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.

 

30 March 2016

Entrance £9

STEVE TURNER

 

Steve Turner comes from a musical family and began his career at the end of the 1960s as a member of the Geordie band Canny Fettle. Through the 1980s, he toured as a solo performer in the UK and abroad. He has stretched the boundaries of traditional form, using his wonderful voice to pioneer sophisticated song accompaniments to his playing of the English concertina. He is a multi-instrumentalist, also playing cittern, mandolin and banjo. He went on to build a stringed instrument business, internationally known, before making a welcome return to performing in 2005.

www.steve-turner.co.uk

 

 

06 April 2016

Entrance £9

ALISTAIR ANDERSON

 

Alistair Anderson is internationally recognized as the master of the English Concertina and a fine performer on the Northumbrian Pipes.

"He is a treat to watch... His involvement and delight in the music are infectious... Beautiful music, played with skill, taste and affection.”   fRoots “He remains one of this country’s most majestic and inclusive instrumentalists” Colin Irwin, fRoots.

“His appeal as a musician lies not only in his remarkable handling of the English Concertina and Northumbrian Pipes. It is also a result of his total involvement in his music, his absolute sincerity, which succeeds in reaching a far wider audience than his classification as a folk musician would suggest.” The Stage and Television Today.

His wide musical horizons have led to many exciting projects.

He founded Folkworks, where large numbers of young people discovering traditional music, song and dance through their summer schools, workshops and education projects. Folkworks became one of the two founding partners of The Sage Gateshead and Alistair Anderson continued as its Artistic Director until 2008.

Working with the Music Department of Newcastle University, he developed England’s first degree course in folk and traditional music, which launched in September 2001.

Anderson has a growing reputation as a composer of new music rooted in the tradition and has composed commission pieces for many different projects.

www.alistairanderson.com

 

 

13 April 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: Trumpet Hornpipe in G

 

20 April 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: Sonny’s Mazurka in D

 

27 April 2016

Entrance £9

DAVE ELLIS and BOO HOWARD

 

Having come to London from Liverpool for the folk club scene in the 70’s, Dave became a regular at various London haunts and released a solo album, which some consider to be a classic guitar record of its time, giving him national exposure on the Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert.

In 1979 Dave formed his electric band ‘The Reactors’ which incorporated guitar, drums and keyboards with Boo Howard playing bass and handling most of the vocals. The band trimmed down into an electric duo comprising Dave and Boo, renamed ‘Brave Lucy’, and in 1996 the pair produced their only electric album ‘Snaps’ under that name. In 1998 they combined Dave’s intricate guitar work with Boo’s mellow vocals to create something different and new in the folk and acoustic clubs. Their debut acoustic recording was ‘Maybe I Might Fall’ in 1999.

They have honed to perfection their live act in folk clubs, where they have developed a large faithful following in the south of England and their CDs have a classy polished sound - testament to the pair’s familiarity with the recording process and their ability to write and perform at a level every bit the equal of their major label peers. ‘Facebook Friend’ is Dave and Boo’s latest CD, which was released last year.

www.daveandboo.com

 

 

04 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: Merrily Kiss the Quaker in G

 

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

 

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 . . .

08 June 2016

 

WheresSpotBand

 

 

 

15 Jun 2016

 

Pete Coe

 

 

 

29 Jun 2016

 

Gilmore & Roberts

 

 

 

13 July 2016

 

Showcase Evening

 

 

 

27 July 2016

 

Kadia

 

 

 

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