Newsletter - April 2018

29 Dec 2018

Hi Folks,

Well, here we are then, a smaller and very select band of Woodmanites about to launch into the second quarter of the year and we’re still getting bloody snow!! It’s very rare that we have had to close the club due to weather conditions like we did few weeks ago, so let’s hope the worst of it is now behind us. The first three months have been up to their usual excellent standard and have introduced several new acts to the club and have seen some memorable nights. We’ve got an early Easter this year so April is a full month of music which commences……

…….on Friday April 6th with one of our ever popular Singers Nights. Get there early to book your spot as Singers Nights are very popular and slots are limited. However, to be sure, it would be best to book a spot in advance by contacting Debby & Derry either by phone or email - contact details are on the home page. Please note that if you have pre-booked a spot you need to be at the club before 8:30 to confirm, or the slot may be re-allocated.

Then on the 13th (don’t worry, it’s nothing sinister), we are delighted to welcome back to the club after an extremely long time, the amazing Cosmotheka. Well, what can you say!!! Back after many, many years…even the elephants have forgotten exactly when! There can’t be many of you who don’t know of Cosmotheka but for the odd few, they were originally a duo of Dave and Al Sealey who stormed the folk scene last century with their unique take on the music hall songs of the 19th and early 20th centuries, all delivered with hilarious banter, much of it improvised on the spot! Sadly Al is no longer with us and the band went into hibernation for some time…..but has now woken up with a new line up of Dave, his son Dan on guitar and Adam on keyboards. They stole the show on the Sunday night at the last Bromyard Folk Festival and were guaranteed a booking then and there. Welcome back Cosmotheka!!

On Friday the 20th we will be hosting a welcome return of Dave Gibb. All the way from bonny Scotland just to entertain you lucky people! He describes himself as ‘a left-handed, balding, middle aged, songwriting folky from Scotland’s highest village’ and that’s a pretty good summing up really. If you’ve managed to catch him at a festival or on one of his previous visits to the club then you’ll know what you’re in for. If not come down and find out - you won’t be disappointed, I can guarantee it! Dave is an excellent singer songwriter, no mean guitar picker either and he’s sure to raise a chortle or two with his anecdotes of life on the road. You will no doubt be instructed to….. ‘SING’!!

Finally on the 27th we are introducing a new act to the club in the shape of Ninebarrow. If you don’t already know, Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs - combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling. Their first visit so let’s make it a good’n!!



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