Saturday 5th April 2003

"Joe Stead distinguishes himself from the rest of the folk community with his desire to give the audience a choice in what they hear. No easy gig line up, pre decided before the audience is even assembled." "Isn't this what folk singing is all about?" Joe has been described by one folk club as a cross between a well-loved old teddy and Arfur Mullard. Joe's entertaining patter links first-class songs & banjo accompaniment - a seasoned campaigner who has not lost any of the energy and passion of a true enthusiast. A great night out! Check out his Website!

Joe Stead


Events Diary

Eddie Walker

Saturday 1st March 2003

Eddie Walker, one of the Folk Circuit’s leading singer/guitar pickers, performing live at the Mariners playing old blues, rags, hillbilly country, British and American folk and original songs and guitar instrumentals. His performance left us in no doubt as to the truth of a recent article in Living Tradition which said; 'Eddie Walker has been one of the most consistently popular musicians on the UK folk scene over very many years.' This was an evening to remember!Check out his Website!


Friday 21st February 2003

Another successful evening at the George. Mike’s wide experience drawn from over thirty years of travelling and playing his songs is what makes him a singer and writer of the present. We were treated to a stunning display of Mike's natural song-writing ability and remarkable guitar and vocal style. He performed a varied programme of songs with thoughtful lyrics and strong melodies. Although Mike is dedicated and serious about his work there is a tremendous humour in the man as well. He delights in sharing a joke or a story with his audiences and builds up such a rapport that they invariably go home reflecting on an evening spent with a good friend. Check out his Website!

Mike Silver


Kathryn Roberts


Friday 29th November

A sizeable audience enjoyed an entertaining and varied evening at the George Hotel in South Molton. Sean proved a witty personality and expert guitarist, testing out the percussive qualities of both carpet and floor! His individual style of playing complemented the beautiful singing and occasional instrumental bursts from Kathryn and together they showed us all the reason for their deserved success.
As members of the well-known Folk-Rock Crossover band 'Equation', Kathryn and Sean have toured the world,but playing the smaller folk clubs is still something close to Kathryn's heart. Sean shares her affection as his early career was also launched upon the folk club circuit, both as an accompanist to geordie fiddle favourite Tom McConville and with his two siblings as 'The Lakeman Brothers'..

Sean Lakeman




The Yetties


Friday 22nd November

Another great evening of song and good humour was enjoyed by
all when the Yetties visited us at the Mariner's Arms. Also on the bill was the young and
extremely talented James Boyle, a name to look out for in the future. What a fiddle player!
The Yetties are one of England's most popular folk groups. Their obvious love of the West
Country, it's songs, stories and humour wins them friends wherever they go.

Since turning professional in 1967 their music and their enthusiasm has taken
them all over the world and they have recorded no less than 36 albums for different
companies. The Yetties have never lost their genuine feeling for the countryside and they
draw on their personal experiences of country life for their concert programme.

Hearts of Oak have built up a lasting relationship with this amazing group of
people and now undertake an annual 'pilgrimage' to perform at their club where
they are always warmly recieved.


Thursday 10th October.

Another first class evening was enjoyed when Isla StClair returned to the Mariners to enthrall a captivated audience with her wide repertoire of Scottish songs, lively personality and humour.

Isla made her first appearance at Aberdeen Folk Club in 1962 when only ten years old. In 1971 she was awarded the title of 'Best Female Folk Singer' by the New Musical Express. She toured Europe, North America and Russia and became a household name via Television and Radio, with a second career in light entertainment.

We hope it won't be too long before she returns again. Meanwhile see her at the Pantomime in Barnstaple this year!


Isla StClair




Tony Truscott

On Saturday 5th October at the George Hotel in South Molton we were fortunate to share in the talent of this great singer-songwriter from Treverbyn in Cornwall

Tony has been a friend of Hearts of Oak for many years and recently penned a song exclusively for 'Hearts of Oak' called 'The Fair Maid of Youghal' (a brief story of the schooner 'Kathleen and May')

Tony also wrote one of the groups favourite songs called 'Mist over Lundy'which appears on their CD 'By Popular request'.

The evening was enjoyed by all who came and we look forward to seeing Tony again in the not too distant future!

Barrow in Furness Festival of the Sea.

Last summer we performed at Fort Perch Rock in Liverpool and at the Barrow in Furness festival of the Sea, where they recorded an hour long broadcast for BBC radio Cumbria with Tony Davis of the Spinners and Martin Hugill, son of Stan Hugill the last of the working shanty men.
Thanks to Devonshire motors on the Pottington Estate in Barnstaple for lending a Spacewagon for the journey, an ideal group transport. .

On the quayside at The Festival of the Sea in Barrow in Furness. It only rained the once!

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Dartmoor Folk Festival

John writes...

'This year was the 25th anniversary of the Dartmoor Folk Festival and we were very privileged to have been invited to take part in the celebrations. We had a wonderful time not just doing what we were booked to do but also the impromptu bits which I think we would perhaps prefer, that means getting into the pubs with visitors and fellow guests and having a good old sing with instrumental sessions. It was also good to see a number of you good folk down there as well. The festival is big enough to be friendly without being overpowering. In fact it has a great family feel about it. Their policy is not to book the same people for consecutive years. I think I might just go down for one day next year anyway just for the 'crack'. We were well 'on form' during our 'official' sets and very 'tight' ( I don't mean drunk either ! ) and our final stage set on the Sunday night with our dear friend Tony Beard (The wag from Widdecombe) from Radio Devon felt really good to us.'

Julie Felix at the George.

Doug Parish of the Tiverton gazette writes:
'Julie Felix was a top name in the 60's and her star quality shone out as she filled the hall at the George Hotel, South Molton, with the strong and sincere sound of her songs. A youthful looking Julie showed us why her popularity is unwavering as she played to a full house. In two sets she sang traditional Mexican songs handed down by her father and another song which she wrote about her mother from the album 'Free My Spirit'She also celebrated her native love of the land where she was born and she sang with the audience 'Wish You Love', Tom Paxton's 'Last Thing on my Mind' and 'This land is your land'...
... The support act was the popular Hearts of Oak folk group. Over the years, they have won many friends and followers who have travelled miles to their performances and, going by the two great sets they played, I can see for why.'
Julie has recorded an album of Bob Dylan's songs, so look out for an Autumn tour in the Westcountry.

CD's and tapes.
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