Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus

October 2019

Hi Folks

Four concerts down, in the new season, and October approaching.

Christine Collister starts the month on Sunday 6th, with a new musical partner, Michael Fix. Astonishingly, it is more than 31 years since she first appeared at Hitchin with Clive Gregson, and wowed us with a voice that truly amazed us. We had experienced it, briefly, earlier when she sang the theme to TV’s “The Life and Loves of a She-Devil”. Over the years Christine has appeared at the club solo, with fellow Manx musician Rob Cross and, most recently, with the fabulous Daphne’s Flight. She still has that voice, don’t miss this opportunity to listen to her in her latest collaboration with Australian, Michael Fix. Put a guitar into Michael’s hands and the emotional possibilities of music are suddenly released. This remarkable composer and musician has the power to create myriad sensory experiences through his music – it captures and conveys emotions, experiences and images with ease. Michael will be playing a solo set to open the evening.  YouTube  YouTube

Our annual visit from Chris While and Julie Matthews is on Sunday 13th.  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. Eleven 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

Sunday October 20th we have Clive Gregson.  Having done it for 40 years, Clive is retiring from touring in 2020.  This will be the last chance to see him at Hitchin. Born and raised in Manchester, England, Clive is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer. He started his professional music career in 1980 as the leader of cult band Any Trouble. The group toured extensively in support of five critically acclaimed albums and a number of singles that became radio hits before disbanding at the end of 1984. Fondly remembered and greatly missed, the band reformed in 2007 to record a brand new album entitled "Life In Reverse" and play their first live show in 23 years. A packed house at the Jazz Cafe in London sang along with a mixture of old and new favourites... and apparently quite a few tears were shed!
In 1985, Clive released the first of twelve solo albums and he has maintained a solo profile ever since. His solo recordings and tours have been one of the main outlets for his prolific songwriting and a solo "Best Of..." compilation was released in April 2009. Clive's solo albums feature an eclectic mix of pop and folk styles, ranging from the full on electric band approach of "I Love This Town" to the stripped down "one man and his acoustic guitar" intimacy of "Long Story Short". Clive's live shows are usually solo performances and the guitar skills that
prompted Guitar to include him in their "1,000 Great Guitarists" are always well in evidence.
Along the road from pop frontman to singer-songwriter, Clive has followed many musical diversions. Between 1985 and 1992, he formed a partnership with Christine Collister that Rolling Stone called "the state of the art in British folk-rock". They released five albums and toured the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Christine's distinctive voice allied to Clive's songs, instrumental and production skills created something truly special and their decision to call it a day left a huge gap in the roots music scene. The entire Gregson & Collister catalogue plus a "Best Of..." compilation were re-issued in 2009.
Clive has also toured and recorded with Richard Thompson (1982 to 1992), Nanci Griffith (1996 to 2007), Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine (1993 and 1999), Plainsong (1997) and he was the musical director for the Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook) "Hits & History" tour in 2007, which resulted in a gold album and a concert DVD that also charted. His songs have been recorded by many artists, including Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes, Fairport Convention, Claire Martin, Norma Waterson and Smokie. Nanci's version of "I Love This Town" (performed as a duet with Jimmy Buffett) was released as a single in 2006 and became a radio hit in both America and the UK, receiving more than 5,000 spins in the USA.  Clive relocated to the USA in 1993.
YouTube Supporting will be Glymjack.  Glymjack is an acoustic quartet led by acclaimed singer-songwriter Greg McDonald, with fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner, melodeon by Saul Bailey and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.  Greg’s award-winning songs have previously been called “genius” (Rolling Stone), “captivating” (Q magazine), and “enough to remind you why you got into music in the first place” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6music), while Gemma’s virtuosic skill has seen her celebrated as a “powerhouse instrumentalist” (fRoots) and “a force to be reckoned with” (Maverick).  YouTube

We end October on Sunday 27th with Edgelarks, better known to the club as Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin.  These two really do have everything, great voices, fabulous musicianship and superb songs.  Hannah has the most beautiful, sometimes haunting, mellow voice, plays an equally mellow banjo, tenor guitar, foot operated shruti box and fiddle. Phillip certainly disproves the claim that only women can multi-task!  He plays guitar and dobro, harmonica and beatbox, and stomp box, and singing, (and whooping along with the beatbox and harmonica).  These wondrous skills have earned Edgelarks two nominations for Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards. YouTube  Supporting Phil & Hannah will be stalwart of the local folk scene, Steve Warner.  Steve is a singer songwriter from the leafy village of Kimpton, Hertfordshire. Writing and composing his own tunes and songs and performing them at many of the local folk clubs and festivals.  YouTube

Emily Barker is appearing at the ZEO Church in Hitchin on Saturday October 12th at a Fundraising concert in aid of Mission Direct’s work in Brazil. Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the BBC's hugely successful crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.  Tickets £12 from Eventbrite.co.uk (Search Emily Barker, Hitchin). Includes booking fee.

There is a House Concert in St Albans on Friday October 25th with Daria Kulesh.  Tickets are £15, for amazing live music and a cheese/pate ploughman’s in the interval.  Take your own drinks.  Places are limited to 25, so contact Sally asap if you would like tickets!  sally.patterson@me.com

The next concert at Dunton Folk is on November 2nd with Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Rosie Hood.

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