Newsletter - July 2022

21 Jun 2022

July is now just around the corner and as usual it’s a short month for Woodman club goers but entertaining nonetheless, so without further ado, here goes:-

Friday 1st July sees the very welcome return of Johnny Coppin to the club. Over the years Johnny has been a regular visitor to the Woodman but as far as I can see he was last with us way back in 2011 so this visit is long overdue I’m sure you’ll agree. He is a longstanding favourite at our club as well as many other clubs and festivals nationwide and his music is essentially English in character with a particular Gloucestershire bias. Add to this his clear voice and his ability to write fine songs and you will most certainly get an evening to remember.

The following week, the 8th, as always we will be closed because the Woodman tends to move almost lock, stock and instruments to the world famous spectacular that is BROMSGROVE FOLK FESTIVAL! See you there I hope.

Friday the 15th sees our final club night of the season as we look forward to a summer break of festivals, holidays, barbecues and whatever else floats our collective boats so, to take us out into the summer break in style we are welcoming back the fabulous Ranagri. Making their fourth visit to the club tonight we have this wonderful quartet from London, with the unusual name (pronounced; Ra – na – gry [as in sky]) if I remember rightly from their last appearance in November of 2018. They have diverse musical backgrounds but a shared passion for folk music and are Donal on lead vocals and guitar, Eliza on whistles/flutes/vocals, there will be a substitute harpist as Ellie is on maternity leave from the band and there will be someone on percussion, as yet not known who! To quote Les, (our esteemed reviewer from the first time they appeared) “Ranagri are quite possibly one of the best bands we have seen this year. Their music is in the main self penned and lyrically has a folk feel to it, but the sound they produce is a mixture of music and rhythms from everywhere in the world. It is so very hard to find a genre to fit them into.” Sounds good to me!

That will be all folks so enjoy the summer break and we’ll see you all again when you roll up in your droves to renew your memberships on September the 16th! Till then, Cheers and have a good break……

Rob x