A keen supporter for a couple of years now, ken is another friend
from my Southampton days with a long association with the Folk world
both here and abroad. Indeed when I asked Ken for some thoughts
about himself Ken said he is surprised to find he now clocks 40
years in Folk and music!
Ex-Focsle (Southampton) Resident, Morris with Men of Wight, Southsea
Belles, Samhain and others. Former Sing Driver at Sidmouth Middle
Bar, an ABS founder and chair (or is it seat?).
With various groups he has toured Europe even behind the old Iron
Curtain and played in the USA and Canada.
2005 saw an Australian Visit, but as a songwriter the songs had
already travelled world wide.
Known for Sea Song and Shanty, Ken is a Heritage Musician who watches
the seasons change and plays as a community entertainer to all kinds
of people. With a philosophy that the 'song is bigger than the singer'
Ken is never happier than when he can encourage fledgling singers-
who usually ignore him when they get famous! Ken brought a good
idea with him last year - to start the festival with an informal
session Friday afternoon; A sort of sing, say and play session under
the banner of :
The First Stirrings of
It worked very well last year so once again let's celebrate the
start of the festival season as we mean to go on.
Here's a short bit of one of Ken's songs "
Survivor Leave" also recorded by another festival guest
and old friend Ian Woods. Just the first verse and the final chorus,
recorded live during the Medemblik Seasong and Shanty Festival in
2002. Poland I believe !!!
Welcome back Ken