News from Margaret
MARG’S OVERSEAS TRIP mid-July – late September 2011
Since 1976 I’ve made about 10 trips to the UK taking in folk clubs and festivals, sometimes touring solo or with John Warner. But it’s seven years since I’ve was last in England, and now I‘m retired from the day job and have time to do some catching up. It’s not a proper “tour”; the emphasis hasn’t been to get gigs so much as to catch up with friends and folkies from one end of the country to the other and get in as much singing and listening as I can. I'll be teaming up with Ross Campbell at a couple of festivals. See details on the GIGS page.
Summary: First month 13 July – 14 Aug based in Oxford; then mid Aug – first days in September – flitting round mid north (Yorkshire/Lancashire); early Sept – quick trip to Ireland; then Midlands briefly, Yorkshire + again, then Ireland for my last weekend. Back to Oxford and leave UK 27 Sept.
The best contact for me while traveling is by email: margaretwalters2ATgmail.com (replacing AT with @ of course!). I have a mobile number in England: 07587462709. To use it from Australia, you put the PLUS sign first, then 44, then you drop the zero – ie +447587462709. A back-up phone number is c/- friends in Oxford, Trish and Dion Vicars 01865 558408. If you have to post something, use c/- Vicars, 18 Salisbury Cres, Oxford OX2 7TL. I’m on Facebook (irregularly); and may be able to update web: www.margaretwalters.com
ROSS CAMPBELL -- singing with Margaret in the UK
They might live 10,771 miles apart, but Ross Campbell from Fleetwood, Lancs and Margaret Walters from Sydney Australia have a great deal in common musically They have known each other for 15 years and catch up when Ross visits Australia and Margaret visits the UK. In 2011 they are combining musical forces at Whitby and Fylde.
Ross Campbell has been a constant source of musical energy in the north west of England. He has a formidable repertoire, a fine voice and is a skilled musician, playing various stringed instruments and concertina with great sensitivity. He has performed with Red Duster, Demdyke and in other combinations of local artists. Ross has arranged settings of many poems by Ron Baxter which have been the basis of many productions performed at the Fleetwood Museum about local folk lore and the things maritime.