st neots folk club guests booked 2017

Jan 3rd
New Year Singaround Come and welcome the New Year in the friendly atmosphere of music and songs! £2.00 entry for all.
Jan 10th
Keith Donnelly

They Say:Keith Donnelly -
stand-up comic, fall-down comedian, surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar hero, performance-artist, [tall] story-teller, philophoser, scriptwriter, [none can] compere, man-of-mystery, inner-childminder, actor, stuntman,
metaphysical-poet, human ping-pong ball, life and soul of the [kids] party
, etc. etc. etc.....

A crazy night in store - do not miss this rib tickling evening!!!

Jan 17th
Bob Wood

A new name to the Club, Bob, from the west of Scotland, is a warm and engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour.
He is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist. Exploring a range of open tunings, his playing and song interpretations have been described as displaying a rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and great technique.

Jan 24th
Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles. They both agree, however, that their voices are their most important instruments. Their resulting style is a unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut in glorious vocal harmony!"
Jan 31st
Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all 
Feb 7th
Andy Clarke

Andy is an excellent singer and instrumentalist. He performs traditional material with skill and imaginative accompaniment on guitar and mandocello.

Andy’s roots go back to the 1960s where, as a child in his native Devon, he visited many folk song clubs with his father, himself a musician and singer in the area at that time. There Andy discovered a passion for traditional song. He cut his teeth as a performer in his late teens on the overseas forces folk club circuit, and upon his return to the UK he became involved in folk bands in and around Torbay, where he got involved with the running of a local folk club. (Andy now helps to run the Totnes Folk Club.)

In recent years Andy has gained much experience as a solo artist, performing in clubs & festivals all around the country. His programme often includes a selection from the manuscripts of Baring-Gould the 19th century West Country folksong collector.

A welcome return - a great evening with audience participation too!

Feb 14th

Richard Digance

Golden Anniversary Tour

Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist. His loyal following confirms his wide appeal, from the younger generation attracted by both his guitar playing and the fact he has inspired many modern-day performers, to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series and even further when he started out in folk clubs. His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a TV entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is included in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his important contribution to British comedy songwriting.
Richard Digance is also a world-acclaimed poet, an author and an artist.

Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 31 albums, music for Bill Bryson’s audio book and over 3 million YouTube views prove it was a successful journey.

He is supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys on their first British tour as they promote their new album Plenty More Fish In The Sea

Tickets: Members £10.00 Non-members £12.00 pay on door or tickets from Club from December or Priory Centre from January

Feb 21st

The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company


The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company is a five-piece Cambridge ceilidh band. They’ve been playing ceilidhs, barn dances and folk clubs in East Anglia for around thirty years. Over that time, they’ve played most of the village halls in Cambridgeshire, many of the Cambridge colleges, local schools, sports and social clubs, weddings and birthdays, May Balls and village fetes, festivals and street parties, Burns’ nights and Harvest Festivals.

Their folk clubs gigs feature songs and tune sets, and an interesting range of instruments including fiddle, hammered dulcimer, melodeon, mandolin and Northumbrian small pipes.

Feb 28th
Round the Room  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all
March 7th
Broom Bezzums

Mark Bloomer: Vocals, Guitar, Mandola, Bass drum and Andrew Cadie: Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar, Northumbrian pipes. Both based in Germany they are very talented and varied musicians. This is a return visit for this duo and we look forward to hearing them again.

March 14th
Vin Garbutt

A star! Vin has been a multi award winner, working for over 40 years in Folk music and a legend in his own lifetime!
Do not miss this opportunity to see Vin in the intimacy of our Club!

Tickets: Members £10.00 Non-members £12.00 pay on door or tickets from Club from February

March 21st
Open Stage
This is your chance to be the Guest and to show your talents!! Ring or email to book your spot on a first come first served basis so don't leave it too late!!!
Admission: Audience £5.00 Performers £2.00
March 28th
Round the Room  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all
April 4th
Askew Sisters  Emily and Hazel Askew are fast becoming one of the most popular and respected duos on the English folk scene.

From dark ballads to uplifting dance tunes, they play with driving energy and the unity of two people who have played together all their lives.

The sisters use fiddle, melodeon and concertina to breathtaking effect, creating cinematic arrangements that get to the very heart of each song. These create a perfect setting for Hazel’s striking voice, which won her Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards 2011.

Emily and Hazel’s latest album, In the Air or the Earth, was released by RootBeat Records, to widespread critical acclaim, including the Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album 2015.

April 11th

Mary Humpreys & Anahata

Mary Humphreys and Anahata are singers and musicians who specialise in English traditional music and song. Mary sings and plays English concertina and banjo, and Anahata plays melodeons, Anglo concertina and cello. They live in Cambridgeshire and much of their material is based on Mary's research into unpublished locally collected versions of traditional songs, presented in simple but well-crafted musical arrangements.
April 18th
Ollie King

Described by Andy Cutting as “one of the finest… up and coming young melodeon players in England”, Ollie King pushes the boundaries and expectations of the humble squeezebox. Firmly rooted in the English tradition, his playing explores the emotive side of the instrument, which he expertly showcases through his selection of material from both within and without the folk canon.

Ollie is a wizz on the melodeon and a good singer of traditional material. A new name to the Club and well worth listening to!

April 25th
Round the Room
Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all
May 2nd
The Malingerers

A blend of Country, blues, folk and jazz with typically British and Irish flavours, cynicism and warped sense of humour and history. From Open Stage to booking! This band impressed us with their variety!

May 9th
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

Building upward from their last two highly praised albums ‘‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’ & Hidden People’’ fans of folk and acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next.

With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

Tickets: Members £12.00 Non-members £14.00 Pay on door or tickets from Club available from 14th March.

May 16th

Black*Scarr have replaced Derek Gifford who has to have an operation and is unable to appear.

BLACK*SCARR are Johnny Black and Emma Scarr, an East London duo formed by two singer songwriters with different styles and influences, but whose co-writing has collided to produce a collection of songs that move audiences to laughter and tears. Honest and gritty, this urban folk/country duo produce songs full of stories and themes that are modern but classic-sounding and timeless, personal and everyday, still universal. Black*Scarr have become known for live performances bursting with energy and chemistry. Prepare to tap your toes to upbeat melodic country tunes and be touched by hard-hitting, yet poetic lyrics that will stay with you. Guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and classic harmonies document the trials, contradictions, fears and delights of middle-aged life and love.

They have won the Watford Song competition and appeared as part of St Neots Festival Sunday concert in 2016

May 23rd


Ken Nicol

Ken Nicol is an exceptional musician. As a guitarist, he is one of the most skilled and exciting players anywhere today; as a singer he is capable of evoking wide range of emotions in his audience; and as a songwriter he demonstrates these abilities in his clever and well-crafted material.
His music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, effortlessly taking in folk, jazz, ragtime, ballads and more along the way.

Admission: £8.00 members £10.00 non-members

May 30th
Round the Room  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all
June 6th

Bram Taylor

Bram is an entertaining artist with a distinctive voice and relaxed stage presence who gives an evening "Taylored" to suit his audience. Bram calls on a large repertoire of traditional songs, together with contemporary and humorous material, performed on acoustic guitar, duet concertina, or unaccompanied. A real friend of the Club!

June 9th 10th & 11th

Folk Festival weekend

Booked so far: Demon Barber XL 'Dosco at the Tavern'Show, The Hosepipe Band & Landermason. Plus Day of Dance and other local talent!
June 13th
Ewan Macintyre Band

Ewan is based between Edinburgh and Montreal where he recorded his recent E.P "You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway"He will be touring as a four piece, playing a mix of Celtic soul/ Country swing infused original tunes along with a few old favourites. The Band have recently toured all over the UK, Ireland and Canada, and continue to develop new songs and ways in which to engage with audiences from a vast range of backgrounds and in a variety of musical settings.

June 20th
Mike Silver Witness Mike Silver singing live or on record, and you can immediately tell that here is an artist whose voice, musicianship and song-writing talents have been honed over a rich and well-lived lifetime. His easy rapport with his audiences, his endless fund of stories, plus his finely wrought songs of experience, observation and wisdom all bespeak a life-story worth many more songs and stories to come.
June 27th
Round the Room

 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all

July 4th
Open Stage  This is your chance to be the Guest and to show your talents!! Ring or email to book your spot on a first come first served basis so don't leave it too late!!! A couple of spots left!
Admission: Audience £5.00 Performers £2.00
July 11th

Sound Tradition

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, Sound Tradition’s growing reputation has garnered bookings at clubs and festivals across the country – come and join in!
July 18th

Stepling Folk

Innovative band Stepling has been delighting audiences everywhere with their unique blend of music, step dance, and song inspired by English traditions.

With appearances at venues such as London’s Green Note, Sidmouth Folk Week, Harwich Festival of the Arts, Hitchin Folk Club, Priddy Folk Festival and Bath Folk Festival, Stepling’s dynamic and varied performances have already received much acclaim.

Stepling brings together the talents of an experienced group of performers: champion step/clog dancer Toby Bennett (solo dance artist), percussionist Jo May (Against the Grain, Token Women, Zoox), Deb Chalmers on fiddle and vocals (Folk Dance Remixed, Bella Hardy) and guitarist Adrian Lever (Alma, Horses Brawl) – their performances weave a rich tapestry crossing the boundaries of music and dance.

This is our Summer Special - something a bit different to enjoy!

Admission: £9.00 members £10.00 non-members

July 25th
  Round the Room

 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all

August -
Club closed  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Sept 5th
  Pilgrims' Way

Off the wall, colourful, energetic. With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul, and pop, it's impossible to categorise the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine.

Edwin Beasant; Jude Rees; Tom Kitching & Jon Loomes come together to make a memorable evening!

Our first of the new season - multi-intrumental and full of TALENT!

Admission: £10.00 & £8.00

Sept 12th
Eileen McGann

Eileen is one of Canada's foremost songstresses, equally at home with her own self-written songs or interpreting the tradition. Her voice is as clear as a lark but has the strength of an eagle. Eileen is the ultimate musical conundrum, the eco-warrior, conscious of the issues of today, but not intimidated by traditional ballads of yesterday. Her songs paint pictures, tell stories and poke fun at life's absurdities.

Sept 19th
  Fake Thackray

John Watterson returns with more Jake songs and stories in a new show - 'The LOST Will and Testament of Jake Thackray' This is a highly entertaining brand new show featuring wonderful material by Thackray never heard before.

Admission: £10.00 & £9.00

Sept 26th
Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all
Oct 3rd
Sophie Mattews & Chris Green Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a beguiling blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, Chris and Sophie breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh, relevant and accessible for a modern audience.
Oct 10th
 The Carrivick Sisters
The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. Their busy touring schedule is rapidly building them a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. The Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 and were named Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards. Most recently Charlotte won first place in both Old-time banjo and fiddle at FOAOTMAD's festival in Gainsborough 2012.
Oct 17th
  Open Stage  This is your chance to be the Guest and to show your talents!! Ring or email to book your spot on a first come first served basis so don't leave it too late!!!
Admission: Audience £5.00 Performers £2.00
Oct 24th
Reg Meuross

Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”. Whether it’s a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

Admission: £10.00 & £9.00

Oct 31st**
The Hayes Sisters

Take three girls. Name them Cathryn, Angela and Jennifer. Bring them up in a home where someone is always singing. Listen to them start to sing in harmony from a very young age. Realise that nature has blessed them with rather beautiful voices. Give them a guitar. Discover that they have a natural musical ability. Mix together; and you have a promising musical trio – “The Hayes Sisters”.

They are spotted by Nashville–based, Clive Gregson; one of the most-respected names in the music industry. And things go from there…The Hayes Sisters soon have a producer; and an album in the making.
“Another Man’s Shoes” is produced by Clive Gregson and John Wood, and features the awesome musical talents of Andy Dinan, Andy Seward, Fiona Lander, Simon Whitbread, and Clive Gregson himself.

A lovely night is promised!

Nov 7th**

  Round the Room

*Note change of date*

 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all
Nov 14th
Dave Ellis & Boo Howard

A return to St Neots for this popular duo.

In 1998 they combined Dave’s intricate guitar work with Boo’s mellow vocals to create something very different and entirely new in the folk and acoustic clubs. Their debut acoustic recording was ‘Maybe I Might Fall’ in 1999.
The songs are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than entertaining. The mix is eclectic (from folk to jazz to blues to bluegrass) but the songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in tune musicians.

Their CDs have a classy polished sound - testament to the pair’s familiarity with the recording process and of their ability to write and perform at a level every bit the equal of their major label peers.
Their live act has now been honed to perfection in the folk clubs where they have developed a large faithful following in the south of England.

Nov 21st

Jim Moray



Jim Moray is so well known on the Folk Circuit and this is his first visit to St Neots.

13 years ago Jim Moray released an album that changed the way people perceived, played and presented English folk music. Sweet England arrived at a time when, with just a few notable exceptions, traditional music was performed much as it had been in the 1970s to an audience of insiders and aficionados. The album was received with open arms by those who understood that the music of the people has survived for centuries by being just that – an expression of the times.

In recent years Jim has collaborated with such folk music luminaries as Andy Cutting, Patsy Reid, Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr on the hugely successful Cecil Sharp Project and similarly acclaimed Elizabethan Project. He’s also been making a name for himself as a producer working with Maz O’Connor on her last album This Willowed Light and her most recent release The Longing Kind, as well as mixing the latest record by Jamie Smith’s Mabon. And this year he presented a documentary on BBC Radio 3 about the traditional song Brigg Fair, which saw Jim use cutting-edge sound technology to recreate the apocryphal moment when farm bailiff Joseph Taylor spontaneously added his voice to the premiere of Delius’ An English Rhapsody, which was inspired by a wax cylinder recording of Taylor’s singing. A more appropriate subject for Moray to tackle is hard to imagine.

This will be an evening not to miss!

Admission £12.00 & £10.00

Nov 28th
Round the Room  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £2.00 for all
Dec 5th
Paul Downes & Mick Ryan  MICK RYAN is well known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional and original songs. Having written both comic and serious material for the very poular band “Crows” in the 1980’s, and his duo with Pete Harris which appeared at every major club and festival in the country, he has since written for radio and a series of highly successful folk musicals: ‘A Tollpuddle Man’ (with Graham Moore); ‘A Day’s Work’ ; ‘The Voyage’; ‘Tanks for the Memory’, ‘The Navvy’s Wife’ and ‘Paupers Path’.

PAUL DOWNES has a sensitive, yet fun approach to live performances which puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today. He has been introduced (to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarist in the world. It is easy to see why when you see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but, at the same time, considers himself a singer of songs rather than a guitar technician.

Dec 12th
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - Christmas show - 'A Winter Warmer'
  Our Christmas Special - More info later!
Dec 19th
Club Christmas Party

 An evening of seasonal items and refreshments to wish all the 'Compliments of the Season!' Polish up that party piece!!

Dec 26th
Club Closed  

We wish all our supporters a very Happy Christmas and hope to see you in 2018.

First meeting is January 9th with Jon Betmead & Tom Ling.