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Dear folkers,

GOOD NEWS!!

Faversham Folk Club will be open for SINGERS NIGHTS
as from the 4th August.
We hope to see you all back with us.
Stay Safe

Pat and the Committee

Guest nights are returning!!!
Yes … It’s true Guests return to Faversham Folk Club
See the Program below.

2nd February

Dave Ellis & Boo Howard
(£8 / £9)

Their story began in the 70s when a very young Dave left Liverpool and headed to London with his guitar. He released a solo album in 1973, which was rated as a classic acoustic guitar record of its time.
This led to touring with his hero Bert Jansch as well as achieving national exposure on shows such as The Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert.

Dave became a regular solo performer at well-known London venues such as the Marquee, the Roundhouse and the Lyceum. He was even listed as “one of the 6 best guitarists in the world” by Melody Maker and opened for many big names of the day including The Edgar Broughton Band at the Rainbow and Rod Stewart and Status Quo at Reading Festival.

Mixing with this kind of musician led Dave to forming an electric band called ‘The Reactors’ in 1979. Boo joined on bass and vocals and the two became a solid songwriting team. They were signed to The Police’s management company and they recorded a Reactors album ‘Snaps’ in 1989. At one time even Jermaine Jackson (Michael’s brother) took an active interest in them in the States.

In the early 2000s Dave and Boo developed an acoustic act which returned them to their folk club roots. Their debut album as a duo, Maybe I Might Fall, was critically acclaimed and featured a simple acoustic performance. Several albums have been recorded since then, from 2002’s Amber through to Great Pleasure in 2018. The songs are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than entertaining, drawing on influences from both the folk world and the rock scene they were involved in for so long. The songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in-tune musicians.

Great Pleasure is the latest release from the duo, incorporating their fluent style with a familiarity with the recording process that allows them to write and perform at a level every bit the equal of their major-label peers. What’s more, they translate the ambitious playing, singing and songwriting of their studio recordings seamlessly into their live performances, so that whether they are playing at a large festival or a more intimate folk club the audience feels involved and part of a special event. In short, they are the real deal, and Great Pleasure is more than worthy of your attention.

16th February

The Jones Boys
(£7 / £8)

There’s a rare fire and intensity present in the reels, jigs and airs. [They] represent the marvellous strength and depth of modern British folk.” (Journal of the Musicians’ Union)

The Jones Boys play an exciting blend of mostly traditional music from Ireland, England, Shetland, Scotland, Brittany, Sweden, Bulgaria and beyond!

The Boys (actually one man and one woman, neither of whom is called Jones!) have been in existence since 2008 They originally comprised Gordon Jackson and Ian Carey. They were joined by top box player, Sam Sloan in 2009 and recorded their debut album Like the Sun a-Glittering in 2010. Ian left later that year to spend more time with his family.


2nd March

Bob Kenward
(£7 / £8)

A familiar sight in Folk clubs all over Kent for the last 25 years, Bob Kenward has written many songs about the Garden of England and his affection for his home county. His interest in folk music began in West Sussex in the 1970s, after he had learned to play the harmonica under the influence. Returning to Kent, the Faversham folk club, then at Oare soon made an impression, due to beer barrels used as seats. He met Ernie Warner, which was an education to him and he soon started to write new songs to seek fame and fortune. Luckily he also taught. Gradually he built up a repertoire of songs about apples, hops and Syn, most of which were relentlessly lampooned beneath the rafters of the Chimney Boy (now The Limes) by Terry, Chris Care and the rest of the gang. His big break came with the recording of Sweet Pippin by Tundra, with which came membership of the PRS and German jukebox royalties. Emboldened, he kept writing, as he could not think of a way to stop. He broadened his horizons, playing the Medway Delta and once going as far as Dartford. After a two-year visit to Scarborough, where he made many new friends before finding the return half of his ticket, he began to be influenced by the Tonbridge Scene, a Hoodening collective of no fixed tuning. And still the songs kept coming inspired by the example of Ernie Wise. Latterly he has realised his full potential by running the Broadstairs Woodshed session, in which he plays a mean clipboard. Disturbingly for the burghers of Faversham, he has also begun to turn up there again returning to the haunts of his youth with tales of faraway lands.
Hawkhurst. Romney Marsh. A new song about apples, even.

Bob is proud of his association with the members of Faversham Folk Club, as without their kind words of appreciation and encouragement he would never have written so many songs.

You only have yourselves to blame....

16th March

Liz Simcock
(£7 / £8)

Liz Simcock is one of the country’s finest female singer songwriters.  Her songs – often autobiographical and highly personal – are immediately accessible to audiences and injected with poetry, emotion and splashes of humour.  In 1999 she featured on the Playpen  Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams.  Since then she has trodden an independent path, gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter.  Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her songwriting influences. Liz has made five albums.  Friday Night Train Home, released in 2013, featured the virtuoso backing of Dave Ellis and Boo Howard.  In 2015 and 2017 Liz toured with Clive Gregson performing songs from the Gregson & Collister back catalogue and promoting an album of brand new Gregson songs.  As always though, Liz’s main focus is on her own songwriting and live performances.  2020 brought the release of her fifth album Winter Hill, a pared down acoustic album featuring one voice, one guitar and a handful of beautifully crafted and previously unreleased  songs.

30th March

Tom Lewis
(£8 / £9)

To celebrate my seventy-eighth birthday (and encouraged by the phenomenal success of Nathan Evans’ version of The Wellerman; and consequent upsurge in the popularity of sea-shanties) I’m pleased to announce a new ‘shanty’, specifically designed to encourage and proliferate communal singing … so do, please, sing along!

This is A SHANTY FOR SINGING.


Check out my 
Facebook page to find a video of my new song - accompanied by the amazing Seadogs (of California). A download of this song may be purchased from Bandcamp for $3.00 US. All monies raised by purchases of this song will be donated to the charity: GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; which helps vaccinate almost half the world’s children against serious diseases. If you purchase this (or any other recordings) from Bandcamp on the first Friday of the month, Bandcamp waives all artist fees.


Tom's new double CD 'Demand Performance'  - featuring one 'live' CD with seven extended tracks (you KNOW how he is prone to witter on) to compensate for the lack of genuine live performance; plus a second CD with eleven studio-recorded tracks - is now available. Downloads of all Tom's albums can be purchased from Bandcamp.


Tom is renowned for composing 'The Last Shanty' (A Sailor Ain't A Sailor), ''Sailor's Prayer' (Send Down A Dove), 'Legend' (Marching Inland), plus many other contemporary songs of the sea that have become folk standards, sung by more than 40 groups around the world.

At the age of 78, Tom would still be touring widely if circumstances permitted. However, he has finally accepted the boon that zoom can provide – even if it is a pale imitation of a hearty pub-sing, so he is starting to partake in numerous musical sessions online, taking his brand of wry humour, his nautical knowledge, and his powerful voice - all of which he loves to share - to audiences everywhere. We will be updating his tour schedule as and when these events transpire.

Tom has developed several workshops over the years; his latest, which premiered on 
Maritime Folknet on Saturday March 20th 2021,  is entitled ‘The Evolution of the Sea Shanty’ – and also featured the first public performance of A SHANTY FOR SINGING. This will shortly be available on you-tube.

Other workshops Tom presents include 'Cyril Said It All Before - But What Did He Mean?' This is an hour of reflections and explanations of the now arcane lyrics in Cyril Tawney's wonderful songs from a fellow diesel submariner.

This compliments his much acclaimed workshop on the songs of Stan Rogers, which Tom has presented at many festivals over the last five years.

When the opportunity arises, Tom also performs with five wonderful Polish musicians, 
QFTRY. Together they form POLES APART, combining innovative arrangements and harmonies into a very special show.


13th April

Pete Morton
(£8 / £9)

Pete Morton began his musical journey after he came across a  Buffy St Marie record. It was from that moment on he decided to become a folk singer. Discovering the songs of the early sixties protest movement, it inspired him to write and take his songs into folk clubs and beyond.

For thirty years, Pete has been performing to audiences all over the world. Throughout that time he has been regarded as one the best on the contemporary roots music scene.  His latest album 'A Golden Thread' has received rave reviews with eight newly self penned songs, a Pete Seeger classic 'Oh Had I A Golden Thread', and versions of the traditional gems, 'Barbry Allen' and 'The Farmers Boy'.

Often referred to as an old time troubadour he has a compelling stage presence and approachable style that delivers an unruly mix of  humanism, politics, love, social commentary and humour all wrapping its way around the folk tradition


20th April

John Conolly
(£8 / £9)

Although Sea Songs are the bedrock of John’s repertoire, a typical Conolly performance will cast its net more widely. . . there might be anti-war outbursts like “Old Men Sing Love Songs” and “The Last Ploughshare”, tender love songs like “Out of Season” and “Keep on Trying”, or political squibs like “Two Little Chaps” or “Big Bucks for Bull-shit”. . . There will always be humour, represented perhaps by one of John’s “saucy postcard songs” like “Send us a Postcard”, ”Bucket and Shovel Brigade” or “The Bionic Fisherman”.
About himself, John says - “ I don’t claim to write ‘traditional’ songs, because you can’t do that – a song has to earn its place in the tradition by being loved and performed by many singers over the years. However, I do try to write in the traditional folk style, because I love the economy and elegance of the Language of Folksong. Likewise, I am inspired by the work of some of my favourite poets, like John Betjeman or Charles Causley, and by songwriters like Ewan MacColl, Cyril Tawney, Leon Rosselson, Alex Glasgow, Jake Thackray, Richard Thompson and (from across the pond) Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips and Stan Rogers—whose art lies in the putting together of everyday words in an extraordinary way. . . “


11th May

Ian Bruce
(£8 / £9)

Ian's one of the most highly regarded of Scotland's singer-songwriters, a strong and characterful singer and guitarist with a reputation for well-crafted and tuneful songs and a ready rapport with his audience. He's released many fine albums, both solo and in duo partnership with brother Fraser or Ian Walker, and he's been involved in a number of key projects including the Far, Far from Ypres stage presentation.

One of Ian's earliest successes was 1998's Hodden Grey album; named after Lord Elcho's tartan, as bestowed on the London Scottish Regiment, and dedicated to his father, who had been the Regiment's  Pipe Major during World War 2.


Ian was the natural choice, then, when (cutting a long story short) The London Scottish Volunteer Enterprises decided to commission this commemorative project in honour of the Regiment. His brief was to attempt to re-imagine, rewrite and remember the old songs found in a book of trench songs collated by Duncan Tovey, a storyteller of the Regiment during World War 1. This soon developed into Young Territorial, sequence deploying original songs and linking recitations to tell the Regiment's long and colourful story and highlight its role in quietly lacing and touching almost every major conflict from the Boer War to the present day. Major Rob Pitt, VR Rifles sets exactly the right tone with the recitations, while Ian's supreme songwriting skills enable different facets of the story to be told authentically and affectionately. To realise the story, Ian's assembled a 13-piece roster of guest singers and musicians, a crack team humorously christened The Tartan Spiders, who rise to the occasion with true spirit and are clearly enjoying every moment of their involvement. The musical idiom embraces the proudly anthem scale of the title song and Hallowe'en, full brass backing for Big Drum Major, cheeky music hall on The Auld Corps, the deliciously fun tale of Sandy The Piper, and Fairport/LJE-style folk-rock on Grey Kilts and the cumulative ensemble piece Wey Hey For The Hodden Grey. Ian's stirring original poem, A Legend of Sheppey, 1910, memorably recited by Charlie Milne, makes a fitting finale to the album.

Young Territorial is beautifully presented in the best Greentrax tradition. It's self-evidently a labour of love for Ian, a well unified sequence of songs and readings that celebrates its subject mightily in entertaining and accessible folk style while also providing uplift and enlightenment in these troubled times.


25th May

Dan Walsh
(£8 / £9)

BBC Folk Awards Best Musician nominee Dan Walsh combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

Walsh has recorded five albums to much critical acclaim and he is an in demand performer with a hectic touring schedule in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and throughout Europe. He has also released two banjo tablature books. This unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world.


 All Wednesdays
without guests.

Singers Nights.
Admission £2 for everyone.

Bring your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing the choruses.

 

 

 

Contact PAT on 01795 423674 to book seats or for information