Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus

July 2019

Hi Folks

Please find below the new Hitchin Folk Club programme, for you to cut, paste & print off or forward to an unsuspecting friend.




Email – goodmusic@hitchinfolkclub.co.uk

Web – www.hitchinfolkclub.co.uk

Doors open 7.30pm. Concert starts at 8.15pm


8th       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  www.samcartermusic.co.uk Supporting tonight will be ODETTE MICHELL. Odette is a British folk 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.  YouTube  www.odettemichell.com

15th        MARTIN SIMPSON – Over 40 years after recording his first album, Golden Vanity, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. 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. YouTube www.martinsimpson.com

22nd     MELROSE QUARTET – The Melrose Quartet are Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and Jess & Richard Arrowsmith. Their latest album Dominion expands and strengthens the musical presence they first asserted with “Fifty Verses”, their 2014 BBC Folk Award-nominated debut CD.   All four are renowned singers, instrumentalists, writer/composers who have attracted a reputation for making music that truly connects with people.  In concert, Melrose Quartet perform a diverse repertoire – carousing chorus songs, lively dance tunes, ancient stories and modern pieces written in celebration of issues that affect all. www.melrosequartet.co.uk

29th     SAM KELLY & JAMIE FRANCIS 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, the Bristol-based duo are also the main writing partnership behind the superb folk band Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys. Expect inventive interpretations of traditional songs and tunes and toe-tapping original compositions, interspersed with humorous anecdotes and stories of their misadventures. www.samkelly.org


6th          CHRISTINE COLLISTER & MICHAEL FIX - Christine Collister and Michael Fix create a rare musical synergy that transcends cultures and musical traditions to enrapture audiences wherever they perform. With the launch of a brand new CD, they are in the throes of creating another beautiful mix of self-penned and emotionally intelligent interpretations of classic pop/folk/rock songs.  With Christine's sultry, sensuous voice and unsurpassed brilliance in range, combined with Michael's exquisite guitar playing, the listener is forever transported to places in the soul where only music can take you! YouTube  www.christinecollister.com

13th        CHRIS WHILE & JULIE MATTHEWS - Two breathe taking singers, songwriters and musicians, whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. Although their songs are covered by many revered singers, it is While & Matthews' musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life.  YouTube www.whileandmatthews.co.uk                                       

20th        CLIVE GREGSON - Clive has decided to finish touring in 2020 so this will be his last appearance at Hitchin!  He first came to the club in 1985 with Christine Collister, and his superb songwriting and musicianship has impressed music industry giants, critics and discerning listeners alike over many years.  In the 80s he was the leader of Any Trouble before releasing his first solo record, Strange Persuasions, described by Hot Press as “a truly exceptional piece of work.” The record featured the voice of Christine Collister, and between 1985 and 1992, Gregson & Collister formed a partnership that Rolling Stone called “the state of the art in British folk-rock”. Their first four albums all achieved chart success and numerous tours of the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan further established Clive’s worldwide reputation as an innovative leader in the world of British folk-rock. www.clivegregson.com

27th        EDGELARKS – better known to the club as Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, these two really do have everything, great voices, fabulous musicianship and superb songs.  Hannah has the most beautiful, sometimes haunting, mellow voice, plays an equally mellow banjo, tenor guitar, foot operated shruti box and fiddle. Phillip certainly disproves the claim that only women can multi-task!  He plays guitar, dobro, harmonica, beatbox, stomp box, and singing, (and whooping along with the beatbox and harmonica).  These wondrous skills have earned Edgelarks yet another nomination for Best Duo at the forthcoming BBC Folk Awards. YouTube  YouTube     www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk  


3rd           WILLY BARRETT’S ROARING TOURING - With their unique musical style and irrepressible sense of fun, changing gear with almost every number, it is easy to see how audiences are captivated by these very talented musicians. Directed by God Father of Grunge Folk and master of live entertainment, multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett’s dry off-the-wall humour has audiences laughing out loud between numbers, as the warm and charismatic vocals of Ejay Williams take centre stage. Innovative arrangements beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes, add a touch of magic delivered by the undoubted musical talents of the Sleeping Dogz, Willy, Mary Holland and John Devine. YouTube   YouTube  www.willybarrett.com    

10th        GIGSPANNER – Founded by the virtuoso violinist Peter Knight (Steeleye Span) as a vehicle to play the music he is passionate about.  Peter has the rare gift of being able to seamlessly embrace a number of musical styles with consummate skill and effortless grace. Blend this with the beautiful sensitive guitar of Roger Flack and percussion of new band member Sacha Trochet and you have a magic sound. YouTube  www.gigspanner.com   

17TH       DAOIRI FARRELL – After winning two of the BBC Folk Awards in 2017, Daoiri is one of Folk’s hottest properties.  Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) was introduced to the music at a very early age by his parents who loved artists such as Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Frank Harte, Planxty and The Bothy Band. Daoirí took up music himself at the relatively late age of 16 and only started to perform live at 23, but he has come a long way since then, a fine bouzouki player and deliverer of Irish songs in the manner in which they were written.   YouTube YouTube www.daoiri.com   

24th        MARTYN JOSEPH - One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today. Martyn’s songs often use lyrical narrative forms to speak to his audience on subjects ranging from social injustice to the joys and pains of love. Often described as “The Welsh Bruce Springsteen” you won’t find anybody   THIS IS AN ALL TICKET EVENT:  Members £14/non-members £16. YouTube  www.martynjoseph.net    


1st           JOHN TAMS & BARRY COOPE – John Tams, described by Mojo as one of the ultimate British songwriters”, has had a career spanning four decades. A five times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, John is the most engaging of performers, singer and guitarist, and Barry is a fabulous singer and keyboard player.  Together they bring a wealth of experience, innovation and tradition to their captivating performances. A Tams & Coope night is like having two lovely blokes in your front room, who just happen to be wonderful musicians! YouTube  YouTube    www.johntams.co.uk

8th           MEGSON –A different show from this much loved local duo tonight, their Christmas Show! Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. YouTube  www.megsonmusic.co.uk

15th        ST AGNES FOUNTAIN – THIS IS AN ALL TICKET EVENT:  Members £16/non-members £18 (as usual, tickets will be available to members only until the club reopens in September)

22nd       AN ALBION CHRISTMAS - Specially formed for the festive period and featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain: an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration.  “The Albion Christmas Band take the audience deep into Britain's winter festival with visions of frosty mornings, a rejoicing Earth, burning logs and berries”. THIS IS AN ALL TICKET EVENT:  Members £16/non-members £18. YouTube  www.albionchristmas.co.uk

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