Dave Martin writes: "Audlem's best kept musical secret continues to thrive. The Monday night acoustic session in the Shroppie Fly is the most popular session in the South Cheshire and North Shropshire area: this Monday there were 28 musicians and singers in residence, despite the cold weather. Indeed, there was hardly any room for the audience!
"As always, the musicianship varies from enthusiastic amateur to professional and even concert standard: that's what makes the sessions so different each week. Not only that, the variety of instruments is exceptional. "To find a trio of hurdy-gurdys in residence is not unusual (if not terrifying), at least one bulbul tarang (try Googling that to see what is!) is regular, a positive gaggle of recorders & flutes perform dance music of long ago, a trio of one-string fiddles has recently appeared (and most of the cats in the area disappeared!), and a massed band of kazoos accompanying a 12-bar blues has to be experienced! And on special occasions (usually birthdays), John Hardy can even be persuaded to sing!
"Anyway, to the purpose of this news item: Christmas Eve is on Monday this year, and the music session WILL take place, as usual, starting around 8:30 pm.
New Year's Eve is obviously a Monday, and the acoustic session could not possibly compete with the Audlem tradition of Jim Kirkpatrick's band bringing in the New Year. However, there WILL be a session, but on New Year's Eve AFTERNOON, from 2:30 pm until we get evicted, probably around 5:30 pm.
"So come along and experience the secret and alternative music scene in Audlem!"
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