Vocals, fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, lagerphone, dance calling. Fiddle singer Doug Jenner will be the featured artist at Blackheath Folk at the Ivanhoe on Thursday, August 4.
Originally from Australia, Doug Jenner has lived in England and France for the past 20 years. His music career began in Sydney bush bands and he worked with Chris Kempster on his The Songs of Henry Lawson show, which was recorded as part of the ABC’s Songs and Stories of Australia series and with John Dengate he recorded The story of Eliza Donnithorne as part of that same series.
In the early 1990s, Jenner performed with well-known Sydney Irish bands The Emigrants, Cean Eile, The Gingermen, Janey Mack, The Irish Drovers and Claddagh, with whom he recorded the album Far Away Dreams.
In England, Jenner’s solo performances include support spots for Frankie Armstrong and Martin Carthy. His UK-based Australian band Buckley’s Chance has performed at high profile sporting occasions including Ashes Test matches and at other events across Europe.
In 2015, with Martyn Wyndham-Read, Jenner wrote and presented Henry Lawson - Voice of a New Nation and this year he initiated and chaired the first ever Kimpton Folk Festival in Hertfordshire.
Blackheath Folk had a full house in July, with a short editorial and photo in the Gazette informing holidaymakers of the event. Locals and visitors from as far away as Perth enjoyed the music of “Apple Ridge” aka Martin and Lyn Doherty. Chris O and Steve Hunt will feature in September and, in October, Martyn Wyndham-Read will visit Blackheath during what he claims will be his final Australian tour.
Folk music and poetry at Blackheath’s Ivanhoe Hotel on Thursday, August 4, will start at 7.30 pm. Meals are available from the Ivanhoe’s bistro from 6pm. Entry is free and floor performers are welcome. Enquiries to Christine Davies 4787 7246.