John Dunleavy 14th May 2018
Beth Burrows 11th June 2018
Dom Prag 18th June 2018
Campbell / Taylor 13th August 2018

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John Dunleavy
(Monday 14 May 2018)

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As a child, I was surrounded by music. There was always a piano at home, which was played by my Mam. She was particularly keen on Chopin and passed that enthusiasm on to me. I wore out the 12 inch shellac 78rpm disc of his Nocturne in E flat. My Dad was a keen amateur fiddler and encouraged me to play from an early age by providing first a half size, then a three quarter size and finally a full size violin. He was entirely self taught, and spent hours playing Irish and Scottish jigs and reels. He used to play with the ELLO (Eldon Lane Light Orchestra). His main goal for me was to enable me to accompany him playing a Pleyell Sonatina for two violins. It’s still engraved in my memory! I have to admit to preferring the piano. My Dad, however, refused to send me for lessons as he insisted they would get in the way of my Eleven Plus studies. I finally had some proper lessons in my thirties, when I persuaded my children’s Piano Teacher (Dorothy Cooper of Redcar) to take me on as well. The most difficult part was unlearning all the bad habits I’d picked up teaching myself.
I acquired my first guitar, aged seventeen, for a fiver from a fellow youth club member, spending many an hour strumming away on the three chords necessary to play Bob Dylan songs. At university I spent a lot of time learning more songs and was heavily influenced by The Beatles, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, James Taylor, and Ralph McTell, as well as many other musicians of the 60s and 70s. Soon after getting married in the early 70s, I bought my first new guitar from Hamiltons in Newport Road. I still have it. A Hokada classical guitar. My best man, Malcolm, played classical style and I used to listen to him in awe after our nights out on the beer in Durham. I never reached anywhere near his level though. In the late 90s I decided I needed a steel string guitar and bought a South Korean made Fender electric acoustic, which I also still own. As work and family pressures grew I practised less frequently, and it’s only since I retired that I’ve really got back into regular playing.
In the meanwhile I discovered local artists such as Vin Garbutt, whose music I love. It’s been my privilege to have been “plugged” for the first time at The Station Hotel in Loftus where the great man himself also played.
Pete Davies has been a huge influence on me, as we used to entertain the Ship Inn Golf Society together on our annual weekend golfing trips to Kenwick Park, and he kept insisting that I should go along to the local folk clubs, eventually persuading me to join him at The Marine in Saltburn just over a year ago. It was a watershed moment, and I’ve found a new enthusiasm for the Folk Scene, and try to practise daily. I also acquired a Taylor guitar from Pete. It was a revelation compared to my earlier instruments. I have resurrected my Dad’s violin, which had sat in a corner more or less untouched since he died back in 1971, and quite enjoy playing it now. It doesn’t get as much attention as the guitar, but I’m working on it.
Being a member of the Marine Saltburn Folk Club has widened my horizons and brought a host of new friends who are always ready to offer help and advice. One of my biggest surprises was finding that my “over the road” neighbour of 43 years, Ian Tyzack, is also a dedicated Folkie! My first indication of this was when I bumped into him and Marilyn at Pete Betts’ funeral. Parallel lives!
I’m looking forward to many more years of music and friendship.


Beth Burrows
(Monday 11th June 2018)

Beth at Musicport.1

Beth has a love of music which embraces many genres, but her main love is discovering old "not so well known" traditional poems and folk songs which tell a story or present a message, researching their origins and bringing them into the limelight.
She enjoys songs about local people and places by local songwriters both old and new, but also likes to include well-loved favorites such as Dylan, Fairport Convention, Mary Black...loads more, too many to mention here.
Having spent many years in Suffolk as a regular performer at various weekly singarounds she moved back “home” to the North York Moors a few years ago. She has become a member of several local folk clubs and is establishing herself in the North East.
Quote from the lady herself “My love of music and singing comes not from instruction or formal teaching, but from a place of pure emotion and a love of words and notes. Gathered from life experiences and observations I sing what touches my heart. The world is full of wonderful music and there is not enough time to listen to or sing it all!!!”

Dom Prag (Monday 18th June 2018)


Campbell/Taylor are a Lincolnshire based folk duo. They sing a mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs, with an occasional dash of Americana.

Mark Campbell, an accomplished guitar player and singer, has been a stalwart of the folk and acoustic music scene in the Grimsby and surrounding areas for almost 30 years. In the middle of 2015 he was joined by Linda, and they have developed a distinct sound of twin line harmony singing.

They perform at various folk clubs, festivals and charity events, and are active members of Grimsby and Louth folk clubs.

‘The best live harmonies ever on this show...’ Chris Berrow, (BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter)


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