Latest Club News - Updated 20th March 2020
CLUB CANCELLED - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
IN VIEW OF THE ESCALATING GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC GATHERINGS, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT WE HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO CANCEL OUR TWICE MONTHLY FOLK CLUB NIGHTS IN YE DOLPHIN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
THIS MEANS THAT THERE WILL BE NO CLUB ON FRIDAY 20TH MARCH, AND NO DUNCAN MCFARLANE GUEST NIGHT ON 3RD OF APRIL.
THE PICTURE IS CHANGING RAPIDLY AND AS THINGS AND TIME MOVE ON WE WILL KEEP THE SITUATION UNDER REVIEW, BUT IT IS CLEAR THERE WILL BE NO FOLK CLUB IN MARCH OR APRIL. WE WILL MAKE A DECISION BEFORE EASTER (AND LET EVERYONE KNOW) ABOUT MAY, AND PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE BAY FOLK WEEKEND ON 5/6/7 JUNE.
I'M GOING TO MISS LOTS OF THINGS, BUT PARTICULARLY THE MUSIC, SONGS AND FRIENDSHIPS OF OUR FRIDAY NIGHTS. LET'S HOPE EVERYONE CAN PUT THINGS BACK IN PLACE WHEN ALL THIS IS OVER.
PLEASE PASS THIS INFO ON TO ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED
FIRST AND THIRD
Since its origins - way back in the 60’s we believe (can anyone remember the 60’s???) the Bay Folk Club has operated weekly on a Friday night. However, although audience feedback has continued to be very positive, we have missed this year several of our previous regulars, and the number of diners in Ye Dolphin’s big back room is not what it was. So, this year the club will run every 1st and 3rd Friday in the Month. We hope this change will be a positive one and mean we have more full houses for both Club and Guest Nights. Ours is a friendly club and we welcome all standards of singers and musicians. We will continue to strive to make Friday Folk Club Nights in Ye Dolphin entertaining for regulars and visitors alike - and we know every week (sorry, fortnight) will be different!
Rumours abound that Ye Dolphin is in the process of being sold! Are big refurbishment plans in hand? Will the Folk Club continue to be made as welcome? Is it time for another change of venue for the club? The Answers to these and many other Questions will be posted here on the News Page when they are known. Steve Mason, who has run the pub since Dave and Ellen retired two years ago, has promised to let us know as soon as he knows!
CARRIE MARTIN CONCERT: Friday 13th March at Tea, Toast & Post
The first weekend in June this year will see the return of the Bay Folk Weekend, and plans are already in place to make it the best yet. Carrie's ever popular "Café Dash" is already oversubscribed, and the line-up for the Saturday night Concert in The Cove is now finalised. Full details can be found on the Bay Folk Weekend Website. Accommodation is always at a premium for this Weekend so make sure you book yours early.
Bay Folk Club is a special place. I’m biased, I know, but an awful lot of people agree with me. My faith is borne out by two recently aired poems. The first was read out during the Club Night on 21st February, by a young woman called Laura. She had mentioned she was in Bay on honeymoon, and this influenced the tone of the evening, as well as the songs chosen by the singers that night. Laura was encouraged to contribute a couple of songs, and penned a short poem in appreciation of a lovely evening. She has promised to send us a copy, and we hope to publish it here.
The second poem was read at the funeral of Gil Bowling on 25th February. Gil and Joyce lived at Ravenscar and were regulars at the club in the 1980’s and 90’s. They moved to Stokesley some years ago but remembered Bay Folk Club with affection:
Across the Bay (a song) - penned by Gil Bowling (1927-2020)
Across the bay from Ravenscar where friendly company abounds
Where song and music go the rounds across the bay from Ravenscar.
Across the bay from Ravenscar the tiny room is filled up tight
They laugh and sing away the night across the bay from Ravenscar
Across the bay from Ravenscar If we should live a hundred year
We’ll not forget the pleasure here, across the bay from Ravenscar
Across the bay from Ravenscar the time to part comes all too soon
So up the hill by the light of the moon back to our home in Ravenscar.
...and a verse later added when living in Stokesley:
Across the bay from Ravenscar I seem to hear them singing yet
I know I never will forget although I'm far from Ravenscar.
Read by grandson Simon at Gil’s funeral 25 February 2020.
Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter
Monkey’s Fist & certificate!
Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer
in Concert at
Tea, Toast & Post, King St. R H Bay on Friday 13th March at
Some recent guest at Bay Folk: