BOSTON FOLK CLUB 2017 PROGRAMME

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Winter / Spring Season 2017


Monday 9th January

JOHN HUBBERT & BARRY FORBES

Barry and John performing at the 50th Anniversary Party at Boston Folk Club

Boston Folk Club enters its 51st year with two highly respected local musicians ,Barry Forbes (harmonica / keyboards) and John Hubbert (Guitar/slide) who performed a very well received two song spot at the 50th Anniversary, having the opportunity to play a full set upstairs at The Eagle in West Street, Boston this coming Monday, 9th January at guests of the club. Barry and John have been performing locally for many years and were members of highly respected Witham Delta Boys in the 90s. John (guitars/vocals) and Barry (keyboards/harmonica/vocals) play authentic old time Delta style acoustic blues including Robert Johnston songs as well as some orginal numbers inspired by their own experiences. Admisson is £6.00 and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the music from 8:15pm.

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Monday 13 Feb

PENNYLESS

Pennyless performing at Day of Lincolnshire Folk 2016

February's guests at Boston Folk Club are one of Eastern England's hardest working bands. Featuring Penny Stevens, Les Woods, Graham Dale and Colin Benton, Pennyless have a distinctly English sound, a melting pot of lively, quirky and mystical songs that draw influences from folklore, medieval history and their own musical minds.

The multi-instrumental troubadours play fiddle, flute, guitar, bouzouki, whistle, mandolin and djembe, to name but a few, their instrumental arrangements are both irresistibly fiery and melodically golden, overlaid with warm harmony vocals.

The band's influences are diverse, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, Jethro Tull intertwined with Syd Barrett, the lesser known Vasmalon, (a Hungarian dance band) and reams of English folklore, poetry, history and legend. Their entertaining live show, which you can enjoy upstairs at The Eagle pub, West Street, Boston will feature original material drawn from their five albums, the latest 'In The Park' released in 2016, as well as the occasional roof raiser from the Irish, European or American roots tradition.

Entry is £6.00 on the door, music starts at 8.15pm, all are welcome.

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Monday 13 Mar

THE KING BISCUIT BOYS

The King Biscuit Boys, Jon Townsend & Craig Stocker playing at Blues In The Fold 2015, Bransford, Worcestershire

On Monday 13th March The King Biscuit Boys appear at Boston Folk Club, they play a wide mix of genres from

Blues and Country Blues to Originals, Rags and interesting songs played in great style by 'Lonesome' Jon Townsend and 'Young' Craig Stocker.

The King Biscuit Boys take you back to the Delta with a real down home feel. Sizzling guitar work from Jon and amazing harmonica playing from Craig who also plays drums, percussion, melodia and much more. Also Jon has a rich, melodic voice that is perfect for singing the blues.

An exciting duo, they entertain audiences at festivals and gigs all over the UK with their infectious music. Their latest cd is entitled 'Got My Eyes On You', which is attracting lots of airplay and in August 2016 it was the 17th most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association.

Their live shows are interspersed by emotion filled songs and humourous numbers which is the epitome of the Blues, A Must See.

Everyone is welcome at Boston Folk Club which is found upstairs at The Eagle in West Street, Boston. Gig start time is 8.15pm, tickets are priced at £6 and are available on the door. There will also be floor spots from musicians, singers and poets after the first set from The King Biscuit Boys.

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Monday 10 Ap

LOUISE JORDAN

Louise made quite an impact on her first appearance at Boston Folk Club, so the club is very pleased to welcome her back. This independent artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer feels nowhere more at home than on the road! She has already undertaken 9 UK and 2 European tours, with appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the National Theatre and the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as performing in Denmark, Holland and Germany!

Described by renowned folk broadcaster Mike Harding as "Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant", Louise is a gifted instrumentalist playing guitar, piano and cello, but it is her voice which is most often celebrated as the pinnacle of her trade mark sound: captivating, powerful and evocative.

Louise released her third album 'Veritas' a uniquely English record in Autumn 2014 and has followed this with 'No Petticoats Here', an album which looks at a less known side of WW1, the songs the reflecting the extraordinary and inspirational achievements of women working in many spheres.

Listen to Louise talking about the stories of these women on BBC Radio Lincolnshire broadcast 24 Mar, available for 30 days

(Interview with Louise approx 2hrs 5min into show )

Her shows are a mix of self penned acoustic songs blended with her innovative arrangements of traditional songs.

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Monday 8 May

LYNNE HERAUD & PAT TURNER

Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner have been performing seperately and together on the folk circuit for many years.

In the 70s Lynne sang in a duo with Sue Ashby and later in the trio Tom, Dick and Harriet, whilst Pat toured with the folk band Filigree. She and Lynne joined Pete Cunningham to form Brandis.

In 2003, they became a permanent duo releasing the first CD 'Parallel', since then thay have released three more albums, the latest being 'Far Distant Stars', featuring original and traditional music. They play a variety of instruments including guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles, coupled with their most important instruments (their voices). Their live shows are a unique blend of stunning song and harmony plus humour, a mix that takes their audiences on a roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut in glorious vocal harmony!"

Entry £6.00

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Mon 12 Jun

MICHAEL CHAPMAN

Michael has been 'on the road' for over 50 years! Born 76 years ago in Leeds, he first made his name on the London and Cornish folk circuits in 1966. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material, he established a reputation for his intense and innovative guitar playing. Signed to EMI's Harvest label he recorded a quartet of classic albums. LPs like 'Rainmaker' and 'Wrecked Again' defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound.

Featuring the guitar of Mick Ronson (David Bowie) and Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span) on bass, his influential album 'Fully Qualified Survivor' was John Peel's favourite album of 1970. The album featured the Chapman 'hit', 'Postcards of Scarborough', a characteristically tenderly sour song recounting the feelings of nostalgia and regret.

Chapman is known as one of the UK's best finger picking style guitar players, continuing the musical lineage with its roots in the 60s music clubs that that includes the likes of Ralph McTell, John Martyn, Davey Graham & Bert Jansch. Now well into the 21st century Chapman is still active touring and recording and his playing is on top form.

There are regular releases of new recordings, the latest '50' marks Chapman's 50th anniversary as an artist (2017) and features a full band sound for the first time for some 20 years, 'Fish' (2015) features guitar instrumentals and archive recordings such as 'Live at Folk Cottage' (2013) extend Michael's already extensive catalogue. For those who have worn out their old vinyl LPs, and those who have yet to discover Chapman's early material, 'Rainmaker', Fully Qualified Survivor', 'Wrecked Again', 'Window' & 'Playing the Guitar The Easy Way' have been reissued by USA label Light in The Attic on CD and vinyl format as a complete reissue series of his early work on EMI's Harvest label.
This is a very rare opportunity to see Michael in an intimate small club venue, back to his roots, now with 50+ years experience behind him, this is sure to be a very special concert to close the 2017 Spring season upstairs at The Eagle!
Tickets £8.00
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Mon 10 Jul

SINGAROUND

The club host a Singers Night, giving a stage to many of the excellent local musicians and singers. These form the backbone of the evening, and indeed the club, but with the holiday season here, you never know who may turn up on the night from further afield! All are welcome to come along and play and sing or just enjoy the music in the intimate atmosphere with a listening and appreciative audience. Experienced, first-time and in-between performers can just give their names to the evening's compere on the night, and perform during the evening, all styles welcome. Music starts at 8:15pm


Mon 14 Aug

GYPSY BILL & DEL

A change to the club's summer programme, with a club debut by blues duo Gypsy Bill Williams and Del (Adele) from York, replacing the August sing-around. Guitarist / vocalist Gypsy Bill plays both acoustic and resonator guitars in authentic blues style, whilst Del provides great accompaniment on the upright bass. Bill is described as one of the great country bluesmen on the scene today. This fiery, powerful player is a direct continuation of the original bluesmen, a close 'cousin' to the likes of Seasick Steve and Gordon Smith. He has plyed his trade round the streets of Europe as a busker, after starting out working the fairgrounds, his travels led to his moniker 'Gypsy'. Inspired by Fred McDowell, Son House and Piedmont blues man the late great John Jackson, a great influence on Gypsy's style. Bill and Del also play in the renowned Northern blues band Gypsy Bill and The Resonators.

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Mon 11 Sep

REG MEUROSS

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Mon 9 Oct

DOGWOOD UNION

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Mon 13 Nov

BETWEEN THE LINES

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Mon 11 Dec

CHRISTMAS PARTY

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