Folk Gigs, Festivals, Tours and Events
A folk gig guide for folk, roots and acoustic music, festivals, folk clubs & tours.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.”
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A ground-breaking guitarist; a living legend, not to be missed
An inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton and John Renbourn, Wizz has long been a ground-breaking guitarist with a dazzling blues-folk style honed on the 1960s busker trails of Europe and North Africa. He is also a noted songwriter whose composition, “When I Leave Berlin”, was sung by Bruce Springsteen – just one of many tributes and accolades. Wizz is a living legend of the folk circuit and we get to see him up close.
‘Brilliance and beauty’
Not one genuine virtuoso instrumentalist, but two! As the Irish Music Magazine said, they have a “brilliance and beauty that brings tears to the eyes”. Chris is a master of his instrument and is witty, engaging and informative when educating an audience about the music they are about to play. Meanwhile, Máire takes her harp into uncharted territory, extending its boundaries into jazz, bluegrass and much more.
Captivating singing and fiddle playing from the mountains
Bruce’s songs are so rooted in America’s old-time mountain music that his stage should be the front porch of a log cabin, which would quickly be surrounded by admiring fans of his captivating fiddle playing and singing. Yet as a boy he was a “street kid” in the Bronx who only escaped New York for the hills of Virginia in the 1970s. Bruce has given us many memorable evenings in the past and we’re ready for another.
Superb country blues band and party fayre. An all-ticket event
This unique trio from north Wales took the club by storm last year and just had to be invited back as the star guests at our Christmas event. They call their style “cosmic country blues” and it’s lively, rocking and perfect for a party, with three voices, two acoustic guitars and an upright bass played by Tom and Jim Davies and Sam Roberts. Tables laden with festive fayre, spectacular raffle prizes, and a carefree and relaxed atmosphere – plus our amazing guests with their laid-back humour – will really set the party alight. Unmissable. Ticket details will appear on the Ram Club website once finalised.