st Neots Folk Club Guests booked 2021

DATE WHO or WHAT is on INFORMATION guests rebooked from 2020 marked *
Jan 5th Dave Ellis & Boo Howard

Dave & Boo are a London based acoustic duo with a musical partnership that began in 1979.
Their story began in the 70s when a very young Dave left Liverpool and headed to London with his guitar. He released a solo album in 1973, which was rated as a classic acoustic guitar record of its time. This led to touring with his hero Bert Jansch as well as achieving national exposure on shows such as The Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert. Dave became a regular solo performer at well-known London venues such as the Marquee, the Roundhouse and the Lyceum. He was even listed as “one of the 6 best guitarists in the world” by Melody Maker and opened for many big names of the day including The Edgar Broughton Band at the Rainbow and Rod Stewart and Status Quo at Reading Festival.
Mixing with this kind of musician led Dave to forming an electric band called ‘The Reactors’ in 1979. Boo joined on bass and vocals and the two became a solid songwriting team. They were signed to The Police’s management company and they
recorded a Reactors album ‘Snaps’ in 1989. At one time even Jermaine Jackson (Michael’s brother) took an active interest in them in the States.

In the early 2000s Dave and Boo developed an acoustic act which returned them to their folk club roots. Their debut album as a duo, Maybe I Might Fall, was critically acclaimed and featured a simple acoustic performance.
Several albums have been recorded since then, from 2002’s Amber through to Great Pleasure in 2018. The songs are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than entertaining, drawing on influences from
both the folk world and the rock scene they were involved in for so long. 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.
Great Pleasure is the latest release from the duo, incorporating their fluent style with a familiarity with the recording process that allows them to write and perform at a level every bit the equal of their major-label peers. What’s more, they translate the ambitious playing, singing and songwriting of their studio recordings seamlessly into their live performances, so that whether they are playing at a large festival or a more intimate folk club the audience feels involved and part of a special event. In short, they are the real deal, and Great Pleasure is more than worthy of your attention.

Jan 12th 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!!!
Jan 19th TBA  
Jan 26th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Feb 2nd TBA  
Feb 9th Showcase  
Feb 16th TBA  
Feb 23rd Round the Room & AGM

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

AGM at 8.00pm prompt

Mar 2nd Fake Thackray * ‘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 9th TBA  
Mar 16th 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!
Mar 23rd Over the Moon (Canada)  

Mar 30th

Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Apr 6th Landermason *

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 13th Caim  
Apr 20th

Dan McKinnon (Canada)

 

Apr 27th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
May 4th

The Hut People *

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 11th 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 18th
Tania Opland & Mike Freeman

 

 

May 25th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
June 1st Dan Walsh  
June 8th

Marian Bradfield *

& Val Monteith

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 ,11th,12th & 13th St Neots Folk Festival*

Richard Digance, Granny's Attic, Ninebarrow, Tom McConville, Friday Showcase night, Day of Dance and more to be announced!

For more information follow this link-Festival .

June 15th The Salts*

Twenty first century folk fires a respectful broadside at the traditional.
The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times.
The Salts have developed their own unique sound mixing well written original compositions alongside traditional tunes we all know and love, their live shows are guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along. Their debut album ‘She Rises’ and now their second album 'BRAVE' are receiving rave reviews across the board.

 

June 22nd

Megan Wisdom *

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 29th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
July 6th The Snapes * 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 13th Harp & a Monkey *

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 19th

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 27th Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

  CLUB CLOSED FOR AUGUST
     
Sept 7th

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!!!

Sept 14th Judy Cook *  Judy is back after a now 3year break and we look forward to her informative and entertaining songs from America and beyond.
Sept 21st Maria Dunn (Canada) * A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, 2017 Juno nominee Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished songs about ordinary people. In 2016, she released her sixth independent album Gathering (Nominee - 2017 Juno, WCMA; Winner - 2016 Edmonton Music Prize), songs of courage and struggle, local and global (produced by Shannon Johnson of Juno-winning band The McDades).

Edmonton-based, Maria tours internationally. Accolades for her songwriting include publication in Sing Out! and Penguin Eggs magazines and the Rise Again songbook (2015). Other artists have recorded (Niamh Parsons, Bob Bossin) or performed (Archie Fisher, Andy Irvine, Nathan Rogers) her songs.

Sept 28th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Oct 5th Tom Kitching *

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.

Oct 12th

Jay Turner *

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 now resident in Australia! Do not miss this chance to see Jay.

JAY'S FIRST SOLO ACOUSTIC UK TOUR IN 26 YEARS

Between 1989 & 1995, Jay Turner wrote & performed his original songs on the international folk-scene from four acclaimed albums, ‘Passion Roulette’ (1989), ‘Movements In Architecture’ (1990), ‘Atmavictu’ (1992) & ‘Sketchbook’ (1993). Along the way, he played at most of the contemporary folk clubs & festivals in the UK, most notably playing Cambridge Mainstage 1 & supporting numerous folk luminaries, such as Fairport Convention on their Winter UK Tour (1991).

During a tour of Australia in ’95, Jay met Brisbane-based singer/songwriter Cath Mundy. Their mutual admiration led to them forming Mundy-Turner & marrying later that year. Between 1995 & 2006, Mundy-Turner played to enthusiastic audiences in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada, Italy & Hong Kong, releasing six acclaimed albums of original material along the way & playing tour support to major international acts such as ‘The Corrs’, ‘Fairport Convention’, The Fureys’ etc. With the birth of their son Joshua in November 2006, the duo decided to move to Brisbane, Queensland, to raise their son. The live just south of Brisbane, where they are extremely busy writing, recording & performing, delighting audiences wherever they go. In 2015, the duo were key creatives for the Queensland Music Festival's large-scale production 'Under This Sky - Logan's Musical Celebration'.

However, Jay has asked for ‘time out’ from his support role in their busy schedule to tour his original songs internationally again in 2020. A new solo Jay Turner album, provisionally entitled ‘The Point’, will be available at that time.

This will be a wonderful night of memeories and entertainment!

Oct 19th  Finn Collinson *  
Oct 26th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Nov 2nd Christina Alden & Alex Patterson  
Nov 9th The Carivick Sisters  
Nov 16th   Jez Lowe *

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.

Nov 23rd   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 30th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Dec 7th Belshazzars Feast *  
Dec 14th  

Dec 21st

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 29th   Club Closed
  Happy New Year! 2022