Folk event to help tsunami victims

A second grand folk dance and music night is to be held in Norwich to help victims of disasters around the world.

A second grand folk dance and music night is to be held in Norwich to help victims of disasters around the world.

Last year's A Drop In The Ocean event, organised less than a fortnight after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, attracted more than 1,000 people and raised more than £13,000.

Proceeds from this year's event, at St Andrew's and Blackfriars' Halls, on Saturday, January 21, from 8pm until late, will go to the Louise Willgrass trust appeal to help tsunami victims, and victims of the recent Pakistan earthquake appeal.

Mrs Willgrass, from Colney, was on holiday in Thailand when she was killed by the tsunami. Her family and friends set up a trust to raise money to help victims in the area.

Organiser of this year's A Drop In The Ocean II is TV presenter and historian Bryan McNerney, who also put together last year's event within days of the tsunami. He was inspired to do so because he lived for three months in Sri Lanka, one of the places hit by the giant wave.

Bands playing for dancing in St Andrew's Hall this year will include the Red Herrings, Tony Hall's Von Krapp Family and the klezmer band Klunk.

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Morris and clog dancers will hopefully give interval displays.

There will be a bar and food available in Blackfriars Hall, which will also host concert sessions by the Matt Hodges Jazz Band, the recently reformed Roxy's Toolbox and folk bands Mooncoin and Horse's Brawl.

For anyone needing a rest from dancing, there will also be a Flying Folk song and music session in the cloisters.

All performers will once again be giving their services free of charge.

Admission will be donations at the door.

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