Tom Kitching Busk England

Leading traditional fiddle player, Tom Kitching, will be performing a very personal concert of music and spoken word charting his 15 month busking trip around England. From Berwick to Deal, Penzance to Carlisle, Tom has been performing on the streets of England, getting to know his own country better through its own music. Finding streets […]

Only Remembered A Great Success!

The Only Remembered tribute concert to those who served in the Great War by Roots Community Singers proved a huge success with the Charles Booth centre at Thringstone packed to capacity. The choir put on an anti-war show paying tribute to the men, women and animals that served and died in the First World War […]

Only Remembered First World War Tribute Concert

Roots Community Singers mark the 100 year Armistice of the First World War this November with a unique tribute concert consisting of songs from the folk tradition, story telling and poetry all set to a back drop of evocative images reflecting the times and events of a conflict which left few unscathed and which had […]

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Posh Pancakes, How To Make ‘Em, How To Toss ‘Em!

I know pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday which in 2013 is the 12th February, but in my opinion they make a fantastic desert whatever the season.  You can do all sorts of things with them as long as you can get them off the ceiling which it shouldn’t come to that if you […]

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Whitwick Sing-A-Round And Music Session

Come along for an informal sing-around and music session on Wednesday, 27th February, 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm. It is a free event which takes place at St. Joseph’s tea rooms, Abby Grange, Oaks Road, Whitwick.  LE67 5UP. The tea room serves snacks and light lunches, but no alcohol!  Everyone is welcome to either sing, […]

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The Netherseal Oak – Not Just Any Tree!

This oak tree may seem like any other doted around the English countryside, but look closer and you will see it bears a small plaque to the effect that it is a grand-daughter of the Boscabel Oak.  If you know your English history, you will realise that the Boscabel Oak was the tree which sheltered […]

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Hey Down, Ho Down, Up For A Barn Dance?

It’s time to put on your dancing shoes and kick up the sawdust!  The Derbyshire Ranters will be heading up proceedings with a selection of foot stomping jigs and reels at Packington Village Hall, Saturday, 23rd February, 7.30 pm. Licensed bar and delicious ploughman’s supper for re-fueling and a song or two from ROOTS COMMUNITY […]

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Wassail, Wassail All Over The Town!

Which is what we did at the Chepstow Mari Lwyd festival.  In spite of the bitter cold and knee deep snow a goodly crowd joined the Widders morris side in this annual winter festival which is a form of wassailing peculiar to Wales. Much like the English Wassailers, the idea is to bring luck in […]

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