John Tams forced to pull out of the festival

Dear festival friends,

We’re having to make an unavoidable change to the Derby Folk Festival At Home line up, but we hope you’ll understand, and support the approach we’ve taken.  Our friend and patron, John Tams, has been on a waiting list for a while (we know he’ll have some great “between-song-stories” for you about this in the future!), and, such is the nature of 2020, the appointment has come through right at the point where we were going to record his and Barry Coope’s performance.  Despite being desperate to perform for you, it’s simply not possible.  Here’s what Tam has to say:

Since the onset of a cardio-vascular condition affecting my right leg in March and the understandable need for resources to be diverted to fighting the virus I’m now 5-months on and 5-months worse. Pain management now includes morphine which has had little effect save for rendering me with an adjacency, zero concentration and lack of purpose. Saving my leg is now a priority but with such a backlog, surgery continues to be delayed, not just for me but for thousands of others.

My association with Derby Folk Festival goes back to its very beginnings so being forced to withdraw piles on more hurt. My heart is with Derby Folk Festival but my mind and body is elsewhere.

I’m sorry to let you down and my sincere hope is to make it up to you in the future.

Until then, stay well, stay safe and………“Look after one another”.

Thine, Tam.

We have, however, had a chat with Barry Coope, and are really pleased that he has agreed to continue with the performance – bringing in the super talented fiddle player and singer, Fi Fraser (Plain Capers, Old Swan Band, Token Women, Fraser Sisters, Polkaworks, The Old Fashioned and The Derbyshire Volunteers – and more!)  They will also be joined by the simply fabulous melodeon playing of  a man who needs little introduction – Andy Cutting!  This will be a delightful concert, from Derbyshire-based internationally recognised musicians, who we’re lucky enough to call friends.  The Saturday evening 7pm session will therefore now close with BARRY COOPE, FI FRASER and ANDY CUTTING rather than John Tams and Barry Coope. We know you’ll love them, and we’d like you to join us in wishing John Tams the very best of health, and the speediest of recoveries.