Jan 7th
Suntrap Suntrap are an English four-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 in September 2019. The album captures as live a sound as possible and will be the first recording featuring Sue Graves and John Sandall. They 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. John, a virtuosic, irrepressible fiddler completes the quartet..

Sara Byers - Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Banjo, Whistle
Mary Wilson - Vocals, Violin, Mandolin
Sue Graves - Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele
John Sandall - Violin, Viola, Cello, Vocals

Jan 14th
  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 £3.00
 

Jan 21st
Elizabeth & Jameson

They have performed at one of our Open Stage nights and then a Showcase night - now a full guest night!. They are a stunning new collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth of traditional folk trio Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from folk-rock band Fred's House have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses their individual musical backgrounds.

A lovely evening is in store!

Jan 28th
Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all
Feb 4th
Camus Camus is a three-piece Cambridge-based folk band: Greg Smith (fiddle), David Somerville (Northumbrian small-pipes, keyboard), and Andrew Burn (melodeon, Northumbrian small-pipes). They have been playing together for many years, initially in the Cambridge band Cobbler’s Last, then in earlier line-ups of Camus, and in the Great Eastern Ceilidh Company. They play an exciting mix of Northumbrian, Shetland, Irish and American music, with the occasional dash of Galician tunes and their own compositions. They’re known for their inventive harmonies and accomplished musicianship.
Feb 11th
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. He has written, presented and sung in Taboo-Be-Do!, a two-part Radio 4 documentary about un-PC music over the past century, and has performed the Noel Coward song 'There Are Bad Times Just Around the Corner' on BBC World at One on the day before a General Election.
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.
Feb 18th
Eric Sedge

Eric Sedge is a distinctive voice in the world of Folk and Roots music. With stories and song from his native East Anglia, he embraces both traditional and contemporary styles playing Festivals and Concert Halls thoughout the country, along with appearances on Radio and TV.
Raised in a family of classical musicians, to a household with neither TV or car, it was perhaps inevitable that the boy would be shaped by the twin forces of melody and word. Books and music, forest and fields were his playground and now his inspiration

Feb 25th
Round the Room & AGM

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all

AGM first at 8.00pm then Round the room.

Mar 3rd

BOF!

Note - Change of guest

In 2000, Bof! started playing as a four-piece band specializing in traditional French and Breton music for dancing or listening to. During that time they have played in folk clubs, for dance groups and at festivals in England and France, as well as organising regular French and Breton dance workshops and public dances in East Anglia, as part of the Burybal and Prêt à Danser groups. Breton singer Gwendal Moële became a full-time member of the line-up in 2018.
BOF! are: Val Woollard Bagpipes, Recorder, Flute, Desk bells
Simon Haines Diatonic accordeons, Vocals
Gwendal Moële Vocals
Phil Lyons Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Vocals

The band’s repertoire is mainly traditional music from Central France and Brittany, but also includes compositions by members of the band and others.

Mar 10th
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 £3.00
 

Mar 17th

Judy Cook

CANCELLED - BOOKED IN 2021

 Judy is back after a 2 year break and we look forward to her informative and entertaining songs from America and beyond.
Mar 24th

Fake Thackray -

aka John Watterson

CANCELLED - BOOKED IN 2021

‘An Audience without Jake Thackray’.

The show will include many Jake classics (Sister Josephine, On Again On Again, The Bantam Cock etc), anecdotes from John’s research into Jake’s life for the forthcoming biography as well as some newly discovered Jake Thackray masterpieces from John’s most recent CD, The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray, . Most of the album’s fifteen songs have never been released in any format before. Many have lain, forgotten, in the BBC archives for decades; some have not been heard for half a century.

John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention and performed at Latitude, Cropredy and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He has also played for Jake’s family. John has appeared many times on radio, including Radio 4’s Great Lives, a recent Radio 2 documentary on Jake presented by Cerys Matthews and Radio 3’s The Verb hosted by Ian McMillan.
Mar 31st
  Round the Room
Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all
Apr 7th

Union Jill

CANCELLED - BOOKED IN 2021

 The York-based duo of Sharon Turner and Helen Winfield, are singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, showcasing a variety of strong songs in an upbeat style. They have been performing together since 2006. Both bring distinctive songwriting styles and achieve some spellbinding effects with their voices and instruments (mandola, guitar and anglo concertina.) Not seen at St Neots since 2014 so come and catch up!

Apr 14th

Showcase night with: Craig Joiner and

Finn Collinson

CANCELLED

Craig Joiner: Despite having been a professional musician for over 25 years and having written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Heart, Bonnie Tyler, Eddie Money and Steps, and had his songs used in major Hollywood movies such as ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘102
Dalmatians’ ‘102 and ‘Jack Reacher’, he has released the first ever Craig Joiner solo album.

As a session player Craig also has an impressive list of names he has recorded for including Tom Jones, Jane Wiedlin and Peter Collins.
In recent years Craig has been a stalwart of the Folk Club scene where he has gained an impressivce following and where he honed the songs for the long awaited solo debut album ‘Art of Landing’. and ‘Jack Reacher’.

Finn Collinson is a recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia. Barely in his twenties, Finn is already gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene.
Finn’s diverse performance credits range from a solo performance with the London International Orchestra at Cadogan Hall to national tours with various folk outfits. Perhaps best known for his previous work with the contemporary folk duo Shorelark, Finn has also appeared on stage with singer-songwriter Tilly Moses, and has guested with Emily Askew’s Ceilidh Factor and the recorder band Zero Gravity. He is a student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studies with Ian Wilson and Robert Ehrlich, and works with the recorder quartet Aurai.

As well as recorder, Finn plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and whistle, and is an experienced folk music educator having previously been a tutor with the London Youth Folk Ensemble and taught at the London Folk Festival.

2018 saw Finn launch a solo repertoire – which he has already performed at major festivals including Sidmouth Folk Week and FolkEast. In January he was the first solo recorder player to reach the semi-final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and is also a two-time New Roots finalist. He has a solo album released in 2019.

Both artists have performed at an Open Stage at the Club.

Apr 21st

Landermason

CANCELLED - BOOKED IN 2021

Fiona Lander and Paul Mason collectively known as 'Landermason' have been writing, recording and performing together since 2000. Multi instrumentalist Fiona (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul (guitars and vocals) have developed a unique sound which displays their undoubted talents. They combine both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in their beautiful and striking arrangements.

The LIVE sound is impressive, full of variety and with plenty of audience interaction. Often described as 'refreshingly different', Landermason are equally at home entertaining audiences in folk and acoustic music clubs, theatres, festivals, village halls and pubs and are proud to have performed at some of the UK's best known live music venues.

Last seen at our Festival in 2017. Do not miss this!

Apr 28th
Round the Room
Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all
May 5th

The Hut People

CANCELLED - BOOKED IN 2021

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.

May 12th
Open Stage CANCELLED

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 £3.00
 

May 19th

Clive Gregson

Final Solo Tour!

SORRY NOT ON AND NOT BOOKED IN FOR 2021

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. He has also worked with Liz Simcock.
2020 is Clive Gregson’s 40th year as a professional musician, so... what better time to announce his big project for 2020? Clive plans to release one brand new album each month throughout the year – all different, all new, all original. He is retiring so do not miss this visit to St Neots!!!

Admission: £10.00 & £12.00

May 26th
Round the Room CANCELLED Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all 
June 2nd
Dan Walsh -CANCELLED - BOOKED IN 2021
Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal'. His unique and eclectic style, taking in folk, funk, bluegrass and even some Arabic music, has stunned audiences across the UK many times but is also spreading its wings with recent successful performances in Germany, India and Canada and a very successful first tour of New Zealand. His high energy performances and witty banter have made him one of the most exciting new talents around.
June 9th

Marian Bradfield & Val Monteith

CANCELLED - BOOKED IN 2021

Singer, song writer and story teller Marian is based in Donegal and has released several albums both studio and live to her name. She will be accompanied by Val Monteith on ukulele bass.

Marian Bradfield has quickly become one of Ireland's most successful vocalists. Since making her debut on the Gaelic-language arts program, "Cursai", on Irish National Television in March 1993, Bradfield has been hailed by music critics as "the golden girl of Irish music". According to Irish music magazine, "Hot Press", "(Bradfield) pours out her heart and a rich palette of emotions". In a poll of the magazine's readers, Bradfield was voted "Ireland's top female artist", while critics named her "best solo performer of 1993".

Bradfield's crystal-clear vocals and ironic songwriting are irresistible. Three weeks after her appearance on "Cursai", she was signed to a record contract by Irish record label, Tandem. Her debut album, "Marian", released in 1993, was followed by "Tonight Is Just For Us", two years later. Bradfield's third album, "The Emperor's Field", released in 1998, was produced by Pat Donne, whose lengthy list of credentials include overseeing albums by Ronnie Wood, The Wilde Oscars, Sonic Youth and House Of Pain. Bradfield was also featured on three compilation albums-"Folksong", "Celtic Woman" and "Countryfolk"-released in 1995 and 1996.

June 12th ,13th & 14th

  St Neots 38th Folk Festival- CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR

NEXT YEAR'S DATES: 11, 12 & 13TH JUNE

Booked so far :Richard Digance, The Salts, Ninebarrow, Tom McConville, Jeremy Harmer + cellist, Tom Bryans, Clark & Johnson plus New Roots finalist . Day of Dance on Saturday. New venture - a free Open Mic on Sunday afternoon.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT NEXT YEAR WILL SEE OUR MAIN ARTISTS BOOKED AGAIN

June 16th

Tom Kitching -

Busk England

CANCELLED -will rebook 2021

  Awaiting news that we can meet again!

Fiddle player and author of the book 'Seasons of Change', Tom has worked with numerous singers and bands, including Pilgrims' Way, Gavin Davenport, Jon Loomes, Gren Bartley, Zoe Mulford, and Albireo. He has tutored at several Summer Schools, and has lead numerous workshops around the country. Heavily involved in the dance scene, and veteran of over 1500 gigs, he stands at the leading edge of the English folk scene. His style is English at heart, whilst encompassing elements of many other traditions. It is a unique, vibrant style full of exuberance, energy and wit, yet capable of expressing extraordinary emotional depth.

In March 2015, he released his first solo album, 'Interloper', a deeply personal project to capture the state of the English instrumental tradition and define the role of the fiddle within it.

In March 2020, he released 'Seasons of Change' a book and an album capturing a moment in time in the streets of England.

Tom is also a much in demand fiddle teacher in the North West of England.

June 23rd

Megan Wisdom

CANCELLED - rebooked 2021

  Awaiting news that we can meet again!

Megan was first seen at our Festival as a finalist in the New Roots competition. She has since embarked on a University Degree Course and is a competent performer both a capella and with small table top organ!

 

June 30th

Round the Room

cancelled

  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all
July 7th

The Snapes

CANCELLED - REBOOKED 2021

Peter and Barbara Snape have a great love of traditional British folk music especially that of the north of England where they live. Their songs and music offer a refreshing and individual approach which effortlessly embraces the carefully researched repertoire of material they love performing. They are convivial company, a proven quality act and a close-knit partnership that's fully assured in its research, preparation and performance, and deservedly popular with audiences.

With a distinct musical identity and an entertaining menu of good songs, all well sung and played with commitment, passion and enjoyment, The Snapes are two fine performers with a well-deserved national reputation for performing traditional British folk music.

With carefully researched material from their native North West of England, they will leave you in good spirits. Their selection of traditional songs with melodeon accompaniment is infectious and compels you to listen and take part. There is a distinct ‘northern resonance’ to their material and as someone put it… there is a synergy, a bounce and a lift in what they do and from traditional ballads through to quirky comical, The Snapes have it all.

Refreshing, original and convivial company, you will not have a dull moment with these two!

July 14th

  Open Stage

CANCELLED

  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 £3.00
 
July 21st

Harp and a Monkey Victorians Show

CANCELLED - REBOOKED 2021

SONGS about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey.
The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.
The outfit, who have been friends for more than 20 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors. Ask them about their influences and they are as likely to cite Ordnance Survey maps and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as they are Bert Jansch, Bjork or The Oldham Tinkers.
Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have been building up a loyal following via the old fashioned practice of relentless gigging and modern practice of social network sites.

This is their 'Victorians' Show!

July 28th
 Round the Room CANCELLED
 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all
AUGUST
 

CLUB CLOSED

WE HOPE RE - OPENING FOR OCTOBER!! When we are allowed to be indoors for music!

Sept 1st
Open Stage - cancelled
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: £5.00 performers £3.00
Sept 8th
Jez Lowe - CANCELLED - REBOOKED 2021

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.

  Jez’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.

Sept 15th
  No guest

 

Sept 22nd
Jay Turner CANCELLED - REBOOKED 2021 
A blast from the past! Jay is a superb songwriter and was last seen at St Neots many years ago with his wife - Cath, and resident in Australia! Do not miss this chance to see Jay
Sept 29th
  Round the Room cancelled
 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all
Oct 6th

This will NOT be the opening night due to floor repairs in the hall.

(Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman)

(CANCELLED TO BE BOOKED IN 2022)

 

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FLOOR REPAIRS! NO CLUB TILL NEXT WEEK

PLEASE NOTE - All folks need to book a place as we are restricted to 25 places with social distancing in place. We are using the Guest Hall.

Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

Oct 13th

OPENING NIGHT!

Antoine & Owena

  Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet. Combining original material with their own take on some traditional songs, this Wiltshire-based duo of multi-instrumentalists delivers an eclectic mix of songs and tunes which enthuse and entertain.

PLEASE NOTE - All folks need to book a place as we are restricted to 25 places with social distancing in place. We are using the Guest Hall.

CLUB TIMES HAVE CHANGED TO: 7.30-9.30PM

Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

Oct 20th

Club Song Session

Was Daoirí Farrell 

Deferred to May 2022

PLEASE NOTE - All folks need to book a place as we are restricted to 25 places with social distancing in place. We are using the Guest Hall.

Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

Oct 27th
  Round the Room  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all
Nov 3rd

Open Stage 

BOOKINGS OPEN!

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: £5.00 performers £3.00 Book your seat!
Nov 10th

CLUB CLOSED TILL 8TH DEC.

RELOCATED TO

2ND FEB 2021

Jon Betmead & Tom Ling

Jon and Tom have played the Club many times and we are very pleased that they can fill this evening for us. Rich and varied vocals with guitar and fiddle.

PLEASE NOTE - All folks need to book a place as we are restricted to 25 places with social distancing in place. We are using the Guest Hall.

Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

Nov 17th

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

RELOCATED TO 9TH FEB 2021

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. Making a name for themselves on the Folk Circuit!

A return visit - do not miss this talented trio! DEFINITELY ON!

Do not forget to book your seat!

Nov 24th
  Round the Room  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. Admission £3.00 for all
Dec 1st

Terry Hiscock

RELOCATED TO 16TH FEB 2021

Terry Hiscock When he's not touring with Hunter Muskett, Terry performs acoustic songs from the band's repertoire both old and new and has acquired a well-deserved reputation as a soloist in his own right. Playing up and down the land in countless clubs, concert halls and festivals, he has accumulated a wealth of stories and anecdotes to delight his audiences, but it is the performances of his own songs which stay long in the memory.

Terry was last seen at the Club doing a spot at a Richard Digance night.

Do not forget to book your seat!

Dec 8th

CLUB REOPENS:

Phil Underwood &

Denise Dryburgh

'DryWood'

Phil Underwood is a multi instrumentalist who has been playing folk music for over fifty years. He is an actor/musician, singer songwriter, director and playwright with a passion for all genres of folk and roots music on melodeon, concertina, fiddle, guitar, banjo and percussion. He has formed and played in many bands, including The Creole Brothers, KARA (with Daria Kulesh and Pete Morton), The Fishwives Choir and The Pitmatics.

He trained for the stage with the National Theatre’s War Horse production and toured his own stage show Canals of Old England. Career highlights include a appearances playing melodeon with Bill Bailey at Wembley Arena, The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Glastonbury Rock Music Festival, BBC Breakfast TV and BBC TV Songs of Praise.

Denise Dryburgh started singing as a teenager in a successful all girl group DeLorelei and subsequently made her name on the folk circuit as a fine and powerful folk singer and session leader. She toured folks clubs and festivals between 2009-2014 as part of a harmony trio The Morning After. Since early 2018 she has been the percussionist in The Pitmatics and now also sings and plays percussion with Phil in their duo DryWood.

Do not forget to book your seat!

Dec 15th

 Club Christmas Party

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

And BOOK YOUR SEAT!

Dec 22nd
Club closed

Happy Christmas!!

Dec 29th
 Club Closed
 
   HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2021
  5th January
  Dave Ellis & Boo Howard!
   
   
   

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