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Posted By: GUEST,Joe G
14-Nov-19 - 10:36 AM
Thread Name: The current state of folk music in UK
Subject: RE: The current state of folk music in UK
Here is Henry Parker's album version - I must admit I prefer his acoustic guitar version but this is still very good IMO.

Henry Parker - Willie O Winsbury

Henry is another example of how healthy I believe the folk scene is at the moment. He contacted me with some mp3s of his when I was running a monthly folk/roots gig in Shipley a few years back and I was so impressed I asked him to support the Durbervilles - a local Americana band who also have a folk programme on Radio Leeds. The Durbs were really impressed too and invited him on for a session and later one of the Durbs, Dave Crickmore, produced his album and released it on his record label - it has gone on to receive many excellent reviews.

When I met Henry I persuaded him to come down to the Topic as a floor singer and he gained in confidence as time went on. He is now playing very regular gigs, often with his partner Katie Spencer (another singer well worth discovering) and, by coincidence he and Katie are on at the Topic in Bradford tonight. Henry also recently supported the venerable Soft Machine on a couple of recent gigs!

The Topic has been supportive of many young artists and, although the audience is ageing they still regularly programme young artists on their guest nights which run three weeks out of four except in August.

So it is certainly not all doom and gloom!