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    17 July 2020      Virtual Live Concert and a chance to meet

Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer   

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Vicki and Jonny gave Folk at The Barlow a fabulous concert on Zoom from their home studio. This was our first Zoom concert and they were exactly the right people to host it for us.  Vicki and Jonny have the technical know-how, the equipment and energy to make a Zoom concert as near the real thing as possible. With a plethora of instruments and careful choice from their enormous and varied repertoire, they gave us a wonderful evening’s entertainment of great music and song. Thank you so much from everyone at Folk at the Barlow.

Some comments from our audience :

  • Amazing. such an incredible sound, even over zoom.    What a superb concert! Almost like the real thing!!

  • Thanks for a really lovely concert, brilliant       Really enjoyable. Worked really well, and as Jonny said better to be on zoom than nowhere.

  • Fab concert, loved it!     This gig was very slick and I really enjoyed it.

  •  I really appreciate the time, skill and effort you have gone to get great sound for us. Thank you! Mixing Desk Enjoy! Have really enjoyed it!

  • Many thanks for all the effort you put into last night's event. It was well worth it!  What a talented duo.

  • Thank you for last night's fabulous online gig

  • It has been a wonderful concert. Thank you for organising it!!

  • fantastic, thank you!   Fabulous concert. Thanks everyone. :-)

  • Absolutely loved it! Thank you x

  • Agreed - brilliant evening. Thanks to one and all involved!


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Friday 16 October 2020
Reg Meuross Virtual Concert
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Fri 18 September 2020  The Jaywalkers 

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Our second online concert via Zoom featured Jay (on fiddle and guitar) and Mike (on guitar and melodeon) of the Jaywalkers. An exciting and enjoyable concert from the Jaywalkers showing great musicianship and inspiring arrangements. Rounded off by a welcome group chat and catch-up.

"Jaywalkers are a real melting pot of their collective inspirations and the influences of their musical upbringings. This is evident in their live sets which come to life in their use of Country heartbreak and Bluegrass dynamism applied to issues of the modern day and life as a touring band"

 "Folk at the Barlow is alive and well."


This was certainly the case on Friday 16th October when a fabulous concert was enjoyed by all as Reg Meuross zoomed in. Reg is a prolific singer/songwriter, a real troubador and as well as performing two great sets, he found time to include a few particular requests including ,"The shoreline and the sea" and "The band played sweet Marie."

        He then stayed on for a bit of a chat giving some expert advice about songwriting.

Reg is a fine wordsmith and is able to conjure up thought¬provoking and sincerely felt songs from the most unlikely sources; from a broom cupboard in the House of Commons to an imaginary meeting between Dylan Thomas and Hank Williams!

        No Reg Meuross concert would be complete without an appropriate anthem for the time and he duly finished with "England Green and England Grey" and his latest widely acclaimed offering, "Shine On", a fitting tribute to the NHS workers.


So shine on Reg, we had a great evening.

Fri 20 November 2020  Jackie Oates

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Folk at the Barlow had a great November concert from Jackie. Performed solo from her kitchen, the sound, content and style were beautiful as ever. Jackie comes over as such a kind, modest and gentle performer, her songs are thoughtful and her voice lovely. Jackie accompanied herself on piano as well as on viola.  Amongst a great variety of songs, the ones about bobbin lacemakers stood out for me. Every folk song tells a story, and these tell of a way of life few of us knew about.

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Friday 18 December 2020 Jez Lowe   Virtual Concert
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Our fifth online concert featured singer-songwriter Jez Lowe. 

Originally from Durham, Jez’s roots in the north east of England have long provided him with source material. His songs tell of the heroism of everyday life, and chronicle the ups and, mainly, downs of life in an area once an industrial powerhouse but with its mines and shipyards long in decline. Jez’s songs are rarely as strident as those of others who follow a similar path, and wherever possible are suffused with a gentle humour. His songs have been covered by a variety of performers, and genuinely give voice to the feelings of people faced with changes that shake the foundations of their lives. He is able to find the profound in the events of ordinary lives. As a soloist, leader of his band The Bad Pennies, as a duo with Kate Bramley or Steve Tilson, and in his other ventures, Jez has produced a plethora of thought-provoking material, which you can buy from his website. As well as his brilliant performance of some cracking songs, there was a feeling of intimacy and togetherness  about this concert that you don't get in the usual online material, not to mention quite a lot of banter on "chat"!

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