Newsletter - Oct-Nov 2019

08 Oct 2019

Hi Folks,

I’m late, again….. I know; it’s not good enough and I promise to try harder…...a bit!

Sorry about this but I’m blaming festivals, weekends away with friends, general inebriation…….but any road up I’ve missed the beginning of October already SO to make up for it I’ll make this a combined newsletter to encompass November as well.

If you were there last Friday you will no doubt have greatly enjoyed The Jigantics, they really were rather good! If you weren’t I won’t bore you with how good I thought they were but you might be interested in Woody’s review so I’ll just leave it here for you to peruse at your leisure.

Next Friday – the 11th 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.

Then on the 18th we are delighted to welcome back the manic Scotsman once again in the form of Mr. Dave Gibb. All the way from way up there in Wanlockhead, 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’!!

On to the 25th and a return for the umpteenth time (not that we’re counting cos’ she’s always very welcome) of the delightful chanteuse Flossie Malavialle. She was last with us on the finale night of the summer 2018 season and gave us a memorable night as always. As most of you will know Flossie has been a club regular for many years now and certainly enjoys coming to the club as much as we love to have her…….she never quite knows what to expect from the Woodman audience, and we never disappoint her! With a delightful voice and her trusty Gibson guitar she will no doubt refer to her à la carte song list and bring us some chansons d’amour with a dash of savoir-faire to enhance our joie de vivre!! Welcome back Flossie.

On to November and the 1st will bring a new act to the club namely Roger Davies. Roger is a fairly recent convert to full time professional performer and he got his big break when a friend put a copy of his most recent album, ‘Local Radio’, in the hands of Fairport Convention's bass player Dave Pegg who was so impressed by what he heard he invited him to open their UK winter tour shows, with 26 dates spanning from Inverness in the far north down to Cornwall in the south-west! Not a bad start to a career in folk-music I reckon. Let’s make sure we give him a rousing Woodman welcome.

Then on Friday the 8th it’s another sparkling array of local talent, yes it’s a Singers’ Night.

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

Next it’s the 15th and we look forward to an evening with Kevin Dempsey. Kevin, as a solo artiste, will be a first for the club. We have seen him before - (back in the olden days – 2012!), as a duo with Joe Broughton but never to my knowledge on his own. Kevin is a brilliant guitarist/singer/songwriter with a very impressive pedigree. I first came across him in Whippersnapper in the ‘80’s with Swarb, Chris Leslie and Martin Jenkins and together they were an awesome band. He’d been well known before then of course as a member of Dando Shaft, and since the demise of Whippersnapper he’s gone on from strength to strength in various combinations as well as performing solo. This is a real coup for the club and you won’t want to miss it I assure you.

The last two Fridays also bring acts that we’ve not seen before which is always very exciting!

On the 22nd we are hosting Kuschty Rye, which is a totally unknown name to me however this should be a really interesting and entertaining night. Kuschty Rye is the title of a song by the late lamented Ronnie Lane and that gives us a clue as to what we have in store tonight. Enter Des Horsfall. Thirty years on he’s trying to capture the spirit of Lane’s endeavour on a trilogy of albums that he hopes will reflect the original Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance releases. The first two albums, ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’ and ‘The Bastards Tin’ are already available and the third one is a work in progress. They deliver a rootsy, acoustic based run through of blues, folk and Cajun influenced songs that approach the likes of Ron Kavana. No idea who will constitute the band tonight…..but I love surprises!

Finally on the 29th we present The Black Feathers, a duo comprising Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler. Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock loom large in their musical world, with Hughes' guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Their music quickly draws the interest of listeners, but it is the stage chemistry that will keep you riveted. Having already built up a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the US. They have performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and have also been awarded official showcases at the North East Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences. Here is a quote taken directly from The Black Mountain News, North Carolina “Once in a blue moon, the whole soars far above the sum of its parts. That's what happens when The Black Feathers perform live”.
Sounds good to me!

……..and now it’s only 26 sleeps ‘til Christmas, bet that’s cheered you up!!


Rob x