Gala Concert on Friday 26th February at the Maltings

This just in from the organisers of the above concert:

Really excited about the Gala Concert on Friday at the Maltings.  Everyone is getting geared up and hopefully the audience is as well.  A star studded line up with Pete Morton, Louise Jordan, Allcock & Brown and Mike Ruff plus brief appearances from three surprise guests.

Mike’s latest CD, The Wife of the Soldier, has just arrived and this will be the first chance for anyone to buy it.  Plenty of songs to sing and plenty more to listen to. The wine is ordered so come along and help make it the party we all expect.  Tickets still available through the Maltings web site, Ticketsource and Tourist information or just turn up at the door (but we might run out of wine)

Artwork mike-ruff-cd

Download a press release about the event here >>

or click the image below for the flyer:

Gala Concert Poster

Next fund-raiser for Kimpton Folk Festival…

This just in from Kimpton Folk Festival:

Hi all,

Just to let everyone know that tickets are now available for the Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection gig at Kimpton Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 23.  It’s a fund-raiser for our Kimpton Folk Festival on July 9.
Bar Opens 7.30pm.   Fantastic entertainment begins at 8.00p.m.
Tickets (£10 adults and under-14s free) are available online:
Or locally at Kimpton Corner Stores, the Boot or from Di and Me.
Or please send stamped addressed envelopes to me at 49 High Street, Kimpton, Herts, SG4 8RA

(And do please keep Saturday, July 9 free for the festival.  Wild Willy will be there, along with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Jaywalkers  and loads more.  More details and tickets will be available soon.)

Change to Baldock & Letchworth Club programme

This just in from Baldock & Letchworth Club:

Hello everyone,

In case you have not spotted it on the Baldock & Letchworth Club website we have a programme change; on Feb 24  we present Moirai

Moirai is a meeting of the musical minds of Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Token Women, Fraser Sisters), Sarah Matthews (Cupola, Cupola:Ward) and Melanie Biggs (Boxtet).

Having played many a tune together in sessions throughout the country, they decided to knit together their various talents by forming Moirai.

Moirai means ‘Spinners of Destiny’, and performances weave the trio’s instrumental talents together with haunting vocals.
The result: enchanting musical arrangements delivered with skill and a healthy dollop of humour    (please note: Neither knitting or spinning forms part of the performances!).

During 2015, Moirai performed at The Gower Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, Whitby Folk Week, and the newly launched Robin Hood Folk Festival in Nottingham. They also toured a variety of folk clubs and venues during the spring and autumn. Their CD has proved to be very popular and has received excellent reviews, and has already had a second pressing.

“Together they prove a very individual combination, and make music that’s definitely hard to resist” – FATEA
“Sideways is a delightful, relaxing album. The instruments blend easily as do the voices” –
“with three such auspicious talents this début album does not disappoint” – The Living Tradition
“this version of Moirai is destined for great things” – fRoots
“Melodic, engaging and beautifully crafted music with a skip in its step. It reaches out and grabs your attention with a sense of just-rightness about it.” – Bothy Folk Club


All the best
Baldock & Letchworth Blues, Folk & Roots Club
Live Music every Wednesday, music starts at 8.30pm
The Orange Tree
Norton Road
01767 683583

Folk at the Maltings Concert, Friday 4th March

This just in from St Albans Folk Music re their next Folk at the Maltings concert on Friday 4th March (click on the link at the bottom or on the thumbnail to download a PDF of the flyer)

(anyone spot the familiar Unicorn Team face in one of the acts!?)

Folk at the Maltings 4th March 2016

Folk at the Maltings 4th March 2016

Folk at the Maltings 4th March 2016

Guitar, mandolin and banjo concert for the classical enthusiast

This just in from St Albans guitarist Nigel Woodhouse (great player and a great venue):

Guitar, mandolin and banjo recital, 8.00pm Wednesday February 17th 2016
The Great Drawing Room of Rothamsted Manor

A programme of guitar music from Europe and South America featuring works by Villa Lobos, Bach, Sor and Barrios, with occasional diversions on the mandolin and banjo.

Nigel Woodhouse has worked for many years as a freelance musician. Unusually for his chosen instruments, much of his work has been in various orchestral settings.

He has taken part in many concerts with the UK’s leading orchestras, including numerous appearances at the BBC Proms, as well as recordings and international tours.

He has played many onstage parts in the worlds of opera, ballet and theatre, and he is regularly invited to play at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden and English National Opera.

Last year saw him being asked at short notice to play with the Bergen Philharmonic, and he has recently been touring with the Royal Ballet, playing shows in Shanghai, Washington and Chicago.

“This rather personal selection of pieces represents a window into some of my musical worlds, as well as offering a sample of the different idioms of each instrument”.

Tickets (which include interval refreshments) double as programmes and cost £14.00 (£6.00 for Manor Residents, students and children).  Please complete the form below and send to: Margaret Glendining, CSYS, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ.  Tel: 01582 763133 ext 2821, or

To: Margaret Glendining, CSYS.  Please reserve me …….tickets at £14.00 .…….at £6.00 for the recital by Nigel Woodhouse on Wednesday Feb 17th 2016.  I enclose £………. as a crossed cheque made out to ‘Rothamsted Sports and Social Club’ (and a sae if the tickets are to be sent by post).


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