Newsletter - March 2017

27 Feb 2017

Hi Folkers,
Blimey ….March!! Is it just me or does the time seem to be going so much faster these days? When I was a nipper the spring and summer seemed to last forever and the days ambled by ever so slowly, but now that I’m an old f…..eller’ they go whizzin’ past like HS2 on a promise! Anyway March, it’s just around the corner and it’s a five-weeker for you lucky people with two, yes two, singers nights so rather than repeat myself further down let me say that….
…… Friday 3rd and Friday 24th are both going to be our legendary Singers’ Nights. Don’t be disappointed, these singers nights are normally over-subscribed so do please contact Debby or Derry on 01384 560462 to ensure you get a floor spot, we have a maximum of 14 slots. Alternatively just come and enjoy the talent on display. A great night is guaranteed!
Then on the 10th we are welcoming back an extremely talented trio that debuted at the club just over a year ago, namely Mick Bisiker, Nigel Ward & Chris Radley.  Formerly known as the band of Rack & Ruin, and very popular on the Birmingham and West midlands folk circuit for many years, they appeared at the club in January 2016 and went down extremely well. With Mick on vocals, guitar and bouzouki, Nigel on guitar and fiddle and Chris holding it together on bass we should be in for a lively night of self-penned material plus some standards and a few jigs ‘n reels thrown to get yer feet tappin’ and yer shakers a’shakin’.
The 17th brings the return of the fantastic Mumbo Jumbo. It’s been almost two years since Oliver and the band last played the Woodman but those of you with decent mental capacities (!) will no doubt remember what a cracking night it was. Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lomas and Phil Bond deliver eclectic, acoustic close harmony, piano based music, intimate and entertaining interaction with audiences and bring the fun back into live performance. Shortlisted in the British Blues Awards 2016 and 2012, they have two albums available ‘Life of Riley’ and the latest one ‘Sonic Gumbo’ and would be delighted to sign one for you in exchange for a little cash – but beware…….the unsigned ones are rarer!! Welcome back Ollie & Co.
Friday 24th – Singers’ Night – see above
And finally on Friday 31st we have Ranagri (pronounced Ran-a-gry [as in sky] if I remember correctly). No longer newcomers to the Woodman, they delighted us one Friday night a couple of years ago, Ranagri are four musicians from London with diverse musical backgrounds but a shared passion for folk music. They are Donal on vocals and guitar, Eliza on whistles/flutes, Jean on electric harp and Tad on bouzouki and bodhran. To quote Les, (our esteemed reviewer from the last time they appeared) “Ranagri are quite possibly one of the best bands we have seen this year. Their music is in the main self penned and lyrically has a folk feel to it, but the sound they produce is a mixture of music and rhythms from everywhere in the world. It is so very hard to find a genre to fit them into.” Unmissable!
And that about wraps it up for the month of March which reputedly ‘roars in like a lion and leaves like a lamb’, but I reckon our March line-up are all kings of the folk jungle so get yerselves down and enjoy the craic! See you there……

PS: In case you hadn’t heard, Harvey Andrews has had to cancel his current touring schedule due to medical problems, (nothing too serious), so his planned appearance in April has been replaced with the wonderful Flossie Malavialle…….but more of that in next months newsletter.