Two Coats Colder: showcase guests at the song session on Friday 24 March

TwoCoatsColderOn Friday 24 March we welcome Two Coats Colder as showcase guests at our song session. The band name derives from an expression used by a North Norfolk local describing the winter weather in those parts.

This acoustic folk band comprises Ray Taylor and Anna Bass, originally of Samphire, joined since 2012 by Chris Bullen of the Marina Florance Band and David Baird, a longtime friend and accomplice of John Martyn. Two Coats Colder have appeared at festivals, folk clubs and other venues. Their first full-length album Unseen Highway was released in 2015 and a track was featured on the Mike Harding Show. The band is currently working on a second album, Moment in Time.

Two Coats Colder will perform two sets during the song session. Please bring songs and tunes of your own to add to the mix, as well as your own drinks. Teas and coffees are available in the kitchen. This is a free event.

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Showcase guests Tin River at the song session on Friday 27 January

Tin River comp_02The showcase guests at the song session on Friday 27 January will be Norfolk trio Tin River: Skip Shipley (melodeons and vocals), Mim Barnes (whistles and vocals) and Marya Parker (guitar and vocals). Tin River specialise in instrumentals, three-part harmonies and accompanied songs from various traditions and with diverse treatments. The trio has built a solid reputation in the East, having appeared at every FolkEast Festival, as well as folk clubs, fairs and pub music venues.

This is a free event. Bring songs, tunes and your own drinks.

December events

On Friday 9 December we welcome our favourite supergroup the Zimmers as showcase guests at our song session.  We are fortunate enough to see Peter Coleman and John Mathews at the club most Fridays, and this week they will be joined by fellow long-time performers Mauny WoodColin Tait and Roger Gamble. A rare treat indeed! Other singers and musicians will also be welcome to join this song session, so please remember to bring instruments and songs. Free entry, with a raffle.

On Friday 16 December the song session will be in the cosy upstairs lounge. All listeners and performers very welcome. Bring your own drinks.

Our Christmas gathering will be on Friday 23 December, with seasonal and unseasonal songs and tunes, and a grand raffle (extra prizes much appreciated). Bring songs and tunes, bottles and, if you wish, some food to share. Teas and coffee will be available as usual. Christmas jumpers are optional!

6-of-the-bandNo session on Friday 30 December, as we’re meeting on Saturday 31 December from 8 pm till somewhat after midnight to celebrate Old Year’s NIght. As usual, there will be a mix of songs and tunes from the assembled multitude, with a couple of sets of ceilidh dances led by Stookey Blue. Don’t forget to bring instruments, songs and your own drinks, plus, perhaps, some food to share or a prize for the grand raffle. If you would like to reserve tickets: £3 (£5 non-members), please email us via the form on our contact page.

 

Song session showcase with Shorelark on Friday 21 October

shorelark-2016-001-landscapeAt the song session on Friday 21 October we look forward to a special showcase by Shorelark, a new young folk duo who were finalists at New Roots this year. Shorelark comprise singer-songwriter and guitarist Georgia Morgan Turner and recorder-player and English folk multi-instrumentalist Finn Collinson. Their meticulous arrangements make great use of unusual instrumentation, inspired by the duo’s wide influences, which range from Brazilian music to Baroque recorder works.

With a combined age of just 32, Georgia and Finn are experienced beyond their years and between them have enjoyed solo performances at the Barbican Hall (Georgia) and Cadogan Hall, London (Finn). They have also appeared at FolkEast Festival, Cecil Sharp House and Aldeburgh Festival.

Georgia and Finn will perform two sets within the song session, which is free. All singers, musicians and listeners are welcome to come along. Bring your own drinks – teas and coffee available in the kitchen.

Song session showcase with The Lion’s Share on Friday 29 July

IMG_6278On Friday 29 July we look forward to welcoming New Roots finalists 2016 The Lion’s Share as showcase guests within the song session. This London-based folk duo grew out of the UCLU Folk and World Music Society and is made up of Tom Blackburn, a Nic Jones-esque guitarist, who has had the pleasure of supporting such acts as Martin Carthy, and Jimmy Grayburn, a frailing and finger-picking banjo player.  Together, with driving vocals and tight harmonies, they sing stories of love, betrayal and homelessness, respecting the tradition while adding their own personal touch. The Lion’s Share will perform two sets within the session.

All listeners, singers and musicians are also welcome to join the song session, which starts at 8 pm. There is no charge. Bring your own drinks. Teas and coffee available in the kitchen.

Showcase with Sophie Crawford on Friday 20 May

Sophie2On Friday 20 May the showcase guest at the song session will be New Roots finalist 2016, Sophie Crawford. Accordionist and singer Sophie performs a blend of traditional and original music grounded in the English folk tradition. She spent a year playing the Song Woman in the West End production of War Horse (2015) and writes and performs music for the touring theatre company Troupe. Having collaborated and recorded with a number of musicians, this is her first solo summer. She launches her EP in summer 2016.

Sophie, who was one of our favourite performers at New Roots this year, will perform a couple of sets during the song session. Other singers and musicians are welcome to join the session, as are listeners! There is no charge for song sessions, but there will be a raffle. Bring your own drinks. Teas and coffee will be available in the kitchen.

Akabella showcase on Friday 5 February

Akabella at Strangers HallThe showcase guests at the song session on Friday 5 February will be Norwich-based harmony group AkabellaThe group was started by Susan Bell, has been running for a couple of years in its present form with eight members and has performed at many local venues. 

Akabella aim for variety and like to sing songs in three- or four-part harmony, with arrangements by Susan and others in the group. Their material is eclectic, drawn from the British folk tradition as well as Eastern Europe, Spain, Sweden and Africa – not to mention the occasional pop classic.  

Akabella will perform two sets during the song session. Other singers and musicians are also very welcome. There is no charge, but there will be a raffle to help with expenses. Bring your own drinks – tea and coffee available in the kitchen.

Song Session Showcase with Hannah Cumming on 5 June

Promo Pic Hannah CThe showcase guest at the song session on Friday 5 June will be New Roots finalist 2015, Hannah Cumming. Hannah is 23, has been fiddling for 12 years and within the last two years has started singing along to her fiddle accompaniment. She has a passion for traditional English folk songs as well as acoustic and popular music. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Seth Lakeman, Nancy Kerr and Jackie Oates, Hannah creates unique arrangements to suit each song, embracing the original in her own sweetly haunting style.

Singers and musicians are invited to join the song session, and listeners are equally welcome. Entry is free. Bring a bottle, or enjoy a tea or coffee from the kitchen.

The regular Friday song sessions are currently being held downstairs in the main hall. There is no charge and all are welcome, whether to sing, play or listen.

 

Rosie Eade showcase on Friday 27 March

rosie and steveSpecial showcase guests at the song session on Friday 27 March will be the Rosie Eade duo. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Rosie has been gigging since 2004 and performs lively, evocative, life-inspired songs, along with traditional songs and favourite covers. Her voice has been described as ‘one of the loveliest new voices on the folk and acoustic music scene’ (Village Pump Folk Club, 2013).

Rosie is accompanied by mandolin player Steve Mathews.

There will be a raffle but no entry charge. This is a song session, so all performers and listeners very welcome. Bring a bottle.

Damien Barber and Mike Wilson on Friday 6 February

DM_Bar_300_dpiOn Friday 6 February, we welcome back two of the finest exponents of traditional song in the United Kingdom – Damien Barber and Mike Wilson. It is difficult to accept that these relatively young men have a combined 40+ years’ experience of performing at folk venues.

Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina. Though he has lived for a long time in West Yorkshire he retains a strong East Anglian identity.

Mike Wilson is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event. Mike’s musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East – rural and industrial folk song, both traditional and modern.

Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.

Tickets are £10 (£7 club members), but are SOLD OUT. Bring a bottle or enjoy a cuppa from the kitchen.

Roger 2fOn Friday 30 January the showcase guest at our song session will be singer, guitar player and melodeon virtuoso, Roger Gamble – a veteran performer of over 50 years in his own right. Now in his 83rd year, Roger maintains a keen sense of mischief, his voice still carries an edge and his playing has a quality that can move.

Roger’s repertoire is a virtual conducted tour of the time he has spent singing and playing in East Anglia’s folk clubs and pubs. From the folk revival of the 50s and 60s on to Dylan and the great singer-songwriters, through delta blues and with an occasional nod to the world of rock, he has amassed a treasure chest of material which is still developing.

There is no charge on the door, but there will be a raffle. Bring drinks of your choice, or make a tea or coffee in the kitchen.