Live Music at Rosslyn Court
You can either watch us for free on YouTube (donations very welcome-every penny goes to the performer) or when lockdown ends join us in person in our Covid-secure studio (tickets from wegottickets or from Morag - email me or phone 07902 140248). We are surviving the pandemic - thanks to our faithful crew, Thanet Council, the Music Venue Trust and Arts Council England for their generous support - we couldn't do it without you! Restrictions are currently coming and going at short notice, but we will carry on staging and broadcasting live acoustic music in a safe environment and so supporting our hard-pressed musicians as much as we can. We have a great programme set up for 2021.
**Following the Government's reintroduction of lockdown, we cannot currently welcome live audiences until May 17th at the earliest, but we will continue to live-stream.
**Please note, Oka Vanga, the Magpies, Jeni Hankins, Steve Ashley and Tom McConville have all had to reschedule their dates due to covid restrictions.
All events 7.30-8.30pm livestreams only until Covid restictions are relaxed
May 8 Beard Conspiracy - thrilling local three-piece ensemble - watch
May 15 Kevin Henty - songs and melodeon with attitude! - watch
May 17 Possible resumption of events with audiences (Government Roadmap step 3)
Jun 3 Polly Morris - musical commentary to make you smile - watch
Jun 10 Brown Boots - a return for this duo who are just brilliant - watch
Jun 19 Graham Corbourd - singalong-a-Kinks on Ray Davies's birthday
June 21 Possible end of all legal limits on events (Government Roadmap step 4)
Jun 26 Ajay Srivastav and Vinod Keral - Delta blues via Indian folk
Jul 10 Maddie Morris - consummate political performer, BBC folk award winner
Jul 17 Tobiah and Colette O'Leary - solid songwriting, compelling musicianship
Jul 22 We are Muffy - poetic narratives of remembered and imagined pasts
Aug 1 AJ Clarke and Dave Pegg - two folk legends showcasing new material
Sep 11 John Kirkpatrick - iconic folk concertinist - not to be missed
Sep 16 Magpies - acclaimed young female folk quartet from Yorkshire - watch
Sep 23 Alden and Patterson - another iconic folk act
Oct 14 Jeni Hankins - old-time singing and quilting!
Nov 18 Ellie Gowers - exquisite voice and mesmerising vocal style
Mar 3 Tom McConville - what a performer, fiddle, song, great wit
Jun 2 Steve Ashley - singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
The following have had to defer their planned dates but will be with us as soon as circumstances allow:
tba Pat Turner and Lynne Heraud - very, very funny
Our past livestreams are still available on YouTube. Links below. For the first series (up to 12/9/20) fast forward 10 mins to cut to the action as we started with a long slide show of past events and some background music to allow us to monitor the audio signal. After 12/9/20, as we got technically more confident, the intro is much shorter and has an onscreen countdown.
Past live streams
Studio performances before audiences were permitted
Jun 17 JAKL - Margate's own highly accomplished singer songwriter - watch
Jul 1 Bob Kenward/Steve Moreham - Kentish songs skilfully performed - watch
Jul 15 Jon Beetham - great young local musician with a gorgeous voice - watch
Jul 18 Lizzy Hardingham - celebrated up and coming folk singer - watch
Jul 25 Anna Westin -Canadian singer/songwriter, philosopher and poet - watch
Aug 5 Fran & Flora - haunting Kelzmer music on cello and violin - watch
Aug 12 Sally Ironmonger/Brian Carter - incisive songs brilliantly enacted - watch
Aug 13 John and Di Cullen - traditional folk duo - watch
Aug 13 Josh Flowers - great local singer/songwriter in Paul Simon style - watch
Aug 14 Helen North - she sang salty sea-songs and did it brilliantly - watch
Live streams - with limited socially distanced audiences once regulations changed
Aug 19 David Sanger - rare solo performance by a travelling showman - watch
Aug 26 Nigel Feist & Dave Ferra - feisty blues and very funny with it - watch
Aug 29 Jez Hellard & Dukella Orchestra - great return by awesome combo- watch
Sep 12 King Size Slim - triumphant return - stunning performance - watch
Sep 26 Mac and Saul - melodeon, hammer dulcimer and voices - watch
Oct 3 Falle Nioke - hypnotic rhythms and voice from West Africa - watch
Oct 10 Raven's Wedding - our old friend Karen Scott in a new setting - watch
Oct 24 CoCu (Daisy Beau and Moa Papilion) - two creatives reimagine original and traditional songs - watch
Live streams - studio sets without audiences after reimposition of lockdown
Nov 1 Chris Cleverley - contemporary issues; great voice and guitar - watch
Nov 7 A J Clarke - humorous and touching commentary in his songs - watch
Nov 14 Gavin Alexander - original song writer and fine performer - watch
Nov 21 Among the Reeds - exciting folk instrumentalists - watch
Dec 5 Mel Zebra and the Buffaloes - all-women acoustic alt-punk rock - watch
Dec 12 The Kimberleys - a welcome return with their popular Xmas gig - watch
Dec 19 JAKL - JAKL weaves his unique magic of music for Christmas - watch
Jan 9 Jon Beetham and Morag Butler - local musicians, great songs - watch
Jan 16 Luke Jackson - acclaimed singer-songwriter from Canterbury - watch
Jan 23 Burns Night - wonderful Scottish music with bagpipes! - watch
Jan 30 John Watterson "Fake Thackray" - more than a fine tribute act - watch
Feb 6 Falle Nioke - cool West African vibes - return of a local legend - watch
Feb 13 Winter Wilson - riveting folk duo; sublime songs and harmonies - watch
Feb 20 Lunatraktors - broken folk from wonderful Margate duo - watch
Feb 27 Nick Foreman - popular local singer-songwriter - watch
Mar 5 POW - evening of women-folk for local Power Of Women festival - watch
Mar 6 Elizabeth & Jameson - best performers, Skegness Festival 2019 - watch
Mar 13 Snottledogs - shanties and more by celebrated Margate crew - watch
Mar 17 St. Patrick's - Paddy's Night Special at Rosslyn Court - watch
Mar 20 Hut People -unique and entertaining best-loved UK act - watch
Mar 27 Camine - twin sisters; exquisite harmonies; jigs and reels - watch
Apr 3 Old Time Rags - exciting one man band + tap dancer - watch
Apr 10 Ian K Brown - Ian returns with his witty, poignant set - watch
Apr 17 Steve Turner - sophisticated English concertina and song - watch
Apr 24 Kath Tate - her songs show insight, wit, bitter humour - watch
May 1 Katie Bradley and Dave Ferra - blues as it should be! - watch
There are also a couple of short YouTube videos of Peter Doherty playing his first gig here in October 2018 when live music was allowed - remember those days? With thanks to David Tombesi-Wilson for shooting and posting them.
The Government guidelines covering live performances continue to be subject to change which we implement as soon as they are announced. Below is our current practice, but this may of course have to change to allow for any new regulations.
Deep cleaning of the studio between events
One way system for entry and exit
Social distancing to current regulations and limited audience
Shielding of performers and balanced air extraction from stage area
Written ordering and table service
Ongoing live-streaming of concerts - to increase capacity and to allow participation of those who prefer to attend from the safety of their own homes
Performance arrangements for when Covid restrictions are lifted
Doors 7.00 Performance is live-streamed 7.30-8.30 followed by additional time for those present in the room.
Tickets £12 unless otherwise stated.
Good floor singers welcome - contact Morag in advance.
Micro-bar with hot and cold drinks and home-made cake available.
Table service. Face coverings required for when not eating/drinking.
Dress warmly as we have to keep the room well ventilated.
or ring me on 07902140248.
Try not to park directly around the house unless you are disabled.
You can come by bus (8 or 33 or Loop).
Rosslyn Court is an accessible venue.
Morag's pandemic blog.
22 April 2020
What can I say? I hope that you are well and are staying safe.
I hope that we will be able to open again soon and that we can all share more wonderful evenings of great live music at Rosslyn Court again . (But not too soon, we have to keep safe.)
Until then, please check this page regularly as everything is in flux.
Looking forward to getting back to normal.
5th June 2020
Given that it looks like live music will be in lockdown for quite a time yet, we are experimenting with other formats. On Wednesday 17th we will be live-streaming a concert by JAKL.
24th June 2020
Our live-stream with JAKL was a huge success. Great thanks to Shaun of PrickImage for some great camerawork and to Hughie Gavin (JAKL) for a stunning performance and of course to the large number of people who watched, sent comments and made donations. We have made a commitment to all musicians playing for us that we will do all we can to get them a reasonable fee as times are hard for performers and your donations are a great help in this. Next live-stream will be popular "Men of Kent" Bob Kenward and Steve Moreham on Wednesday July 1st at 7.30. There will be a raffle, beer deliveries and who knows what else!
07 July 2020
Our second live-stream. The good news was that Bob Kenward and Steve Moreham played a great set. The bad news was that through no fault of our own our internet connection went flaky, so some of it got lost in transmission. Nevertheless, you can view what we successfully broadcast. Thanks again so much for your generous donations which we passed onto the artists. We have responded to the internet problems by engaging two extra providers - one via a new feed and the other via a 4G network link - so hopefully we will be able to avoid any further disruption. We certainly hope so as we have two more great gigs coming up.
Next Wednesday 15th we have Jon Beetham - here's his description of what to expect! "Jon Beetham is a musician, of sorts, who is more accustomed to encouraging, facilitating and coercing others in the direction of music rather than committing his own musical atrocities. Nevertheless, once a year he dusts off his musical toys and directs some of his favourite songs, drones and ditties in the direction of the general public. You lucky people." Then on Saturday 18th we have Lizzy Hardingham, a South-East based folk musician and songstress who is paving her way as a rising star on the UK folk scene with songs that sing straight to the heart. Her powerful yet pure voice twinned with her impressive writing skills meld together to create beautifully delivered folk music. After storming the UK folk club and festival scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival in 2019, she is proving herself as a powerful singer. Also a big thank you to Phil, Roger and Sandra for volunteering to be our new camera crew and to Matt of ChazoChanza for training us all up!
23 July 2020
Great things since my last post. We had two fantastic live streams. Jon Beetham and Lizzy Hardingham. Check them out if you missed them - both were brilliant. We also have a good AV crew working with us so hopefully the quality of the streams will get better and better and our new Internet links seem to be holding up well. Saturday 25 July 7.30-8.30pm Anna Westin - a great friend of ours and a beautiful singer, songwriter and philosopher (!).We really hope you will be joining us and we very much welcome donations - remember all the money we get goes directly to the artists to help them through these hard times. We are also pleased to be talking with Marc Eden/David Sanger and Sally Ironmonger/Brian Carter and hope to be setting up live streams with them in August.
6 August 2020
A marvellous evening with Fran and Flora. Very touching music beautifully presented; lovely to see two musicians who had not performed since to lockdown slipping into the groove again.
13 August 2020
Great things happening here. We are putting on extra streams to fill the space left by Broadstairs Folk Week. A fantastic performance by Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter last night. Today at 6.30 we have John and Di Cullen performing using harmony, guitar, bouzouki and bowed psaltery - John and Di are well worth seeing. At 8.00 after them we have Josh Flowers - Josh is a songwriter based in Ramsgate whose work aims to blend the mundane with the absurd, melancholy with humour. Finally, at 7.30 this Friday 14th we round off our Broadstairs Week set with Helen North. She gave a blinding performance at Rosslyn Court last year. She sings beautifully, writes great songs and she is very funny!
19 August 2020
A great series of concerts to celebrate Broadstairs Folk Week! And now live music venues have just been told they can open again. Therefore our next shows with David Sanger, Nigel Feist and Dave Ferra and Jez Hellard and the Dukella Orchestra will, in addition to being live streamed, have a very small well-shielded audience! We will let you know how it goes.
21 September 2020
We are up and running as a live venue again. You can either watch us for free on YouTube (donations very welcome-every penny goes to the performer) or join us in person in our Covid-secure studio. Thanks to all our crew, to Thanet Council and the Music Venue Trust for their generous support - we couldn't have done it without you! We are aware new restrictions might be introduced any day, but we aim to carry on staging and broadcasting live acoustic music in a safe environment as long as it is allowed. We have a great programme set up from now to Christmas.
4 November 2020
Sadly back to live-streaming only as the Government reimpose the lockdown. We will do all we can to keep broadcasting live music and supporting musicians - please help where you can with donations all of which go to the artists.
5 December 2020. The lockdown ends but Kent is raised to tier 3 so no change. Don't worry though, we will continue to book outstanding artists to live-stream and to help you all through these dark days.
19 December 2020. A double whammy this week - first Thanet is elevated to tier 4, then the proposed Christmas relaxation is cancelled for us in the South East. However, we do have the ever popular JAKL performing tonight to help you stave off the gloom.
22 December 2020. So that's it for 2020. Not the year we were expecting at all. Instead of building our presence as a live acoustic venue and a b&b, we have been a food distribution centre, a broadcasting studio and for a few glorious weeks in the autumn a shielded, Covid-secure venue - one of the few still running as far as we can gather. We owe a huge vote of thanks to all those who have supported us - Thanet Council, The Music Venues Trust, all the great performers who have turned out and performed in our Perspex box, our viewers who have tuned in and supported the artists with donations. Special thanks to Roger and Sandra, Jon, Phil and Jax who have helped us keep the show on the road; to Chris and Jeff who have rigged up screening and extraction and all manner of other technical things at short notice. Next year we also have the Arts Council on our side with some very helpful financial support, so we look forward to meeting again in 2021 and keeping music live! Have the best Christmas and New Year that you can in the circumstance, stay safe and we look forward to meeting again in 2021 when we have another load of great artists booked for you.
Lunatractors - Clair and Carli 27/10/18
Pete Doherty with Katia, Miki and Raff
Morag opens for Pete - 29/10/18