Folkbluesnbeyond

 


 Bill Johnston and Sheila Darling have enjoyed a low profile presence in the East Anglian Acoustic Music world for more decades than they may admit to. We are active members of local folk clubs and dance sides, and have performed in public solo, as a duo and in bands. Our musical lives are mainly recreational at this time, (2023), although we are happy to be called upon to play music, for listening or for dance. We do not self promote. This web-page succeeds a page which was active for more than twenty years before the host discontinued operations, which prompted a review of our online presence, and what we want it to represent moving forwards in time.

A feature of the previous web page which received mainly positive feedback were Bill's Diary Notes which he maintained between 2003/4 and 2023, ceasing contemporaneous publication with the demise of the website. They can be found here: Diary Notes

2023 was a work in progress at the time the website ceased and an enforced sabbatical for a couple of months with little musical activity to record called a halt. Bill is maintaining the Diary Notes, updating a week at a time, see below.

Bill also maintains a separate musical web presence on Facebook, the only space at present where his Tuesday Tunesday sketched tunes initially appear, along with other musical bits and bobs. https://www.facebook.com/folkbluesnbeyond/  If you are not FB phobic have a look...Linked FB sites relate to the U3A Folk Music Group, Facebook , and Bill's most recent band, '3 Men in a Shed Suffolk' Facebook  and earlier barn dance band 'Instep, Facebook.

Bill was also a member of John Goodluck's 'Bards of the Heath' :  Facebook

He also has a Youtube channel with in excess of a thousand videos, music or folk related. folkbluesnbeyond - YouTube

These are windows onto our world.....

Weekly Diary Notes

Friday 1st March 2024: Spring again, Rain Sleet and Sunshine: Bill swam, posted Melnet Tune of the Month. Sheila Yoga, took Jorja to the dentist. Rowan’s friend Jake bought Bill’s Avalon Guitar. His garden backs onto ‘shanty’ Roy’s house, and he has been to the Woolpack session a couple of times to listen. Harriet Harman’s talk at Waldringfield was excellent, although (as a lawyer) her avoidance skills were well honed. Not a hard session, focussed on her political achievements.

Thursday 29th February 2024Leap Day: Sky News has won best News Channel for the seventh year running! Seems to justify abandoning ship on BBC and ITV News. Bill had a wander around town, picked up some ‘penny dreadfuls’ and a book of ‘easy’ Baroque Pieces. Sheila swam, went to Tai Chi. The programme of spots for Halesworth Day of Dance is published. Pretty Grim Practice.

Wednesday 28th February 2024: Happy Birthdasy Imo. Bill: swam, started knoodling on new TT tune. Sheila a bit below par. Noticed that we missed Pieces of Eight et al at Earl Soham on Monday. Not well publicised but attracted a few of our friends, (in the know). Phil W saw Saul Rose and James Delarre at Colchester FC on Monday. Well impressed, cf our impressions, (infra.) Bill had a bite on his guitar ad, from one of Rowan’s schoolfriends, (a long time ago). Coming to see it on Friday afternoon.

Tuesday 27th February 2024: Sheila swam, Bill had a morning in Felixstowe, posted TT sketches, listened to ‘Folk with Genevieve’. We worked through some songs this evening. Holly has sent some songs across to work on with melodeon or concertina.

Monday 26th February 2024: Bill swam, East Suffolk Morris practice, an interesting evening, backplanning Somerset to be more of a group activity! Sheila, Chi Gung. Fiddle workshop online. The prompt for Friday’s Hadleigh FAC has dropped. May miss this one as Harriet Harman at Waldringfield seems a stronger draw. Terence Blacker played a spot at Everyman last week which was sufficient to the need.

Sunday 25th February 2025: Bill knoodling, Sheila tired, didn’t sleep well. Saul Rose & James Delarre: Folk at the Froize: Fantastic musicianship and musical interplay. Amplification was unnecessary in the small room but is ‘expected’ from both sides. Effectively English etc chamber music, (as seems to be the current fashion), with various humorous asides about smelly 70’s morris dancers. Particularly otiose as most of the set comprised fiddly arrangements of ‘morris’ tunes. Doubtless all in good humour. Not sure whether the evening was a success and if so on what terms! Lots of Everyman and morris friends also present. Excellent food.

Saturday 24th February 2024: Sheila gym and sent the day with Max at Old Hall and in Hadleigh, Bill popped in on Ash & family, knoodled on TT tune.

Sunday 25th February 2025: Bill knoodling, Sheila tired, didn’t sleep well. Saul Rose & James Delarre: Folk at the Froize: Fantastic musicianship and musical interplay. Amplification was unnecessary in the small room but is ‘expected’ from both sides. Effectively English etc chamber music, (as seems to be the current fashion), with various humorous asides about smelly 70’s morris dancers. Particularly otiose as most of the set comprised fiddly arrangements of ‘morris’ tunes. Doubtless all in good humour. Not sure whether the evening was a success and if so on what terms! Lots of 'Everyman' and 'morris' friends also present. Excellent food.

Saturday 24th February 2024: Sheila gym and sent the day with Max at Old Hall and in Hadleigh, Bill popped in on Ash & family, knoodled on TT tune.

Friday 23rd February 2024: Sheila appointment and treatment to her hand, then online meeting. Bill swam. We managed a practice in between, then Sheila out to lunch. Bill finding iregular notes in new TT tune a challenge.Everyman Folk Club: Jim Causley: an excellent evening, good mix of styles. Jim very good, a trouper and erudite entertainer. Holly ‘crashed’ (metaphorically), and didn’t make it. MaryD enjoying playing the concertina.






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