Steve Warner ~ June 17th

Steve Warner, UK based singer songwriter, musician, lyric writer and topliner writes in an acoustic/folk/singer songwriter style. Writing and performing for the past 10 years in various folk and acoustic venues in and around the London, he writes in an observational and storytelling style, with a knack of painting a picture in lyrics, melody and mood.

Entry is by £10 minimum donation (Cash or Card)


Working extensively with producer and singer songwriter Dan Wilde at Gladeside recordings, Steve has built an impressive catalogue of songs to get your foot stamping and your heart beating.

‘I really enjoyed hearing Steve Warner live. The delicate musicianship and tasteful production works really well alongside the powerful message.’ Jamie Roberts (singer songwriter)

‘Steve Warner makes a timely comment through his clever lyrics with an understated and heartfelt vocal performance’ Emily Slade (singer songwriter)

‘Steve’s warm arrangements soothes and comforts…then you listen to what the song is about. Masterful communication.’ Jon Bickley (invisible Folk club)

‘A beautiful man with songs you can’t forget, couldn’t help joining in with his songs’ Ward&Parker (band)

 

Daria Kulesh ~ May 6th

Daria Kulesh has been described by Mike Harding as “one of the finest voices and one of the most intriguing and interesting songwriters on the present folk scene”.

Entry is by £12 minimum donation (Cash or Card)


Her performances are refreshing and mesmerising, full of passion and magic. Mixing her Eastern roots with Western folk influences, she creates an original and exciting sound.

Daria’s debut release Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal”, her second album Long Lost Home has enjoyed rave reviews and multiple awards, including LCM Album of the Year, and her latest studio release Earthly Delights was named “one of the year’s finest albums” by Folk Radio UK.

Daria has toured extensively in the UK and Europe, sharing stories and songs that are deeply personal but feel universal and timeless. Every performance is an “emotional, compelling and uplifiting experience”, leaving the audiences “completely spellbound”.

Born in Russia but based in the UK for the last 15 years, she fearlessly explores her heritage and turbulent family history in Ingushetia (North Caucasus) with songs that “aren’t just sung, but lived”.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Polly Morris Band ~ March 4th

Polly Morris leads the musical comedy band that performs laugh-out-loud funny songs and also heartbreakingly poignant songs.

The band is well known for its tight harmonies, beautiful arrangements and moments to make you smile. Polly Morris is joined by Mandy Stansfield, Kate Hunter and Brian Harries for performances of originality, great music and surprising moments. Their audience interaction and flexibility to mould the performance to those who are there have lead to sell-out shows across the south. It’s always a pleasure to have Polly & the gang play for us, and it will be a night not to be missed.

Please Note:  Entry is by suggested donation of £12 (cash or card)

We look forward to seeing you !!

Petrichor cancelled ~ February 18th

Petrichor – concert cancelled

It seems that the weather forecasts for tonight are becoming more and more concerning, with very high winds and the possibilities of trees falling and flying debris.

We need to consider everyone’s safety and so our committee have decided the best course of action is to cancel Bob and Annette’s gig and reschedule.

We’ll announce the new date on FaceBook and our website.

It’s a real disappointment but hope that you understand.

We look forward to seeing you on the 25th for one of our regular singarounds.

Until then, take care and stay safe.

Winter Wilson ~ February 4th

We are pleased to welcome Winter Wilson to our club on Friday February 4th.

Now in their 9th year as full-time musicians, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with sometimes hilarious humour and tales of life on the road. Kip (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) “simply has a voice to die for” (John Roffey, Maverick Magazine), whilst Dave (vocals, guitar and banjo) is now rightly recognized as being amongst the top tier of British songwriters, with his songs sung in folk clubs across the UK and beyond. Together, their voices are sublime.

Please Note:  Entry is by suggested donation of £15 £12 (cash or card)

  You must wear a face mask to attend this event  

Breaking News: In view of the increasing cost of living and as a “thank you” for your continued support, we have reduced our recommended minimum entry donation from £15 to £12 for future guest nights (unless otherwise announced.)

We look forward to seeing you !!

Sam Brothers ~ January 14th

 

In light of the rule changes on face coverings announced yesterday, the Management Committee have instructed that
face coverings must be worn when attending any event or performance on-site at the Pump House.
  Sam Brothers is a 26-year-old singer-songwriter and performer, based in Canterbury, in the South of England. Although he is rooted in the raw traditions of the travelling Troubadour – he reflects the ever-changing world we live in through the wide eyes of his generation. With the face of an innocent, the voice of a fallen angel and with a deep knowledge far beyond his years, he offers a genuine and meaningful alternative to the pre-packaged, over-processed, trivia-twittering wannabees that dominate the airwaves and flood our screens.

Sam is a massive talent – a remarkable guitarist and unique song-writer, blessed with an astonishing voice that recalls the gentle sensitivity of Nick Drake, but underscored by the screaming power and swooping range of Jeff Buckley……. And with something more, an honesty and intensity that is purely Sam Brothers. His songs reflect the truths that his single-minded lifestyle and tough choices have delivered. Rooted in the raw passion of the early protest singers and touching on the beauty of the first wave of folksters – Sam’s songs are invested with echoes of Dylan, Buckley, Drake, Van Zandt, and all the stops along the long, old, lonely road that those illustrious names illuminate.

Sam truly has something to say, a unique way to say it and a collection of people who believe in him and will support him in the process. He is already a great performer and a star in the making, but a new kind of star, who has a message to deliver and the tools to deliver that message.

For a while now, Sam has been busy paying his dues and earning his spurs, in the old-school way, making just enough to live on and give him the time to write and create his first record and keep repairing the rustiest, old Ford Mondeo in the country!

Samuel Brothers is an artist for an emerging generation, who won’t settle for less than the truth and who are disillusioned with the trivia and inherent futility of the virtual world. This is a new generation artist for a new-generation audience, but rooted in old school values.

If you love music – you will love Sam Brothers

 

Elizabeth & Jameson ~ December 10th

 

In light of the rule changes on face coverings announced yesterday, the Management Committee have instructed that
face coverings must be worn when attending any event or performance on-site at the Pump House.
Elizabeth & Jameson is an award-winning collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth and Griff Jameson have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses both their individual musical backgrounds.  Hannah’s influences are firmly planted in traditional folk-roots, whilst in contrast Griff has formed his musical reputation within folk pop/rock genres.  Together as a duo Elizabeth & Jameson arguably offer the best of both backgrounds; this is simplistic, classic song writing at its best – a stripped back harmony-driven sound with acoustic guitar, violin and exquisite harmony vocals.

As well as securing high-profile support slots on the UK folk/acoustic circuit the duo have built up a strong following after spending the last few years touring folk and acoustic clubs and venues across the UK. Their debut studio album, Northern Shores & Stories was officially released in May 2020 and has been receiving critical acclaim across the acoustic folk/roots community.

Recent festival highlights include greatly coveted invites to perform at Cambridge Folk Festival and the Great British Folk Festival.  Elizabeth & Jameson were awarded the NMG Award for best Acoustic, Folk & Roots Act of 2019, and were proud to open four shows for Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra as part of their 2019 Autumn/Winter tour. Currently touring their debut album extensively across the UK… and beyond, they will be joined by Griff’s brother Gafyn on keyboards and bass.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Elizabeth and the Jameson Brothers in concert!!

Song Competition Final – Friday (19th)

We welcome our finalists:Song-Comp-21-Trophy

    • Alison Raymond
    • Richard Jenkins
    • Mandy Woods
    • Andrew Inwards
    • Trevor James Thomas
    • Paul Fincken
    • Glenn Koppany
    • Chris Wilson
    • Matt Davis
    • Mark Ashworth

to the Colne River Room, Local Board Road, Watford. WD17 2JP where they will perform their competition entries before our panel of judges:

    • Craig Joiner
    • Lizzy Hardingham and
    • Chris Tymkow

Our entries this year on the theme of “Trains and Boats and Planes” are as usual of a very high standard and we don’t envy the Judges the task of selecting a worthy winner!

We anticipate a large audience for what is always an outstanding event in the folk calendar so please arrive in plenty of time so that we can start promptly at 8pm.

Entry is by minimum donation of £8 card or cash.

PLEASE NOTE that there is a production taking place at the adjacent theatre, so parking may be difficult. If the CRR car park is full, parking for 4 hours is available at the Century Retail Park, Dalton Way, Watford, WD17 2SF. (Stores are Halfords, KFC, Aldi, TKMax.) A short path leads to the Colne River Room car park & entrance.

Look forward to seeing you there!!!