Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
what a great start to the new season we have had?
Starting with the precocious talents of Hattie Briggs and Sam
Carter, followed by another wow night from Daphne’s Flight.
Those of you who stayed home to watch the final episode of “The
Bodyguard” missed a super one from Brooks Williams then, last Sunday,
a first time visit from Melrose Quartet filled the room, certainly
won’t be the last time!
to October. Sunday
7th we have . Two of the British
folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced
stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and
strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving
eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Both are
hugely experienced; Kathryn first came to Hitchin in a duo with Kate
Rusby and Sean first came to notice as one of the teenage trio, the
Lakeman Brothers. .
Support will be .
Dan has been
performing his own brand of richly observant folk both in the UK and
around the world for the past five years. And in that time, he’s
developed a growing fan-base and a reputation amongst those who know as "a
fantastic songwriting talent who without a doubt will deserve and demand
your attention” (Eclectically Challenged). His profound lyrics, melded with a unique
melodic sensibility that have led to comparisons with the likes of Paul
Simon, Richard Thompson and Ron Sexsmith. Dan’s words have been described as, “deeply personal and
introspective but engrossing and charismatic”
and they reflect his peripatetic restlessness.
Time has passed
ridiculously fast since Emily was named BBC Radio Scotland’s Young
Traditional Musician of the Year back in 2002. The accolades continued
as she won the USA Songwriting Competition in 2005, Scots Singer of the
Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2008, and she received two
nominations in the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
In that time she’s toured the world, thrilling audiences from
Cambridge Folk Festival all the way down to the National Folk Festival
in Australia, via Europe, Russia, Canada and New Zealand. Her face has
been all over the TV thanks to BBC Four’s Transatlantic Sessions and,
in 2013 Emily toured as part of the show’s extended family, singing
with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eric Bibb and Teddy Thompson -
adding to an impressive list of onstage collaborators which also
includes Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader and Beth Neilson Chapman. Her
time on Transatlantic Sessions has definitely had an effect on the feel
of her music, creating a delightful style of country folk (nothing to do
with The Archers!) Emily
will be accompanied, as usual, by multi-instrumentalist husband, Jamie,
last seen at Hitchin with James Fagan under the guise of the James
Supporting will be club resident, Bill
will be a welcome return to Hitchin for on Sunday 21st. In
an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk
music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique
approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of
both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew,
Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united
voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale,
delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense
multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a
myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skillful explorers of the
power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio
have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.
Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive
harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating,
they intertwine with assured precision. The trio are also one of the
foremost English proponents of mouth music, or “diddling” – once
common in England, and still found across parts of southern and northern
Europe, this form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for
their sheer musicality. Each also an accomplished instrumentalist, many
songs are expertly accompanied by a rich tapestry of Rowan’s fiddle,
banjo and bansitar, Hazel’s harp and concertina and Hannah’s
accordion and foot percussion. Lizzy
is a young, local singer songwriter, who both writes her own intimate
material and arranges tradition folk material.
tonight will be , for the first time on our stage.
of the most exciting bands to grace our stage must be the They
will be with us again on Sunday
28th. UFQ are
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh. Four highly
accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming
together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying
acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by
storm. Self-described, ‘electro-African-dubstep-Celtic-folk,’ The Urban Folk
Quartet give traditional Irish folk tunes a global twist with Spanish,
Turkish and bluegrass undertones creeping in. It’s not hard to
appreciate the precision and beauty with which these artists play their
instruments: banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins – even a triangle,
which takes centre stage for an entire song – blend meticulously to
create an explosion of energetic, toe-tapping beats.
What a truly awe inspiring experience they are, four
wonderful musicians enjoying making extraordinary music for us,
culminating last time in the unusual spectacle, for Hitchin, of the
audience on their feet, bouncing up and down!
Supporting will be ,
currently basking in the glory of a plethora of rave reviews on her new
CD, Botany Bay.
concert this month is on Saturday
October 6th, with Lucy
Ward supported by Chris Fox.
Keiron & Maureen Jones
Keiron & Maureen Jones
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