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We’ve learned of the sad passing of our friend Jane Holford-Atkin. Jane was a regular performer at FAF over the last few years, and we’d come to love and admire her songs, both traditional, modern and many of her own compositions and adaptations of poetry, such as from Thomas Hardy. She was a well liked character at club nights, and had in the last few months returned to performing at local folk clubs, including FAF, after some time out with serious ill health. Jane was also a talented artist & sculptor, and had a strong Christian faith. Her friend Gill Punter posted the following on Jane’s Facebook page: “Our lovely, funny, talented, brave friend has now lost her battle with Cancer. She has touched all of our hearts with her songs, poetry, love of nature & her dogs. Her biggest love being The Lord Jesus Christ who she is now at home with, safe in his arms. It has been such a privilege to have known & loved you Jane Holford-Atkin. Forever In our hearts.” Our thoughts go out to Jane’s family and friends, and all who knew her. We shall aim to have a proper commemoration to Jane “when we meet again” after the current troubles have eased. Those of you on Facebook may wish to visit her page by clicking the button below.
Due to the current situation concerning coronavirus and government advice, we have suspended FAF at the Cross Hands until further notice. Meanwhile a virtual FAF will continue for invited regulars.
The evening with Michael Roach has been postponed until October 13th (see below). Please keep checking for updates in case the situation changes.
We hope that you all stay healthy and look forward to seeing you before too long.
(Postponed from 28th April. We hope that by October the situation will be that this gig can go ahead but please check for updates.)
We are delighted to have booked the wonderful
for a great night of blues at FAF
Michael Roach, one of thirteen children born to Ted and Sadie Roach of Washington, D.C., USA, sings and plays guitar in an East Coast style of blues that dates back to the 1920s. After spending several years learning directly from such well known figures as John Jackson, John Cephas and Jerry Ricks, Michael Roach has developed his own style and is now an exceptional performer. He interacts with his audience and entertains as he plays.
For the past 30 years, Michael has conducted numerous workshops throughout the USA and Europe. As a cultural arts performer, Michael has promoted African-American culture through the use of blues music.
Michael is the founder of the European Blues Association and currently serves as the Chair. He is the Director, Guitar Instructor and Vocals Teacher for the annual Blues Week . Michael also presented ‘Deep Blue’, a three part series on blues music featured on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003. It is Michael’s communication skills together with his musicianship that has enabled him to bring about a greater understanding of blues music and the Black experience.
If you’re a lover of the blues, then this is the real deal!
Tickets sales are currently suspended but will resume nearer the time. For anyone who has bought a ticket already, it will valid for the date in October
Please keep checking for updates
£8 in advance £10 on the door (subject to availability)
Please contact us to buy tickets
For more about Michael, click the button below
FAF are delighted to announce that we have used the donations from our anniversary special to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy - Skye.
You can see regular updates of her progress
on the GUIDE DOG SKYE page
Special 20th Anniversary Celebration
FAF was 20 years old last July so we celebrated with a special evening and what a cracking evening it was! Tony did a fab job as MC on a packed night with regulars old and new, a few new faces coming to watch, a special visit from Webbly the guide dog and founder members Paul Mobey (all the way from Birmingham), Richard Bond and Colin Owen and tributes to Jon Davey. There was even bunting and a birthday cake!
Door money from this event plus donations totalled a magnificent £110 and has been used to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy - Skye.
Webbly for PM!
*Folk Around Fishponds is a non profit community group.
The £2 door entry covers the cost of hiring the room.
Any surplus from this or ticket sales is put back into the club for costs, to subsidise ticket prices at guest evenings or is donated to charity.
All profits from the sale of CDs have been donated to our chosen charities.