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6th March - Judy Cook

Not at St Neots since 2014, Judy is making a welcome return! Judy sings acapella American songs interspersed with a wide range of tales and history, occasionally accompanied by her husband Dennis, in harmony.

A really different evening not to be missed.

5th June - Alden Patterson & Dashwood

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. Their music takes influence from folk
traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and selfpenned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016
fRoots – Editors Choice Album Of The Year 2016
Songlines – ‘Something of enormous promise’
R2 – ‘Talented and poetic triumvirate’

Another group new to the Club and very talented!!! Do not miss!

29th 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.

15th May - Derek Gifford

Derek Gifford has been singing in folk clubs for over 25 years and has developed into an excellent solo performer well known at clubs and festivals throughout the U.K. A recent trip to Australia has also proved his international standing.
His style is based on the tradition but much of his repertoire includes contemporary songs which are written in the traditional idiom. Derek has set a number of Bury poet Keith Scowcroft's poems to music including 'When All Men Sing' which is fast becoming a folk song 'standard' across the world.
Whether accompanying himself on guitar or bowed psaltery or singing unaccompanied Derek's enthusiasm becomes contagious. Relaxed and confident, with sea songs, shanties and other chorus songs a speciality, Derek's festival and club performances are a real treat to encounter.
Derek's cassette 'A Mixed Case' features a set of sea songs and shanties that 'lift it well above run-of-the mill' (Folk Roots) and this has been further developed in the 'Mainly Maritime' cassette which is a mixture of old and new songs concerning all things maritime.
The long ago sold out cassette 'When All Men Sing' has now been re-released on CD and contains the many requested new Scowcroft/Gifford songs as well as the original ones.



8th 9th & 10th JUNE 2018

See Festival page for information

1st May - Round the Room night! NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!

A slightly later start as there will be dancing on the Market Square from 7.30pm - 8.15pm

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.

18th December - Christmas Party night!

Seasonal music and songs with delicious refreshments and charity raffle!

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

£2.00 entry for all.


April 10th - Winter Wilson

During 17 years of part-time touring, Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour.

Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the UK’s best contemporary, acoustic songwriters. A great wordsmith, his songs are sometimes challenging, often lyrical, but always poetic and have been widely covered, including “Storm Around Tumbledown” recorded by Vin Garbutt, amongst many others.

Kip Winter has simply one of the best voices in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure. In the past she has sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but is at her best (and happiest) singing folk and blues.

After becoming full-time, professional musicians in 2012, Winter Wilson have gone on to be one of the hardest-working duos on the UK acoustic music scene. Their sixth album “Cutting Free” was selected as one of the Daily Telegraph’s top 10 Folk albums for summer 2014, but it is above all their live performances which have continued to delight audiences across the UK


April 3rd - The Hut People


The Hut People are rapidly gaining more and more of reputation as one of the hottest & most entertaining world/folk acts touring today. Accordionist Sam Pirt and percussionist Gary Hammond, take the audience on a voyage across the globe with their material, they perform a high-octane unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed & embellished with the driving accordion and a mind-boggling array of exotic percussion. Great music aside, a show from The Hut People is filled to the brim with spontaneity, often hilarious patter and a 110% commitment to their getting-the-crowd-involved ethos.

Don’t miss them - last seen in 2015 and were astonishing in performance!!

Admission : £9.00 & £10.00

27th March - 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.

13th March - Tom McConville

Few contemporary Fiddle players can conjure a sound as diverse and thrilling as Tom McConville. Through an effortless amalgamation of styles, Tom's playing and singing acts like a history lesson of traditional folk music and storytelling. As if aged like a fine whiskey, the traditional sounds of Newcastle, Scotland, Ireland and USA are fused with Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass and folk influences - the results are timeless.

Support: Richard Sutton - a young songwriter from Norfolk.

27th February - Round the Room and AGM

AGM at 8.00pm followed by Round the Room.

Any items for discussion to Di Rockett (secretary) by 20th Feb please

 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.


April 17th - John Conolly

Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter with guitar and melodeon accompaniment.
Writer of " Fiddlers' Green", "The Trawling Trade"," Punch and Judy Man"and many more.

John has been a presence on the British folk scene since the folk revival in the early '60s, and indeed was among the founders of the Grimsby Folk Song club, which opened its doors in 1964.
Many of his early songs, written in conjunction with his old friend and songwriting partner Bill Meek, tell heartwarming stories of the lives and labours of the East Coast fishing community, and these songs in particular have earned John a welcome at Folk and Maritime Festivals worldwide.
More recently, John has broadened the subject-matter of his writing - he has written tender love songs, hard-hitting political protests,and outrageously funny ditties which he describes as his "Saucy Postcard Collection".
A typical John Conolly performance will include a finely-judged mixture of these genres for, above all, John likes to entertain, and to send an audience home happy!
Many of John's songs have been covered by well known national and international acts like Roy Bailey, the Dubliners, Liam Clancy, Malinky, The McCalmans, Stormalong John and George Hamilton IV, to name but a few! The original versions, however, can be heard on John's own CDs - and his latest album "THE MAN FROM FIDDLERS' GREEN",

8th May - na mara

After playing together on and off for a few years previously, Paul and Rob came together to form the na-mara duo in 2006. Since that time, they have been playing across many of the clubs and festivals in north London and the counties around their home town of St. Albans.
Rob Garcia:
Rob was born in London of Spanish descent – his parents arrived in the UK as child refugees from the Spanish Civil War in 1937 – he trained as a professional musician and classical guitarist, and has played solo and duo recitals in the UK and Europe and been a teacher. He plays mandolin, mandola, bandurria and classical guitar in the duo.
Paul McNamara:
Paul comes originally from Middlesbrough where as a teenager he played around the local folk clubs. After many years in Scotland and Oxford, Paul settled with his family in St Albans in 1987. He plays Lowden and Taylor guitars in the duo.

20th March- 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. Now fully booked - next Open Stage - 3rd July

Admission: £2.00 performers £5.00 audience


22nd May - Hungrytown

After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson--otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown--have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting: “It’s great to hear an act eschew sentimentality in favour of honesty and to prove that you don’t have to go raiding the memory of others to find the stuff that really good songs are made of,” writes Jedd Beaudoin of Popmatters.
Lyricist Rebecca Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).
Hungrytown's introduction to folk music came when a close friend--who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis--entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar (which has since been featured on all of their albums). Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Sings! (1999) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.
They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown's music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central's The Daily Show, IFC's Portlandia and Netflix's Lady Dynamite.

A first visit to St Neots - not to be missed!


Note - not Round the Room - that is moved to 1st May!

April 24th - The Dovetail Trio

Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage.

The new collaboration effortlessly combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.

Come along and enjoy!