Colchester Folk Club have announced details of their September to Christmas 2011 programme at Colchester Arts Centre.
Tickets are available via www.colchesterartscentre.com

12th September
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick
These giants of the folk scene are both celebrating their three-score-and-ten this year!   Dave, the famed fiddler, wit and raconteur from Fairport Convention, Lazarus and Whippersnapper and Martin (MBE), well-loved and hugely influential guitarist and interpreter of folk song from Waterson:Carthy, Brass Monkey, Steeleye Span and Dad of Eliza!
£11/ £9   Booking advised www.watersoncarthy.com and www.folkicons.co.uk/swarb

19th September
The Carrivick Sisters
Just out of their teens, twin sisters, Charlotte and Laura have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve they perform original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010
£8/ £7 www.thecarrivicksisters.com

26th September
Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell
As seen supporting The Unthanks and Bellowhead last year, with a nomination for Best Emerging Artist at this year’s BBC Folk Awards this young duo’s star is on the rise.   Effortless harmonies with delicate guitar, piano and violin work. Haunting and heartbreaking but soothing at the same time and a lovely stage presence.
£8/ £7 www.jonnyandlucy.com

3rd October
Martin Simpson

How many different ways can you say ‘brilliant guitarist’, impassioned vocals, ‘perfect arrangements’ and impeccable taste’? It’s all been said before and it’s all perfectly true!
£11/ £9 www.MartinSimpson.com Show starts 8.30pm   Booking advised

10th October
Jim Causley
renowned for his rich warm and mature singing voice,(quoted as being akin to the fruitiest of real ales!), a natural gift for interpreting trad song and his cheeky stage presence.   Jim toured with Waterson:Carthy’s Frost and Fire show four years running and last appeared here with Mawkin:Causley
£8/ £7 www.jimcausley.co.uk

17th October
Lady Maisery
new acclaimed trio with Hazel Askew, Rowan Rheingans and Hannah James.   Trad songs, harmonies, accordion, harp and fiddle plus Hannah’s flying percussive clogs!
£8/ £7 www.ladymaisery.com

24th October
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
completing a hat-trick of Lakeman brothers this year! Kathryn’s gloriously mellow vocals are complemented by fellow Equation member, Sean’s refreshing and demanding guitar-work.
£8/ £7   www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.co.uk

31st October
Rag Mama Rag
A welcome return to their home town from this Country Blues duo based in France.   One of Europe’s finest country blues acts with a repertoire of 20’s and 30’s blues, outstanding guitar picking (lap steel and bottleneck) and blues harmonica and washboard
£8/ £7 www.ragmamarag.co.uk

7th November
Vin Garbutt
This ‘must-see’ artist who has won a sheaf of Folk Awards   and a legion of fans never fails to delight!   His songwriting is witty and powerful and tackles thought-provoking issues.   He’s an accomplished guitarist and fine whistle player, a zany wit and a superb performer.
£11/ £10 www.vingarbutt.com

14th November
Roy Bailey
For 50+ years one of the UK folk and acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers.
‘the greatest socialist folk singer of his generation’ Tony Benn
‘possessor of one of the finest voices in the folk world’ The Guardian
£9/ £8 www.roybailey.net

21st November
KEGS
exceptional Essex-based trio featuring singer/songwriter and stunning guitarist, Stuart Moffat, whose solo support slot to Spiers and Boden brought the house down earlier in the year.   With his daughters, Bobby (flute) and Elinor (melodeon) and a new CD Stuart promises an evening of tunes and original songs.
£8/ £7 www.kegsband.co.uk

28th November
Chris Newman and Maire Ni Chathasaigh
The brilliant, innovative harping of Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Irish Traditional Musician of the Year 2001, and the astonishing virtuosity and versatility of English guitar wizard Chris Newman, has been heard all over the world: now they return to us with their addictive and stylish cocktail of powerhouse Irish dance-music, gorgeous airs, evocative old songs and striking new   compositions – with shots of hot jazz and bluegrass thrown in!
£9/ £8 www.oldbridgemusic.com

5th December
Bella Hardy Trio Christmas Songs  â€˜ Bright Morning Star’
Acclaimed fiddle player and singer, Bella, returnswith her show of Christmas Songs.   Born of a deep affection for the carol traditions of her native Derbyshire this seasonal show features Bella with renowned concertina-player, Chris Sherburn (Last Night’s Fun) and award-winning guitarist Anna Massie (Kate Rusby Band).
£10/ £9
www.bellahardy.com

12th December
Boo Hewerdine
A singer/songwriter who can deliver tender heart-wrenchingly beautiful lyrics as well as up-beat arrangements that have his audiences clamouring for more.   Best known for his enduring collaboration with Eddie Reader for whom he wrote Patience Of Angels, Boo was credited with an Ivor Novello nomination.
£9/ £8 www.boohewerdine.net

19th December
Christmas Party and Barn Dance featuring The Metric Foot Band and their caller, Sarah Graves.
A festive knees-up with a great band and an excellent caller to help you through the moves.   Mince pies and morris dancing, clogs and good company!
£8/ £7 www.sarahgraves.co.uk