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‘Folk Fantastic’ gig at the Peacock, St Albans – Thursday night

This just in from Folk Fantastic…

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Unicorn Magazine Issue 146 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 146 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 146 of Unicorn Magazine (May, June & July 2019) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable / readable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

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Bedford Folk Dance Club Spring Dance

This just in from Bedford Folk Dance Club:

Please find attached a poster for BFDC Spring Dance.  Please note that we now have a new venue address for our dance which is to be held at St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF.  This poster supersedes any previous one you might have received for this dance which contained our old address.  The event is approaching fast and the club would be grateful if you could bring the dance to the notice of your club members and friends who may wish to attend and would be most welcome.
With kind regards,
Ron Law
Bedford Folk Dance Club
Download the poster here: Bedford Folk Dance Club Spring 2019 R L

Friday, 8 March 2019 at The Watford Folk Club: STEVE TURNER

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

This Friday, 8 March 2019 at The Watford Folk Club: STEVE TURNER £10 (suggested minimum contribution) and limited floor spots.

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.

The Watford Folk Club meets every Friday, 8-11 pm in the Colne River Room at The Pumphouse, Local Board Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 2JP.
Email: WatfordFolkClub@outlook.com
Website: WatfordFolkClub.co.uk
Love to see you there!”

  • Also, we’ve now got artists confirmed for our Songwriters Circle on June 7th. They are:
    Ady Shaw.
    Tom Lavin &
    Steve McLennon.

22 February 2019, Kelly Oliver plays at The Watford Folk Club

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

“THIS FRIDAY, 22 February 2019, Kelly Oliver plays at The Watford Folk Club. £10 (suggested minimum contribution) to get in.

Kelly Oliver is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonicist, hailing from Hertfordshire and described by The Times as an artist who ‘blends traditional with bold, indie-pop’. She came to performing music a little later in life than many other of the rising stars of the UK music scene. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London and then travelling around Europe, Brazil and Argentina, her passion for folk music was ignited with a visit to Ireland. It was there that she was exposed to traditional Irish folk music, and with her Grandmother having been born in Tralee in Ireland, Kelly was heavily drawn to the culture and especially the traditional music, played live with intricacy and passion.

Returning home to England, she began her musical career by playing support slots at folk clubs on the scene, including many at the prestigious Hitchin Folk Club, which happened to be her local. After supporting various high-profile acts such as Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Cara Dillon and Barbara Dickson, Kelly began playing her own headline shows and slots at festivals around the country. Since then, she has released two albums of her own original songs and has enjoyed many accolades for her work. Her debut album ‘This Land’, funded by an Emerging Excellence Award by Help Musicians UK, gained a 4* review from The Telegraph and her second album ‘Bedlam’ was included in The Sunday Times Essential New Releases and was one of Paul Sexton’s Top 20 Albums of the Year in Prog Magazine. Her last five singles have all gained BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music airplay and she performed her 2016 summer single ‘Rio’ on BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live for her first national TV appearance.

More info at:
http://kellyoliver.co.uk/

Website : watfordfolkclub.co.uk
Email: WatfordFolkClub@outlook.com
Find us on Facebook: Watford Folk Club

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

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!