I’m late, I’m late…for a very important…err….newsletter!
Sorry about this but I’m blaming festivals, weekends away with friends, general inebriation,…….but any road up I’ve missed half of October already SO to make up for it I’ll make this a combined newsletter to encompass November as well.
September got us off to a cracking start to the new season and October so far has been excellent with a brilliant singers’ night last week and the fantastically frenetic Gerry Colvin and his band last night. Sorry if you missed it….I would have told you all about it but I forgot….hey ho! It was full anyway so you prob’ly wouldn’t have got in!!
Next Friday – the 19th we are again hosting the fabulous Winter Wilson. Kip and Dave have graced our stage….(well, skittle alley), a couple of times before and it’s always a pleasure to have them with us. Stunning harmonies, thought-provoking and often challenging lyrics, all held together with an infectious, off-the-wall humour all of their own. They had a triumphant night with us back in November 2016 and we are delighted to welcome them back again.
Then to round off the month, on Friday 26th we are delighted to welcome Becky Mills back to the club. For those of you with decent mental capacity you may remember that she appeared with a lass called Patsy Matheson back in 2013. Well now she has teamed up with another lady so a warm Woodman welcome to Becky Mills & Ruth Angell. I don’t know a lot about Ruth other than that she sings, plays guitar, violin and sometimes pump harmonium, but I do know that, as a duo, they have recently been performing with a star-studded cast in a show called ‘From Psychedelia to Sonnets’, (also available on CD), which chronicles the musical journey of one of the folk scene’s legends, Mr. Ashley Hutchings. You don’t get invited into that gig unless you’re pretty special! There are a few snippets of them available on You Tube that you might like to check out.
Then it’ll be November….soon be Christmas!!!
So on the 2nd we have one of our legendary Singers’ Nights which I really don’t need to tell you anything about except to book your spot early if you want to perform, details are on the website.
The 9th of November brings us a return visit from Vicky Swan & Jonny Dyer. Vicki and Jonny provide us with a quirky mix of songs, tunes and instruments! 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. 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 skillful musicianship.
Which brings us to Friday 16th, when we again welcome a brand new artist to the Woodman fold in the form of Kris Dollimore. If the name seems familiar you may well have seen him in one of his previous collaborations because he has played with many international bands and artists including The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Adam Ant and of course Del Amitri. His guitar skills have always been admired, in whichever genre he has played. With largely an acoustic repertoire, a fair portion of that being instrumental, in the vein of John Fahey and Jack Rose, precision playing is expected and delivered. If you know him from his past life, don't fear change. Follow Kris down new roads and you'll feel all the richer for it. Welcome to the Woodman Kris!
Onwards and upwards….the 23rd heralds a welcome return of Ranagri. Making their third visit to the club tonight we have this wonderful quartet from London, with the unusual name (pronounced; Ra – na – gry [as in sky]) if I remember rightly from their last appearance in March of last year. They have diverse musical backgrounds but a shared passion for folk music and 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 first 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.” Sounds good to me!
And to round off the month, on Friday 30th we have the incomparable Mr. Paul Downes. It was way back in March of 2014 that we had originally booked Paul with his musical partner Mick Ryan for the club but if you recall Mick had to cancel so we were treated to a solo performance from Paul and he did us proud! He’s since been back, with Mick, but tonight will be his second appearance on his own. Paul is a fantastically gifted guitarist and singer with a superb pedigree having worked with Phil Beer, The Arizona Smoke Review and many more. He is rightly regarded as one of the folk world’s finest musicians, and it is a real treat to see him deliver a solo performance. His guitar and banjo playing is effortless, and his vocals are crystal clear. Paul generates a genuine empathy with his audience and this will be a night you won’t want to miss.
And that shallot……till December of course!!!