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Well, that’s that out of the way and I trust you’ve all read, and will in due course react accordingly, but now to proceed to the veritable cornucopia of talent we have lined up for your lug-‘oles over the next few weeks………
Friday 2nd of March will be another of 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 9th we are welcoming back a ‘blast from the past’ in the form of Rag Mama Rag. Incredibly it was way back in 2010 that RMR last strutted their country-blues stuff on the Woodman stage so a few of you may not know about them. Let me enlighten you. They are a duo comprising Ashley and Deborah Dow and have been performing since 1991 so they’ve had a few years to hone their performance. They play on a very interesting mix of stringed instruments, harmonica and assorted percussion and create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon has audiences’ feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20’s and 30’s Blues based, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime sounds, early White Country tunes, Original Compositions, and many other regional styles of the 20’s and 30’s period. Welcome back, it’s been too long.
Which brings us nicely to Friday 16th, when we will be welcoming back a delightful, quirky songstress that we’ve featured twice in the past, namely Liz Simcock. Liz made her Woodman debut a back in 2014, went down a storm and was booked again the following year but it’s been well over two years since she appeared with us. Liz is a singer/songwriter who performs in folk and acoustic clubs mainly in and around the Southeast. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, recording four albums and gaining a glowing reputation, but over the last couple of years she has also been touring with our old club favourite Clive Gregson, recreating the style and sound of Gregson & Collister and their debut CD, ‘Underwater Dancing’ was released in September 2017.
Then on Friday 23rd local trio, Granny’s Attic will be back with us. This will be the second visit to the club by this excellent band - originally from Worcestershire (although now more widespread) comprising Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne on melodeon, concertina & vocals, George Sansome on guitar & vocals and Lewis Wood on fiddle, mandolin, & vocals and, as you may know, they have taken the club and festival scene by storm. With 2 CD’s and an EP already produced you can expect some trad, some self-penned, big hair, talent oozing from every pore and a night you will remember for a long time. With artistes like these the future of folk is in good hands!
Finally, Friday 30th is Good Friday and as you know from previous years, we will be closed.
I dunno, Easter already….where is this year going?
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