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

 

This week …

Suggested minimum donations:
    ⇒ Singarounds £5,
    ⇒ Guest nights £8 
Date Artist
03-Sep Singaround
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

 

BREAKING NEWS!!!!

We’re coming back!

On April 23rd we are pleased to present an online New Roots Night in conjunction with Folk at The Maltings.
Four New Roots Finalists will be performing:

Lilian Grace
Lilian Grace is a young singer songwriter who specialises in unaccompanied traditional English folk song. Her songs are full of haunting vocals and rich harmonies and are, on occasion, augmented by her minimalist use of concertina. Although still only 20 she has already self-released an E.P. of protest songs and has performed extensively as a solo artist. Death and the Lady, a collection of four traditional songs is due to be released on Wildboar Records autumn/winter 2019. She is presently working on an album of self-penned titles exploring the lives of influential women who have been forgotten or written out of history.

Robbie Sherratt
Robbie Sherratt is a fiddle player from the Staffordshire Moorlands. His debut album ‘Provenance’ draws from traditional music and melodies in and around his home county. Currently, Robbie is studying for a Master’s degree in Folk music at Sibelius Academy, Finland where he is honing his fiddling, teaching, and composing. He performs regularly in concerts and dance events in Finland, England and Estonia with duo Eva Väljaots and Robbie Sherratt and with the Helsinki Ceilidh Band.

Cathy Bennett
Cathy Bennett has been part of the Cornish folk scene all of her life and for the two years before the pandemic, she did lots of gigging all over Cornwall and beyond with her band Black-Eyed Nancy. She has now moved to Sheffield and New Roots was her first endeavour as a soloist. She sings a mixture of traditional and recently composed songs in both Cornish and English and also plays the viola, sometimes using it to accompany her singing. She also sings in a vocal trio with Katy Coope and Callum MacKellar.

Callum McKellar
Callum McKellar is a singer from Cornwall now living in Devon with a repertoire of unaccompanied songs focussed around the South-west and the West Midlands. He grew up attending folk festivals and began making music when he was around 15, when he joined a Morris side and began getting involved in singing in pub sessions. Around the same time, he was also singing for musical theatre productions, and in a folk acapella group as part of Wren Music. He has also been a performer and workshop leader with Streams of Sound since 2015.


They are all looking forward to performing for us and having seen their New Roots entry videos, we’re sure you’ll want to see them perform.

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Watford Folk Club At Watford Fringe


~ ~ New Date ~ ~
October 9th  ::  7pm – 8pm

Pete Nutkins, Lizzy Hardingham and Julian Mount present
a superb hour of folk music, that is not to be missed!


There will only be 30 TICKETS available for this event.
So, BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
Here’s the link for booking details and further info…
http://watfringe.co.uk/whats-on/?event=51154

(Tickets for Live Stream also available!)

Venue:
Pump House Watford – Colne River Room
5 Local Board Road