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(Wednesday) August 23rd 2017 at Newdigate Club

Summer Closure June/July/August

(Wednesday) September 13th 2017 at Newdigate Club

John Richards

JOHN RICHARDS is returning to the Club as a Solo performer this time which is a great pleasure for us. He performs his own songs in such a meticulous way that you cant help yourself but to join in. His songs cover many subjects particularly those of the Black Country where John was born and raised. His material is covered widely by artstes such as Fairport Convention, Bill Caddick, Damien Barber to name but a few as well as many other people on the folk scene who remain anonymous, the most popular being Shine On and The Deserter.
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(Wednesday) September 27th 2017 at Newdigate Club

Dave Fry

Dave started by playing a Chad Valley tin banjo, when he was 10 years old, till he blistered his thumb and he was hooked! He bought his first home-made guitar at twelve. He played in beat groups in Cumbria in the swinging 60s, then found folk at 17. He fell in love with twelve-string guitar at 18 and has been playing one ever since. He moved to the Midlands in 1969 and ran the Corner House Folk Club, Bedworth, for some years in the early 70s, but dropped out due to work and family commitments, restarting in 2000. Daves influences have been Tom Paxton, Colin Scott, Harvey Andrews and, of cou
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(Wednesday) October 11th 2017 at Newdigate Club

Gary & Vera Aspey

Gary & Vera Aspey became full time professional artists in April 1974. Their experience and performance content has, over the years, taken them to many varied venues including Folk Clubs, Arts Centres, Theatres, PTA & Sports Clubs, Round Table & Masonic evenings, TV & Radio, around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Brunei, Oman, the Falkland & Ascension Islands, Belize, Cyprus, Sardinia and several European Countries. Contacting the audience is uppermost in each of Gary & Vera Aspeys performances, when presenting their songs (some as singer-song writers) combining the reality of life, the seriousness and the laughter of it all. Together with the tradition of the county inwhich they were born, when called upon to display Lancashire Clog Dancing, their performance constitutes:AN ASPEY EXPERIENCE. Instrumentation includes guitar, piano accordian and concertina, together with additional musicians at selected venues.
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First appeared at Bedworth Folk Club in seventies - A truly legendary act .....
(Wednesday) October 25th 2017 at Newdigate Club

Tom Patterson & Dave Morton

TOM PATTERSON & DAVE MORTON Tom and Dave are based in the Midlands, but most of the songs(mainly written by Tom) are about the north east of England, his homeland. Tom sings and plays nylon strung guitar while Dave also plays guitar along with concertina and mandolin. Tom is a skilled songwriter, ably painting pictures of characters, stories and places he has come across over the years, all in the traditional idiom. In particular, he has the knack of writing a good chorus that stays with you for some time after.
(Wednesday) November 8th 2017 at Newdigate Club

K C Jones

K C JONES Karen and Colin are a local husband and wife duo. Karen has been involved with the local music and drama scene since the age of nine! Colin made his debut as an Actor last year in one of the many local productions that the couple are involved in. They perform a wonderful set of mainly self-penned songs by Karen with harmonies from Colin and a very accomplished guitar style. The couple are great supporters of the local folk scene and have also performed in the Festival Fund Raising sessions.
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(Wednesday) November 22nd 2017 at Newdigate Club

Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan

Malc and Gill have more than 90 years experience between them of singing on the folkscene and the wider music scene, and although they have only been performing as a duo for a dozen or so years, have been an integral part of the Midlands folkscene singing solo and in various other line-ups since the mid-sixties!

Malc Gurnham is an excellent singer, plays quite a variety of instuments (most of them with strings!) and is a highly regarded solo performer. He also can be found running singarounds and acting as an MC at many festivals throughout the country. He has played in numerous bands as well as a solist, in both the "popular" and folk music scene, currently in addition to singing with Gill also is part of GLORISHEARS CEILIDH BAND, and THE OLD 'UNs, (along with Gill) - A six-piece band consisting of a very experienced group of performer friends specially put together for Bedworth Folk Festival - but has now gained quite a local following and is also doing the occasional "other" gig! Latterly he has also played in THE KATHERINE FEAR BAND, and appeared on recordings by a number of well know performers including the late Johnny Collins As well as performing Malc promotes many folk events - he is Festival Director of BEDWORTH FOLK FESTIVAL and the Organiser of BEDWORTH FOLK CLUB, one of the longest running clubs in the country, runs his own small recording studio FAT SAM MUSIC, and has presented his own Folk Music show on BBC Local Radio.

Gill Gilsenan started singing at The Corner House Folk Club in the 70's (Run at the time by Malc) with her partner and later to be husband BRYAN SUNDERLAND, as a duo they became quite popular around the Midlands folk scene under the collective name of "THE FLYING SUNDERLANDS" performing close harmony Contemporary songs and traditional songs, particularly those from Bryans native North-East of England, and regularly visited Newcastles' popular Bridge Folk Club. Sadly Bryan died in the 80's, and although frequenting the

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Pre-festival Singaround
(Friday) November 24th 2017 at Various venues throughout Bedworth

BEDWORTH FOLK FESTIVAL


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... and continuing through 25th & 26th November - see Bedworth Folk Festival Web site for full information
(Wednesday) December 13th 2017 at Newdigate Club

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"
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Christmas Party with a very Special Guest ...
(Wednesday) December 27th 2017 at Newdigate Club

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS!

(Wednesday) March 14th 2018 at Newdigate Club

Kevin Dempsey

Kevin Dempsey is a master performer on the guitar, an arranger, a singer and a top quality live entertainer.

He is one of the most sought-after musicians on the UK folk scene and beyond, and has played and recorded with many of the most famous names in acoustic and folk music: Dave Swarbrick, Joe Broughton, Chris Leslie, Peter Knight, Dando Shaft, Uiscedwr, Whippersnapper, and Mary Black.

Whether in an intimate acoustic environment, or a large festival stage where he fills the air with spellbinding music, Kevin puts his audience at ease and takes them on a varied and wonderful musical journey.

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(Wednesday) April 11th 2018 at Newdigate Club

Geoff Higginbottom

The Stockport-born singer and teller of tall tales delights his audiences with powerful ballads and shanties, often with irresistible choruses. Whether singing unaccompanied or with six and 12 string guitar, bodhran and Appalachian dulcimer, Geoff’s guest appearances are like spending a raucous evening with an old friend. He first sang in public on the northern pub and folk club circuit in the 1980s and started to gain more widespread attention as a finalist in a competition in Warwick Folk Festival before getting booked and rebooked at Sidmouth Folk Festival. Geoff’s first album, Songs From The Levenshulme Triangle came out in 1985. As well as a popular and frequently-booked guest at clubs across the UK, Geoff has also sung as part of the acclaimed shanty trio, Three Sheets To The Wind with Keith Kendrick and Derek Gifford. When not playing clubs and festivals, Geoff has moonlighted as a bit-part actor on television soaps with appearances on Coronation Street, Brookside and Emmerdale.
(Wednesday) May 9th 2018 at Newdigate Club

Phil Hare

Phil Hare is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer.

In his professional capacity Phil teaches guitar, plays solo gigs in folk/roots venues around the world, deps occasionally with other bands and also plays as a session musician.

Check out his YouTube videos which are largely improvised in that Phil gets an idea around a structure and then records it in a fairly 'ad hoc' way - primarily to remember the idea without writing it down, and to have a frame of reference.

As Phil writes everything on the guitar, most of thes YouTube videos are guitar-based - and indeed, many are instrumental. That is not to say that Phil's live gigs are instrumental affairs; in fact there are many songs. But, as Phil largely writes his own songs, he would prefer it if you bought the CD's or downloads rather than taking it all from YouTube!

(Wednesday) June 13th 2018 at Newdigate Club

Karen Pfeiffer & Paul Walker

'There's Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House and then there's DeBarra's' (Christy Moore). On their annual Irish Tour, DeBarra's, one of Ireland's finest Folk Clubs, is also one of Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer's best loved music venues to perform. With their unique onstage-chemistry and their often commented-on very special harmonies, the Anglo-German duo from Staffordshire entertain and engage their audience with acoustic originals and folk club favourites. Briefly, "Songs with groove and goose bumps guaranteed", as a German newspaper put it recently. Sharing vocal duties, the "two exceptional musicians" perform "sometimes powerful with groove, sometimes poetically tender". Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer have their individual styles which combine beautifully and, together with their light-hearted banter, they provide a truly memorable experience. Karen one moment has the voice of an angel with her heart-wrenching ballads and then, as if from nowhere, comes a powerful and gritty vocal that leaves audiences mesmerised. She adds with alto-recorder, tin whistle and percussive instruments to Paul's admirable guitar playing. This is their 5th year of performance together and in their luggage they proudly bring along their second album 'Marble Town'. "The likable, humorous style in which they treat their audience is also reflected in their own songs", which they present along with a selection of classics from folk icons such as Richard Thompson, Dougie MacLean, Jimmy MacCarthy or Christy Moore - and sometimes the odd German folk song, or even a German 'joke', will find its way into the diversified evening of entertainment.
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(Wednesday) July 11th 2018 at Newdigate Club

Miriam (Erasmus) Backhouse

Mim`s roots go back to the UK Folk Scene of the `70s when `Our Mim` was likened to Joan Baez, and ranked alongside Maddy Prior and other revivalists of the time.

Then, she played a significant role in the folk revival, appearing at most of the Folk Clubs and Festivals of the time, including Edinburgh and Cambridge, with acclaim from all the leading critics of the day. Miriam`s interpretation of traditional and modern folk songs are unique, and her ability to lead a Folk audience into chorus singing, particularly, `Keys of Canterbury` at Cambridge Folk Festival 1976, is the stuff of legends.

Over the years in South Africa, she has entertained for many concerts and festivals, including Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and Splashy Fen `Over Africa` features on the 10 years CD - and established herself as a shining light in the entertainment business.

She is unique in South Africa, her songs, like `The beautiful pass at Van Reenen` and `Over Africa` have become part of their music heritage.

Her `protest` songs about the border war `I don`t want my child to die` (Richard Haslop featured this on his `Roots to Fruits` radio show) and `Mother`s lament` have been recognised as some of the best, ranking alongside those from other troubled lands like Ireland, USA etc.

These songs, and the music of South Africa, are becoming world renowned now, and Mim is part of this surge.

She originally retired from the UK Folk Scene in 1977, to have a family, and now they have flown the nest, the family encouraged her to get back `out there`, and she is now re-established as Miriam Backhouse-Erasmus, Professional Folk Singer, in the UK. Folk Club, Arts Centre and Festival appearances there have been a great success and Miriam`s UK 2007 tour was a sell out.

Since marrying John Erasmus, relocating to South Africa, in 1977, and raising a family, she has diversified into the full range of music, playing `Anna` in `The King and I` under the direction of EOH

(Wednesday) August 8th 2018 at Newdigate Club

Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan

Malc and Gill have more than 90 years experience between them of singing on the folkscene and the wider music scene, and although they have only been performing as a duo for a dozen or so years, have been an integral part of the Midlands folkscene singing solo and in various other line-ups since the mid-sixties!

Malc Gurnham is an excellent singer, plays quite a variety of instuments (most of them with strings!) and is a highly regarded solo performer. He also can be found running singarounds and acting as an MC at many festivals throughout the country. He has played in numerous bands as well as a solist, in both the "popular" and folk music scene, currently in addition to singing with Gill also is part of GLORISHEARS CEILIDH BAND, and THE OLD 'UNs, (along with Gill) - A six-piece band consisting of a very experienced group of performer friends specially put together for Bedworth Folk Festival - but has now gained quite a local following and is also doing the occasional "other" gig! Latterly he has also played in THE KATHERINE FEAR BAND, and appeared on recordings by a number of well know performers including the late Johnny Collins As well as performing Malc promotes many folk events - he is Festival Director of BEDWORTH FOLK FESTIVAL and the Organiser of BEDWORTH FOLK CLUB, one of the longest running clubs in the country, runs his own small recording studio FAT SAM MUSIC, and has presented his own Folk Music show on BBC Local Radio.

Gill Gilsenan started singing at The Corner House Folk Club in the 70's (Run at the time by Malc) with her partner and later to be husband BRYAN SUNDERLAND, as a duo they became quite popular around the Midlands folk scene under the collective name of "THE FLYING SUNDERLANDS" performing close harmony Contemporary songs and traditional songs, particularly those from Bryans native North-East of England, and regularly visited Newcastles' popular Bridge Folk Club. Sadly Bryan died in the 80's, and although frequenting the

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The Annual mid-summer BIG SING