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.
The 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.
On 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.
We look forward very much to welcoming two of Britain’s foremost singer songwriters, Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, to Norwich Folk Club on Friday 27 November. This promises to be a great evening.
Bring your own drinks. Teas and coffee available. This gig is SOLD OUT, so arrive early to be sure of a place in the car park.
Dick 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.
Special 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 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.
On 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.