Events & Gigs

Folk Gigs, Festivals, Tours and Events

A folk gig guide for folk, roots and acoustic music, festivals, folk clubs & tours.

Sep
7
Fri
2018
Fara in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Sep 7 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Fara in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

An absolute blast with four brilliant young friends from Orkney

Four brilliant young women from Orkney built on their life-long friendship to form this scintillating group, made up of three fiery fiddles and a sweet sounding piano – plus perfect vocal harmonies and great tunes, both traditional and self-penned. Their Ram Club debut was an absolute blast and it will be a real treat to have Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price back with us to kick off the autumn season.

Sep
8
Sat
2018
Seth Lakeman at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Seth Lakeman at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall

West Country folk star Seth Lakeman, who began the year touring the USA and Australia with former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, will headline the opening night of the 2018 St Ives September Festival at The Guildhall on Saturday, September 8.
The singer and multi-instrumentalist has come a long way since his last St Ives Festival appearance in 2014, culminating in his collaboration with Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters.
“Well what a year 2017 was”, said Lakeman. “It started with a phone call from Robert Plant on New Year’s Day to playing at the sold-out Royal Albert Hall in December. The shows with Robert have been amazing.”
He will be back home in the Spring as embarks on a new album before heading to St Ives where he appeared at both the 2011 and 2014 September Festivals.

Sep
10
Mon
2018
Fisherman’s Friends at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall
Sep 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fisherman's Friends at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall

Cornwall’s Fisherman’s Friends will make a welcome return to the St Ives September Festival when they appear at The Guildhall on Monday, September 10.
Fisherman’s Friends, widely credited with inspiring the current British revival of interest in shanty-style choral singing, last appeared at the St Ives Festival in 2014.
They starting out singing ttaditional sea songs on the Platt in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity 27 years ago and hit the big-time in 2010 when they were “discovered” by the wider world and signed a major record deal.
Their album Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends went gold as they became the first traditional folk act to reach the top ten in the UK album charts. Hit albums One and All (2013) and Proper Job (2015) followed and and have played to hundreds of thousands of fans at home and abroad while still singing on the Platt, where they have raised hundreds of thousnads of pounds for good causes, on a Friday night when their commitments allow.
They took the Good Tradition Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011 and sang for The Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 with festival appearances including Glastonbury, Cambridge, Beautiful Days, Sidmouth, Looe, Costa del Folk in Portugal and the BBC Proms in the Park.
The Fisherman’s Friends consist of brothers John and Jeremy Brown, writer and MC Jon Cleave, potter Billy Hawkins, smallholder John ‘Lefty’ Lethbridge, builder John McDonnell, fisherman Jason Nicholas and film maker Toby Lobb.

Sep
12
Wed
2018
Sound of the Sirens at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall
Sep 12 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 13 @ 12:30 am
Sound of the Sirens at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall

Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood return to the St Ives September Festival following their stunning 2016 appearance. Since then the Exeter-based duo released their acclaimed debut album For All Our Sins in May 2017 and hailed by R2 Magazine as a “stunning debut collection”. Last year they played Glastonbury, Camp Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival as well as supporting both Rick Astley and Kiefer Sutherland on their UK tours.

Sep
14
Fri
2018
John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Theatre
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:45 pm
John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Theatre

Renowned singer-songwriter John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, the self-styled “father of grunge folk”, will be appearing at St Ives Theatre during the 2018 St Ives September Festival.
Still going after more than 40 years, the deadpan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship on almost every stringed instrument known to man – plus a few hybrids of his own making – are a captivating combination.
Willy has gone back to their roots with a new addition to his array of instruments, which he calls the Les Dawson Thumb. The idea stems from the guitar made by Willy’s dad in 1965 from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank, which became affectionately known as the Les Dawson!

Luke Daniels in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Sep 14 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Luke Daniels in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

Combination of old and new described as ‘poetical’ and ‘intense’

Luke has a terrific musical pedigree as a BBC award winner, a former Riverdance band member and collaborator with the likes of Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and De Dannan. His recent solo shows have featured an original 19th century Polyphon “musical box” machine and his combination of contemporary and ancient roots music has been acclaimed as “intense” and “poetical”.

Sep
15
Sat
2018
Hackney Colliery Band at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Hackney Colliery Band at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall

The Hackney Colliery Band were watched by a huge crowd at the 2012 London Olympic Games closing ceremony and have also performed live sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Last year their third album Sharpener went straight in at No.3 on the jazz charts and No.14 on the independent music charts.

They have collaberated with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Jamie Cullum and sold out clubs across Europe.

Sep
18
Tue
2018
Daphne’s Flight at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall
Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Daphne’s Flight, who re-formed after a 21-year gap, consist of Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While.
In 1995 the five friends found themselves at Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together, magic happened and Daphne’s Flight took off.
Two decades later, five of the best singer/songwriters of their generation gathered again – “older, wiser and twice as powerful.”
2017 saw the release of their new album Knows Time, Knows Change and a UK tour which included a return to the Cambridge Festival and an appearance at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. 2018 will see them in St Ives.

Sep
19
Wed
2018
Steve Knightley at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall
Sep 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Steve Knightley, of St Ives September Festival patrons Show of Hands, will bring his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories to this year’s Festival.
Multi-award-winning songwriter Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career, at St Ives Guildhall on Wednesday, September 19. The Show of Hands frontman will showcase a set list peppered with gems like Cousin Jack, AIG and Country Life.
In a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences, from Dylan to Radiohead.
Steve says, “The 2018 solo tour gives me an excuse to bring out songs from some of my favourite artists and also to share plenty of stories of life on the road – both usually reserved for late nights around a campfire.”
Looking forward to returning to St Ives, Knightley says: “For over 30 years St Ives Festival has been one of the must-play events for those of us on the Folk, Roots and Acoustic music scene.
“With the summer rush of holiday makers over, the town draws down music lovers from all over the country for a whole host of events from outdoor poetry and song in Norway Square to Celtic music in the Guildhall and earthy Blues in the Western Hotel.”

Visit www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

Sep
21
Fri
2018
The Young ‘Uns at St Ives September Festival @ St Ives Guildhall
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The Young ‘Uns, voted Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both 2015 and 2016, will be making their St Ives September Festival debut when they appear at the town’s Guildhall on Friday, September 21 – the penultimate night of this year’s 15-day festival of music and arts.

Young 'uns
Young ‘uns Photo by Elly Lucas

Leading UK folk music figure Mike Harding, former presenter of the Folk Show, rates them “one of the best live acts I have ever seen – quite amazing – at the top of their profession.”

Kevin Dempsey in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Sep 21 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Kevin Dempsey in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

Top quality live entertainer with a host of beautiful songs

Don’t be misled by Kevin’s unassuming, laid-back manner. Beneath all that he is a master performer on the guitar, an arranger, a singer and a top quality live entertainer with a host of beautiful songs. His wide experience and versatility make him able to turn his hand, and guitar, to many different styles and genres and, for a long time, he has been one of the most sought-after musicians on the UK folk scene and beyond.

Sep
28
Fri
2018
Jamie Smith’s MABON @ Sturminster Marshall Hall
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
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Jamie Smith’s MABON are among the UK’s foremost and finest exponents of original, interCeltic music. Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.
MABON’s distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good – an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. The energetic sound of jigs and reels; or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic – all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

With a roll-call of performances at major World, Celtic and Folk festivals across the world, MABON are set to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2019.

“A fearsome reputation as a live band” Financial Times

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Ferocious Dog plus Support @ The Beehive
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

“Ferocious Dog are the new noise on the block – and are surprising everyone with their rapid ascent. There is no way they’re following any hipster templates – fronted by a big burly man with a mohican who sings impassioned political songs of broken Britain whilst his band seethes like a punky Levellers – they are the music business’s worst nightmare – a great band who are going to make it without anyone’s permission”. (John Robb, Louder Than War, Glastonbury, 5th July 2016).

Ferocious Dog’s 3rd studio album, The Red Album, was released in November 2017 to rave reviews. The Enemy Within tour will feature tunes from this album as well as old favourites from previous releases.

2016 was a defining year for Ferocious Dog. From playing Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour in November and December and many sold out shows in-between. Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on to dominate the folk/punk music scene.

With European and UK tours completed, and slots at some of the UK’s and European favourite festivals, 2017 was another exciting year so far in the ascent of this exceptional band.

Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. The songs are deeply personal and their fans can really identify with the words. Dan Booth, on fiddle, and John Leonard, playing just about everything with strings, bring a huge amount of intricacy to the breakneck pace of their songs. Les Carter (ex Carter USM) on guitar and the rhythm section of Alex Smith and John Alexander hold things together brilliantly, and with Ken Bonsall’s lyrics and sheer likeability, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances.

Assembly Lane in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Sep 28 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Assembly Lane in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

Dynamic arrangements of music from both sides of the Atlantic

A quartet of young Newcastle-based musicians creating dynamic arrangements of traditional and contemporary material from both sides of the Atlantic. Niles Krieger is on fiddle and vocals, Matthew Ord on guitar and vocals, Tom Kimber on mandolin and Bevan Morris on bass. They blend ancient ballads and progressive bluegrass with rich vocal harmonies and instrumental flair. They’ve been called “exceptional”.

Sep
29
Sat
2018
Jamie Smith’s MABON @ Studland Village Hall
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Image by Paul Michael Hughes PhotographyJamie Smith’s MABON are among the UK’s foremost and finest exponents of original, interCeltic music. Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.
MABON’s distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good – an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. The energetic sound of jigs and reels; or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic – all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

With a roll-call of performances at major World, Celtic and Folk festivals across the world, MABON are set to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2019.

“A fearsome reputation as a live band” Financial Times

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Olivia Chaney @ Kings Place
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

London-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows up her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter, released earlier this year. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett, who recently collaborated with Sufjan Stevens for the soundtrack to Call Me By Your Name and has also worked with an array of celebrated artists including David Byrne, St. Vincent, The National and Florence Welch. Shelter features eight original songs, along with Chaney’s interpretations of Henry Purcell’s O Solitude and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter’s Long Time Gone, first recorded by the Everly Brothers.

Last year Olivia featured on two collaborative albums:  the first – Folk Songs – with fellow Nonesuch artists; Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon and Kronos Quartet; and the second – The Queen of Hearts – an album by Offa Rex, a new band formed between Olivia and The Decemberists, which was nominated for a Grammy at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in the ‘Best Folk Album’ category.

Sep
30
Sun
2018
Mike Harley & Daniel Kimbro @ The Beehive
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mike Harley & Daniel Kimbro @ The Beehive

Always engaging and far from predictable these ‘Two musicians at the top of their game’ (Music Riot) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on Slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows.

Between them they are very much on the world stage and have performed at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert hall, the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Bottle Rock,The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Cognac Blues festival, Cayamo and many more. Most recently Daniel toured the US with the Transatlantic Sessions.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, they took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his upright bass to create and unexpected array of sounds.

“Quite simply a great live act” –Time Out London

Tickets: £15 in advance,  £17 on the door (seated)

Oct
5
Fri
2018
Honey and the Bear in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Oct 5 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Honey and the Bear in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

Harmonious and gentle melodies from a multi-talented duo

Beautiful and gentle sounds pour from this multi-talented duo who are inspired by British folk and roots music. Lucy Sampson, from Suffolk, plays guitar, banjo, double bass, ukulele and percussion and John Hart, a Yorkshire lad, plays guitar, bass and mandolin. They first met on a songwriting course in 2012 and together they are in perfect harmony whatever style of music they’re playing. Two excellent songwriters.

Oct
12
Fri
2018
Churchfitters in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Oct 12 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Churchfitters in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

Original sounds from a thrilling and energetic band

One of the most thrilling, energetic and unpredictable bands around, who had our venue rocking like crazy on their 2015 Ram Club debut. They explore exciting ways of presenting folk music, making their sound fresh and original. The group performs both as a trio (multi-instrumentalists Rosie Short and Chris Short, with bass player Boris Lebret) and a quartet with the addition of French percussionist Margaux Scherer.

Oct
19
Fri
2018
Dave Ellis & Boo Howard in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Oct 19 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Dave Ellis & Boo Howard in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

A voice full of emotion and crafted guitar technique

A top class duo and regular Ram visitors, Dave and Boo cover the full range of emotions in their songs, from the quirky and funny to the ethereal and deeply moving. Boo’s voice is full of emotion and her acoustic bass playing smooth and melodic. Dave’s harmonies and beautifully crafted guitar technique create a perfectly balanced sound that works in every corner of their fantastically varied repertoire.

Oct
25
Thu
2018
AN EVENING WITH HAZEL O’CONNOR @ The Beehive
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
AN EVENING WITH HAZEL O'CONNOR @ The Beehive

with Clare Hirst ~ Sax (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie)

Sarah Fisher ~ Keyboards (Eurythmics)

“They were absolutely fantastic, bringing the entire audience roaring to its feet.” Daily Telegraph

A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, joined here by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. The superb  blend of the three voices and stunning musicianship adds a sweet touch of class to their vibrant performance. Live onstage her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, If Only and more seem even more relevant in our present times.

Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel’s stunning portfolio, the old and the new. A sumptuous night of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century delivered with passion and fire. With a special Meet & Greet immediately after the show you’re in for a treat! Unmissable, book early!

No support.

www.hazeloconnor.com

Nov
2
Fri
2018
Dan McKinnon in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Nov 2 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Dan McKinnon in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

Sensitive and warm-hearted – and powerful story-telling

We’ll be transported to the wilds of Nova Scotia by the mellow and melodic singing of this honey-voiced performer. Sensitive and warm-hearted, Dan has been compared to Stan Rogers and is an equally powerful story-teller, singing and playing with lilting passion and skill. Steeped in the history of his homeland, Dan combines original compositions with carefully crafted interpretations of traditional material.

Nov
9
Fri
2018
Jenkins’ Ear in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Nov 9 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Jenkins' Ear in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

A mighty fanfare of voices that conjures up the spray of the sea

You can feel the sea breeze and taste the salty spray in the music of Jenkins’ Ear. When their five strong male voices, including Ram Club stalwart Ian Palmer, burst into the rhythm of a shanty, it is a mighty fanfare that reminds us how vital such work songs have always been. But there’s much more to Jenkins’ Ear than the robust life aboard ship, as they blend in the delicate and the intricate with some fine musicianship, too.

Nov
10
Sat
2018
THE ESKIES + SUPPORT: BLACK WATER COUNTY @ The Beehive
Nov 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
THE ESKIES + SUPPORT: BLACK WATER COUNTY @ The Beehive

Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album “And Don’t Spare The Horses” on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging bands from Ireland.

Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. They have just finished a tour of Australia which took them to Port Fairy Festival who invited them half way around the planet before they had released a single song!

“A Melting Pot of sounds that screams ‘get up and dance!’” – RnR Magazine

Support: Black Water County

Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face.

Nov
16
Fri
2018
Dallahan in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club
Nov 16 @ 8:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Dallahan in concert at The Ram Club @ Old Cranleighan Club

An international experience, from groovy to tender and graceful

A truly international experience as the Scottish, Irish and Hungarian influences in the band fuse into a montage of styles, from jazz, funk, pop and classical – but all rooted in traditional Irish music. Jani Lang (fiddle, vocals), Jack Badcock (guitar, vocals), Andrew Waite (accordion), Ciarán Ryan (banjo, mandolin, fiddle), and Bev Morris (double bass) sway elegantly between punchy, groovy, tender and graceful.