STOCKTON FOLK CLUB

July to Dec 2019

1st July Hotspot: Flash Company is a Hartlepool / Wolviston based trio performing traditional and contemporary songs. The band consists of accomplished vocalists Breffni Martin and Jan Spencelayh, now with multi-instrumentalist Paul Rodgers. Come and support local talent. The trio will do two 25 min spots, leaving plenty of time for floor-singers too.
8th July Singaround
15th July Singaround
22nd July New Roots: Arthur Coates is a young fiddle and guitar player from Insch in Aberdeenshire who has been very busy as a member of several bands, most recently "Tolquhon". A new solo album also demonstrates his vocal talents. He's accompanied on this visit by Kerran Cotterwell on guitar. The New Roots competition has provided us with some great young performers in the past - remember Iona Fyfe and Kirsty Bromley, for example. Come and hear how young Folk is thriving.
29th July Geoff Higginbottom An old favourite with a powerful voice, Geoff serves up a great mix of songs with lots of choruses and with great good humour. You can see and hear him online on YouTube and Reverbnation.
5th Aug Singaround
12th Aug Singaround
19th Aug Club closed - Whitby Festival week
26th Aug Club closed - Bank Holiday
2nd Sept Singaround
9th Sept Barrie & Ingrid Temple return with their wonderful harmony singing and a great selection of songs, many of them Barrie’s own. Always great entertainment and great company.
16th Sept Singaround
23rd Sept Jeff Warner - a transatlantic favourite who has a huge store of traditional American songs and tunes, many of which share their roots with songs from these islands. Accompanying himself on guitar, banjo and concertina, he is a charismatic performer who shares his enthusiasm and quiet humour with his audience.
30th Sept Singaround
7th Oct Singaround
14th Oct Jack Rutter became well-known in the celebrated instrumental trio Moore Moss Rutter but he was brought up in the Holme Valley area where there is a strong song-tradition. His first solo album "Hills" showed he is really at home in this tradition, garnering some excellent reviews. "In the spirit of the old traditional singers, [he] takes a song, shapes it, lives with it and brings out something unique. This album made my heart sing". [Kathryn Tickell] He'll have a new album at the beginning of October. We can vouch for his being a likeable, impressive live performer too.
21st Oct Bill Adair is a Scottish singer with a fine, mellow voice who mixes folk and blues with some powerful songs of his own. Amongst the best of his songs are those which celebrate the rich cultural history of central Scotland's now vanished mining communities.
28th Oct Singaround
4th Nov Singaround featuring Archer - Matthews - Russell
11th Nov Mick Sheehan started coming to the Club when it and he were very young. He's always a popular visitor - his guest bookings are into double figures. So, it's great to welcome him back after a long gap. He's written some cracking songs, humorous and serious, and has a background of Irish songs to draw on, all accompanied by some "delicately mercurial guitar work" and a great line in chat.
18th Nov Di Henderson - another local favourite - Her rich, powerful voice is a tremendous vehicle for a wide range of songs: from the tradition and from new writers, from the North East and worldwide, from passionate social comment to the downright bawdy!
25th Nov Singaround
2nd Dec Scold's Bridle - Sue Bousfield and Liz Moore make up this entertaining duo from the Fylde area of Lancashire. Their style combines harmony and humour: their songs range from poignant to wistful, from ballad to rousing chorus.
9th Dec Tom McConville is many folkies' favourite fiddle player. His live performances combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes , through beautiful slow airs and of course, terrific singing - all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and wide grin. Enjoy!
16th Dec Folk Club Christmas Party
23rd Dec Singaround
30th Dec Singaround