JC: The Legacy is a series of concerts originally bought about by the passing of the Late Great Johnny Collins in 2009. They were restarted again in 2018 to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday, and this year’s concert marks ten years since his passing.
In 2018 The Wilson Family, Rich & Jess Arrowsmith and Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights, all MCed by Malc Gurnham, packed the venue. The evening was full of lively chorus songs and was greatly appreciated by all who attended.
On May 11th 2019, it’s all going to happen again! With Granny’s Attic, Daisybell and Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights, with Malc Gurnham holding it all together once more!
Johnny Collins was a much loved and respected singer of mainly unaccompanied chorus songs, although his repertoire was by no means restricted to this only. Johnny always loved to get people joining in. Another of his strengths was encouraging up-and-coming acts and supporting more established groups. Johnny loved nothing more than a good evening of singing, and that is what we aim to provide!
“We formed in 2009 as three students at secondary school with no better way to spend our lunchtimes than scrape a tune or two. Gradually the band became less about avoiding socialising with our peers and more about actually playing music, and so Granny’s Attic premiered in 2010 at the prestigious Claines Church Fete.”
Look where they are now!
Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.
Since forming in 2016, Daisybell have been making waves on the local and national folk scene, delivering performances of passion, wit and raw emotion at clubs from Coventry to Gateshead, Banbury to Sheffield, releasing an EP and a video, fitting in a couple of live radio appearances and drawing acclaim for their “Sing Like A Daisybell” vocal workshops. 2017/18 saw the trio appearing at festivals in Warwick, Broadstairs, Moira, Lichfield, Bromyard, Alcester, Bedworth and more. Lauded for their songwriting, harmonies and engaging stage presence, now is a great time to check out their gigs, recordings and social media banter
Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights are mostly known in association with Johnny Collins. Jim had been singing in a duo with Johnny since 1975 and Graeme had also been singing with Johnny since 1999. Sometimes the three singers performed as a trio (they toured Canada as such in 2008) and the last recording Johnny made was the CD ‘Good Times’ with Jim and Graeme – so named because they always had such good times together.
Like Johnny, Jim and Graeme specialise in unaccompanied chorus songs, ranging from sea shanties to work songs, union songs, mining songs and of course drinking songs! Anything to get the audience to join in and ‘make the rafters roar’!