Hitchin Folk Club
Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
Before we get
into Folkus is there anyone out there wanting to go to the Albert Hall
on Easter Sunday to see Show of Hands?
One of our members has two tickets he finds he cannot use.
There are seats available on a coach picking up at Hitchin,
Barton and St. Albans.
In case you
missed it! Sunday 2nd we had two of our finest songwriters at
the club as a duo, for the first time, Jez
Lowe & Steve Tilston. Jez’s
double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and
best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the
UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live
performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung
by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport
Convention, The Dubliners and Bob
Fox, or by
the new breed of stars like The
Unthanks, The Young Uns
His involvement in the award-winning BBC series The Radio
Ballads continues, with his song The Wrong Bus singled out for inclusion
on Radio 4’s Pick of the Year last December.
is one of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely
recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words,
arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one
else. Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the
tradition and included new interpretations of old favourites on his
original recordings, but it is as the writer of the classic, and much
covered songs like The
Slipjigs and Reels, Here’s
to Tom Paine,
The Naked Highwayman
and the BBC Folk Award-winning
Reckoning, that Steve is best known.
Tonight was a masterclass in songwriting!
have three young artists for you on Sunday
Russell & Ciaran Algar,
supported by Elliott
Greg and Ciaran met in 2011. Quickly
signing to Fellside Records, in July 2012 they released their debut
album, The Queen’s Lover. The duo developed and honed their stage
craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English
Folk Scene. In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2
Young Folk award. Extensive touring followed despite still needing to
complete school and University exams playing club venues and festivals
such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport Convention’s Cropredy.
After recording their second album in the November of 2013, they
received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC
Radio 2 Folk Awards. The duo come from musical households and both began
to develop their musical skills long before joining forces; Ciaran
becoming All Ireland Fiddle Champion, and All Britain Champion on
numerous occasions before the age of 16 and Greg had already begun a
career as a solo musician. Powerful songs and searing instrumentals!
With Ciaran at University, Greg has been involved in other projects
recently, eg. Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and the Transports.
Ciaran is also a member of Sam Kelly’s Lost Boys, one of the headline
acts at Kimpton
Folk Festival this year. YouTube.
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. YouTube.
concert on Sunday 16th 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.
Brady will be
supporting. Ros writes songs from interviews with some of the world’s
top environmentalists such as Jonathan Porrit and Vandana Shiva.
She is half of duo BarronBrady;
Si will be accompanying her tonight. Her album was produced by PJ
Harvey’s producer Howard Bullivant. Ros plays dulcimer and harmonium,
and composes her nature songs outdoors in the valley where she lives on
are also advanced tickets available for Downes & Beer on September 3rd
and Richard Digance plus the Broadside Boys on Sept 10th.
& Maureen Jones