Newsletter April 2010

16 Apr 2010

In our 40th year and stronger than ever

Hi Folks
Hope you all had a great Easter and didn't over indulge the chocolate!

We kick off the summer season this Friday 9th April with a Singers Night before plunging into a guest list that most clubs in the country would be proud to host. 

Bringing their warm blend of Folk, Country and Blues to the Woodman on Friday 16th April are Shropshire based trio FLAXENBY.

Sam, Chris and Andy have become very firm favourites at The Woodman over the last few years since first performing at one of our Singers Nights. An evening of quality entertainment is assured from one of the best things to make the journey down the A5 since
Shropshire Blue Cheese!

The following week, Friday 23rd April we bid a very warm welcome to QUICKSILVER.

Quicksilver are Hilary Spencer, the voice that has been the backbone of acapella super group Artisan and local lad Grant Baynham, ex-'That's Life!í presenter and song smith.
QuickSilver, so named because the initials H & G also form the elemental symbol for mercury, is all about Hilary's voice and Grant's guitar-playing and writing. The material (roughly half self-penned) includes all the things you can imagine doing with two voices and an acoustic guitar, plus a good few that you probably can't. Both performers are experienced pros, well known for their on-stage repartee, so the gigs flow seamlessly and are by turns moving, funny, relaxed and occasionally jaw dropping. How good are they? Well, Ian Munro booked them for his Birthday Party and Tim Judson said that they went a very long way towards completing his education!

The following week, Friday 30th April we welcome, for the first time TRI.
TRI is Irish for three, appropriate for a band with three members, three fiddle players, three bodhran players...etc. All three members have been active as solo Folk musicians in their own local clubs and festivals for some time. They have a shared love of Irish Traditional music but are also open to other musical influences. The band has established a reputation for fresh, energetic sets! Be warned!

You should just about have time to catch your breath for the following week, Friday 7th May, when our guest will be 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.

Jezís songs have been recorded by the great and good of the folk world including Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and The Tannahill Weavers 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 DIAMONDS have generated scores of cover versions, and are now classics of their age.

I think that will be for now, but to whet your appetite I will just mention that later in the season you can look forward to seeing, amongst others, Allan Taylor, Harvey Andrews and the inimitable Pete Morton.

Finally, just a couple more dates for you diary.

Our good friends over at Bromsgrove Folk Club have as their guests on 29th April the lovely Kirsty McGee and Matt Martin and the legendary Roy Bailey is their guest on Thursday 13th May.

Once again, very many thanks for your support, without you there would be no Folk Clubs.

Look forward to seeing you soon,