Bert Draycott -- we're very sad to learn that Bertie has died
suddenly at home a few weeks short of his 87th birthday. We're not
trying to replace him as our guest tonight but propose to make this
a night to remember him and celebrate the joie de vivre he showed
in his performances. (Free entry)
and raffle for Age UK raised over £200 which the Club has
topped up to £250. Thanks to all who attended our Remembering
Bertie night and who donated.
Sanders & Ben Savage - a first visit for a delightful
duo who bring a mix of contemporary, traditional and Americana material.
"Spellbinding ... Hannah and Ben were born to sing and play
Quinn - An outstanding melodeon player and singer from
Sussex, Matt first visited us as a Newcastle student. He is also a
dab hand at the duet concertina and the mandolin. More recently he
has acquired a reputation as a singer, particularly for his mastering
the big story-songs. "... traditional music is in safe hands"
[Bright Young Folk]
Wyndham-Read - An old favourite, Martyn is a warm, hypnotic
singer who enhances a great range of songs with excellent, unobtrusive
guitar. He is well known as an ambassador for Australian folk songs
but is also a champion for Graeme Miles' compositions.
Kendrick & Sylvia Needham -Two splendid voices in
breathtaking harmony explore the best of English folk song and contemporary,
traditional based song. A whole range of concertinas provide accompaniment
as well as some lively tune sets.All this is presented with a great
sense of fun. "A wonderful advert for English folk music!"
[Guilford Institute Folk Club]
||Jim Bainbridge picked up his first melodeon for
a fiver in a junkshop in Twickenham in 1964 and has played D/G box
ever since. He picked up his songs from all over the place but his
native North-East and Ireland are well represented in an eclectic
mix. Add a few tales and you have the ingredients for a great night's
Christmas party - FREE if you bring food and / or
come in fancy dress
||Christmas Day - Club closed
||New Year's Day - Club closed
- A first visit for a top performer from the world of maritime
music. Tom puts across traditional shanties and songs fashioned from
his own seafaring background in powerful vocal style. Add ukelele
and button accordion together with infectious good humour and you
have a recipe for a great night.
Causley - Another first visit, this time from one of
the younger generation. Jim is steeped in the traditions of Devon.
He honed his musical skills as one of the early graduates of the Newcastle
Folk Degree and in groups like Devil's Interval, becoming recognised
as one of the finest male folk singers (so far) of the 21st century.
Indeed, he has been nominated 6 times for BBC Radio 2 folk awards
over the years. More recently he has established a strong reputation
as a song writer in the folk idiom, including settings of the poems
of distant relative Charles Causley.