Friday, April 2, 2010

Deptford Arms RIP

Here's an extraordinary contrast to the bad news that the Deptford Arms has engendered or promises to in its new incarnation as a bookies. One of the most respected artists of the British and international folk scene is Martin Carthy. He is booked to play the Deptford Arms on 1st May 2010, as part of Kit & Cutter May Day. This could be considered a major coup in any local folk calendar. Kit & Cutter have been running their 'pre-modernist' folk club at the pub for a while now. At the time of posting, they still believe this gig will go ahead. Musicians and artists are always the last to know!

Meanwhile, here is a video of a small part of an evening at the smelly, scuzzy old Deptford Arms before its alleged demise. From last weekend, 27th March 2010, it's the Deptford Folk Club aka Kit & Cutter presenting Alasdair Roberts (with Elle Osborne on fiddle). I wasn't there but a Crossfields reporter was, and sent us this video link. The evening was sold out and was a huge success. Let's hope they can find another venue if the pub is closed before May.

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