Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
We start April on Sunday 7th
with the wonderful . With
a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC
6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The
Guardian, culminating in a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for
groundbreaking album The Hum, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded
as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting.
Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most
celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic
Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving,
and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and
empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.To make a
business successful, they say, one needs a Unique Selling Point, and
Belinda and Heidi have USPs in abundance! Nobody else is doing
anything quite like them, plus haunting harmonies, beautiful
musicianship and a huge chunk of humour. YouTube.
support will be, fresh from supporting Show of Hands,
This Norwich based trio weave rich vocal harmonies,
fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original
songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions
from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and
self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and
their affection for home. .
folk/acoustic duo combine award-winning songwriting with astounding
musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful
wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona
(fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie (guitar) met while studying at Leeds
College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since
then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the
UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends
Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning
work. Katriona grew up in Knebworth, learned violin at school and
started playing local folk clubs (Hitchin!) with her guitarist father at
the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and
in 2011 was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band. Jamie
was brought up in Barnsley, in a musical family – his sister is
Kathryn Roberts. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in
2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt
Supporting Kat & Jamie will be Iona
is a singer, musician and songwriter from North West England, currently
studying for a BA (Hons) Music (Folk) with a scholarship at Leeds
College of Music. (One of her tutors is Nancy Kerr) She has always had a
passion for music but only recently started paving a career in it.
Having submerged herself in folk music she picked up guitar, and never
looked back, adding slide guitar and mandolin along the way.
Easter concert on Sunday 21st will be, again, shared
by Liz Simcock and Dave
Ellis & Boo Howard. Liz writes songs and performs them
in folk and acoustic clubs in and around the Southeast and
beyond. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New
Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader
and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden
an independent path, gaining a growing reputation as a
performer and songwriter. Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive
Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her main songwriting
role models. For the past few years Liz has worked with the virtuoso
backing of Dave Ellis on guitar and Boo Howard on bass. Tonight she will
be back solo. YouTube
Dave Ellis came down from Liverpool for the London folk club scene in
1970. He released a solo album on Sonet records in 1973 which is
considered by some to be a classic guitar record of the 70s and which
gave him national exposure on the Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert.
Sunday 28th sees a return to the
club by .Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing
from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs,
and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of
the new English folk revival. Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC
Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at
festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity
and with her band. 2008 saw Jackie walking away with two BBC Radio 2
Folk Awards including the Horizon Award for best newcomer, plus
nominations at the 2010 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of The Year, Album
of the Year and Best Traditional Track for ‘Isle of France’.
Early in 2011 she was invited to take part in the Cecil Sharp Project, a
song writing project, initiated by Shrewsbury Folk Festival, which
brought together English and Appalachian musicians for an intensive week
of song writing. In 2012 she began an extensive period of research into
an area of song that is particularly close to her heart; lullabies.
Collating material from England and beyond into a new collection to be
housed at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House
and, of course, an album, “Lullabies”. With her uniquely
beautiful vocals before you know it you have been completely sucked in. . Supporting
tonight will be . Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with
contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of
old songs alongside original self-penned tunes and new contemporary
songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Be entranced by the
haunting nyckelharpa, possibly amazed at the cow horn and maybe see some
of the bagpipes that didn’t come from Scotland.
Couple of extra dates for you.
Pat Crilly and friends will be playing at the Baldock
Folk Club, at the Orange Tree on Wednesday 3rd April. The
Baldock club runs on a free entry basis, passing the hat round. The club
meets every Wednesday and provides an opportunity for budding and
experienced musicians to play to a discerning audience.
8.00pm, priced at £12 in advance and £14 on the door.
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