Tania Opland and Mike Freeman on 16 July

Tania and Mike

Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have been touring the world since 1995 with a unique and eclectic

mix of songs in several languages and acoustic music played on a variety of instruments, including hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, violin, Native American flute and percussion.

Their shows feature both traditional and contemporary material from many cultures as well as original compositions, all presented with wit and style – guaranteed to provide an evening of great music and entertainment for all, especially those seeking something just a little off the beaten track. Mike’s irreverent sense of humor and Tania’s stunning vocals provide the springboard for a rollercoaster ride across several continents and back again. Check availability of tickets by email through the link on ‘About the club’ page. Bring your own refreshments. For a clip of Tania on youtube: Dona Nobis Pacem

Sinagrounds every Friday, as usual, throughout the summer, with two spots from local band Showcase guests LongShore Drift on Friday 2 July. Free entry. Bring your own refreshments.

Martyn Wyndham-Read and Iris Bishop on 11 June

Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. As a teenager in the 1960s he set off to work on a sheep station in Australia and became part of the folk song revival there, later returning to England with a wealth of traditional songs and stories.

Martyn is the instigator of the much acclaimed Folk Links Project, a celebration of English Traditional Songs and their Australian and North American variants and has worked with the cream of singers specialising in traditional songs from their own countries. He is accompanied by Iris Bishop, regarded by many as one of the finest players of the Duet concertina. Where Ravens Feed

In support will be Marianne Neary a young singer-songwriter who was one of the finalists in the 2010 New Roots competition. Check availability of tickets by email through the link on ‘About the club’ page. Bring your own refreshments.

Showcase guests at the singaround on Friday 28 May will be Faith and Taka Masendu. Free entry. Bring your own refreshments.

Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts on 2 April

Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts

Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts

On Friday 2 April at the Christ Church Centre, Magdalen Road, Norwich Folk Club welcomes Katriona Gilmore (Rosie Doonan & the Snapdragons, ex-Tiny Tin Lady) and Jamie Roberts (Kerfuffle), who have been performing together on the folk scene since 2006. Their self-penned material ranges from blazing instrumentals to ‘heart-wrenching’ songs, to contemporary arrangements of traditional songs.

Jamie’s dextrous percussive and lap-style guitar work is a visual as well as a sonic delight, while Katriona’s intricate fiddle playing shifts seamlessly from sensitive to fiery and back again in the blink of an eye.

Shadows & Half Light, the duo’s first full length recording, has made waves in the national music press, being described as ‘inspired’ by fRoots and awarded five stars by Rock’n’Reel . The album makes the most of Katriona and Jamie’s multi-instrumental skills – mandolin, banjo, and even trombone can be heard alongside the usual fiddle and guitar, as well as guest vocals and piano from Jamie’s sister Kathryn Roberts.

In 2009, the duo brought their unique sound to more than ten festivals and supported, among others, LAU, Dave Swarbrick, Bellowhead, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and Spiers & Boden. Tickets can be reserved in advance by email or at the club. Bring your own refreshments.

As usual, all are welcome at the singarounds at the Christ Church Centre on Friday 19 and 26 March. Bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee available.

Sally Barker on 4 December

Sally Barker and Glenn Hughes

Sally Barker and Glenn Hughes

On Friday 4 December, at 8.30 pm Sally Barker will be at the White Horse Inn, Trowse presenting the Joni Mitchell Project. This is a personal tribute to the very much admired earlier recordings of Joni Mitchell.

Sally (whose voice is often compared to Joni’s) is a member of female folk group The Poozies and during her career has supported both Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson. For the Joni Mitchell Project she is accompanied by Glenn Hughes on keyboard and dulcimer. Tickets £8 (£5 members), check availability through the email link on the ‘About the Club’ page.

The singaround on 27 November will be in the upstairs room at the White Horse Inn. This jam session is open to all, whether to listen, sing or play.

Emily Smith on Friday 9 October

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

‘Scots Singer of the Year 2008/9’, Emily Smith has firmly established herself as a leading light in the Scottish folk scene.

Since winning the 2002 ‘BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award’ she has released three critically acclaimed albums, toured extensively with her band on the international folk circuit and is recognised not only as one of Scotland’s finest interpreters of traditional song but also as a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Alongside her solo career, Smith has written, recorded and toured with artists from the folk scene and beyond including Eddi Reader, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Karine Polwart, John McCusker, David Scott and Phil Cunningham. She has recorded live sessions for BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Aled Jones and Mike Harding alongside receiving regular play on BBC Radio Scotland. Smith was also involved in writing material for the much acclaimed Darwin Song Project at the Shrewsbury Festival last month.

This event will be at the White Horse Inn, starting at 8.30 pm. The concert will be amplified. Please check for availability of tickets £8 (£5 members) by email (see About the club page).

There will be singarounds at the White Horse Inn on Friday 25 September and 2 October – free entry and everyone is welcome to come along, whether to listen, sing or play.

Spinndrift on 5 June



On Friday 5 June at 8.30 pm Norwich Folk Club welcomes up-and-coming young folk band Spinndrift. Spinndrift are an exciting 5-piece band formed on the Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University, and have been playing together for three years now. Finalists in this year’s New Roots competition, they perform songs and tunes from Britain and Europe as well as their own material, on a range of instruments, including melodeon, fiddles, oboe, flute and whistles, cello, mandolin and tenor guitar. Two band members, Nick Wiseman-Ellis and Nic Zuppardi are well known to Norwich folk regulars. Support will be from a talented young Cambridge band, also finalists at New Roots this year, Grace and Bryony Lemon and Alex Patterson. This is going to be a busy night, so please check ticket availability.

Trio Threlfall on 15 May

Trio Thelfall

Sisters Jane and Amanda Thelfall weave gentle harmonies, ably accompanied by Roger Edwards on guitar and concertina. The Trio Threlfall are passionate about the English tradition and their latest CD, Sweet Nightingale, is testimony to their commitment:
“I am besotted by the new album … I think it’s absolutely beautiful. Terrific songs and playing and really tight, unfussy arrangements. The girls are in great voice and the accompaniments are brilliant.”  Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

And of their 2007 album, Revisited:
“Jane and Amanda … lift the songs way above the pedestrian. (They are) equally at home without the aid of any instrumental safety net … secure, relaxed harmony singing of the highest order.
Particular mention should be made of the concertina playing of Roger Edwards … his ‘Double Lead Through’ must be one of the finest recordings of a dance tune ever.”  Baz Parkes, English Dance & Song

And what you hear on their albums is what you get from their live performance. Members: £5; non-members: £8.

Singaround this Friday

Jez was great, as always, and we particularly enjoyed the variety of stringed instruments and the harmonica accompaniment in the absence of the Bad Pennies.

What delights will this Friday bring?  At the last singaround we had John Barleycorn and Old Brown’s Daughter rubbing shoulders with Eddie Cantor and Shane McGowan – not to mention some rather accomplished concertina harmonies! Everyone is welcome, as usual, whether to play, sing or listen. (Monologues also appreciated!)

Reservations for Tim Laycock on 21 November are coming in, so let us know via the contact form on ‘About the club’ page, if you would like to join the list.