Colchester Folk Club have announced details of  their Summer to Autumn 2011 programme  at Colchester Arts Centre.

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9th May — Sid Kipper Two-Faced and Gutless
A brand new show from Norfolk’s own comic genius. It promises “Something old, something new, something ‘borrowed’ and, possibly, something bluish”. Sid Kipper is a member of the Kipper Family. In this show he introduces us to predecessors and relatives such as Boadikippa, “Keelhaul Kipper” and his infamous Uncle George. There are a considerable number of Kipper Family songs which have never been released for the delectation of the public. These have been dusted off and form the basis of this show and accompanying CD! £8/ £7

16th May — Clive Gregson
A welcome return by this Nashville based singer/songwriter and guitarist who has produced a steady stream of stunning albums. His songs have been covered by the likes of Fairport Convention and Norma Waterson and he’s toured with Boo Hewerdine, Eddi Reader and Nanci Griffiths. £8/ £7

23rd May — Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer CD launch!
We’re thrilled Vicki and Jonny have chosen our venue to launch their new CD. They effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst creating self-penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Songs and tunes with Scottish smallpipes, the Swedish nykelharpa, flute, guitar and accordion. £8/ £7

30th May — closed for Bank Holiday

6th June — Harvey Andrews
A welcome return by this popular singer/songwriter. Harvey’s captivating, intimate and insightful songwriting has earned him legions of dedicated fans. His songs are delivered with wonderful stories about how they came to be written and invariably strike a chord with the listener. £9/ £8

Summer break

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
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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

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~Rs 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

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
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

17th October — Lady Maisery
New acclaimed trio with Hazel Askew, Rowan Rheingans and Hannah James £8/ £7

24th October — Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
Completing a hat-trick of Lakeman brothers this year! £8/ £7

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 20s and 30s blues, outstanding guitar picking (lap steel and bottleneck) and blues harmonica and washboard. £8/ £7

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

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