Newsletter - February 2018

29 Dec 2018

Woodman February Newsletter

Well, it’s a short month……a fact of which I am mightily pleased as I have rashly elected to do ‘DryFebruary’….don’t quite know what came over me there!!
However it’s not short on talent, far from it, we have a wonderful month in store commencing on…….

….Friday 2nd which will be one of our superb Singers Nights to start the month off in style. 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!

Next on the 9th and making their first appearance at the Woodman we present the wonderful Lost Notes. Definitely the highlight of last year’s Bromsgrove Folk festival for me, The Lost Notes are (according to their website), “a five-piece band from Moseley, Birmingham, where politics, drunkenness and glee abound. It makes for a great night out”. Expect a fusion of several different styles all delivered in a very accomplished performance from excellent musicians with stunning harmony vocals. A warm Woodman debut welcome for Ben, Oli, Lucy, Silas and Max……..The Lost Notes.

Then on the 16th it’s the long awaited return of our very own Woodman protégé, fresh from his triumph touring with the Buddy Holly & the Cricketers show, it’s none other than Sunjay. It’s been getting on for two years since we had him at the club so this welcome return is somewhat overdue. A stunningly skilful blues inspired guitarist who has just gone from strength to strength and is making a name for himself far and wide on both the club and festival scene. He was last at the club in June 2016 and it will be a great pleasure to have him back again tonight.

Finally the 23rd 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 (Wild and Wicked Youth) is their best yet and will no doubt be on sale at the show along with their previous releases. Another unmissable night in store!

I have also been asked to point out that this final Friday of the month marks the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Woodman Folk Club. Many of you are aware that it was started up by Mick Harrington and one or two others back in 1971 and despite changes in location, has not only survived to this day – an achievement in itself – but is really thriving thanks in no small part to you, the members and regular attendees that make Friday nights so special. Thanks must also of course go to the club organizers over those years; Mick himself and co-founders, followed by Ian & Ann Munro and over the last few years by Debby and Derry Jones, who are making a fantastic job of it by booking artistes of such calibre as those listed above.

Whilst the 47th in itself is not a particularly significant birthday, we are counting down rapidly towards the club’s 50th - in 2021. We’ll have to try and mark that with something very special.

Anyway, that’s all for now so

Cheers…..and enjoy yourselves,

Rob x