BOSTON FOLK CLUB 2016 PROGRAMME
Boston Folk Club retains the right to change the details of this programme without notice
Winter / Spring Season 2016
Monday 11th January
The club opens its 2016 season with a Singers Night, many of the excellent local musicians and singers form the backbone of the evening, but you never know who may turn up on the night from further afield, the only way to find out is to go along on the night as see for yourselves, music starts at 8:15pm
Monday 8 Feb
Boston Folk Club's first guest of 2016 is the exciting American Delta style bluesman Kent DuChaine. Kent has been regularly touring the UK for over 20 years and has built up a cult following around Lincolnshire, this however will be his first gig in the town of Boston.
Kent's life is steeped in the blues, he attended two of the legendary Ann Arbor Blues Festivals, headlined by great performers such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, who he'd later play with.
A stunning slide guitar player, another blues great, Willie Dixon an early admirer of Kent's distinctive playing arranged a recording contract for his band. Kent's dedication and talent for the blues later earned him the honor of opening shows for Bukka White and he learnt some of Bukka's playing techiques which he still demonstrates during his amazing live performances. After a 10 year search Kent discovered his beloved 1934 National Steel guitar, 'Leadbessie', and soon the two became 'road warriors' and for over 30 years have been paying their dues to the blues across the USA and Europe.
DuChaine's sets include some wonderful classic old-time Delta blues numbers as well as some original songs which show the blues is still alive along the endless highways he and his historic guitar travel.
On Monday 8th February, Kent and 'Leadbessie' bring their authentic blues to The Eagle in Boston, entry is £6.00 and music starts at 8.15pm. A night no blues lover should miss!
More info to follow
Monday 14 Mar
Gerry Colvin makes a welcome return to Boston Folk Club on Monday 14th March. He has appeared there a number of times both as a solo performer and with the popular band Colvinquarmby. Gerry has long musical pedigree, in the early 80s he was a founder member of legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit 'Terry & Gerry', a seminal band who toured Europe and USA and appeared on 'The Tube' and 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' TV shows. In the 90s Gerry worked as a professional songwriter in Nashville and collaborated with Alison Moyet. A highly regarded writer, in 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album 'Jazz Tales of Country Folk'. His story songs conjure up strong images and can make the listener laugh and cry and have been descibed as 'brilliant' by the renowned Show Of Hands musician Phil Beer. Gerry has performed on some of Britain's biggest stages including the Royal Albert Hall in 2015, supporting Status Quo on their "Aquostic - Live", you can see him performing much closer to home, upstairs at The Eagle, on West Street, Boston. The club is open to members and non-members, admission is £6.00 and music starts at 8.15pm.
Monday 11 Apr
Dave Nachmanoff by Anne Burghard
American singer/songwriter Dave Nachmanoff comes to Boston Folk Club as part of his European Tour. Dave, inspired by Pete Seegar, country rock, 80s new wave and folk musicians such as The Kingston Trio and Fairport Convention has developed a rich melodic sound and is an award winning songwriter.
This talented multi-instrumentalist has played guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more as a sidesman for many artists. Less than 20 years after seeing, as an audience member, the renowned singer/songwriter Al Stewart performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Dave returned to perform there as an accompanist with Stewart's band. He also played on and produced Al's latest album, the live 'Uncorked'. Including this, Dave has released ten albums, with an eleventh 'Spinoza's Dream' scheduled for release in May 2016.
Dave Nachmanoff is the guest, upstairs at The Eagle in Boston on Monday 11th April, admission to the gig is £6.00 and music starts at 8.15pm. All are welcome.
Mon 23 May
RICHIE PARRISH RICHIE
Note due to touring considerations, this club night is not on the 2nd Monday of the month
One of the most popular groups to appear in Boston in noughties were the Canadian band Tanglefoot whose regular visits to the town until they split in 2009 were eagerly awaited by their many fans in the area.
RPR, featuring brothers Steve and Rob Ritchie and Al Parrish, the heartbeat of that dynamic band initially returned to Boston as a trio in 2013, playing to full house.
RPR's live performances are stunning, superb songs are lifted to a higher plane by amazing harmonies and excellent musicianship and for their 2016 tour the original trio are joined by percussionist Beaker Granger. Together they will be playing favorites from Tanglefoot days as well as songs from their album 'Trans Atlantic' and new material upstairs at The Eagle, West Street in Boston as guests of Boston Folk Club on Monday 23rd May, admission price is (to be confirmed), music starts at 8.15pm, all are welcome.
Mon 13 Jun
Scottish singer-songwriter Dave Gibb is the guest at Boston Folk Club on Monday 13th June.
A new name to the Lincolnshire lowlands, Dave hails from the highest village in Scotland, Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway! A winner of the Open Stage award at Celtic Connections some years ago, Dave has since cemented his reputation as a fine entertainer and talented and prolific songwriter, he has released nine albums since 1999, the latest 'Motherload' in 2015.
His live performances include songs that bring to life Dave's Scottish heritage, be it anecdotal stories, tall tales or humerous offerings, as well as story-songs that draw on wider influences. There are also excellent covers of artists such as Mississippi John Hurt and Cyril Tawney that are enhanced by Dave's warm earthy voice and superb fluent fingerstyle guitarwork.
Enjoy an absorbing and relaxing evening of music from Dave Gibb upstairs at The Eagle in West Street, Boston. Music starts at 8.15pm and entrance is £6.00.
Mon 11 Jul
Mon 8 Aug
Mon 12 Sep
Mike Wilson & Damien Barber
Mike Wilson and Damien Barber, two of the finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United Kingdom open an exciting Autumn Season at Boston Folk Club on Monday 12th September. Later in the year artists from USA will be coming, this month however sees two distinctly British artists appearing in the club's intimate setting
The duo have very different yet musically comparable backgrounds, Mike is the youngest member of the renowned Wilson Family from Teeside whilst Damien grew up in the more genteel East Anglia countryside.
Both have in common a love of the traditional music of Britain, Damien a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina, is heavily influenced by the traditional Norfolk singer Walter Pardon, and also by Peter Bellamy whilst Mike is a powerful singer whose musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East, both rural and industrial folk song, traditional and modern.
Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson. The duo who were nominated for Best Duo in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards will be performing upstairs at The Eagle Pub on West Street, Boston. Music starts at 8.15pm, entry is £6.00 on the door, all are welcome.
Mon 10 Oct
American artists Hungrytown featuring lyricist, singer and guitarist Rebecca Hall and multi-instrumentalist Ken Anderson from Vermont make a very welcome return to Boston. They first appeared at the club in Sep 2015 and with their great songs and music coupled with sparkling personalities and humour made a great start to last Autumn's season!
Hall's voice has been praised as having "a sweetness and a worldly wisdom in perfect balance" by Roger McGuinn, co-founder of folk-rock godfathers The Byrds.
The duo who have been touring America, Europe and New Zealand extensively for more than a decade have recorded three highly acclaimed albums, the latest 'Further West' was released earlier this year. Their original songs are influenced by traditional Americana, psychedelic folk and have tints of Nashville Gothic.
They will be bringing their amazing lyrical talents, soaring harmonies and impressive musicianship to The Eagle Pub in West Street, Boston, music starts at 8:15pm, everyone is welcome. Come along on the night and enjoy their show!
Mon 14 Nov
Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
American singer-songwriter Cathryn Craig and vituoso guitarist Brian Willoughby make a welcome return to Boston Folk Club as November's guests. Cathryn who hails from Virginia has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter, whilst Brian is renowned for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar.
With a combined working history reading like a Who's Who of household names in music70; Righteous Brothers, Mary Hopkin, Chet Atkins, Strawbs and many more, Cathryn and Brian have been touring as a duo for more than a decade. With ten albums during their time together, their memorable live performances feature a wealth of well-crafted original songs enhanced by superb acoustic guitar work. Evocative Songs such as 'Alice's Song' which was an Aled Jones "Highlight of The Year", 'Mr Jefferson' and 'Malahide Moon' feature in their live shows along with some lovely covers such as 'The Snake' and traditional old-time American songs.
As well as great songs and music, their sparkling personalities and keen sense of humour add that special X factor to their shows, so if you love acoustic music make sure you are upstairs at The Eagle, West Street, Boston on Monday 14th November, music starts at 8.15pm, everyone is welcome.
Mon 12 Dec
50th ANNIVERSARY & CHRISTMAS PARTY
Boston Folk Club will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary at this year's Christmas Party which will take place upstairs at The Eagle in Boston on Monday 12th December.
The seeds of the club were first sown in April 1966 at the height of the 60s Folk Revival, when Bryan Hunt and Patrick O'Shaughnessy ran a 10 week course on British traditional music at Pilgrim College where more than 100 people witnessed enthusiastic students performing the music and songs they had learnt in the classroom at the Boston Folk Song Society's 'wildly successful' opening night at Blackfriars.
As summer turned to autumn, audiences dwindled but a fresh approach, when local musicians and singers were encouraged to perform not only British traditional music but also the increasingly popular contemporary songs by artists such as Bob Dylan brought a new lease of life to the embryonic Boston Folk Club.
To this day this non-profit making club has brought national and international artists to Boston including Mike Harding, Dick Gaughan, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, Bernard Wrigley,Iain Matthews, Dave Cousins and American bluesman Kent DuChaine, as well as one of the shining stars of the modern folk generation, Kate Rusby.
Its not just artists from out of the county who have graced the stage though, local musicians and singers have honed their skills at the club's 'Singers and Musician' nights and floor spots on guest evenings. One of these is Dave Wilson who, with the duo Winter Wilson has since gone on to tour the UK and Europe, and in 2017 will take his songs to Australia and New Zealand.
The Christmas Party night will feature many of the local musicians who have regularly performed over the years, including Winter Wilson, Kate Abbott, Patrick Purves and many more, as well as others from further afield such as Mike Jones and members of the legendary Boston Folk Orchestra. Everyone is invited to join the musical celebrations which are sure to have a festive flavour. Entry is £3.00 to go towards the refreshments, music starts at 8.15pm.