st Neots Folk Club Guests booked 2018

Jan 9th Jon Betmead & Tom Ling Jon and Tom are well known at the Club and will give a very entertaining and varied evening of songs and tunes played on guitar and fiddle.
Jan 16th The Shackleton Trio

The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) play an exciting blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. Accompanying herself on the fiddle, Georgia writes and performs 'wordy songs about other people’, instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from her native East Anglia. Playing a blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material, Georgia is an alumna of Newcastle University’s Folk Degree course.

Georgia’s skills as a singer and instrumentalist have been put to the test in numerous different contexts, but her own trio sees her teaming up with guitar powerhouse Aaren Bennett and mandolin ace Nic Zuppardi.

Jan 23rd

Barron Brady

A very welcome return to this talented duo. Simon is a superb guitarist and Ros writes lovely songs (noteably Jenny's Mermaid) and sings with ‘bounce’ and energy!

Ros and Si have a lovely reputation for songs and tunes delivered in a very individual style.

Barron Brady comprising Ros Brady and Si Barron are contemporary songwriters and interpreters of traditional English folk song. They live in Devon and perform nationwide.

Drawn to strongly narrative songs with subjects ranging from Devon legend to contemporary rural reportage they invite the listener to accompany them through strange landscapes whose denizens include coffee drinking Mermaids, corn mowing Devils, flying highwaymen and disappearing Hedgerows.
They have a dynamic acoustic style combining joy and verve in performance with an assured stage presence garnered from five years of performing nationwide.
Simon’s ballistic fingerstyle guitar complemented by Rosalind’s harmonium and whistles underlines their harmony singing.
Barron Brady are touring extensively across the UK promoting their new album

"These two artists demonstrate most clearly in their work the relevance of an old tradition expertly employed to reflect a modern world, appealing to both the intellect and the heart."

Si and Ros have been writing and touring as the folk duo Barron Brady for ten years and have released three albums during that time.

Jan 30th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Feb 6th 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.

Feb 13th Honey and the Bear

 British folk and roots inspired duo, Honey & the Bear, combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies.
The multi instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, mandolin) and Lucy Sampson (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo & percussion), have been writing together since early 2014, having met at a songwriting event two years previous. Since then, they have played many venues across East Anglia as well as travelling to Germany for their first European tour.

Together they have played an array of fantastic UK festivals including Ely Folk, FolkEast and Maverick. 2016 saw the release of their debut EP ‘About Time’, which received airplay on BBC Radio Suffolk, as well as Cambridge Radio & Norfolk Radio.

Feb 20th

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 as they went down a storm last visit!

Feb 27th Round the Room & AGM

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

AGM at 8.00pm prompt

Mar 6th Judy Cook

Not at St Neots since 2014, Judy is making a welcome return! Judy sings acapella American songs interspersed with a wide range of tales and history, occasionally accompanied by her husband Dennis, in harmony.

Mar 13th

Tom McConville

Few contemporary Fiddle players can conjure a sound as diverse and thrilling as Tom McConville. Through an effortless amalgamation of styles, Tom's playing and singing acts like a history lesson of traditional folk music and storytelling. As if aged like a fine whiskey, the traditional sounds of Newcastle, Scotland, Ireland and USA are fused with Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass and folk influences - the results are timeless.

Support: Richard Sutton: Norwich-based singer songwriter Richard Sutton, is a familiar figure in the East Anglia music scene. He has spent over 10 years performing in a variety of bands but chose to go solo acoustic in March 2015 to throw all his energy into his true passion - songwriting.

Often likened to Paul Simon and Cat Stevens, with a strong dash of Newton Faulkner and Passenger thrown in, he brings together the power and poetry of words with well crafted melodies and multilayered chord progressions. The outcome is vivid and moving songs that speak of the triumphs and adversities of the human condition. There is an honesty, frailty, strength, and intensity to his songs that is hard to resist.

With well honed guitar skills and rich low vocal tones, Richard is no clone of the latest musical fad but an original, interpreting and delivering music in his own well developed style. He brings the best of classical songwriting into the modern day, and is a refreshing new voice.

Mar 20th 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!!!

Now fully booked! Next available date - July 3rd.

Mar 27th Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

April 3rd The Hut People

The Hut People are rapidly gaining more and more of reputation as one of the hottest & most entertaining world/folk acts touring today. Accordionist Sam Pirt and percussionist Gary Hammond, take the audience on a voyage across the globe with their material, they perform a high-octane unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed & embellished with the driving accordion and a mind-boggling array of exotic percussion.

Great music aside, a show from The Hut People is filled to the brim with spontaneity, often hilarious patter and a 110% commitment to their getting-the-crowd-involved ethos.

Admission: £10.00 & £9.00

Apr 10th WinterWilson

Lincolnshire based musicians Dave Wilson and Kip Winter joined forces in 1995 and have steadily built a reputation for engaging live performances of mostly original songs along with the odd well-chosen cover. Kip (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave (vocals, guitar, banjo) have built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour.

Apr 17th John Conolly John is well known to many as a songwriter and he has not been to the Club since 2014. Do not miss this chance to hear him!
Apr 24th

The Dovetail Trio

Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage.
This collaboration effortlessly combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.

The Dovetail Trio’s debut album Wing of Evening was released on 4th September 2015 on RootBeat Records. The album features a number of unusual versions of traditional English songs alongside an American folk story, a traditional Scottish whaling song, and even a French/Canadian tune set. Tight vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship make this an exciting debut album.

Admission: £10.00 & £9.00

May 1st
*Round the Room* Special!
**Starting at 8.30pm following dancing on the Market Sq. Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. £2.00 admission for all.
May 8th namara

Rob Garcia was born in London of Spanish descent and he trained as a professional musician and classical guitarist. He plays mandolin, mandola, bandurria and classical guitar in the duo. Paul McNamara comes originally from Middlesbrough where as a teenager he played around the local folk clubs. After many years in Scotland and Oxford, Paul settled with his family in St Albans in 1987. He plays Lowden and Taylor guitars in the duo.

Regular performers at St Neots namara give a varied and entertaining evening.

May 15th Derek Gifford

Derek Gifford has been singing in folk clubs for over 25 years and has developed into an excellent solo performer well known at clubs and festivals throughout the U.K. A recent trip to Australia has also proved his international standing.
His style is based on the tradition but much of his repertoire includes contemporary songs which are written in the traditional idiom. Derek has set a number of Bury poet Keith Scowcroft's poems to music including 'When All Men Sing' which is fast becoming a folk song 'standard' across the world.
Whether accompanying himself on guitar or bowed psaltery or singing unaccompanied Derek's enthusiasm becomes contagious. Relaxed and confident, with sea songs, shanties and other chorus songs a speciality, Derek's festival and club performances are a real treat to encounter.

Derek had to postpone his visit last year due to surgery - we were pleased to rearrange this date!

May 22nd

After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting: “It’s great to hear an act eschew sentimentality in favor of honesty and to prove that you don’t have to go raiding the memory of others to find the stuff that really good songs are made of,” writes Jedd Beaudoin of Popmatters.

Lyricist Rebecca Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).

Hungrytown's introduction to folk music came when a close friend--who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis--entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar (which has since been featured on all of their albums). Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Sings! (1999) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.

They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown's music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central's The Daily Show, IFC's Portlandia and Netflix's Lady Dynamite.

New to the Club do not miss this duo from Vermont!

May 29th Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

Admisson £3.00 for all

June 5th Alden Patterson & Dashwood

Norwich based folk /Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ was written and produced at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade covers, designed and hand-printed by the band. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

Do not miss this talented trio!

June 8th 9th & 10th
St Neots 36th Folk Festival - Tickets now available!

Booked so far: Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, BeauBowBelles, Ranagri.

Friday ev. - A new venture - a showcase evening.

Soloman Smith, Chris Fox, Sam Brothers - finalist at New Roots plus Camus.

Saturday - Day of Dance and evening concert with Martin Carthy and BeauBowBelles

Sunday evening concert with John Kirkpatrick and Ranagri

Tickets are available from March. See the Festival page for more details.

June 12th The Trials of Cato

Hailing from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato returned to the UK from Beirut, Lebanon in the winter of 2016. Since then their feet have barely touched the ground as their eclectic brand of folk music – encompassing 18th century ballads all the way up to self-penned stomping dance tunes – has seen them booked out at folk clubs and festivals across the country, with 2018 looking ever busier.
Their eponymous debut EP has been well received, and was described as ‘one hell of a calling card’ in FATEA Magazine last year. Having caught the attention of industry heavyweights like Mark Radcliffe and Mike Harding, The Trials of Cato are now hard at work developing their debut album (due for release 2018) alongside their busy gigging schedule.
The band’s live set includes both original and traditional material, delivered wholly on fretted instruments (and a few surprises) to achieve a musical presence not often heard on the modern folk scene. Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show ‘invariably stuns audience wherever they play.’

June 19th   Clive Gregson 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.

Clive has also toured and recorded with Richard Thompson (1982 to '92), 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 "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.

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! He has also worked with Liz Simcock more recently.

Do not miss this visit to St Neots!!! Admission: £10.00 & £12.00

June 26th

Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

Admission £3.00 for all

July 3rd Open Stage

Now fully booked up - with Tom Bryans, Tom Dimitrijevic + 1, Steve Christopher duo
Crayon Angels, Bob Hines & Nicky Floyd

Admission: £3.00 performers & £5.00 audience

July 10th Jack Rutter Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter, (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist making music within the British folk tradition. The recent release of his debut solo album, which is a collection of eleven traditional folk songs, produced by Joe Rusby and recorded completely solo and live in the studio with no overdubs, has been received with across the board acclaim and recognition. Critics are praising his traditional style of singing ‘beautifully sincere, timeless and beguiling’ (Songlines), and playing ‘guitar, bouzouki or concertina accompaniments are beautifully constructed and played – never getting in the way of the song, but supporting and building it’ (The Living Tradition Magazine) that have come together to create Hills, an album which ‘takes him to a whole new level, quite simply outstanding.’ ( RnR Magazine).

Jack grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song and since graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc degree in Countryside Management in 2014, he’s gone on to forge a hugely successful career playing music professionally in various guises across Britain and Europe. In this new solo outing, the BBC award winning musician delivers folk songs with a rich, unassuming Yorkshire charm and an easy going stage presence that gives a live performance which is ‘wonderful, pure and simple. The audience just falls head over heels for this man, and rightly so.’ (English Folk Expo)

July 17th   Jez Lowe

Jez has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognised musical ambassador for his native North East England, with almost twenty albums and countless live performances around the world over the last thirty plus years. The Radio Ballads series, along with other much-acclaimed special commissions like The Darwin Project and All Along The Wall, has enabled Jez to expand his writing and performing styles greatly in recent years, without diverging from his own much admired and unique approach.

Admission TBC

July 24th

The Quiggs

A duo that has emerged on to the Scottish folk scene within the last few years. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song when they hear it. The combination of the two voices in close harmony in songs whether traditional or contemporary interspersed with anecdotes and a touch of humour has received much praise from both audiences and organisers.

July 31st Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Admission £3.00 for all

Sept 4th

Steve Turner

Sept 11th   The Vera van Heeringen Trio    
Sept 18th   The John Ward Trio  
Sept 25th Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Admission £3.00 for all

Oct 2nd   Harp & a Monkey  
Oct 9th

Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby

Oct 16th   AnnA rydeR  
Oct 23rd
A canals show
Oct 30th Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Admission £3.00 for all

Nov 6th 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!!!

Admission: £3.00 performers & £5.00 audience

Nov 13th   Steve Tilston  
Nov 20th   Linda Watkins & Simon Loake - Tour of Britain Tour!  
Nov 27th Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Admission £3.00 for all

Dec 4th   Anthony John Clark  
Dec 11th


support Lizzy Hardingham

Dec 18th

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.

Admission £3.00 for all

Dec 25th   Club Closed
  Happy New Year! 2019