Sessions & Singarounds

Over the years I've been priviliged to host many wonderful Sessions, Singarounds and Mudgathers at various Festivals around the UK. This has given me the opportunity to hear some fantastic songs and really talented singers who I otherwise would have missed.

Sessions and Singarounds are a great medium to bring together musicians and singers of all abilities. Also to encourage people to perform, perhaps for the first time, or just join in with the wonderful choruses. Depending on the location they are usually large groups of singers and musicians gathering together to enjoy making their own fun, but occasionally they could be just a few like-minded people.

Either way, there are often 'magic moments' occurring during the session, creating fabulous memories of enjoyment shared.

If you've not felt confident enough to sing or play an instrument in public before, join us at a Singaround or Session where you will be encouraged to try.

I'll be hosting Sessions at:

Somewhere - when we all feel safe again.....


As organiser of MudGathers at various UK Folk Festivals, I'm known as 'my guru always said' on the: Mudcat Music Discussion Forum

'My Guru Always Said' comes from an old scratchy 45 of mine. It was written by G Taylor & Hugh Murphy and was sung by Joanna Carlin aka Melanie Harrold / Irma Cetes. I understand it was banned in the UK by the BBC two weeks after it was released here in 1977. I could be wrong though...

The Mudcat, in case you haven't come across it yet, hosts the Digital Tradition Folk Song Database, which is a major source of lyrics and is constantly being added to and updated. It is also a worldwide discussion forum where we discuss songs, music, events, each other and all sorts of interesting stuff!

We have 'MudGathers' at various Folk Festivals when a Friendly Festival Organiser allocates a venue and time for people who access the MudCat to meet and share songs, tunes, stories, laughs, hugs and chocolate. You may be asking yourself, why chocolate? Well, come to a MudGather and find out!!!

Next Mudgathers: Watch This Space!!

I've led Previous MudGathers at:

Alcester Folk Festival 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, WW 2013, 2013, WW 2014, WW 2015

Banbury Folk Festival 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,2016, 2017

Bedworth Folk Festival 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015,2016, 2017

Bude Folk Festival 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Crediton Folk Weekend 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Folkstation 2010

Max's Grand UK Escapade 2010

Miskin Folk Festival 2005, 2006

Moira Furnace Folk Festival 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

Upton-on-Severn Folk Festival 2008, 2009, 2019

Last updated 8.9.2020