Newsletter - Feb 2017

06 Feb 2017

Well, I don’t know where to begin! I’m late,…very late,…almost  a week late and I haven’t even brought a note from me mum!! I confess I had completely forgotten to do the February newsletter until I was reminded at the club last night (thanks Bob). However….I believe I have mitigating circumstances. You see, I have now reached that time in my life when, having achieved the requisite vintage and become a fully qualified old far…..err…..senior citizen, I am officially allowed to forget stuff, and frequently do! As my old school reports used to say ‘Must try harder’.  Anyway, what does the rest of this month have in store for us…….?
….well, last night was one of our superb Singers Nights to start the month off in style. If you were there you’ll already know how good it was…..if you weren’t, you’ve missed it so I won’t rub it in (much)! 14 slots, all filled fantastically with a couple of new faces to the club – Beth from Brum and Wildwood Jack from…well, everywhere really! A great night was had by all.
Friday 10th brings us a welcome return of Kim Lowings & The Greenwood.  It’s always with very great pleasure that we welcome back Kim and the lads and they never fail to put on a brilliant night for us. They have been regular guests at the club for several years now and their musicianship, Kim’s vocals - backed up by Dave’s haunting harmonies - and their general charisma and stage presence have simply gone through the roof over the last couple of years. Their latest CD (Historia) is a cracker and will no doubt be on sale at the show along with their previous releases. Another unmissable night in store!
Then on the 17th we welcome Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer.  Newcomers again to the club I believe, (although I’ve been wrong before!!), Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn, (one of the worlds earliest communication devices), and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t come from Scotland. Their evenings are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up, (not always at the same time), all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skilful musicianship.
Moving swiftly on to the 24th, our final night this month, even more newcomers in the distinctive shape of Mellow Peaches. They are Amit Dattani and Rich Harris, two West Midlands-based multi-instrumentalists with a love for roots music. Beginning as a virtuoso country blues duo, Mellow Peaches have expanded their palette to include jazz, ragtime and West African grooves. Behind their raconteur spirit lies superb musicianship, nimble finger-picking and a versatility which has garnered a strong reputation on the live circuit, with over ten years performing across the UK and Europe under their belt. This will be their very first appearance at the Woodman.
Loadsafun!! Come along and enjoy one (or even better, all) of these night’s. You’ll be made very welcome and have a great night out. See you there!!