Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
and what a way to start it, with Flook possesses
a rare blend of technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and
a bold, adventurous musical imagination.
One of the most innovative bands of the last 15 years awarded
Best Band at the 2006 BBC Folk Awards, they disbanded in 2008 but, after
a hiatus of some 8 years, they reformed and are back with a vengeance,
as fiery as ever. Flute and whistle interplay across the stage between
Sarah and Brian, driving guitar from Ed and, probably the finest bodhran
in the UK, John Joe Kelly. Back at Hitchin after 12 years. Tickets £14
members, £16 non-members.
Supporting will be . 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.
upon, what he describes as, a mini tour we have More
than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter,
musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and,
during the past decade, has been nominated no less than six times for a on Sunday
Radio 2 Folk Award, including “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 event. Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s
unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most
well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and
Supporting tonight will be a stunning new collaboration comprising two
talents of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth of traditional
folk trio Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from folk-rock band Fred's
House who have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which
encompasses their individual musical backgrounds.
Sunday 19th sees a repeat of that memorable January evening in 2017, when we
celebrated Maureen’s 50 years running the club, with Between
them Mike & Johnny have been playing at the club for 86 years, but
are truly every bit as good now as they ever were.
Mike, who first appeared as Brenda Wootton’s accompanist, is a
superb songwriter, masterful guitarist and captivating performer,
beguiling audiences with music that reaches out and draws you in, with a
voice that is warm, embracing and richly resonant. With a lifetime of
professional music behind him, plus a busy on-going concert,
song-writing and recording schedule, Mike continues to perform
throughout the UK, Europe and America, captivating audiences with songs
of insight, experience - and accurate observation of our
all-too-vulnerable human condition. Johnny Coppin, who first
appeared with the folk band of
the time, Decameron, is a singer/songwriter, composer, radio broadcaster
and poetry anthologist. His clear voice together with his ability to
write fine songs make his music essentially English in character while
having universal appeal. What they say - "Strong, clear
vocals, and songs of substance" Daily Telegraph, "One
of the finest voices in its field" Q Magazine, "One of the
land's finest singer-songwriters....his music is as natural as the sun
on the hills or the fresh waters of the streams" Brum Beat,
"Eloquent, evocative and romantic" Birmingham Post. & .
26th promises to be an absolute treat with Zoe
Wren, both “veterans” of the London busking scene.
Hattie is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist,
originally from Chichester but currently based in London. An independent
artist and regular busker at Network Rail stations, she was
fortunate enough to be discovered by platinum-selling singer, Alfie Boe,
who was stopped in his tracks by her pure vocal while she was busking
at Paddington Station in October 2018. She was personally invited
by him to open all 21 shows on his recent UK tour, the finale of which
was at the Royal Albert Hall last month, after which she and her band
received a standing ovation. To top things off, Alfie welcomed Hattie back onto the stage each
night during his set to perform a duet, which went down a storm with
audiences. In 2017 she was
the first ever winner of Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year. Don’t
miss the chance to see her on our small stage, who knows where she will
be in 12 months!
Since completing her degree, Zoe has decided to follow
a career in music, full time. She is a winner of the PRS Lynsey de Paul
Award, and has had airplay on BBC Radio 2 on the Bob Harris show.
Drawing on influences from the unorthodox harmonies of Joni Mitchell to
the honest storytelling of Tracy Chapman. A regular performer at
Hitchin, she continues to grow in stature at every visit.
There are some interesting concerts
in Bedford this month.
At Then on Tuesday May
23rd, again at 8.00pm, they have Ninebarrow.
Then, on June 8th, at
Supporting will be ,
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