Newsletter - Mar 2022

11 Mar 2022

Hi Folks,

Whilst aimlessly daydreaming mid-ablutions earlier on this morning (of which I will say nothing more), I realised that I had omitted to publish a March Club Newsletter. I can only say that with everything going on in this crazy world at the moment, it completely slipped my mind. However I have given myself a stern talking to and it won’t happen again…..possibly!

Well, that’s that out of the way so on to the delights of the Woodman March programme.

If you were there last week on Friday 4th of March you will already know that it was one of our famed Singers’ Nights. If you weren’t, well you know now!

Tomorrow on the 11th we are delighted to be welcoming back a banjo virtuoso in the inimitable form of Mr. Dan Walsh. Dan is a cracking singer and all round nice guy, what more can I say! Well, this’ll be Dan’s fifth visit to the club, fourth as a solo artist and of course with his fantastic trio on his last visit. If I hadn’t just checked I wouldn’t have believed that it was way back in 2017 he last appeared solo, it doesn’t seem anything like that. Undoubtedly one of the best banjo players in the UK, (and no slouch on the guitar either!), Dan plays a very varied mix of styles taking in folk, funk, bluegrass, jazz, rock and even a few Indian Raga’s thrown in for good measure. He really does make it sing in whatever way he likes! Welcome back again Dan!

Then Friday 18th sees the return of the simply brilliant Lost Notes. Perennially popular, home grown, (well, Brummagem), rootsy band that never fail to ‘let the good times roll’! This’ll be their third visit and if we’re to believe their website, “The Lost Notes are a five-piece band from Moseley, Birmingham, where politics, drunkenness and glee abound, It makes for a great night out” - (it also has a delightful Farmers Market for the more sober element!). 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.

Finally on Friday 25th the brilliant Paul Downes will be making a long awaited return to the club. As half of one of the current folk scene’s top duos, with Mick Ryan, Paul is well known to Woodman audiences but tonight will be his third appearance as a solo artist. 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’s about it for March so, hopefully see you there.


Rob x