Christine Halpin then Orpy String Band


SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER 201710am – noon.  Venue opens at 9.30am.

This morning’s free musical entertainment is a feast in two halves – first up singer/songwriter, folk entertainer, Christine Halpin.

Christine Halpin

With a catalogue of well-crafted original songs about love and loss, often with a hint of mischievousness, Christine’s songs can bring a smile to the lips or even a tear to the eye. Having recently moved to the East Sussex area, Christine is fast becoming a regular at local Folk Clubs, Open Mics and other music venues, as well travelling up to Kent and SE London to perform on a regular basis.

Recently, one of her songs reached the final stage of a national song writing competition and in May of this year she was invited to appear on the Kent Folk Radio Show, hosted by Doug Welch; both events affirming the quality of her writing. With a good time, folky, guitar picking style, Christine is an outstanding performer and a great talent.

On stage after the break it’s a UGT debut for Orpy String Band.

Orpy String Band

The Orpy String Band are a 3 piece unit playing Bluegrass, Americana, Old Time and Folk. As the name suggests they are from that epicentre of music; Orpington!

They will be playing a set of upbeat good time music and audience are encouraged to sing and clap along (and dance!) if they so desire !!!

The band consists of:

John Edwards. Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin and Ukulele.  John is from Orpington and helps run the Orpington Folk and Blues (OFAB) that runs on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. He used to be in Butt of Lewis a few years ago that have played twice at the Underground Theatre in the past. His influences are Americana, Country and Blues.

Rik Lawson.  Vocals, Mandolin and Duet Accordian. Rik comes from Tonbridge, Kent and regular at OFAB used to help run the Tonbridge Folk club that is based on more traditional type of music. Rik wanted to expand on his type of playing so ‘saw the light’ and now an enthusiastic player of a more diverse type of music.

Matt Hearing.  Vocals, Banjo and Mandolin. Matt is also from Orpington and is also a regular at OFAB. A dexterous banjo picker Matt attends many ‘pickin’ sessions throughout the country. A great enthusiast of Americana and Old Time music.

As usual, the venue is open from 10am to 4pm for viewing of the current Art exhibition, and the coffee bar (with free wifi from 11.15am – 4pm) is open throughout for purchase of fairtrade refreshments in a friendly and comfortable environment.

As the venue is below ground with regret the venue has no wheelchair access – there is no facility for a lift or an escalator.

A Hearing loop is available.