A notification from Watford Folk Club

This just in:

It’s going to be another SINGAROUND this Friday, 11 January 2019, at The Watford Folk Club as, sadly, Warp & Weft cannot perform due to illness. Their night will be rescheduled soon. We’re really disappointed as we know it was going to be a great evening. We’ll keep you posted with the new date and we wish Alison a speedy recovery.

Do come and sing (or come and listen) 8-11pm, just £5 (suggested minimum contribution) to get in. THIS FRIDAY at Watford Folk Club.

The Watford Folk Club meets every Friday, 8-11 pm in the Colne River Room at The Pump House, Local Board Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 2JP”

Happy New Year from Watford Folk Club!

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

Happy New Year from Watford Folk Club!!!

We kicked off 2019 on Friday 4th January with our first legendary singaround of the year and we have a great line-up planned over the coming months:

January 11th. Our very own duo “Warp & Weft” (Alison Raymond and Kim Olyett) will be playing two sets for us ably supported by our wonderful crew of floor singers.

Referencing the weaving trade, Warp and Weft , ‘weave’ rich vocal harmonies with instrumental  accompaniment. Appearing at their ‘home’ club, W&W will reveal some surprise new material and some unexpected arrangements to augment their established repertoire.

 If Alison and Kim are the Warp and the Weft, then they are pleased to welcome guest appearances from fiddle player Susan Alexander representing a golden thread illuminating the fabric of three songs during the evening.

January 18th. We are proud to host a rare performance  by Martyn Wyndham-Read, Doug Jenner and Roland Taylor on 18th January with their show “Henry Lawson (1867-1922): Voice of a New Nation”

This presentation traces the life of the important Australian writer Henry Lawson, tracing his life through his stories, humorous recollections and musical settings of his poems.

Henry Lawson’s writing captured and helped define the essence of the Australian character, described by one observer as “laconic, egalitarian and deeply humane.”

This goes a long way to explaining why his writing enjoyed such popularity in his day and why, almost 100 years after his death, musicians and performers continue to set his words to music. It is testament to the universal power and relevance of his work.

We’re very much looking forward to have Martyn along with Doug & Roland come to Watford for what will be a fascinating and memorable evening.

January 25th is the first of our “Songwriters Circle” evenings. We have asked local songwriters to not only perform but also talk about how they write their songs. Tonight will feature Liz Lawley , Richard Stewart and Ray Owen followed by our second on 29th March with Alison Raymond, Lizzy Hardingham and Vernon Stanbridge.

It’s great to have songwriters explain a little about a song at a singaround or as a floorspot, but this will give them the opportunity to interact with their peers and give the audience an insight into the songwriting process. . The evening will start with the Songwriters in the first half, followed by a singaround in the second. We hope that the Songwriters Circle will become a regular feature in our programme

Further bookings include : Bernard Hoskin, Kelly Oliver,  Steve Turner, Lizzy Hardingham, The Foxglove Trio and Elizabeth & Jameson.

For more details visit our website: watfordflokclub.co.uk or find us at WatfordFolkClub on facebook

Better still, come down & see us one Friday – we’d love to see you and you’ll be very welcome!