Stourbridge Folk Club

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

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Doors open at 8pm (soundcheck permitting), for an 8.30pm start. There's usually a raffle, prizes vary, normally a bottle of wine or CD, or both!
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THURSDAY 28th JULY 2016 - DAN WALSH
Tickets £8adv/10 *Advance booking recommended!*
Doors 8pm

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Dan Walsh
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Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). He now has three critically acclaimed solo albums with new album Incidents and Accidents lauded as 'absolutely terrific' by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2. As well as many tours of the UK, he also has recent successful trips to USA, Canada, Germany, India, Norway and New Zealand to his credit. Having made his name with duo Walsh and Pound and now a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage and on record with the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, this unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world.

His eclectic and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work and the UFQ including tours with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson and recent work with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan as well as Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard.  He also retains a passion for outreach work and through the prestigious Live Music Now scheme has performed throughout the UK in hospices, hospitals, special schools and care homes. He also teaches banjo both in person and over skype.


'The real deal, a demon picker' - UNCUT


'Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant' - FROOTS


'Absolutely terrific' - MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2

THURSDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2016 - FAKE THACKRAY
Tickets £10adv/12 *Advance booking recommended!*
37 seats left as of 11/06/16! Doors 8pm

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“Jake would have loved the skill of the performance, the accuracy of the impression, and the affection it contains. Long may John continue to keep Jake’s memory alive so affectionately and skilfully, and introduce more people to one of the most remarkable talents I ever met.” Sir Richard Stilgoe John Watterson, an adopted Yorkshireman, was born and grew up on the Isle of Man, which is where he first saw and met Jake Thackray in 1975. He recalls a performance at the local folk club, which had the audience in stitches and also a chat with a very modest and self-deprecating Jake at the interval – ‘a big man and a huge talent, clearly embarrassed by the standing ovation, Jake preferred to have a pint at the bar with the punters and didn’t really see what the fuss was about’. John took a business degree at Loughborough (‘my mum was stationed at Bletchley Park in WW2 and said Loughborough was quite nice’) and this was followed by a 30 year ‘accidental’ career in the laundry industry (‘I went to an interview in 1979 just for the travel expenses, and the buggers gave me a job!’). On learning of Jake’s passing in 2002, John decided that the songs were too good not to be kept alive, so he set about learning more of them. ‘Before I had decided what to do when I grew up, it was time for my midlife crisis. I told my wife, Carol that I wanted to give up the day job and sing Jake’s songs and she said – OK then – so I did!’ A few years ago John had the huge honour of performing at a memorial evening in Monmouth (which is where Jake and his family had moved to) attended by Jake’s widow, Sheila, and two of their sons (who signed the back of his guitar – now a much treasured possession). ‘The scariest gig of my life – but such a privilege!’ Members of the Thackray family are now actively supporting John’s research to write a biography of the great man, and John has, on occasions, been thrilled to be allowed to borrow Jake’s own guitar to play at gigs. ‘‘There is a line in ‘Last Will and Testament’ which cracks me up if I am playing the great man’s guitar - ‘….You can fish your trout with my fly and tackle, you can play upon my guitar…’ Brings a lump to the throat’’ John admits. John's appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music is obvious to his audience. His performance is a celebration of the man that was Jake Thackray – his life, his work and his genius – a genius which the new age of music lovers are in danger of missing out on. John is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his performance. When you wrap these ingredients up in the songs of Jake Thackray the result is a highly entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century. John has toured the show with Fairport Convention on their 6 week nation-wide tour, and has performed 20 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, earning several 4 star reviews. He has also been delighted to support Ralph McTell, Richard Digance, Vin Garbutt and many more of his music heroes. Radio appearances have included Radio 3s ‘The Verb’ with Ian McMillan, and Radio 4s ‘Great Lives’ with Matthew Parris and Isy Suttie. http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/greatlives/greatlives_201405 06-1659c.mp3 Fake Thackray is in increasing demand for clubs, festivals, village halls arts centres and theatres, as well as house concerts and after dinner engagements. ‘It is wonderful that Jake still has so many fans across the country, and the younger generation are catching on to a man who should be regarded as one of our greatest national treasures’ says John.

THURSDAY 27th OCTOBER 2016 - LUKE JACKSON
Tickets £10adv/12 *Advance booking recommended!*
Doors 8pm

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Luke is a young Roots Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category.  With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014”

Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of  Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and Lucy Ward

He has also completed two short tours of Scotland, which this year included playing at both the highly regarded Belladrum and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

He has recenty undertaken his first tour of Europe taking in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.  This was followed by a prestigious support slot on the Marillion tour to end 2014 and he has started 2015 with a series of joint headline shows with Amy Wadge.

His debut album ‘More Than Boys’ produced by the acclaimed Welsh Singer-Songwriter Martyn Joseph was released in 2012 to great reviews, as was the follow up ‘Fumes and Faith’ in early 2014.  This record was co-produced by Luke with Cardiff based American producer Mason Neely and further reflects his development as both a writer and performer.

Luke is an ever present in the live music scene, gigging relentlessly all over the country and he remains a prolific songwriter who has released a 7 track trio EP, “This Family Tree” independently in Spring 2015, described by Maverick magazine as “Two words, bloody brilliant” in their 5 star review. Luke plans a further full length album for 2016.

What They Say:

Reminds me of Jeff Buckley, which can only be a good thing – Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2

Two words, bloody brilliant - Maverick 5 star review

an outstanding heir to the likes of Richard Thompson and Martin Simpson  - Acoustic magazine

Luke has already acquired both an unmistakable voice and a strikingly individual vision – fRoots Magazine

It comes as no surprise that Luke Jackson is continually feted as one of the British folk scene’s bright young things – R2 Magazine

A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence – Mike Harding

He has a stage presence that many artists would kill for and a voice and guitar style that make you think that he’s a sixty year veteran who happens to have discovered the fountain of eternal youth –Fatea Magazine

If you think previous comparisons to Richard Thompson jump the gun, think again; because there’s something that sets this performance a discreet cut above the rest – Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review

Very powerful-impressive songs, individual playing and the singing-oh man the singing! – Folkcast

A sumptuous voice loaded with maturity and a melodically blessed guitar style – Spiral Earth

Luke Jackson sings with an extraordinarily rich voice and possesses a guitar technique astonishing for one so young. I first heard him sing four years ago and even then his songwriting suggested a performer of rare promise” – Steve Knightley, Show of Hands

A huge talent is emerging – Acoustic Magazine

“Luke Jackson has an incredibly mature and expressive voice that can holler the blues or give sensitive treatment to his own more personal tales” – R2 magazine


www.lukepauljackson.com

THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER 2016 - SUNJAY
Tickets £10adv/12 *Advance booking recommended!*
Doors 8pm

"Sunjay is very much the man of the moment. Not so much the flavour of the month is the flavour of the year." – Living Tradition


You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen that Sunjay is older than his 22 years.


With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audienceas though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he wasjust 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since.


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.


Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”. Sunjay clocked over a hundred tour dates in 2013 supporting the likes of Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson, Passenger, and Terry Reid. With three albums already to his name, (‘Seems So Real’ 2011, ‘One Night Only’ 2013 and 'Sunjay' 2014) Sunjay has just recorded his fourth release (“Black & Blues” released 30th November 2015).


"One of the best young pickers and singers around." - Mike Harding

"Already creating a stir with talents way beyond his years. A really soothing, natural sound and most definitely destined for bigger things." - Maverick Magazine
“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
“An amazing picker, a must see.” – Terry Reid
"Listen, watch and take note." - FATEA Magazine