Performers of traditional, contemporary and self-penned folk music
Jan and Paul first began singing together when they were students, with Jan on guitar and vocals, and Paul playing harmonica and vocals. The couple have held various residencies in folk clubs over the years including Aberdeen, Lancaster, Nottingham, and currently in Grimsby.
The Covid lockdown allowed them to reach a far wider national and international audience as they took full advantage of the zoom folk sessions in the UK, US, Israel and beyond. During the last two years they have been invited to play numerous extended sets on UK and worldwide open mic and folk zoom clubs around the world.
The easing of the Covid restrictions has meant that the couple have been able to start doing gigs again; and they have been offered the headline spot for a festival in Israel later in the year, and the opportunity to play some gigs in the US as well!
“Your performance was excellent! The songs were very well performed and everyone enjoyed them!” (Pete Thompson, Chair, Northwich Folk Club)
‘Lincs to Land and Sea’
Jan and Paul were scheduled to produce their latest recording back in 2020 but, along came Covid. They are now in the final stages of completing a very different CD to the one originally planned. During the lockdowns the pair decided to work on a collection of traditional and self-penned songs, and tunes put to the poems of Henry Winn. All the tracks follow a theme – they are all be about people, events and the beauty of the UK county of Lincolnshire. The resulting album has now been released and is entitled ‘Lincs to Land and Sea‘, and is available to order (see below).
Henry Winn. Writer, historian, and poet. He wrote about everyday life in the Lincolnshire Wolds. He lived throughout his long life in the Lincolnshire village of Fulletby. He held numerous roles within the community including Parish Constable, Church Warden, teacher (co-founder of the village school and a free library), owner of the village grocery and drapery store and parish clerk (the Guiness Book of Records recognises Winn as the longest ever serving parish clerk, 86 years). These positions meant he was well placed to record differing social attitudes and the impact on society of the various changes on working families during those times.
“Music is the international language and Jan and Paul are fluent. Impeccable harmonies, masterful playing and transformative material combine for an unforgettable experience. Our audiences devour whatever thy serve up and always want more!” (Glen Gardener – Host, Fiddler’s Dream International Open Mic, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
“We finally got to meet this brilliant duo. Not only does Jan have a wonderfully clear voice, and excellent guitar techniques, but Paul complements her so well with his harmonies and ‘blues harp’.” (Bernard Cromarty, Organiser Lymm Folk Club)
“A duo to listen out for! … Jan has a gorgeous voice and Paul’s harmony vocals and harmonica are a perfect foil for it. Jan and Paul are polished performers.” (Steve Evans, Earache Folk News)
“You blew our minds your set was absolutely beautiful!” (Phil Bacal, Host, Jerusalem Folk Club)
The CD, ‘Lincs to Land and Sea‘ is available to purchase for £10, US$15, €14.50, ₪50, including postage and packaging. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to buy the CD. Thank you.
n a newspaper article of 1861 there was an an interview of a 14 year old girl who was selling flowers by the Thames. Whilst it was immediately clear that this older of three orphaned children had nothing, that they lived in abject squalor, and struggled to survive, here was clearly a girl who did not revel in her awful circumstances. It was striking how matter of fact she was about everything and, even more amazing, that she had never received Parish Relief. Despite her own quite dire situation, she regarded others as far worse off than they were, and from the pittance she owned she gave ‘money to the poor’. There was paradoxically a sense of hope and optimism in the article – this young lady was somehow supporting her brother and sister and held that ‘things are so much easier’ now that ‘we are all older’ (14, 12 and 10!). She was determined to avoid the three of them having to ever work in a factory and believed that one day her boat really would come in.