About Us

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Stanton is an East Anglian village some 9 miles or so north-east of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk lying close to the Norfolk Border. It is situated on the A143 which carries on to Diss and ultimately to the coast

Stanton Musicians meet in the
Stanton Church Room on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm, mainly to play traditional music together just for pleasure and to improve skills.  We all play (or attempt) every tune, playing from “sets” of music put together by ourselves and use the “Paul Hardy’s Session Tunebook”  - we all read music, some better than others!

Our current regular players include three fiddles, 8 piano accordions, a guitar, flute, whistle, drum, melodeon and English concertina, some also play a second or even third instrument from time to time.  We encourage inexperienced players to join us and take part in all we do - enthusiasm is all that’s required.

The group began in the sitting room of Pip and Colin Bedford over 5 years’ ago with just a handful of musicians and quickly had to move to the local Church Room as more players came along. Our sessions are social occasions with a break for tea/coffee and nibbles when people can chat and mix and we are now all the best of friends.

Players come from a wide area covering villages in both Norfolk and Suffolk, two even driving around 40 miles to get here.  4 years’ ago we were persuaded to play out at a local garden fete which has resulted in our entertaining at a dozen or so events in the local community each year - concerts for charity, a German Exchange visit,  Christmas Fairs, various Clubs, village picnics, and those garden fetes!  We usually manage to get about a dozen players for each of these “gigs”.  Although we do not make a specific charge for these events, small donations are very acceptable which enable us to run this website and have the occasional treat - fish and chips after a gig, tea and cakes and this year, for the first time, a pub meal out together.

We hope to go on improving our standard of playing, entertaining the locals now and again and just having a jolly good time.

Pip
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