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November 2018

New Roots – Part 1

November 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Watford Folk Club have always been active in promoting new acts on the Folk Scene in addition to established artists. We were so impressed with this year’s New Roots Finalists that we decided to dedicate two nights to showcase their talents. Tonight features: Ellie McCann ,Kirsty McLachlan, Lizzy Hardingham, and Elye Cuthbertson Ellie McCann Kirsty McLachlan Lizzy Hardingham Elye Cuthbertson Part 2 is on Friday, December 14th

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Daughters of Tradition

November 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Daughters of Tradition are a 3 piece band new to the Folk World. Natasha Bojanowski (melodeon and vocals), Jenny Cox (whistles and vocals) and Abigail Reid (fiddle and vocals) give vibrant and powerful performances drawing on rich backgrounds in the folk and Morris worlds, with energetic tunes and dances, rich harmonies, and a deep rooted love of traditional music. Having heard them perform individually, we’re looking forward to welcoming them to Watford as a band and we’re really pleased that…

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Folk Song Competition Final

November 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

      This is our 7th annual Write a Folk Song Competition This year’s theme is "Folklore and Superstition" and the evening is your chance to see the ten finalists present their songs to a panel of judges. This is a very special evening featuring a wealth of local song writing talent. Definitely not to be missed! We always get great comments about the finals including the amount of song writing skill on display, the organisation and presentation of…

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December 2018

New Roots – Part 2

December 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Watford Folk Club have always been active in promoting new acts on the Folk Scene in addition to established artists. We were so impressed with this year’s New Roots Finalists that we decided to dedicate two nights to showcase their talents. Tonight features: Clarke Camilleri & Sam Brothers Clarke Camilleri Sam Brothers  

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January 2019

Martyn Wyndham-Read, Doug Jenner & Roly Taylor

January 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

The story of the Australian poet Henry Lawson will be told by Martyn Wyndham Read, Doug Jenner and Roland Taylor     Henry Lawson was born in the New South Wales gold fields in 1867, and went on to live a colourful life, becoming one of the best known Australian writers of his generation. He wrote short stories and ballad-like poems, illuminating the lives of rural, working Australians. Lawson is often called "Australia's greatest writer." During the colonial period, he…

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February 2019

Bernard Hoskin

February 8 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Bernard Hoskin is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge whose distinctive and original sound is based upon English song writing and world music rhythms as well as the more common folk, country and blues styles. An experienced performer, he accompanies himself on 6 and 12 string guitars and mandolin playing a mixture of original and traditional songs and covers.

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Kelly Oliver

February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

Kelly Oliver is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonicist, hailing from Hertfordshire and described by The Times as an artist who 'blends traditional with bold, indie-pop'. She came to performing music a little later in life than many other of the rising stars of the UK music scene. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London and then travelling around Europe, Brazil and Argentina, her passion for folk music was ignited with a visit to Ireland. It was there that she…

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March 2019

Steve Turner

March 8 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.

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The Foxglove Trio

March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

The Foxglove Trio seek out lesser-known traditional and contemporary folk songs and, with care and creativity, transform them into moments of breathtaking beauty. Since forming in 2010 these talented musicians have built a powerful signature sound based on Patrick Dean’s bold melodeon playing, Cathy Mason’s intricate cello lines and Ffion Mair’s clear, soaring vocals. The Foxglove Trio's intriguing repertoire and imaginative arrangements are presented with an infectious energy and an effortless charm. Their passionate performances will captivate you and take you…

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April 2019

Elizabeth & Jameson

April 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £8.00

Elizabeth & Jameson is a stunning new collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth of traditional folk trio Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from folk-rock band Fred's House have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses their individual musical backgrounds. Playing all over the UK with Said the Maiden, Hannah’s influences are very much planted within traditional folk roots. This is in stark contrast to Griff's recent musical history, having penned…

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Martin Olyett

April 26 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £8.00

On FRIDAY 26 April 2019, we re-open after the Easter break with Martin Olyett as our guest. If you like sensitive singer-songwriter stuff, with subdued lighting, a melted candle stuck in an old Chianti bottle, and some self-penned songs that will make you sing, laugh, cry etc., come to Martin's gig CDs for sale too! (Favourably reviewed in previous Unicorn issues) Martin is a Luton lad who knows his way round a tune and one of the original founder members…

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May 2019

Chris Cleverley

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

Chris Cleverly has crafted a reputation as a songwriter of singular ability with characteristic original and traditional material that has resonated deeply with audiences up and down the UK. His unique brand of contemporary folk contrasts the calming, pastoral influence of a childhood spent roaming the foothills of the Brecon Beacons and Cornish coastlines, with the anxious frenzy of an urban mind shaped by 29 years in the UK’s bustling second city. The raw and at times unsettling honesty of…

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Clive Carey

May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Clive ‘Two Capos’ Carey, a regular performer at Chesham Folk club, is an accomplished guitarist and singer well known in the Three Counties, formerly with “The Romany”, and still occasionally performing with “Heartwood”.   Clive has a great voice and understated guitar style. An exponent of the “double capo technique”, his diverse repertoire guarantees an excellent set and a great evening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaGklvMMfGI   Clive has stepped in to replace The Delta Ladies who are unable to appear due to the…

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Tim Brooks

May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Tim Brooks performs solo at folk clubs, social events and festivals. His solo repertoire is a mix of traditional/traditional-style songs and fiddle tunes, mostly from the British Isles, but with other influences mixed in. Tim's songwriting credits include "The Devil in York" and "So Far From Home", both of which have been performed and recorded by several other artists, not least by Jim Mageean and the late, great, Johnny Collins. Tim accompanies himself on fiddle, guitar and occasional other instruments.

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June 2019

Paul Downes

June 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

Paul Downes' sensitive and yet fun approach to his live performances puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today. He has been introduced as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world. It is easy to see why when you see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but at the same time he considers himself as a singer of songs, rather than a guitar technician.

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