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Hi Folks

So what delights do we have for you in February?

Delightful is a great way to describe our first guest on Sunday 3rd, Blair Dunlop.  He is an award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, who has now released 3 albums 2 ep’s and toured widely around the globe, which is why we haven’t managed to get him on our programme for a while; he was always somewhere else!   All of this in a short 4-year career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.  His third album ‘Gilded’ was widely acclaimed gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single releases (‘The Egoist’ and ‘356’). Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents on the folk scene. YouTube.  Supporting will be LOZT.  Lozt, (pronounced 'lost'), is a soulful Americana duo from both sides of the pond. Lauren Scudder (Orange County, California) and Tom Ryder (Cambridge, UK) come together to draw on folk, acapella and R&B, creating songs with witty lyrics and soaring harmonies. YouTube

February 11th we have Steve Knightley.  This concert is Sold Out.

There sheer entertainment experience that is The Churchfitters is with us on Sunday 18th.  Here, experience is the operative word, no CD or written word can prepare you for what you will see. Siblings Rosie and Chris Short and Boris Lebret, with his amazing assay of scrap metal instruments, create the unique and unmistakable sound of the Churchfitters. The instrumentals played on fiddle, glass harp, musical saw, whistles, saxophones, banjo, guitars, percussion and …….. Boris! Any band that has a Boris in it has to be a winner! YouTube  YouTube  Supporting will be our own Mike Excell. YouTube

We end February on Sunday 25th with a guitar lover’s extravaganza, with Clive Carrol, supported by Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer. By his early teens, guitar in hand, Clive was traversing the worlds of soul, pop, funk, and traditional Irish music, and it was this breadth of musical curiosity that was to become one of his strengths; even as a child Clive was as comfortable accompanying a group of folk singers as he was jamming along to Nirvana or performing standards with the Essex Youth Orchestra.   Since then, Clive has established himself as one of the world’s premier acoustic guitar players.  He has toured across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America, garnering praise for his sublime performances of everything from 16th and 17th century lute music to Jazz standards, Blues, Irish reels and his own ground-breaking compositions.  Lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has also taken Clive on the road, and similar nods to Clive’s musicianship have been given by everyone from classical guitarist John Williams to Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and the Sultanate of Oman. YouTube  YouTube  YouTube  Sometimes two musicians are just meant to play together, and that was definitely the case with Ben & Jimmy! A chance meeting at an industry showcase, organised by Joan Armatrading and, at the suggestion of some music publishers there, they started writing together. From this beginning they were soon playing together, and the magic had begun! YouTube

Ticket News  50 tickets left for Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham on March 25th. This concert will sell out.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Kimpton Folk Festival., on July 7th. Many club favourites and lots of new acts to us too.

There is a concert, Transatlantic Sessions, at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Wednesday 7 Feb. This is the live version of the fabulous BBC Four programmes, sadly no longer broadcast on terrestrial TV, featuring Folk musicians from all the UK, Ireland and the USA. Details Cambridge Live
01223 791766.

The Keith Pearson Trio (KP, Phil Milner, Luke Scurr) are appearing Thurs 15 Feb 8.30 pm at Blue Ball Pub, Grantchester.  Free admission; all welcome.

 Keiron & Maureen Jones


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