Hitchin Folk Club

Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus

January 2017

Hi Folks

January 2017, a very special landmark in Hitchin Folk Club’s history! More later.

We start January on Sunday 8th in our traditional manner, with Barry Goodman and friends in the informal setting of the Ballroom Bar.  Barry’s guests this year include young melodeon virtuoso, Saul Bailey, YouTube, singer/guitarist Phil Hewitt and acapella trio, Brian, John & Martin.  

We have one of our Double headers on Sunday 15th, with Ninebarrow and Rosie Hood & Ollie King.  2016 was a big year for Jon & Jay when Ninebarrow turned fully pro, turning their backs on teaching and medicine respectively!   Their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition has been described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’. They combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles, primarily their native Dorset. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs - combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling. YouTube.  Rosie Hood is a young folk singer from Wiltshire. Having started learning traditional songs at an early age from her family, Rosie is now well known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.  She was a finalist in the 2011 New Roots competition for young musicians, and won both the Open Mic Competition at the 2011 Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the 2012 Fred Jordan Memorial Award (for Traditional singing). You may have seen Rosie at the club as part of the Dovetail Trio, solo or with accompanist, Ollie King.  Ollie is a melodeon player and singer whose music is steeped in the customs and traditions of England. He is starting to make a name for himself as one of the most exciting and interesting up-and-coming melodeon players in the country, and has already developed into a mature, well-rounded musician. YouTube.

Sunday 22nd.  We had to think long and hard as to how to celebrate Maureen’s 50 years of running Hitchin Folk Club.  The big celebratory concert will be Daphne’s Flight on May 14th, indeed the whole year is packed with acts very special to Maureen and the club, but what to do for the actual day?  So we looked back; back to two men who have been playing at Hitchin, between them, for 84 years and yet still sound as good as they ever did, Mike Silver and Johnny Coppin with an opener from Keith Pearson, the club’s original resident, accompanied by Tim Jellis. There will be reams of memorabilia to browse through and cake, there will always be cake!  There will also be a special raffle with all the proceeds going PSC liver research. Many of you will know that, if it hadn’t been for the skills of the surgeons at Royal Free Hospital effecting two liver transplants, Maureen wouldn’t be here today to celebrate 50 years.  Oh yes, and as a final nod to the past, we have decided to charge 1967 prices (not the beer!), so tickets are now available at 5/- members and 6/- non-members. (25p and 30p). YouTube

We end January on Sunday 29th with our annual visit by the Bully Wee Band.  Since their reformation in 2004, the Bully Wee Band have had no trouble proving that they are still a force to be reckoned with as one of Britain’s foremost exponents of acoustic folk/rock music.  Originally formed in the early 70s by brothers Jim and John Yardley, the Bully Wee Band successfully toured Britain, Europe and America through several line-ups until the last one of Ian Cutler, Fergus Feely, Colin Reece and Maartin Allcock finally called it a day in 1983.  20 years later a chance meeting between Messrs Cutler, Feely and Reece resulted in a very spirited jam session at Faversham Folk Club in Kent, and a subsequent decision to put a three piece Bully Wee Band back on the road in January 2004 “if only for the craic”. So successful was the 2004 tour that Colin, Ian and Fergus decided to repeat the experience the following January, only this time with the addition of Bully Wee founder member Jim Yardley. Thus the current line-up of Ian, Fergus, Colin and Jim was complete and reunited and have toured every January since. YouTube


Ticket News

Steve Knightley Feb 19th now SOLD OUT

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham March 26th £18 members, £20 non-members, about 70 left

Daphne’s Flight May 14th £13 members, £15 non-members, also about 70 left.

Show of Hands @ the Albert Hall

Do you have tickets to see Show of Hands at the Albert Hall at Easter?  Maureen is still considering running a coach, she has 10 people interested so far, but would need at least 20 to make it viable.  Let her know if you might be interested.

Other news

Hattie Briggs will be performing at Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday 15th January 2017 at 8.00 pm. Hattie is a very talented singer/songwriter - check her out at her website. Tickets are £12.50 in advance. Call on 07947 021011.

Unicorn Magazine 

Issue 137 (Jan – March 2017) is now out and online.  It is instantly available online as a downloadable PDF from www.unicornmagazine.org


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