Programme

Come out and enjoy a good evening’s folk! Lots of variety and a warm welcome awaits in our new 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.

 

11 May 2016

Entrance £9

JEFF WARNER

 

A native of New York City, Jeff Warner has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.

Jeff is a foremost performer and interpreter of traditional music. His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past. Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of his father Frank Warner and those traditional singers that his parents met during their folksong collecting trips through rural America. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips.

Jeff has lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire since the late 1990s. He is a speaker for New Hampshire Humanities and an artist for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, a former Arts Council Fellow, and a 2013 Performing Arts Honorable Mention and has also toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution.

Jeff is a founding officer of Folk Alliance International, a producer of the Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Folk Festival and past president of the Country Dance and Song Society, from whom he received a Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.

www.jeffwarner.com

 

 

18 May 2016

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: The Tenpenny Bit in G

 

25 May 2016

Entrance £5

The club celebrates its 40th Birthday – party night with a red theme 

Starting in May 1976 at the Star and Garter pub, now the Lincoln Arms, Dorking Folk Club has met in a number of venues over the last forty years and for a while went under the name of Chanticleer but it has always been a place for like-minded folk to meet and enjoy live music in and around Dorking.

Featured ‘join in’ tune: Harper’s Frolic in D

 

01 Jun 2016

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: The College Hornpipe in G

 

08 Jun 2016

Entrance £9

THE WHERES SPOT BAND

 

The Wheres Spot Band formed with their current line up as a 4 piece band at the beginning of 2014. Throughout the evolution of the band they have been renowned for their outstanding close vocal harmonies and these have matured into something quite unique to give the band their distinctive sound.

Their diverse repertoire covers traditional and contemporary folk, acoustic music, Americana and a hint of country. You will hear surprising versatility, sophisticated folk guitar work, subtle jazz-inspired bass lines and infectious rhythms, topped by superb vocal harmonies, all with an entertaining presentation.

The band manages to mix the warmth and casual banter of a group of friends with the exciting tight professionalism of highly competent musicians. Truly an act that appeals to all! Chris Fraser-Betts is one of the band’s vocalists and a talented multi-instrumentalist. Dean Vincent Taylor’s unique and powerful vocal style puts the punch into many of the band’s upbeat songs. Kelvin Ward enjoys adding some sensitive bass lines to complement the band’s acoustic genre. Gayna Taylor’s dark dusky voice blends perfectly and adds some feminine appeal to stop them being mistaken for a boy band!

www.wheresspotband.com

 

 

15 Jun 2016

Entrance £9

PETE COE

 

If you're talking about the British folk club scene of the 1970s, the name of Pete Coe will inevitably loom large. And if you're talking about the folk club scene of the '80s, it'll loom even larger. It's prominent in the '90s too and the way things are shaping up it's a name that will continue to be synonymous with the grass roots scene through the 2000s.

Singer, songwriter, melodeon, banjo, dulcimer and bouzouki player, bandleader, arranger, broadcaster, dance caller, teacher, step dancer, entrepreneur, folk club organiser, record label boss, sallow-faced wit, raconteur and all-round good guy, Pete Coe in many ways represents the backbone of the modern folk revival. He's been a key member of numerous significant outfits across three decades, including the much-loved duo with his then wife Chris, the wondrous dance outfit New Victory Band, folk 'supergroup' Bandoggs and political trailblazers Red Shift. Yet he's probably best known for his richly varied solo work, revealing his imaginative approach to the music by becoming one of the first artists of the era to produce his own original material based on the style of the tradition.

He continues not only as a fine solo performer but also as an energetic activist for the scene, founding Ryburn 3 Step, running folk clubs, dances and workshops in the Ripponden/Halifax area, while teaching music and dancing at schools as well. He's one of the most committed, most versatile and most important folk artists in Britain.

www.backshift.demon.co.uk

 

 

22 Jun 2016

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: Redowa Polka in G

 

29 Jun 2016

Entrance £9

GILMORE AND ROBERTS

 

Nominated for Best Duo in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.

Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and at the age of 14 started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.

Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard’s Tea Party amongst others.

www.gilmoreroberts.co.uk

 

 

06 Jul 2016

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: Scan Tester’s Polka No.1 in G

 

13 Jul 2016

Entrance £9

SHOWCASE EVENING

 

An evening featuring local artists.   Details to follow.

 

 

 

20 Jul 2016

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: Dark Girl Dressed In Blue in D

 

27 Jul 2016

Entrance £9

KADIA

 

Kadia perform a mixture of traditional folk music, Irish session tunes, original material and contemporary covers along with the occasional joke and multiple stories.

The band is growing in stature and beginning to build a following outside of Dorset, with their goal being to increase footprint across the UK. Kadia have made a name for themselves for their creative arrangements of traditional music, also gaining plaudits for their unique take on more modern contemporary music.

Kadia’s debut album, East of Alexandria, made it on to the Telegraph’s 2015 Folk Album of the Year list with tracks heard on various local BBC radio stations and the band have been invited to attend many private events and nationally recognised festivals.

www.kadiaband.co.uk

 

 

 

More great acts to come: guest artists already booked for later in 2016 are listed below, so note your diaries now and keep checking this website for further details and updates . . .

 

 

 

14 Sep 2016

 

Dana & Sue Robinson

 

 

 

21 Sep 2016

 

Damien Barber & Mike Wilson

 

 

 

28 Sep 2016

 

Brian Peters

 

 

 

05 Oct 2016

 

Colum Sands

 

 

 

12 Oct 2016

 

Tania Opeland and Mike Freeman

 

 

 

26 Oct 2016

 

Mrs Ackroyd’s Trio

 

 

 

16 Nov 2016

 

Jody Kruskal

 

 

 

30 Nov 2016

 

Geoff Lakeman

 

 

 

 

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