Hitchin Folk Club

Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus

December 2017

Hi Folks

Well, here we are, on the homerun to the end of 2017!

Next Sunday, December 3rd, 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.  Just five tickets left!

The remaining two concerts, St. Agnes Fountain on the 10th, and An Albion Christmas on the 17h are both Sold Out!

Also coming up in the area:-

If you fancy another dose of Richard Digance or indeed, if you missed him at Hitchin in September, he will be playing at the Ent Shed, Bedford on December 2ndYouTube
The Ent Shed is a super, comfortable venue at the Gordon Arms in Castle Street.  It is a little smaller than The Sun, and always generates a great atmosphere.  Supporting Richard will be
Supermoon, AKA Elizabeth & Jameson, a relatively new collaboration between Hannah from Said the Maiden and Griff from Fred's House. YouTube

The December concert at Dunton Folk is on the 16th, with the wonderful Churchfitters. YouTube  YouTube


We start back in 2018 on January 7th with “Barry Goodman and Friends”, in the more relaxed atmosphere of the ballroom bar.  This time his friends will be:-

Malcolm HobbsMalcolm Hobbs is well known locally for his singing of traditional and contemporary songs from both sides of the Atlantic with bouzouki, mandola, guitar and dulcimer and as organiser of Redbourn Folk Club. An experienced performer, Malcolm has recently released his third CD, ‘Once More with Feeling’ which has thirteen contemporary and traditional songs. 

Julie Dawson - local singer/songwriter and long-time stalwart of Hitchin Folk Club.  Originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire Julie now lives in Pirton, Hertfordshire. She has been interested in folk music since a child, plays piano, guitar and violin, and is an enthusiastic ceilidh, Morris and Appalachian dancer. Her main song writing influences are Ralph McTell and Steve Knightley and she has been writing folk songs since studying music at Crewe and Alsager College. Her songs reflect her Yorkshire upbringing and her affection for her adopted home in Hertfordshire, among other topics.

Gifford, Brookes - Beth Gifford (Viola, Voice) and Matthew Brookes (Accordion) made their debut in November 2015 headlining at Stortfolk.  Gifford and Brookes met at Sidmouth Folk Festival and first played together in the "Asbo Tent" sessions. The combination of viola and accordion immediately struck a chord and led them to discover their joint loves of singing and composition.  With diverse influences from Jazz Pianist Hiromi, Steve Reich, Ceilidh Bands Chalktown and Saxophony to folk club favourites Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr and Kate Rusby they combine traditional material with original songs and tunes to create a fresh and individual sound.

 Keiron & Maureen Jones


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