From Watford Folk Club: review and gigs to come…

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

On FRIDAY 26 April 2019, we welcomed Martin Olyett as our guest. He’s a Luton lad who knows his way round a tune. If you like sensitive singer-songwriter stuff, with subdued lighting, a melted candle stuck in an old Chianti bottle, and some self-penned songs that will make you sing, laugh, cry etc. you should have been there!  He  had some of his his highly reviewed CDs for sale too (he may have a few left!)

Local performer and regular visitor to the Folk Club, Martin writes unique modern Folk Songs and the packed room was testament to the high regard in which he is held.

Martin played two superb 45-minute sets and received a much-deserved encore at the end.

It was a great night with a very high standard of floor singers too.

Audience reaction:

“Delighted to see such a stellar turnout at Martin Olyett’s Watford Folk Club showcase. Martin delivered two beautifully paced and programmed sets with his trademark humility, grace and charm. Top drawer stuff.”( Mark Blanchard)

“Great guy, great music and a great night out! “(Vernon Stanbridge)

“Thanks Martin for a fantastic night . You were really on top form, our floor singers were great as usual and our audience were warm, appreciative and enthusiastic. Well done – it was a pleasure and a privilege to be compere for the evening.” (Pete Nutkins)

This is what makes the Watford Folk Club. Wonderful music and oodles of talent!  Many thanks to everyone who was there!

(Main copy courtesy Julian Mount)

 Watford Folk Club meets every Friday at 8pm in
The Colne River Room
The Pump House
Local Board Road
Lower  High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK

Re May 17th

Watford Folk Club was shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden death of Vicky Martin of The Delta Ladies.

Vicky sang and played guitar, banjo, Kandela and Irish Bouzouki. She was the writer of many the Delta Ladies’ original tunes. Vicky was interested in music right through the sixties and seventies and was initially influenced by the great players who were around throughout that period, Clapton, Hendrix whom she met, The Stones, and the music of Miles Davis and Bob Dylan remained her constant favourites.

She will be greatly missed.

Of course, the gig has been cancelled for the moment.

Delta Ladies plan to carry on which was very much in accord with Vicky’s thinking. They had discussed what we would do if either one of them had to leave the building, though we had not expected it to be quite so sudden. The plan such as it is to take a very short break, whilst we work out the practicalities of rearranging some of the songs. The line-up will be as before a duo, trio or 4/5 piece, though also on occasion possibly solo as well.
A new date will be arranged and we will keep you advised.

Clive Carey has kindly stepped in to play for us that evening.

Clive ‘Two Capos’ Carey, a regular performer at Chesham Folk club, is an accomplished guitarist and singer well known in the Three Counties, formerly with “The Romany”, and still occasionally performing with “Heartwood”.

Clive has a great voice and understated guitar style. An exponent of the “double capo technique”, his diverse repertoire guarantees an excellent set and a great evening.

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