Newsletter May 2008

18 May 2008

In our 38th year and stronger than ever

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to summer holidays, cold beer and folk festivals. Be that as it may, we still have a great line up to take you through to the end of the season.

This Friday,16th May we welcome FULL HOUSE to The Woodman for the very first time. 

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. 

The following week Friday 23rd May you can leave your sanity at home and become part of the world that is MALCOLM JEFFREY.

Marathon runner, bass player, programmer, husband, pas de deux, multi – talented Malcolm Jeffrey was born at a very early age and has stayed at that age for the past 45 years or 

Over the years, local performer, Malcolm, has "collected" a surprisingly large repertoire of supposedly funny songs by such artistes as, Fred Wedlock, Flanders and Swann, Jasper Carrott, Viv Stanshall, Kenneth Williams, Martin Carthy, David Love, Bill Oddie and the evil and perverse Tom Lehrer. However his undoubted forte is the songs of Jake Thackray. Malcolm performs Thackray's songs with great reverence that can only come from having such regard for the man himself and his music.

Malcolm's regular appearances at our Singers Nights serve only to whet your appetite for more. So! Come and be entertained. Bring a tissue or two because Malcolm will have you in tears of laughter from the very start of the evening.

It seems ages since the last SINGERS NIGHT but we remedy this on Friday 30th May. Always popular, we expect this one to be no exception and we recommend all you performers out there to arrive early.

We take an enforced break on 6th June because the room is unavailable but we return on 

Friday 13th June with the sensational BECK SIAN.

Australian Beck was earmarked for stardom at a very early age when she appeared in one of the most influential pop videos of all time; Kate Bush's “Wuthering Heights.” Not a bad gig at the age of 4 but it probably helped a little bit by being Kate's cousin. 

Beck Sian is, however, far more than this. Although influenced by Kate, Beck leans more towards contemporary interpretations of Celtic and Gothic styles of music. She is a wonderfully talented singer who also plays didgeridoo, guitar and tin whistle. Ethereal, graceful and colourful, she is a fiery combination being part Irish/English and part Welsh. 

Beck first visit to The Woodman was only 12 months ago but her engaging personality and highly entertaining performance captivated all that were there. This is sure to be a fabulous evening with an outstanding performer.

Following Beck in the running order on Friday 20th June is the one and only JEZ LOWE. 

Jez needs no introduction to dedicated Folk fans but for anyone who is unaware of his credentials he has his own blend of North East wit and humour, couple that with carefully crafted songs, guitar work and chat and you've got an evening to remember.

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe's songs, are Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, The McCalmans, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy and literally hundreds of artists from as far away as Australia, Canada, and the U.S. 

Songs like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, and BLACK DIAMOND have generated scores of cover versions, and are now classics of their kind. His songs have been taught in school classrooms, not only in his native England, but also in Canada and the United States. 

There is a SINGERS NIGHT on Friday 27th June before our season concludes on Friday 4th July. 

We then prepare our caravans, tents, water wings and wellies for the fabulous BROMSGROVE FESTIVAL the following week end (Friday 11th July to Sunday 13th July). If you haven't yet got your tickets do so now to avoid disappointment.

Young Mr Bignall tells us that he has arranged the weather this year from the old supplier but I understand that the throbbing red tractor is at hand just in case!

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