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


Spotlight Singaround with
TREVOR THOMAS – 7th January

Spotlight Singaround

Join us at our first sing of 2022 around  with additional songs from and by Trevor
Suggested donation :: £6
  You must wear a face mask to attend this event  

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!!

Spotlight Singaround with Carrie.
3rd December

Spotlight Singaround with Carrie

 Carrie will be performing a mix of unaccompanied traditional and popular folk songs,  accompanied by Pete Kenny on guitar.
Floor Spots will be available to book on the night before her sets.
Suggested donation :: £5

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!!!

Dan Raza at Watford Folk Club ~ November 12th

Dan-Raza-2-smDan Raza is one of the mainstays on the London singer-songwriter and folk roots scene. He has been praised by artists such as Chris Farlowe, Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier and Jackie Oates and had a song included on Neil Young’s ‘Living With War’ website.

Entry by minimum donation of £8 (£8.15 for credit/debit card payment)

Dan’s distinctive approach has won him a following across the UK and abroad as he has taken his songs on the road performing solo and opening for Joan Armatrading, Badly Drawn Boy, Alejandro Escovedo, Cara Dillon and The Sadies, amongst others.

Of mixed Indian and British origin, Dan grew up in the Home Counties and moved to London in his late teens where he has since been based.

Dan’s eponymous debut album was produced by Charlie Hart (Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton, Mose Allison).

The self-produced follow up, ‘Two’, was released in 2017 and features his band, The Shrouds, as well as appearances from Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney), BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Martin Simpson), Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane), Frank Mead (Albert King, Eric Clapton) and Mosi Conde (Mory Kante, Salif Keita).

‘The real deal’
– Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

“Truly spellbinding, stunning…if there is any justice in this world, it won’t be long before Dan Raza is headlining in a town near you, take my advice and go and see him live, highly recommended”
– Maverick Magazine

“An astonishingly accomplished set of songs, one of which a veteran songwriter would be proud.”
– R2 Magazine

“One of the best support acts I’ve seen in two or three years…an artist that makes you take note and listen to the songs.”
– Slaid Cleaves

“This guy really is something else – there’s something very beguiling about his music”
– Brian Mullen, BBC Radio Ulster

We are really looking forward to welcoming Dan back to Watford for what will be a very special night. See you there!!!


BLACK*SCARR at Watford Folk Club – October 29th

Q. What do you get when you cross an Essex Folk Singer with a big bloke from the North East who loves Americana music?

A. Quintessential British Country-Folk for and About Grown Ups.

Black*Scarr which is Emma Scarr, folk singer from the East London/Essex borderland and Johnny Black a bonafide Geordie Bloke but has lived and plied his trade in the South for a long, long time.

We are looking forward to welcoming Emma & Johnny back to Watford Folk Club for what will be a terrific evening of great songs & lots of fun!

Entry by minimum donation of £8. (card payments £8.15)

BLACK*SCARR are an East London duo formed by two singer songwriters with different styles and influences, but whose co-writing has collided to produce a collection of songs that move audiences to laughter and tears. Honest and gritty, this urban folk/country duo produce songs full of stories and themes that are modern but classic-sounding and timeless, personal and everyday, still universal. Black*Scarr have become known for live performances bursting with energy and chemistry. Prepare to tap your toes to upbeat melodic country tunes and be touched by hard-hitting, yet poetic lyrics that will stay with you. Guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and classic harmonies document the trials, contradictions, fears and delights of middle-aged life and love.

Black*Scarr have performed previously at Folk Clubs including, Royston, Watford, Redbourn, Loughton, Twickenham, The Ram, Hitchin, Warwick, Tiller Flat, The Beamish Mary and Cramlington. Also, The Lantern Society and The Country Soul Sessions (London).

Black*Scarr have played festivals too – Balstock, St Albans, Dacorum, Leytonstone, New World, Straw Bear and Folk on the Water among them.

Black*Scarr tracks have been played on radio stations including BBC introducing Radio Teesside, Country UK and House of Mercy.

Black*Scarr won “Best Audience Reaction” award at “Love Folk Live” competition run by Folkstock and have been finalist and winner for the Watford Folk Club Song Writing Competition.