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This is the web site for a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon acoustic music concerts being held at

Abbots Langley Community Centre,

Gallows Hill Lane,
Abbots Langley,
Hertfordshire

WD5 0AP

Click here for directions.

Community Centre photo

Ticket Reservations

To avoid disappointment we recommend that you reserve tickets in advance.

Pay at the door on the day of the concert.

To reserve tickets e-mail Alwac email address

or call the organisers Tim and Lesley Brooks on 01923 264536

Access/Parking

The Hall is easily entered in a wheelchair, and has appropriate facilities for wheelchair users.

Our concerts are well attended, so we ask able-bodied visitors to allow an extra few minutes and park in the Long Stay car park behind the row of shops a little further up the hill from the Community Centre, leaving the closer parking spaces for those less mobile. There is an aerial view here, showing how close this car-park is to the concert venue - at a slow walk it takes about four minutes to go from the car park to the community centre.

Lunches

The Royal Oak Pub is just across the road from the Community Centre and serve sunday lunches (best to book in advance) and Abbots Langley is also blessed with a number of good Indian Restaurants - all within walking distance of the venue - many of which do a Sunday lunchtime Buffet

Crafts

As before there will be a selection of local craft stalls at the concerts for visitors to browse during the interval.

Amongst those who have exhibited to date are:

Sue Robson with her Lampworked glass beads and jewellery, inspired by the colours, coastline and landscapes of Devon.

Maggie and Gunter Weber's Honey, Beeswax and related products

Annette Burrows: "An eclectic mix of mostly vintage, but some modern costume jewellery for sale at very affordable prices. Many pieces are 'one-offs' and unique. Amongst her collection are, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, brooches, glass, and gifts for ladies who like something a little bit different".

Elaine Charlson with Mead Moon jewellery

Prue King's Cards of Local Scenes

Hedingham Fair - cards, crafts and gifts

Sheena Roberts with her Mary Kay Beauty Consultancy

Wendy Lewis Artist, Children's author and illustrator

Keith Harrup with his wood turning products.

Eleanor Sidaway's printed Silk scarfs.

Bernadine Makins with her jewellery, watches and gifts.

Graham Bailey's turned wooden crafts

Links to related web sites

Abbots Langley Community Centre

Abbots Langley Local History Society

Dick's Folly

Abbots Langley Community Arts Project

Tim Brook's personal website

Kings Langley Local History and Museum Society

Other Folk Music in this area

Redbourn Folk Club

Chesham Folk Club

Haddenham Ceilidhs

Herga Folk club

Tappalachian Appalachian Cloggers

English Miscellany

Whitethorn Clog Morris

Phoenix Morris

The Watford Folk Club

The Aylesbury Folk Club

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Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts

Sunday 12th November 2017

at 3pm

Martyn Wyndham Read and Iris Bishop

Martyn and Iris Image

Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother's farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to South Australia where he worked on a sheep station in Emu Springs. While he was there he heard and became captivated by the songs of his fellow workers, and the need to know more of them and where they came from grew. More recently Martyn has also been performing some of the moving songs written by the late Graeme Miles.

Iris Bishop is a brilliant accompanist, whose sensitive concertina playing perfectly compliments Martyn's guitar and vocal styles. Much more about Martyn can be found here




Unless indicated otherwise all concerts start at 3 O'clock in the afternoon (doors open at 2:30)

The entrance price is £ 12.00, which includes the tea, coffee and very scrummy cakes which are served in the interval ( or 'Cake Break' as David Eagle of the Young'Uns christened it) by the ALWAC crew.

Click here for a printable flyer for this concert

Crafts at this concert

The craft stall in November will be Sue Robson with her Lampworked glass beads and jewellery, inspired by the colours, coastline and landscapes of Devon.

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No Photography Policy

To avoid distraction of other concert goers, we ask you to respect our policy of no photography during the performance.



Why are these billed as "Acoustic Concerts" ?

This is to underline that (as a general rule ) the musicians featured in the concerts are not using electric instruments, but are using the natural sounds of their instruments and voices. The performers chosen reflect our own liking for traditional music (and more recent music composed in a similar style ). Depending upon the act we may use amplification to ensure that they can be heard thoughout the concert hall, but volumes are kept as low as possible.

The Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts were launched in November 2010 by a performance of "Where the Working Boats Went" by Life and Times - Barry Goodman and Graham Meek. We decided to follow this up with concerts in February, March, October and November each year

© Tim Brooks 2011


Past Concerts

The posters from all of our previous concerts can be seen here.
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Diary dates for future concerts



Sunday February 11th 2018

The Hither Side of the Hedge

with Simon and Jo Harmer, Peter Ingram, Janet Keet-Black, Deb Lewis and members of the band Jigfoot

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The Hither Side of the Hedge is a show celebrating folk song collector, author and artist Alice Gillington (1863 -1934) using her own words as well as traditional Hampshire songs and dances she collected from Gypsy families in Southampton and the New Forest. Illustrated by old photographs, readings, stories, music and step dance demonstrations.

The concert at 3:00 PM will be preceeded by a step dance workshop from 12:00 to 13:15.

Tickets for the step dance workshop will be £8, for the Concert £12, including tea and cakes as usual.

A joint ticket for workshop and concert is at the bargain price of £15!

There is a downloadable flyer with more about Alice and the show here.

Sunday March 11th 2018

Narthen

Narthen photo

Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. Previously known under their own names for Christmas shows and as part of shows with the author Michael Morpurgo, they have decided to become an all year group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment on piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles.

Narthen is a new name for a this new venture. More about Narthen can be found here

Sunday May 20th 2018 at 3pm

Rodney Miller's Stringrays

Stringrays photo

Rodney Miller is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums. He will be accompanied by the musicians featured on his most recent recording "Stringrays" , Max Newman on guitar and Stuart Kenney on upright bass/ 5 string clawhammer banjo. More about Rodney's illustrious career as a fiddler and violin maker can be found on his website here

Followed at 6:30 pm by a

Contra-Dance with Mark Elvins calling.

Tickets for concert will be £12, including tea and cakes as usual. Tickets for the Contra-dance will be £10, with do-it yourself tea coffee and soft drinks - Note alcohol is not permitted at this venue

A joint ticket for workshop and concert is at the bargain price of £15!

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