Hitchin Folk Club

Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus

Summer 2017

Hi Folks

Well, that is it for the season, and what a season it has been, packed with wonderful acts to celebrate Maureenís 50 years running the club.  But the celebration doesnít end here, still four months of stunning entertainment to come, kicking off again on September 3rd with Paul Downes & Phil Beer.

Before then, just to make sure you donít forget about us, we have the midsummer special on August 20th, Fish & Chips and Pete Morton.  If you just want the concert, entry is £10, if you want to join us for supper as well, tickets are £15.  Supper tickets are limited, so donít leave it too late!

As you may know, we had special raffles on the four big ticketed nights so far this year, in aid of Maureenís particular charity, PSC support.  PSC is the condition that so nearly ended her life, twice.  Over the four evenings your generosity raised £923, which the club rounded up to £1000.

Good folky things still happening in the area start this coming Saturday, 17th, with Tim Edey at Dunton Folk.

Hudson & Cutler will be playing at Shutlanger Village Hall (NN12 7RU) on Saturday 24th June, 8.oopm. Tickets are £15. These Shutlanger concerts are lovely, beautiful hall and a worthy cause, Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust. Ian Cutler is well known to Hitchin audiences, appearing over more than 30 years with Bully Wee Band, Feast of Fiddles and with Strawbs founder, Dave Cousins. For further information, and tickets contact Debbie on 07941368958

July 1st sees the second Kimpton Folk Festival, featuring many acts that have graced the Hitchin stage, Jez Lowe & his Bad Pennies, Wild Willy Barrettís French Connection, Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, The Carrivick Sisters, Emily Slade, Liz Simcock, and some that havenít, Sam Kellyís Lost Boys, Jacquelyn Hynes, The Fair Rain, Ewan McLennan and Alden, Patterson & Dashwood.  All these plus...

*  Free entertainment on the village green

*  Real Ale bars with Farr Brew

*  Open air ceilidh

*  Children's storytelling and face painting

*  Buskers, sessions, dancers

and all the other stalls one would expect to find at events like this, tempting us to eat or, maybe, try some local fudge or honey, or to have our faces painted.

There are two ticketed concert stages, The Memorial Hall and The Church, and a free to view stage on the Village Green sampling local talent, sprinkled with short sets from some of the main festival guests.  Check here for ticket information.


Sunday July 15th the place to be is Hatfield House for the 2017 Folk by the Oak. On the Main Stage will be  Levellers , Kate Rusby, Eric Bibb, Show of Hands, Shake the Chains, This is the Kit and Leveret.  On the Acorn Stage will be Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, Patch & the giant, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, The Hut People, Fara, Kitty Macfarlane and The London Youth Folk Ensemble.

Keiron & Maureen Jones


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