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|Bob can be considered to be something of a superstar these days after spending 18 months playing "Song Man " in the National Theatre's West End production of Michael Murpogo's WarHorse.
He makes a much requested return to Faversham.
||After many years away from tyhe Folk Music seen we are pleased to be able to welcome back to the club Mr. Nick Dow!
Nick is a singer of mainly traditional songs. He’s been busy with his business of signwriting and building and restoring Gypsy wagons, as well as presenting a blues radio programme in Lancashire. He has a warm, mellow, lived-in voice that invites comparison with Cyril Tawney and Dave Burland.
|Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.
“Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It’s a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health.” English Folk Dance & Song Society.
“Every budding singer-songwriter please take note: attending a Vin Garbutt concert is now mandatory before your first public performance. Garbutt is the undisputed master of communicating with an audience.” Penguin Eggs magazine. Canada
Another of Kent's treasures...
Sally Ironmonger is a singer-songwriter based in Medway, in the South East of England, who writes and performs in collaboration with her husband, Brian Carter.
Her songs sit very comfortably within the genres of folk, roots, poetry and comedy, and have featured on a number of BBC documentaries.
The songs also have the ability to trap the listener into thinking .... I've been there ... I've done that. Familiarity - yes, that's the word.
Sally's music is brought together on two CDs to date - Sitting Pretty (2009) and Cheap Day Return (2012) - and can be found performing at festivals, clubs, and other venues.
||Jim Reynolds is a guitarist and singer who writes and plays an eclectic mix of music. The individual pieces tap into blues, ragtime, rhythm and blues, music hall and folk traditions. Some are extremely sensitive songs about life, people and relationships, while others are tongue in cheek. His albums are also sprinkled with classics from the likes of J.J. Cale, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Roy Orbison, the Inkspots, Jelly Roll Morton and Jimmy Rogers.
||The Askew Sisters
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|Emily and Hazel Askew are a young duo making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk music. Using fiddle and melodeon, they play and sing with an infectious enjoyment and love for the music, winning them fans wherever they go.
From rhythmic foot stomping tunes to powerful interpretations of songs and ballads, their playing always guarantees to engage and inspire those who hear.
They've spent the last few years playing at venues across the country, from top festivals and folk clubs to London's National Theatre and National Portrait Gallery.
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|Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician: a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive perfomer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it be a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.
Andy has been consistent musical force since he came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy's influences extend way beyond these isles, particularly to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition. These influences will be well-known to all those familiar with Andy's duo with English fiddle player, guitarist and singer, Chris Wood. Wood & Cutting became one of the most influential, and enduring duos on the scene; paving the way for the explosion of many of today's thrusting young newcomers.
Andy's commitment to, and sense of pride in traditional music, as well as his sensitivity and understanding of the form, has made him one of the folk scene's most wanted, playing with Kate Rusby, John McCusker and Under One Sky to name but a few. There is also a growing demand for him to play outside this genre. He has recorded with Sting, John Illsley (Dire Straits), and was recently asked to join The Who for an acoustic concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. As well as his ongoing work with Chris, Andy is currently working with Martin Simpson, June Tabor and Blowzabella.
||Brian Peters & Jeff Davis
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|Brian Peters is, according to the UK’s Living Tradition magazine “a top-notch singer and player, also one of the best-researched performers currently doing the rounds, and master of several crafts” while the US folk music magazine Dirty Linen described him as “one of the very best performers in the field of English traditional song and music”.
Brian is a great all-rounder, on the one hand a highly-respected singer, and on the other a multi-instrumentalist acknowledged as one of England’s leading exponents of the anglo concertina and melodeon (button accordion) and a skilled guitarist as well. Described as “one of British folk music’s finest ambassadors”, Having honed his performing skills in the folk clubs of England, he’s taken his music to stages all over the world, touring regularly in America, Europe and Australia, but always retaining a deep commitment to the musical traditions of his native country.
Brian believes strongly in the power and relevance of the old songs, specializing particularly in the great ballads of the British Isles, rivetting stories in music: “Brian Peters plunges deep into the ancient songs, finds their power, mystery, evil, drollery and courage, and brings them to us fresh”, declared one American writer. His live presentation, Songs of Trial & Triumph, focusing on ballads from the Child collection, has won much acclaim. He has a particular skill in crafting song accompaniments on each of his instruments, giving a wide range of musical textures, and he’s not a traditional diehard, being happy to include modern songs of struggle or comedy.
On the instrumental side, Brian is a skilled player and researcher of old Northern English dance music, unearthing tunes from centuries-old manuscripts, at the same time composing many new tunes in traditional style, published in his book Rattle and Roll. He’s also known for daring forays into ragtime, blues and rock’n’roll on his squeezeboxes, making for a repertoire of sometimes startling variety. Brian presents his material with energy, informality and dry humour.
Brian is very experienced as a teacher and workshop leader, having tutored classes at North American summer schools and English folk festivals on ballads and singing style, and led workshop groups on concertina, melodeon and guitar at countless tutorial sessions. He’s taught at the ‘Hands-on Music’ concertina and melodeon weekends at Witney more often than any other tutor.
Brian has made many recordings, from the concertina-centred Anglophilia to the ballad-themed Songs of Trial and Triumph, all of which have received a warm reception from reviewers. He’s also the accordion player heard regularly on the TV cartoon Spongebob Squarepants!
Jeff Davis is one of those musicians who makes everything look easy. He plays superb old-time fiddle, is a master of clawhammer banjo and just as good on guitar, mandolin or mandocello, without ever striving too hard for showy licks or empty virtuosity. His singing, based on long immersion in the styles of the old singers is truly timeless, conjuring vividly the world of the cowboy or the Civil War soldier. “When Jeff Davis sings the repertoire of the Appalachian Mountains,” said the Chronicle Herald of Nova Scotia, “he cuts through decades and across borders, sitting us right down in the dirt in front of a weather-beaten shack, at the feet of a hillbilly singer - he combines authenticity and art in a rare way.” Jeff has an unusual and refreshing repertoire that includes songs and music from New England and the American West, as well as the more common Southern mountain material. His performances range from Appalachian ballads to Long Island fiddle tunes, songs of the civil war to African-American-style banjo-picking.
Jeff Davis worked for many years with Jeff Warner in a partnership described by the American magazine Dirty Linen in a review of their album Wilder Joy as “one of the best old-time duos to be found in this whole country”. Since striking out as a soloist, Davis has been busy with educational projects, while still finding time for regular tours of the UK. His solo CD, Some Fabulous Yonder, released in 2007, attracted very enthusiastic reviews.
Jeff has played major folk festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in Nova Scotia (where he is virtually a fixture on the bill), and US events including Old Songs, NY, Summerfest, MA., Mystic Seaport, CT, and many others. In England he has appeared at The National Folk Festival, Towersey, Whitby, Fylde, Bromyard, Chippenham and Cleethorpes, and was special guest at the all-star “Songlinks” concert at Cecil Sharp House, London.
“One of the outstanding performers of the American folk revival.... Jeff has a lovely lived-in voice and he ranges widely through the many strands that make up the American tradition whilst providing exquisite accompaniments on banjo, mandocello, and guitar…. one of the finest old-time fiddle players”
|| Jim Bainbridge is a singer and Melodeon player. He entered the traditional music scene as leader of Marsden Rattlers, one of the first dance bands to come out of the folk revival. The Marsden Inn club in South Shields was a source of inspiration. He received great encouragement from local musicians like the Elliotts of Birtley and John Doonan and guests such as Matt McGinn, Joe Heaney and Willie Scott.
Jim Bainbridge started playing the melodeon in 1964, after hearing the Irish in their London strongholds of Fulham, Holloway and Sutton, Surrey. The Rattlers played barn dances and folk clubs between Yorkshire and Fife, where he tuned in to the Scots tradition at Blairgowrie and Kinross (winning the melodeon competition at both), before becoming a judge. Festivals in Cambridge London and abroad followed, often in support of Bob Davenport. Bob introduced him to traditional southern musicians such as Scan Tester and Oscar Woods and singers like the Ling family of Suffolk and George Spicer from Sussex.
Members of the Rattlers went their separate ways in the early 70’s and after a short spell with the Trimdon Band from Durham, Jim drifted off the scene, preferring to play informally in the pubs of East Kent. At this stage Jim was a musician with a few songs, but moving to West Cork changed all that! In Schull and Ballydehob, the locals said “the music”s all very well, but could you sing a ...? No-one else was singing the old Irish songs, so he racked his brains and soon was singing all over West Cork in bars rather than clubs.
He began to tour again in 1991 and is now a regular visitor to clubs from Bodmin to Inverness, as well as being a guest at the National English Festival and the traditional Scottish festivals at Auchtermuchty and Kirriemuir. He has also become a regular reviewer and writer for Living Tradition magazine.
Tiring of the Irish weather(!) he moved south for some years to the Canary Islands where he played Irish music with a German guitarist, but has recently moved back to Glentrool in southwest Scotland and plays on many summer Saturdays at the “House o' Hill” in the Galloway Forest; where he launched his latest CD, Lights on the River.
Jim Bainbridge’s material is now more songs than music, often light and humorous, but sometimes thought provoking. He plays a Salterelle 2 row D/G melodeon, and his style is modelled on the older Irish and Scots tradition, but with much material, ancient and modern from his Tyneside roots. New material is by no means excluded — as the tradition continues and changes and Jim moves with it.
He always gives credit for the songs he sings and has many a story about them, including the tunes which come between the songs. His relaxed manner of performance and gentle good humour puts an audience immediately at it’s ease and has created many regular returns to pubs, clubs and festivals all over the UK.
||Martyn Wyndham Read
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|Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to Australia where he worked on a sheep station Emu Springs in South Australia. It was while he was there that he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands at Emu Springs and he became captivated by these songs and the need to know more of them and where they came from grew.
He headed off to Melbourne and became part of the folk song revival there and throughout Australia during the early1960’s..
Back to England in 1967 where he met up with the renowned singer and song collector Bert Lloyd, who himself had spent time in Australia. Martyn was asked by Bert Lloyd to be part of the album ‘Leviathan’ on the Topic label and soon after he started recording for Bill Leader and touring extensively worldwide.
In the early 1970’s Martyn started the ‘Maypoles to Mistletoe’ concerts which portray the seasons of the year through song, music, dance and verse and illustration. Martyn is also the instigator of the well known Song Links Project,
Martyn is currently working with Shirley Collins on a production called ‘Down the Lawson Track’ featuring stories, poems/songs of the great Australian Poet of the People, Henry Lawson with Pip Barnes, Iris Bishop, Gary Holder and Jackie Oates.
His CD Jackeroo portrays his life so far through songs both old and new.
||Graeme Knights & Jim Mageean
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|Although Jim and Graeme had worked together many times over the years they officially started singing together in 2002 at Whitby Folk Week. Jim had been running the Shanty Sessions there for over 30 years and Graeme kindly offered to help out (it's a tiring and thirsty job singing shanties for 2 hours every day of the Festival) and Jim was glad to accept.They've been running these sessions together ever since and also running similar events at other Festivals around the country - Barnsley, Bedworth, Bromyard etc (and that's just the B's).
The two singers are mostly known in association with the late, great Johnny Collins who sadly passed away in July 2009 (whilst on tour in Poland with Jim). Jim had been singing in a duo with Johnny since 1975 and Graeme had also been singing with Johnny since 1999. Sometimes the three singers performed as a trio (they toured Canada as such in 2008) and the last recording Johnny made was the CD ‘Good Times' with Jim and Graeme - so named because they always had such good times together.
Like Johnny, Jim and Graeme specialise in unaccompanied chorus songs. Sea Shanties, Work Songs, Union Songs, Mining Songs, Drinking Songs etc. Anything to get the audience to join in and ‘Make the Rafters Roar'.
You can see and hear Jim and Graeme anywhere that singers gather to belt out great choruses over a pint or two. Guaranteed to be ‘tear jerker' and ‘wrist slasher' free. ‘Good Times' in store for all participants.
- Carrolling & Crumpets
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|If Christmas songs to you, stop at Bing Crosby singing Let It Snow, then this show may be something to widen your horizon or refresh your memories. On Carolling & Crumpets, John Kirkpatrick - one of the most prominent people through time on the English folk scene - presents a collection of songs based on the customs and traditions surrounding an English Midwinter. The material consists of both traditional and original compositions whereof two tracks are instrumentals. The songs illustrate the comprehensiveness and variety of English folklore. It is all the more interesting, as this does not get much attention in today's version of Christmas where glitz and glamour shine brighter than the Bethlehem star.
John Kirkpatrick plays button accordion, concertina and melodeon and on thisalbum he has with him his wife Sally Kirkpatrick on vocals. They manage to produce a lovely choral sound on the traditional English folk carol The Holly & the Ivy. The Boar's Head Carol is another favourite and then there is the very useful song That Great Christmas Pud. This is John Kirkpatrick's family recipe of a Christmas pudding (being a foreigner I have never tried my hand at making a Christmas pudding but now I just might.) Carolling and Crumpets, the title song, is the Bethlehem story seen from the humourous point of view of the animals in the stable. This is partly why there is a picture of a cow with its curious questioning eyes on the cover but it also refers to John Kirkpatrick's home audience being the cows on the field next door. (I feel a fellow partner here as I've always sung to the cows next door too - the difference is they are still my only audience!)
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Admission £1 for everyone.
|Bring your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing the choruses.
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