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12th November - Luke Daniels

Luke plays guitar and melodeon alongside the Electrophon, augmenting the tunes from the steel discs with vibrant arrangements. He is a folk musician and singer who has performed at many Festivals. His past work as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, member of the Riverdance band or with singer Cara Dillon sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and instrumental music. This will be a novel night!

26th 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.

29th 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.

PLEASE NOTE: THE CLUB CLOSES FOR AUGUST

10th September - Jeff Warner

Jeff tours UK regularly and this will be his 6th time with us. He has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. He also brings his jig doll!

Jeff is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional American music.

Admission: £10.00 & £8.00

ST NEOTS 38TH FOLK FESTIVAL - 2020

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

12th, 13th & 14th JUNE 2020

22nd October - Brian Peters


Brian Peters is one of the English folk scene’s great all-rounders: a compelling singer, a top squeezebox player and a skilled guitarist. Brian is one of the country’s best anglo-concertina players and is just as good on melodeon, while he’s also internationally-known as a singer of traditional ballads. He delivers a repertoire of startling variety, so alongside those classic songs from the tradition, and lively English dance tunes, you can expect to hear newer songs, his own instrumental compositions, and wild squeezebox excursions into ragtime or blues. His stage act bristles with energy and wit.

Brian has played major folk festivals in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, as well as touring extensively in Europe. He’s collaborated with many British and American musicians, is in demand as an instrumental teacher and workshop leader, and has recorded several highly-acclaimed CDs.

17th 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.

1st October - Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the most celebrated duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim. Recently nominated for a Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track

"To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists." (The Guardian)

The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with stunning musical arrangements and vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.

Their third album, ‘Many a Thousand’ was released in September 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It received 5 star reviews in Songlines Magazine, Froots Magazine, and the Morning Star. The Guardian described it as a ‘lovely, rousing collection of politically charged traditional ballads and originals’ and Folk Radio UK said ‘Aldridge and Goldsmith have created a record whose songs are immediate and politically necessary, and whose melodies will remain in the memory for years to come.’

19th November - Dana & Susan Robinson

Another welcome return to St Neots - a popular duo, Dana and Susan are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary song-writing and traditional Appalachian music brings to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage

17th September - Phil Beer

Tickets available from the Club or ring to book (01234 376278)

A superb evening with a very talented half of Show of Hands!

Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and also plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don't stop there - he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

Born in Exminster, Devon, he started to play fiddle, guitar and mandolin while still at school in Teignmouth and habitually credits Davey Graham's Folk, Blues & Beyond as his inspiration for acoustic music.

He played his first gig at 14 and started working as a duo with Paul Downes in 1974 (their Live at Nettlebed CD has been released). He was then in the Arizona Smoke Revue and a key member of Johnny Coppin's band. His impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band from 1984-1991. Show of Hands became a full-time partnership in the early 90's. A band that has gone on to sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times and who were voted Best Live Act, by the public, at the 2004 Folk Awards. There have been more awards since then!

DO NOT MISS THIS CHANCE TO SEE PHIL SOLO!!!

This will be a popular evening so get your tickets early!
Tickets:Members £14.00 Non-members £16.00

15th October - Jim Causley - support Bruce Watson (Australia)

Multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West country. Jim has become known for his natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed playful stage presence.

A welcome return to St Neots!

Support from Bruce Watson from Australia

Bruce is a major Australian songwriter and performer in the folk tradition. Based in Melbourne, he performs around Australia at festivals, clubs and other venues.

Bruce is a hilarious humorist and a writer and performer with the power to move audiences to tears. His performances are joyful and thoroughly engaging, with witty lyrics and energetic presentation. He is a masterful craftsman of songs, be they evocative and heart wrenching, or side-splittingly funny.

24th Sept - 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.

3rd September - 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

5th Nov - 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

10th December - Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities & societies & where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant & beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower us.

St Neots first met Miranda when she turned up one night with her double bass to do a couple of songs - that was a long time ago!!

Do not miss this solo performance - door price tba.

3rd December - Granny's Attic

A Worcestershire Folk Band formed in 2009 as three students at secondary school with no better way to spend their lunchtimes than scrape a tune or two. Gradually the band became less about avoiding socialising with thier peers and more about actually playing music, and so Granny’s Attic premiered in 2010 at the prestigious Claines Church Fete.

Cohen plays melodeon, concertina and provides vocals, George sings and plays guitar and Lewis plays violin and mandolin and is also the band’s principal tunewriter.

Now following University courses they are a slick and talented band not to be missed!

PLEASE NOTE THE CLUB WILL BE CLOSED FOR 24TH & 31ST DECEMBER

SEASON'S GREETING TO ALL

WE RE-OPEN ON 7TH JANUARY WITH SUNTRAP AS OUR GUESTS.

8th October - Tom Lewis

Anchors Away!

Tom's repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom's Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty "to be heard above the gales."

With songs that have become folk standards; known and sung wherever great choruses ring out; Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humour—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again ... and again.