www.elsiesband. com John Hills:- 01732762224 10/06/2018
"They sang the songs they all did know, the brewers then were Kelseys.
You can still hear them sung today on Saturday nights at "Elsie`s".
This is "Elsie`s Band" new site providing information about us and our "Sing and Play Nights". The pictures above feature the late Tony Deane, our dear friend and band member but we, David, Iris and myself are carrying on with the same repertoire as a trio.
We can offer you an enjoyable, humourous and informative evening of songs and music from the traditional, folk and topical
genres. We are sure you would not be disappointed. The CD "Cutaway Mike" as shown above may be obtained from David on the number below.
David Watts, singer and songwriter and the best "pyrotechnie" on the folk music scene, if you wish to know a thing about fireworks, ask David.
Iris Bishop, one of the country`s best exponents of duet concertina and accordion, playing with a number of great bands and
regularly accompanying Martyn Wyndham-Read. Also her expertise in knitting and associated design is second to none.
John Hills, singer, songwriter and musician on guitar, mandolin and harmonica. He also enjoys a round of golf.
We continue to run our "Sing and Play Nights", well known in the "folk music" world and now in our 43nd year. Once a month and everybody is welcome to either perform or just enjoy the occasions. We are to be found at the venue below:-
"ELSIE`S", The Queens Arms,
Cowden Pound, Nr.Edenbridge, KENT
PROGRAMME FOR 2018
Sat., Jan.,6th Bob Kenward
Sat., Feb., 10th Brian Peters
Sat., Mar., 10th Sara Grey & Kieron Means (Songs, Tales, 5 String Banjo and Guitar Americana)
Sat., Apr., 14th Kernow Buoys ( Two Lively Singers From Cornwall)
Sat., May., 19th Dick Miles
Sat., June 9th Roy Clinging
Sat., July 14th? Martyn Wyndham-Read and Iris Bishop
Sat., Aug., 4th "HOME GROAN" .Everyone welcome to shine or just enjoy.
Sat., Sept., 29th Roger Sutcliffe
Sat., Oct., 20th Rob Murch and Michele Holding
Sat., Nov., 17th Steve Turner
Sat., Dec., 15th Christmas Capers and the Cowden Mummers
Thurs., Dec., 20th A Carol Night in "The Yard" on Reigate railway station with Johnny Parker and
myself, remembering our years at "The Nutley" with Tony, Audrey and Mick
PROGRAMME FOR 2019
Sat., Jan., 12th 3 Hags Pull (Sue Gates, Sue Mills, Iris Bishop + Colin Gates)
Sat., Feb., 9th Will & Wolfie
Sat., Mar., 16th Carolyn Robson and Moira Graig
Sat., April 20th Jim Causley
Sat., May 18th Will Noble
Sat., June 15th Mary Humphreys and Anahata
The year 2017 proved to be most rewarding with the songs, music, humour and tales from the following line up
of notable artists. John and Di Cullen charmed us and opened our year followed by Will and Wolfie with their
guitar magic. Martyn Wyndham-Read, Iris Bishop and John Wigg with top notch songs, Mary Humphreys and
Anahata with their beautiful blend of reeds and strings. Marylin Bennett and Sue Gates providing a superb
night of tender songs then TimLaycock with his so relaxed night of tales and songs. Percy Chinn who stood
in at short notice with his topical and humorous set. The remarkable multi instruments of the Twagger Band,
strong singing from two un-missable voices, Ken Wilson and Jim MacFarland then Triage, a fine mixture of songs
and well played tunes. And, of course our August "Home Groan" and the Christmas Mumming and Frolics Night"
in which we welcomed Kevin Henty as Beelzeebub. It was a storming night.
As a special event requested by a group of regulars that had attended the "Nutley Arms" Carols night in Reigate
for many years, Johnny Parker, Dave Andrews and myself held the evening with a very enthusiastic group in
attendance in "the Yard" at Reigate railway station. It was a nostalgic night for many of us, remembering
the "Nutley Arms" nights with Tony, Audrey and Mick. If all goes well the organisers have requested we
do the same next year.
David and I chalked up another May Day at Padstow.The "Osses" and bands up to scratch, good pub singing,
a decent pint and meals and The Cape Cornwall Singers doing their stuff all over town, The event seems to go on
longer and longer each year. in fact I would not be surprised if the drums and accordions were still playing over the
weekend. Good on `em. We missed the Merrymakers with their enjoyable mayhem but the Maypole dancing was as
well attended as ever.The weather for the whole of our week there quite manageable but a persistent west/nor
westerly breeze made you thankful for a warm coat on occasions. We had a superb walk along the south coast
overlooking St.Austell bay and Mevagissey bay on a clear, fresh day where we lunched at Polkerris. All in all
another good one chalked up. The Second Day of May was o.k. for my usual golf morning at Trevose. "Oss
Oss, We oss"