Mad as Hatters
The evening began with with a number of Acorn's own supporting floor spots varying from traditional folk to Wassailing songs and on to utter fun and nonsense with a couple of poems of a similar ilk thrown in.
A special Acorn welcome was made to local girl Ange Hardy on her debut at the Acorn, who sang her own composition dealing with the badger cull from both sides.
Then over to James Findlay, the BBC Radio 2 award winning folk artist, who presented a most varied programme of local folk and traditional songs and tunes perfectly fitting for a party evening. James proved himself to be a master of the acoustic guitar, the melodion and fiddle, but most of all, an accomplished singer without musical accompaniment. To hold your audience with voice alone is talent indeed.
During the interval the "Mad Hatters" had their head gear judged by James - the best way to make more enemies than friends, but he cleverly called for the audience to help and share the blame. Seen here with James Findlay are winnners Ron Clarke with his hat made from recycled materials, and Jenny Williams sporting her hat sewn like oak leaves, representing The Acorn Folk Club.
The second half included the "Somerset Nightingales" (organizers Eileen Ann Moore and Jim Parham) singing "Sweet Nightingale" with great audience participation.
The remainder of the evening was handed over to James Findlay whose vast repertoire of songs and associated stories ensured we ran out of time before we ran out of entertainment. Had Craig Reville Horwood of Come Dancing fame been present and asked to describe the evening, he would have said FAB-U-LOUS. FP