st Neots Folk Club Guests booked 2016

Jan 5th New Year Singaround Come and welcome the New Year - Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Jan 12th Terence Blacker Terence is a popular singer-songwriter and an award-winning author. His songs have been compared to those of Jake Thackray, and his stories to those of Roald Dahl. His one-man show of songs and stories My Village and Other Aliens had a successful run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, and his song 'Sad Old Bastards with Guitars' has had over 14,000 Tube hits on YouTube. Last at St Neots in 2014.
Jan 19th

Steve Tilston

support from

The Wildfires

Steve needs no introduction really but if you are new to him - he is a wonderful songwriter with a great voice and guitar style - see below! A regular guest at St Neots and this will be a popular night not to be missed!

Ask anyone on the English folk scene who is their favourite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer and nine times out of ten the same name will crop up in the top three of every department. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths; widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music: the words, arrangements and subtle but quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

Admission: £12.00 & £10.00 on the door.

Jan 26th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Feb 2nd Maz O'Connor Maz is a gifted singer of traditional and self-penned songs. In 2013 she was nominated for the BBC Folk Awards Horizon Award and selected for a creative fellowship with the E.F.D.S.S. at London’s Cecil Sharp House, funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund. She sings both traditional folk songs and her own compositions, and accompanies her uniquely pure voice with guitar, shruti box (an idea she “nicked” off fellow folk artist Karine Polwart), piano and harmonium.
Maz has been singing on the UK folk scene since she was 13 years old. Her first festival appearance was as an entrant in a young performers’ competition, previously won by Kate Rusby. Persuaded to enter by her brother, his band were runners-up while she scooped first prize: ‘I think he was trying to encourage me to be more confident,’ she says, ‘but it kind of backfired on both of us when I won. He actually wanted to perform in front of 1000 people…’ She’s been gigging ever since.
Feb 9th Perkelt PerKelt has performed it's unique, progressive Celtic music since 2008. All it's members are highly-qualified, accomplished and award-winning musicians. They unleash the passion and energy of strong melodic Celtic sounds, having invented their original powerful "speed folk" style, which instantly grabs the attention of audiences everywhere.

So far, PerKelt have released three highly acclaimed albums and they have performed over 400 gigs across the world. They regularly perform at various Celtic festivals, World music, folk music and Irish music venues, as well as pubs, churches, castles and Arts Centres.

They are extremely proud to bring refreshing, innovative and evocative Celtic music in a way that has never been heard before. They simply cannot be missed!

Feb 16th

North Sea Gas

 North Sea Gas are: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan
Over thirty years and stronger than ever!! One of Scotland?s most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!! A super night in store here!

Feb 23rd Round the Room & AGM

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

AGM at 8.00pm prompt

Mar 1st Steve Turner

Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890's.
Steve began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. Joining the Geordie band "Canny Fettle" in 1970, he made two albums and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years.
In 1979, he won the Melody Maker "Stars of the 80s" national competition, which persuaded him to turn professional for 12 years until 1991. During this time he made four solo albums with Fellside Records and toured internationally.
A period of thirteen years away from the folk scene followed with Steve building a violin retailing business and diversifying musically into a more classical mode.
But folk music has a habit of getting into your blood so 2004 saw Steve make a welcome return to the folk scene.
Steve's 5th album, his first for 22 years "The Whirligig of Time" featuring guests Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan and Miranda Sykes was released in March 2008.

A welcome return to St Neots for Steve.

Mar 8th

Pete Coe & Alice Jones

'The search for 5 finger Frank(Kidson)'

“The Search for Five Finger Frank” features new arrangements of both classic and rare folk songs unearthed from the treasure trove that is the Frank Kidson collection. His first and most enduring song collection “Traditional Tunes” was first published in 1891, ten years before Cecil Sharp had even heard his first folk song and yet “He lived to be obscured where once he had been considered the foremost authority”.

This show celebrates and commemorates the incredible legacy of a man widely regarded as “a pioneer of the folk song revival”.

Mar 15th Open Stage This is your chance to be the Guest!! Ring 01234 376278 to book your spot (approx.20-25 mins) on a first come first served basis so don't leave it too late!!!
Mar 22nd Tom Lewis As winner of the inaugural "Trophée Stan Hugill", French fans dub Tom "The Springsteen of Sea Chanteys". Old Songs Festival (Altamont NY) declares "This man knows the sea ... from the bottom up!", whilst Living Tradition (UK) says "Although I always knew he was good, I was not quite prepared for HOW good." 24 years in the British Royal Navy, "provides him with that vitally authentic stance with which to tackle nautical song" Living Tradition.

Tom's repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom's Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty "to be heard above the gales."

With songs that have become folk standards; known and sung wherever great choruses ring out; Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humour—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again ... and again.


Mar 29th Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome


Apr 5th Ninebarrow NINEBARROW are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

Following the critical acclaim that the duo have received, they’ve been in high demand and have been receiving bookings at a plethora of folk clubs, music venues and festivals across the country including the likes of Towersey Festival and The Stables in Milton Keynes.

Engaging, charismatic and humorous - Ninebarrow are winning new fans wherever they go. See them live, and you’ll quickly understand why.

Apr 12th QuickSilver  Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham combine to perform an eclectic mix of material. Always well presented, with wit, harmony and good humour along with superb musicianship. Hilary's wit and voice are well known at St Neots and Grant's guitar playing is exquisite. What more can we say? Just come along and enjoy!
Apr 19th

The Worthys(Floyd,Hartwell, Hines)

Tony Clark & Karen Johnson

The Worthys - our very own resident band - Bob, Ian and Nicky are well known to give a superb and varied evening. They have a real band of followers!

Tony and Karen are also very well known to our regulars as excellent performers and vocalists. They are accomplished acoustic performers, who entertain audiences with imaginatively interpreted covers and a growing catalogue of originals. Karen's strong, luscious vocals are complemented by Tony's close harmonies and rhythmic, delicate accompaniment on bouzouki and guitar.

Apr 26th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
May 3rd Open Stage

This is your chance to be the Guest!! Ring 01234 376278 to book your spot (approx.20-25 mins) on a first come first served basis so don't leave it too late!!!

May 10th Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith play traditional and original folksong of the British Isles. They tell stories of hardship, joy, struggle and celebration held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies.

"Utterly absorbing, undeniably English voices" - Tim Caroll, Folkwords

They have both been heavily influenced by the songs and singers of East Anglia, where they both grew up, but their music also reflects the diversity of voices within the folk and acoustic world. They weave traditional English folksong with Irish, Scottish and American tunes, and their own compositions draw on many different styles.

“Personal, empathetic and focussed on the individual, these are stories told from the perspective of real people accompanied by accomplished and considered musical arrangements.” - Louise Jordan, FATEA

The songs on their debut album, 'The Winds Blow High And Low', were picked up from sessions, singarounds, gigs, recordings and learned from friends. The stories are varied but there is a common thread of political struggle and resistance, and the decline of the industries that were the backbone of England for many generations.
Jimmy and Sid will be releasing this new album in May.
“Sid & Jimmy are one of the most enchanting duos I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.” - Marick Baxter, Director of Bath Folk Festival
May 17th
SPRING SPECIAL - Clive Gregson

 Clive began his career in Folk music in 1980 and he has gone from band front man, to duo with Christine Collister to solo artist as singer songwriter in that time. He has quite a pedigree of well known artists he has performed with and has a fine reputation as a performer.

Clive relocated to the USA in 1993. He continues to tour regularly and write prolifically. In recent years he has also run a number of songwriting workshops and master classes and remains in demand as a record producer and session musician. Obviously there's no sign of Clive slowing down just yet!

This will be a superb evening and a chance to watch a master of his art.

Admission: £10.00 Non-members £8.00 Members


May 24th Jeff Warner  Jeff tours UK regularly and this will be his 5th time with us. He has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. Jeff is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans.
May 31st Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
June 7th
Pete Morton Pete Morton is a folk singer and songwriter with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His live shows are dynamic and thought provoking, while remaining approachable and fun loving.
With his well known songs such as ‘Another Train’, ‘The Shepherds Song’, and ‘When we sing together’, he constantly tours. His latest Cd ‘The frappin’ and ramblin’ Pete Morton’, with its innovative adventures of marrying talking blues style rap with traditional chorus, has received terrific views. Starting out as a busker on the streets of Europe, he has entertained all over the globe with his unique and involving style of song-writing and passionate vocal delivery. He sings from the heart, with songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition from a very unique perspective. The folk tradition plays a big part in his style.
June 10th,11th & 12th St Neots Folk Festival

Friday:Ceilidh, Saturday: Day of Dance plus evening Concert, Sunday: evening Concert. Booked artists: Simpson, Cutting & Kerr; Parson's Nose Ceilidh Band; The Bram Taylor Band; The Worthys; Black Scarr plus local talent.

For more information follow this link-Festival .

June 14th Dave Gibb A superb guitarist with a style that is as distinctive as it is effective, a voice that can carry traditional and contemporary songs and a songwriting ability that produces songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, he is an established performer throughout the acoustic/folk club, festival and concert scene.
June 21st

Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis

Replaced by Greg Russell

Sam and Jamie play guitar and banjo and are two of the Trio that played the Club a while ago. Sam is making big waves on the 'scene'- his big band are playing Cambridge Festival this year. This will be a great evening!
June 28th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
July 5th Open Stage This is your chance to be the Guest!! Ring 01234 376278 to book your spot (approx.15-20 mins) on a first come first served basis so don't leave it too late!!!
July 12th Kim Lowings & Greenwood Described as having "a beauty of spirit that transcends in her lovely songs", Kim is an Appalachian mountain dulcimer player, pianist and songwriter. She sings with an enchantingly pure voice and The Greenwood create a harmonious backline of hypnotic guitar, bouzouki, double bass and percussion. It transports you away and will get you singing along and tapping your feet.

Working with traditional folk song and their own original material, they weave musical stories inspired by both fables and everyday life.

The Midlands based four piece have been touring at venues, folk clubs and festivals around the country.

July 19th

Maíre ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

support: Sound Tradition

Our Summer Special! Chris and Máire weave beautiful melodies together with harp and guitar with vocals. Their concerts showcase not only the richness and emotional range of the Irish tradition, from dynamic Irish dance-music to moving airs and evocative songs, but their own striking compositions - this enticing cocktail being further spiced with exhilarating shots of hot jazz and bluegrass and Chris’s “subversively witty introductions”.

Sound Tradition is an a cappella folk foursome (David, Linda, Catherine and Moose) singing in glorious harmony. Their varied repertoire ranges from lively chorus songs to lilting ballads, and from medieval times to the modern day, but always with an ear for the English folk tradition. They have proudly supported such luminaries as Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Chris Wood and Roy Bailey but also enjoy the main stage in their own right. Hailing from East Anglia, their growing reputation has garnered bookings at clubs and festivals across the country – come and join in!

Admission: £11.00 non-members & £9.00 Members. Pay on the door.

July 26th Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Sept 6th

Dana and Susan Robinson

support from

Steve & Kristi Nebel

Dana and Sue Robinson introduce us to farmers, hobos, and workaday folk in the Appalachians, across the prairie, and up to Spokane. Dana's warm voice, poetic lyrics, and solid guitar work blend perfectly with Sue's claw hammer banjo, piano, and vocal harmonies. They have not played at St Neots for a couple of years and we are pleased to have them back.

Steve and Kristi tour UK regularly and are friends of the Club now. They sing their own material accompanied by bass and rhythm guitar.

Sept 13th My Sweet Patootie   Complete with tall tales and corny jokes, My Sweet Patootie delivers a modern-day Music Hall show that Driftwood Magazine describes as “two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy”. Terry Young, Sandra Swannell and their drummer are skilled performers using a ditzy-like-a-fox approach to their craft. Their upbeat show will take you on an emotional carnival ride; carefully placing heart-breaking ballads between good-time finger-snapping tunes.
Sept 20th Damien Barber & Mike Wilson  Two of the finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United Kingdom; it is difficult to accept that these relatively young men, have a combined 40+ years experience of performing at folk venues. Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina. Though he has lived for a long time in West Yorkshire he retains a strong East Anglian identity.
Mike Wilson is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event. His musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East – rural and industrial folk song both traditional and modern.
Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.
Sept 27th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Oct 4th Phil Hare Phil’s solo music career began almost 25 years ago and he is now widely regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists working on the current UK acoustic / folk music circuit. 

Today Phil is increasing his global audience by posting videos on MySpace and YouTube, some of these are live clips from the many concerts/festivals that Phil has played, others are more relaxed, domestic clips but all show Phil’s expertise in exploring the acoustic guitar as a solo instrument.

This will be Phil's first visit to St Neots

Oct 11th

Tania Opland & Mike Freeman

support: Chris Ronald & John MacArthur Ellis

 Since 1995 Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have been touring the world together from home bases half a world apart, with a unique and eclectic mix of songs in several languages and acoustic music played on more instruments than any sane duo would travel with: hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, violin, Native American flute, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, percussion... Their shows feature traditional and contemporary material from many cultures as well as original compositions, all presented with wit and style - guaranteed to provide an evening of great music and entertainment for all, especially those seeking something a little off the beaten track. Mike's irreverent sense of humour and Tania's stunning vocals provide the springboard for a rollercoaster ride across several continents and back again. Strap yourself in and enjoy!
Oct 18th Liz Simcock Liz Simcock writes songs and performs them in folk and acoustic clubs in and around the Southeast and beyond. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter. Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her main songwriting role models. Liz’s fourth album (Friday Night Train Home) was released in November 2013.
For the past few years Liz has worked with the virtuoso backing of Dave Ellis on guitar and Boo Howard on bass. In November 2015 she toured with Clive Gregson, in a celebration of the Gregson & Collister back catalogue. 2016 will see her heading out for a series of solo gigs.

Not seen solo for some years at St Neots so do not miss this lovely opportunity

Oct 25th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Nov 1st Jody Kruskal   A first visit for Jody – an exponent on the concertina. Jody is well known on the ‘circuit’ with old-time concertina songs and stories of great traditional tunes.
Nov 8th Open Stage This is your chance to be the Guest!! Ring 01234 376278 to book your spot (approx.15-20 mins) on a first come first served basis so don't leave it too late!!!
Nov 15th Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer are superb musicians and engaging entertainers. They have rightly established themselves as 'one of the best duos on the folk scene today’ With lovely vocals and impressive instrumental skills on Guitar, Scottish Smallpipes, accordion and even Swedish Nyckelharpa! With their blend of traditional material and contemporary interpretations, they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.
Nov 22nd Sarah McQuaid   Renowned for her warm, engaging stage presence, Sarah is a versatile and beguiling performer. In addition to her own elegantly crafted originals, she interprets traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads, 1930s jazz numbers, surprise covers and lively guitar instrumentals with panache and poignance. Add this to a real rapport with her audience, and you have all the ingredients of a great night out.
Nov 29th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Dec 6th Greg Russell Greg is half of the Algar & Russell duo that have hit the Folk scene over the last few years. Greg kindly filled in earlier in the year when Sam Kelly was not available. We now have him in his own right as booked. An evening of great songs and choruses well sung by Greg who has an excellent voice.
Dec 13th   Jim Causley - Christmas Special!

  Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. He became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon. Jim has become reknowned for natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence.

Admission: £10.00 members £12.00 non-members. Pay on the door .

Dec 20th

Club Christmas Party

Join us for seasonal refreshments and singing at the Christmas Round the Room party. Come along and do your 'Party Piece'! Audience and performers are very welcome.
Dec 28th   Club Closed
  Happy New Year! 2017
Jan 3rd  New Year Singaround  
Jan 10th   Keith Donnelly  
Jan 17th   Bob Wood  
Jan 24th
  Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner
Jan 31st Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Feb 7th   Andy Clark