Colchester Folk Club have announced the Summer/Autumn 2010 line-up for their popular nights at Colchester Arts Centre.

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All dates below are correct at time of publication.

Monday 19th April Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer
A duo that has carved out a reputation for delivering new slants on traditional tunes and fascinating originals. Once known mainly for their instrumental skills with Scottish Smallpipes, Accordion and even Swedish Nyckelharpa they are now being accepted as
impressive song arrangers and writers.
£8/ £7

Monday 26th April Suntrap
‘beautiful slipsliding harmonies’ fRoots
‘Rich harmonies, dazzling folkfusion’ Time Out.
Renowned for their strong and beautiful voices and in particular their harmony work, the band write much of their own material drawing on English song tradition and American Folk and Country. No slouches when it comes to instrumentation either!
£8/ £7

3rd May Closed for Bank Holiday

10th May Martin Simpson
Although Martin is lauded for his guitar virtuosity, it is as an interpreter of song he really scores. Be-gonged several times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Martin is taking his place, not just as a hero for guitar-besotted acolytes but as one of the national treasures of English traditional music.
£11/ £9 Booking Advised

17th May Vin Garbutt
This must-see artist has won a sheaf of Folk Awards, a legion of fans and never fails to delight. His song-writing is witty and powerful and tackles thought-provoking issues. An accomplished guitarist and fine whistle-player, a zany wit and superb performer.
£11/ £10

24th 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, join forces with two of the
brightest stars in the world of rhythm and accompaniment to travel a daring and innovative musical path. Brian is the Irish flute and whistle genius from Flook and Aidan the astounding fiddle player from Lau.
£10/ £9

31st May closed for Bank Holiday

7th June Isambarde
A young trio playing a powerful blend of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes. A distinctive combination of guitar, fiddle, oboe and three-way vocals and a performance with energy, passion, superb musicianship and humour.
£8/ £7

Folk club closed for the summer from 14th June to 6th September inclusive

13th September Les Barker
Something of a cult figure with his unique brand of humour and witty poetry-scintillating daftness, absurdity run amok!
£8/ £7

20th September Hans Theesink
An international blues treasure! Described by Bo Diddley as ‘one helluva guitarplayer’and influenced by Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy and Brownie McGee, Hans enjoys worldwide acclaim appears at all the major American and European Blues music festivals. A preemminent country blues pickers with a warm baritone voice.
£8/ £7

27th September Acoustic Singers’ Night
The chance for local musicians to perform at the Folk Club. Performers please arrive by 8pm and we’ll do our best to fit you in. Always a night of immense variety…and some surprises!
£4 (performers free)

4th October The Jackie Oates Band
Singer and fiddle player attracting a huge amount of attention last seen here with James Dumbleton, now with a four-piece band. Since her time with Rachel Unthank and the Winterset her solo career has taken off with bookings at major festivals here and in the USA. Winner of a sheaf of awards and nominated as Folk Singer of the Year.
£10/ £8

11th October Chris Wood and Andy Cutting
A tour to celebrate the formation of this influential duo twenty years ago. A major force in English Folk music, Chris Wood (voice, fiddle and guitar) has gone on to win many awards. Andy, a highly regarded master of the melodeon, has played with Martin Simpson and Kate Rusby among many others.
£11/ £9

18th October Christine Collister with Rob Cross.
‘One of the world’s finest female voices’ Q magazine.
Unique blend of of soul, blues, pop, jazz, country and folk and today she remains as powerful, subtle and effortless as ever accompanied by ace guitarist, Rob.
£10/ £8

25th October Steve Tilston
Steve has been described as an artist of ‘stylistic versatility and consummate musicality’, ‘a complete guitarist’, a singer-songwriter of rare talent’ and ‘absurdly accomplished’. The writer of classic songs, The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine, Steve is a celebrated artist both in Britain and abroad and celebrates 40 years as a musician. £8/ £7

1st November Michael McGoldrick and Friends
A welcome return! Michael is a master of the flute, whistle and uillean pipes and a founder member of Flook and Toss The Feathers. He currently plays with Capercaillie and Sharon Shannon as well as his own band. Tonight he’ll be playing material from his
previous and current albums and will be joined by some of the top names in folk music. Be prepared for a stunning night.  
£12/ £10 Booking advised

8th November Clive Gregson  
A popular re-booking for this world-renowned songwriter/performer seen on tour with Nanci Griffiths, Eddie Reader and Boo Hewerdine. Resident in Nashville this brilliant singer and guitarist has produced a steady stream of stunning albums and his songs covered by such artists as Fairport Convention and Norma Waterson.
£8/ £7