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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

25th 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.

 

11th Sept - The Vera van Heeringen Trio

It is unusual to find someone who is as good a songwriter as an instrumentalist. Vera van Heeringen is that person. A consummate guitarist, highly acclaimed by her contemporaries, she brings the instrument to life in way that is entirely her own. Vera also writes tunes and songs which deliver straight to - and from - the heart. Firmly rooted in Transatlantic traditions, her original contemporary Americana showcases both these skills: firebrand instrumental virtuosity and poignant, emotionally astute songwriting.

An early starter, raised in the acoustic music scene in her native Holland, Vera has long been recognised for her elegant yet gutsy guitar style – a skill which transposes to pretty much anything with strings! A musician with integrity and style in equal measure. In 2015, Vera released her second album, Proper Brew, which features a roll call of top-drawer musicians who share her musical aesthetic, and hold her in high esteem – amongst them Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Rayna Gellert and Kris Drever. Vera is now working on her third album.

Her live performances are intimate, understated affairs, allowing the music to speak for itself. Stripped back, potent, and full of groove. Outstanding flatpicking, fulsome fiddle playing, heartbreaking lyrics, and assured natural vocal tone and driving tunes are all integral to the show.
Currently Vera tours with a watertight acoustic trio featuring harmony king Dave Luke on guitar, vocals and mandolin, and double-bass stalwart Andy Seward. Dave has been the backbone of many hard-working country bands and toured extensively with Nashville singer songwriter Gail Davies, playing venues like the Grand Ole Opry. Musician and record producer extraordinaire Andy Seward was part of folk daling Kate Rusby's band as well as working with Eddi Reader, Richard Thompson, Andy Cutting, Martin Simpson and Brooks Williams.

Admission TBC

ST NEOTS 36TH FOLK FESTIVAL - 2018

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

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

See Festival page for information

9th October - Canals Show

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: £11.00 & £9.00

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.

Admission: £10.00 & £8.00

 

18th September - The John Ward Trio

https://youtu.be/_0KtrrI6lzM

John Ward turned to folk and acoustic music in the mid 1980s and, by 1988, had become a full-time songwriter and musician on the folk and roots music scene. Since then, he has performed in countless venues all over England as well as overseas. John has guested on numerous radio shows and has appeared on British television a number of times. He has released 7 albums of original material and had a book published, all of which have received critical acclaim from reviewers and gig-goers alike. John’s recordings embrace a wonderful collection of his engaging songs, written in a variety of styles and his latest CD the very newly released 'Sargasso' is no exception. His previous album East of the Sunrise, was a collection of songs inspired by his local area, mainly written by John, with a couple of traditional songs from the region. One of these songs, ‘From Stornoway to Lowestoft’, recently won the songwriting competition at Ryedale folk festival in the North of England.

John has worked with a wide range of musicians over the years and has a highly successful and long-term musical partnership with accomplished violinist, Mario Price. However, John still regularly performs solo, often joined by his wife, Lynne, and also plays in the highly respected Ceilidh Band, SkipHire . In 2013 he began to gather a band round him for the first time for many years. The line up consisting of Stephen Mynott, Les Woodley, Andy Marr and Lynne creates a rich sound full of harmonies that might be described as 'folk rock' but is hard to label due to John's eclectic repetoire and the musical versitlity of the highly talented musicians.

John has been described as an energetic, passionate and spirited performer who successfully combines humour with thought-provoking songs. From his self-taught musical roots, John has earned a reputation as an excellent and versatile guitarist and his explosive bodhran playing has drawn much attention. He is regularly booked to lead bodhran workshops at folk festivals. John sometimes includes harmonica, mandolin and banjo at live gigs to enhance the variety of instrumental arrangements.

John’s warm and versatile style entertains and engages the audience, usually ensuring a repeat invitation. His repertoire, which is wide and varied, reflects his musical tastes and his enjoyment in playing in different styles, at large and intimate venues alike, and to different types of audience. As well as John’s original compositions, his set for different occasions can include traditional folk, light jazz and popular standards from the last 50 years of rock and pop.

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!!!

Now fully booked - next date available: November 6th

Order of play is sorted on the night.

Admission: £3.00 performers £5.00 audience

2nd October - Harp & a Monkey

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.
Regulars on the northern festival circuit, in recent years they have expanded their live outreach across the country. The band are particularly proud of the fact that they have gained a strong reputation for building an excellent rapport with their live audiences and the fact that they have never played anywhere and not been invited back. Such is the strength of their reputation as a quality live act, they have twice been asked to perform at the Homegrownfestival; the annual international showcase of the best of English folk music.
The trio’s melodic and hauntological storytelling, which is always underpinned by a firm commitment to classic songsmithery, has caught the attention and support of the likes of Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe, Clare Balding and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2, Lopa Kothari and Nick Luscombe on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and many more international, national and regional broadcasters.
The band’s self-titled debut album received critical acclaim on its release in late 2011 and they collected excellent reviews for their contribution to the 2012 ‘Weirdlore’ compilation which highlighted Britain’s most promising practitioners of alternative folk. Their second album, All Life Is Here, was released in April 2014 and again received outstanding reviews, with the likes of fRoots magazine describing them as “undoubtedly one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music right now”.
The band’s third album, War Stories, was released in July, 2016, as part of their ongoing project (part-sponsored by Arts Council England and The Western Front Association) to mark the centenary of the First World War. The band have been performing new material and re-worked traditional songs (which strive to challenge stereotypes of the conflict) in unusual venues related to the war on British shores. The album has received outstanding reviews, with the likes of The Observer describing it as “bold and brilliant”. Support from BBC Radio 2 has been substantive, including live sessions and interviews with the likes of Clare Balding (Good Morning Sunday) and Mark Radcliffe (The Folk Show).

 

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