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 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.
With the removal of covid restrictions the number of gigs has predictably increased. A particular highlight of this year will be a series of gigs in Israel in the autumn. In 2023 they have been invited to play at a number of US venues.
“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 a new album back in 2020, but then along came Covid. They have now released a very different CD to the one originally envisaged. This collections of songs arose as the pair decided to work on a new collection of self-penned songs, and to put tunes to some poems by Henry Winn. There are also two traditional songs on the CD. All the songs have a common theme – they are all about people, events and the beauty of the UK county of Lincolnshire. The album is entitled ‘Lincs to Land and Sea‘, and is now available to order (see below).
Who’s Henry Winn?
Henry Winn (1816-1914) was a 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 through both the Victorian and Edwardian eras. As a consequence of his writing he became a Lincolnshire celebrity, as well as being known nationally for his knowledge of the county. 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. He continued writing until shortly before his death (publishing a history of Fulletby in his ninetieth year). His observations and comments on human nature and the Wolds remains as pertinent and relevants now as they were more than 100 years ago.l
“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 email@example.com to buy the CD. Thank you.
The CD comes with a twelve page booklet with the poems of Henry Winn and the words for all the songs, plus background information