It’s our 13th birthday and NaMara are our guests

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We are pleased to welcome our good friends Na-Mara to Watford Folk Club on Friday 15th October to help us celebrate our 13th birthday from 8pm – 11pm!!

Yes, we’ve been going for thirteen years although it only seems like yesterday when we opened the doors of The Colne River Room for the first time.

Herts-based duo Na-Mara are described by Folk London as “elegant and skilled musicians”. Paul McNamara and Rob Garcia perform in venues and festivals across the UK and have in recent times performed in France, Germany, Spain and China, and have featured in broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and a host of local radio stations. Their music includes self-penned songs in traditional style on contemporary and historical topics; traditional songs from the British Isles; their own translations of songs from the Breton, French and Quebecois traditions, and tunes from Brittany, France and the Spanish Celtic regions of Asturias and Galicia.

“…Na-Mara is one of today’s leading folk ballad duos on the British Folk Scene.” Michael Moll, Folk World, #70, 2019

Looking forward to a great night and to seeing you there for our Birthday celebration!

 

 

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Suggested donation :: £8

 

 

 

Craig Joiner on September 17th

We are excited to welcome Craig Joiner as our main guest on September 17th!

Craig-JoinerCraig has been a professional musician for over 25 years and has written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Heart, Bonnie Tyler, Eddie Money and Steps, and had his songs used in major Hollywood movies such as ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘102 Dalmatians’ and ‘Jack Reacher’, he has recently released his first ever solo album.

Craig’s incredible journey began back in 1987 when his band Romeo’s Daughter were signed to Jive Records and released their debut album a year later. The self-titled album was produced by the legendary Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange (Def Leppard, The Cars, ACDC, Shania Twain), spawned a whirlwind tour of the USA and saw the single ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ shoot up the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
Over the years their infectious music attracted the highest calibre of established artists with Heart covering their single ‘Wild Child’ on their multi-million selling album ‘Brigade’ achieving No.2 on the Billboard Rock All Play charts and Eddie Money having a huge hit with their track ‘Heaven In the Backseat’.

Following the demise of the band, Craig signed to Zomba Music and began writing library music for TV and radio where he was equally successful, having his music played on programmes such as ‘Friends’, ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Would I Lie To You’ ‘European Golf’ and Disney. He is currently signed to Universal and Zone Music where he continues this line of work.

As a session player Craig also has an impressive list of names he has recorded for including Tom Jones, Jane Wiedlin and Peter Collins.

In recent years Craig has been a stalwart of the Folk Club scene where he has gained an impressive following and where he honed the songs for the long-awaited solo debut album ‘Art of Landing’

Entry is by minimum donation of £8 and open from 7.45pm for 8pm start.

Look forward to seeing you there for a great evening!

Mandy Woods is our guest artist on September 10th

Mandy-Woods-smMandy, a seasoned writer and performer in both Europe and America, has spent most of her adult life giving in to wanderlust and crafting songs wherever she has happened to find herself on her unconventional journey. Many of them tell stories – about the ups and downs of relationships, about her own and other people’s struggles and quests, and about the myriad other twists of fate that have inspired her imagination.

Mandy grew up near Oxford, England, but spent a decade in Austin, Texas, where she sang with fellow singer-songwriter Lara Linette Straughan. After a number of years back in the UK, she made a return visit to the States in 2010, drawn to Nashville, Tennessee, where she wrote several songs with singer-songwriter Terri Calderon. She has since been back to Nashville several times to write and perform.

Mandy has performed in the UK with accomplished guitarist Harry Brzezinski; with Amanda Burgess in the duo Bluebird; with Jayne Ingles in Yellow Rose; with Annie Greig in The Mockingbirds; with the Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson; and with talented violinist Elliet Mackrell.
Mandy has been on our “bookings wish list” for some time but Covid got in the way, so we are excited to have her play for us next Friday.
See you then for what will be a great evening.
(Our special guest MC will be none other than Julian Mount!!!!)

The Fringe – 1st October 2021

On October 1st Watford Folk Club presents a superb evening of folk music, that is not to be missed!

Featuring Pete Nutkins, The Moorcrofters, Petrichor, Tom Lavin, The Stout Bros, and Julian Mount who will perform both traditional and contemporary folk songs and the best from our local singer/songwriter scene.

Pete Nutkins – has been involved in Folk Music since the 1960’s. His repertoire draws from both traditional and contemporary folk song including material from Great Britain and North America.

The Moorcrofters – are Nigel Moorcroft (lead vocals), Ellie Hill (virtuoso violin and vocals) and Steve McClennon (great guitar and vocals). They perform songs from both sides of the Atlantic and some of their own.

Petrichor – are Bob Templeman and Annette Burrows. Performing an eclectic mix of material ranging from Traditional Folk to American Standards dating from the 1930’s to the present day, Bob’s intricate guitar style complements Annette’s sublime vocals perfectly.

Tom Lavin –Folk based guitar and harmonica player, plays his own songs and Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison covers.

The Stout Bros -Neil and Stewart deliver acoustic music full of stories, protest, and emotion. Multi-instrumentalists, they present their own original songs and make traditional songs contemporary.

Julian Mount – is a songwriter, singer, and musician from St Albans.
His humorous and witty songs about people, places and dreams are accompanied by acoustic guitar and take a look at life always from a quirky perspective. Julian is an accomplished performer and excels at playing live.
For this event, Julian will be playing some of the many songs he has written during Covid Lockdown since March 2020.

Tickets are £8 for both live performance and live streaming
and are available from:
https://watfringe.co.uk/events/watford-folk-club/

UPDATE :: Song Competition 2021
::: TRAINS & BOATS & PLANES :::

The theme for our 2021 Watford Folk Club Song Writing Competition is:
::: TRAINS AND BOATS AND PLANES :::
(We do not expect songs to necessarily include “Trains and 
Boats and Planes”!)

The competition is open to receive entries until
midnight on Friday 1st October.

Download the entry form

The entries will be whittled down to ten finalists who will compete on
Friday 19th November.

Each finalist will play a warm up song in the first half of the evening, and then perform their competition entry before three celebrity judges in the second half.
After a short break, the winner and runner up will be announced!

The club is usually packed and comments from the audience include compliments on the slick organisation of the final as well as the friendly atmosphere with some visiting the club for the first time. One comment in our visitors’ book read ‘very enjoyable evening- the best folk club I have seen for many a long year!’
The competition is now a firmly established feature in the Folk calendar and many of the songs have entered the Folk canon.

Songs may be submitted by two methods:

  1. Either on CD with artist/artists’ names and song title written on it by mail with accompanying entry form and lyrics to:
    Watford Folk Club Song Competition 2021
    6 Avon Close
    Watford
    WD25 0DN      

     

  2. Or a digital audio recording, (MP3/WAV/AIFF format or similar) plus attached entry form and lyrics by email to: watfordfolkclub@outlook.com quoting “Watford Folk Club Song Competition 2021” in the subject box.

With less than a month to go ,we look forward to receiving your entries

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Forthcoming Events

Here’s a brief listing of upcoming bookings:
Suggested minimum donations:
    ⇒ Singarounds £5,
    ⇒ Guest nights £8 
Date Artist
10-Sep Mandy Woosd
17-Sep Craig Joiner
24-Sep Singaround
01-Oct TBA
01-Oct The Fringe
08-Oct Singaround
15-Oct NaMara
22-Oct Singaround
29-Oct TBA
05-Nov Singaround
12-Nov TBA
19-Nov Song Comp Final
26-Nov Singaround
03-Dec TBA
10-Dec Elizabeth & Jameson
17-Dec Christmas Singaround
24-Dec Closed
31-Dec Closed