On a Monday Night at Colchester Arts Centre you’ll find a consistently great line-up of acts at the Colchester Folk Club.
Here’s what’s scheduled up until May 2011. For tickets visit www.colchesterartscentre.com

6th December John Kirkpatrick ‘Carolling and Crumpets’
Voted Musician Of The Year at the 2010 Folk Awards. Squeezebox maestro with a pedigree as long as your arm. Variety and entertainment of the highest quality. Acclaimed as a musician, composer, singer and songwriter, the ‘Renaissance Man of Folk Music’! Special seasonal show. £8/ £7

13th December Belshazzar’s Feast Christmas Show.
A seasonal show from this astoundingly good duo as seen supporting Bellowhead. Breathtaking and wickedly inventive songs and music on oboe and accordion. Their musical wizardry is only matched by their humour! £10/ £8

20th December Christmas Barn Dance with Itchy Feet and caller Elaine Barker
Our usual Christmas Barn Dance with experienced band and caller to guide you through the moves. Cloggies…and mince pies. Happy Christmas!
£8/ £7

Folk Club closed 27th December and 3rd January

10th January Pete Morton
His songs and performances are a joy. Pete sings from the heart, delivering songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition. Traditional songs often rub shoulders with Pete’s current writing with ease and the songs are an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment. £8/ £7

17th January Coope, Boyes and Simpson
A bit of a coup this! Quite simply the best purveyors of unaccompanied singing on these islands. Traditional songs reworked so
they shine plus strong, original songs with memorable tunes, soaring harmonies and words that strike a chord. £10/ £9

24th January Adrian Nation A bit of a local hero! Adrian has evolved into one of the most insightful and incisive songwriters of his generation. Once you let yourself be charmed by his music you’re hooked. £8/ £7

31st January The Churchfitters
Flamboyant group of musicians from England, Ireland and France. Four dynamic personalities present a fast-paced infectious show full of fresh original songwriting as well as rearranged songs and tunes from the British Isles, uniting the rhythms of rock, pop and jazz with the universal appeal of traditional music. £8/ £7

7th February Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell As seen supporting The Unthanks and Bellowhead 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

14th February Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
Best duo at the BBC Awards in 2003 and many times nominated, their musicianship and refreshing on-stage performance is a rare
treat. Nancy with her distinctive singing and exquisite fiddle and viola style and Jameswith a powerful voice and master of thebouzouki and mandolin are enthralling. Northumbria meets Oz! £8/ £7

21st February Megson
A welcome return! The combined talents of northerners Stu Hanna and Debbie Palmer make the award winning duo ‘Megson’. With four acclaimed albums under their belts and nominees for Best Duo in the BBC Folk Awards they are fast making waves amongst the British folk / roots scene with captivating songs, beautiful harmonies, northern humour and impeccable musicianship. £8/ £7

28th February Hell Said The Duchess Karen Tweed, Hannah James and Becky
Price present an elegant, eccentric and effervescent concoction of traditional and original music, bringing together their various influences for a Grand Girls’ Night In, featuring dance music and airs from Ireland, France, Scandinavia and 18thC England, plus songs and dances from the Northern English repertoire performed by clog-stepping virtuoso Hannah. This accordion trio formed in 2009 for a one-off show and enjoyed it so much, they decided to do some more. A chance to prove the accordion can be a highly expressive instrument, capable of great beauty and subtlety and not just a large noisy box designed to drown out bagpipes! £9/ £8

7th March Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman

Stunning award-winning Irish folk singer who last came to the club as a teenager with her band Oige as part of our Young Tradition series eleven years ago. Cara’s gone on to become one of the most sought after singers on the folk scene, winning Album of the Year at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards. She appears alongside her husband (and brother of Seth) Sam Lakeman, on keyboards and guitar. All tickets £15. Booking Advised

14th March The Sam Carter Band
A swift welcome back for this startlingly perceptive and self-assured young singer and guitarist who has studied guitar with Martin Simpson, toured with Bellowhead and held the post of Emerging Artist in Residence at The Southbank Centre. Tonight he appears with his trio adding double bass and percussion.
£9/ £8

21st March Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston
As well as being a superb vocalist and double bassist (as seen in Show of Hands), Miranda continues to surprise audiences with her musical versatility, and demonstrates her ability as a guitarist and interpreter of song, slipping effortlessly between genres. She has a strong repertoire and is currently developing material for her 5th solo album project. She is joined by Rex Preston; the most virtuosic mandolin player in the UK today. His style & fluidity augments Miranda’s
songs beautifully. £8/ £7

28th March Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts BBC 2 Horizon Award nominees who have landed the opening support slot for Fairport Convention’s 2011 Winter Tour. Guitar, fiddle and trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent. Fresh
innovative and deeply rooted in tradition. £8/ £7

4th April Spiers and Boden
2011 marks this award-winning duo’s tenth anniversary. Both leading lights of the Big-Band phenomenon that is Bellowhead they are a stunning fresh and vibrant duo. Musicianship and inventiveness is a given with the lads delivering a big thumping night out with showmanship, humour and raw stomping energy. £12/ £11 Booking Advised

11th April Dana and Sue Robinson
Their music explores rural America with elegant simplicity, bringing roots and tradition to contemporary song-writing. Rich, intimate harmonies are supported by Dana’s powerful guitar and fiddle playing and Susan’s delicate, sometimes funky, sometimes haunting mountain banjo sound. With an eye for vivid detail, Dana’s songs are stories of the American landscape; a raconteur with a rich voice; Dana is a living example of the American troubadour. £8/ £7

18th April Mike and Ali Vass
Mike (fiddle, guitar, vocals) and Ali (piano, vocals) are among the best young exponents of traditional music in Scotland. Playing a varied mix of traditional and contemporary tunes, songs with close vocal harmonies and footstomping jigs and reels, their performances are bursting with energy, drive and vitality. We’ve waited a long time for this return visit– it really is a night not to be missed. £8/ £7

25th April and 2nd May closed for Bank Holidays