Colchester Folk Club have announced details of their January to May 2012 programme at Colchester Arts Centre.
Tickets are available via

16th January 2012
Les Barker

A welcome return by Les to brighten up the New Year. Something of a cult figure with his unique brand of humour and witty poetry. Scintillating daftness and absurdity run amok! £8/ £7

23rd January
The Churchfitters

Outstanding vocals and an astonishing array of acoustic instruments including fiddle, double bass, bouzouki, flute, saxophone, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, whistle and mandolin allow them to create their unmistakable sound. A large dose of humour, a measure of eccentricity and an abiding sense of fun complete the band’s recipe for truly entertaining performances.
Booking advised £8/ £7

30th January
Walsh and Pound
wo of the most exciting and unique young musicians on today’s music scene. Labelled respectively as ‘one of the most original harmonica players in Britain’ and ‘the UK’s top Clawhammer banjoist’ the two have joined forces to create a highly entertaining and astonishing live set. Prepare to be astonished by stunning vocals, frailing banjo wizardry and sounds you didn’t think were possible on the harmonica! Destined for great things with their ability to encompass an amazing array of musical genres with ease, energy and excellence. £9/ £8

6th February
Clive Carroll
Having played with the likes of John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Gordon Giltrap and John Etheridge and booked to play at one of Madonna’s private parties, Clive looks set to become the latest acoustic guitar hero. Expect “a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings. £9/ £8

Sunday 12th February

Ewan McLennan

has been making headlines over the past year performing at festivals, clubs and concert halls across the UK and beyond. His recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and nomination for Up And Coming Artist Of The Year at the Scots Trad Awards confirm this ongoing success. His music combines folksong from around Britain and further afield, but with an inevitable concentration on the tradition of Scotland where he grew up. His own self-penned songs are also receiving critical acclaim in their own right, with noted music journalist Colin Irwin reviewing one of his “moving” offerings as “a modern classic”.
‘I was completely and utterly bowled over by Ewan’s music…one of the most exciting new voices I’ve heard in years.’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
£8/ £7

20th February
Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

Three members of the BBC acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions will play the club as part of a unique European tour. It’s a rare chance to see three of the world’s finest musicians share a stage together. Michael is a master of the flute, whistle and uillean pipes and a founder member of Flook! and also plays with Capercaillie. He brings with him John McCusker (both featured in last year’s Mark Knopfler tour) extraordinary fiddle player from The Battlefield Band and numerous other collaborations and John Doyle, singer, guitarist and songwriter. Prepare to be amazed. Booking advised. £12/ £11

27th February
The Fay Hield Trio

Originally from Keighley, Fay is an outstanding singer and former member of The Witches of Elswick. She has also performed with Damien Barber and her partner John Boden, lead singer with the famous band Bellowhead. Appearing with her are fiddle player Sam Sweeney, also of Bellowhead and Kerfuffle fame and concertina maestro Rob Harbron (English Acoustic Collective) £9/ £8

SETH LAKEMAN Doors 8pm £18

5th March
Hilary James and Simon Mayor
a welcome return from Simon and Hilary who last appeared at the club in their four-piece, The Mandolinquents. Simon’s hilarious banter and mandolin wizardy (he’s one of the world’s leading virtuosos, not to mention his fiddle and guitar playing) meets Hilary’s ‘wonderfully honey-dripping voice’ and unusual basses! She might even manage a step-dance if the wind’s in the right direction!
£11/ £9


12th March
Jim Moray
is an English folk singer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer (and brother of Jackie Oates!) and is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today. After three ground-breaking and award-winning albums – 2003’s BBC Radio2 Folk Album of Year ‘Sweet England’, ‘Jim Moray’ in 2006 and fRoots Critics Poll and Mojo Folk Album of the Year winner ‘Low Culture’ in 2008 – he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians while still only being in his 20s himself. £10/ £9

19th March
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Fast becoming recognised as one of the finest slide guitarists the UK has produced, Phillip Henry is also a virtuoso on the harmonica. Hannah Martin is a singer, songwriter, fiddle-and-banjo. Using slide guitars, fiddle, banjo, vocals, and even beatbox harmonica, their debut album, Singing The Bones has garnered warm praise from the likes of Mike Harding (BBC Radio Two). Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin combine influences as diverse as English folk music, Indian classical and American blues to create a sound that is “textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating”. £9/ £8

26th March
Craobh Rua
This four-piece from Belfast plays Irish Traditional Music from the heart. A rich sound, this is traditional Celtic fare at its finest, mixing rousing jigs, reels and polkas with tender ballads and airs. Theirs is a music driven by uillean pipes, fiddle, whistles and the exciting banjo and mandolin playing of group founder Brian Connolly with passionate vocals and guitar from Jim Rainey £9/ £8

2nd and 9th April
Closed for Easter

16th April
The Wrigley Sisters
Combining mastery with mischief and tradition with modernity, Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley, the internationally acclaimed fiddle and guitar duo from the Orkney Islands, have a magical new album to perform. Idiom is a sparkling blend of traditional,
contemporary and original material, invigorated with jazz, blues and ragtime flavours. £10/ £9

23rd April
The Askew Sisters

Club favourites make a welcome return. Using fiddle and melodeon they play and sing with an infectious enjoyment and love for the music. From rhythmic foot stomping tunes to powerful interpretations of songs and ballads. £9/ £8

30th April
Hannah James and Sam Sweeney

leading lights from Kerfuffle. Hannah’s also a cloggie with The Demon Barbers, and sings, plays and dances in Lady Maisery and Sam in the mighty Bellowhead, and The Fay Hield Trio . The duo was justly nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards as Best Newcomers. A treat in store. £9/ £8

7th May
Blazing Fiddles
£17/ £15

14th May
Spiers and Boden

In just a few years, they have established themselves as the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene, and the contemporary equivalent of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.
£15/ £13 Booking advised

21st May
Tim Edey and Brendan Power

Tim Edey is one of the finest multi-instrumental players of his generation on the scene and is acclaimed as a virtuoso on both acoustic guitar and button accordion. UK based Kiwi harmonica player and composer Brendan Power is acknowledged by many as one of the most versatile and creative harp players around today. The duo’s powerful blend of passion and virtuosity is infectious. Improvisation is the key to every performance, which means that every time they do a piece it sounds different & fresh. It’s that sheer mad spontaneity which unfailingly captures audiences everywhere! £9/ £8

28th May
KAN featuring Brian Finnegan and Aidan O’Rourke
Front men with possibly the two most revered bands ever to have thrilled the folk scene, Flook! And Lau, Brian (flute and whistle) and Aidan
(fiddle) join forces with two of the brightest stars in the world of rhythm and accompaniment to travel a daring and innovative musical path. £11/ £9