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.

Please be prepared to pay in cash as the club does not have the facilities for card payments.

 

03 May 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT Theme: Star Wars

Open to all acoustic performers who wish to take a 10-minute floor spot to perform a couple of items for everyone’s enjoyment.  

Our regular singers' nights are becoming increasingly popular and often are very well attended. Although the M.C. for the evening will try to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed for later arrivals on busy nights.

If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time & let the door person know.

Bring your songs and tunes of Stars & Sky, Love & War, though I’m not sure there are many folk songs about light sabres!

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Starry Night for a Ramble – D

 

10 May 2017

Entrance £9

NICK DOW

 

Nick Dow has been singing traditional Folk Songs for over forty years, either unaccompanied or accompanying himself on guitar. He has had a big influence on the Folk scene and most recently award winning English Folk Musician Jim Moray has quoted Nick as an influence, singing two songs from his repertoire and including one (Seven Long Years) on his latest album ‘Skulk’.

Nick is an acknowledged expert on West Country Folk Songs and together with his wife, Mally, has collected over 300 songs in Dorset and also found singers in Lancashire and Essex. He has made recordings of Gypsy Singers, some of which have been included on Topic Records series ’The Voice of the People’

Nick Dow has returned to the Folk Scene after a long absence, having spent several years building up his signwriting business as well as building and restoring Gypsy Wagons. Every song Nick sings has a story attached to it and his gigs are as informative as they are entertaining. Nick and Mally now live happily in East Lancashire surrounded by Moorland and Fells.

 

Nick doesn’t have a website but you can see him on YouTube

 

 

17 May 2017

Entrance £15

COOPE BOYES & SIMPSON

 

In 1993, three blokes from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with a name like a firm of solicitors, released an album of acappella songs full of social comment and (in the words of Folk Roots) ‘harmonies you could chew’.

They were, of course, Coope Boyes and Simpson and the album was Funny Old World. Q Magazine named it as their Roots Album of the Year in 1994.

More than twenty years later, with a career that has encompassed at least a dozen albums, numerous tours and festival appearances, as well as a Folk Awards nomination, Coope Boyes and Simpson released what would be their final studio album. Coda is a collection of songs, mainly self-penned or drawn from the tradition, covering issues such as refugees, Iraq and climate change. With an anger undimmed, Coope Boyes and Simpson return to their roots and complete the circle that started with Funny Old World.

The album was released in September 2016 with an album launch at Musicport and Coope Boyes and Simpson promoted the CD on a UK tour in October and November.   May 2017 will see Coope Boyes and Simpson embark on their farewell tour at venues throughout the UK. The tour will be a celebration of their career and will feature material from across their entire repertoire.

www.coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk

 

 

24 May 2017

Entrance £9

JAMES HICKMAN & DAN CASSIDY

 

Making a welcome return to Dorking is this transatlantic duo, inspired by the traditions of America and Britain.   Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar are complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling.

Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres.

The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

www.hickmanandcassidy.co.uk

 

 

31 May 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Open to all acoustic performers who wish to take a 10-minute floor spot to perform a couple of items for everyone’s enjoyment.  

Our regular singers' nights are becoming increasingly popular and often are very well attended. Although the M.C. for the evening will try to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed for later arrivals on busy nights.

If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time & let the door person know.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Napoleon Crossing the Rhine – D

 

07 Jun 2017

Entrance £9

JIM McLEAN

 

Surrey-based Jim has roots buried deep in the fertile soil of British and American traditional music. He has been performing and writing for 35 years, with 5 albums to his name, playing at clubs, festivals and shows across the UK, Europe and USA.

He has a presence that can engage and hold an audience for the entire evening, summed up by one venue organiser as, “Jim McLean plays to an audience, not at an audience”.

His music style is strongly acoustic guitar based, playing both 6 and 12 string guitars, using a variety of tunings and mixing rhythm and finger picking styles. From Celtic instrumentals through folk, Americana, blues and country, he loves continuing the folk tradition, including reinterpreting songs to keep them current whilst staying faithful to the original.

www.acousticvillage.com

 

 

14 Jun 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Open to all acoustic performers who wish to take a 10-minute floor spot to perform a couple of items for everyone’s enjoyment.  

Our regular singers' nights are becoming increasingly popular and often are very well attended. Although the M.C. for the evening will try to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed for later arrivals on busy nights.

If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time & let the door person know.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Girl With The Blue Dress On – G

 

21 Jun 2017

Entrance £12

MARTIN CARTHY

 

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene but also far beyond it.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife, Norma Waterson, and daughter, Eliza Carthy, have resulted in more than 40 albums. However, Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) being the latest. Whether in the folk clubs that he continues to champion, on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals' music documentary strand on BBC 2), there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played.

He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow his insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.

‘Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine

‘Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.’ The Telegraph

 

28 Jun 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Open to all acoustic performers who wish to take a 10-minute floor spot to perform a couple of items for everyone’s enjoyment.  

Our regular singers' nights are becoming increasingly popular and often are very well attended. Although the M.C. for the evening will try to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed for later arrivals on busy nights.

If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time & let the door person know.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Steamboat – G

 

05 Jul 2017

Entrance £12

KATHRYN ROBERTS and SEAN LAKEMAN

 

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’- (froots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale.

Building upward from their last two highly praised albums ‘‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’ & Hidden People’’ fans of folk and acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk, with a history that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands.

“Kathryn Roberts' smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.” - Billboard Magazine –

"As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British Folk" - MOJO Magazine

www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

 

 

12 Jul 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT 

Open to all acoustic performers who wish to take a 10-minute floor spot to perform a couple of items for everyone’s enjoyment.  

Our regular singers' nights are becoming increasingly popular and often are very well attended. Although the M.C. for the evening will try to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed for later arrivals on busy nights.

If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time & let the door person know.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Liberty – D

 

19 Jul 2017

 Entrance £9

Showcase evening featuring MIKE NICHOLSON and ZAK HOBBS

 

Traditional, newly composed, ancient or modern - Mike Nicholson will breathe fresh life into it like no-one else can!

He may well have 'discovered' the folk scene a little later in life than many, but to witness him performing in front of an audience today presents a picture of a man who's a natural born, captivating entertainer. Mike performs a wide spectrum of material, and generally speaking, it's material that has something to say. From his early acting days, he's retained an enthusiasm for utilising any format which can tell a story or which might stimulate the intellect. Through his singing, many audiences would agree, he's found the vehicle that suits him best.

To quote the late Bob Copper: "Those who have heard Mike Nicholson sing will not need me to tell them what a delightful experience that is. When Mike sings a song it stays sung - and you won't forget it"

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Zak Hobbs is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who comes from a family rooted in the same craft and tradition where he now finds himself. Headed by grandparents, Richard and Linda Thompson, Zak is the third generation to take up the mantle and has been said to be the “natural continuation of the family tradition of musical excellence” by Folk Radio UK. 

After picking up the guitar at age 11, Zak honed his skills playing at some of London’s most prestigious venues by the age of 14. Since graduating school, Zak has worked predominantly as an instrumentalist for award winning band ‘The Rails’, Sunny Ozell and his uncle, Teddy Thompson

British folk music of the 60’s and 70’s is at the core of Zak’s influences, with the roots music of America and 50’s country music the largest building blocks on top of his traditional British foundation.

In 2016, Zak released his first solo E.P ‘Against the Grain.

 

www.mikenicholson.me.uk and www.zakhobbs.com

 

 

26 Jul 2017

Free for members, Visitors £5

SINGERS’ NIGHT End of Season Buffet 

Open to all acoustic performers who wish to take a 10-minute floor spot to perform a couple of items for everyone’s enjoyment.  

Our regular singers' nights are becoming increasingly popular and often are very well attended. Although the M.C. for the evening will try to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed for later arrivals on busy nights.

If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time & let the door person know.

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Woodland Revels – G

 

 

 

*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 . . .

 

13 Sep 2017

 

Tom & Barbara Brown

 

 

 

04 Oct 2017

 

Si Barron

 

 

 

25 Oct 2017

 

Winter Wilson

 

 

 

08 Nov 2017

 

Harp and a Monkey

 

 

 

15 Nov 2017

 

Club AGM followed by a Singers’ Night as time allows. Open to Members and Visitors alike.

 

 

 

22 Nov 2017

 

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

 

 

 

29 Nov 2017

 

Harbottle & Jonas

 

 

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.

 

Note: phone number below is for Dorking Folk Club not Dorking Golf Club.

Contact Information

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Dorking Golf Club
Deepdene Avenue
Dorking
Surrey
RH5 4BX

info@dorkingfolkclub.org.uk

07754 853171