Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis are proven winners at the Ram Club, having played in a trio and as The Changing Room – two fabulous performances. Sam is a hugely talented and hard-working young musician with a memorable voice and Jamie one of the best banjo players you will ever see. This dynamic duo will set the party alight with their mix of old and new. Adding to the frivolities will be a table laden with festive fayre – plus a spectacular gallery of unusual raffle prizes. Huge fun guaranteed.
Friday December 15, 7.30pm (music begins at 8.30). At the Old Cranleighan Club, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0HB.
NB: This will be a ticketed event – details to follow – please see the website. All welcome.
Introducing ‘Foskett’s Folk Factory’ – Foskett’s Folk Factory is the brainchild of musician, awarded songwriter and veteran (multi genre) music producer Charley Foskett – www.foskettsfolkfactory.com is a new music and video production company – dedicated to providing creative services and a platform to promote acoustic, folk and roots based music.
After many decades in the music business as a successful record producer, arranger and touring session musician, Charley Foskett was forced to take time out – five years to be precise to battle two lots of bowel and rectal cancer – after a string of massive invasive surgeries and several body parts lighter he decided to return to music as a bit of a distraction – this wonderful distraction culminated into a rather exciting project indeed – here is his website introduction :-
Celebrated guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. Richard will play Cropredy Festival in August, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Fairport Convention and tour the UK in October.
On the heels of the success of Acoustic Classics in 2014, Acoustic Classics Vol. II will feature acoustic renderings of classic songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format. A second album Acoustic Rarities will be released later in the year featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.
1. She Twists The Knife Again – 2:49
2. The Ghost Of You Walks – 4:41
3. Genesis Hall – 3:30
4. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair – 2:29
5. A Heart Needs A Home – 3:27
6. Pharaoh – 4:26
7. Gethsemane – 5:13
8. Devonside – 3:06
9. Meet On The Ledge – 3:06
10. Keep Your Distance – 3:35
11. Bathsheba Smiles – 3:33
12. Crazy Man Michael – 4:24
13. Guns Are The Tongues – 6:06
14. Why Must I Plead? – 4:09
A hugely popular live performer, Thompson will tour the UK in October 2017, including the very first concert at the newly-established London Bridge Theatre, which is now sold out and a second London show at Cadogan Hall.
Tour Dates are as follows:
Serious and UTA present: RICHARD THOMPSON Plus support Josienne Clarke + Ben Walker
Wed 11 October Brighton Dome
Thu 12 October Guildford G-Live
Fri 13 October Poole Lighthouse
Sat 14 October Bristol Colston Hall
Sun 15 October Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
Tue 17 October Edinburgh Usher Hall
Wed 18 October Gateshead Sage
Thu 19 October Salford Lowry
Sat 21 October Saffron Walden Saffron Hall
Sun 22 October Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Mon 23 October London Cadogan Hall *EXTRA DATE on sale Friday
Wed 25 October Sheffield City Hall
Thu 26 October Leicester de Montfort Hall
Fri 27 October Basingstoke Anvil
Sat 28 October Norwich Theatre Royal
Mon 30 October London Bridge Theatre SOLD OUT
Ground-breaking group Fairport Convention, co-founded by Thompson as a teenager in the ‘60s, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Richard will play Fairport’s annual Cropredy Festival, which takes place August 10-12, to mark the occasion.
Richard Thompson was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received multiple awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards and the US and UK Americana Music Association Awards, as well as Mojo’s Les Paul Award and an Ivor Novello Award for song writing. Thompson was appointed OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded his songs
Singer songwriter and former front man of Saturday Sun, Alex Hedley has released a new single to coincide with a London show at The Troubadour.
‘One Day’, the follow up to the recent ‘Shadow Lake’ track, is the third release from his debut EP on Cyber Nomad Records and is accompanied by a truly innovative animated video by New York film maker Jeff Scher.
The ‘Shadow Lake’ EP was recorded over a frozen Winter in Dorset and Scotland and then mixed by John Cornfield and mastered by John Davis at Metropolis Studios in London.
The four track EP is available to download and includes two previously released singles plus ‘No Purity’ and the new single ‘One Day’. Although glorious and uplifting, the recording of these skewed acoustic pop tunes was done during a somewhat fraught time for Hedley. However, after an isolated and inspiring break in The Highlands, he soon returned to his former self and the results are stunning.
Emerging over the last year from the acclaimed four-piece Saturday Sun who’s ‘Seagull’ single has had over seven million plays on Spotify, Alex Hedley has spent his time since crafting a stunning set of evocative songs that recall the likes of John Martyn. He himself cites the like of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and early Pink Floyd as influences, but Hedley has now more than confirmed his early promise as a truly unique artist in his own right for the present and beyond.
Alex has already played a number of shows over the Summer and more dates will be announced very soon.
Will Varley has reached an unstoppable velocity since signing with Xtra Mile Recordings in 2015 and shows no signs of slowing down as we announce fourth album ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ out 4th November 2016.
With the follow-up to the stellar Postcards From Ursa Minor, an album that propelled Will into unexplored territory, return tours with The Proclaimers and unbelievable summer festival sets, he continues to build upon broken spirits with this set of almost unbearably raw songs. First track to be lifted from the album is ‘To Build A Wall’ – an unnervingly timely indictment of simplistic solutions to incredible complex problems on both sides of the pond.
Recorded underneath a pub by the sea in Deal, Kent as the waves roared outside, Kingsdown Sundown is a bleak and uncompromising critique of the human condition, journeying deep into our dreams, faults, regrets and politics. The songs are more visceral and uneasy than before, with fights in KFC descending into world wars, the all too real plight of refugees and the recent rise in hate crime. A collection of folk songs written over the course of the last year while travelling and touring – written on tour buses and trains, scribbled on the back of set lists and receipts – Will says “these are the most honest songs I’ve ever written and they represent new ground for me creatively. They may not be radio friendly, or even ‘friendly’ at all, but I’ve been wanting to make a record like this for a long time.”
The rest of the album is hazier, more spectral and a phantom of memories, dreams, and hopes. If there’s one song that haunts as much as it heals and warms the soul, it’s ‘Let Your Guard Down’ which sounds like it was sung deeply into the howling wind in defiance, in hope and fear. The most directly political song ‘We Want Our Planet Back’ feels strongly enough to strap on an electric guitar and strum over Will’s patient protest, but it indirectly lends its brooding power to ‘Too Late Too Soon’ which seems ready to crumple and break, a sandcastle made of a simmering mood. ‘Back To Hell’ could have come from any period in superstitious folk history, a tale of vague menace, mysticism and the underworld. Finally, ‘We’ll Keep Making Plans’ threatens to build to a crescendo, but instead lets us drift out into a mental sea where the sun is setting on what we knew in favour of the unknown, resolving to carry on, continuing to build our futures on shakier foundations. It’s somehow not dispiriting; it’s more driven by determination to allow sadness not to rule our lives, but be an important part of it.
‘Kingsdown Sundown’ Tracklisting
1. To Build A Wall
2. Something Is Breaking
3. When She Wakes Up
4. February Snow
5. Let Your Guard Down
6. We Want Our Planet Back
7. Too Late Too Soon
8. Wild Bird
9. Back To Hell
10. One Last Look At The View
11. We’ll Keep Making Plans
Will Varley UK & Ireland Headline Tour
08/11 Glasgow, King Tuts
09/11 Manchester, Gorilla
10/11 Newcastle, Cluny
11/11 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
15/11 Portsmouth, The Wedgewood Rooms
16/11 Bristol, Thekla
17/11 Brighton, Komedia
18/11 London, Union Chapel
23/11 Galway, Roisin Dubh
24/11 Dublin, Whelans
25/11 Belfast, The Sunflower
26/11 Cork, Cyprus Avenue