BOSTON FOLK CLUB 2017 PROGRAMME
Boston Folk Club retains the right to change the details of this programme without notice
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.
Monday 13 Feb
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.
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.
|Monday 10 Ap|
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.
(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.
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!"
Mon 12 Jun
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!|
Mon 10 Jul
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.
|Mon 11 Sep
Reg Meuross was voted Fatea Best Male Vocalist 2013 and his album 'England Green & England Grey' was voted FolkWords Best Album 2014.
Reg makes a welcome return to Boston Folk Club in September. He first emerged on Britain's music scene in the 1980s with The Panic Brothers and has, over the years of touring and playing solo as well as with many other acclaimed artists, developed a style that as Pete Townshend says "allows the listener to embrace the whole breadth of his work over many years without distraction ... he sings in the neutral accent of an Englishman who travels the entirety of the British Isles, and tastes all its flavours, influenced by all its most profound national colours. In this he reminds one of Roy Harper or Ewan McColl, recent greats who went before him."
In 1996 he released his first critically acclaimed solo album 'The Goodbye Hat' and was nominated for several music awards, including best song for 'Ring around the Roses'. The album marked the emergence of Reg as talented solo singer songwriter, whose songs paint soundscapes of rainbow words over a melodic canvas that leave the listener eager to explore his works further. He has gone on to release ten more solo albums, including three since his last appearance at the club in 2014, the aclaimed 'England Green & England Grey', 'December' (2016) and 'Faraway People' just released in July.
|If you haven't already experienced the warmth, humour and depth of Reg's performances then you are in for a treat. "Reg doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear ..." (PennyBlack Music).|
Reg is an extraordinary singer songwriter at the top of his game, accompanying himself on guitar and, as The Times says, bringing 'Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered'.
Music starts at 8pm, all are welcome.
Mon 9 Oct
A new name to the club, this Lincolnshire based acoustic trio feature Theresa Brewer, Tony Dobson and Rob Brewer. They play a variety of instruments including banjo, fiddle, mandodola and guitar.
Dogwood Union regularly perform at Acoustic Sessions at The Tempest, Coleby, where they are sometimes augmented by additional musicians. They also play at The Strugglers in Lincoln and have appeared at local festivals including the Potterhanworth Beer Festival. Earlier in the year they supported Winter Wilson at Harmston.
They play a lively blend of Folk and Celtic with Country and Americana music, and even the odd Rolling Stones song.
Music starts at 8pm, all are welcome to attend.
Mon 13 Nov
BETWEEN THE LINES
Between The Lines, the a popular Lincolnshire acoustic folk/roots trio feature Phil Biggs playing guitar, mandola and flute, Mark Addison on bass, mandolin and guitar and John Blanks vocals, guitar and mandolin. Formed in 2006 when songwriters Phil and Mark, playing in the Lincolnshire ceilidh band Akmed's Camel decided to form a duo outside of the the main band to perform their original songs and others that did not fit the ceilidh dance repetoire.
Soon after, Mark met John Blanks and together they wrote 'The Fallen of Fulstow', a song about WW1 which won the 2006 Lincolnshire Folk Song competition. The three teamed up as Between The Lines and Phil and Mark have since won the Song Competition in 2012 with 'Only You Can Go'.
The trio have recently been joined by multi-instrumentalist Dave Tucker who previously played for many years with the popular country rock band 101 Proof.
Between The Lines will perform their evocative original songs plus selected covers that fit well with their acoustic folk/country inspired sound. All are welcome to attend, music starts at 8pm.
Mon 11 Dec
More info to follow