Taffy Takeover

The Island’s folk scene was rocking the Welsh vibe this week. The Dairyman’s crowd heard several Welsh songs as well as a few barbed English comments about leeks and sheep. Kathy’s dancing whippet cavorted  next to a vase of daffodils. The highlight of the Cymraeg-themed evening was a rendition of Sospan Bach (all spelling is approximate) by Andy Roberts. He reprised the song at the Portland on Friday. The accents may have been  atrocious but a few of the Friday audience remembered enough to insist that the little saucepan  was boiling on the fire, the little saucepan on the hearth and the cat had scratched Johnny. Refined, sophisticated lyrics, I am sure you will agree.

Andy Roberts

Hammer Dulcimer Alert

Fans of the hammer dulcimer  (there must be some) will be able to catch up with this striking instrument at the Cowes Alehouse session on Monday 7th and Arreton Barns the following day.

A hammer dulcimer made in Essex in the 1980s

International news

A singer in India was arrested on a charge of sedition recently. His crime was writing songs in favour of banning liquor sales. Not sure his oevre will catch on in the Isle of Wight folk clubs.