Newsletter - Feb 2019

24 Jan 2019

Hi Folks,

Well, it’s a short month……and luckily for me I’ll be away for most of it catching a little sunshine if I’m lucky, therefore I won’t be able to share the delights of the month we have in store with all you lucky people!!

Short in days it may be however it’s not short on talent, far from it, we have a wonderful month in store commencing on…….

….Friday 1st 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!

Then on the 8th we are once again hosting the wonderful Lost Notes who made their first and triumphant appearance with us exactly one year ago!! 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 return welcome for Ben, Oli, Lucy, Silas and Max……..The Lost Notes.

Moving on we come to Friday the 15th and a welcome return of our very good friends, Kim Lowings and 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!

Finally on the 22nd it’s Other Roads. Unbelievably it was actually in March of 2016 that we last welcomed Other Roads…..where on earth does the time go? Pete Abbott, Gregor Borland and Dave Walmisley make up this trio that have become one of the premier acts on the folk circuit today. Dave is one of the members of Risky Business who thankfully have now re-formed and are once again delighting audiences far and wide – (they’ll be with us later in the year too.) Other Roads are regularly to be seen touring Europe performing at clubs and festivals, they are all excellent musicians on a variety of stringed instruments and with voices that blend in delightful harmony, we are in for a rousing night of Celtic inspired music and song.

I have also been asked to point out that this final Friday of the month marks the 48th 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 48th 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,