Colchester Folk Club have announced details of their September to Christmas 2011 programme at Colchester Arts Centre.
Tickets are available via www.colchesterartscentre.com
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
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
Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell
As seen supporting The Unthanks and Bellowhead last year, with a nomination for Best Emerging Artist at this yearâ€™s BBC Folk Awards this young duoâ€™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
How many different ways can you say â€˜brilliant guitaristâ€™, impassioned vocals, â€˜perfect arrangementsâ€™ and impeccable tasteâ€™? Itâ€™s all been said before and itâ€™s all perfectly true!
£11/ £9 www.MartinSimpson.com Show starts 8.30pm Booking advised
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:Carthyâ€™s Frost and Fire show four years running and last appeared here with Mawkin:Causley
£8/ £7 www.jimcausley.co.uk
new acclaimed trio with Hazel Askew, Rowan Rheingans and Hannah James. Trad songs, harmonies, accordion, harp and fiddle plus Hannahâ€™s flying percussive clogs!
£8/ £7 www.ladymaisery.com
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
completing a hat-trick of Lakeman brothers this year! Kathrynâ€™s gloriously mellow vocals are complemented by fellow Equation member, Seanâ€™s refreshing and demanding guitar-work.
£8/ £7 www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.co.uk
Rag Mama Rag
A welcome return to their home town from this Country Blues duo based in France. One of Europeâ€™s finest country blues acts with a repertoire of 20â€™s and 30â€™s blues, outstanding guitar picking (lap steel and bottleneck) and blues harmonica and washboard
£8/ £7 www.ragmamarag.co.uk
This â€˜must-seeâ€™ 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. Heâ€™s an accomplished guitarist and fine whistle player, a zany wit and a superb performer.
£11/ £10 www.vingarbutt.com
£11/ £10 www.vingarbutt.com
For 50+ years one of the UK folk and acoustic sceneâ€™s most loved and admired performers.
â€˜the greatest socialist folk singer of his generationâ€™ Tony Benn
â€˜possessor of one of the finest voices in the folk worldâ€™ The Guardian
£9/ £8 www.roybailey.net
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
Chris Newman and Maire Ni Chathasaigh
The brilliant, innovative harping of MÃ¡ire NÃ 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
Bella Hardy Trio Christmas Songs â€˜ Bright Morning Starâ€™
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 Nightâ€™s Fun) and award-winning guitarist Anna Massie (Kate Rusby Band).
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
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