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June 2019

Paul Downes

June 21, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Song Competition Final

November 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £8.00

Folk song competition 2019 T O N I G H T ' S   T H E   N I G H T All Creatures, Great and Small Ten nervous finalists have been selected to perform their own song at tonight's Grand Finale Who cares who "wins"? Come along and support them all.  

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December 2019

Liz Simcock

December 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £8.00

Liz Simcock writes songs and performs them in folk and acoustic clubs in and around the Southeast and beyond. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter. Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her main songwriting role models.  Her fourth album (Friday Night Train Home) was released in 2013, featuring the virtuoso backing of Dave Ellis…

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New Roots Night 2

December 13, 2019 @ 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 ceilidh 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 ceilidhs 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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January 2020

The Stout Brothers

January 17 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £7

The Stout Brothers are a two piece outfit offering audience a slice of relaxed informal acoustic music. It’s an eclectic mix of material, some their own, some well known, some traditional, some not so well known and occasionally, just shamelessly popular. There’s an undeniably ‘Scottish feel’ to what they play, be it contemporary or traditional, but that’s probably down to nothing more than Stewart’s Glasgow accent and Neil’s love of a Celtic riff. Neil is a multi-instrumentalist with well trodden…

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Chris Flegg

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

This event now has a suggested minimum donation of £8 Chris Flegg is a singer, noted guitarist and song writer based in St Albans. Originally from Eastleigh in Hampshire, he moved to London to graduate in physics from Imperial College, becoming involved first with Imperial College Folk Club and later the Troubadour Folk Club, where he became co resident with Redd Sullivan and Martin Winsor. This started his song writing and solo work and at the same time he took…

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February 2020

Winter Wilson

February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pump House, Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street
Watford, WD17 2JP UK
(minimum donation) £12

When Mike Harding dubbed Winter Wilson as one of the hardest working duos on the circuit, he'd clearly done his homework. In 2019, aside from touring around the UK, Winter Wilson have performed in Australia, Spain, Belgium and Canada. They also released Live & Unconventional, the long awaited live album that was recorded on tour and at Cropredy Festival last year with folk rock icons Fairport Convention. The reviews have been exceptional:- "If you need evidence of just how special…

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March 2020

Na-Mara

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
(minimum donation) £10

In recent years, Na-Mara (Rob Garcia – guitars, mandolin and octave mandolin and Paul McNamara - vocals, guitars and songwriter) have built an enviable reputation for fine story-telling and musicianship, performing in venues and festivals across the UK, at events in France, Spain, Germany and China, and on BBC Radio 4 and a plethora of internet and local radio stations. They consistently deliver new and exciting material to folk audiences with their own provocative material in traditional style on contemporary…

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