Hitchin Folk Club
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concerts down already, and seems like we have hardly restarted after the
October on Sunday 1st
with Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker.
They visited us for the first time last year, and what a delight it
was. Josienne & Ben had the
audience enthralled, spellbound. Josienne’s
voice was enchanting, then there was Ben’s guitar work, what a great act.
. They were
winners of the Best Duo category at the 2015 Folk Awards. Just two years prior
to this accolade Josienne and Ben were virtually unknown on the folk scene (or
any other, for that matter), so their success was quite remarkable. What truly
sets them apart is the combination of Josienne's exquisitely nuanced,
emotionally affecting voice and Ben's intricately expressive, adroit guitar
technique. The elegance and sophistication of their music comes entirely from
their own discipline, rigour and craft. To emphasise the point, Josienne has
been known to quip: “We're not posh, just pretentious!” This
self-deprecating humour is key to their much-loved live shows. YouTube.
Supporting will be Emily
Mae Winters. Emily Mae
was born in England, raised in and around the rugged coasts of southern
Ireland, moved to London in 2009 to pursue a History degree and is now based
in Cambridge. Growing up listening to a wide variety of English and Irish Folk
music as well American country, she always felt most at home blending
transatlantic sounds together. Whilst at university, she began writing her own
songs and in 2010 was a finalist in the UK Live and Unsigned competition. YouTube
8th we welcome back to
Hitchin Slaid Cleaves.
can we say about him? Slaid Cleaves:- Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes
songs. Makes Records. Travels around. Tries to be good. Granted, there’s a
whole lot of history and detail that could be shoehorned into that most
minimal of biogs to flesh out Cleaves’ story. But all that’s really called
for, from time to time, is a footnote or two to bring folks up to speed on his
latest batch of literate, sepia-toned Americana songcraft. This year’s
bounty comes baring the spooky title of Ghost
on the car radio. Slaid
really is a great performer, and the only American act of this type that we
have at Hitchin. On a recent TV programme presented by comedian Rich Hall,
tracing the history of American country music, Slaid was described as one of
the great country writers. This year he will be accompanied by Danish
singer/guitarist M C Hanson.
Tickets still available.
Gregson & Liz Simcock are
back on Sunday October 15th.
Following the popularity of the last tour, revisiting the Collister
& Gregson back catalogue, Clive and Liz have released an album of brand
new songs, Underwater Dancing. Since
the whirlwind years of Collister & Gregson (1985-1992), Clive's
illustrious and varied career has continued apace. He has toured and
recorded with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine,
Plainsong and Any Trouble, not to mention releasing 13 solo albums.
In 2015 Clive asked songwriter and singer Liz Simcock to join him in a UK tour, a chance to revisit some of the songs from Gregson & Collister days. Clive says "playing shows that celebrate a hugely enjoyable part of my musical career was well overdue. It had been a very long time since I performed many of those songs..." Liz was delighted to be asked, saying ... "I've always been a huge fan of Gregson & Collister and couldn’t think of anything nicer to be invited to do. They were what got me into writing songs and I think it's a real privilege to be doing this." The 2015 tour was a resounding success. So much so that Clive and Liz decided to keep the train rolling, play more duo shows and record a CD of brand new Gregsongs. YouTube
Simpson is with us
again on Sunday 22nd. Whether
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 45 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 Simpson. 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.
annual visit from Chris
While and Julie Matthews
is on Sunday 29th. Winners
in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times
nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act
categories. Chris and Julie’s
musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members of the legendary
folk super-group The Albion Band. In 1997 they left the band to concentrate on
their work as a duo which has seen them tour throughout the world and gain an
ever growing devoted fan-base. Both are multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays
guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while
Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. Their musical
careers have produced successful solo albums and a variety of projects away
from the duo including the Christmas band ‘St Agnes Fountain’ with David
Hughes and Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie and now the magnificent
Daphne’s Flight again. Ten studio and two live albums later their
partnership flourishes... They are simply the best at what they do, and what
they do is beautiful! YouTube
News as at October 1st
Cleaves 50 available, Martyn Joseph 3/12 - 50 available, St Agnes Fountain
Sold Out, Albion Christmas 17/12 - 50 available
now available for Steve Knightly 11/2/2018 £14 members, £16 non-members and
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham 25/3/2018 £18 members, £20 non-members.
Keiron & Maureen Jones
Keiron & Maureen Jones