Norwich Folk Club welcomes club members and visitors to our Christmas Party song session on Friday 19 December. All singers, tune-players and listeners are very welcome and seasonal party pieces will be particularly appreciated. Please bring your own drinks and a little food to share at the pot luck buffet. This a free event and there will be a grand raffle – prizes of all kinds also very welcome!
We meet to celebrate Old Year’s Night at 8.30 pm on Wednesday 31 December. There will be lots of songs and tunes, as well as a couple of sets of dances with Fezziwig Ceilidh Band. All singers, tune-players and listeners are welcome to join us at this extended session. Bring your own drinks, some food to share and maybe a small quirky prize for the raffle. Tickets are £4 (non-members) and £2 (members).
Free song sessions will be held as usual on Friday 26 December (Boxing Day) and Friday 2 January. Bring your own drinks – teas and coffee available in the kitchen.
The showcase guest at the song session on Friday 26 September will be local singer-songwriter and fiddler Georgia Shackleton, who favours performing ‘wordy songs about other people’. Georgia takes inspiration from places and faces, as well as the traditional, regional and early 20th century material she also performs.
After studying the highly acclaimed Folk and Traditional Music degree in Newcastle, Georgia has performed in various line-ups alongside an eclectic mix of fantastic musicians. She has now returned home to her native Norfolk and is currently working on new projects, including material with fellow Newcastle graduate, Nic Zuppardi on mandolin, and ‘Addison’s Uncle’ guitarist, Aaren Bennett.
There is no charge and all singers, musicians and listeners are welcome to join the song session. Bring your own drink – teas and coffee available in the kitchen, as usual.
Special guests for a joint folk club session on Friday 29 August will be a group of members of Sixmilebridge Folk Club from County Clare in Ireland. To enable us to pack in as much music and singing as possible, the evening will start at 8 pm.
Free entry. Raffle prizes will be welcome! Bring your own drinks – fine ales available at local pubs. Teas and coffee in the kitchen.
Song sessions continue every Friday throughout the summer. All welcome to join the fray.
Special guests filling the two spots at the showcase session on Friday 27 June are finalists at the 2014 New Roots competition at St Albans, Speldosa and Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley.
Speldosa are a clarsach (harp), fiddle, hammered dulcimer and vocal trio who perform their own arrangements of traditional and modern tunes and songs. Speldosa is Swedish for ‘music box’, so expect a beautiful twinkly sound together with passionate songs and toe-tapping tunes.
Alex and Nicola
Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley are an exciting new box and fiddle duo performing songs and tunes from around England. They are both recent graduates of the Newcastle Folk and Traditional Music Degree. Expect plenty of lively tunes, spine-tingling arrangements and lots of sing-along choruses.
Singers and players are welcome to come along and take part in the song session – listeners also appreciated! Tickets £3 (£2 members) on the door. Bring your own drinks – fine ales available nearby and teas and coffee from the kitchen.
Alex Cumming and Rosie Calvert (of The Teacups) will be leading a harmony workshop from 10 till noon on Saturday 28 June. All welcome. Tickets £3 (£2 club members). Teas and coffee available in the kitchen.
Showcase guests at the song session on Friday 14 March will be Nick Wiseman-Ellis and Nic Zuppardi of Triette, both accomplished graduates from the Folk and Tradiitonal Music degree based at Newcastle University. Their distinctive sound is grounded in the tradition of French and Breton dance music, as well as the rich music traditions of Sweden and England, with driving interpretations of traditional material and vivid arrangements influenced by folk dance. They have performed at festivals and folk clubs across Europe, collaborated with Karen Tweed and German folk group Iontach, as well as being finalists in the Swedish Young Folk Band of the Year Awards 2011.
All welcome. Bring songs, tunes and your own drinks. Teas and coffee available in the kitchen. Free entry.
Do you feel the need to jump on the nearest soap-box? Box-clever by letting your creative juices run riot? Perhaps you already play a box-shaped instrument, sing songs by Boxcar Willie, or would like to show off those novelty boxer shorts you got for a christmas box? (Steady though – we don’t want to start a rebellion!) Or maybe you like to watch the Springboks play rugby? Think outside the box and bring along your ever-so-tenuous connection with boxes, be it musical, theatrical or virtual, to our ‘boxing night‘ themed song and tune session on Friday 31 January.
To add to the boxing mix, special guest and talented box-player Owen Woods will contribute a couple of showcase spots. Owen is a dynamic young melodeon player from Cambridge, who is increasingly sought after for folk clubs and festivals. As well as performing solo, he is also an experienced ceilidh musician. Owen has developed a personal style of performance, marrying tunes from different cultures and different periods. Prepare for strange time signatures, fluctuating rhythms and lush harmonies.
Free entry. Bring your own drinks. Teas and coffee available in the kitchen.
Norwich Folk Club Annual General Meeting will take place from 8 pm on Friday 21 February, followed at around 9 pm by a folk song session.
Our Christmas Party song session will be held on Friday 20 December. Seasonal songs and tunes and party pieces very welcome. Bring your own drinks and food to share, and a prize for the raffle if you will. A good chance to unwind and catch up with friends before the big day.
There will be a soothing song session upstairs on Friday 27 December.
On Tuesday 31 December we’ll celebrate Old Year’s Night with songs, tunes and party pieces. The best fancy dress will be rewarded with a dinky hamper of local produce. There will also be some ceilidh dances, lots of singing and tune-making. Musicians are invited to join the band. Free entry, with a grand raffle. Bring your own drinks, some food to share and maybe a raffle prize.