Artists who appeared at our club during 2001

(Artwork by Ali)


Whilst we are a forward looking club, we are creating a little bit of musical history, so on these pages we have recorded information about some of the artists who have appeared at the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club in the past. (2001)

JAN 2001 FEB 2001 MAR 2001 APR 2001 MAY 2001 JUN 2001
JUL 2001 AUG 2001 SEP 2001 OCT 2001 NOV 2001 DEC 2001

Click below to see performers who have appeared at our club in 2000 or who are booked to appear in 2002

Year 2000

Year 2002



A special night of songs that have influenced the band, and some the stories behind them!


For a special Christmas party we introduce Cliff Stocker, the amazing frontman and founder member of the Lancashire based blues band Slack Alice and keyboard player Paul Lucker who is a current member of the band to Woodhall Spa, for a special night of acoustic orientated blues, jazzy and rootsy songs that have influenced Cliff throughout his long musical career, during which he has played with John Lee Hooker and other top names, and some of the stories behind those songs.

A singer whose gravel toned voice oozes the blues, Cliff also plays harmonica and acoustic guitar, alongside him talented keyboard player Paul Lucker provides superb backing. Both are excellent song writers in their own right, some of these songs will feature in this special set, as well as songs from Warren Zevon, Stevie Winwood, etc.

Regularly touring nationally and internationally as Slack Alice, who are one of the favourite acts at the Great British R'n'B Festival at Colne, this will be a very rare opportunity to see another side of this fabulous band at a small venue, and who knows they may bring along some special guests!

Ticket price - t.b.c ~ Tel 01526 343989 for details / reservations


Unfortunately due to other commitments there will be no gig in November


Please note 2 concerts ~ 2nd & 30th October

Click here for details of our concert on Tue 2nd October


Tuesday 30th October

"It might be said that Bob Everhart truly is America's Ambassador of traditional country music" (Country Music People, England)

We continue the American theme for our second concert in October when we bring the American duo Bob & Sheila Everhart to Woodhall Spa. They are joined on some numbers during their young step-dancing daughter Bobbie Lhea.

Bob plays 12 string acoustic guitar & harmonica, his wife Sheila plays upright acoustic bass and fiddle and also clog dances in the old Ozark Mountain style. Their music encompasses traditional country, bluegrass & prairie roots music in the style of Bill & Charlie Munroe (before Flatt & Scruggs), Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams Snr & Jimmie Driftwood.

Bob has performed some 22 concert tours in Europe during the past 20 years, the latest being last Autumn, during which Bob & Sheila performed at 'America's Traditional Music and Dance Festival' in Dublin

Bob is also president of the National Traditional Country Music Association of The USA (who sponsor & host the National Old Time Country & Bluegrass Music Festival (this year in Avoca, Iowa ~ 27 Aug to 2 Sep in 2001). The organisation has also organised America's Traditional Music and Dance Festivals in Europe, the duo performing at the 1998 Festival in Austria & 2000 Festival in Dublin.

Bob has produced & hosted the national PBS television show 'Old Time Country Music for 7 years & the 'Old Time Music Hour' radio programme. He has released 6 LP's on the Smithsonian/Folkways label, now available in CD format, 6 Tapes and 2 CD's released on the Prairie Music Records label.

This is Old Time Country music, the music of the Heartlands of America, which encompasses elements of country, bluegrass, folk, blues and Old Timey music, music which is now rarely heard in Britain's country music clubs.


2nd OCTOBER 2001


Tuesday 2nd October

One the most popular acts to appear in our first season as the Heart Of Lincolnshire Club, we are very pleased that Cathryn and Brian have included our little club on their Autumn 2001 tour.

The spectacular combination of Cathryn Craig's exquisite vocals & the stunning acoustic guitar work of Brian Willoughby, long time member of the renowned British band The Strawbs make for a superb evening of original acoustic music.

Nashville's wonderful singer songwriter Cathryn, who also plays guitar, is one of the finest acoustic singer songwriters touring today, she has worked & recorded with Emmylou Harris, Tom Paxton, Micky Newbury as well as featuring on a film soundtrack & TV. Her highly acclaimed debut album 'Porch Songs' which was actually recorded live on her back porch is regarded as a classic in acoustic roots circles, she followed this with an impressive second album simply titled 'Cathyrn Craig'. She established herself on the British music scene in the early 90's performing with country rock musicians Gary Hall & Mark Wilkinson.

Cathryn has teamed up with the skilful acoustic guitarist & songwriter Brian Willoughby. Brian is the lead guitarist with The Strawbs whom he joined in 1978, & he has since thrilled fans with his superb guitar playing.

He also played on Nanci Griffith's 1998 album 'Other Voices Too' & has toured as a member of Nanci's band in 1998 & 2000. Brian actually began his professional career as guitarist for Mary Hopkin, & he was later a session musician on Monty Python recordings. With Cathryn his technique & skill on the acoustic guitar is showcased perfectly, whilst songs such as 'Alice's Song' (written about Brian's autistic niece) & 'Black & White' (the title track of Brian's debut CD which features Cathryn & Mary Hopkin on vocals) written by Brian & Cathryn are full of meaning.

This excellent duo's songs & music will appeal to a wide audience, & this will be an ideal opportunity to see two supremely talented artists in the intimate setting of a small club. ~ Advance booking is advised for this concert.

For more information about Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby visit their website

Ticket price £4.00 - don't forget its free entrance for accompanied children - introduce them to great live music young!


We are pleased to be able to present 2 concerts at the club during September, one, Steve Tilston, has been planned for some time, but we have slotted an extra gig in at short notice which we hope will be supported by local blues fans, and also those from further afield



A night of exciting soulful funky blues is ensured as Big Joe Turner and His Memphis Blues Caravan bring their exciting show to Woodhall Spa, an unexpected but highly welcomed diversion from big city venues such as Newcastle Opera House and Nottingham's Old Vic.

Big Joe was born in Jackson, USA but regards Memphis as his adopted home. Working his way up through Southern Juke Joints to play alongside blues legends such as BB King and Albert King. Indeed Big Joe Turner features on many of the recordings now regarded as the foundations of blues history.... and is one of the few remaining exponents of the 'true Memphis sound'.

With accolades such as Best Bass Player (British Blues Awards), Big Joe has played at the World's Top venues, including Ceasar's Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Madison Square Gardens and festivals throughout UK, Europe and USA. Big Joe was also BB King's Musical director and with his experience, his 6 piece band featuring American and French artists is a blend of the finest young talent and musicians with vast experience including the sax player from the Late Luther Allison's band, all have top flight experience! Led by the amazing Memphis vocalist Kevin Brown who is one of the finest of a new generation of blues singers, an artist whose memorable performances are full of soul and emotion.

Update! Joining the band for their concert at Woodhall Spa are special guest musicians Steve (the drummer with Texas) and the renowned guitarist Todd Sharpville from London.

The Memphis Blues Caravan have taken Europe by storm, their 2001 tour was a complete sell out!

For a venture as big as this the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club has support from Mark Jackson of The Eagle Lodge Hotel, this has enabled us to bring this tremendous act to Lincolnshire for the first time!

ADVANCE TICKETS £7.00 ~ tel Mark 01526 353231 / DOOR TICKETS (subject to availability) £8.00

For further information tel Tom & Ali 01526 343989

Steve Tilston



plus special guest SAMANTHA HOLMES

Thursday 13th Sept

"His musicianship is beyond question, while his arrangments set a standard against which other albums ought to be measured" (Daily Telegraph)

'Intoxicating & uplifting' (Mojo Magazine)

We are very pleased to be able to bring one of Britain's top singer-songwriters to Woodhall. Steve is also a critically admired guitarist whose style has an almost classical feel, indeed Steve toured as a musician with the Ballet Rambert. He has written classic songs such as 'Slips, Jigs & Reels' (covered by Faiport Convention) & 'Tom Paine'. He released his debut album as long ago as 1971, and since recorded numerous albums both as a solo performer, with Maggie Boyle and with the band Ship Of Fools (whose line-up also included guitar legend John Renbourn). Steve's work is influenced by a variety of styles, from English folk, Spanish, Classical & to Blues (he co-wrote 'Can't Shake These Blues' with Chris Smither), his vocal style is almost 'laid-back' which combines beautifully with his guitar work.



An added bonus for fans of the acoustic guitar will be the appearance of Samantha Holmes (of Dark Lantern) who will perform a short set of specially selected guitar orientated music and songs ~ her first appearance in Lincolnshire for a number of years!

With two great talents appearing in the intimate setting of the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club, this will be a very special night!

For more info visit the Steve Tilston website.

Ticket price £4.00 (free entrance for accompanied children)


JULY 2001

Unfortunately David Rovics who was scheduled to appear will not be touring UK during July as he was unable to book enough gigs to make the trip viable, we hope to be able fit Dave in on his next tour.


Tuesday 17th July

An acoustic duo who perform stunning original songs, they haven't looked back since the release of their superb debut album of original songs entitled 'By The Skin Of Our Teeth' in '97. Now four years after that release they have a great new CD due out at the end of May 2001, aptly entitled 'Matter Of Time'. Singer songwriter Dave Wilson is known for his excellent and emotive songs which have featured prominently in the annual Lincolnshire Folk Song Competitions since their inauguration in the early 90's ('My Country, My County My Home' / 'Yellowbelly Man' / 'Dream Of A Working Man' ~ placed 2nd song in 1999) , recently Vin Garbutt has included Dave's song 'Storm Around Tumbledown' in his repertoire, bringing Dave's songwriting skills to a wider audience. The duo perform mostly original songs in true singer-songwriter style, songs full of emotion, songs which paint pictures of life and times. Dave plays acoustic guitar and sings, whilst Kip Winter Wilson provides stunning vocals & harmonies, whilst Dave plays acoustic guitar, some harmonica and sings on some songs including 'Bound By Pride'. For more information check out the Winter Wilson website.

Now booking! ~ Tickets £3.50 ~ email for details


JUNE 2001


Thursday 28th June

We are pleased to bring the virtuoso hammered dulcimer player to the Heart Of Lincolnshire Club. Born in Massachusetts, Jim has been a favourite with British audiences since he first played in the UK in 1981. He has been resident here since 1982, he has worked both as a solo performer and with The D'Uberville Ramblers. Jim's mesmerizing playing of the wonderful and unique Appalachian instrument and arrangements of traditional songs many originating from the mountains of America are both captivating & relaxing. A world class musician, Jim features on 'Ovo', Peter Gabriel's musical project / album celebrating the Millennium, Jim plays hammered dulcimer on 'The Time Of The Turning (reprise) / Weavers Reel' track. The 'Ovo' musical show was also performed in the Millennium Dome. In addition Jim has performed on TV shows including BBC One's 'Pebble Mill at One' and ITV's 'Coast To Coast'. His unique skills have been showcased by Icelandic pop star Bjork, Jim playing on her CD 'Post', on national radio, BBC Radio 1 (Andy Kershaw), 2 (Folk On Two) & 4 (The Music Box / BBC Schools Orchestra). The hammered dulcimer is a multi stringed instrument whose origins are lost in the mists of time, but probably originated in the middle east and was popular in Eastern Europe, before being taken up by the people who played Old Time music in the USA's Appalachian Mountains. Jim plays & sings old time Mountain music and modern popular and classical pieces. If you haven't heard a hammered dulcimer played professionally, this is as good as it gets! Jim's playing lives long in the memory of those who have seen this popular artist in action.

Now Booking! ~ Tickets £4.00 ~ email for details

MAY 2001

Unfortunately Ruth Wyand who was due to appear at the club in May has had to postponed her May tour due to family illness, she hopes to reschedule her UK tour for October 2001 ~ We have been fortunate to be able to bring a top blues duo to the Heart Of Lincolnshire on the date originally scheduled


Thursday 17th May ~ £4.00

Lincolnshire based blues duo featuring Old Cootie (alias Dick Appleton) on acoustic steel and wooden bodied guitars plus some vocals & The Harpman (alias Ken Mayle) blues harp & vocals. "Strong harp & fine slide guitar ... Harpman does most of the vocals and has a good lived-in bluesy voice. .... Acoustic fans will find this duo worth watching out for" (Blueprint). They perform material from the early days including Slim Harpo, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Rev.Gary Davis .... their 1999 CD "An Hour From The .... Crossroads Diner' is homage to those hard travellin', hard drinkin', hard workin' days in the dustbowls, cottonfields and gin joints of a bygone era, except that the blues are as relevent today as they ever were" (Indie-pendant Blues). Dick is well known in folk circles, whilst Ken is frontman with the Walter Harpman Band, together they take the blues right back to the Delta, back to the Crossroads where the story began, go there with them and taste the blues at the Crossroads Diner!

APRIL 2001

Our first sell out gig at Woodhall!


Thursday 12th April ~ £3.00

We are very pleased to be able to bring a performer who is widely regarded as having one of the finest voices in Folk music as well as being a skilful guitarist. Bob supported Fairport Convention on their 2000 British Tour & will be appearing in the county twice in March (at the Heart Of Lincolnshire & Grimsby Folk Clubs). Prior to these two dates, it has been many years since Bob has appeared in Lincolnshire, he recalls appearing at the Alford Craft & Music Festival and at Boston Folk Club in the days of The Copper Kettle.

Bob began his professional career in 1975, working with fellow north easterner Tom McConville. After 2 very successful years they parted company & Bob formed a new duo with ex Hedgehog Pie man Stu Luckley. This proved to be one of the most innovative & highly acclaimed collaborations ever seen on the folk scene, their debut album 'Nowt So Good'll Pass' which was voted Folk Album Of The Year and remains a unique & classic album. Before parting to pursue individual projects in 1982 they had performed at many major folk festivals, including Cambridge & Cropredy. Since then Bob has worked mainly as a solo artist, and for many years he did not record, however inspired by a photographic archive he produced, with Benny Graham a song / slide show about the mining communities of Durham & Northumberland and together they produced a CD collection of mining songs 'How Are You Off For Coals', the following year he re-recorded a number of songs from his albums with Stu ('Box Of Gold'). In 2000, Bob celebrated 25 years as a professional, starting with his nationwide tour with Fairport and the release of his (long overdue & much requested!) debut solo CD 'Dreams Never Leave You' (which features guest appearances by members of Fairport), a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs. He performed an impressive solo set at Cropredy in summer 2000 and joined Fairport on stage during their concert to perform 2 songs from his album. The release of his solo CD has also stimulated radio interest with songs from his album being featured on 'Folkwaves' and Mike Harding's BBC Radio 2 Folk programme, which also included a session and interview with Bob in the autumn of 2000. In 2001 Bob will be touring USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Holland as well as the UK.

For further info visit the Bob Fox website.

MARCH 2001


Thursday 1st March 2001 ~ £3.00

We are very pleased to welcome back to the club A.G. & Kate who launched the Heart of Lincolnshire Club at its Woodhall venue in 2000.

A.G. & Kate are a duo from Holland, whose infectious music, with folk-styled vocals and old-time country instrumentals have thrilled thousands on both sides of the Atlantic.

Having heard the duo perform 'live in the studio' on Mick Smith's Country music programme early in 1999, we felt that their music which encompasses a variety of styles, including country, bluegrass, folk & Gospel would perhaps encourage a new audience into Lincolnshire's folk clubs. Little did we realise the musical pedigree of the duo we decided to book for our little rural folk club, following that radio show!

They have appeared at a number of major music festivals in the UK, including the Peterborough Country Music Festival, the Greenbelt Christian Festival & the Wembley Country Music Festival, & toured as far north as the Shetland Islands.

They have toured Holland, the UK and America playing their unique brand of old time country/ bluegrass, folk & Gospel, on 5 string-banjo, autoharp, mandolin & guitar, to audiences at clubs, festivals, in churches & prisons.

A.G. & Kate regularly complete 6 month tours of the USA. They have appeared at the Ozark Folk Centre in Mountain View, Arkansas, recording their latest CD 'Live in Mountain View, Arkansas'. During one of their programs in a high security prison in West Virginia, they were presented with a Mountain Dulcimer, made by Rick Ellison one of the inmates as a token of appreciation, it has been a wonderful addition to their other instruments.

They have also appeared at most of the big bluegrass festivals in the USA, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville & Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree.

Starting their musical career in 1972, they have been on the road full time since 1976, during this time they have recorded over 20 albums.

Tickets £3.00 / accompanied children free / Ticket Bookings 01526 343989





Emily credits her immersion in folk music from an early age as her inspiration to take up playing the guitar at the age of nine, Thirteen years on, Emily is an outstanding guitarist, and dabbles with the banjo, melodeon & keyboards. Her study of English has led to a natural development of her songwriting talents, her songs are captivatingly fresh and original in style, but despite her skills as a writer Emily has not turned her back on her musical roots. Emily's repertoire is vast and flexible, ranging from traditional and contemporary folk music to self penned songs & popular contemporary music. Her musical arrangements bleed an interwoven fusion of styles, showing traces of traditional folk with a rock and blues tilt. Emily has supported some top name artists including Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson, Show Of Hands, Fairport Convention, Martin Stephenson & even ex Feelgoods guitarist Wilko Johnson. "this gifted singer-guitarist .... is a name to watch out for, as she is manifestly heading for wide appeal & great demand" (Linda Fryd, Hollybush Folk Club). Emily has released a demo cd of 5 songs entitled 'Small Talk, Grand Ideas' For more information about this talented young performer visit the Emily Slade website


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