New songs ensure that the old songs endure.
ericpaynefolksongs.co.uk

 

About us...

 

Eric's working  background is largely industrial, but  before his retirement in 2005, he’d spent 15 enjoyable years working alongside adults with learning difficulties at a major Worcester Centre operated by Social Services. Eileen, his wife, was the Assistant Director of 6th Form at a Worcestershire school.

Married in 1983, both have extensive folk song/club experience and have written, directed and performed a number of folk plays performed by the respected Somers Traditional Folk Club of which Eric is a founder member.

 

The couple began their successful Folk Club  at 'The Fold 'at Bransford in  Autumn 2009 - see 'Folk at the Fold' page for details. They currently perform along with Alan Johnson as 'Threefold' and also with Jim Preston as 'Shepherd's Purse'.


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 Jointly, we write, perform, record, mix and produce our CD’s with all associate cover artwork to keep CD production costs to a bare minimum and thereby achieve more financial support for our chosen charity fund.

  

We make CD recordings of songs written by Eric in both traditional and contemporary veins – sometimes accompanied, sometimes not, and mostly in harmony. Our CD’s are sold to benefit charitable organisations, both the local ‘Acorns’ Childrens Hospice and the Farm-Africa Project have been beneficiaries and, our latest CD ‘Farewell The Day’, is being sold in aid of the Chernobyl Childrens Life Line.  See    The Charities section for details.

 

The recordings are made at our home on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border  using a Yamaha 16 track digital recording machine, the result of a National Lottery Grant in 2005 to Worcestershire Folk-life West who own the equipment that Eric also uses to record other local performers. 

        

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In 2010 we wrote and produced a Folk Play called 'The Ancient Legacy' which received a very positive reaction  whilst touring Folk Clubs, Village Halls and Folk Festivals in the local area . Our second play 'The Merry Tiller'  had it's first performance on 1st December 2012 and  finished it's run ,with a return performance at Bromyard Folk Festival 2014.

Our new play 'The Baker's Dozen" is  now 'on the road' and available for bookings...... and a new show "Beside the Seaside" is being finalised for 2017/18.

 

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