||Singaround - Plough Monday
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
||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.
||Easter Monday -Singaround - Cancelled
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.
||Bank holiday - Singaround - Cancelled
- 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
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.
||Bank holiday - Singaround - Cancelled
- 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.....
||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!