Saturday, 16 February 2013
Maggie S - Profile
Maggie S has been coming along to the Dragon Folk Club for "many, many years", since it was held at The Lamb in Iron Acton. She doesn't usually sing but she is the lynchpin of the club, doing the organising, including ringing round the regulars when required. It's always nice to be on the receiving end of her warm welcome at the door.
Maggie used to play the bodhrán with "the Swindon mob" and has also sung in several groups over the years. She likes participating and her motto is "music and song by the people for the people", but she feels she is better at organising. She wrote for many years on the subject of folk song and music for Folkwrite and Somers Journal.
The Dragon Folk Club began at The Lamb, Iron Acton where it thrived for seventeen and a half years. Maggie became Treasurer and helped with the Iron Acton Folk Festival and continued to do so after it moved to the Holford Arms. The folk club moved to the Rose and Crown, Iron Acton for two years followed by the George and Dragon for six months and then found a home for the next five years at the Green Dragon, Downend. Maggie took over all organisation of the club and moved it to the Bridge Inn at Shortwood, where it has been since 1995.
Since this profile was originally written, the venue of the Dragon Folk Club has changed again. Since the end of December 2014 it has been meeting every Friday night at The New Inn, Westerleigh, near Bristol.