Based in the small Bedfordshire village of Dunton, Biggleswade, Dunton Folk organises a series of folk music concerts and traditional sessions throughout the year. In addition we also organise the annual Wassail in an orchard in the centre of Dunton.
The folk music concerts take place in the superb setting of St Mary Magdalene Church. The acoustics of the church lend themselves to live music and a superb atmosphere is generated when live music is performed. A full bar is provided at all of our concerts by John and Janice of the March Hare pub.
The sessions that we organise are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 8pm onwards in the March Hare pub in the centre of Dunton. The sessions are very informal and new musicians are always welcome. Come along and join in or simply sit back and listen.
Our wassail is held in January each year at an orchard in Dunton in association with our sister organisation Dunton Cider. We have morris dancers, singers, musicians and a mummers play. We serve mulled cider before waking the apple trees in the orchard with singing and other loud noises. Once this is done, we retire to the March Hare for more cider and an evening of music.
Saturday September 19th 2015
Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you
don’t like the music here then you have a problem.’
2014 saw the release of “In A Box”, their much anticipated brand new studio album. Featuring guest performances by Seth Lakeman , Jess Morgan & The Willows it was not only named one of the Best Folk Albums of 2014 by The Telegraph but also The Sunday Express – Album Of The Week.
“Their rich acoustic mix of miners, lovers, charlatans and whimsy is about as traditional as folk gets, but never sounds old or dulled.” said Q Magazine’s Andy Fyfe, while Colin Irwin wrote in MOJO “In A Box brackets Stu and Debbie Hanna among the upper echelon of Brit folk songwriters.”