Spiers Family Welcome to Tom, wife Maggie and daughter
Emma, three excellent singers whose songs are mainly, but not exclusively
from the tradition of North East Scotland. Tom has a long history
performing as part of The Gaugers and more recently Shepheard, Spiers
and Watson: Maggie and Emma came to performing outside the family
much later but have each won awards for singing in their own rights.Together
they bring natural family harmonies to some wonderful songs while
Tom adds sparing but skilfull and effective accompaniments on fiddle
and tenor guitar.
||Easter Monday - Singaround -
Newton Double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner earlier
this month, Rachel picked up Musician of the Year and was part of
Best Group with The Furrow Collective. Another Scot, she is a singer
(in English and Gaelic) and harpist who plays fiddle and viola too.
She is also a founder member of The Shee and is now carving out a
successful solo career as well. In The
||Bank holiday - Singaround -
Cancelled: pub closed for refurbishment
Opland & Mike Freeman – from their first visit
in 1997 (Tania in ‘94), this Anglo-Alaskan duo have excited
and delighted us with their performances of world music. Tania sings
beautifully in several languages and plays a range of often unusual
instruments while Mike accompanies on guitar and suitably multicultural
percussion. In The
||Singaround - Back in The Sun!
Graham & Chuck Fleming Welcome back to two of the
North East's finest - Benny has one of the best voices on the folk
scene, Chuck is a terrific fiddle player. "Great singing,
great music, great craic"
|Bank holiday - Singaround - FREE
||Anne Lamb - Anne's lovely, beguiling voice is a
superb vehicle for a traditional ballad but she's equally at home
with a humorous song whether it's from Victoria Wood or the old music
hall. No frills, unaccompanied - this is quality folk-singing from
a good friend of the Club.
Ironmonger - A singer-songwriter from the Medway whose
thought-provoking songs will have you laughing out loud as well. Sally's
great vocals and husband Brian Carter's excellent guitar accompaniment
should have you captivated from the start. Throw in some foot-stamping
covers and the odd traditional anthem and the audience is bound to
go home reluctantly but with a smile.
||Hot spot: Ian Stewart - a chance for one of our
"irregulars" to strut his stuff. Ian has entertained us
with his stylish take on contemporary and bluesy songs and his impressive
guitar accompaniments and solos. We look forward to hearing more.....
| 17th July
||The Raffleites are five females (including our
own Joy) in beautiful multi-part harmony, ably accompanied by Andy.
Their wide-ranging repertoire covers everything from deeply trad.
to bang up-to-date contemporary folk with a few excursions into other
genres along the way. Door money and a bit more is being donated
to the North Tees Hospital Breast Cancer Care Unit.
||All August Mondays are scheduled as singarounds. Please check
this page though for confirmation.