Stourbridge Folk Club

Katie Fitzgerald's, 187 Enville Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3TB

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For all events, doors open at 8pm (soundcheck permitting), for an 8.30pm start. There will usually be a raffle drawn after the intermission, before the guest artists second set. Prizes vary, normally a bottle of wine or CD, or both! We aim to finish around 11pm.

THURSDAY 24th APRIL - PHIL BEER + SUNJAY
Tickets £10adv/£12 *Advance Booking Recommended!*
4 seated tickets remaining as of 19/04/14

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Phil Beer
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Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don't stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

Born in Exminster, Devon, he started to play fiddle, guitar and mandolin while still at school in Teignmouth and habitually credits Davey Graham's Folk, Blues & Beyond as his inspiration for acoustic music.

He played his first gig at 14 and started working as a duo with Paul Downes in 1974 (their Live at Nettlebed CD has recently been released). He was then in the Arizona Smoke Revue and a key member of Johnny Coppin's band. His impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band from 1984-1991. Show of Hands became a full-time partnership in the early 90s, a band that has gone on to sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times and who were voted Best Live Act, by the public, at the 2004 Folk Awards.

Phil, who also has his own Phil Beer Band, famously guested on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley's Poetic Justice.

As a composer, Phil has written many numbers including the stunning instrumental The Falmouth Packet for SoH's album Witness.

As a solo artist he released Rhythm Methodist in 2004, a double album of songs and instrumentals (re-released on the Talking Elephant label this year) while his enviable versatility is shown in the imminent Hard Works compilation of two earlier albums and a long-awaited five disc boxed set of archive, new and live music and video.

Phil is also in demand as a producer, co-producing (with Steve Knightley) Jez Lowe's Jack Commons Anthem among others. This year Phil formed his own label, Chudleigh Roots, producing Jackie Oates' highly acclaimed second album, The Violet Hour and an album by Singer Songwriter Tom Palmer, and most recently Isambardes 'Telling Tales.

In the meantime, Show of Hands go from strength to strength with the critically acclaimed release, Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed and two great tours to finish off 2010.

THURSDAY 29th MAY - KIM LOWINGS & THE GREENWOOD
Tickets £7/8

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Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
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We are thrilled to welcome back local talent Kim Lowings & The Greenwood. One of the best attended nights of 2013, Kim always puts on a great show. Catch her in her hometown at Stourbridge Folk Club!


Folk singer & songwriter Kim Lowings fronts a collective of musicians called The Greenwood. They are based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands and play a mix of contemporary, original and traditional folk song. The Greenwood have supported acts such as Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Faustus, The Red Shoes, Colvin Quarmby & Belshazzar's Feast.​
 
Kim trained in Music Performance at the prestigious Dartington College Of Arts in Devon. She entered the University with a love of folk song. After three years of training in a variety of styles, Kim came home with an assured clarity that not only did she want to arrange & share traditional stories & songs but she had her own tales to tell. Her music explores narrative old & new with themes of love, loss, death, travel & nature to name but a few.
 
The Greenwood is a collective more than a band as Kim is passionate about collaboration with other musicians & artists.

 

The key players are:

Kim Lowings - Vocals, Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar, Piano, Shruti Box

Andrew 'Jarv' Lowings - Guitar, Bouzouki, Bodhran

Tim Rogers - Cajon, Percussion, Drum Kit

THURSDAY 26th JUNE - MARTYN JOSEPH + SUNJAY
Tickets £15 *Advance booking recommended!*
26 seated tickets remaining as of 19/04/14

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Martyn Joseph
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Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other.

He has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

Martyn’s ability to transcend preconceptions about how one man and a guitar can sound is testament to his talent and stage presence. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s more than one musician on stage. The shows are intelligently constructed, Martyn presenting his audience with challenging narratives and with an intensity that hits with the power of a right hook. He tempers this with songs that comfort and speak to the soul. His great improvisation and immediate topicality lead to an organic fluidity that makes every show different. His comfortable rapport and conversation with his audiences, his sense of humour and his ability to make everyone feel at home lie right at the heart of the evenings success.

Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

Bruce Springsteen's work has always been sighted by Martyn as a huge influence and Autumn 2013 will see him release “Tyres Rushing by in the Rain”, an album of Springsteen covers, all carefully chosen with some unexpected lesser-known gems as well.

Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.


“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” - MOJO

“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate”
 Tom Robinson BBC 6 music

“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”
 Q Magazine

“A profound experience”
 The Boston Globe

“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”
 Time Out

“Written with craft, performed with passion”
 Financial Time

“He is one of our most intelligent writers” - Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

THURSDAY 24th JULY - VIN GARBUTT + SUNJAY
Tickets £10adv/£12 *Advance Booking Recommended!*
26 seated tickets remaining as of 19/04/14

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Vin Garbutt
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Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001 Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must

make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.

“Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It’s a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health.” English Folk Dance & Song Society.

“Every budding singer-songwriter please take note: attending a Vin Garbutt concert is now mandatory before your first public performance. Garbutt is the undisputed master of communicating with an audience.” Penguin Eggs magazine. Canada 


BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee for "Best Folk Singer" and "Best Live Act" Awards 2001 Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001

Honorary Degree of Master of Arts awarded to Vin by Teesside University in 2001 for his music and his services to the arts and culture of the area of the North East of England.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee for "Best Live Act" Award 2007

 

Stourbridge Folk Club takes a break over the summer period, returning after the Stourbridge Folk Festival (5th - 7th September)!

 

SPECIAL EVENT: TUESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER
SUNJAY'S 21st BIRTHDAY with special guest LISBEE STAINTON DUO
Tickets £15

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Lisbee Stainton Duo
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When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn’t writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman’s band, with the folk star describing her as, “a fantastic singer songwriter.”

Having toured extensively with the likes of Joan Armatrading, Paul Carrack, Gretchen Peters and Eleanor McEvoy, the prolific 25 year-old Stainton has just released ‘Word Games’, the fourth album of the acoustic pop star’s increasingly impressive career.

Performing on the night as a duo, Lisbee will be joined by guitarist/singer Simon Johnson, with whom Lisbee co-wrote ‘Red Dog Running’ the first single to be released from Word Games.

The Independent on Sunday said Lisbee delivers, “Acoustic, melodic, earnestly upful pop.”, while The Daily Mirror said Lisbee’s “tender inquisitive songs follow an attractive, harmony rich and melodically sure path between pop and folk structures.”


"Very delicate music. I'm so pleased with this new album, it's beautiful." Bob Harris, Radio 2

“A unique genre-less artist who is slowly but surely making her global mark. The suits who choose the Mercury prize nomination albums should take note.” Maverick Magazine

“wistful English melancholy with a soul undertow, and a sweet folk-pop voice.” – MOJO

“Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting” – The Times

“Cultured folk pop” – The Independent on Sunday

“Impressive” – The Daily Express


www.lisbee.com

SPECIAL EVENT: WEDNESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
SUNJAY'S 21st BIRTHDAY with special guest RICHARD DIGANCE
Tickets £15

Tickets now available for
Richard Digance
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Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist. His loyal following confirms his wide appeal, from the younger generation attracted by both his guitar playing and the fact he has inspired many modern-day performers, to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series and even further when he started out in folk clubs. His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a TV entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is included in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his important contribution to British comedy songwriting. Richard Digance is also a world-acclaimed poet. His poetry is published around the world, from The University of British Columbia, Canadian syllabus for English; Fearndon Teaching Aids, Illionois, USA, The Oxford University Anthology of Poetry, The West Indies Schools syllabus and more recently in Australia, Swaziland and in Cape Town, South Africa as part of English First Additional Language Grade 8 Reader.He has survived all trends with his two hour one-man show, an entertainer who many younger comedians, including Ross Noble, claim as one of their major influences. On his own ITV Saturday-night show Richard has played guitar with Queen's Brian May, The Moody Blues, Status Quo, Chris deBurgh, Juan Martin, Marc Cohn and Elkie Brooks. 


www.richarddigance.com