Every Thursday from 7:30pm at Loughton Club 8 Station Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4NX
We now start at 7:30pm and end at 10:30pm
We need MCs to run our folk evenings - we'd like to hear from anyone who is willing to try it! Even if you can only do it occassionally - please email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org
5 February 2015 £5
Mary Humphreys and Anahata
Mary Humphreys and Anahata are singers and musicians who specialise in English traditional music and song. Mary sings and plays English concertina and banjo, and Anahata plays melodeons, Anglo concertina and cello. They live in Cambridgeshire and much of their material is based on Mary's research into unpublished locally collected versions of traditional songs, presented in simple but well-crafted musical arrangements.
12 February 2015 £4
Hannah returns to Loughton as part of her debut album tour. A
contemporary with voice, guitar and baritone dulcimer.
David's long-term love affair with traditional and contemporary folk music was kick-started in the late '60s, and over the last few years he has played at various venues across the region, including Cambridge Folk Club. His influences are many and varied, notably, Nic Jones and Richard Thompson. He adapts and plunders traditional and contemporary song collections. This is his first appearance at Loughton Folk Club.
19 February 2015 £4
As a singer/songwriter Lizzie J. Taylor sticks to the old Nashville rule of three chords and the truth – admitting that much of what she writes is autobiographical.
Folk Radio UK described her recently released album “Living in The Lowlands” as “an impressive debut”. Lizzie’s love of American folk is evident in her music, but she also borrows from British folk tradition. She sings with a bluegrass/americana band , and also in jazz band; traces of both are evident in her own songs.
She accompanies herself on guitar. Website
26 February 2015 £6
Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner
Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to dressing up or dancing when a song requires it. They both agree, however, that their voices are their most important instruments. Their resulting style is a unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut in glorious vocal harmony!"
In addition to appearing at folk clubs and festivals, Lynne and Pat also organise and perform themed shows and workshops, music hall evenings (awash with sauce and innuendo), and a special show called 'A Birds' Eye View', which presents songs particularly from a woman's perspective (but which men are invited to attend as well — and learn from!) Audiences need to be robust as their humour has been known to cause side-splitting injuries. They both, however, include emergency first aid amongst their many qualifications. Website
David C Kendall is an accomplished American singer/songwriter living in Paris, who has composed songs about social conditions and politics since the 1970s, when the influences were Woodstock, folk-rock, and the Vietnam War. He is a founding member of the San Diego folk group Jackstraws, and is currently producing a new Jackstraws project of maritime sea songs and chanteys from around the world. He has recently self-produced the CD single/EP ‘Free Society/Blue Melody’.
David writes and performs political and topical songs as well as traditional folk songs, influenced by the songwriting of Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, and Phil Ochs. He accompanies his singing with acoustic guitar and harmonica.
5 March 2015 £4
Chris Flegg has produced nine albums including five albums of original songs, the latest being Gazing At The Stars All Night. His solo acoustic set will include material from the new album and some old favourites with songs which are sometimes funny, some from the heart, some thought provoking or just plain silly, plus a couple of instrumentals thrown in. See here
12 March 2015 £4
Tony Winn "Singing in the Bath"
in aid of Comic Relief
MC - Phil Hewett
Tony Winn’s “Singing in the Bath” show started out as a Red Nose Day stunt which has turned into a regular show. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar or sometimes the banjo, he presents a mix of quirky songs and poems about bin liners, refrigerators, sex after 50, mice floating on giant cheeses....etc., performed (unplugged!) from the comfort of a foaming bathtub. Hugely enjoyable and - yes - thought provoking! Website
Here's a video taste of what's to come
watch this space for a new video each month
19 March 2015 £3
Essex-based Okie, Bob Collum returns next year with his first full album since 2007. Joined by his faithful band The Welfare Mothers, once again featuring fellow transplanted American Marianne Hyatt, plus special guests Peter Holsapple, Martin Belmont and David Lewis. The album is Bob’s first under a new deal with Harbour Song Records. A native of Tusa, Oklahoma, in the decade and more since Bob arrived in the UK, he’s come up with a series of memorable albums. He’s also shared stages with an equally memorable cast list of the great and the good of American music, including Dave Alvin, Marshall Crenshaw, Greg Trooper, Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Earle Keen, Robbie Fulks and many more. Alongside Bob and Marianne, The Welfare Mothers feature Allan Kelly (pedal steel), Paul Quarry (drums) and Gareth Davies (bass). Check out Little Rock Here
26 March 2015 £5
Jeff Warner sings traditional American and English folk songs. He has performed at festivals and schools throughout America and abroad, and has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution. A Folklorist and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, he was named a 2007 State Arts Council Fellow. He has recorded for Flying Fish, Appleseed and WildGoose Records.Jeff Warner is among America’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans. “Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in” (Caffé Lena, Saratoga, NY). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.
singers & musicians based in Maldon, Essex.
They sing Sea Shanties, Forebitters & Traditional & Contemporary songs of the sea.
2 April 2015 £3
Two Coats Colder
Two Coats Colder are Ray Taylor - Anna Bass - Chris Bullen - David Baird, a quirky progressive acoustic folk band performing a mix of self penned traditional & contemporary songs, The Line-up includes, Guitars, Bass, Mandolin & Harmonium. It’s hard to believe that Two Coats Colder have only been playing together since 2011, but it is true. These musican/singers, each with their own extensive individual careers going back over decades, came together at High Barn, the renowned beautiful period venue in Great Bardfield.
"Folk that has a jaunty, almost quirky edge to it and makes you feel you might have been there; good songwriting tends to do that to you" - (FATEA Showcase.)
This four-person band has been rapidly making a lasting impression amongst the folk clubs, music venues and Folk Festivals around the country (including Swanage, Shrewsbury, Moira Furnace, Boar’s Bridge, Wimborne, Ely, Folkstock, Banbury, Oxjam, Milkmaid, Cambridge, Royston, Bournemouth, Wessex, and Colchester).
9 April 2015 £3
Murray Shelmerdine and Rick Hayter
16 April 2015 £3
An acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, singer and songwriter. He plays pre-War blues and ragtime, songs by band singers of the 1940s, one or two 'standards', some early rock 'n' roll pieces and his own contemporary songs. The music magazine Maverick described the guitar playing on his CD Vintage Acoustic Music as 'exemplary' while Rock 'n' Reel magazine called it 'beguiling'. He has also had notable success recently as a songwriter. His composition "Since She's Been Gone" was picked up and covered by the noted Canadian guitarist Jim McLennan and his wife on their 2014 CD Dancing On Air. Andy is currently recording his own next CD – his first solo one! Website
23 April 2015 £5
Although Rosewood is a new-ish name, the members of this trio have have been performers on the folk scene for some years and have played at major UK folk festivals as well as the club circuit. Members of Rosewood have played or still play in Bass Instincts, Bof!, Crownstreet, Harkeles, The Hosepipe Band and RSVP.
They're based in East Anglia and most of their recent and forthcoming bookings are in the south and east of the country. However, they are happy to travel anywhere in the country to play at clubs or festivals. They sing and play traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, some of which they have written themselves. Their unique features are the range of their source material and the array of instruments they play.
Andy Smythe is a folk singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist based in London. He performs a mixture of finely crafted piano ballads and more up-tempo guitar numbers where audience participation is encouraged! Andy’s soaring vocals and piano playing are truly unique and have drawn favorable comparisons to Johnny Coppin and Rufus Wainwright.
Andy’s CD’s have been released by Cadiz Music and he has toured and played extensively as both a soloist and with his own band. He’s supported Martin Carthy, Peggy Seeger and many others on his folk wanderings! He’s been a regular at the Broadstairs Folk Festival and at the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham. He’s still a resident at Orpington Friday Folk Club. Website
30 April 2015 £5
Hailing from the North Yorkshire National Park, Anna Shannon deeply embraces all things rustic. On hearing her homespun and organic compositions it is clear that the wonders of the natural world are the things that strongly colour her narratives. She is an immensely skilled multi-tasker, a creative and strikingly accomplished singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and designer, with her own definite, intense vision and a strong musical identity to match.
Born into a musical family, Anna was, by the age of ten, already accomplished on classical flute, and at twelve was playing oboe, clarinet and trumpet. Guitar, fiddle, sax and bowed psaltery followed but it wasn’t until in her early twenties that she discovered the folk scene. 2006 saw her first album “The Whale Dreaming” being released after being encouraged by winning BBC Radio “Yorkshire Songwriter of the Year” which she had entered on spec. Since that time Anna has released numerous albums, and her latest, “A Celebration of Old England”, released by Wild Goose Records, sees her forging a strong path into the heart of today’s folk club and festival circuit.
Anna is carrying on a musical tradition, finding fresh meaning and relevance for us all in the old ways.
" Observational, witty, heartfelt, melodic, and acoustic songs. Mike’s eclectic (mainly self-penned) song collection and performance style combines contemporary British Isles folk with influences including The Beatles, The Jam/Paul Weller, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, UK and US Indie with touches of jazz and blues. Enjoy!!! "
7 May 2015 £6
Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies
(the ultimate election antidote
plus old git birthday cake!)
Hoo ha! Hoo hoo ha! Travelling folksters Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies present their intimate cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun. Pirates, lizards, cracks in the wall and Basque cyclists all inhabit the songscape. And a beard snood....
Based in Bilbao, Newcastle and Dublin they have spent the last six years touring Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe playing bars, cafes, libraries, churches, theatres, circus galas, festivals and folk clubs alike. Their debut album "Long Way to Be Free" appeared in 2009, followed by "The Bones on Black" in 2012. They released a 7” single “Kettle of Silver” in 2013 as well as working closely with Gwyneth Herbert on her album “The Sea Cabinet”. Last year brought about their first tour Down Under and 2015 sees the release of their third studio album "Bricks and Feathers".
"One of my favourite bands of recent years" - Mike Harding, former BBC Radio 2 presenter
14 May 2015 £4
Singing a wide array of songs from traditional folk ballads to pop classics, Mistaken Identity always deliver a highly enjoyable evening of outstanding vocal harmony, highly accomplished guitar playing and great fun. Website
21 May 2015 £6
Northumbrian-based duo Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, saxophones, clarinet and whistles and recorder) and Paul Mason (guitars, ukelele and vocals) have been writing, recording and performing together for 12 years and have created a unique sound which combines both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz , roots and other styles. They have self-produced 6 albums to date and have received national airplay on BBC Radio 2 (Bob Harris), Radio 3 (World Routes) and Radio 4 as well as on many BBC local radio stations and across the digital network. More recently their instrumental arrangement 'Dance to your Daddy' from 'The Reason' was used on BBC 1's Antiques Road Show and their track titled Somalia (from the same album) was used on a BBC Three documentary 'Escape from the World's Most Dangerous Place' narrated by Scarlett Johansson. The Landermason live sound is impressive, full of variety and with plenty of audience interaction. There is something for everyone to enjoy - harmony vocals, outstanding guitar work, a multitude of blowy instruments and more!
28 May 2015 £3
Essex based singer and songwriter, who is equally at home playing to small intimate audiences, and larger venues. He was one half of a resident duo (Gardner & Christian) at the Loughton Corbett Theatre Folk Club, in 1974. With a style that encompasses folk and country, and influences ranging from Gordon Lightfoot, John Prine, Tom Paxton, etc., Rick appeals to fans in both camps. He also happens to have a new album out called It’s About Time, which will be available on the night. Website
4 June 2015 £4
HeadSpace is a song writing partnership between Paula David: storyteller, poet, singer, author, and Nigel Mear: guitarist, singer-songwriter. HeadSpace have developed their own distinctive style and will be performing a soulful collection of original songs with guitar and voice. They recorded and launched their first EP last year which captures the honesty and simplicity of their music – beautifully crafted songs, revealing stories about life experience and the world we live in. Website
11 June 2015 £3
Alan Francis in aid of RNLI
18 June 2015 £5
25 June 2015 £5
Said The Maiden
Since their first appearance at Redbourn Folk Club in 2011, Said the Maiden have been making waves on the folk scene, singing in clubs across the country, At numerous festivals and on the radio. In spring 2014 they supported Dave Swarbrick's nationwide tour, and have also supported Clannad, Martin Carthy, The Fisherman's Friends and Jim Moray. They released a five track EP in 2013, and their first full length album, entitled 'A Curious Tale' in June 2014. Their signature sound is their strong, acapella harmonies, enhanced occasionally with select folk instruments. Website
Tred are a sophisticated contemporary folk trio playing a diverse range of meticulously arranged tunes and songs. The culmination of Elly Rees’ uncompromising flute, David Delarre’s melodious but driven guitar and Pete Thomas’ full and harmonic double bass sound. An energetic fresh approach to traditional material, the members of Tred bring together a vast musical experience that spans many genres. Hear here
2 July 2015 £3
The Jones Boys
Featuring award-winning accordion and melodeon player Sam Sloan plus Gordon Jackson on mandola and whistle this duo powerfully play traditional music and songs from Ireland, England, Shetland, Scotland and around Europe. Website
9 July 2015 £4
FIDDLEFIT are Judith and Bill, combining voices, guitar and fiddle to perform a wide mix of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes – plenty of Celtic, Cajun, Bluegrass, Eastern European, plus other more modern popular numbers expected on the fiddle (Cotton eyed Joe, Devil came down, Duelling Banjos)…
For over ten years, Fiddlefit have performed for all types of functions at folk clubs, festivals, pubs, clubs, in gardens, and even beer tents!
Fiddlefit enjoy their music, which is reflected in their energetic and enthusiastic delivery!
See Here, or Here or Here!
16 July 2015 £6
Old time, country, folk and bluegrass songs on fiddle, banjo, accordion, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, bass and harmony vocals - Don’t miss their second appearance at Loughton!
“Passionate, entertaining, enthusiastic and spontaneous…a great night out!”
23 July 2015 £3
GRAND REUNION were formed in Leigh-on-Sea's iconic music pub the Grand Hotel - hence the name - almost 30 years ago! Although the pub is currently closed, GR's music withstands the weathering of time. This four-piece is credited with being the "inventors and prime exponents of 'COCKLE ROCK'" - a genre of music that is a heady mix of Folk Rock, Celtic Irish, Rock 'n' Roll, Skiffle, Trad Jazz and Blues, etc., etc., etc. Influences include Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention, Buddy Holly, Steeleye Span, Dubliners, Eagles, Saw Doctors, Levellers, Ewan MaColl, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Fox and so on and so on........ Website
30 July 2015 £4
Alison Frosdick and Jack Burnaby
in aid of RNIB
A year on from the release of their acclaimed CD Half Hands Round, Alison and Jack bring you a rollicking evening of English songs, toe-tapping tunes, sing-a-long choruses on concertina, whistle, melodeon and Alison’s superb and beguiling voice. Folk at its basic best!
Loads of goodies on their website too! here
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10 September 2015 £5
Steve Dan Mills
American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in the American South. He has been enjoying a solo career since the mid 70's and has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter's Festival and more. His music has been described as "the real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing." He couples his very powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and harmonica. Steve’s elicits tears and laughter and instills hope in his audience. His song "Dream On Texas Ladies" went to #18 on the Billboard Charts for Rex Allen Jr and sold over 4 million copies for John Michael Montgomery. His songs have also been recorded by major artists such as Neal Coty, Mel MacDaniel and Benita Hill. Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has been covering the title cut from his CD, "Inside Out Lookin' In" in his live concerts. Steve has recently moved to London and has begun performing in folk clubs and festivals throughout the UK Website
17 September 2015 £3
Fool’s Gold is a Durham based duo consisting of Steve and Carol Robson. They perform original and traditional songs, but usually with their own musical twist. The original songs are built on melody and choruses, but also have a strong story to tell. The tales of the songs, both poigniant and funny form part of the show. This will be their second visit to Loughton Folk Club. Website
24 September 2015 £3
in aid of CRISIS
Daniel Nestlerode is a singer and songwriter who writes and performs principally on mandolin. Born in Pennsylvania, seasoned in California, Daniel is now based in Cambridge, UK and is rapidly building a reputation for excellent vocal ability and history soaked original songs. During his eary days in central Pennsylvania Daniel picked up the guitar, started writing music, and played in some local bands. Local success inspired Daniel to move to California in pursuit of a career in music. Inspired by his acquaintance with mandolinist/percussionist/raconteur, Joe Craven, Daniel began playing mandolin. He was hooked from the first moment, and in a few years made the mandolin his primary instrument. In 2012 Daniel relocated to Cambridge, England where he has had the fortune of working with artists Anthony John Clarke and Louise Jordan. 2013 saw Daniel perform as the main guest at a few folk clubs and release his first CD, More Than a Little Guitar. Website
1 October 2015 £4
A paragraph: "The Mob" are a reincarnation of 80's band "The Popular Wobblies" aka "Short Stories" consisting of Tony Winn on vocals and guitar/banjo. Tim Hatcher on National Steel guitar and Perry Hatcher on harmonica - they play mainly bluesey stuff extracted from the likes of Tom Waites & Bob Dylan to name just a couple and a smattering of home grown items."
8 October 2015 £6
Tom & Jessica Dalton
Plus Lara and the Three Bears
in aid of Send a Cow
15 October 2015 £4
Nick John Wilson
"Born with left side Microtia, Nick picked up the guitar from his folk playing parents when he was seven years old. His uncle played drums with Suzi Quatro in the seventies, so music has alway run in the family. Nick started to sing and produce his own songs at eighteen having honed his blues, rag finger style and soulful rocky tones. He ran a studio for three years and in 2013, now with time to focus on himself as an artist, released his debut EP followed by his debut album in late 2014. 2015 will see Nick out and about more than he ever has been. So watch this space, Facebook & Twitter."
22 October 2015 £5
29 October 2015 £4
5 November 2015 £
12 November 2015 £3
"Phil Lyons has been on the English folk scene since the 1970’s. He’s a versatile and accomplished singer-guitarist from East Anglia who always impresses when he performs. Though heavily involved in French traditional music and dance since the 1990’s, he remains attached to his British traditional roots as well and has a solo album" Time and Tide.
He performed solo concert spots at Whitby and Folk East festivals in 2014.
“He is his own man, with a distinctive voice” Living Tradition.
19 November 2015 £6
During 17 years of part-time touring, Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour.
Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the UK’s best contemporary, acoustic songwriters. A great wordsmith, his songs are sometimes challenging, often lyrical, but always poetic and have been widely covered, including “Storm Around Tumbledown” recorded by Vin Garbutt, Anthony John Clarke and others.
Kip Winter has simply one of the best voices in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure. In the past she has sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but is at her best (and happiest) singing folk and blues.
After becoming full-time professional musicians in 2012, Winter Wilson have gone on to be one of the hardest-working duos on the UK acoustic music scene. Their sixth album “Cutting Free” was selected as one of the Daily Telegraph’s top 10 Folk albums for summer 2014, but it is above all their live performances which have continued to delight audiences across the UK. Website
26 November 2015 £6
Music Hall with
Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner
Master of Ceremonies - Kevin Shiels
including Russ Chandler, Tony Beardwell, Foxen
3 December 2015 £
10 December 2015 £
17 December 2015 £
24 December 2015
31 December 2015