Jan. to Jun. 2019

7th Jan Singaround - Plough Monday
14th Jan KenWilson - The big guy from the Wilson family released his second solo CD in 2018, bringing a great voice and superb, natural timing to a great selection of folk songs, old and new. Bound to be a great start to our 2019 guest programme.
21st Jan Singaround
28th Jan Alistair Russell & Chris Parkinson - First time here as a duo for two old favourites. Ali is a Stockton "old-boy" who moved on from The Distillers to 13 years with the legendary Battlefield Band. "Parky" is a renowned squeezebox player whose list of collaborations reads like a who's who of folk music. Expect a lively mix of Scottish and Irish songs and music performed in great style.
4th Feb Singaround
11th Feb Yan Tan Tether - Welome back to a close harmony trio who have been dubbed "the golden tonsils of Otley" by Mike Harding. Tess, Lynne and Rosie play a variety of instruments but concentrate mainly on beautiful a capella arrangements of a fine mix of songs.
18th Feb Singaround
25th Feb George Welch & Stewart Hardy - George is a North East institution known for hilarious stories, driving tunes on guitar and moving songs in a fine baritone voice. Stewart is a fiddle player (and teacher) with an international reputation for rhythmic virtuosity and sensitive accompaniments. They promise a night of spontaneous fun.
4th Mar Singaround
11th Mar

Martyn Wyndham Read - An old favourite, Martyn is a warm, mesmerising singer who complements a superb voice with excellent, unobtusive guitar. He is well known as an ambassador for Australian folk songs but is also a champion for Graeme Miles compositions.

18th Mar Judy Cook, from Oberlin Ohio, describes herself as a song-finder not a song-writer. She brings a powerful voice to a huge repertoire of (mostly) American songs and ballads. Her command of narrative style and deep respect for traditions have earned respect on both sides of the Atlantic.
25th Mar Singaround
1st Apr Singaround
8th Apr Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith were established after their 2016 visit as one of our favourite duos. Their 2018 album Many a Thousand got 5 star reviews from the likes of fRoots which said "their singing is sublime and their musicianship is both unpredicatable and entirely apt". At home in the tradition, they also add a contemporary edge highlighting political, social and environmental concerns.
15th Apr The Raffleites are five females (including our own Joy) in beautiful multi-part harmony, ably accompanied by Andy. Their wide-ranging repertoire covers everything from deeply trad. to bang up-to-date contemporary folk with a few excursions into other genres along the way. Door money and a bit more is being donated to the North Tees Hospital Breast Cancer Care Unit.
22nd Apr Easter Monday -Singaround - Cancelled
29th Apr Rowan Piggott & Rosie Hodgson are a Sussex-based duo who perform traditional and original folksongs in harmony with fiddle and bouzouki. They're well worth a listen - classy treatments of old songs and some fascinating new ones. They've both contributed to Songhive, a project about the plight of bees.
6th May Bank holiday - Singaround - Cancelled
13th May Jez Lowe - Acclaimed songwriter Jez , with classics like Greek Lightning and Back in Durham Gaol, continues to produce a steady stream of brilliant new songs.An ambassador for the North East, he is a hugely entertaining performer. This gig is ticket only - sold out!
20th May

Will Finn and Rosie Calvert first came to the Club as half of celebrated quartet The Teacups. This will be their second visit as a duo - first and foremost they are singers with harmonies honed by constant singing together, around the house, in the car, but they also add keyboard to the mix and push the boundaries with a steel pan! Their enjoyment in their music is obvious.

27th May Bank holiday - Singaround - Cancelled
3rd June Flossie - back in 2000 - 2001 Florence Malavialle came from Nimes to teach French at Grangefield School in Stockton. Already a singer, she discovered the local folk scene at Darlington, picked up a "quaint" Tees Valley accent and settled here. Flossie is a highly accomplished performer with a stunning voice and a great interaction with her audience. Everything from contempory folk to jazz standards, from blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics.....
10th June Singaround
17th June Nick Dow - a tradition-bearer and a wonderful singer with a mellow, lived-in voice and impeccable guitar. Nick is also a song-collector of some renown, with a rich haul of songs from Dorset and from among the travelling community. If you haven't heard him before don't miss this opportunity!
24th June Singaround