Showcase with Clarke Camilleri on Friday 28 July

On Friday 28 July we welcome showcase guest and New Roots 2017 finalist Clarke Camilleri, a young guitarist and songwriter, and a keen student of traditional folk music. Clarke has a recent EP of his own material and his current interest is in making his own arrangements of traditional British songs. 

Clarke, who was one of our favourite New Roots performers this year, will be performing two sets within the song session.

This is a free event. As usual, bring songs, tunes and perhaps a bottle or two. Teas and coffee will be available in the kitchen.

Norwich Folk Club meets from 8 pm every Friday throughout the summer for the regular song session. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether to sing, play or listen, and we particularly enjoy meeting visitors to the area. Free entry to all song sessions.

Please note that the song session on Friday 1 September will be in the cosy upstairs room, for one week only.

 

Wizz Jones on Friday 10 March

tearooms140The guest on Friday 10 March will be folk and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Wizz Jones. Admired by many well known folk musicians, including Ralph McTell and Martin Carthy, and top guitarists, such as Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, Wizz Jones has been touring since the 1960s. His best known song, ‘When I leave Berlin’, has been performed by Bruce Springsteen and Wizz himself has been described as ‘one of the finest guitarists you are ever likely to see’ (review of performance at the Green Note, Mark Harrison).

Tickets £11 (£8 club members) can be reserved by emailing on our contact form. Bring your own drinks – teas and coffee available in the kitchen.

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.

Mick Ryan and Paul Downes on Friday 8 July

Mick Ryan and Paul DownesOn Friday 8 July we welcome Mick Ryan and Paul Downes. Mick Ryan is well known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional and original songs. He was described by Folk Roots as ‘definitely the most underrated singer in the country’. Having written both comic and serious material for the very popular band Crows in the 1980s, he has since written for radio and developed a series of highly successful folk musicals: ‘A Tollpuddle Man’ (with Graham Moore); ‘A Day’s Work’; ‘The Voyage’; ‘Tanks for the Memory’ and, recently, ‘The Navvy’s Wife’; ’The Pauper’s Path’ and the centennial revival of ‘A Day’s Work’.

Mick is joined by the consummately skilled and expressive Paul Downes, who has a sensitive, yet fun approach to live performances which puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today. He has been introduced (to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarist in the world, but considers himself a singer of songs rather than a guitar technician. Paul has a rich musical background that has progressed through working with Phil Beer, The Arizona Smoke Revue, Pete Seeger, The Joyce Gang and Maggie Boyle.

Tickets available by reservation via our contact form, £10 (£7 members). Bring your own drinks. Teas and coffee available in the kitchen.

Dick Gaughan on Friday 30 October

Dick GaughanDick Gaughan has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for almost five decades! Guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director, composer, arranger, producer, engineer, he’s been there, done it. He is a stunning singer with a wonderfully expressive voice belying passion, allied to a dazzling guitar technique.

Well known for his forthright and long-time consistently held, oft-expressed political views Dick has never been attracted by a vogue of consensual, namby-pamby, pragmatic and equivocating politics. Dick gives voice to an uncompromising solidarity with the flotsam and jetsam of tunnel-vision global capitalism: the victims, the helpless, the wronged, the fighters, the brawny working-class bravehearts who made capitalism work (after a fashion).

In December 2009 Dick was honoured by being inducted into the Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame. Then, less than two months later in London, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2’s annual Folk Awards ceremony.

Bring your own drinks. Teas and coffee available in the kitchen.

TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT.

Sarah McQuaid on Friday 17 April

Picture by Phil Nicholls (www.philnicholls.co.uk)

Picture by Phil Nicholls (www.philnicholls.co.uk)

On Friday 17 April we welcome singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid to the club. Sarah has a wide repertoire of songs that includes traditional Irish songs and Appalachian folk, as well as her own compositions. Her rich singing voice is complemented by accomplished guitar playing. ‘Captivating performance, great songs, playing and singing.’ Gerry Evans, Twickfolk. Hear a live interview with Sarah on BBC Radio Norfolk at 2.30 pm on the same day. 

Sarah is also known for her interest in the DAGDAD tuning system. She is the author of The Irish DAGDAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as ‘a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists’.

Tickets £10 (£7 members) can be reserved by emailing us via the contact page. Bring a bottle or two, or enjoy a cuppa from the kitchen.

 

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.

Barrie and Ingrid Temple on Friday 13 March

TemplesBarrie and Ingrid are harmony singers from Newcastle upon Tyne. Although they sing mostly unaccompanied, Barrie also adds concertina or guitar accompaniment to some of their songs. They have been singing together for nearly 40 years and have performed throughout the UK and abroad, at folk clubs and festivals.

Barrie and Ingrid’s singing is mainly traditional with both serious and humorous content. They also perform lots of Barrie’s own songs, which are written in the traditional style. The couple are well respected for their unique style of close harmony singing and their original arrangements. Barrie’s own songs are now being sung and recorded by other folk performers, both here and abroad. Pulling Hard Against the Stream

Tickets £10 (£7 members) can be reserved by emailing us via our contact page. Bring a bottle or two, or enjoy a cuppa from the kitchen.

Anne Lister and Mary McLaughlin (Anonyma) on Friday 16 January

Mary and AnneOn Friday 16 January we welcome Anne Lister and Mary McLaughlin, who first performed together as Anonyma in the 1980s, after meeting at Broadstairs Folk Week. They toured extensively in the UK, the US and Ireland, and released the album ‘Burnt Feathers’ to critical acclaim, building a solid reputation for their original arrangements of a wide range of material, from Anne’s compositions to traditional British and Irish songs as well as the occasional song by Sting or Elvis Costello.

After five years they both had other projects and opportunities to follow, and Mary’s career took her to California. She has now returned to live and work in Limerick, and Anne and Mary are setting out on a comeback tour.

Tickets are available on the door, £10 (£7 members) and can be reserved via the form on our contact page. Bring your own drinks – teas and coffee available in the kitchen.