Jan. to July 2017

2nd Jan Singaround - New Year survivors' night
9th Jan Singaround - Plough Monday
16th Jan Loose Connection -Welcome back to old friends George Armstrong and Bob Tuddenham after the sad loss of bassist Roly Hindmarsh. We know we'll get a great selection of songs (and the odd instrumental) and that this duo will engage with our audience and get them singing.
23rd Jan Hot Spot: Steve Lane - One of the mainstays of the Club, Steve is an accomplished singer, unaccompanied or with well-honed guitar. We also hope to hear his hurdy gurdy. His repertoire encompasses traditional and very good contemporary songs, including some of his own.
30th Jan Singaround
6th Feb Brian Peters - Compelling singer, squeezebox ace and skilled guitarist, with traditional songs, ballads and tunes and always a few surprises.Warm up a winter's night with an old friend.
13th Feb Singaround
20th Feb Night Fall (formerly, briefly, The Night Watch) - A new trio, all graduates of the Newcastle folk degree, whose paths never crossed during their studies. Kevin Lees is a fine fiddle player of Scottish and Northumbrian traditions. Dave Wood is one of the leading guitarists on the folk scene: you might remember him from CrossCurrent or Malinky, say. Kate Locksley, a splendid vocalist, has entertained us as part of The Teacups. Together they are something special.
27th Feb Singaround
6th Mar JIB - Jim Mageean, Ingrid and Barrie Temple combine to produce great songs and harmonies with a North-East, nautical flavour. No doubt they will dip into some of their other wealth of material too. Above all, they're great company for a night out.
13th Mar Singaround
20th Mar Trish McClean & Judith Haswell last entertained us in 2014, just before Judith left the area to live in York. They bring two lovely voices and some delicate guitar work to some splendid, mostly contemporary songs: we're very pleased that they have got together to delight us again.
27th Mar Singaround
3rd Apr The Spiers Family Welcome to Tom, wife Maggie and daughter Emma, three excellent singers whose songs are mainly, but not exclusively from the tradition of North East Scotland. Tom has a long history performing as part of The Gaugers and more recently Shepheard, Spiers and Watson: Maggie and Emma came to performing outside the family much later but have each won awards for singing in their own rights.Together they bring natural family harmonies to some wonderful songs while Tom adds sparing but skilfull and effective accompaniments on fiddle and tenor guitar.
10th Apr Singaround
17th Apr Easter Monday - Singaround - cancelled
24th Apr Rachel Newton Double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner earlier this month, Rachel picked up Musician of the Year and was part of Best Group with The Furrow Collective. Another Scot, she is a singer (in English and Gaelic) and harpist who plays fiddle and viola too. She is also a founder member of The Shee and is now carving out a successful solo career as well. In The Arc
1st May Bank holiday - Singaround - Cancelled: pub closed for refurbishment
8th May Tania Opland & Mike Freeman – from their first visit in 1997 (Tania in ‘94), this Anglo-Alaskan duo have excited and delighted us with their performances of world music. Tania sings beautifully in several languages and plays a range of often unusual instruments while Mike accompanies on guitar and suitably multicultural percussion. In The Arc
15th May Singaround - Back in The Sun!
22nd May Benny Graham & Chuck Fleming Welcome back to two of the North East's finest - Benny has one of the best voices on the folk scene, Chuck is a terrific fiddle player. "Great singing, great music, great craic"

29th May

Bank holiday - Singaround - FREE
5th June Singaround
12th June Anne Lamb - Anne's lovely, beguiling voice is a superb vehicle for a traditional ballad but she's equally at home with a humorous song whether it's from Victoria Wood or the old music hall. No frills, unaccompanied - this is quality folk-singing from a good friend of the Club.
19th June Sally Ironmonger - A singer-songwriter from the Medway whose thought-provoking songs will have you laughing out loud as well. Sally's great vocals and husband Brian Carter's excellent guitar accompaniment should have you captivated from the start. Throw in some foot-stamping covers and the odd traditional anthem and the audience is bound to go home reluctantly but with a smile.
26th June Singaround