CLUB REOPENED ON 18th MAY 2021

AS FAR AS POSSIBLE GUESTS WHO HAVE BEEN CANCELLED LAST AND THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN BOOKED INTO 2021 or 2022

30th 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.

future Guest informaton

- 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.

A spendid way to start the New Year - Dave and Boo are a popular duo at the Club.

7th December - Belshazzar's Feast - Christmas Special!



On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together have wowed audiences across the world with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding

Admission: £16.00 & £14.00 Tickets available from the Club or by post.

Send SAE to:Folk Club Office, The Mill House, St Neots Road, Bolnhurst, Beds. MK44 2ER .

Cheques payable to 'St Neots Folk Club'

14th December - All on a Winter's Night - Your second Christmas Special!!

This mix of traditional carols, new songs, stories and folklore from folk–favourite Johnny Coppin (and friends) is a warming start to your festive season.

Johnny is one of England’s finest singer/songwriters and member of Decameron. His ever-popular concerts delight audiences young and old and for many are the start of Christmas. Expect a dash of well-written lyrics, some marvellous musicality from three multi-talented artists, seasoned with festive memories, warm nostalgia and timeless rustic country customs.

There'll be offerings from the latest release All On A Winter's Night and material from his three Christmas albums, featuring new songs as well as original and traditional songs/tunes from Britain, Ireland, France and beyond.

Johnny is joined by Paul Burgess on fiddle, recorders and stories and Dik Cadbury on guitars and vocals . One of the leading exponents of the English style of fiddle playing and a fine reader of stories, Paul Burgess has played with the John Kirkpatrick Band and in TV productions of Far From The Madding Crowd and Wives and Daughters. He also wrote and performed the music for the BBC serial of Cider With Rosie.Dik Cadbury has worked with Decameron, Steve Hackett, and Mike D’Abo and extensively as a solo artist .

Admission: £12.00 & £10.00. Tickets from the Club.

23rd November - Broomdasher

 

ST NEOTS 38TH FOLK FESTIVAL - 2021

NEW DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

24th 25th 26th September2021

LAST YEAR'S HEADLINE GUESTS REBOOKED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE FOR 2021

28th 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.

21st 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.ll.

 

21st September - Open Stage Spaces available!

This is your chance to be the star!

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 

12th October - Hunter Muskett

Chris George, Terry Hiscock and Doug Morter formed Hunter Muskett in 1969 whilst still at college. The band was lucky in having access to the clubs and colleges of London, including The Marquee and The Troubadour where they were finally spotted.

Within a year they were signed by Decca producer Kim Margolis and booked into the company’s West Hampstead studios alongside bassist Danny Thompson. Arranger Richard Hewson was commissioned to write orchestral parts for a number of the songs.

The album ‘Every Time You Move’ Decca Nova SDN20 (vinyl only) was released in October 1970. The trio, complemented by bass and strings, played acoustic guitars on all 12 tracks, 11 of which were band originals. A proposed single, ‘There’s A Day’ with ’Gypsy’ as B side, was recorded but not released.

Re-release – the digital age
Decca Nova was a short-lived venture and over time albums on the label gained ‘collectable’ status; of these ‘Every Time You Move’ was the rarest. With the coming of the internet a number of bootlegs duly appeared. Finally in 2009, growing interest in the band’s music led Cherry Red records to release the first official CD of the album featuring master tape quality, the original artwork and a 16-page booklet on the history of the band.

Terry has performed at the Club but now it is the turn of his band! A great evening in store!

9th November - Sapphire Storm

 

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16th November - Jez Lowe

WE ARE BACK TO NORMAL TIMES 8.00pm start.

7th September - The Salts (in the Guest hall)

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.

They are individually below:

Richard Nash Vocals, Drums. Brian Doran Vocals, Mandolin, Whistle Tim Cantrell Double Bass, Vocals Jeremy Hart Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Lee Collinson - Vocals, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar

Reorganised booking following last year's virals!

A splendid way to kick off our new season - Admission: £11.00 & £9.00

27th July - 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.

CAFE/BAR OPEN FOR PURCHASE OF BOTTLED DRINKS

Then Club Closed for August - Happy Holidays!

2nd November -Christina Alden & Alex Patterson

Christina Alden and Alex Patterson are songwriters and multi-instrumentalists from Norwich. They have been playing and singing together for the last seven years and have toured extensively in the UK and Europe – including a twenty three date tour with Show Of Hands, a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals.

19th October - Finn Collinson

Finn is a remarkable recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia who also plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and whistle, and is an experienced folk music educator having previously been a tutor with the London Youth Folk Ensemble and taught at the London Folk Festival Finn Collinson is a recorder player. Barely in his twenties, Finn is already gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene.
This is a return visit and we look forward to a super evening of entertainment.

5th October - 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.

A welcome return for Tom!

14th September - 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.

26th 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.

St Neots 38th Folk Festival

24th - 25th - 26th September 2021

The Priory Centre, St Neots, Cambs. PE19 2BH

Friday Showcase evening with The Worthys, Tom Bryans,

Callum MacKellar (New Roots finalist) and Jon Betmead & Tom Ling

Saturday: Day of Dance(tbc) and Richard Digance in Concert, supported by Camus.

Sunday afternoon Open Mic acoustic session at Art & Soul cafe

plus Evening concert with Ninebarrow and Tom McConville.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE PRIORY CENTRE, FOLK CLUB OR BY POST VIA TICKET APPLICATION FORM OR ON THE DOOR

Full details on Festival page.