Watford Folk Club welcomes Paul Downes on Friday June 21st (today!)


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Watford Folk Club welcomes Paul Downes on Friday June 21st.

Paul’s sensitive and yet fun approach to his live performances puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today.

He has been introduced (much to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world. It is easy to see why when you see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but at the same time he considers himself as a singer of songs, rather than a guitar technician.

Paul has a rich musical background that has progressed through working with Phil BeerThe Arizona Smoke RevuePete Seeger and, currently, The Joyce Gang.

Eight albums with bands, three highly acclaimed solo albums and over one hundred and fifty session credits have still left time for Paul to tour every concert venue, theatre and festival in Britain, plus many tours in the USA and Europe. Cabaret in the West Indies and newsreading on US radio are but two other strings to his guitar.

A great performance guaranteed! Catch him live.

Paul spent his youth playing classical guitar, rugby, soccer, cricket, the field and looking at maps. He played a solo recital in Westminster Abbey at the age of sixteen and subsequently took up folk music.

From the age of 12, Paul’s best friend was Steve Knightley; then at 16, they met Phil Beer. However, despite these drawbacks, Paul was reasonably well-balanced until, after giving up a promising academic career, he went on the road as a professional muso. “Was it the women or the curry houses?”, Paul was once heard to rhetoricise.

A few years touring as Downes and Beer, all around Europe and the UK, playing sessions on hundreds of albums, four records of their own and two solo sets for Paul… and they met Bill Zorn and formed the now legendary Arizona Smoke Revue. A meteoric rise into TV, radio, major European festivals, world tours and four albums… that was enough! Paul was asked to stand in on a Joyce Gang gig (their first!) and the rest, as they say, is mystery.

Paul Downes now still gigs extensively in the UK and USA as a solo artist, made his third album, enjoys shopping and cooking, supporting Exeter Rugby Club and getting a suntan.

(One of the most able and talented, yet underrated singer/guitarists on the folk scene. The Folk Diary)

Watford Folk Club meets Fridays 8pm – 11pm  at

The Colne River Room

The Pump House,

Local Board Road,

Watford WD17 2JP

(entry by £10 minimum donation)

Website : watfordfolkclub.co.uk

Email::WatfordFolkClub@outlook.com

Facebook::Watford Folk Club

See you there!!!”
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Saturday 25th May gig at The Higgins Museum Bedford

This just in from the Invisible Folk Club:

On Saturday 25th May some of the finest folksingers in the region are performing at The Higgins Museum Bedford. The event runs from 11am – 4pm and is part of an open day the museum is holding for its Brickworks exhibition. Invisible Folk are proud to be collaborating with The Higgins Bedford by contributing a film to the exhibition, hosting a public discussion and interview and staging this mini festival. For someone who runs a folk club this could be all of next year’s bookings in one hit. For a reviewer ten artists of this standard in one place is special.

  • 11.00 Jack in a Barrel
  • 11.30 Nigel Moorcroft
  • 12.00 Cris Lawley
  • 12.30 Jon Bickley
  • 1.00 Petrichor
  • 1.30 Lizzy Hardingham
  • 2.00 Ragged Staff
  • 2.30 Catherine Earnshaw
  • 3.00 Marisa Jack and Davy
  • 3.30 Pete Castle

To support this event The Invisible Folk Club has compiled an album of performances by these artists recorded live at The Invisible Folk Club. The album is downloadable from

https://ifcmusic.bandcamp.com/album/higgins-bedford-brickworks-day

Www.invisiblefolkclub.com

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
Email:WatfordFolkClub@outlook.com

Website:watfordfolkclub.co.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.

https://youtu.be/LaGklvMMfGI

Watford Folk Club welcomes Martin Olyett

This just in from Watford Folk Club:
On FRIDAY 26 April 2019, we re-open after the Easter break with Martin Olyett as our guest. 
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., come to Martin’s gig at The Pump House Watford, Friday 26 April @ 8.00pm. 
CDs for sale too! (Favourably reviewed in previous Unicorn issues.
Martin is a Luton lad who knows his way round a tune and one of the original founder members of the club. 
Don’t miss him…or you’ll miss him!
£8 to get in -suggested minimum contribution.
Watford Folk Club meets at:

Also:

“Watford Folk Club is shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden death of Vicky Martin of The Delta Ladies last week.

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.

The Delta Ladies were booked to play at Watford on 17th May and we were really excited to welcome them. It is with great regret and sadness that we advise that the gig will not now go ahead.

Clive Carey from Chesham Folk Club has kindly agreed to perform for us on that night. More details to follow…

Gig at Four Rivers Folk Club, Wednesday, 10th April

This just in from Four Rivers Folk Club…

Hi Folkies, This coming Wednesday, 10th April, we have as our headline act the wonderful Odette Michell. We’ve had Odette at the club on a few occasions and she has always wowed us. Odette is “the real deal” a consummate and passionate folk singer with wonderful self penned songs and a great collection of traditional material. Superb singing and guitar playing for us so the floor spots better shape up…including little old me. We had too many floor spots last week so I’ll be more restrictive on the number of songs allocated. The floor spot playing order is as the request to play comes in not when you turn up at the club. I try my best. The second and fourth Wednesday outings are supposed to be more “folky” , I’m sure you can work that out. On the third Wednesday the material can be more contemptible..oops sorry, I mean contemporary.

Watford Folk Club is pleased to welcome Elizabeth & Jameson on April 5 at  8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This just in from Watford Folk Club:

Watford Folk Club is pleased to welcome Elizabeth & Jameson on April 5 at  8:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

Elizabeth & Jameson is a stunning new collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth of traditional folk trio Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from folk-rock band Fred’s House have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses their individual musical backgrounds.

Playing all over the UK with Said the Maiden, Hannah’s influences are very much planted within traditional folk roots. This is in stark contrast to Griff’s recent musical history, having penned a string of quirky rock/pop anthems for Fred’s House.

Together, Elizabeth & Jameson arguably offers the best of both backgrounds; this is simplistic, classic song writing at its best – a stripped back, harmony-driven sound with guitar, violin and exquisite vocals.

Website:https://www.elizabethandjameson.co.uk/

Venue:

The Colne River Room
The Pump House
Local Board Road
Lower  High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK

Email:WatfordFolkClub@outlook.com

Website:watfordfolkclub.co.uk

(Entry by minimum donation £8.00)

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
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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.