29th June - 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.

22nd June - Megan Wisdom

Megan Wisdom is a folk musician and singer of traditional songs. Born and bred in Suffolk, and currently based in Newcastle, Megan has been attending pub sessions for as long as she can remember, which has provided the foundation for a warm, simple style which resonates throughout her performances. She loves to explore the stories which are deeply etched into British folk music, and bring out the voices from the past which are alive within lyrics and melodies. She views folk music not only as a complex and enigmatic genre but as a historical resource, and loves to research the background of each of the songs that she sings and the themes that run through them. Singing both unaccompanied and with a table harmonium, Megan performs regularly at folk clubs and events throughout the country, and frequents pub sessions with her whistles and saxophone. She is also a member of the Suffolk-based Pretty Grim Border Morris.

She won the long-running Suffolk traditional song competition, the Percy Webb Memorial Cup, in 2015 and 2019, and was a finalist in the national New Roots competition in 2017 and 2019. She has performed at a large variety of venues, including Sidmouth FolkWeek, Cambridge Folk Festival, FolkEast, the Shannonside Winter Music Festival, St Neots Folk Festival, as well as Colchester, Stockton-on-Tees, Herga, and Hadleigh Folk Clubs and the National Sheepdog Trials.

We will open on 18th May BUT – we still have to comply with certain restrictions.

Please read carefully!

• We will be in the Guest hall with seating in social distanced positions maintained.
• A one way system of entry & exit(up the stairs or in the lift, and out via the back stairs or via the lift).
• We will have ‘track & trace’ signing in and extra care for the vulnerable.
• There will not be any drinks available but you may bring your own water/soft drinks.
• Masks will be required in all areas and sanitizers will be at each entrance.
Masks can be removed when singing or drinking.
• Toilets are open with sanitizers and only one person at a time!
We ask you to book your place as we are limited in numbers, max 25: email/phone before 5.00pm. on the day or before hand if possible..
• Also not to arrive before 7.15 pm. We will hope to start at 7.30pm. and finish at 9.30pm. Vacating the building by 10.00pm. Audience to refrain from 'socialising'!
• Door entry fees and raffle tickets will be by cash at the door and distancing as appropriate.

We hope to be back to a more normal Club after 21st June.

CLUB REOPENING ON 18th MAY 2021

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

20th July - Fake Thackray - AKA John Watterson

‘An Audience without Jake Thackray’.
The show will include many Jake classics (Sister Josephine, On Again On Again, The Bantam Cock etc), anecdotes from John’s research into Jake’s life for the forthcoming biography as well as some newly discovered Jake Thackray masterpieces from John’s most recent CD, The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray, . Most of the album’s fifteen songs have never been released in any format before. Many have lain, forgotten, in the BBC archives for decades; some have not been heard for half a century.

John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention and performed at Latitude, Cropredy and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He has also played for Jake’s family. John has appeared many times on radio, including Radio 4’s Great Lives, a recent Radio 2 documentary on Jake presented by Cerys Matthews and Radio 3’s The Verb hosted by Ian McMillan.

Admission TBA

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

25th May - ROUND THE ROOM + AGM

AGM followed by 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.

PLEASE NOTE - All folks need to book a place as we are restricted to 25 places with social distancing in place.

Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

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.

PLEASE NOTE - All folks need to book a place as we are restricted to 25 places with social distancing in place. We are using the Guest Hall.lll.

Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

21 September 2021- 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.

A new guest to the Club - do come and listen to her lovely voice!

8th June - Jon Bemead & Tom Ling

Jon has been playing at St Neots Club for many years! Tom joined Jon more recently and is a very accomplished fiddler and he enriches Jon's performance. Jon has a rich vocal style and delivery of his varied material. We are pleased Tom and Jon are able to fill this evening at St Neots.

PLEASE NOTE - All folks need to book a place as we are restricted to 25 places with social distancing in place. We are using the Guest Hall.

Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

6th July - The Snapes

Peter and Barbara Snape have a great love of traditional British folk music especially that of the north of England where they live. Their songs and music offer a refreshing and individual approach which effortlessly embraces the carefully researched repertoire of material they love performing. They are convivial company, a proven quality act and a close-knit partnership that's fully assured in its research, preparation and performance, and deservedly popular with audiences.

With a distinct musical identity and an entertaining menu of good songs, all well sung and played with commitment, passion and enjoyment, The Snapes are two fine performers with a well-deserved national reputation for performing traditional British folk music.

With carefully researched material from their native North West of England, they will leave you in good spirits. Their selection of traditional songs with melodeon accompaniment is infectious and compels you to listen and take part. There is a distinct ‘northern resonance’ to their material and as someone put it… there is a synergy, a bounce and a lift in what they do and from traditional ballads through to quirky comical, The Snapes have it all.

Refreshing, original and convivial company, you will not have a dull moment with these two!

13th July - Harp & a Monkey - Victorians show

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.

This is their 'Victorians' Show! Admission tbc.

7th September - The Salts

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 TBA

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.

Then Club Closed for August - Happy Holidays!

- 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. The independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ was written and produced at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade covers, designed and hand-printed by the band. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home. Making a name for themselves on the Folk Circuit!

A return visit - do not miss this talented trio!

Do not forget to book your seat!

1st June - Dan Walsh

Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). His unique and eclectic style, taking in folk, funk, bluegrass and even some Arabic music, has stunned audiences across the UK many times but is also spreading its wings with recent successful performances in Germany, India and Canada and a very successful first tour of New Zealand. His high energy performances and witty banter have made him one of the most exciting new talents around.

Book your seat!

15th June - Bram Taylor

Bram Taylor 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.
With a wealth of experience behind him, he has established a fine reputation which has gone from strength to strength from tours in the UK and USA of Folk Clubs, festivals and concerts.
Bram has his audiences singing, laughing from his infectious sense of humor, and occasionally, shedding a tear or two from some of the poignant songs he loves to sing.

A good friend of the Club and we look forward to his return visit.

BOOK YOUR SEAT!

14th September - Judy Cook

18TH MAY - REOPENING NIGHT WITH:

THE HUT PEOPLE

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.

Do not forget to book your seat! Reminder - we start at 7.30pm!

Admission: Members £8.00 Non-members £10.00