Sandy Still

Rod Hall

Allen Miller

Jim Jack

FOURUM Folk

News: 2015

(Fourum’s 43rd Year)


April 2015:    Ready for a new season


Jim, Sandy and Rod have been getting together over the winter season (while Allen was in Texas) and working on some new material and some new ideas. Don’t be surprised if a mandolin duo appears in the program. As Rod is our bass player, not many people know that he is also a mandolin virtuoso and has appeared with The Northern Symphonia in this capacity! This year he appears set to join Sandy in an instrumental or two. Watch out for it!

30th May - Skeeby Village Hall  


A very good evening was had by all with a wonderful audience and good food at the interval!

6th June  - St. Mary’s Church, Arkengarthdale


Fourum’s annual concert at the Swaledale Festival was as  well-received as ever. We have already been booked again for next year and are looking forward to another great day!

7th June  - Manfield Church


This was a free concert as part of the annual village fete. Manfield has been a great  venue for Fourum in the past and the group have many fine memories of the village. There was a lot going on during the afternoon and consequently the audience was not as full as we would have liked. Nevertheless those that were there were most appreciative of the group’s wide repertoire.

5th July - Around Reeth Green


An absolutely wonderful afternoon! This was a free concert outside the ice cream parlour in Reeth. The owners have been kind enough to let us perform there on a number of occasions over the last few years. A very large, attentive and appreciative audience made it a day to remember for Fourum as well. Met many new fans from around Britain and the world on holiday in the area. Even the rain kept off for the whole time, although it was threatening to pour down when we left!


4th July - All Saints Church, Darlington


Another wonderful audience who seemed to know all the songs and joined in the choruses most heartily! We all had a good time!

26th September - Georgian Theatre, Richmond


Yet  another evening to remember in a setting we all love! It was an amazing evening during which we introduced two new items - firstly, a two mandolin version of Vivaldi’s Winter  from his Four Seasons, with Rod joining Sandy on the mandolin, giving Allen his first ever chance to play the double bass! The second piece was a beautiful setting to music by Rod of W.B.Yeats poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree, sung by Jim. Both were well-received and the comments by many of the audience after the show was that this was the best one ever!  Rod even told a joke or two! It is nice to see Rod coming more to the fore with his songs and musical arrangements. It has only taken him twenty years with the group!

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