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 as well 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.


Created by SG International

Guests by name

Guests by date


Tue 12th

Dec 2017

Mandy Shora

Mandy will be familiar to many as an accomplished vocalist and flautist with Bearwood. In her own words, “I toyed with singing and the flute at school and had a ** (obfuscated to preserve her modesty – Ed.) year complete break; neither owning a record or cd player for 25 years. Then by chance met an old church friend and went to hear the two chaps who are now my Bearwood fellows; Colin and Steve. They invited me to join them and the sleep is geography.” Her Damascene moment, changing the whole course of her life.

  “I gave up my steady job to go on a mission to bring old folk songs to the masses, whether they liked it or not. So I strut my stuff at clubs and meetings around the home counties; including WI's, Rotary, Probus, Women's clubs, Golf clubs, RNLI, Blind Society, Friendship clubs, Day Centres, garden centres, Rehab clinics, marinas, Care homes and hospitals.  The end is listless.”  There have been murmurings of proselytising, on which she couldn’t possibly comment, but in these enlightened times, such things are not only legal, but widely acceptable. Now she’ll be brightening a winter evening for us by performing solo at the club.

Tue 19th

Dec 2017

A fairly festive evening at the club. Come and be merry with us.

Tue 26th

Dec 2017

CLOSED. Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s day, not a folk club day.

Tue 2nd

Jan 2018

CLOSED. It’s the night after new year’s day. A quiet night in is prescribed, in the recovery position if required.

Tue 9th

Jan 2018

Hattie Briggs

Hattie has released six EPs, two critically acclaimed albums, had airplay on BBC Radios 1, 2, and 6 Music, and embarked on tours around the UK, the Netherlands and the U.S. During her travels she has supported some well known bands and artists, including chart topping duo, Ward Thomas, at the O2, Lauren Aquilina, Stornoway, Jamie N Commons, Seth Lakeman and Grant Nicholas (Feeder). She's the cat's pyjamas! 'nuff said.

"Hattie Briggs is a triple threat; top of the pile singer, songwriter and musician." ***** Simon Redley, Maverick

"Young Runaway’, the sophomore album from British artist, Hattie Briggs, is an epic masterpiece". Lisa Hafey, Essentially Pop


Tue 30th

Jan 2018

John Ward Trio

The John Ward Trio brings together John, Lynne and Les whose powerful 3-part harmonies blend to give a richer life to John’s original songs and to his traditional repertoire.  Accompanied by guitar, double bass, mandolin, harmonica, whistles and bodhran, and with the familiar, relaxed banter, stories and humour, the Trio delights folk club and festival audiences around the country.  John is an East Anglian boy and, when the occasion demands, the Trio love to specialise in John’s East Coast heritage songs and traditional music of the land and the sea.

“The best trad folk music set I have ever seen.  Literally.”  Attila the Stockbroker.


Tue 20th

Feb 2018

Dan Kemp

Dan first wandered into the club with his pal Matt in  those heady, pre-uni days of yore, guitars over their shoulders and brought a verve to their floor spots that we’ve seldom seen. Since then, Dan has moved forwards, performing in several countries. Dan is a folk singer and fiddle player with occasional forays into punk and ska music. He sings and plays wherever he gets the chance, whether that's busking around Europe, performing at a punk gig or playing the fiddle at a folk session. He is also a member of Will Tun and the Wasters and regularly collaborates with Ash Victim. Now we’ve booked him for your delectation and delight!


Tue 6th

Mar 2018

Kitty MacFarlane

"This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter's blessed with a strong identity: a confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from growing up in the south-west, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in everyday experiences” fRoots Magazine

Kitty reached the semi-final of the BBC Young Folk Award in 2015, released her debut EP Tide & Time, gained her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 folk show with Mark Radcliffe and completed an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. That’s a pretty good start for anyone’s folk career. She’s clearly a performer to look out for, but you need look no further. Catch her at the club.


Tue 27th

Mar 2018

Damian Clarke

Damian, a founder member of Pressgang, is a fine folk singer/songwriter who accompanies himself on hammered dulcimer and hurdy gurdy (though not simultaneously) when not singing a capella. Beyond his own songs, he has a range of others including songs in Irish, Plat Deutsch and Breton, any of which might crop up in his performance, but come prepared to join in the occasional chorus too! Damian released his third solo CD in 2016 and keeps himself busy with a list of gigs at clubs and festivals, including a European tour in 2017, plus artwork and historical events.

Tue 17th

Apr 2018

Chris Ronald Trio

Now living in Vancouver, Canada, contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from his native England in 2002. Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots,” and The Province likened it to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.”

This song master is a revelation” FATEA

John Ellis is an award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist who flits effortlessly between guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and more. He has worked with top Canadian talent and produced Ronald's CFMA-nominated Timeline album. The pair teamed up again to create Ronald's new Fragments CD and look forward to more national and international touring to support the release.
Mike Sanyshyn has played fiddle in a dazzling array of situations from performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra to acting as musical director for the British Columbia Country Music Awards. Mike was named BC provincial champion four times and placed in the top three at the Canadian Grand Masters Championship. A first call studio musician, Sanyshyn's fiddle features heavily on Ronald's new Fragments album.


Tue 8th

May 2018

Steve Ashley

Steve Ashley has been playing in folk clubs since 1961. Since his debut album in 1974, Steve has performed on over 40 albums including 10 of new songs, the latest of which, Another Day was released in 2017. He’s recorded with Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention, Shirley Collins, Spyrogyra and numerous others. People covering his songs include Fairport Convention, Martin & Jessica Simpson and Phil Beer. That’s a folk pedigree!



Tue 29th

May 2018

Patchouli

Patchouli, a.k.a. Terra Guitarra are master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer, songwriter and guitarist Julie Patchouli. We came across them at a house concert and thought you should have the chance to hear them too. Based in Mississippi & California, Patchouli / Terra Guitarra have performed over 4,000 shows, toured a million miles on the road supporting 20 CD releases, won songwriting awards, industry awards, performed on TV, film and are played on Radio programs around the world.

"An acoustic duo whose songs about harmony & healing inspire the human spirit" - B Sents, Chicago Tribune

“One of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world”  ZMR


Tue 19th

Jun 2018

Moirai

Jo Freya, Melanie Biggs and and Sarah Matthews manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sounds and yet there are still only three of them. Throw away your preconceptions about what constitutes folk music and open your minds to a colourful pallet of sounds and song. They will take you on a roller-coaster ride through beautiful traditional tunes, haunting and buoyant compositions and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings as well as have you holding your sides to prevent bursting with laughter.  

Many bands can do beautiful music, many bands can do comedy, many focus on instrumentals others on their vocals, here you get it all in one tight but fluid package.   Between them you get accordion, flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, traditional whistles, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet and three voices.

Moirai means 'Spinners of Destiny' and performances weave the trio's instrumental talents with haunting vocals. The result: enchanting musical arrangements delivered with skill and a healthy dollop of humour.

Tue 25th

Sep 2018

The Foxglove Trio

The Foxglove Trio seek out lesser-known traditional and contemporary folk songs and, with care and creativity, transform them into moments of breathtaking beauty. They are Cathy Mason (guitar & cello), Ffion Mair (whistle & bodhran, best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011) and Patrick Dean (melodeon, cello & concertina and player in several ceilidh bands) and they're great! They visited us three years ago and we liked them so much that we’ve asked them back. A review of their debut full album, These Gathered Branches, commented that “the interest never wanes” when listening to The Foxglove Trio (R2 magazine).


Tue 27th

Nov 2018

Emily Mae Winters

Some singers grow on you over time and others stop you in your tracks. Emily Mae Winters falls into the second category.” Fatea Magazine

Emily Mae Winters’ songs are quickly permeating the folk and song writing scene. A poetic singer songwriter, influenced by the likes of Gillian Welch, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz and Kate Rusby; her music splits the difference between the gentle seas of folk and country. In 2016, Emily teamed up with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker to produce her first commercial EP release ‘Foreign Waters’. Her self-penned track ‘Anchor’ from the release won the folk category in the Guardian Songwriting Competition. The tracks have received extensive national and international folk and Americana radio play including support from the BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. She has just released her debut album ‘Siren Serenade’, which hosts a combination of self-penned and traditional folk songs.

Emily Mae Winters has produced an arresting, enthralling tantalising introduction to her work that leaves us hungry for more.” Folk Radio UK

Superbly crafted and dramatic song writing.. Winters’ songs reflect a love of poetry, her lyrics giving a dark edge to songs that are beautifully performed. ” R2 Magazine