January 2014: More International Fame
A wonderful surprise after Xmas. A sudden spate of enquiries for CDs and books from Australia. It seems that The Dales programme is being broadcast on the public service network there so some new friends are joining us. Great to hear from you down under. It has softened the blow of a disappointing (for England anyway) Ashes series.
The concert at St. Andrew’s Church, Grinton as part of the Swaledale Festival was a great evening. Fourum were joined by VoiceMale - a male voice choir from Northumberland - who accompanied Fourum on The Corpse Way (which is also a part of their own repertoire) before their own 50 minute spot, and then joined the group in Golden Arches and The Swaledale Song at the end of the evening. The audience was was most appreciative and gave a very warm applause at the end of the concert.
Fourum will be giving a series of open-air shows on the first Sunday of the month in June and July outside the ice-cream parlour at the bottom end of Reeth Green, in the late afternoon (weather permitting, of course!) They have done this on a few occasions already and the music has always been well-received, with many tourists getting the chance to hear Fourum’s music for the first time. The first show will take place on June 1st and the next one will be on July 6th, the day after the Tour de France passes through Reeth. This show will start about 4.30pm - after the brass band finish performing on Reeth Green.
Fourum had a wonderful afternoon outside Reeth Ice Cream Parlour on July 6th. A large audience turned up and sat on the green across from the parlour for the free open air concert and seemed most appreciative of the music. The next outdoor concert will be on Sunday August 3rd (again, weather permitting).
On Saturday 12th July Fourum will be performing at the All Saints Church in Darlington at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £5. It is the first time they have performed there since their 30th anniversary concert in 2002.
Yet another wonderful afternoon outside Reeth Ice Cream Parlour on August 3rd. The weather didn’t look too good with a lot of threatening clouds around, but a sizeable audience were already waiting when Fourum arrived. The sun came out when the music began and during the next two hours the crowd swelled to cover the green across from the parlour. A few spots of rain after the interval, but these too vanished and the sun reappeared! This was the last open air concert of the summer but, in view of it’s popularity, the hope is to continue the event next year.
The concert at All Saints Church was well-received. It was a warm evening and many took their refreshments outside during the interval. A few video recordings were made in the course of the evening and these have now been posted to YouTube.
The annual concert at The Georgian Theatre was again a sell-out and well-received by the audience. Some new songs were introduced and these all went down very well. The new CD single featuring a studio version of two of Rod’s songs was on sale for the first time and proved popular with many fans.
Fourum released their first Christmas single since The Drummer Boy of Richmond in 1981! It was written by Rod Hall, based on the unofficial Christmas Day truce of 1914 and entitled Christmas Bells. A video of photographic snaps to accompany the song was also released on YouTube. Both the song and the video proved popular with Fourum fans.
|The Early Years|
|The Middle Years|
|The Later Years|
|Gunnerside Gill- Remembered|
|Singing The Dales|
|Folk with Fourum: In Concert|
|The Dales Revisited|
|The Making of Swaledale|
|The Drummer Boy of Richmond|
|The Dales Collection|
|Rod Songs 1|
|Prices and Ordering|