Hitchin Folk Club

Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus

November 2017

Hi Folks

On Sunday 5th we will hear the rich voice that is Jim Causley.  Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Jim’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk music scene.  His last CD, Forgotten Kingdom is a broad collection of songs inspired by His native West Country, mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Themes range from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity. This is certainly Causley’s most musically ambitious work to date and his first album of entirely self-penned material.  He will be accompanying himself on piano and accordion but, I think it is fair to say, it will be his voice that commands the stage.  YouTube

Supporting Jim will be The Foxglove Trio.  Since forming in 2010 these talented musicians have built a powerful signature sound based on Patrick Dean’s bold melodeon playing, Cathy Mason’s intricate cello lines and Ffion Mair’s clear, soaring vocals.  They keep their audiences entertained by not only singing in both English and Welsh but by adding tight vocal harmonies, guitar, whistle, bodhran and even a second cello to enrich the band's sound. YouTube

Gigspanner are back with us on Sunday 12th. There is a change to the line-up this year.  Percussionist, Vincent has had to leave the band to concentrate on family matters, being replaced by Sacha Trochet.  Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Hailed by Songlines as "another milestone in folk's rebirth of cool", there is however far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye, and to categorise these virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians would be to significantly undersell them, and to deny audiences the full scope of their musical embrace. YouTube

Supporting will be Tim Broadbent. Tim was a regular performer on the folk club circuit throughout the ’60 & ‘70s, particularly in the Brighton area, from which he hails. In 1980 he teamed up with another Hitchin favourite, the late Steve May, before moving to France in 1982 to become a restauranteur. YouTube

On Sunday 19th we have Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies.  Jez and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of Northern England for a decade and a half around the folk festivals, clubs and concert stages of the world. “Acoustic simplicity coupled with electric vitality” was how they were described in their early days, and with half a dozen albums to their credit, along with solo albums by Jez and by other members of the group, their following has continued to increase. In 2006 alone they played in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and of course all over the UK and Ireland. Strong vocals, and outstanding instrumental back-up with Jez on guitar and cittern, Kate Bramley on fiddle, David de la Haye on beautiful fretless bass and Andy May on keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, has made them one of Britain’s top attractions on the folk/acoustic/Celtic circuit. YouTube.

We finish November on Sunday 26th with Megson, plus Hattie Briggs.  Multi-nominations at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.  The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu Hanna (guitar, mandola, banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’.  Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album “Good Times Will Come Again” gaining them much critical acclaim. “One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed.” said The Guardian. “Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud”, said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as “One of the top albums of 2016.” YouTube. 

Hattie is a 24 year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Since making the decision to drop out of a Russian degree in her second year at Oxford University, she has released six EPs, two critically acclaimed albums, had airplay on BBC Radios 1, 2, and 6 Music, and embarked on tours around the UK, the Netherlands and the U.S. Influenced by Foy Vance and Jeff Buckley, Hattie writes and sings straight from the heart. Her crystalline vocals, and insightful lyrics resonate across all ages, rekindling old memories and capturing imaginations. Combined with catchy melody lines and a cheeky, charismatic stage presence, it's unsurprising the youngster is seriously impressing industry figures and fans alike.  YouTube

Ticket news (as at Nov 13th)

Dec 3rd Martyn Joseph 10 left

Dec 10th St. Agnes Fountain Sold Out

Dec 17th An Albion Christmas 10 left

Tickets now available for Steve Knightley on Feb 11th and Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham on Mar.25th.

One of our members has one spare ticket for Oysterband’s 40th Anniversary bash at Union Chapel, London, 25th November. Interested? Drop us an email and we will put you in touch.

 

 Keiron & Maureen Jones

 

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