We really love the industrial songs of the Northwest of England, as well as having a passion for Music Hall songs. We've included some of each on this CD, as well as songs that started their life as 19th century Lancashire poems to which we've set our own tunes. We hope this gives you a good flavour of what we do.
1. Cheer Up A Bit Longer (Laycock, Tune: Moore & Bloor)
2. It's A Great Big Shame (Bateman & Le Brun)
3. Did Your First Wife Ever Do That (Castling)
4. The Bury New Loom (Trad)
5. Marble Arch To Leicester Square (Knight & Lyle)
6. Grace Darling (McGlennon)
7. Sadler's Balloon (Trad, Tune: John Clare)
8. The Lass Doon On The Quay (Weams)
9. My Mother Doesn't Know I'm On The Stage (Bennett)
10. I'll Have A Collier (Trad)
11. The Night I Appeared As Macbeth (Hargreaves)
12. Riding On Top Of The Car (Leigh, Bryan & Von Tilzer)
13. The Weaver's Garland Or The Downfal Of Trade (Trad, Tune: Moore & Bloor)
14. With My Little Wigger Wagger In My Hand (Earle, Carter & Wells)
15. I Live In Trafalgar Square (Murphy)
16. Home And Friends (Swain, Tune: Moore & Bloor)
Cheer Up A Bit Longer reviewed by Graham Schofield for http://www.mardles.co.uk
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Here you will find stalwarts of our region's folk scene Maggie Moore and Stan Bloor who, for quite a few years now, have entertained and given pleasure with their engaging stage presence. Known for performances delivered with gusto, humour and consummate skill.
With a total of 16 tracks this CD is a generous serving of songs and tunes from their wide repetoire. Although drawing on the Victorian and Edwardian music hall this offering is expertly seasoned with a sprinkling of traditional material from Stan's beloved north west. The chosen pieces open our eyes, and our sentiments, to the historical and social mores of those times and places.
Included with the songs and tunes there is a monologue or two delivered with panache and faultless comic timing. There are old favourites to savour such as:- "Did your first wife ever do that?", "Grace Darling" and of course "I live in Trafalgar Square". Alongside these are many pieces, perhaps less familiar, but equally entertaining.
The CD has been produced to the highest standard being clear and very listenable. All in all an absorbing and entertaining listen from the first track to the last. No tricks or gimmicks just well delivered pieces supported by simple but impeccable musical accompaniment. An offering that cannot fail but help to bring a smile to even the most hardened gloomster.
Cheer Up A Bit Longer
I Live In Trafalgar Square
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Maggie and Stan can be seen at all sorts of pub sessions in and around Mid Suffolk. On the gig front it seems that, just at present, we are doing mainly private functions so the list looks a bit meagre, but here we go anyway!
Saturday 16th May 2015, Sproughton Beer Festival at the Tithe Barn Sproughton, Suffolk:
Pluck 'n' Squeeze will be doing a couple of hours playing tunes to accommpany all the beer drinking!
Music, Beer in a wonderful Suffolk Barn (and yes it is heated) what more do you want! Details at http://heartofsuffolk.co.uk/event/sproughton-beer-festival-2/. and http://sproughton.onesuffolk.net/tithe-barn/.
Saturday 6th June 2015, Folk at the Ark Concert in the Ark, Needham Market, Suffolk:
Maggie and Stan will be doing a full concert spot at this the first, in hopefully an ongoing series of concerts. We will be appearing alongside the excellent "No Strings Attached".
The Ark is at King William Street, Needham Market, Suffolk IP6 8AE. Tickets are £6 or £5 (Suffolk Folk Members) and are available from Maggie Moore, Tel: 01449 722615 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Details at http://www.suffolkfolk.co.uk/events.html. There is also a poster: Ark Poster.pdf
Saturday 17th October: 7:30pm at Somersham Church, Lower Somersham Suffolk:
Maggie and Stan are again doing a spot at this annual charity concert in a beautiful church. A lovely atomosphere, a lovely event. Tickets £6 (including light refreshments; available from Somersham Garage or Pat Woolhouse (01473 831080)
Monday 9th November: 8:30pm at Sorrel Horse, The Street, Shottisham, Suffolk IP12 3HD:
Maggie and Stan are doing two 45 minute concert spots at this Monday night music evening in a wonderful traditional Suffolk pub. Phone the Sorrel Horse on 01394 411617 for more details.
Friday 4th Dec 2015, Hadleigh Folk and Acoustic Music Nights in Hadleigh, Suffolk:
Maggie and Stan will be appearing as main guests at this lovely friendly and relaxed Folk Club.
For further information about Hadleigh Folk and Acoustic Music Nights, contact Simon or Val; Phone: 01473 828745, 07818 417780, 07818 417781 or email: email@example.com. Details at http://www.hadleighfolk.org.uk/.
Sunday 6th Dec 2015: Carols at the Sproughton Wild Man.
Maggie and Stan are again leading the second traditional carols evening at this great pub. The evening is at the Sproughton Wild Man, Bramford Road, Sproughton, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3DA, Tel: 01473 742102. Bring your voices for carols, a pre Christmas treat.
Sunday 13th Dec 2015: Suffolk Folks' Carols at the Mendlesham King's Head.
Maggie and Stan are again leading this, now long running, traditional carols evening at this great pub.
Full details at http://www.suffolkfolk.co.uk/events.html. Bring your voices for carols, and a plate of food to share, a great start to your Christmas.
Saturday 16th April 2016, Music Hall at The Barlow, Edgworth, near Bolton Lancs:
Maggie and Stan will joining lot of other great acts including: Peter and Barbara Snape, Mark Dowding, Sid Calderbank and the Lancashire Wallopers in a Music Hall concert in aid of The Barlow. Details at http://www.thebarlow.co.uk/index.php?page=News.
Thursday 21st April 2016, Maggie and Stan at Needham Market Community Centre, Needham Market, Suffolk:
Maggie and Stan doing 2x20 minute sets to celebrate the Queen's Birthday. Folk and Music Hall. More Details to follow.
Monday 20th-26th August 2016, Whitby Folk Week:
Maggie and Stan will again be appearing at Whitby Folk Week. Whitby is a fantastic festival in a wonderful location, a week well spent! Details about the festival are at http://www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/.