Rude not to have been at sell-out fund-raiser

The Rude Mechanicals at Folk at St Nics

The Rude Mechanicals at Folk at St Nics

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FOLK music and restoration combined for a special fund-raising event.

The second Folk at St Nic’s event, held at St Nicolas’ Church, in St Nicolas’ Lane, Shoreham, has been hailed as a huge success by organisers, with a 25 per cent increase in attendance.

Foot-tapping tunes were once again performed by The Rude Mechanicals Occasional Orchestra.

The line-up included a hurdy-gurdy and 15 other instruments, played by seven musicians.

Maxine and Will Sweatman also demonstrated a folk dance, mirrored by dancers at the other end of the nave.

“This is the first time we’ve had dancing in stereo,” said Barry Ruffell, who created all the arrangements.

Church treasurer John Simpson said: “Thanks to the great local reputation enjoyed by the Rude Mechanicals, and to the excellent support provided by the Herald and our friends at the Red Lion Inn and the Flower House, the concert was completely sold out. All the performers gave their services free of charge, in aid of the Friends of St Nicolas, who maintain this historic church building.

“The concert raised an amazing £627, which is a record for such an event at the church.

“The money raised will be a great boost to the fund for essential repairs to the church roof.”

Anyone who missed the event can see more photographs and hear a recording from the concert on the Rude Mechanicals website: Information on the church is available at