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Sally Ironmonger
Sally Ironmonger

Songs about Medway and its dockyard past feature strongly in their act and the duo are a big part of Kent’s folk scene, having run the Tom Thumb Theatre First Friday club in Cliftonville for a couple of years.

Brian, a guitarist, boasts playing in Unit Four Plus Two as well as PJ Proby in his blog.

They have some gigs in the coming fortnight at the Flower Pot, Maidstone on Saturday, January 18, and on Friday, January 24, at the Deal Folk Club in the Royal Marine Club, Walmer.

The following day sees their excellent collaboration with No Worries as the four piece Ironmongery at the Barge in Gillingham.

No Worries are Brian and Marion Rogers and together the group provides two guitars and four voices with percussion. The Barge in Layfield Road still puts on good music – usually on Saturdays and Wednesdays – with an in-house PA and a selection of exotic instruments in case you forgot to bring your Irish harp.

If playing Irish music is your particular bent there is also a session every Monday at the Irish Club in Gillingham. This takes place in St Mary’s Social Club in Belmont Road where they also hold occasional Saturday night gigs. Take an instrument along on a Monday and if you’re a non member it will cost you £1.

Green Diesel
Green Diesel

The John Langan Band are appearing at the Sarah Thorne Memorial Theatre in Broadstairs this Saturday, January 18.

One of the new breed of folk supergroups, they are an act to dance to and have two Kent-based support acts in Brides of Rain and Green Diesel.

Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.15pm start. Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the doors. To book call 0845 2626263.

Doug Hudson

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