29th April Spotlight Singaround with
Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw

Ady Shaw and Jill Waterson have been performing as a duo since 2016.  They have a mixed repertoire that includes traditional, contemporary acoustic and Ady’s original songs, which have been described as ‘powerful and passionate’.  Their songs are varied in terms of type, tempo and mood – ranging from heart-wrenching to funny.  All their songs feature original arrangements and strong vocal harmonies.

Jill has been singing since she was knee-high to a grasshopper in various settings including musical theatre, choirs, an acappella quartet, and, of course, folk clubs and has recently taken up the Bass Guitar.

Ady’s first musical influences were Burl Ives, the  Ian Campbell folk group, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Ray Davies, Kurt Weill, Lennon and McCartney and Cole Porter.

He had three guitar lessons, and joined a pop band ,which after a year became a folk band and then played in a harmony based pop band, which after a year switched to folk, playing on the album “Stoke Folk “on Smoke Records in 1997, and recorded an album of original songs in Denmark St.

In the late 70’s Ady wrote a musical and came to Watford in 1977, where he played in bands and duos on the Working men’s club circuit for 30 years

In 2016, Ady decided to get back to his folk roots, and started coming to Watford Folk Club, where he has become a popular performer with a repertoire comprising his own original songs through to Traditional material and lots in between. Lately he has been joined by Jill Waterson.

Mitchell and Vincent ~ April 22nd

This coming Friday, April 22nd we welcome
Mitchell and Vincent.
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.