Newsletter November 2007

04 Nov 2007

In our 37th year and stronger than ever

The Woodman season continues to go from strength to strength. Over the past few weeks we have had outstanding performances from Roger Wilson & Karen Tweed, Martyn Wyndham-Read and of course, the fabulous John Richards Band.

Can it get any better I hear you ask? Well, the answer is a resounding YES!

This week we get a whiff of the Deep South on 19th October when we are pleased to welcome, THE JOHN WORMALD BAND. Barnsley born John has been a fairly regular performer at our Singers’ Nights over the years but we now get a chance to see his exciting new band. John has developed into one of the midlands best bluesmen drawing his inspiration from legendary figures such as Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters. If blues is your thing this is a night you must not miss.

The following week 26th October we have a Singers’ Night. Our last singers’ night saw the room absolutely jam-packed and artists travelled from Oswestry and Stafford to be there. All levels of performance are appreciated, so don't be shy, come and give us a song or a tune.

Friday 2nd November brings us to one of the highlights of the Woodman year when we welcome CLIVE GREGSON. Clive is, without doubt, a legend in the folk world. Having fronted the band “Any Trouble” for some years he went solo in 1984. His first solo album featured the voice of Christine Collister, with whom he worked until 1992. Throughout this period he was also a member of the Richard Thompson Band as well as having projects with Boo Hewerdine and Eddi Reader. However it is as a solo artist where the real Clive Gregson can be appreciated. His beautifully crafted songs, exceptional guitar work and tremendous voice combine to create an evening not to be missed .His pedigree is impeccable and it is a privilege to listen to him. 

We draw breath with another Singers’ Night on 9th November before we renew our acquaintance with the ever-popular STEVE TILSTON on 16th November. It is always a pleasure to welcome Steve to the club. Apart from being one of the very best songwriters, guitarists and singers around he is also on of the most engaging man you could wish to meet.  Many of his songs have become folk classics; such as “Slip Jigs & Reels” and “The Naked Highway Man” recorded by many artists including Fairport Convention.

Taking us up to Christmas we have local duo EvanStevens and the brilliant accordionist Harriet Bartlett before we brace ourselves for the Christmas Party and Pantomime. The incredibly talented trio FAIRFIELD will again battle their way from deepest Bromsgrove to play their part(s) in the festivities!


Guests lined up for the New Year include Sally Barker, Pete Morton, Clive Carroll and Bob Fox and we have a real treat for you to celebrate our 37th Birthday. I'm sure that many of you will remember the excellent band “Shave The Monkey” who split up about 5 years ago. Sadly they are not back together but Bryan Causton has a new band STRANGEWORLD and they will be with us on the 8th February. I know it’s early but make a note in your diary.

Thanks very much for your support. Without you there would be no Folk Club

Look forward to seeing you.