guest list for 2022

DATE
WHO or WHAT is on

INFORMATION - see the artist info page for more details on some of the artists.

Jan 4th
New Year's Singaround
 Come and stretch your tonsils for the New Year! Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. £3.00 for all
Jan 11th  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!!! Plenty of spots available!
Admission: Audience £5.00 Performers £3.00 
Jan 18th
 Arthur Coates & Kerran Cotterell

A Scottish and English duo - a pair of wonderful musicians - fiddle and guitar extraordinaire with feet!

Jan 25th
Round the Room
 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
Feb 1st  Milton Hide  Milton Hide (AKA Jim and Josie Tipler) come from East Sussex and live at the foot of the famous Long Man of Wilmington hill figure. The duo weave eloquent, well-crafted songs and stories - Jim’s guitar and Josie’s pure vocal delivery blending perfectly. Arrangements also include percussion, with the clarinet providing a third voice. Their music has been described as “reminiscent of the Moody Blues” (Living Tradition), “a touch of Fleetwood Mac” and “vintage Steeleye” (Spiral Earth).
Feb 8th
 Showcase night with Jack Sharp & Anna Tam

 Jack impressed us at an Open Stage with his singing so here we can enjoy some more!

Anna plays a variety of instruments including a nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy and viola da gamba. She sings in a clear voice giving traditional British songs her own personal twist.

Feb 15th
Jon Betmead & Tom Ling
 John and Tom need no introduction to the Club Members - an evening of good songs and tunes plus the odd chorus!
Feb 22nd Round the room & AGM Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. £3.00 for all
Mar 1st

Les Barker

support Paul AshleyAKA The Wandering Man

A short biography from the age of three until nearly teatime.
Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.
Tickle your ribs listening to Les!!!!

Paul Astley is a folk singer/songwriter from the North East, now living in Ripon, North Yorkshire and has been writing songs for a number of years but has only taken to social media this past year under the name, The Wandering Man. He went into the recording studio with John Kettle from Merry Hell and recorded his very first songs and hope to release his first EP in 2022.

Admission - £12.00 & £14.00

Mar 8th
Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke

Fran and Mike have been playing since the early 1970's and were frequent guests at St Neots Folk Club. Visit their website and you will see early pictures from our Club taken in The King's Head stables bar (now Nawab Indian)!

They play many styles covering easy listening Blues and Americana . They have toured in many forms apart from as a duo and released several albums over the years.

Mar 15th

Tom Moore & Archie Moss

 

Tom Moore and Archie Moss are a contemporary Folk duo reworking traditional influences from their native counties. BBC YFA Winners. Previously seen as Moore, Moss and Rutter.

Good to see young folks on the scene!

Admission: £10.00 & £12.00 UNABLE TO APPEAR DUE TO COVID!

Mar 22nd  Over the Moon (Cananda) Canadian roots/swing duo Over The Moon's Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell are award winniing multi-instrumentalists/vocalists that met, fell in love, got married and discovered their voices blend so well together that people often tear up upon hearing them sing.

Living on a ranch in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, it's inevitable there will be a strong sense of place and the rhythms of the land when you start to make music. When the couple released their debut album, the resonances were there for all to hear. reflecting the pulse of life, lived in a territory that is both dirt-hard, rugged and beautiful.

Mar 29th
Round the Room
 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
Apr 5th  QuickSilver Grant Baynham and Hilary Spencer are well known at St Neots. Brilliant guitar accompaniments to Hilary’s superb vocals mean you will have a most entertaining evening of songs and infectious wit alongside skilled playing.
Not seen at the Club since 2016 so do not miss them!
 Apr 12th  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.

A return visit - they reopened the Club in Sept 2020

 Apr 19th
  Megan Wisdom & Mossy Christian

Hailing from Lincolnshire and East Anglia respectively, Mossy Christian and Megan Wisdom perform traditional English folk songs, unaccompanied or supported by a variety of instruments. Described as ‘One of the true new custodians of the tradition’ by Bright Young Folk, Mossy released his debut solo album Come Nobles and Heroes in 2020. Megan cultivated her signature warm and simple style in Suffolk pub sessions, which she has been attending for as long as she can remember, and released her debut EP in 2018. Embracing the repertoire of traditional singers and the influence of revival era performers alike, Mossy and Megan are part of a living tradition, carrying the music forward into the future and always eager to share the joy which has been passed on to them throughout their musical lives.

This will be a superb evening!

 Apr 26th
Round the Room

 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

Special theme night: English night in honour of St George!

 May 3rd Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’ Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, and performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Since then he has toured the UK, and played at festivals in Australia, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and more. In February 2018 he toured with the all-star Transatlantic Sessions in major venues across the UK. Daoirí released his new album ‘A Lifetime Of Happiness’, produced by Dónal Lunny, in February 2019.

This is a first visit to St Neots - not to be missed!! Deferred from 2020!

 Admission: £12.00 & £15.00

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daoiri-farrell-in-concert-tickets-263602200277 booking fee applies!

May 10th  Dan McKinnon

Blessed with a glorious baritone voice, a graceful mastery on guitar, and a hearty laugh that delights any room, Dan McKinnon has carved out his own unique, musical path. From early beginnings in the coffee houses, pubs and bars of Atlantic Canada, to yearly tours throughout the UK, Dan’s performances reveal an enduring respect for the past, tempered by a profound attachment to the present. His keenly observed stories and passionately delivered songs convey a deep inquisitiveness into the human condition combined with the rich heritage of the Maritimes.

Admission:£10.00 & £12.00
May 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 £3.00 
 May 24th  Jack Hogsden  Jack Hogsden is making waves on the folk circuit as an accomplished singer, guitarist, melodeon player and more. Working with a variety of materials, he performs songs and tunes from his home county of Sussex and the surrounding areas, as well from North America, Scotland, Australia and beyond. With such a diverse repertoire, much of his music is taken from rare and unique sources, either written or recorded, and these have been reworked to provide tasteful accompaniments and arrangements that emphasise the stories he tells.

Jack's songs are tales of love, betrayal, work, life, death, fun, and, at times, the supernatural. His arrangements and stylistic qualities are inspired by the legends that came before him, yet are delivered with a fresh and sympathetic approach. Combining his rhythmically free vocal style, inspired by the source singers he works from, with his driving and percussive guitar arrangements, leaves many wanting more, and this masterful performance technique has granted him gigs at some of the UK's top folk festivals and folk clubs.

Alongside his wide vocal range and driving guitar, Jack is widely known for his work on diatonic button accordions and melodeons. Utilising styles from various aspects of English traditional dance, he pairs these with tunes from around the world to give dominating arrangements with harmonies found across all genres, including classical and jazz. It is his use of rhythm, inspired by genres such as reggae, that have made him a highly sought after accompanist and ceilidh musician. Jack can also be seen using mandolins, concertinas, dulcimers, and electronics in all aspects of traditional music.

May 31st
Round the Room
Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
June 7th

Showcase night

Rhys Wilson who impressed us at an Open Stage with his lovely songs. A very experienced musician from the Cambridge area.

Tony Clark & Karen Johnson well known to regular Club members and back in action after the 'lockdown'! Lovely songs and harmony.

June 10, 11 & 12th Folk Festival weekend!

 Super Guests in store!!! Day of Dance, free OpenStage session AND -

SPIERS & BODEN, GAELFORCE, GRANNY'S ATTIC, Jack in a Barrel and more tbc. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

June 14th
 Landermason
'Landermason' are a duo like no other! Multi instrumentalist Fiona Lander(vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason (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 compositions and striking arrangements. Fiona is also a talented composer and choir organiser.
June 21st
Na Mara
na-mara are the St Albans (UK) based folk duo - Paul McNamara (Guitar and vocals) and Rob Garcia (Guitar, mandolin and mandola). Their repertoire is varied and ranges across the Celtic world including music from the British Isles, Brittany, Asturias and Galicia, and songs from the British Isles, Brittany and northern France for voice, guitars, mandola and mandolin.

They have been playing around folk clubs in Herts, Beds, Bucks, Cambs for a number of years. Over and above an extensive range of folk club and folk festival invitations, they have supported a range of artists from across the folk world

June 28th Round the Room  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome. £3.00 for all
July 5th   Steve Turner

Steve 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 in the late 1960’s. Steve built a violin retailing business during a break from playing. But folk music has a habit of getting into your blood so 2004 saw Steve make a welcome return to the folk scene playing Festivals and Clubs.

A welcome return to the Club.

July 12th  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 
July 19th

John Kirkpatrick

POSTPONED DUE TO TRAVEL AND WEATHER

NEW DATE : 6th Sept

CLUB CLOSED THIS NIGHT.

John is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.

As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.

John has lived in Shropshire since 1973, where he still dances with the Morris team he founded in 1975, The Shropshire Bedlams.
English Folk Dance and Song Society's Gold Badge 2003
(Awarded for his outstanding contribution to English Folk Music)

Admission:£10.00 & £12.00

 July 26th
Round the Room
  Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
  Club Closed in August HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
Sept 6th
  JOHN KIRKPATRICK

See 19th July for details.

Admission:£10.00 & £12.00

Sept 13th  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. She will be accompanied by Shannon Johnson.

Sept 20th

 

Cathryn Craig &

Brian Willoughby

 Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby’s careers span many musical genres. Cathryn has worked in the USA with The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein, Jorma Kaukonen and Chet Atkins and she has 3 well received UK releases, Porch Songs, Cathryn Craig & Pigg River Symphony.

Brian began his career with Mary Hopkin and was Strawbs’ lead guitarist for 25 years. He has also played with Monty Python, Roger Whittaker, Joe Brown & Jim Diamond. The duo has both worked with Nanci Griffith.
Impressed with her studio work, Brian invited Cathryn to assist with tracks on his solo release Black & White and Craig & Willoughby was born, going on to build a fan base through tireless and impressive performances to enthusiastic audiences.

A very welcome return to St Neots - we look forward to this!

Admission £9.00 & £11.00

 Sept 27th
Round the Room
Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
Oct 4th
Union Jill
Union Jill are a Yorkshire-based female acoustic duo with over a decade of festival and folk club experience. As singers, instrumentalists and songwriters, they bring a sense of storytelling with their songs, with vocals that produce spellbinding effects with their rich harmonies. Union Jill have established an appealing stage presence and gather an ever-growing fan base across the UK. Taking their inspiration from a wide range of styles, Union Jill bring their own energy and passion to the acoustic music scene. They mix traditional folk instrumentation (guitars, mandola, concertina) with an edgy contemporary feel and powerful vocal delivery. Sharon and Helen’s ability to tell a story through lyrics draws in audiences of all types. Their material embraces historical themes and contemporary issues; personal experiences and protest songs. They have an on-stage banter that you only get from two women sharing a stage.

With four albums under their belt (two produced by Clive Gregson and John Wood) they bring a rich and well-developed set.

Oct 11th
 Clive Gregson

 Born and raised in Manchester, England, Clive is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer.

In 1985, Clive released his first solo album and he has maintained a solo profile ever since. His solo recordings and tours have been one of the main outlets for his prolific songwriting and a solo “Best Of…” compilation was released in April 2009. Clive’s solo albums feature an eclectic mix of pop and folk styles, ranging from a stripped down one man and his acoustic intimacy to a full on electric band approach. Clive’s live shows are usually solo performances and the guitar skills that prompted Guitar to include him in their “1,000 Great Guitarists” are always well in evidence.

He has also toured and recorded with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine, Plainsong 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. Nanci’s version of “I Love This Town” (performed as a duet with Jimmy Buffett) was released as a single in 2006 and became a radio hit in both America and the UK, receiving more than 5,000 spins in the USA.

Clive relocated to the USA in 1993. He continued to tour regularly, write prolifically and remain in demand as a record producer and session musician. Clive decided to retire from solo touring at the end of 2020 in order to concentrate on writing and studio work, BUT Covid got in the way and he has now chosen to fulfill his farewell tour!

This will be a very special night so do not miss it! Admission: £10 & £12

Oct 18th
Liz Simcock

Liz writes some superb songs with both wit and empathy. She is a popular guest at St Neots and has been performing for us regularly over the years. She is a very talented wordsmith!

She has worked with many top artists including Clive Gregson and formed a trio with Dave Ellis and Boo Howard.

Do come and enjoy her singing

Oct 25th
Round the Room
Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
Nov 1st  Mair Thomas  Mair was brought up in Montgomeryshire in a musical family. She sings both in English and Welsh, and has a special interest in traditional Welsh songs.

Mair started writing songs in 2003, and has featured on Radio 3’s Late Junction, and Radios Hereford, Worcestershire and Shropshire, where her song ‘Love Imperfect’ was a record of the week. Mair has also featured as a special guest on Radio Shropshire’s Sunday Folk, hosted by Genevieve Tudor.

Her sound has been favourably compared with the likes of Eva Cassidy, Janis Ian and Carole King and she has a large and loyal fanbase.

A new artist to St Neots - do not miss her!

Nov 8th

Lynne Heraud

& Pat Turner

Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to dressing up or dancing when a song requires it. 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!”
Nov 15th
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 
Nov 22nd
Sarah Munro

“What a gorgeous voice! I think she’s absolutely fabulous!” is how BBC Radio 2 presenter and acclaimed singer Michael Ball described Sarah Munro. Sarah’s achievements include her latest single being featured on BBC 1’s Holby City, her music being championed by Jo Whiley, Jamie Cullum and Don Black on their BBC Radio 2 shows. She’s performed headline sets at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Cornbury Festival, following a 24-date UK tour supporting Paul Carrack at prestigious venues, including the London Palladium. Sarah has released 2 albums of original music ‘Say Hello To You’ and ‘Angel Road’ - her 3rd album ‘The Memory Book’ will be released in late 2022. Sarah’s pure, songbird-like voice (reminiscent of Eva Cassidy) paired with her soaring melodies and story-telling lyrics makes for a wonderful evening of music.

Nov 29th
Round the Room
 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.
Dec 6th
 Hatful of Rain
Hatful of Rain are based in East Sussex, they have been playing together since 2010. Their music is a blend of British Folk & Americana styles, centred round songs with timeless themes of love and loss, domestic hardships, migration, identity, celebration & grief. They have released 3 albums and 1 EP to date and have toured widely in the UK on the folk circuit; rooms above pubs, folk clubs, villages halls, festivals, house concerts and theatres. Concentrating on arrangements and nuances of their song writing, the style of the group has changed considerably since the departure of fiddle player/composer James Shenton. After two years playing as a trio they recruited Scott Smith as a permanent member in 2021.

Hatful of Rain are:

Chloe Overton – vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonica.

Phil Jones - double bass, vocals, guitar, banjo.

Fred Gregory - guitar, vocals and mandolin.

Scott Smith - Piano, Lapsteel, Percussion, Banjo & Vocals.

Admission TBA

Dec 13th
The Wilderness Yet

  The Wilderness Yet combines the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes. Independently, they have earned audiences’ esteem as consummate musicians; together, they weave an eclectic tapestry of traditional and original songs and tunes; from a cappella three-part harmonies to luscious instrumental arrangements. Their eponymous debut album was released in 2020 to critical acclaim, closely followed by a short EP of commissioned covers called John O Dreams. Lockdown saw them record a winter album / show called Turn The Year Round, featuring secular re-writes of classic carols and carefully arranged seasonal favourites. Their new studio album, What Holds The World Together?, was released on 21st July 2022.

Admission TBA

Dec 20th Club Christmas Party!
An evening with seasonal music and refreshments and your chance to do your party piece!