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Black Country library to stage Folk evenings

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

  • Brendan Hawthorne, the man behind the folk evenings at Wednesbury Library

  • Playing the penny whistle

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AN interesting concept has been launched under the stewardship of Brendan Hawthorne that will introduce a regular Folk Night to Wednesbury Library and other venues in the near future

Brendan, a well known Black Country singer, song-writer, poet, and latterly playwright, after his superb production of Hard Graft late last year, which told the story of the plight of the tube strikers in 1913, has been in touch with some details.

"Wednesbury Library will be opening its doors during the evening to launch a regular Folk Night, and singers and poets from across the Black Country have been carefully selected to entertain, in what will be an ever-changing line-up.

"June Holyhead, senior supervisor at the library, is keen to develop a whole range of events and is really looking forward to the appetite for live acoustic entertainment continuing after the success of the Christmas Songs evening last year. It is also an exciting opportunity to use the library as a venue outside normal opening hours.

"Although the launch event took place on Wednesday, March 5, there is still plenty in the offing, and, as well as myself and the other half of my acoustic musical duo, 'So it Goes', Kerry Halford, there will be local talent galore, including singer-songwriters John Langford, Peter Hackett and Barry Harper.

"To join in with the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War the library will be hosting a Songs from the War evening on Tuesday, April 29, which will feature live music and modern interpretations of familiar songs, as well as traditional renditions.

"I would like to take this opportunity to ask Bugle readers if they might be interested in performing acoustic music or the spoken word at future events. If so contact me, Brendan Hawthorne, on 07970 441110, and for any further details contact Wednesbury Library on 0121 556 0351.

"I also have a 'Living Stories' project in mind. Wednesbury, Tipton and two other libraries will be hosting a series of creative writing workshops, and I would like to invite people to tell their own stories of the Black Country, then have them recorded onto a CD in any genre from poetry to song."

Dates for the 'Living Stories' project are confirmed as:

Wednesbury Library, Friday, March 21 (10am-1pm); Wednesday, April 2 (2-5pm); Thursday. April 24 (2-5pm); and Wednesday, May 22 (2-5pm). Tipton Library, Wednesday, April 16 (1-4pm); Friday, May 9 (10am-1pm); Glebefields Library, Monday, April 28 (10am-1pm), Monday; May 19 (1-4pm). Great Bridge Library, Friday, April 4 (1-4pm); Monday, April 14 (9am-12 noon).

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