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Leigh On Sea

This weekend saw the museum project paying a visit to Leigh-on-Sea and the Folk Festival there. A warm welcome was given to us by Rex Palmer and Kate Denny on our arrival. I had no idea at the time that Kate was the lead singer from The Kittiwakes, who I had heard on Genevieve Tudor's BBC Shropshire Folk Show the week before and loved. I listen to Genevieve's excellent show every week and was delighted when she was able to come down to London for the tour launch event along with fellow presenter Allan Price.


In between greeting a constant stream of visitors to the caravan I was able to meet and hear The Owl Service, whom I've been to see several times. A new discovery was the sublime Ski Jordan who I had never heard before and was totally mesmerised by. You can hear samples of their music here.

It was a great two days and I made many new contacts and hopefully new friends. I was very pleased to have a donation of narrowboat art works by Pauline Dickinson and the offer of a folk sound archive dating back to the 60's. When I got back I heard from the people at Broadstairs Folk Festival that it will be possible for me to attend so I shall amend the listing. I'm now planning the longest trip of the tour which will be to the Outer Hebrides and the Hebridean Celtic Festival, then the Festival at the Edge, Shropshire. Roberta is going to receive a little extra TLC over the next few weeks in readiness for the epic voyage.