Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
Sunday 4th with. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own
material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of
immense subtlety. There is no doubt that after 45 years as a
professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely
acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in
the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of
storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and
deeply moving. There is
no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of
British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years
living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has
produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies”
to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and "One Day".
Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen
years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer -
with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he
has won twice.
are with us again on Sunday 11th
Multi-nominations at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double
winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their
Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
This husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals,
lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna
(vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu Hanna (guitar, mandola,
banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for
their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite
musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you
don’t like the music here then you have a problem’. Their most
recent studio album, “Good Times Will Come Again”, has gained them
much critical acclaim. “One of the most original political folk sets
of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed.” said The
Guardian. “Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody
Guthrie proud”, said Acoustic Magazine. .
Supporting will . With
hundreds of gigs behind him – and a coveted “Danny Kyle
Award” from Celtic Connections 2013 – Elliott
has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most
sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.
The singer-songwriter, featured in Acoustic magazine
as ‘The Next Big Thing’, taps the strings and beats the guitar’s
body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and
unique sound integral to his songs. .
eagerly awaited first visit to the club of is
traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí
(pronounced ‘Derry’) is being described by some of the
biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to
come out of Ireland in recent years, and has delivered the album to
prove them right. Daoirí spent
several years studying traditional music and performance at The
University of Limerick. He cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s
famous Góilin Singers Club, where he was spotted early on by Christy
Moore, and following his studies he quickly found work accompanying
artists including Christy Moore himself, as well as a list of names that
sounds like a who’s who of Irish folk music.
In 2013 he won the “All Ireland Champion Singer” award at the
Fleadh in Co. Derry, and in 2015 won the prestigious “Danny Kyle
Award” at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Daoirí finally stepped
into the limelight launched his own solo live career at the 2016 Celtic
Connections. Two UK tours and Festival dates followed and his impact was
rewarded with three nominations and two wins at the 2017 BBC Folk Awards.
this month is on November
Otway & Wild Willy Barrett are appearing at the Memorial Hall in
Kimpton, creating an evening of musical mayhem and comedy in support of
next year’s .
you particularly like your music with an Irish flavour, in addition to
Daoirí on the 18th, there is a gig in Toddington on Thursday
Harper, Dermot Byrne & Steve Cooney playing at The Cuckoo, 8.00pm.
Keiron & Maureen Jones
Keiron & Maureen Jones
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