It was lovely to mark the start of what is going to be a busy period of performing with a return to see old friends at Reading’s Folk Club, Readifolk. The organisers at Readifolk have been amongst the very most supportive of Na-Mara since the beginning.
Since we have good friends who live in the town, Rob and I set off quite early to travel to Reading and had a cuppa with them in their garden before making our way over to the club.
Located in a modern building in the delightful gardens of Watlington House in central Reading, Readifolk provides an excellent space for performance. We arrived at the club in good time to get set up ahead of the evening and it was good to chat with club organisers, Colin and Una, and with MC Danny McNamara before the evening got underway.
As anyone who has visited will testify, Readifolk is well endowed with a lot of club talent and at the start of each of the two halves of the evening it was very nice to listen to a wide array of music from club regulars who performed individually, in duos, and in the trio, RyeWolf. All excellent.
With our new album, Sisters & Brothers now out, our current sets are naturally geared to showcasing music from the album. I’m pleased to report that tunes and songs from the album went down very well and the Readifolk audience proved very content to join in on related choruses with gusto. We ended the night with a encore rendition of Time Wears Awa’.
The gates to the Watlington House car park apparently close automatically at 11.00pm. So, cheerios needed to be brief at the end of the evening. However, we still had plenty of time to say goodbye properly to all our friends. Many thanks to all at Readifolk for such a lovely welcome and for their terrific support throughout the evening. Thanks also to the organisers of Readifolk Radio for playing tracks from Sisters & Brothers in the weeks before the gig. All very much appreciated. We look forward to making a return to Readifolk at some time in the not too distant future.