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20th November - Linda Watkins & Simon Loake - Tour of Britain Tour!

 

Linda and Simon have a new project! This is a complete entertianment which takes a tour of Britain in song and material from traditional to contemporary plus some self penned songs written specially for this project. Linda plays guitar and vocals and Simon is a multi instrumentalist and is a fabulous accompanist.

Hence the title - Tour of Britain Tour!

4th December - Anthony John Clarke

Not only has he written four of the most popular songs on the folk scene – ‘The Only Life Gloria Knows’, ‘The Broken Years’, ‘Walking On Sunday’ and the immortal ‘Tuesday Night is Always Karaoke’, but he remains in essence the reason that folk clubs and festivals continue to thrive!

He is hilarious, serious, compassionate, irreverent, brave, challenging, and a proper guitarist with an instantly recognisable voice.

For 35 years or more this gentleman of the world folk scene has seamlessly made the transition from pubs & social clubs to folk clubs, theatres & folk festivals. Now the established MC at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention Anthony John takes it all in his stride. “I just love the music, writing it, listening to it, trying to learn it, and luxuriating in it”.

25th September - Round the Room

 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

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

£3.00 entry for all.

 

11th Sept - The Vera van Heeringen Trio

It is unusual to find someone who is as good a songwriter as an instrumentalist. Vera van Heeringen is that person. A consummate guitarist, highly acclaimed by her contemporaries, she brings the instrument to life in way that is entirely her own. Vera also writes tunes and songs which deliver straight to - and from - the heart. Firmly rooted in Transatlantic traditions, her original contemporary Americana showcases both these skills: firebrand instrumental virtuosity and poignant, emotionally astute songwriting.

An early starter, raised in the acoustic music scene in her native Holland, Vera has long been recognised for her elegant yet gutsy guitar style – a skill which transposes to pretty much anything with strings! A musician with integrity and style in equal measure. In 2015, Vera released her second album, Proper Brew, which features a roll call of top-drawer musicians who share her musical aesthetic, and hold her in high esteem – amongst them Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Rayna Gellert and Kris Drever. Vera is now working on her third album.

Her live performances are intimate, understated affairs, allowing the music to speak for itself. Stripped back, potent, and full of groove. Outstanding flatpicking, fulsome fiddle playing, heartbreaking lyrics, and assured natural vocal tone and driving tunes are all integral to the show.
Currently Vera tours with a watertight acoustic trio featuring harmony king Dave Luke on guitar, vocals and mandolin, and double-bass stalwart Andy Seward. Dave has been the backbone of many hard-working country bands and toured extensively with Nashville singer songwriter Gail Davies, playing venues like the Grand Ole Opry. Musician and record producer extraordinaire Andy Seward was part of folk daling Kate Rusby's band as well as working with Eddi Reader, Richard Thompson, Andy Cutting, Martin Simpson and Brooks Williams.

Admission: £10.00 & £8.00

ST NEOTS 36TH FOLK FESTIVAL - 2018

Thanks to all who supported us

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

7th 8th & 9th JUNE 2019 - Some guests already booked!!!

9th October - 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.

This is an opportunity to enjoy some superb guitar playing and singing from Cathryn and Brian - a most welcome return to the Club!

18th December - Christmas Party night!

Seasonal music and songs with delicious refreshments and charity raffle!

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

£3.00 entry for all.

23rd October - Bonnet and Belt Show - Canals of old England

Bonnet and Belt Theatre Company Announces a New Stage Show “Canals of Old England”
Tales of the English Canals in Song, Poetry and Drama
“..stunning and original..” York House
“.. a great show ... Very enjoyable.” – Brian and Rose – Boaters

“Outstanding” – Dave Quayle – blogger
Canals of Old England is a unique new show from Bonnet and Belt Theatre Company performed by emerging playwright and actor/musician Phil Underwood and acclaimed folk singer Nancy Potts. Dressed in colourful traditional costume they tell the story - through music, poetry and narrative - of the Golden Age of the English canals.
Canals of Old England is based on solid oral and written historical research, weaving actual canal life and real stories into the narrative. It features both historical and original songs & music composed by the writer. The story is underpinned by the writer's personal experiences as a boatman living on the Grand Union Canal and inspired by his training for the stage in 2012 under director John Tams (War Horse, Sharpe, Jericho) with the National Theatre’s War Horse production.

 

13th November - Steve Tilston

Ask anyone on the English folk scene who is their favourite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer and nine times out of ten the same name will crop up in the top three of each area. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths; widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music: the words, arrangements and subtle but quite superb guitar playing could be by no one else. Steve has been performing for well over 40 years and keeps getting better!
The writer of the classic songs The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine.

Admission: £10.00 & £12.00

16th October - annA rydeR

A multi-instrumentalist!

annA has performed mainly on the folk scene playing all kinds of venues from small clubs to large festivals. She has made six albums including ‘Pockets On Fire’ which was released on the Fairport Conventionlabel ‘Woodworm’ with Fairport playing on eight of the tracks, and, in 2016, the long-awaited The Art of Making Faces was released which is an album of extraordinary beauty and subtle complexity bursting with original songs and littered with lots of interesting musicians and sounds.

annA is an original and inventive singer-songwriter with a musical style that, although based in folk, spans an array of genres. A multi-instrumentalist musical dynamo, she intertwines this fluency with a poetic and intimate lyricism, communicating her unique take on the world around her. Her captivating stage presence is combined with a playful approach to performing which reaches out to the whole audience. A crazy night is in store!

Not seen at St Neots for many years and this is a welcome return!

11th December - QuickSilver - Support - Lizzie Hardingham

Hilary on Grant

“After four years on BBC1’s “That’s Life!” Grant Baynham became a household name. He is a formidable songwriter and has an energy and enthusiasm which create a high-powered performance of material from virtually every genre you can imagine. He’s also one of the funniest people I have ever met. Is it possible to be formidable and hilarious at the same time? With Grant anything is possible.”


Grant on Hilary
Hilary has one of the most staggering voices in British acoustic music. Most folk fans will know it well from her work with top trio Artisan. If you haven’t yet heard her live, then the CDs will be, firstly, a quite-possibly-life-changing treat and, secondly, a demonstration of her breath-taking range of tone and mood. And now I get to play and write for her. Yahoo!”

Do not miss this entertaining combination!! Wonderful singing and guitar work!

Lizzy Hardingham

Lizzy is a young folky, acoustic singer songwriter from Hertfordshire, who both writes her own intimate material and arranges tradition folk material. Lizzy was a finalist in the New Roots competition this year.

Admission: £11.00 & £9.00

30th October - Round the Room

 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

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

£3.00 entry for all.

4th September - Steve Turner

strings and concertina

Steve Turner 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 at the end of the 1960s. Joining the Geordie band "Canny Fettle" in 1970, he made two albums and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years.
In 1979, he won the Melody Maker "Stars of the 80s" national competition, which persuaded him to turn professional for 12 years until 1991. During this time he made four solo albums with Fellside Records and toured internationally.
A period of thirteen years away from the folk scene followed with Steve building a violin retailing business and diversifying musically into a more classical mode.
But folk music has a habit of getting into your blood so 2004 saw Steve make a welcome return to the folk scene.

Admission: £10.00 & £8.00

 

18th September - The John Ward Trio

https://youtu.be/_0KtrrI6lzM

John Ward turned to folk and acoustic music in the mid 1980s and, by 1988, had become a full-time songwriter and musician on the folk and roots music scene. Since then, he has performed in countless venues all over England as well as overseas. John has guested on numerous radio shows and has appeared on British television a number of times. He has released 7 albums of original material and had a book published, all of which have received critical acclaim from reviewers and gig-goers alike. John’s recordings embrace a wonderful collection of his engaging songs, written in a variety of styles and his latest CD the very newly released 'Sargasso' is no exception. His previous album East of the Sunrise, was a collection of songs inspired by his local area, mainly written by John, with a couple of traditional songs from the region. One of these songs, ‘From Stornoway to Lowestoft’, recently won the songwriting competition at Ryedale folk festival in the North of England.

John has worked with a wide range of musicians over the years and has a highly successful and long-term musical partnership with accomplished violinist, Mario Price. However, John still regularly performs solo, often joined by his wife, Lynne, and also plays in the highly respected Ceilidh Band, SkipHire . In 2013 he began to gather a band round him for the first time for many years. The line up consisting of Stephen Mynott, Les Woodley, Andy Marr and Lynne creates a rich sound full of harmonies that might be described as 'folk rock' but is hard to label due to John's eclectic repetoire and the musical versitlity of the highly talented musicians.

John has been described as an energetic, passionate and spirited performer who successfully combines humour with thought-provoking songs. From his self-taught musical roots, John has earned a reputation as an excellent and versatile guitarist and his explosive bodhran playing has drawn much attention. He is regularly booked to lead bodhran workshops at folk festivals. John sometimes includes harmonica, mandolin and banjo at live gigs to enhance the variety of instrumental arrangements.

John’s warm and versatile style entertains and engages the audience, usually ensuring a repeat invitation. His repertoire, which is wide and varied, reflects his musical tastes and his enjoyment in playing in different styles, at large and intimate venues alike, and to different types of audience. As well as John’s original compositions, his set for different occasions can include traditional folk, light jazz and popular standards from the last 50 years of rock and pop.

6th November - 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!!!

Now fully booked - next date available: January 15th

Order of play is sorted on the night.

Admission: £3.00 performers £5.00 audience

2nd October - 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.
Regulars on the northern festival circuit, in recent years they have expanded their live outreach across the country. The band are particularly proud of the fact that they have gained a strong reputation for building an excellent rapport with their live audiences and the fact that they have never played anywhere and not been invited back. Such is the strength of their reputation as a quality live act, they have twice been asked to perform at the Homegrownfestival; the annual international showcase of the best of English folk music.
The trio’s melodic and hauntological storytelling, which is always underpinned by a firm commitment to classic songsmithery, has caught the attention and support of the likes of Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe, Clare Balding and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2, Lopa Kothari and Nick Luscombe on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and many more international, national and regional broadcasters.
The band’s self-titled debut album received critical acclaim on its release in late 2011 and they collected excellent reviews for their contribution to the 2012 ‘Weirdlore’ compilation which highlighted Britain’s most promising practitioners of alternative folk. Their second album, All Life Is Here, was released in April 2014 and again received outstanding reviews, with the likes of fRoots magazine describing them as “undoubtedly one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music right now”.
The band’s third album, War Stories, was released in July, 2016, as part of their ongoing project (part-sponsored by Arts Council England and The Western Front Association) to mark the centenary of the First World War. The band have been performing new material and re-worked traditional songs (which strive to challenge stereotypes of the conflict) in unusual venues related to the war on British shores. The album has received outstanding reviews, with the likes of The Observer describing it as “bold and brilliant”. Support from BBC Radio 2 has been substantive, including live sessions and interviews with the likes of Clare Balding (Good Morning Sunday) and Mark Radcliffe (The Folk Show).

 

27th November - Round the Room

 Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

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

£3.00 entry for all.