South Shropshire Blues Jam on the move

To quote the South Shropshire Blues Club Facebook Page:

OUR BLUES JAM IS MOVING! Due to the recent closure of The Unicorn. We are moving to The Rose and Crown, Ludlow

We’ll be there next Friday evening from 8pm. All are welcome to join in or listen!


Unfortunately, I’m still unsure as to exactly what is happening at the Unicorn, but apparently it’s still closed at time of writing, so the first Friday folk session may also be moving. More news when I have it.

David Harley

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Knucklas Folk Down The Track changes

From Siggy at Knucklas:

To all Musicians,

Due to the cancellation of two recent Folk Down the Track Trains with no prior warning, numbers attending this event have fallen dramatically. With no guarantee from Arriva trains that it won’t happen again, we have decided to rationalise the Folk Down the track event. Graham Lambert and Les Lumsden will no longer be organising larger groups of people to come to Knucklas – as this has proved to be a nightmare over recent months.They will however, continue to promote the event and encourage individuals to check that the trains are running and make their own way to the Castle Inn. This means that we will no longer be using the function room and will be restricting the music to the bar and the front room (if needed).

Therefore every 3rd Thursday we will be holding a normal Folk Night, which we are now going to call: FOLK NIGHT DOWN THE TRACK starting at 7pm (till late). I am sure it will  continue to be well supported by those living locally and we hope that some people will still come on the train. The music element remains the same –   a fair mixture of tunes and songs that we can all join in!

I want to thank all of you who have supported Folk Down the Track over the last 7 years and hope you will still come to the Castle Inn, Knucklas every 3rd Thursday and support the new format: FNDTT!

There has always – well, as long  as I can remember – been a session every 3rd Thursday, but the heavily attended Folk Down The Track session was bi-monthly. Let’s hope that people from Shrewsbury and elsewhere outside Knucklas and Knighton will still continue to support it every month.

David Harley

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Shrewsbury Festival: Kids Festival needs instruments

I’m not great at parting with instruments, even those I hardly ever use and those that are broken, and anyway mine are all in Cornwall. But if you have any that you could bear to part with, it seems the Shrewsbury Festival’s Children’s Festival has a good use for them. (Hat tip to Kitty Greenwood for pointing it out.)

“We’ve had a great idea for a new activity to invent the instruments of the future but we need your help! If you have any old, unused, unwanted or broken instruments gathering dust at home, we’d like to take them off your hands. If you think you have something for us, please email”

Web link here.

David Harley

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CD Review: Benjamin William Pike

A review of Benjamin William Pike’s CD A Burdensome Year for Nice guitar playing, nice voice, interesting songs .

BENJAMIN WILLIAM PIKE – A Burdensome Year (Gin House Records)

As well as the promo video linked in the article, there are nice video versions of some of the songs on his web site.

David Harley

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Unicorn Ludlow: a bit more info

[18th February 2016: it doesn’t sound as if the Unicorn is going to reopen any time in the near future, and the Facebook page and web site have apparently been taken down. To the best of my knowledge it’s owned by Enterprise Inns, who may be able to give you more information. If they can’t or don’t, I’m afraid I’m not in a position to offer further advice.]

Further to the sudden cancellation of the February 2017 first Friday session at the Unicorn, Ludlow, due to the pub being closed, it’s been pointed out to me that the Unicorn has a Facebook page here on which it was announced on the 3rd February:

Just to let everyone know. The unicorn is currently closed. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. X

The Unicorn also has a web site here, but there’s no announcement there at the time of writing.

I have no idea what the problem is, whether it’s temporary or how long it will continue, but clearly it might affect future first-Friday sessions and the  South Shropshire Blues Club jam held there every two months [The blues jam has moved to the Rose and Crown, as advised elsewhere on this site]. I will, of course, pass on any further information I receive here and on the Sabrinaflu Facebook page, but I don’t live locally myself.

I always suggest that you check with the venue and/or organizers before setting off for events listed on this site – certainly if it involves travelling a significant distance. I don’t always get to know in advance (or at all, necessarily) when/if things change.

Here are the contact details for the venue [but it doesn’t sound as if anyone is responding to queries there]:

The Unicorn, 66 Corve Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1DU: Telephone 01584 873 555

David Harley

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No Unicorn session tonight

Short notice, I know, but I’ve only just seen that the  session tonight at the Unicorn in Ludlow has been cancelled. Sorry if you see this too late!

David Harley

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Upcoming Ludlow Events

[Added the Poetry Lounge event on 7th March.]

  1. The usual first Friday of the month session at the Unicorn, Corve Street, Ludlow: Friday 3rd February 2017.
  2. Also at the Unicorn, the South Shropshire Blues Club blues jam: Friday 17th February 2017.
  3. Unfortunately, the blues jam clashes with the Song House in the Sitting Room at the Blue Boar, 52 Mill Street Ludlow, SY8 1BB: Friday 17th February 2017.
  4. 7th March 2017: the Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room at the Blue Boar, featuring Steve Pottinger and Chris Kinsey.
  5. On the 24th March, the South Shropshire Blues Club is running a full scale blues gig at the Ludlow Brewing Company, Station Drive, Ludlow SY8 2PQ, featuring Patsy Gamble and Muddy Manninen with the Hipkiss Band. Support from Jack Brett’s Blue Moon. (Looking forward to hearing more about Jack’s debut album.)

David Harley

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