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Simply English Music Club


EDS: Long Grey Beard And A Head That’s Bald (review)

March 12, 2018
The owner of that titular beard and hairless dome is Andy Rouse, Exeter folk singer and academic, turned exile. Rouse has lived in Hungary since 1979, and here he surrounds himself with Hungarian musicians in a richly rewarding collaboration.


Keith Kendrick: Long Grey Beard And A Head That’s Bald (review)

February 10, 2018
Well, for those of us who like their folk music same as their beer: clear, smooth, traditionally rooted and full bodied, there's really nothing not to like about this new offering from this ‘spiffering' Hungarian band.


Colin Andrews: Songs From The Simply English Caravan (review)

December 27, 2017
This is a most unusual album in many ways. Not least because Andy Rouse has been based in Pec, Hungary, for more than 20 years, where, other than lecturing at the university, he performs English folk songs, with local musicians Barbarci Bulcsu and Zsombor Horvath.



Simply English performs at concerts, festivals, cultural centres, libraries, in schools and universities, at wedding ceremonies and other private functions. Simply English cooperates in theatre productions, writing, arranging and recording music. As well as its own long-term projects, Simply English accepts specific thematic projects for individual clients from its repertoire of over 100 songs and tunes and through further research.

The band plays all kinds of vernacular music, from medieval lyrics and student songs, to the piquant urban songs from the 17th and 18th century, to 19th-century music hall songs and the folk music of the countryside and the industrial townships, as well as a handful of twentieth-century songs.



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