Farewell to acoustic sessions at the Gin Trap, Ringstead

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Popular acoustic sessions at the Gin Trap in Ringstead have come to a close – and the new venue will be the Black Horse at Castle Rising.

The final Gin Trap acoustic session, after 4 1/2 years, was held on on Tuesday, January 27, with 30 performers and a large audience, highlighting the popularity and loyalty of its followers.

The retirement of Steve and Cindy and the subsequent closure of the pub now sees the session move to a new home at The Black Horse in Castle Rising.

Known for its friendly atmosphere and support and advice for performers old and new, the session has seen a large number of individuals make their first forays into public performance alongside more experienced hands.

All instruments, styles and the spoken word are welcome and the session encourages collaboration and shared songs and singing.

Host Adrian Tebbutt, of the Fried Pirates, said: “It was a great way to leave the venue. The Christmas session and the final night were fantastic.

“Steve and Cindy have been very supportive and we hope to maintain the same atmosphere and have as much fun at The Black Horse.”

Sessions are free and open to all, whether you play, sing or just want to watch. Held regularly on the 4th Tuesday of each month, the first session at the new home at Castle Rising will be on Tuesday, February 24, from 7.45–11pm.

For more information contact Adrian Tebbutt on 07530046139 or email friedpirate@gmail.com

Gareth Calway in a blog writes: Gin Trap Folk ran every last Tuesday of the month from September 2010 until January 2015. It was hosted by Steve Knowles - the singing landlord - and Cindy and managed throughout with unfailing benign aplomb by Adrian Tebbutt.

Perhaps prime amongst its unique features were the sing-arounds and shanties often led by Adrian, ‘Jolly’ Roger and Katie Fullilove’s Fried Pirates.

Nothing could stop this juggernaut of a folk club - except the closure of the pub - and in fact not even that as ‘Gin Trap Folk’ will phoenix from the winter chill at The Black Horse Castle Rising on Tuesday. February 24th. Same time and vibe, different place.