Tue 19th

Feb 2019

WolfNote

WolfNote are a Berkshire based acoustic modern nu-folk quintet, comprising Bex Rennie on cello, recorder and vocals, Gillian McCoy on guitars, dulcimer and vocals, Ceri Rushent on violin, recorder and vocals Mike Tuffery on guitar, bass, cajon and vocals and Ann-Mari Thomas on vocals and bass. Wolfnote uses rich string and vocal harmonies as their signature sound. We have been described as 'new folk' 'using rich harmony to create a stunning sound' and 'one to watch' but essentially like to do our own thing. If it sounds good, it's in!


Tue 12th

Mar 2019

Reunion Lane

This recently-formed trio consists of three seasoned folk performers.  Alison Fenner on vocals and duet concertina was an original member of Bread & Roses and has performed as part of the quartet, Commonground. David Fenner  on vocals, guitar and mandola performed as one of the King Gippos and also with Commonground.  Simon Diegan on vocals and melodeon  played with Wiltshire Reunion and now plays with  Celtic Heartbeat.  We’re familiar with Alison and David’s fine performances as a duet, we’ve had Commonground as guests at the club and we’re looking forward to this combination.

Reunion Lane played a great set at the Towersey Festival. Their musicianship and vocal harmony brought both laughter and tears to very appreciative audience. Top band.” Jim Greenhough, Thame Club Organiser


Tue 2nd

Apr 2019

Sunjay Brayne

Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both

camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.

“For such a young performer, Sunjay shows real confidence, maturity and ease on

stage that it seems like he has been doing nothing else all of his life.” – Folk All Magazine

“A great voice."- Blues Matters Magazine

He's a wizard on the guitar; I think I'd call it jazz-folk!” – Vin Garbutt


Tue 16th

Apr 2019

Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter have been writing, performing and bickering together for nearly 20 years.  They have produced 3 studio albums of songs about shipyards, prostitutes, trips to the seaside, self-deprecating amusing songs and protest anthems.

 They are an absolute one off. They have a quirky and distinctive style, with Brian’s unusual and accomplished guitar technique the perfect accompaniment to Sally’s unique voice.   They love what they do, and their aim is to entertain, with songs that make you laugh, or cry, or just think.

 Don’t miss them.

Teasing, thought-provoking, foot-tapping, belly-laughing, ale swigging, murdering, schizophrenic, tear-inducing wordsmith” (pennyblackmusic)

Winner of the 2016 Milkmaid Folksong Competition


Tue 14th

May 2019

Jack Rutter

A truly captivating singer of traditional songs, Jack Rutter’s new record feels like one of the classic folk albums of the 70s’ - Jon Boden

'A voice as rich and beautiful as his native Yorkshire' - English Folk Expo

Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist playing within the British folk tradition. His new solo set features a range of well known and rare traditional songs from a variety of sources, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or duet concertina accompaniment that complement his signature ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post).

It sounds like folk music used to. The man’s good!” Steve Primarolo


Tue 4th

Jun 2019

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy

Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

James' and Dan's duo was formed in 2008, beginning with several successful local shows in James' hometown of Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire. Their relaxed banter and unique musical style was well received and they were soon performing further afield.


Tue 18th

Jun 2019

Sylvia Barnes & Sandy Stanage

Sylvia and Sandy have been performing as a duo since 2006, the year that saw Sylvia crowned "Scots Singer of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards; however their association goes back to the heady days of the '70s, when both were founder members of the influential Glasgow band Kentigern. Sylvia went on from there to become one of the elite group of female vocalists to sing with Battlefield Band, before moving to England. After Kentigern Sandy continued to work as a soloist and with numerous singers and musicians, as well as appearing on a number of recordings, before releasing two solo albums to much critical acclaim. He also spent four years on the teaching staff of the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Sandy released his third solo album, Touch Wood, in 2017.

"such conviction and emotion. A masterpiece Performance." Pete Heywood (Living Tradition)

"an inspiration to me" – Dougie Pincock

"The guitar guv'nor" – Archie Fisher


Tue 9th

Jul 2019

Molly’s Kiss

Molly’s Kiss is a duet  from France, but singing in English.

Molly’s Kiss is evidence that the influence of American roots music is far reaching. As they define themselves, Molly’s Kiss is ‘A folk band lost in France’” - Greg Tutwiler, Americana Rhythm Magazine

They are Nicolas Rozier (volals/guitar) and Madeline Besson; (vocals).

No pretence in Molly's Kiss  :  they are sincere, natural, accomplished and human, profoundly human. Brilliant, bright voices and a crazy energetic guitar ... Molly's Kiss make folk music glamorous !  These tireless globetrotters have played more than 200 concerts in France, USA and Europe since 2014. They clearly manage to seduce their audience with infectious melodies, on-stage energy and communicative cheerfulness.

Tue 3rd

Sep 2019

The Pitmatics

The Pitmatics are an exciting new folk band fronted by music industry producer and musician Charley Foskett. Original and cover songs tell powerful stories with great arrangements, superb musicianship and stunning harmonies..

They are:

Charley Foskett:  guitars, bass, drums (Ringo Starr, Dexies Midnight Runners, Curved Air, Sandgate, Roxy Music, Julie Felix, John Paul Jones)

Ned Lawton: whistles, uilleann pipes, bodhran (Ragged Staff, Hartshead Pike)

John Birkby: mandola, guitar, banjo (Peterborough Big Band, Sunday Suits and Muddy Boots, Depth that Varies)

Phil Underwood: melodeons, concertina (Bill Bailey, Creole Brothers)

Heather Harding: keyboard, tenor horn, accordion (Precious Little Idols, Bauhaus)

Hannah Dacey: fiddle, double bass (Enya, Pink Floyd, LEO, Ella Shaw, Rick Wakeman)

Absolutely spectacular – we have a bit of treasure in here tonight” – Sue Marchant, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. 09/09/2018


Tue 24th

Sep 2019

Stanley Accrington

Stanley emerged from the dark days of the late 1970's and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since.

He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything.

Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further.

Stanley has been performing all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events. The pigreon-hole to put this stuff in is "miscellaneous-Ish".


Tue 15th

Oct 2019

Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

They are: - Christina Alden: guitar / vocals, Alex Patterson: fiddle / vocals and Noel Dashwood: dobro / vocals.

‘’It’s lovely stuff’  –  Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

Album Of The Year Editors Choice – fROOTS Magazine

 Songlines  –  ‘Obviously something of enormous promise

R2  –  ‘Talented and poetic triumvirate


Tue 5th

Nov 2019

Suntrap

Suntrap are a 4 piece folk-inspired group with beautiful entrancing vocal harmonies on original and self-written material. They are Sara Byers (Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Banjo, Whistle), Mary Wilson (Vocals, Violin), Sue Graves (Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele) and John Sandall (Violin, Viola) and together they’re Suntrap whom we’re happy to welcome back.

Rich harmonies, dazzling folk fusion”  — Time Out

“Beautiful slip-sliding harmonies”  — Froots


Tue 26th

Nov 2019

Reg Meuross











Photo by Jonti Willis

Described by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show as a “brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience,” Somerset based Reg Meuross accompanies himself masterfully on guitar, captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice. Reg’s catalogue includes story songs which bring characters from history to life, songs of protest as well as some of the most heart aching love songs ever written, performed with depth and spellbinding delivery.  

“One of the most talented storytellers of our generation” Pennyblack Music

“Powerful and moving songwriting”  The Telegraph

“A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy

“…echoes of early Dylan, Tom Paxton and Leonard Cohen” The Guardian


Tue 7th

Jan 2020

Harbour Lights Trio

Harbour Lights Trio’s  material is drawn from East Anglian local traditional songs and tunes, music hall and a few more recent gems. The emphasis is on entertainment and audience participation and they like to play acoustically and get up close and personal with their audiences, just the job for a small club like ours. They are:

Alvar Smith – Harmonica, Banjo, Vocals + local yarns

Derek Simpson – Melodeon, Anglo concertina, guitar, vocals

Rob Neal – English & Duet concertinas, ‘Cello, vocals


Tue 18th

Feb 2020

Said The Maiden

This trio have been awarded the Bristol Folk festival’s Isambard Folk Award, won the Folking Awards ‘Rising Star’ prize, and an NMG Award nomination for best Acoustic, Country & Folk act.. They sing traditional and contemporary English, Irish and American songs both a capella and accompanying themselves with instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, flute, clarinet and whistles and they displayed their great range of musical skills during their last visit to the club in 2016.

Said The Maiden’s new line-up is Jess Distill, Minnie Birch (replacing Hannah Elizabeth) and Kathy Pilkinton and to be sure to produce as scintillating a sound as their previous incarnation, they’re taking a few months out of circulation in 2019 polishing their performance.

I like anything these girls do, they mean it! Their harmonies are extraordinary!” Dave Swarbrick

A great act.” Clannad

I think it’s brilliant!” Mike Harding


Tue 10th

Mar 2020

Oka Vanga

Oka Vanga are Angela Meyer and William Cox, two accomplished guitarists and singers whom we’re pleased to welcome back to the club.

 “Meticulous.”  ( Songlines Magazine)

Folkloric motifs supernaturally illuminated… beautifully intricate.”  (R’nR)

A duo of serious accomplishment and musicality… highly skilled.”  (fRoots Magazine)


Tue 31st

Mar 2020

Glymjack

Glymjack is an English folk act Acoustic calls "as good as contemporary folk comes".

Led by singer-songwriter Greg McDonald, Glymjack come to us as an acoustic duo with Greg joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes. Greg’s award-winning songs have previously been called “genius” (Rolling Stone), “captivating” (Q magazine), and “enough to remind you why you got into music in the first place” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6music), while Gemma’s virtuosic skill has seen her celebrated as a “powerhouse instrumentalist” (fRoots) and “a force to be reckoned with” (Maverick).

The term “Glymjack” is Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who lled strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern.


Tue 21st

Apr 2020

Liz Simcock

Singer/songwriter Liz Simcock featured on the 1999 Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter. Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her main songwriting role models. Her latest (fifth) album with working title "Winter Hill" will be released in 2019.

The acoustic musicianship is outstanding, her lyrical skills offer not only moments of great personal reflection but also a wry, twinkle in the eye sense of humour whilst her voice is stunningly beautiful, enhanced by perfect phrasing and crystal clear diction.” Rock Society Magazine.

What’s On

 

Bracknell Folk at The Sun in Windlesham - 8:30 p.m. Every Tuesday

The list below gives only our guest nights, which always include floor spots for performers in the audience.

Every other Tuesday is a “Come all ye” to play, sing, join in or just  enjoy the music and the company.



Guests by name

Guests by date


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