Hitchin Folk Club
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here we are, on the homerun to the end of 2017!
Sunday, December 3rd, we
have the performing powerhouse, Martyn Joseph.
Nobody puts more physical effort into a performance!
is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to
the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning
30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live
performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul,
folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the
spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn
and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a
mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation
for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of
their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love
for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many.
He’s great guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed
up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh
Springsteen”. Come and see this man perform; you will never see anyone
give more! YouTube.
Just five tickets left!
The remaining two concerts,
St. Agnes Fountain on the 10th,
and An Albion Christmas on
the 17h are both Sold Out!
Also coming up in the area:-
If you fancy
another dose of Richard
Digance or indeed,
if you missed him at Hitchin in September, he will be playing at the Ent
Shed, Bedford on
December 2nd. YouTube
The Ent Shed is a super, comfortable venue at the Gordon Arms in Castle Street. It is a little smaller than The Sun, and always generates a great atmosphere. Supporting Richard will be Supermoon, AKA Elizabeth & Jameson, a relatively new collaboration between Hannah from Said the Maiden and Griff from Fred's House. YouTube
back in 2018 on January
7th with “Barry
Goodman and Friends”, in the more relaxed atmosphere of the ballroom
bar. This time his friends will
Hobbs is well known locally for his singing of traditional and contemporary
songs from both sides of the Atlantic with bouzouki, mandola, guitar and
dulcimer and as organiser of Redbourn Folk Club. An experienced performer,
Malcolm has recently released his third CD, ‘Once More with Feeling’ which
has thirteen contemporary and traditional songs.
- local singer/songwriter and long-time stalwart of Hitchin Folk Club. Originally
from Barnsley, South Yorkshire Julie now lives in Pirton, Hertfordshire. She
has been interested in folk music since a child, plays piano, guitar and
violin, and is an enthusiastic ceilidh, Morris and Appalachian dancer. Her
main song writing influences are Ralph McTell and Steve Knightley and she has
been writing folk songs since studying music at Crewe and Alsager College. Her
songs reflect her Yorkshire upbringing and her affection for her adopted home
in Hertfordshire, among other topics.
Brookes - Beth Gifford (Viola, Voice) and Matthew Brookes
(Accordion) made their debut in November 2015 headlining at Stortfolk.
Gifford and Brookes met at Sidmouth Folk Festival and first played
together in the "Asbo Tent" sessions. The combination of viola
and accordion immediately struck a chord and led them to discover their joint
loves of singing and composition. With diverse influences from Jazz
Pianist Hiromi, Steve Reich, Ceilidh Bands Chalktown and Saxophony to folk
club favourites Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr and Kate Rusby they combine
traditional material with original songs and tunes to create a fresh and
Keiron & Maureen Jones
Keiron & Maureen Jones