st Neots Folk Club Guests booked 2021

DATE WHO or WHAT is on INFORMATION: guests rebooked from 2020 marked *
Jan 5th
Club Closed

Happy New Year to all

Jan 12th

Singer's Night

CANCELLED - CENTRE CLOSED DUE TO TIER 4 RESTRICTIONS

Membership renewals from tonight. An evening of songs from anyone who wishes to sing! Friendly atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

Admission: £3.00 for all. Please book your seat.

Jan 19th

Bram Taylor

CANCELLED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS


Jan 26th

Round the Room

CANCELLED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Admission: £3.00 for all Please book your seat.

Feb 2nd

Jon Betmead & Tom Ling *

CANCELLED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS

 

Feb 9th

Alden Patterson & Dashwood *

CANCELLED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS

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!

Feb 16th

Terry Hiscock *

CANCELLED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS

Terry Hiscock When he's not touring with Hunter Muskett, Terry performs acoustic songs from the band's repertoire both old and new and has acquired a well-deserved reputation as a soloist in his own right. Playing up and down the land in countless clubs, concert halls and festivals, he has accumulated a wealth of stories and anecdotes to delight his audiences, but it is the performances of his own songs which stay long in the memory.

Terry was last seen at the Club doing a spot at a Richard Digance night.

Do not forget to book your seat!

Feb 23rd

Round the Room & AGM

CANCELLED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

AGM at 7.30 pm prompt Admission: £3.00 for all. Please book your seat.

Mar 2nd CANCELLED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS   
Mar 9th    
Mar 16th QuickSilver Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham combine to perform an eclectic mix of material. Always well presented, with wit, harmony and good humour along with superb musicianship. Hilary's wit and voice are well known at St Neots and Grant's guitar playing is exquisite. What more can we say? Just come along and enjoy!
Mar 23rd

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.

DO NOT FORGET TO BOOK YOUR SEAT!

Mar 30th

Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Apr 6th Landermason *

Fiona Lander and Paul Mason collectively known as 'Landermason' have been writing, recording and performing together since 2000. Multi instrumentalist Fiona (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul (guitars and vocals) have developed a unique sound which displays their undoubted talents. They combine both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in their beautiful and striking arrangements.

The LIVE sound is impressive, full of variety and with plenty of audience interaction. Often described as 'refreshingly different', Landermason are equally at home entertaining audiences in folk and acoustic music clubs, theatres, festivals, village halls and pubs and are proud to have performed at some of the UK's best known live music venues.

Last seen at our Festival in 2017. Do not miss this!

Apr 13th    
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Apr 27th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
May 4th  

May 11th   Club Closed till next week!
May 18th

CLUB REOPENING NIGHT!

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.

Restrictions still apply so do not forget to book your seat!! 7.30 pm start till 9.30 pm.

 

May 25th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
June 1st 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!

June 8th

Jon Betmead & Tom Ling

Jon and Tom have played the Club many times and we are very pleased that they can fill this evening for us. Rich and varied vocals with guitar and fiddle.

Please book your seat.

June 15th
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 humour, 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.

Please book your seat.

June 22nd

**STILL 7.30 PM START

Megan Wisdom *

Megan was first seen at our Festival as a finalist in the New Roots competition. She has since embarked on a University Degree Course and is a competent performer both a capella and with small table top organ! 

Please book your seat.

June 29th

BAR DRINKS AVAILABLE ALL BEING WELL

Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome.

Please book your seat.

July 6th 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!

Please book your seat.
July 13th

Harp & a Monkey *

SORRY THEY ARE UNABLE TO APPEAR - WILL BE BOOKED INTO 2022

CLUB NIGHT INSTEAD

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! Please book your seat.

July 20th Fake Thackray *

‘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: £11.00 & £9.00 Please book your seat if restrictions are not lifted

July 27th

Round the Room

Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome

Please book your seat if restrictions are not lifted

  CLUB CLOSED FOR

AUGUST - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 
SEPTEMBER -
HOPEFULLY ALL BACK TO OLD TIMES AND MORE NORMAL CLUB.
 Sept 7th   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.
Sept 14th

Judy Cook *

 Judy is back after a now 3year break and we look forward to her informative and entertaining songs from America and beyond.

Sept 21st

Open Stage

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 
Sept 24-26th

**NOTE NEW DATES

St Neots Folk Festival

Friday - Showcase night with Callum Mackellar (New Roots finalist), Tom Bryans, Jon Betmead & Tom Ling and The Worthys. Saturday - Day of Dance(tbc) and evening concert with Richard Digance and Camus. Sunday afternoon Open Mic at Art & Soul Cafe(free entry but donation collection) and evening concert with Ninebarrow and Tom McConville,

For more information follow this link-Festival . Tickets are now available.

Sept 28th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Oct 5th 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.

Oct 12th

Hunter Muskett

Hunter Muskett is an acoustic/electric 4-piece harmony band playing distinctive original songs in a folky, bluesy sometimes Americana vein.

Formed in 1969 the band played at home and abroad until 1974 producing two, now collectable, albums: Every Time You Move with bassist Danny Thompson and the Keith Relf produced Hunter Muskett.

Doug Morter went on to work as vocalist/guitarist with numerous artists on the circuit. In 2010 Acoustic Magazine dubbed him ‘The Invisible Man of Folk Rock.’

Since reforming in 2010 Hunter Muskett has released two further CDs of new material (mainly from the pen of Terry Hiscock): That Was Then This Is Now and Unafraid and Sober.

Oct 19th  Finn Collinson *  
Oct 26th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Nov 2nd Christina Alden & Alex Patterson  
Nov 9th The Carivick Sisters  
Nov 16th   Jez Lowe *

Jez Lowe has long been one of the UK’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern and harmonica accompaniment), or with his band The Bad Pennies. His Men At Words tour of North America saw Jez joining forces with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher for much-acclaimed concerts across Canada and the USA. And as part of The Pitmen Poets (with Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Billy Mitchell), Jez has helped to rekindle the fire in the tradition of mining songs and culture of his native region in a series of sell out theatre performances around the UK.

  Jez’s contributions to the on-going BBC Radio series The Radio Ballads has cemented this reputation, with a Sony Radio Award among the many accolades coming its way. The project culminated in a live BBC Radio 2 broadcast In November 2018 to commemorate The Great War Centenary that featured Jez alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and narrator Michael Morpurgo.

Nov 23rd   Broomdasher

Broomdasher are a London based six voice acapella group singing traditional English Folk Songs. With many years of experience between them, they first came together in 2017. Since then they've been re-booked everywhere they’ve sung; had their own radio special; sung at festivals and folk clubs throughout the UK and been added to the British Library's National Sound Archive Collection to illustrate "grass roots folk music today".

They are an affiliate member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society based at Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London.
Broomdasher are Chris, a founder member of shanty festival favourites Hogeye Men and the London Lubbers, who also worked with Skinny Lister; Deena, who was taught by and toured with Leon Rosselson; Huw, a long time member of the Cecil Sharp House Choir; Jo, originally a classical performer, who studied with revered baritone John Carol Case renowned for his work with Vaughan Williams; Margaret, an accomplished woodwind player and actress as well as a singer and Richard, a member of Dorten Yonder, who was also half of BBC Radio Derby regulars The Moonshine Duo’.

 
Nov 30th Round the Room Friendly singaround atmosphere, performers and audience very welcome
Dec 7th Belshazzar's Feast *

NOT TO BE MISSED! CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE!!

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:members - £14.00 & non-members £16.00 tickets from the Club.

To purchase beforehand send cheque payable to' St Neots Folk Club' and SAE to: The Folk Club Office, The Mill House, St Neots Road, Bolnhurst, Beds. MK44 2ER

Dec 14th
  All on a Winter's Night

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 .

Dec 21st

Club Christmas Party

Join us for seasonal refreshments and singing at the Christmas Round the Room party. Come along and do your 'Party Piece'! Audience and performers are very welcome.
Dec 29th   Club Closed
  Happy New Year! 2022