Programme

Come out and enjoy a good evening’s folk! Lots of variety and a warm welcome awaits in our venue at Dorking Golf Club (click here for directions).

The club meets each Wednesday except for breaks during August and after the first Wednesday in December until the New Year.

We start 2017 on 11th January with a Singers’ Night, when membership will be due for renewal.

 

07 Dec 2016

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT with Christmas Raffle 

Not just for Singers - open to all acoustic performers (music, song, poems, prose) who would like to take a floor spot and perform a couple of items for the enjoyment of all.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: St Mary’s Polka in G

 

11 Jan 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Not just for Singers - open to all acoustic performers (music, song, poems, prose) who would like to take a floor spot and perform a couple of items for the enjoyment of all.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Eighth of January - D

 

18 Jan 2017

Entrance £9

BOB WOOD

 

Bob Wood is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist. Exploring a range of open tunings, his playing and song interpretations have been described as displaying a rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and great technique.

ANDY IRVINE “He's a little bit unsung, you know”

BENNY GALLAGHER (Gallagher & Lyle) “If I should ever write a song that I never get the chance to perform, Bob Wood is the man for the job”

ARCHIE FISHER “An artiste with an eclectic and entertaining repertoire of song which he accompanies with an innovative and always sympathetic guitar style”

STEVE TILSTON “Bob Wood is one of the deftest pickers and tastiest arrangers of songs it has been my pleasure to hear... a real delight!”

DAVID FRANCEY "The man has an innate ability to elevate a song. His playing is brilliant and his singing and phrasing are in lock step with the intent behind the song. He's covered a couple of my own works and I sincerely hope he will do more in the future.”.

www.bobwood.co.uk

 

 

25 Jan 2017

Entrance £9

NINEBARROW

 

NINEBARROW are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath-taking vocal harmonies and melodies. As well as crafting engaging original material, Ninebarrow take a wide range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way.

Friends since the age of 12, it wasn’t until 2012 that the two began singing together, after spending a summer inspired by great music at festivals. Spending time at the sing-arounds of Sidmouth Folk Festival and experiencing an amazing line-up of folk acts at Larmer Tree Festival 2012, the friends found themselves hooked.

Jon and Jay began singing as Ninebarrow, thinking they might sell enough CDs to afford tickets to the next year’s Larmer Tree Festival. It quickly became clear that Ninebarrow was something quite special and that Jon and Jay would not need to buy tickets for Larmer Tree Festival 2013 after all.   Instead, entering the competition on a whim, the duo were crowned Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award Winners – and were awarded not only tickets to the 2013 festival, but also a spot on one of the festival's main stages. From there, the accolades continue to arrive.

www.ninebarrow.co.uk

 

 

01 Feb 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Not just for Singers - open to all acoustic performers (music, song, poems, prose) who would like to take a floor spot and perform a couple of items for the enjoyment of all.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Frost is all over - D

 

08 Feb 2017

Entrance £9

GREG HARPER

 

Greg Harper is an English singer-songwriter, born in Sussex and still living there.

He was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition of 2008 and has an ability to combine evocative melodies with thought-provoking lyrics. Some of his songs raise awareness to a variety of different issues such as the loss of ancient woodland or the campaign group Roadpeace; others draw on historical truths such as the Battle of Britain or the Coventry Blitz and there are also his songs of childhood days, the environment, love.

Greg writes with passion and honesty and has performed in a huge variety of venues. He has been to Dorking as a visitor and we are pleased to welcome him as our guest artist.

www.gregharpermusic.com

 

 

15 Feb 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Not just for Singers - open to all acoustic performers (music, song, poems, prose) who would like to take a floor spot and perform a couple of items for the enjoyment of all.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Man in the Moon – G

 

22 Feb 2017

Entrance £9

TRIAGE

 

This Maidstone based trio have been performing together since 2014. Dean and Kevin do vocals as well as playing guitars and melodeon while Malcom plays mandolin, dobro and Weissenborn as well as writing some lovely tunes. It will be their first visit to the club.

www.facebook.com/triagetrio

 

 

01 Mar 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Not just for Singers - open to all acoustic performers (music, song, poems, prose) who would like to take a floor spot and perform a couple of items for the enjoyment of all.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Orange in Bloom – G

 

08 Mar 2017

Entrance £9

JOHN WATTERSON

 

John Watterson, an adopted Yorkshireman, was born and grew up on the Isle of Man, which is where he first saw and met Jake Thackray in 1975. He recalls a performance at the local folk club, which had the audience in stitches and also a chat with a very modest and self-deprecating Jake at the interval.   John took a business degree at Loughborough and this was followed by a 30 year ‘accidental’ career in the laundry industry (‘I went to an interview in 1979 just for the travel expenses, and the buggers gave me a job!’).

On learning of Jake’s passing in 2002, John decided that the songs were too good not to be kept alive, so he set about learning more of them. ‘Before I had decided what to do when I grew up, it was time for my mid-life crisis. I told my wife, Carol that I wanted to give up the day job and sing Jake’s songs and she said – OK then – so I did!’

John's appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music is obvious to his audience. He is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his performance.   When you wrap these ingredients up in the songs of Jake Thackray the result is a highly entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century.

www.fakethackray.com

 

 

15 Mar 2017

Entrance £9

JUDY COOK

 

Born in Virginia, the third of four children, Judy grew up with singing from both parents and a love for music. This led to her personal discovery of the rich and varied treasure of folk music and was the inspiration for her recordings. Living in Maryland, Judy began performing professionally in the early 1990’s when people she met at song swaps began asking her to sing at their festivals and coffeehouses. She makes her own the songs and ballads of traditional Americana and the British Isles.  

She is respected on both sides of the Atlantic as a singer and interpreter of traditional songs.   Her vast and varied repertoire has resulted in an array of entertaining and informative themed programs enthusiastically received by universities, historical societies, festivals and folks wherever she goes.   Judy’s idea of a good time is to spend a Saturday night, or better yet a whole weekend with friends singing songs and ballads that have been memorized and polished. “My self-confidence grew as I realized that there are a lot of people who love the songs I sing, and that I get such joy from sharing them with those people.”   In England, Sara Grey introduced Judy to the British folk community at the Whitby Festival in ’97.

www.judycook.net

 

 

22 Mar 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Not just for Singers - open to all acoustic performers (music, song, poems, prose) who would like to take a floor spot and perform a couple of items for the enjoyment of all.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Kelly, the boy from Killan G

 

29 Mar 2017

Entrance £9

BRAM TAYLOR

 

Bram Taylor has a wealth of experience behind him, having established a fine reputation both in the UK and abroad, performing at Folk Festivals, Folk Clubs, Arts Centres and other concert venues in the UK, USA and Europe. He has a long association with Fellside records and performed at their 40th anniversary celebrations in 2016.

He enthrals audiences with his fine, rich voice and entertaining sense of humour, performing a selection of both traditional and contemporary material on guitar, duet concertina and baritone ukulele. His powerful vocal quality also lends itself perfectly to acapella singing.

Bram was described by Mike Harding as ‘One of the bedrock performers and stalwarts of the British Folk Club and Festival scene’.   As a collector and interpreter of songs, in his career spanning in excess of 40 years, Bram has always chosen material from a wide variety of sources, selecting songs with strong choruses, which engage his audience, giving them the opportunity for a good sing.

www.bramtaylor.com

 

 

 

*The Singers' Night 'join in' tunes are to be found in "English pub session tunes" by Dave Mallinson, ISBN 1 899512 65 9

 

More great acts to come in 2017, so keep checking this website for further details and updates . . .

 

05 Apr 2017

 

Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe

 

 

 

19 Apr 2017

 

Huw Williams

 

 

 

26 Apr 2017

 

Tom McConville

 

 

 

10 May 2017

 

Nick Dow

 

 

 

17 May 2017

 

Coope Boyes & Simpson

 

 

 

24 May 2017

 

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy

 

 

 

07 Jun 2017

 

Jim McLean

 

 

 

21 Jun 2017

 

Martin Carthy

 

 

 

05 Jul 2017

 

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

 

 

 

13 Sep 2017

 

Tom & Barbara Brown

 

 

 

04 Oct 2017

 

Harbottle & Jonas

 

 

 

18 Oct 2017

 

Broom Bezzums

 

 

 

25 Oct 2017

 

Winter Wilson

 

 

 

08 Nov 2017

 

Harp and a Monkey

 

 

 

22 Nov 2017

 

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

 

 

Important Information

Notice: Dorking Folk Club gives no warranty that artists named in the Programme or any publicity will perform at any particular time, or at all, and reserve the right to present alternative performers and re-programme events where unforeseen circumstances prevail. However, every effort will be made to carry out the programme as advertised.

 

Contact Information

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Venue below N.B. tel no. is not Dorking Golf Club
Dorking Golf Club
Deepdene Avenue
Dorking
Surrey
RH5 4BX

info@dorkingfolkclub.org.uk

07754 853171