Jim Eldon sings and plays the fiddle.
Lynette Eldon, his wife, is a champion clog dancer.
Jim performs English traditional folk songs and fiddle tunes. Many of Jim’s songs and tunes are local to Hull and East Yorkshire – songs and tunes he learnt from family, from neighbours and from people he has met through actively going out and seeking old songs and tunes that have been passed on by word of mouth.
For thirty years or more, Jim played for a living on board the Bridlington pleasure boats Yorkshire Belle and Flamborian. That was a seven days a week commitment from April to October, playing without amplification out on deck up to seven trips a day. It was fun and it was tiring. It was a hand to mouth existence. The welcome arrival of an old age pension ended that job at the end of the 2012 season. The music continues.
A new album, Songs and Fiddle Tunes, came out in 2016 and Sidmouth Folk Festival and Whitby Folk Week are both already in the diary for 2017. Those are bookings with Lynette. There was a big chunk of work with Corona Smith at Beamish Museum before Christmas – Jim and Corona duet as Two Straylarkers. In 2016, Lynette launched into a big clog teaching project at Scunthorpe along with Wendy Bolton and that continues this year.
There are articulated wooden toys in the mix too. Jim’s fiddle puppet Gerald and his jig doll Donald and Corona Smith’s peg dolls were all a hit at Hooton Pagnell village fete and at Retford Family Folk Day last year.
Jim Eldon January 2017