MMDF_May17_web1You're guaranteed a show of great tunes, stellar picking, some good laughs and a taste of country and folk songs that are rooted in the traditions of American and British music.

Nashville based Mean Mary will be performing in the UK and Europe in May 2014, promoting her beautiful new album Year of the Sparrow.

Atherstone Folk Club are pleased to say that she will be in concert at the Owen Street Community Arts Centre in Atherstone on Saturday, 17 May 2014, starting at 7:30.

Mary will be supported at the concert by our very own Dave Fry.  With a wide repertoire of folk-related songs, Dave can be relied on to whet the appetite.

Tickets £10.00

Concessions* £9.00(See here for details and terms)

Tickets are available at the club meetings at the Church End Brewery or ...

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Please note that this is a change to the original programme.  Audrey Auld, who was to accompany Mean Mary, has had to cancel her plans to tour this year, owing to a medical issue.  We wish her well in her recovery and hope to see her in the UK before too long.


Mean Mary, international touring singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, is not really so mean—even Hank Williams Jr called her a "sweetheart." But she IS infamous for her alluring story songs, incredible instrumental speed, & rich voice that can travel from deep emotion to sparkling trills. She is also the award-winning author of three novels and a banjo music book.

May14Atherstone_450Mean Mary started out life as a musical prodigy, could read music before she could read words, and co-wrote original songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, and violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film work. She is also a prolific songwriter, book author, and the fun loving star of Nashville TV show, Never-Ending Street.  You can read more here

"Her personality and energy light up the room and the crowd goes crazy." ~ Chris Lash, Radio Veteran, WDAP, WWON

"Fantastic. I had chills from hearing your wonderful playing! Five Stars for sure!" ~ Janet Deering, Owner/CEO, Deering Banjos


Dave Fry

Singer and Raconteur

dave_fryDave started by playing a Chad Valley tin banjo, when he was 10 years old, till he blistered his thumb and he was hooked! He bought his first home-made guitar at twelve. He played in beat groups in Cumbria in the swinging 60s, then found folk at 17. He fell in love with twelve-string guitar at 18 and has been playing one ever since. He moved to the Midlands in 1969 and ran the Corner House Folk Club, Bedworth, for some years in the early 70s, but dropped out due to work and family commitments, restarting in 2000. Dave's influences have been Tom Paxton, Colin Scott, Harvey Andrews and, of course, Richard Thompson. He has worked with lyricist and author Jill Pickering of Milan, Italy to produce original material, featuring in his performances and on his first CD, Shifting Sands. (This is available via the Spindrift website, Head Records, Royal Priors, Leamington Spa or direct from Dave.)  Dave is also featured on the Warwick Folk Club and Hinckley ACT club Compilation CDs. He was the resident at The Runway at The Boggery for twelve months, and appears at Bedworth, Warwick and Alcester Folk Festivals as well as all the local Clubs and further afield in Majorca, entertaining American sailors (don't ask!). He has also supported some big names, including Sid Kipper, Les Barker (twice), Quicksilver, Sean Cannon and Meet on the Ledge (twice). He is also with Romany Pie, the premier Kenilworth folk quartet, and also entertains at private functions, where he play a mix of 60s & 70s songs as well as folk and country classics. Workshops on 'Compering' and 'How to Present Yourself as a Performer' can be run by Dave at Festivals, (as he has at Bedworth and Alcester) or as private sessions. If you are interested, please contact him for full details.


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