Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
week of a new season, and my first mistakes on Facebook and the Mailchimp
mailshot. Next Sunday
is, of course, September 8th,
(not the 9th ) when we will be welcoming back Sam
Carter. Sam is a British guitarist, singer and songwriter, who has
released two albums of mainly original material which fall loosely into the
folk/roots category. He won the "Horizon" award for best newcomer at
the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2010. Highly regarded as an
instrumentalist, described as 'the finest English-style finger-picking
guitarist” and "one of the most gifted acoustic guitarists” of his
generation. As a songwriter, Carter marries a traditionally English narrative
style with elements of American gospel and R&B and has been described as
an "impressively original" performer. YouTube
Supporting tonight will
Michell. Odette is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player
with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of
demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine
craftsmanship. We saw her for the first time at the Kimpton Festival and,
being taken by her performance, had to get her to the club as soon as
hard to think of any more superlatives describing Martin
Simpson, with us on Sunday
15th, so I won’t try, he is simply the best at what he does!
playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material,
Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense
subtlety. There is no doubt that after 46 years as a professional musician
Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the
finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of
traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are
intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements
of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Martin, his 15 years living
in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some
real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly
moving “Never Any Good” and "One Day".
Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years
of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9
consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.
22nd we have a return visit from the Melrose
Quartet, (Nancy Kerr &
James Fagan and Jess
& Richard Arrowsmith). From
deep roots in their hometown’s vibrant music, song and dance scene, to
smashing concert appearances in the UK and abroad, Sheffield-based Melrose
Quartet have attracted a reputation for making music that truly connects with
people. All four are internationally renowned singers, instrumentalists,
writer/composers and teachers. In concert, they perform a diverse repertoire
– carousing chorus songs, lively dance tunes, ancient stories and modern
pieces written in celebration of everything from weddings & birthdays to
issues that affect all of our 21st century lives. This is music for
everybody, great harmonies, great instrumentals, and great entertainment.
As with last year, they will be supporting themselves with duo sets
from Nancy & James and Jess & Richard. YouTube
September on Sunday 29th
with a new act to the club, Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis.
Sam was winner of the Horizon Award at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk
Awards, now with multi awards to their names, they are two of the most
respected and innovative musicians on the current scene. Sam & Jamie are
the main writing partnership behind the superb folk band Sam Kelly & The
Lost Boys. After meeting at university in Brighton in 2010 and discovering a
common interest in roots music, Sam and Jamie began playing together in a folk
band, with Jamie (a guitar player first and foremost) deciding to learn to
play the banjo because Sam was already the guitarist. They also performed at
many open mics and venues as a duo, performing original, folk and blues songs.
Naturally, the lives of two young musicians and flat mates, who have
absolutely no idea what they´re doing, became choc-full of many colourful
experiences (including Sam auditioning for ITV´s Britain´s Got Talent whilst
in London for a gig, and ending up getting all the way to the final). Expect
inventive interpretations of traditional songs and tunes and toe-tapping
original compositions, interspersed with humorous anecdotes and stories of
their misadventures. The smallest
combination of the big band, I guess we could call tonight, Sam Kelly and the
Lost Boy! YouTube
is often quoted as being the gastronomic centre of Hertfordshire. Sun Street
alone boasts eleven food outlets, with Bucklersbury adding a further nine.
This weekend, 7th & 8th Hitchin hosts the 2019
Hitchin Food Fest. Why not
spend time in town enjoying all Hitchin has to offer in culinary delights
before coming to the club?
Baldock Folk Club, held at The Orange Tree, Norton Road, have three guest nights this month, 11th with Fred’s House, 18th with Brooks Williams and 25th with Bernard Hoskins. For further information click here.
& Maureen Jones
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