Julie Palmer and Phil Preen

Julie Palmer and Phil Preen are a folk singing duo from Lady Bay in Nottingham. Julie and Phil, along with Dave Walters and Claire Halliday also run The Poppy Folk Club which meets once a month at The Poppy and Pint pub in Lady Bay.

28th February 2011Grand Union Folk Club
support for Barron Brady
8th October 2011Robin Hood Folk Club
29th June 2012Storytelling Evening at The Poppy and Pint - Julie Only.
3rd July 2012Folk Night at The Golden Shield, Fleckney, Leics.
28th January 2013Grand Union Folk Club
support for Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham
24th February 2014Grand Union Folk Club
support for Bill Whaley & Dave Fletcher
17th April 2014Seagrave Folk Club
support for Michael J Tinker
4th July 2015Lobster Potties Festival
Sheringham, Norfolk
28th September 2015Grand Union Folk Club
Julie solo, support for Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman
4th December 2015Seagrave Folk Club
support for Tim Garland & friends

Julie Palmer refuses to be tied down to a style of singing, and is equally at home performing a Child ballad, a rousing chorus song, or a comedy number. Her main interest though is in finding hidden gems of songs in old books, and bringing them back to life with her own interpretation of what the collectors preserved for us.

Phil Preen has an eclectic repetoire of songs, and basically sings anything that takes his fancy. Phil also plays concertina and tin whistle, and plays percussion with a ceilidh band: The Bang On The Wall Band.

Julie and Phil are regulars at the Grand Union Folk Club in Barrow upon Soar. Bill asked some of the club regulars if they would like to do support spots for some of the guest nights. In the publicity for these nights he described us as "stalwarts of the club", so we decided to call ourselves The Stalwarts. However we've gone off this name a bit, so we might just stick with Julie Palmer and Phil Preen for now.

Someone obviously enjoyed our performance at Grand Union, as on the strength of this we got a booking at The Robin Hood Folk Club at The Stumble Inn in Long Eaton. We were also booked again at Grand Union in 2013, this time supporting Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham on 28th January. We were also invited to perform at The Folk Night on Tuesday 2nd July 2012, organised by Nick Burdett at The Golden Shield in Fleckney in aid of The Samaritans. Julie and Phil continue to perform both separately and together at various folk clubs locally.