|Terry Pearson remembered with Myrtle the double bass|
Like many years before in winter, the many folk musicians, who enjoy this mainly traditional English tune session during Sidmouth Folk Week in August hosted by the Loose Knit Band, like to meet up for a winter reunion. Recently moved to its new home at The Balfour, Sidmouth, this big traditional music session has now started to take advantage of the excellent food facilities the Balfour has to offer to make the weekend reunion go from strength to strength.
|Awesome Saturday evening carvery before the music|
It was a wonderful weekend meeting, greeting and playing traditional tunes with friends old and also some new. Of course Terry Pearson, longstanding member of the Loose Knit Band and this big session, was missed but 'Myrtle' his double bass stood in pride of place in the centre of the session so he seemed present in spirit and several sessioners made sure Myrtle's deep sounds kept this large session playing together just as its much loved owner Terry has done for so many years.
|Irish step dancing at Loose Knit Band winter reunion|
All to soon it was time to say goodbye but everybody agreed it had been a fabulous weekend and everybody was looking forward to meeting up again in August at The Balfour during Sidmouth Folk Week to play some more tunes. So, if you are a traditional folk musician, whatever your level of playing, you may like to join us when we meet again. It's completely free to join in. Just buy a drink at the bar or grab a meal if you are hungry. The Loose Knit Band prides itself on hosting a friendly session and Steve the landlord has been more than welcoming so you should feel quickly at home. Personally, I'm going to fewer sessions these days because I'm spending a lot of time performing street music busking as Wandering Windstrel but the pull of seeing my many friends at this very friendly gathering may well draw me back so perhaps I'll see you there :-)