Why Blaxhall?

The Blaxhall Sessions came about as a result of several conversations in the Ship Inn between Alan (Alan Bearman Music) and JMP (FolkEast) about the local folk heritage , with the pub being very much at the heart of it all.These small, intimate gigs are special for  artists and audience alike  and truly memorable evenings have been made.   Tickets are limited for each event so early booking is advised. There will be a few tickets on sale on the night subject to availability. Please check  the website and social media for updates to avoid disappointment. Season Three  will once again takes place in Blaxhall Village Hall, one Friday of each month,  starting September 2020 through to April 2021.

Dating back from the present to 1700, the Ship Inn at Blaxhall in Suffolk has enjoyed a continuous history as a lively social centre in the true tradition of the English village pub.

The Blaxhall Ship is featured in many local tales and songs and in the George Ewart Evans  book about rural life  – ‘Ask the fellows who cut the Hay’. The survival of the traditions of Fellowship, Lively Conversation and Music, Singing and Dancing at any time and any place, is almost unique in East Anglia . Today the Ship still hosts a regular Monday afternoon session and various monthly evening sessions as well as annually holding the Chorus Cup, The Percy Webb memorial trophy and their three day Midsummer Folk Festival.

In 1955 the BBC shot a short film in The Ship, “Here’s A Health To The Barley Mow”  www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/5

In 1953 Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy recorded “Singing at the Ship Inn”

For more information please visit the Blaxhall Ship Inn website.