Folk Collective

Folk Collective


The Bury Folk Collective promotes the very best of grass roots folk music through a range of folk related events in and around Bury St Edmunds.

They hold acoustic nights and old time and blue grass nights at Oakes Barn. The music is of a very high standard, and at the Barn, we are thrilled to be a part of this new venture.


you can find out more about the group at buryfolkcollective

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TUFS, Traditional Unaccompanied Folk Singing, is a new branch that began this summer.  Run by Dave Bartlett and his partner, in their words:


 There's a new free event in Bury St Edmunds: TUFS - a Traditional Unaccompanied Folk Singers night at the Oakes barn  –  you can bring your friends – the unaccompanied bit only applies to the singing. Please come along whether to sing or to listen you'll be most welcome.

We hope to recreate, to some degree, the feeling that existed in certain East Anglian ale houses in days long gone when local singers like Water Pardon, Sam Larner and Harry Cox would perhaps sing unaccompanied in the bar. Of course if you wish to sing (perhaps in harmony) with someone other that’s fine. Pitch pipes are allowed but that’s as far as we go along the line of musical instruments. Traditional – well traditional would be best but “in the style” is also acceptable; one would hate to exclude those brilliant songs by Mr. Thompson, the Crucible Trio and Mike O’Connor’s beautifully constructed ballads, to name but a few.


This venture is under the Bury Folk Collective banner (Bury Folk Collective) – a fine institution and purveyors of all things folk and with the kind co-operation of the great people at Oakes Barn


Memories of Bury Folk Collective events at Oakes Barn:

From Richard: Thoughts of Spring – young men roving out on mornings in February, March and May. Cuckoos and prickly bushes – the gathering of nuts. Songs of seafarers and soldiers – gallant frigates, Plymouth girls and the roar of thundering cannon. The hard lives of travellers, poachers and deportees. Stories about kings and paupers – labourers and their lasses. Brisk young widows, their menfolk and their relaxations. Tales of true love, courtship, farewells and betrayal – tales of murder and hanging. It can only be one of Bury Folk Collective's folk nights at Oakes Barn – doesn’t it make you want to come to the next one?

From Dave: Well, there are some evenings when special moments happen and Bury Folk Collective’s gathering last night at Oakes Barn was one of those. Lovely people were there – as always – it was chilled, chatty and fun and the singing was just right. We have pretty much lost communal singing in our culture so it’s important for me to be able to enjoy this unifying experience when I can. There were some electric moments where harmonies were spilling out in glorious fashion; believe me it was tinglingly good and all the better for being home-grown and never to be repeated exactly that way again. It takes some courage to sing amongst a crowd of people many of whom you know are also singers and knowledgeable followers of the genre. On the rare occasion that I sing a song solo it is always a bit of a trial – then there’s a good bit in the chorus where everyone joins in and you’ve got time to try and remember how the next verse starts. The singers at Bury Folk Collective evenings are all very supportive and friendly – they’ll even remind you of the words if you get stuck – but it still takes nerve and dare I say a degree of preparation. Then some people listen without singing; notice I didn’t say “just listen” because good listeners are a very important part of the evening. Knowing that some have come to listen and appreciate the efforts of dedicated people continuing this fragile tradition of pub singing is a really great thing. Respectful listeners are always welcome. Can you imagine . . . all of the above happened last night amongst a warm and cosy atmosphere in the local pub with some uniquely wonderful people; not to mention the spirit lifting liquid which was available downstairs – caringly served and peculiarly effective. All this entertainment for free? As Harry Potter once said “I love magic”.