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11th July - 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.

A good evening of singing promised!

June 13th - Ewan Mcintyre Band

Together with his band from Canada and Scotland, Ewan Macintyre weaves his own blend of folk pop traditions. Hailed as “a welcome moment in the future of Scottish music”, live shows feature beautiful string arrangements, ripping solos, soaring harmonies and heartfelt lyrical content.


Ewan Macintyre has a long musical pedigree – as lead singer with the award-winning Edinburgh collective Southern Tenant Folk Union he performed the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland at top venues & major festivals including Celtic Connections and in 2011 the band won Americana Artist of the Year. He recorded 2 critically acclaimed albums with the band, receiving stellar reviews from Mojo, Q, The Guardian, Irish Times, Uncut, Irish Mail on Sunday, Hot Press as well as live TV performances on RTE’s ‘The Late Late Show’ & ‘The View’. Ewan has supported a diverse mix of acts ranging from 'Hot House Flowers' to 'Coolio'.

In 2015 Ewan recorded his first solo E.P. “You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway”, a mix of genres and styles presented with a “Celtic Soul feel”. The album reached no3 in the National Folk/ Roots charts of Canada. Rooted in the storytelling folk genre, Ewan infuses his music with layers of Swing, Scottish trad, Bluegrass, Jazz Soul, Blues and Pop.

Since the age of 16 he has composed and toured music for international theatre productions, having toured Azerbaijan, South East Asia and North America before his 17th birthday. Most recent theatre compositions include “In Her Shadows” directed by Cora Bisset and “Dragon Matrix” by Vision Mechanics.

 

16th May - Black*Scarr (Derek Gifford is unable to appear due to an operation)

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.

 

4th July - Open Stage

This is your chance to strut your stuff! 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!!! Now one spot remains!

Admission: £5.00 performers £2.00

 

ST NEOTS 35TH FOLK FESTIVAL

June 9th 10th & 11th 2017

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

 

25th July - Round the Room night!

Come along and strut your stuff or enjoy others doing just that!

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

£2.00 entry for all.

PLEASE NOTE THE CLUB IS CLOSED FOR AUGUST - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

26th September - Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

£2.00 entry for all.

 

27th June - our Round the Room night!

Come along and strut your stuff or enjoy others doing just that!

£2.00 entry for all.

 

23rd May - 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.
Born in Preston UK, Ken started playing the regional club circuit where his talents were soon recognised.
In the early seventies he formed the band ‘Nicol & Marsh’s Easy Street’ with Pete Marsh, and it wasn’t long before they landed their first major record contract. They went on to produce four albums to widespread acclaim on the CBS and Polydor labels, the last one being recorded in Los Angeles. This prompted Ken to make his home in the US where he played gigs as a solo acoustic performer, and as lead singer and co-songwriter for the band ‘Versailles’.
Ken returned to the UK from LA in 1989, and once again began working the club circuit as a solo performer, going on to produce the albums: “Living in a Spanish Town”, “Two Frets from the Blues”, “Clean Feet – No Shoes”, “The Bridge”, and more recently: “Thirteen Reasons”, all released on his own M.V.S label.
In 1997 Ken joined The Albion Band as lead guitarist and singer, writing much of the band’s material himself and co-writing with Ashley Hutchings. They produced four albums in this time: “Happy Accident”, Before Us Stands Yesterday”, “The Christmas Album” and “Road Movies” on the Topic record label.
In December 2002, he successfully joined forces with the legendary folk-rockers Steeleye Span on their UK ‘Reunion Tour’, and due to its great success, his collaboration with the band continued for a further seven years.
2004 saw the release of two albums: ‘They Called Her Babylon’ and ‘Winter. His third collaboration with the band: ‘Bloody Men’ was released in 2006, and the most recent: ‘Cogs, Wheels and Lovers’ in 2009.
2009 proved to be an extremely busy time with Steeleye. The band celebrated their 40th year in the business; as well as the UK Spring Tour, the band also visited the USA in September for six dates, then flew on to Australia for a further eight concerts before finishing their anniversary year with a ‘Winter Tour’ – again in the UK through the months of November and December.
Deciding to take full advantage of his trip ‘down under’ with Steeleye, Ken immediately followed the Australian leg with a string of solo performances beginning in Perth, and continuing across the North and South islands of New Zealand during October and November.

Ken continues to write, record and tour as a solo artist

We are very pleased to have Ken at St Neots.

Admission: £8.00 members £10.00 non-members

 

18th July - Stepling Folk

in action and full face!

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), 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 and it will be a real treat!

Admission: Members £9.00 Non-Members £10.00

30th May - Round the Room

 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

Come along and strut your stuff or enjoy others doing just that!

£2.00 entry 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!

 

9th May - 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.

Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’- (fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale.

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 Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

This will be an evening not to be missed!

Tickets: from the Club or on the Door

£12.00 members £14.00 Non-members

17th October - Open Stage

This is your chance to shine and be the guest!

E mail- stneotsfolkclub@aol.com or 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!!!

Order of play is sorted on the night.

Admission: £2.00 performers £5.00 audience

20th June - Mike Silver

The respected North Cornwall based singer/songwriter is a master of his craft with a voice like velvet. He has over 40 years of experience as a writer, singer, consummate guitarist and live performer. He has charmed audiences at festivals and venues around the globe. From artists on main stage to those taking their turn in back room pub sessions, people sing Mike's songs all over the UK and in Europe. His songs are of longing, love and loss, perceptive and thoughtful, with haunting melodies and heart stopping lyrics. This most accomplished acoustic artist sings and records a series of thoughts and feelings that are special and magical.

Mike has not sung at St Neots for a few years and we welcome him back - do not miss this lovely evening and guest!

5th September - Pilgrims' Way

L to R: Edwin, Jude, Tom & Jon

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.

Formed by default under a Stockport pub table in early 2010 by Ed, Tom, and past member, Lucy Wright, Pilgrims' Way has grown to incorporate a dazzling array of instrumentation and millinery. With the extraordinarily omni-skilled musician Jon Loomes (22 instruments played on Red Diesel!), and champion Renaissance woodwind parper and oboe wrangler Jude Rees joining along the way, the prospect of an early night is slim.

Edwin Beasant (Melodeons, Guitar, Bass, Electric Mars-Bar, etc)
Edwin is a musician with a varied and possibly dubious background, having been brought up in a Morris Dancing family. Steeped in the traditions of England, he sought further influences, finding inspiration in the continental and trans-Atlantic traditions, as well as through Motown and soul.
A compulsive multi-instrumentalist, Edwin plays many, indeed most things, including some that haven't been invented yet, but is best known as a talented and inventive box player with ABU and for his stint as the drummer with Jabadaw. A hugely empathetic accompanist, his greatest strength is in instinctively bringing out the best in other people's music with exactly the right textures and rhythms.

Jude Rees (Oboe, Vocals, Bagpipes, Woodwind)Jude is the latest addition to Pilgrims’ Way. As a woodwind specialist she is a widely acclaimed for her lyrical playing delivered with drive and dynamism. A founder member of Isambarde, Jude’s barnstorming oboe playing coupled with her ability to convey narrative through song has won her plaudits from audiences around the country. A sought-after session musician, she has guested on numerous albums and arranged strings and brass for studio projects. Jude is also a fixture on the early music scene. She currently performs with Renaissance Consort Piva and is known for playing instruments that go PARP and singing a bawdy catch whilst wearing a variety of silly hats.

Tom Kitching (Fiddle, Mandolin)
10 years and 1250 gigs a professional, Tom was described by Mike Harding as "one of the best English fiddlers ever " and is certainly one of the most in demand musicians on the scene, gigging with Gavin Davenport, Gren Bartley, and Albireo, as well as with his own band, and a duo with Mr Loomes.
In 2015, he brought out his first solo album 'Interloper' to critical acclaim, winning a place on the Telegraph's list of folk albums of the year, and being awarded 5 stars and 6th best album of the year in the Sunday Express. His hobbies include tarboats, watching Salford Rugby League club lose, collecting kettle leads, and chairing the Stockport and District Formation Mild Drinking Squad.

Jon Loomes (Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina, Vacuum cleaner)
A consummate performer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and ethno-musicologist, Jon is renowned for his work with traditional English folk music.
His debut solo album was released by Fellside Records to considerable acclaim and he has subsequently appeared as a guest musician on numerous CDs, and has produced many more. Upon joining Pilgrims' Way, he was reckoned by James Fagan to have 'Filled in holes he didn't know were there', thereby saving the council a fortune in compensation cases.
Rumours that he is merely the puppet at the head of a drunken feline world domination conspiracy are probably slightly wide of the mark.