset and a busy merch desk both attested to the contentment of the crowd who had stayed all day to be thoroughly entertained.

so now you know. Thanks to Mim for the write-up.

Folk at the Boat 2022 – Update!

We now have confirmation from all our acts that they will be with us on Saturday 11th June.

Come and join us on Saturday 11th June for a great day of music, story-telling, dancing and an excellent selection of real ales (and we’ll do our best with the weather as well).

The line-up will be:

  • The Hara Belly Dancers
  • Salt Water & Beer
  • The VIPs
  • Freddie’s Barnet
  • Carys
  • Justine de Mierre

And our headliner will be – by special request (his) …

There will be morris sides, including Maldon Greenjackets, Haughley Hoofers and Danegeld.

Entrance will be free, although we will be rattling buckets under your noses at frequent intervals. Please also think about making a donation to the pub’s crowdfunding page (details can be found here.)

More details about the bands will appear shortly on the Folk at the Boat 2022 page.