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Lotsa Gigs

Well – there are now quite a few gigs on the books – most of them for IOTA but some solo and a couple of Listen-Listen gigs. If you didn’t know I am now in a trio of me, Sally Barker and Marion Fleetwood writing and performing our own songs – that’s IOTA.

But I’m also in a band with PJ Wright, Sally Barker, Marion Fleetwood, Mark Stevens and Mat Davies forming Listen-Listen which is a band specialising in singing our own versions of Sandy Denny songs. The connection is that I played as the pianist with Fotheringay in 2017 for JerryAid – raising money for Jerry Donahue who had a stroke. It was a great privilege to play with original members Gerry Conway and Pat Donaldson. They were amazing. Listen-Listen is a sort of split-off from that really.

So, as well as playing in a duo with Keith Donnelly doing our favourite covers, I am solo, with IOTA and with Listen-Listen. Yay! Exciting.

I’m now working with my new agent Karen Atkins on putting in dates for me solo.

Just Waiting In…

Yesterday – this was what I was doing and also last Friday…

But now it’s arrived! Hoorah! Fortunately I am near genius so I know how to work it. You won’t find out if you’re an idiot as you won’t be able to work out how to use it to find out what your IQ is. Clever ay!

Folk Song For Europe: Sweden

I found this old VHS my brother filmed when he once came up visiting when Warwick Folk Club was on at The Globe Hotel and it happened to be ‘Folk Song For Europe’ night. I was Erika Flippendahft from Sweden. Here it is!

Late 80s! Everyone had to pick a country from a hat – the countries including Tibet, ‘Africa’ and other stupid suggestions.  We then had two weeks to get a song together for the ‘competition’.

I got ‘Sweden’. I went to library and got a Swedish tape out as I thought it would be more convincing to try and sing in Swedish. Harhar. So there are some Swedish words in there somewhere! There were lots of entries including Keith Donnelly doing Scotland.  I can’t even remember if I won the competition or not…

This is the sort of thing we’d do at Warwick Folk Club. I wish we had some footage from ‘The Most Boring Act In The World Competition’. Which I managed to win twice.

I used to, and still do, absolutely love this kind of thing. I am so glad Warwick Folk Club run by Paul and Glen Elliott, Bob and Annie Phillipps and various others such as John and Moira Wirtz all had a great sense of fun. It was here I also learnt about how to get up and play my own songs in front of a great audience…


I O T A news

I’m in 4 different set-ups now for gigs. SOLO stuff – see my gigs

My trio IOTA with Sally Barker and Marion Fleetwood. We sing original material and play loads of instruments. See us during our Spring Tour in 2019.

“Three brilliant musicians, singers and writers exuding an infectious joy of music. A force to be reckoned with.” JULIE MATTHEWS

I have a duo with singer-songwriter (and comedian – although not comedy in this) Keith Donnelly – we play our favourite covers and have fun.

And an exciting Fotheringay spin-off band we have called Listen-Listen. This is PJ Wright, Sally Barker, Mat Davies, Mark Stevens and Marion Fleetwood. PJ, Sally and I played with the original bass player Pat Donaldson, original drummer Gerry Conway. This is the songs of Snady Denny and we have gigs coming in.



Warwick Folky Fest

Hello everyone who came to my gig last night and to Keith and my gig in the morning. Those people last night: you were a wonderful audience and thanks for telling me your names – some of which are: Barbara, Joe, Tom, Chris, Steve, Steve, Fiona, Robin, Tarquin, Sue, Archibald, Kate, Joni, Fats, Bessie, James, Jimothy, Helen, Dave, Julian, Nictoria and Louis – har har.

Anyway here is my blog fing on my web which you might like to look at. Some of you have been seeing my Facebox page which always just leads to here anyway. Would you like to look round my website? If you get bored of writingy bits then just look at the pictures and cartoons.

I shall be with Keith Donnelly again at the big hall (Punch Tavern place) doing Beatles yay!!

In the meantime – guess which one of you this is seen at Folk Fest?

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Vin Garbutt

I’m really sad to hear Vin died yesterday. 69 is too young.

I loved his music and his chat. So funny and so poignant at the same time. Here’s a photo of him doing a gig in 2007 where I was doing the support for him at East Grinstead – plus a cartoon I gave to him (courtesy of Martin Snodin) as he kindly gave me chocolate…DSC_0378WebVinlive1webAnnalive 1

Warm Me Up Choir Film


Took me a while to get this online but here it is! A film of Warm Me Up done live with a local choir called Songlines Community Choir, Warwick – led by Bruce Knight!

We did it in the Unitarian Chapel in Warwick and Bill Bates, brilliant person all round, did the recording while John Wright, another all round brilliant person, did the filming.

Thanks SO much to all who sang on that day – you were fantastic!

Just in Case you thought…


Just in case you thought I was doing a gig at Rowington Folk Club on Feb 15th I won’t be there now sorry but hopefully I’ll be able to get there later in the year!

Sorry about that to anyone who was thinking of coming along. It’s at the back room of none other than The Old Fourpenny Shop where we have our session and run by Pete Grassby so pop along anyway some time! So for now here is a picture of me attempting to play the accordion nicely. Love annAPlay-the-Accordion1WM

Thank you Bedworth Folky Fest

Thanks to Bedworth Folk Festival. I had a enjoyifiable time.


Who was on? Well I’ll tell you some of them: Kevin Dempsey – if you haven’t seen Kev he is utterly brilliant guitar and voice and was in Whippersnapper which is when I first saw him. Keith Donnelly – you must know him by now! He was doing all sorts including playing with me doing some covers which was fun and intrestifying. Also with the amazing Flossie Malavialle as Dark Horses and as hisself being funny and serious.

Also Brian Phillips – really funny and great guitar and singing too, Daisybell who sadly I didn’t see but everyone said they were fab, John Richards (who has also had songs covered by Fairport amongst others), Maria Barham – great singer and guitar player, Alhambra which is my friend Pete Lister from absolutely yonks ago and his friend John and Andy who are all very funny and sing Tiptoe Through the Tulips and suchlike, Paul Downes who finished off the festival on Sunday night and many others who I haven’t mentioned… There were lots of local players and singers as well and the weather stayed ok for everyone. And at the end of my final set on the Sunday I was able to play my song Bring Me Back My Feathers on banjo with Noel Le Long on mando – I had a lot of instruments as many of you will know so didn’t bring it on the other days! – Anyhow here’s the Fairport version of my song in case you are intrested…

Thanks in particular to Malc Gurnham and Gill Gilsenan who organised the whole thing. And to everyone who turned up to see us all play!


Thank You Bedworth Folk Club

Hey Bedworth Folk Club at The Newdigate – I had a lovely time at your club the other night so I done this for you…

thanks-bedworth-folk-clubThanks Malc and Gill for inviting me. And to the people who came all the way from Stourbridge and beyond! Malcolm, Jim and co, and John B. Smith for taking some photos which you can see below. And to everyone else who came and stayed. And to the other players Brian, Dave, Steve, John and anyone I left out. See you at Bedworth Folk Festival at the end of the month which in case you didn’t already know is the 40th one! Hoorah and hooray.

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Gig Wednesday

Hi everyone – I got a gig at Bedworth on Wednesday. Anyone coming I wonder? Here is a picture of me doing a gig and exactly what I sound like and exactly what I look like just so you know. Plus also a picture of the organiser called Malc which is also a extremely good likeness…



My friend Chris Short…

…has made his own one of these which I was privileged enough to see recently at his house. Chris Short is part of the brilliant band The Churchfitters who play and sing all sorts of interesting stuff on all sorts of interesting instruments such as the saw and hub-cap banjo and motorbike petrol tank bass. You must go and see them.

Chris – maybe you’d be interested to see this from The Book Of Knowledge 1918 (Canada – Grolier). See the page number!

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