Newsletter April 2007

13 May 2007

In our 37th year and stronger than ever

Hi Folks

The cold days of winter now seem to be over and smiles return to everyone’s face in anticipation of a long hot summer and the festival season. However we have some great music lined up for you before then. 

Making the trip down the M6 from their Stoke On Trent homeland this week are THE QUEENSBERRY RULES arrive at The Woodman with an ever-growing reputation. Cultivating the rich seams of local history and tradition, they exhibit storytelling ability and social awareness that belie their years. They have achieved what they have by working hard in the time - honoured fashion by playing floor spots and support slots around the country.

It is therefore congratulations to Lisa Flavell who will be seeing them for absolutely nothing after winning last month's competition.

The following week (27th April) we welcome back CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY who have rapidly become very firm favourites at the club. Cathryn and Brian, legendary lead guitarist with The Strawbs have been forging a well - deserved reputation throughout the world for music of the highest quality. They are never less than highly polished and are always hugely entertaining. They are always very popular and a good - sized audience is expected, so please come early.

Pausing only to regain our breath following Brian's guitar pyrotechnics we are very pleased to welcome on the 4th May another musical genius in the shape of violin supremo TOM McCONVILLE. A brilliant musician with a unique style he is also a terrific singer. Other singer’s are fulsome in their admiration for his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs. (Ask him to sing “Beeswing” – It’s. This is a night I have been anticipating for months and I must say that I, for one, do not agree that he has a dodgy taste in shirts!

One of the six billion eccentrics in the world PETE MORTON is our very welcome guest on the 11th May. Nottingham born Pete has been delighting folk club audiences for some years with a wealth of great songs. His show is dynamic and he seriously believes there are 'Six billion eccentrics' in the world and that particular song is fast becoming a signature tune for people everywhere. Pete sings from the heart, delivering songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition from a very unique perspective. With a passionate, strong voice and strident guitar style, traditional songs often rub shoulders with Pete's current writing with remarkable ease. The songs are an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment, wrapping their way around the folk tradition.

The entertainment continues the following week, 18th May with a return for BRAM TAYLOR. Lancashire born Bram 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, concertina, or unaccompanied. With a wealth of experience behind him, he has established a fine reputation that has gone from strength to strength from tours in the UK and USA of Folk Clubs, festivals and concerts

All you need to do is supply an appropriate (clean) caption for the following photograph!

Please E Mail your entries to me no later than Thursday 10th May please or hand them to me at the club. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges (Me!) and will be notified by E Mail on the 11th May.

Good luck! I look forward to seeing you son.