Hitchin Folk Club
Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
5th we will hear the rich voice that is Jim
Causley. Since the release
of his debut album in 2005, Jim’s unique voice and persona have helped him
become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s
contemporary roots and folk music scene. His
last CD, Forgotten
a broad collection of songs inspired by His native West Country, mixing
ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of
the world. Themes range from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic
diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity.
This is certainly Causley’s most musically ambitious work to date and
his first album of entirely self-penned material.
He will be accompanying himself on piano and accordion but, I think it
is fair to say, it will be his voice that commands the stage.
Jim will be The Foxglove Trio. Since
forming in 2010 these talented musicians have built a powerful signature sound
based on Patrick Dean’s bold melodeon playing, Cathy Mason’s intricate
cello lines and Ffion Mair’s clear, soaring vocals.
They keep their audiences entertained by not only singing in both
English and Welsh but by adding tight vocal harmonies, guitar, whistle,
bodhran and even a second cello to enrich the band's sound. YouTube
are back with us on Sunday 12th. There is a change to the line-up this year.
Percussionist, Vincent has had to leave the band to concentrate on
family matters, being replaced by Sacha Trochet.
Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of
2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to
his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their
burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots
scene. Hailed by Songlines as "another milestone in folk's rebirth of
cool", there is however far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye, and to
categorise these virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians would be to
significantly undersell them, and to deny audiences the full scope of their
musical embrace. YouTube
will be Tim Broadbent. Tim
was a regular performer on the folk club circuit throughout the ’60 &
‘70s, particularly in the Brighton area, from which he hails. In 1980 he
teamed up with another Hitchin favourite, the late Steve May, before moving to
France in 1982 to become a restauranteur. YouTube
19th we have Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies.
Jez and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of
Northern England for a decade and a half around the folk festivals, clubs and
concert stages of the world. “Acoustic simplicity coupled with electric
vitality” was how they were described in their early days, and with half a
dozen albums to their credit, along with solo albums by Jez and by other
members of the group, their following has continued to increase. In 2006 alone
they played in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and
of course all over the UK and Ireland. Strong vocals, and outstanding
instrumental back-up with Jez on guitar and cittern, Kate Bramley on fiddle,
David de la Haye on beautiful fretless bass and Andy May on keyboards and
Northumbrian Pipes, has made them one of Britain’s top attractions on the
folk/acoustic/Celtic circuit. YouTube.
finish November on Sunday 26th
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. The 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’. Summer 2016 saw the release of
their much anticipated new studio album “Good Times Will Come Again”
gaining 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. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding
described it as “One of the top albums of 2016.” YouTube.
is a 24 year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Since
making the decision to drop out of a Russian degree in her second year at
Oxford University, she has released six EPs, two critically acclaimed albums,
had airplay on BBC Radios 1, 2, and 6 Music, and embarked on tours around the
UK, the Netherlands and the U.S. Influenced by Foy Vance and Jeff Buckley,
Hattie writes and sings straight from the heart. Her crystalline vocals, and
insightful lyrics resonate across all ages, rekindling old memories and
capturing imaginations. Combined with catchy melody lines and a cheeky,
charismatic stage presence, it's unsurprising the youngster is seriously
impressing industry figures and fans alike. YouTube
news (as at Nov 13th)
Martyn Joseph 10 left
St. Agnes Fountain Sold Out
An Albion Christmas 10 left
now available for Steve Knightley on Feb 11th and Aly Bain &
Phil Cunningham on Mar.25th.
our members has one spare ticket for Oysterband’s 40th Anniversary bash at
Union Chapel, London, 25th November. Interested? Drop us an email and we will
put you in touch.
Keiron & Maureen Jones
Keiron & Maureen Jones