Hitchin Folk Club

Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus

June 2018

Hi Folks
Just in case you don’t always get to the bottom of our messages, St Agnes Fountain ticket news.  These became available on the Chris & Julie concert.  The combined sales on that night and last Sunday have amounted to well over half the available tickets.  Please get your orders in, members only until we reopen in September, after the summer break. (December 16th, members £16, non-members £18)

Just two concerts to go before the summer break, starting with Miranda Sykes on Sunday 3rd. Miranda, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ has returned to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. The evening will draw songs from the Borrowed Places project that drew its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who had lived away for many years. There should also be some songs from her back catalogue and some personal favourites. YouTube  Supporting tonight will be Kirsty Merryn.  London-based, New Forest-born Kirsty has been championed by Show of Hands’ frontman Steve Knightley, after he met her while teaching at an EFDSS songwriting retreat for upcoming folk singer songwriters.  Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But it has a much wider reach, with her influences ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush - emphatic piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, packaged with panache in elegant, beautifully balanced settings and delivered in crystal clear, assured vocals.  YouTube

We end the season on Sunday 10th with the incomparable Chris and Kellie WhileWhenever you hear two superb vocalists sing together, it's a great experience, but when they are related it's becomes something else.  Here we have mother and daughter, two of Britain's finest singer / songwriter / guitarists.  Although both Chris and Kellie are prolific songwriters they use these duo concerts to give their own songs a rest and celebrate the wealth of great material out there. Their voices complement each other superbly and there are times when I am mixing their sound that I can’t tell who is singing what.  More like sisters. This really is a night not to be missedYouTube  Supporting tonight will be Glymjack (def. Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern.)  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).  YouTube

There will be our, now traditional, “Fish & Chip Supper with….” concert on August 19th.  This year the music will be provided by 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. This will be a very welcome return for Lauren & Tom, who have provided support for us on several occasion.  YouTube

Ticket news. In addition to the Aggies tickets, we also have :- Daphne’s Flight on September 16th (members £16, non-members £18), Martyn Joseph on December 2nd (members £14, non-members £16) and Albion Christmas on December 23rd (members £16, non-members £18)

Other music news

Friday15th, Saturday 16th June. Edlefest 2018, “The Church on the Hill”, Edlesborough, Bucks LU6 2EP Headliners Chris Wood & Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, both with supporting acts. Further information.

Saturday 24th June. There is a ceilidh, featuring The Boxwood Chessmen, at the National Trust Wimpole Estate, as part of their history festival. Bookings are through the festival website.

Thursday June 28th Gino Lupari, Tim Edey, Gerry O Connor Live @ The Cuckoo Toddington. Just a few tickets left. Information.

Saturday June 30th The Spikedrivers, YouTube plus Max Millican,  YouTube at the EntShed, The Gordon Arms, Castle Street, Bedford.  This is going to be a great concert.  I have done the sound for both acts on several occasions, and love them both.

Saturday July 7th.  Kimpton Folk Festival.  Super day out as this will tell you.  This year’s guests are Urban Folk Quartet, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, While, Matthews & While, London Klezmer Quartet, James Brothers, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave, Will McNicol & Luke Selby, Luke Jackson, Jaywalkers, Blathnaid Lynn, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Kelly Oliver and Said the Maiden.  (YouTube clips under each artiste.) 

July 15thFolk by the Oak This year’s headliners are Amy Macdonald, Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, The Ypung’uns, Julie Fowlis, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita.

 Keiron & Maureen Jones


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