Hitchin Folk Club
Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus
2017, a very special landmark in Hitchin Folk Club’s history! More
start January on Sunday 8th
in our traditional manner, with Barry
Goodman and friends in the informal setting of the Ballroom Bar.
Barry’s guests this year include young melodeon virtuoso, Saul
singer/guitarist Phil Hewitt
and acapella trio, Brian, John
have one of our Double headers on Sunday 15th, with Ninebarrow
and Rosie Hood & Ollie
King. 2016 was a big
year for Jon & Jay when Ninebarrow turned fully pro, turning their
backs on teaching and medicine respectively!
Their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition
has been described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by
Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’. They combine breath taking vocal
harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and
rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles, primarily
their native Dorset. As well as crafting unique and engaging original
material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs
and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional
singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the
stories behind their songs - combining their music with history,
folklore and storytelling. YouTube.
Rosie Hood is a young
folk singer from Wiltshire. Having started learning traditional songs at
an early age from her family, Rosie is now well known for her strong,
pure voice and engaging solo performance. Rosie has a keen interest in
the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native
Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives
and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.
She was a finalist in the 2011 New Roots competition for young
musicians, and won both the Open Mic Competition at the 2011 Shrewsbury
Folk Festival and the 2012 Fred Jordan Memorial Award (for Traditional
singing). You may have seen Rosie at the club as part of the Dovetail
Trio, solo or with accompanist, Ollie King.
Ollie is a melodeon
player and singer whose music is steeped in the customs and traditions
of England. He is starting to make a name for himself as one of the most
exciting and interesting up-and-coming melodeon players in the country,
and has already developed into a mature, well-rounded musician. YouTube.
had to think long and hard as to how to celebrate Maureen’s 50 years
of running Hitchin Folk Club. The
big celebratory concert will be Daphne’s Flight
on May 14th,
indeed the whole year is packed with acts very special to Maureen and
the club, but what to do for the actual day?
So we looked back; back to two men who have been playing at
Hitchin, between them, for 84 years and yet still sound as good as they
ever did, Mike Silver
with an opener from Keith Pearson, the club’s original resident,
accompanied by Tim Jellis. There will be reams of memorabilia to browse
through and cake, there will always be cake!
There will also be a special raffle with all the proceeds going
PSC liver research. Many of you will know that, if it hadn’t been for
the skills of the surgeons at Royal Free Hospital effecting two liver
transplants, Maureen wouldn’t be here today to celebrate 50 years.
Oh yes, and as a final nod to the past, we have decided to charge
1967 prices (not the beer!), so tickets are now available at 5/- members
and 6/- non-members. (25p and 30p). YouTube
end January on Sunday 29th
with our annual visit by the Bully
Wee Band. Since
their reformation in 2004, the Bully Wee Band have had no trouble
proving that they are still a force to be reckoned with as one of
Britain’s foremost exponents of acoustic folk/rock music. Originally
formed in the early 70s by brothers Jim and John Yardley, the Bully Wee
Band successfully toured Britain, Europe and America through several
line-ups until the last one of Ian Cutler, Fergus Feely, Colin Reece and
Maartin Allcock finally called it a day in 1983. 20
years later a chance meeting between Messrs Cutler, Feely and Reece
resulted in a very spirited jam session at Faversham Folk Club in Kent,
and a subsequent decision to put a three piece Bully Wee Band back on
the road in January 2004 “if only for the craic”. So successful was
the 2004 tour that Colin, Ian and Fergus decided to repeat the
experience the following January, only this time with the addition of
Bully Wee founder member Jim Yardley. Thus the current line-up of Ian,
Fergus, Colin and Jim was complete and reunited and have toured every
January since. YouTube
Feb 19th now SOLD OUT
Bain & Phil Cunningham
March 26th £18 members, £20 non-members, about 70 left
of Hands @ the Albert Hall
you have tickets to see Show of Hands at the Albert Hall at Easter?
Maureen is still considering running a coach, she has 10 people
interested so far, but would need at least 20 to make it viable.
Let her know if you might be interested.
will be performing at Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday
15th January 2017 at 8.00 pm. Hattie is a very talented
singer/songwriter - check her out at her website. Tickets are £12.50 in
advance. Call on 07947 021011.
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