Newsletter - May 2019

26 Apr 2019

Well hello again folkers! Its official, the festival season is about to begin for another year but if you’re not venturing out with your rucksack, tent and pegs just yet, the Woodman has another month of marvelous music, merrymaking and mirth to present to you, beginning with…….

…..Friday 3rd May, and tonight we are pleased to be able to present yet another debut act to you in the form of Ashes To Oaks. Band member Robin Tudor has been a regular at the club for many years now. He is on violin in this line-up and the other band members are Jemma Lauren - Vocals, guitar and baritone ukulele, Russ Sargeant - double bass, guitar and vocals and Andy Shepherd - drums and percussion. They bill themselves as a “UK-based, four-piece folk band that err on the side of good, alternative country music!” Sounds mighty fine to me.

Then on Friday the 10th we are delighted to be welcoming back an old friend and Woodman regular, none other than Jez Lowe. Jez was last with us in May’15 appearing with his partner Kate Bramley……(the apple of his eye, hmm??) However, unbelievably, you have to cast your mind back to May 2012 since his last solo performance with us…..7 years!! That just doesn’t seem possible to me but apparently it is so. A prolific songwriter, gifted musician on several things with strings and a sartorial star of the stripy jumper/T-shirt, so sit back and enjoy a long overdue visit from one of finest performers from the North East.

On Friday the 17th we are delighted to welcome back (although for the first time under this banner) – Rack And Ruin Acoustic. Although we have hosted Mick Bisiker with Nigel Ward in various guises over the years, to my knowledge we have never presented the band under the Rack and Ruin name before, so as well as Mick on 6 and 8 string thingy’s and Nigel on fiddle we will also have Chris Radley on bass and Deb Gomme on saxophone. They all have many years experience performing lively celtic, roots, and folk-rock music and we are guaranteed a lively foot stomping night of songs, jigs, reels and joy!

The 24th will be yet another of our marvelous Singers Nights. You know the rules so make sure that you 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.

**will be closed the following Friday, the 31st of May but normal service will be resumed on Friday 7th June….but more of that in the June Newsletter.**



Many of you who have been club members for a while will remember Terry Bonham and his good lady, Pam Timmins. They were very regular Woodman goers up until just a couple of years ago. Terry was the jocular ‘heckler-in-chief’ although his banter was always good-natured, and Pam was always by his side to keep him in check! He even appeared in a few of the world famous Woodman panto’s, to great acclaim.

Sadly on the first of April both Terry and Pam passed away and will be sorely missed by their families and numerous friends.

If anyone needs details of the funeral arrangements please contact Debbie on 01384 560462 or via email at