Newsletter April 2008

01 Apr 2008

In our 38th year and stronger than ever

Hi Folks

What a couple of weeks it’s been. The final night at The Woodman was quite an emotional evening and it was great to have Tommy Dempsey there. As the first ever guest at The Woodman it was only fitting that he should have the final spot.

And so on to the opening night at Ashwood Marina. This was also quite special. All you out there did us proud with a great attendance including some welcome new faces. We may just have hit upon a new catchment area to help swell our ranks. Elaine behind the bar made us feel very welcome and I'm sure that it will soon feel like home.

So! What have we got lined up for you over the next few weeks?

Friday 11th April we are to be richly entertained by FLAXENBY.

Shropshire based trio FLAXENBY are former member of the Jackfield Riverbillies, Chris Buttery and the delightful Sam McLeod together with fiddler Andy Jones. The addition of Andy has given their warm mix of Folk, Country and Blues a new dimension resulting in then being in great demand at clubs throughout the midlands.

Friday 18th April it’s all aboard The Marrakech Express with PETE KELLY & CAELEN CROSS.

Pete Kelly has been a doyen of the local folk scene for many a year and has delighted audiences all around the country. His association with outstanding guitarist Caelen has seen them meld into a tight cohesive unit who are much in demand. Their repertoire is extensive, ranging from Pete's own sensitive songs to good 70’s country rock and traditional material. 

Pete and Caelen never fail to give anything but great entertainment with something for all tastes guaranteed. We missed out on them last year because it snowed and for one of the very few times in our history we had to cancel the evening. We are all hoping that Pete will bring his own brand of sunshine along to brighten up the evening.

Moving on to Friday 25th April we welcome for the first time BLACKHEART

Blackheart are Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington. 

They have a traditional sound, but with something new and fresh. They are widely predicted to be “One of the finds of the year” with a unique musical style that combines folk, country, rock and even classical influences. 

In their first year they have performed over 150 concerts with some of the most prestigious names in British and American music. And have received great acclaim for their debut album “Indigo.”

Friday 2nd May one of our resident bands NOTHING TO PROVE takes centre stage. 

Hard work and attention to detail have made NOTHING TO PROVE regular and welcome performers at local clubs and festivals. They have a well-earned reputation of being able to recognise what the audience want and giving it to them in ample proportions.

With a vast fund of material ranging from sensitive ballads to gutsy folk rock. NOTHING TO PROVE is at home with either. So! Come along and join in with the fun. 

We have an enforced break on 9th May as the room is unavailable but have no fear as we shall return on 16th May with FULL HOUSE.’

FULL HOUSE are five musicians from Cheshire who play an exciting mix of songs and tunes drawn from many sources, including their own compositions, the Folk Tradition and a wide variety of contemporary writers from several musical genres. The origins of the band lie in the folk-club scene but Full House have always played to audiences other than the strictly ‘folkie’ and over the years have played at festivals and many different types of venue up and down the country.

Coming up shortly we can also offer to you Malcolm Jeffrey, Beck Sian and Jez Lowe and, in the new season we have, amongst others, Vin Garbutt, Anthony John Clarke, Bob Fox and Martin Carthy.

Many thanks for your support and we will look forward to seeing you all soon.