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Booked So Far
Folk Club will be open for SINGERS NIGHTS
as from the 4th
We hope to see you all back with us.
Pat and the Committee
nights are returning!!!
… It’s true Guests return to Faversham Folk
See the Program below.
Ellis & Boo Howard
(£8 / £9)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(£7 / £8)
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’
Jones Boys play an exciting blend of mostly traditional music
from Ireland, England, Shetland, Scotland, Brittany, Sweden,
Bulgaria and beyond!
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
(£7 / £8)
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
Hawkhurst. Romney Marsh. A new song about
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.
only have yourselves to blame....
(£7 / £8)
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.
(£8 / £9)
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!
SHANTY FOR SINGING.
out my Facebook
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
combining innovative arrangements and harmonies into a very
(£8 / £9)
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.
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'.
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
(£8 / £9)
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”.
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. . . “
(£8 / £9)
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.
of Ian's earliest successes was 1998's Hodden
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.
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
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.
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
(£8 / £9)
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.
has recorded five
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
This unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences
across the world.
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