Hitchin Folk Club
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delights do we have for you in February?
is a great way to describe our first guest on Sunday
3rd, Blair Dunlop.
He is an award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, who
has now released 3 albums 2 ep’s and toured widely around the globe, which
is why we haven’t managed to get him on our programme for a while; he was
always somewhere else! All of this in a short 4-year career is
astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and
musical maturity with which he writes. His third album ‘Gilded’
was widely acclaimed gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single
Egoist’ and ‘356’).
Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents
on the folk scene. YouTube.
Supporting will 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. YouTube
11th we have Steve
Knightley. This concert is Sold Out.
sheer entertainment experience that is The
Churchfitters is with us on Sunday
experience is the operative word, no CD or written word can prepare you for
what you will see. Siblings Rosie and Chris Short and Boris Lebret, with his
amazing assay of scrap metal instruments, create the
unique and unmistakable sound of the Churchfitters.
The instrumentals played on fiddle, glass harp, musical saw, whistles,
saxophones, banjo, guitars, percussion and …….. Boris! Any band that has a
Boris in it has to be a winner! YouTube
Supporting will be our own Mike Excell. YouTube
We end February on Sunday 25th with a guitar lover’s
extravaganza, with Clive Carrol,
supported by Ben Smith & Jimmy
Brewer. By his early
teens, guitar in hand, Clive was traversing the worlds of soul, pop, funk, and
traditional Irish music, and it was this breadth of musical curiosity that was
to become one of his strengths; even as a child Clive was as comfortable
accompanying a group of folk singers as he was jamming along to Nirvana or
performing standards with the Essex Youth Orchestra. Since then, Clive has
established himself as one of the world’s premier acoustic guitar players.
He has toured across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America,
garnering praise for his sublime performances of everything from 16th and 17th
century lute music to Jazz standards, Blues, Irish reels and his own
ground-breaking compositions. Lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has also
taken Clive on the road, and similar nods to Clive’s musicianship have been
given by everyone from classical guitarist John Williams to Madonna, Guy
Ritchie, Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and the
Sultanate of Oman. YouTube
Sometimes two musicians are just meant to play together, and that was
definitely the case with Ben & Jimmy! A chance meeting at an
industry showcase, organised by Joan Armatrading and, at the suggestion of
some music publishers there, they started writing together. From this
beginning they were soon playing together, and the magic had begun! YouTube
News 50 tickets left for Aly
Bain & Phil Cunningham on March 25th. This concert
will sell out.
are now on sale for this year’s Kimpton
Folk Festival., on July 7th. Many club favourites and lots
of new acts to us too.
a concert, Transatlantic Sessions, at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on
Wednesday 7 Feb. This is the live version of the fabulous BBC Four programmes,
sadly no longer broadcast on terrestrial TV, featuring Folk musicians from all
the UK, Ireland and the USA. Details Cambridge Live
Keith Pearson Trio (KP, Phil Milner, Luke Scurr) are appearing Thurs 15 Feb 8.30 pm at Blue Ball Pub, Grantchester.
Free admission; all welcome.
Keiron & Maureen Jones
Keiron & Maureen Jones