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March 2019

Steve Turner

March 8 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.

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The Foxglove Trio

March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

The Foxglove Trio seek out lesser-known traditional and contemporary folk songs and, with care and creativity, transform them into moments of breathtaking beauty. Since forming in 2010 these talented musicians have built a powerful signature sound based on Patrick Dean’s bold melodeon playing, Cathy Mason’s intricate cello lines and Ffion Mair’s clear, soaring vocals. The Foxglove Trio's intriguing repertoire and imaginative arrangements are presented with an infectious energy and an effortless charm. Their passionate performances will captivate you and take you…

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April 2019

Elizabeth & Jameson

April 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £8.00

Elizabeth & Jameson is a stunning new collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth of traditional folk trio Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from folk-rock band Fred's House have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses their individual musical backgrounds. Playing all over the UK with Said the Maiden, Hannah’s influences are very much planted within traditional folk roots. This is in stark contrast to Griff's recent musical history, having penned…

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Martin Olyett

April 26 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £8.00

On FRIDAY 26 April 2019, we re-open after the Easter break with Martin Olyett as our guest. If you like sensitive singer-songwriter stuff, with subdued lighting, a melted candle stuck in an old Chianti bottle, and some self-penned songs that will make you sing, laugh, cry etc., come to Martin's gig CDs for sale too! (Favourably reviewed in previous Unicorn issues) Martin is a Luton lad who knows his way round a tune and one of the original founder members…

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May 2019

Chris Cleverley

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

Chris Cleverly has crafted a reputation as a songwriter of singular ability with characteristic original and traditional material that has resonated deeply with audiences up and down the UK. His unique brand of contemporary folk contrasts the calming, pastoral influence of a childhood spent roaming the foothills of the Brecon Beacons and Cornish coastlines, with the anxious frenzy of an urban mind shaped by 29 years in the UK’s bustling second city. The raw and at times unsettling honesty of…

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Clive Carey

May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Clive ‘Two Capos’ Carey, a regular performer at Chesham Folk club, is an accomplished guitarist and singer well known in the Three Counties, formerly with “The Romany”, and still occasionally performing with “Heartwood”.   Clive has a great voice and understated guitar style. An exponent of the “double capo technique”, his diverse repertoire guarantees an excellent set and a great evening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaGklvMMfGI   Clive has stepped in to replace The Delta Ladies who are unable to appear due to the…

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Tim Brooks

May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Tim Brooks performs solo at folk clubs, social events and festivals. His solo repertoire is a mix of traditional/traditional-style songs and fiddle tunes, mostly from the British Isles, but with other influences mixed in. Tim's songwriting credits include "The Devil in York" and "So Far From Home", both of which have been performed and recorded by several other artists, not least by Jim Mageean and the late, great, Johnny Collins. Tim accompanies himself on fiddle, guitar and occasional other instruments.

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June 2019

Paul Downes

June 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £10.00

Paul Downes' sensitive and yet fun approach to his live performances puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today. He has been introduced as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world. It is easy to see why when you see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but at the same time he considers himself as a singer of songs, rather than a guitar technician.

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July 2019

Terence Blacker

July 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £8.00

Once described by the Boston Globe as ‘an angry, smart, and funny man’, Terence Blacker is a songwriter, singer and author who has sung and read at festivals, clubs and theatres in the UK, Europe and America. His songs have been compared to the work of Jake Thackray, Tom Lehrer, Noel Coward and Jacques Brel, but his style is very much contemporary and his own. Terence was already an established author when he started writing and performing his songs in…

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Odette Michell

July 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £8.00

Odette Michell is a British Folk Singer and Songwriter with a dynamic new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship.  Her vocal style has been described as "warm, intelligent and sitting comfortably amidst folk guitar in a timeless song-writing style" - and has been compared in similarity to the likes of Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell. Born in Yorkshire with an Irish heritage, Odette…

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September 2019

Martin Carthy

September 13 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £15.00

THIS SHOW IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!! THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR!                                                           For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Martin is a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist…

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New Roots Night 1 with Burdock, and Nancy Potts

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7.00

Nancy Potts: A singer & fiddler, Nancy was brought up firmly in the folk world. The daughter of celidh musicians and Morris dancers, she specialises in playing for dancing and sings a variety of songs both for performance and social settings. She has played and called celidhs and has been a musician for Morris Offspring. She had a lead part in a show called “Canals of Old England” which combined song, music and storytelling. She also teaches with “Shooting Roots”.…

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October 2019

Celebrate Watford’s 11th Birthday with Reg Meuross

October 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £15.00

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM WEGOTTICKETS (£15.00 + £1.50 BOOKING FEE) It's not all protest. Accompanying himself masterfully on guitar and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, Reg Meuross's catalogue includes story songs which bring characters from history to life, songs of protest and some of the most heart aching love songs ever written, performed with depth and spellbinding delivery. “There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” said Townes Van Zandt. Reg has that…

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John Kirkpatrick Event Cancelled
Sing-around instead

October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £5.00

Event is Cancelled John has been struck down with a bad cold which has totally taken his voice away which means he won't be able to perform. We will run one our well known sing-arounds instead If you've purchased tickets via  WeGotTickets you can either choose to be refunded or reallocate your tickets to a future event. Contact us for details We will book John to appear sometime next year. John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on…

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November 2019

The Dovetail Trio

November 8 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £12.00

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM WEGOTTICKETS (£12.00 + £1.20 BOOKING FEE) Performing England's traditional songs with a new energy, The Dovetail Trio have been exploring folk narratives with musical skill and a passion for their heritage since forming in 2014. Effortlessly combining the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of Jamie Roberts (guitar & vocals), Rosie Hood (vocals), and Matt Quinn (duet concertina and vocals). Since releasing their debut album Wing of Evening in 2015, The Dovetail Trio have toured…

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