Newsletter - Feb-Mar 2020

Updated
15 Feb 2020

Late again I’m afraid……I’ll be getting the sack if I’m not too careful….(or if I’m lucky, depending on how you look at it!). So I’ll make this a quick recap and also cover March as I’ll be away for most of it.

If you’ve been coming to the club you’ll know that last Friday, Mad Jocks & Englishmen went down a storm to a very packed house, as indeed they always do. Then last night (Valentines night - so what on earth were you doing at the Woodman?), we were regally entertained by Greengrass, a talented trio that have never before graced our stage, and didn’t they do well, despite Lauren having a little vocal tickle all night. She coped with it very well and it didn’t detract from their performance one bit.

Next week, Friday 21st, we have a welcome return of our very good friends, Kim Lowings and The Greenwood. I guess it’ll be the bands last gig for this year as Kim is now very visibly ‘blooming’ and is looking forward to maternity leave. 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!

The 28th will be one of our superb Singers Nights so 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 marching onwards into…..well March, we open up on the 6th with the second appearance at the club of the very talented Jack Blackman. Jack made his debut with us back in October 2016, although I must admit, it doesn’t seem like that long ago! Anyway - a little about him: all of you who saw him last time will already know that Jack is a stunning young talent, fast developing into one of the most accomplished and exciting performers on today’s acoustic roots scene. His guitar and slide guitar playing is simply exquisite and his songs have been generating a great deal of interest within the folk music world. His style is predominantly bluesy but he manages to effortlessly fuse it with songs in the folk idiom, many of which are his own compositions. Another great night on the cards I predict.

Which brings us to the 13th, when we see a very welcome return of the ever popular Liz Simcock, for what will be her fourth appearance with us believe it or not! Liz made her Woodman debut a back in 2014, went down a storm and was booked again the following year and again in 2018 so it’s about two years since we last saw her. Liz is a singer/songwriter who performs in folk and acoustic clubs mainly in and around the South East. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, recording four albums and gaining a glowing reputation, but over the last few years she has also been touring with our old club favourite Clive Gregson, recreating the style and sound of Gregson & Collister and their debut CD, ‘Underwater Dancing’ was released in September 2017.

Moving on, March the 20th will be PACKED!!, so come early if you want a seat because we are again presenting the irrepressible Gerry Colvin Band. Gerry and the band last played a storming show at the club in October of 2018 and we are thrilled and delighted to welcome them back for what will be their fourth visit to the club. A ‘slightly eccentric’ performer I think it would be fair to say, who writes all of the band’s material and performs it with real feeling. His songs are often quirky, sometimes very funny, always very skilfully written and presented in many varied ways, from rousing, full-band accompaniment to solo voice with just a double bass which makes your hair stand on end!

Finally on the 27th it’s another one of our superb Singers Nights so 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!

And finally, just a reminder that this last Friday of the month marks the 49th 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 49th 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,

Rob x