HITCHIN FOLKUS

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DECEMBER 2018

Hi Folks

Next Sunday, December 2nd, we have the performing powerhouse, Martyn Joseph.  Nobody puts more physical effort into a performance!  Martyn is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.  Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He’s great guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”.  Come and see this man perform; you will never see anyone give more! YouTube.  Twenty tickets left!  Members £14/non-members £16

There are still a few places available for a songwriting workshop that Martyn is holding during the afternoon, 2.00-4.30pm.  £14 including tea/coffee and biscuits.  Contact us if you are interested.

On Sunday 9th John Kirkpatrick will be presenting his Christmas show, “Caroling and Crumpets”.  Taking its title from John’s unforgettable song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, this show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at Midwinter. John peels away the commercial gloss of modern Christmas to reveal the powerful pagan urges that race through us all at this time of year, and the life and death struggle that is symbolised in so many traditional songs and customs. And if that all sounds just a little too intense, then rest assured that the mysterious and murky goings-on in these magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire, and incessant feasting, all come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add to the mixture a light-hearted smattering of hilarious original songs, a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and energy, and supported by his scintillating skill on a variety of squeeze-boxes, and you have an unbeatable recipe for having a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. YouTube   Supporting will be Paul Scourfield.

St Agnes Fountain on Sunday 16th is SOLD OUT.

We end 2018 on Sunday 23rd with 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' Tickets still available. Members £16/non-members £18. YouTube

Other events in the area.

For those of you not coming to see Martyn Joseph there is a Chilled Out Sunday Folk with Causton & Walker plus guests at The Plough in Shepreth between 4.00 and 8.00pm on Dec 2nd.

Dunton Folk have the superb Winter Union on Saturday December 15th.   This concert sold out last year, so book your tickets now.

 
 Keiron & Maureen Jones

 

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