in a Barrel AND
The Shackleton Trio
Early Bird £20.00 or £22.00 after April 25th. U18's
begins at 8.00pm.- doors open 7.30pm
A SUPERB AND VARIED EVENING
IS IN STORE!!!!!
June Sunday evening - doors open 7.00pm
for 7.30pm start.
miranda sykes &
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and
bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots.
After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played
with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she
is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar.
Building on the success of her Borrowed
Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Behind
The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining
where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is
a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me,
all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities
& societies & where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting
but also poignant & beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to
reflect & maybe even empower us.
Suntrap are an English five-piece folk band
specialising in a unique musical experience of folk-inspired traditional,
original and contemporary songs featuring entrancing harmonies.
Their fifth CD, Northern Lights, was released
at TwickFolk on 22nd September 2019. The album captures as live a sound
as possible and is be the first recording featuring Sue Graves, John
Sandall and Tom Evans. We have recreated the band’s live sound
by recording in the round, using a forest of microphones rather than
layering up the songs in a studio.
Sara and Mary began singing together after
meeting at Cecil Sharp House in 1996. The following year they made their
first demo at Dave Pegg's Woodwork Studios and Suntrap have gone on
to make four highly regarded CDs, the most recent of these released
on Fellside Recordings. Sue, known as the ‘Surrey Nightingale’
is a stunning addition to Suntrap’s powerful vocal harmony sound.
Suntrap have played all over the UK and
Europe at major folk festivals, folk clubs and art centres. The band
have been privileged to open Cambridge and Warwick Folk Festivals.
Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Banjo, Whistle
/ Sara Byers
Vocals, Violin, Mandolin, / Mary Wilson
Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele / Sue Graves
Violin, Viola, Cello, Vocals / John Sandall
Early Bird £14.00 £16.00 after
25th April. U18's half price
Sunday evening there will be cakes on sale as usual!
Jez Lowe has long been one of the UK’s
busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over, either
solo, (with guitar, cittern and harmonica accompaniment), or with his
band The Bad Pennies. His Men At Words tour of North America saw Jez joining
forces with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher for much-acclaimed concerts
across Canada and the USA. And as part of The Pitmen Poets (with Bob Fox,
Benny Graham and Billy Mitchell), Jez has helped to rekindle the fire
in the tradition of mining songs and culture of his native region in a
series of sell out theatre performances around the UK.
Over the last couple of decades, the likes
of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Unthanks, Wizz Jones, The McCalmans,
Mary Black, The Duhks, Bob Fox, The Young Uns, Enda Kenny, Cherish The
Ladies, Tom McConville, The Clancys and scores more, have queued up to
adopt his songs for their own repertoires. No wonder no less than Richard
Thompson has called him “The best singer songwriter to come out
of the UK for a long time”, and personally invited him to play at
Thompson’s Meltdown Festival at London’s South Bank Centre
Jez Lowe’s contributions to the on-going
BBC Radio series The Radio Ballads has cemented this reputation, with
a Sony Radio Award among the many accolades coming its way. The project
culminated in a live BBC Radio 2 broadcast In November 2018 to commemorate
The Great War Centenary that featured Jez alongside the BBC Philharmonic
Orchestra and narrator Michael Morpurgo.
As BBC Radio DJ Mike Harding said recently,
“No-one else writes or sounds like Jez Lowe”, and chances
are, even if you’ve never heard the man himself, you’ll have
heard his songs, sung at festivals, club-gigs, open-mikes or on CD, by
the great and good, the professional and the enthusiast, the young and
not-so-young. What higher accolade could a songwriter hope for?
IN A BARREL
Jack in a Barrel are a
seven-piece acapella group from Turvey, Bedfordshire.
They sing a range of traditional and “sounds traditional”
songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers like John
Tams’ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd shanty and music hall
number along the way
making the most of the seven voices in their arrangements, whether it’s
to create a Wall of Sound or to produce close, squishy harmonies.
There are always plenty of opportunities to join in, so come ready to
sing. And watch out for their Spotty Dick.
They rehearse every week with the aid of a child’s Casio keyboard
Formed in early 2018,
JiaB came together as an offshoot of their larger, multi-instrument incarnation,
Twangling Jack. The motivation may have had something to do with the appeal
of rocking up to gigs with only a concertina to get notes from (compared
with TJ’s van-load of kit), but whatever the reason they’re
all agreed that this was a Good Thing.
From the outset, something
clicked about the sound. Having seven voices has so much scope. The Wall
of Sound is pretty much expected, but still impresses when it hits you.
Less expected is the detail in the harmonies. Arranging for seven voices
allows close harmony with a squishiness you can’t get with a smaller
group, and JiaB make the most of this.
The Barrellers all bring
something different to the band. Some are time-served folkies with 40+
years on the scene, some have a background in music for the theatre, some
are writers, some are composers and arrangers. Some are smart-arses who
do several of the above. They’ve all worked together in lots of
combinations in the past, which all adds to the mix.
Captivating songwriting and fiery tunes that
combine mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo with powerful three part harmonies.
The unmistakeable sound of The Shackleton Trio brings to life the stories
of their native East Anglia, and beyond.
Touring their brand new album 'Mousehold',
the trio features Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar)
and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin and banjo). Collectively the band draw influence
from British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, whilst Georgia’s
flair for sourcing largely unsung material from East Anglia keeps the
band firmly rooted in their local tradition.
Seven years performing together has seen the
band played on BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4, with gleaming ????? reviews,
an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival’s prestigious main stage,
a host of UK and European festivals and international tours, and many
miles in the Mondeo.
This is a band that clearly enjoy playing
together, and are not to be missed.