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Folk and Flowers

Last Friday the theatre at Oxford House was taken over by flowers and some good ole folk music. As a part of the Chelsea Fringe events happening all around London, the folk band held a concert showcasing just how much nature is a part of traditional and contemporary folk music, with Special guests Hazel Askew, Stuart Forester and Carol Anderson. The band played an array of witty songs about flowers, love, tragic death and dodgy gardeners louring young girls into their traps.

The theater, which is normally set up with stadium seating was transformed into a café giving the room a relaxed atmosphere, charged with creativity. As guests sipped their drinks and listened to the music, they were transported into another time and place where flowers were plentiful and anything could happen. The cares of the world slipped away and all that was left was the music. There was almost even an earthy smell about the place, telling a sweet tale of nature; although, admittedly, it might have been the smell of the flowers on each table, but it added a certain nuance.

Folk music is all about storytelling, sweet stories of love but also of a much more sinister nature. One of the guitarists, John Waterworth, a member of the English Folk, Dance and Song Society (EFDS), joked with the audience when he informed them that apparently there weren’t enough depressing songs in the set list. Apparently for every folk event in England, the set list must be submitted to the EFDS for review to decide if the songs qualify as folk.

The evening was a great success and the audience even got to participate in some of the songs.

Text: Rebecca Sharp
Photo: Adrian Cuesta

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