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Diary

For earlier events click here, H1'16 ; H2'16 ; H1'17 ; Q3'17

2nd Oct Singaround
9th Oct

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) A collection 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.

16th Oct Singaround
23rd Oct Hannah 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 together" [fRoots]
30th Oct Singaround
6th Nov Matt 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]
13th Nov Singaround
20th Nov Martyn 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.
27th Nov Singaround
4th Dec Keith 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]
11th Dec 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 entertainment.
18th Dec

Christmas party - FREE if you bring food and / or come in fancy dress

25th Dec Christmas Day - Club closed
1st Jan New Year's Day - Club closed
8th Jan Singaround
15th Jan Tom Lewis - 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.
22nd Jan Singaround
29th Jan Jim 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.

 

Listings for other clubs in the north east can be found in "Folk Roundabout", for sale at the club or from the editor, Mike Hughes (see contact page).

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