Spotlight Singaround with
Ray Owen – 1st April

Spotlight Singaround with RAY OWEN   £6

Ray’s musical journey began in 1962 as bass player in a teenage band.  After a series of promising but unsuccessful record releases and songs published, a bit of success arrived 12 years later when Ray and a friend won the Opportunity Knocks Songwriting Contest.

When the record of the song only reached number 38 in the charts, Ray cancelled the order for the Bentley!

Ray’s first real introduction to folk music was attending, in the mid 1980’s, a production of “Lark Rise”, featuring The Albion Band.

A couple of years later Ray wandered into The Watford Folk Club and has enjoyed playing and listening ever since.

A well-received tape (produced by Ady Shaw) in the early 90’s enabled Ray to get a series of guest bookings at folk clubs in Herts, Bucks, Oxfordshire and Middlesex.

This century Ray has enjoyed playing solo and also being part of Jus S’posin for a while, as bass player, as singer/guitarist in harmony trio “Debbie Wears The Trousers”, and as original bass player in DWTT electric spinoff, “Marchant”.

(Though closer to 80 than 70) Ray still enjoys writing, performing and learning new stuff.

Mitchell and Vincent ~ April 22nd

This coming Friday, April 22nd we welcome
Mitchell and Vincent.
 
Entry is by £12 minimum donation (Cash or Card)

Based in Somerset they bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles, as well as original material drawing on the folk traditions, using varied arrangements to create stories with their tune sets as well as songs.
 
Both Graham and David are also trained luthiers and play instruments hand-crafted by themselves.
 

After first meeting in a ceilidh band, they decided to form a duo and since then have gone on to perform concerts around the UK (including festivals such as Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Oxford, Lyme Regis and Beverley) as well as supported renowned musicians including Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE, Jackie Oates, Damien O’Kane and Kate Rusby as well as Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones.

Acoustic magazine praised their playing as, “Stunning”;
FATEA said, “Music that is beautifully played”;
Bright Young Folk described their performance thus, “Their sound is much deeper and richer than you would expect from an acoustic duo. Intricate instrumentalism and pulsing rhythms abound … providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”
Folk Radio review: “Sitting still to these might suggest that something is very wrong with you.”…”Timeless; exquisite production; great selection of tunes; social commentary. What’s not to like? Nothing.

 

Spotlight Singaround with
Tom Lavin – 11th March

Tom Lavin is folk based guitar and harmonica player, playing his own songs and Dylan Neil Young, Van Morrison covers.

A regular and popular performer the Club, Tom will play two 20-minute sets at the end of 1st & 2nd singaround sessions.

We’re really looking forward to hearing Tom’s selection from his extensive repertoire.

Entry is by £6 minimum donation on the door from 7.45 pm.