Edwina tops Scalby folk weekend bill

Edwina Hayes with Nags Head landlord Ian Hallyburton

Edwina Hayes with Nags Head landlord Ian Hallyburton

by Dave Barry

Edwina Hayes headlines a folk weekend in Scalby, from 1-3 September.

Born in Dublin and living in Driffield, the singer-songwriter will be playing tracks from her new album, The Mile Roses.

Edwina’s debut album was co-produced by Clive Gregson and featured Dr Hook singer Dennis Locorriere. Fans include Michael Parkinson.

She’s played support slots for Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith (who covered the title track of her second solo album, Pour Me a Drink), Ricky Ross, Loudon Wainwright III and ex-Byrd Roger McGuinn.

In 2009 her version of Randy Newman's Feels Like Home was used in the movie My Sister's Keeper.

The folk weekend will feature performances by invited guests, informal music sessions and sing-arounds, music workshops and a ceilidh.

It will be based mainly at the Nags Head pub, with accordion, mandolin and violin workshops across the road in the former Temperance Hall.

Entry will be free but there will be collections for the Martin House children’s hospice.

The music will kick off on the Friday with Dirty Windows at 7pm and an open acoustic session at 9pm.

On Saturday’s bill are an open-mic session (noon-4pm), John Hutchinson and the Sultans of Thwing (4-5pm), the Bedlam ceilidh band (6-7.30pm), Rattlin' Sheiks (7-9pm) and an open acoustic session (9-11pm). The ceilidh band will perform in a marquee at the back of the pub.

On the Sunday, Black Sheep and a Stallion from noon-1pm and an open acoustic session from 1-4pm will be followed by Edwina Hayes from 4-5pm.

The organisers are looking for event sponsors (email Pete Everitt at pm.everitt@gmail.com).

The Nags Head has an open folk session on Saturdays, from 2-5pm, hosted by Pete Everitt and Dave Bell; and an open-mic session on Thursday evenings.

Website: www.thenagsheadinn.co.uk.