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Folk fund-raisers are back in action

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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AFTER joining forces to raise cash for the victims of the 2004 tsunami, The Derbyshire Volunteers have continued to entertain folk music fans and have put tens of thousands of pounds into charity coffers.

The band is a who’s who of the Derbyshire folk scene who all give up their time for the chance to come together, create music and help good causes.

They are back at Derby Assembly Rooms Great Hall on Sunday, January 19, for the Traditional Mid-Winter Revels – a combined concert and ceilidh.

Founded by award-winning folk favourite John Tams, the band also features Fi Fraser and her husband Barry Coope.

Fi says: “The band will be 10 years old in February so it’s a good time to celebrate. Initially it was going to be a one off but everbody had such a good time we all wanted to do more.

“It’s a great showcase for Derbyshire folk music. You have nationally recognised BBC Folk Award winners who are members of the band including Lucy Ward, who is nominated again this time.

“We are also now planning to launch the Young Derbyshire Volunteers because we have had some young traditional musicians who want to do their own fund-raising.

“We raised more than £10,000 just for the tsunami and there has been a lot more since.”

The Padley Centre, a hostel for the homeless in Derby, and the Deryshire groups of Ataxia UK will benefit this time.

Fi says: “We do a wide range of charities, some local and some national. That’s very rewarding and it’s also satisfying musically.

“Basically, it’s the largest options band in the world – from a complete rock band to a string quartet or brass section – as we have the musicians who can do all of those things.

“The reason the band is so large is that when people do have commitments it can still function with who we have there. It’s also great fun for those involved. For this concert the first part will be sit down and listen to the music and then we push the tables back and let people have a dance.”

To book tickets go to www.derbylive.co.uk. Call 01332 255800.

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