Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
First off in
They sent us a press release this week, so why not use that to
tell you all about them? After
their explosion onto the national folk roots scene over the past two
years, duo Ninebarrow will be performing at Hitchin Folk Club as part of
their extensive national tour this winter.
In a few short years, the Dorset-based duo have carved themselves
a distinctive niche on the folk roots scene for their outstanding
harmonies, delicate instrumentation and engaging songs. In 2017, they
were unsurprisingly nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the
’Horizon’ category for ‘Best Emerging Artist’. One of the
highest accolades in their genre, it was made even more exceptional
because it was only a few months prior to this that Jon Whitley and Jay
LaBouchardiere relinquished their jobs as a teacher and GP in favour of
a full-time music career – an act of faith that has clearly paid
dividends. It is the
multi-award-winning duo’s modern and inventive take on the folk
tradition that seems to be captivating audiences across the country.
Not only exceptional singers and musicians, they are also equally
passionate about the stories behind their songs. Ninebarrow have
received high praise from the likes of Mike Harding and folk legends,
Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby. A live session on BBC Radio 2’s Folk
Show, described by presenter Mark Radcliffe as ’immaculate’, has led
to a string of sell-out shows across the UK. .
Supporting will be . Possessing
a naturally languid and confident vocal style Ben is a Wiltshire-based
singer-songwriter, whose seamless time-signature hopping and
intoxicating guitar technique captures a diverse spirit and singular
energy in his performance. He cut his musical teeth as a precocious
young busker and his songs has since migrated from the streets to the
nation’s speakers, airing his material on BBC Introducing Sessions and
Clare Teal’s Radio 2 show.
‘Phil is one of the most
popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling
instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler’.
A quote, but not his. In his words, “The Truth.
Whilst that may be the perception, I would actually take issue
with that statement. I didn’t write it. I’m very good at what
I do. The trick is to design what you do in order to accommodate your
limitations.” Phil has probably played Hitchin in more combinations
and guises than anyone else, most notably of course, as Show of Hands
Supporting will be .
Glymjack is an acoustic trio led by acclaimed singer-songwriter
Greg McDonald, with fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon
Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting
originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.
Greg’s award-winning songs have previously been called
“genius” (Rolling Stone), “captivating” (Q magazine), and
“enough to remind you why you got into music in the first place”
(Tom Robinson, BBC 6music), while Gemma’s virtuosic skill has seen her
celebrated as a “powerhouse instrumentalist” (fRoots) and “a force
to be reckoned with” (Maverick).
Tickets £14 members, £16 non-members.
Show of Hands
(part two), This
concert is SOLD OUT.
We end February
on Sunday 24th,
is true that sometimes, when two established musicians form a new
partnership, the total is not the sum of the two parts.
This is definitely not the case with Peter and John, their total
includes that somewhat indefinable extra; sparkle, charisma, empathy,
call it what you will, that certain something that makes an act
the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand
idea of pairing Peter (Steeleye Span and Gigspanner) and melodeon
player extraordinaire, John (ex-Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden) for a
special 'one off' concert at that year's festival.
In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight,
with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep
in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance,
with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn't seem as though the
audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of
those occasions when people could say "I was there".
It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option,
as there is now an album and more extensive touring.
It is fair to say that Knight & Spiers visit to Hitchin in
2018 was one of the highlights of the year, everything we knew it would
Tickets £14 members, £16 non-members.
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