Hitchin Folk Club
Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
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)
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.
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
the season on Sunday 10th with the
and Kellie While.
Whenever 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 missed. YouTube
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).
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
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
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.
June 28th Gino Lupari, Tim Edey,
Gerry O Connor Live @ The Cuckoo
Toddington. Just a few tickets left. Information.
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.)
Keiron & Maureen Jones
Keiron & Maureen Jones