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12th June - The Trials of Cato

Hailing from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato returned to the UK from Beirut, Lebanon in the winter of 2016. Since then their feet have barely touched the ground as their eclectic brand of folk music – encompassing 18th century ballads all the way up to self-penned stomping dance tunes – has seen them booked out at folk clubs and festivals across the country, with 2018 looking ever busier.
Their eponymous debut EP has been well received, and was described as ‘one hell of a calling card’ in FATEA Magazine last year. Having caught the attention of industry heavyweights like Mark Radcliffe and Mike Harding, The Trials of Cato are now hard at work developing their debut album (due for release 2018) alongside their busy gigging schedule.
The band’s live set includes both original and traditional material, delivered wholly on fretted instruments (and a few surprises) to achieve a musical presence not often heard on the modern folk scene. Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show ‘invariably stuns audience wherever they play.’
Do not miss this superb evening of lively music!

Admission:£10.00 & £8.00

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’
www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.com

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

Admission:£10.00 & £8.00

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!

£3.00 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.

Admission: £10.00 £8.00

ST NEOTS 36TH FOLK FESTIVAL - 2018

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

8th 9th & 10th JUNE 2018 - tickets now available.

See Festival page for information

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.

24th July - The Quiggs


“The Quiggs” is a husband and wife duo that has emerged on to the Scottish folk scene within the last few years. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter.
Together they comprise “The Quiggs”. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song when they hear it. The combination of the two voices in close harmony in songs whether traditional or contemporary interspersed with anecdotes and a touch of humour has received much praise from both audiences and organisers. They have toured together in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands with great success. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its simple, yet highly expressive form, including beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience's participation.

The duo has previously released the album "River of Time", which received fine reviews and airplay on several programmes in BBC and other European radio stations. Their new CD „Seeds I Didn't Sow“ has just been released in March 2017 and the year ahead looks like a busy one with concert and festival bookings in Scotland and across Europe.

Well worth coming to hear!

 

17th July - Jez Lowe

Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognised musical ambassador for his native North East England, with almost twenty albums and countless live performances around the world over the last thirty years.

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe’s songs, are Fairport Convention, The Unthanks, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, Tom McConville, The McCalmans, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy, Bob Fox and literally hundreds of others. Songs like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, GREEK LIGHTNING and THESE COAL TOWN DAYS have generated scores of cover versions around the globe, and are now classics of their kind.
He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, both solo and with the Bad Pennies, including the main stages at Edmonton Festival (Canada), Tonder Festival (Denmark), The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian (US), Port Fairy and Byron Bay Festivals (Australia) and at concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Spain.
In 2008, Jez was nominated as “Folksinger of the Year” in the BBC Folk awards, following the success of his album JACK COMMON’S ANTHEM the previous year. After a retrospective live collection, entitled NORTHERN ECHOES (winner of the Indie-Acoustic Award for “Best Lyrics” in 2009), 2010’s follow-up CD, entitled WOTCHEOR! surpassed that success, and has become Jez’s most popular album yet, spawning a series of special stage-shows and UK tours based on the themes of the album, to great acclaim. Last year also saw the release of a compilation of “18 essential Jez Lowe songs” entitled HEADS UP, containing some of his best-known compositions, such as THE BERGEN, BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THESE COAL TOWN DAYS, GREEK LIGHTNING, and LONDON DANNY, plus bonus collaborative tracks with James Keelaghan and Vin Garbutt.
Back in 2006 Jez was one of the principle songwriters in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads. This on-going project has spawned two further series, and in 2014 the third set of programmes, entitled The Ballad of the Great War, will be broadcast to commemorate the start of World War One. Jez has again contributed a number of songs to this series, and is planning some solo concerts based around his entire canon of Radio Ballads songs, which by now number around 50, later this year.
The Radio Ballads series, along with other much-acclaimed special commissions like The Darwin Project and All Along The Wall, has enabled Jez to expand his writing and performing styles greatly in recent years, without diverging from his own much admired and unique approach to his craft.
2014 has already seen trips to New Zealand and the USA, with a festival tour of Canada lined up for August. Work on a new solo CD for Autumn release has also begun, and next year sees the start of a new collaboration featuring James Keelaghan, Archie Fisher and Jez Lowe, labelled MEN AT WORDS, which will tour North America in March 2015. All of this, plus a mind-boggling series of solo shows, Bad Pennies concerts, festivals, and special projects ensures that Jez Lowe is one of the busiest and most in-demand performers on the current acoustic music scene.

Admission: TBC

10th July - Jack Rutter

Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist making music within the British folk tradition. The recent release of his debut solo album, which is a collection of eleven traditional folk songs, produced by Joe Rusby and recorded completely solo and live in the studio with no overdubs, has been received with across the board acclaim and recognition. Critics are praising his traditional style of singing ‘beautifully sincere, timeless and beguiling’ (Songlines), and playing ‘guitar, bouzouki or concertina accompaniments are beautifully constructed and played – never getting in the way of the song, but supporting and building it’ (The Living Tradition Magazine) that have come together to create Hills, an album which ‘takes him to a whole new level, quite simply outstanding.’ ( RnR Magazine).
Jack grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song and since graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc degree in Countryside Management in 2014, he’s gone on to forge a hugely successful career playing music professionally in various guises across Britain and Europe. In this new solo outing, the BBC award winning musician delivers folk songs with a rich, unassuming Yorkshire charm and an easy going stage presence that gives a live performance which is ‘wonderful, pure and simple. The audience just falls head over heels for this man, and rightly so.’ (English Folk Expo)

Do not miss this young and talented performer - you will love him!
Admission:£10.00 & £8.00

June 19th - Clive Gregson

Clive Gregson emerged onto the music scene in his native Manchester with the band Any Trouble. He later went on to form the ground-breaking duo with Christine Collister, touring worldwide to critical acclaim and winning the accolade “the state of the art in British folk-rock” from Rolling Stone magazine. Much of their back catalogue has been re-issued, including a deluxe edition of Home & Away in 2015. Clive has featured on countless albums and toured with stellar musical line-ups. His songs have been covered by others, including Norma Waterson, Kim Carnes, Fairport Convention and Nanci Griffith, (I Love This Town duet with Jimmy Buffett on her no 1 album) and performed live in duet with Clive himself when he toured as part of her Blue Moon Orchestra. Clive has become as well known for his musical collaborations as for his solo work, linked with artists as diverse as Richard Thompson, Christine Collister, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Nanci Griffith and Dennis Locorriere (the voice of Dr Hook); Clive was musical director on the (gold album) “Hits & History” UK tour.

The Best of Clive Gregson released in 2009 is an 18-song collection, selected from eight solo albums spanning 1985 to 2005. It features popular live tracks, songs that have been recorded by other artistes, folk club standards and pop classics. Not an easy task choosing “the best” from so many great songs, but hopefully everyone’s favourite has been included.

The 2010 Any Trouble comeback album Life in Reverse released on their original label Stiff Records featured especially written Gregson songs and reunited the original band with producer John Wood. The follow-up, Present Tense was released on their UK tour in 2015.

There is a relaxed confidence about Clive Gregson’s recordings and his live shows that comes from an artist comfortable in performance and one who has built a successful career on both sides of the Atlantic… and coming to a venue near you soon! See you at St Neots!!!

Admission: £12.00 & £10.00

26th 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.

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.

8th May - namara

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.

Admisson:£10.00 & £8.00

3rd July - 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: £3.00 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!

Admission: £10.00 & £8.00

 

31st July - End of Season 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.

PLEASE NOTE THE CLUB IS CLOSED FOR AUGUST