Vic & Will

Warkworth Occasional

Warkworth Memorial Hall, 40 Castle Street, Warkworth, Northumberland, NE65 0UN. See Warkworth Memorial Hall website for directions.

For the inaugural meeting of this occasional and infrequent folk club, we are delighted to welcome two fine performers of traditional song and instrumental music who have played together since the 1970s. All are welcome to attend and there will be an opportunity for attendees to take part with a song or a tune. The guests will play two spots of 40/45 minutes and there will be a raffle!

Will Duke is a fine singer of mainly English traditional songs, and a splendid player of the Anglo concertina with a distinctive, sparkling style of his own. He plays many tunes from the repertoire of the Sussex source musician Scan Tester. He played in the Etchingham Steam Big Band, the Albion Dance Band, the Pump & Pluck Band, and the Bob Davenport Band; he is in a duo with Dan Quinn, plays in the Twagger Band and also does solo work and workshops. His solo CD, ‘Out of the Box’, was issued in 2008 on the Country Branch label.

Vic Gammon sings and plays the tenor banjo, anglo-concertina and melodeon. His repertory of songs and dance tunes is largely drawn from English traditional sources with some US and self-composed material. He has worked as a performer, composer, teacher, writer and researcher. He has played in various combinations including Etchingham Steam Band with Shirley Collins and in Dearman Gammon & Harrison. CDs he has performed on and/or produced include ‘The Tale of Ale’ (1977) ‘Black Crow, White Crow’ (2004) ‘Gannin’ to Blaydon Races’ (2012) and ‘Early Scottish Ragtime’ (2016).

Bob Copper, one of the most respected of traditional folk singers, wrote:

Will, a small, warm natured man with nimble fingers, would sit in a low chair by the fireplace, playing a concertina on his knee with a lively rhythm that set toes tapping all round the room. He sat like a little gnome with his eyes tight shut behind steel rimmed glasses and would be entirely lost to his surroundings, carried away on the wings of his music. He carried us all with him.

Vic was a big man, round of face, rotund in figure and he wore spectacles with circular lenses. He was the possessor of a telling tenor voice that was equally adept at adding touches of drama or humour to a song when required, and when Will and he joined forces on concertinas, Will leading on the Anglo and Vic providing an intricate obligato, ill matched though they may have been physically, their music blended to perfection. These evenings reassure me that Sussex traditional music and song is safe in such hands as these.

The folk club will start at 20:00, with doors opening at 19:30. Tickets £5 on the door.

There will not be a bar, so please bring your own refreshments and glasses.

Contact: Peter Burnham, Tel: 01665 711388, Email: peter.burnham@gmail.com .

Mailings for future events

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