Folk musicians in Norfolk and Suffolk have jumped at the chance to audition for a gig headlined by world-renowned fiddle player Dave Swarbrick.
No fewer than 15 acts will perform at Sunday’s Folkspot Radio live broadcast at Great Massingham Social Club – which will also be the venue for the visit by Swarbrick on Saturday, April 12.
Jane Knights, the owner and producer of Folkspot Radio, said: “It’s going to be a special occasion on Sunday – the second anniversary of the station and the live audition.
“After we announced details of the chance for folk musicians to support Dave we had some 26 applications and that figure had to be whittled down to 15 for the show.
“Each act will have a slot lasting 10 minutes – and we will be strict – and in our audience will be Helen Meissner from Folkstock Arts Foundation who will be videoing the proceedings.
“She will then show the recording to Dave who will have the final say on the act who will support him.”
It was through his role as patron of the Folkstock Arts Foundation, who are establishing themselves as champions of emerging acoustic and folk talent, that Dave invited local solo or duo acts to audition for the chance to perform three songs at the start of his gig.
On the night, the winning act will then be followed on stage by English folk trio Said the Maiden who have been charming audiences around the country.
It’s already a sell-out gig with all 120 tickets being quickly snapped up. The online broadcast is also expected to be popular.
Jane added: “We are fortunate to get Dave here. He has a gig at Cambridge and was also going to play at Norwich but that was cancelled and so we jumped at the chance to have him.
“It’s our gain and Norwich’s loss.”
Folkspot Radio has a regular audience of around 150 listeners online each Sunday for the live broadcasts from either Great Massingham Social Club or Flitcham Community Centre.
Since it started in 2012 interest has steadily built up although Jane says she would like to see more people at the two venues to support the groups who are playing.
She also points out that there are open mic sessions for musicians and singers of any genre to take part in the broadcasts.
Sunday’s special anniversary Folkspot Radio broadcast starts at 7pm. Go to www.folkspot.co.uk for further details.