Tue 31st

Mar 2020

Glymjack postponed

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 postponed

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" was released this year, a pared down acoustic album featuring one voice, one guitar and a handful of beautifully crafted and previously unreleased songs.

“In this world of pop idols and celebrity worship, a quiet revolution is indeed taking place! There are those of us out there looking for the real thing - if that's you, close your eyes, turn off the mobile and prepare for a treat! “  Folk and Roots .

: “One of the country’s finest female singer songwriters. Put simply, Liz Simcock is a class act. Her understated songwriting style & performances are always faultless, cliché free & moving” AcoustiCity


Tue 12th

May 2020

Jim McLean postponed

A long-standing friend of the club, Jim’s guaranteed to pull in a good audience with his customary warmth and humour and a wide repertoire of songs sung out clearly for all and don’t worry, you’ll be able to understand almost every word he says (he’s been down a long time now!) You can tell what we think of him by the way we keep asking him back. If you don’t know him already:

a) where have you been?

and

b) you’re in for a treat!






Tue 16th

Jun 2020

The John Ward Trio postponed

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 7th

Jul 2020

Skinner & T’witch postponed

Just for a change, have a bit of a laugh. Skinner & Twitch are a duo who produce original songs which, let’s face it, are not really folk, but once you edge away from the traditional, the boundaries get fuzzier and anyway, many of the traditional songs were intended to raise a laugh (The Derby Ram, Such a Beauty I did Grow, Three Dunken Huntsmen, The Oxford Ramble, etc., etc.).

What their website says: “Skinner & T’witch! A Leeds based duo performing folk, flamenco and theatre style songs, with driving rhythms, intense harmonies and inspiring lyrics.

What others say:

The one and only Skinner & T'witch...a pair of comic geniuses’. David Chamberlain, Acoustic Routes, Dapper FM/Blues and Roots Radio

Skinner & T'witch...'are world experts at writing comedy songs'.

Brian Player, Acoustic Cafe, Wey Valley Radio and Blues and Roots Radio

You decide . . .


Tue 1st

Sep 2020

Steve Ashley postponed

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!

 “The songs are earnest, direct and pull no punches. ” Oz Hardwick, R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel)

Hey, Steve – you have brought an incredible amount of delight and wonder to a countless army of fans who have been feasting on your vast repertoire, your incisive words and your devilishly-intricate songs.” Mick Tems, Folk Wales Online


Tue 15th

Sep 2020

Dan & Laurel postponed

Meeting in 2012 via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a once-in-a-  lifetime musical chemistry and friendship, Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are “prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart.” They combine soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and humour, and unique vocal rapport for a dynamic, engaging, polished performance.

"Beautiful rapport. Judicious violin. Frechette and Thomsen maintain absolute harmony while jumping from genre to genre. Fascinating undertones and range. Phenomenal guitar playing. Prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart."  - Penguins Eggs

Making beautiful music together, this duo lit up the MayFest stage. A remarkable singing voice. A match made in heaven.” - Dennis Taylor, The Monterey Herald

"Best songwriter I've heard in a long time."  - Sing Out  Magazine


Tue 13th

Oct 2020

Bird in the Belly postponed

Bird in the Belly are a Brighton-based Folk group consisting of folk-duo Hickory Signals (Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti), alt-folk singer-songwriter Ben Webb (Jinnwoo, Green Ribbons), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Pryor. Together they have collected little known and forgotten lyrics, poems and stories from around the UK, and set them to their own “hypnotically original compositions” (fRoots). Their sound is raw and bare-boned with “distinctively contemporary and earthy vocalising” (R2 Magazine) – and harks back to the 1960’s Folk Revival sound.

 "A musically diverse, fresh and compelling set of songs [...] a fascinating debut from a distinctive new group" - Songlines Magazine (June 2018)

"Strong folk a-cappella singing - distinctively contemporary and earthy vocalising - haunting fiddle playing - timeless acoustic guitar picking - and classic rocking rhythms"  - Colin Bailey, R2 Magazine


Tue 27th

Oct 2020

Enda McCabe postponed

A Dubliner by birth Enda spent 24 years in England.

Illness caused him to lose his job, an unfortunate occurrence. However, Enda made the best of things and realised his lifetime ambition by  working as a full-time musician from 1989. His show contains songs, music and tales tall and short.

He returned to Ireland in 1998, stayed in Dublin for a couple of years before moving to Connamara he has stayed there since.

He released his first recording "Dreams of Carrickfergus" in 1989. "Ceol sa Chistin (Music in the Kitchen)"  was released in June 2010. His latest CD "Bin Éadair go Both Loiscthe (Howth to Spiddal)" was made with Colly Moore, a fiddler from Howth, Co Dublin and has been well received.


Tue 24th

Nov 2020

Alden, Patterson and Dashwood postponed

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. That’s the official line. They visited before and they were terrific!

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 15th

Dec 2020

Oka Vanga postponed

Oka Vanga are Angela Meyer and William Cox, two accomplished guitarists and singers.  They’re the cat’s pyjamas, so we’re pleased to welcome them 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)


What’s On

 

Bracknell Folk at The Sun in Windlesham - 8:30 p.m. (ish) until 11 (ish) Every Tuesday

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

We are closing until further notice waiting for Covid-19 to go away.



Guests by name

Guests by date


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