colchester folk club - autumn-winter 2010 season

some great stuff coming up. Monday evenings at Colchester Arts Centre (tel: 01206 500 900), doors 7.45pm. Click here for directions to the venue. See individual listings for prices.

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13th September   Les Barker
Something of a cult figure with his unique brand of humour and witty poetry-scintillating daftness, absurdity run amok!



20th September Hans Theesink   An international blues treasure! Described by Bo Diddley as ‘one helluva guitarplayer’ and influenced by the playing of Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy and Brownie McGee, Hans enjoys worldwide acclaim with invitations to all the major American and European Blues music festivals.  One of the world’s pre-emminent country blues pickers with a warm baritone voice. £8/£7


27th September  Acoustic Singers’ Night The chance for local musicians to perform at the Folk Club. Performers please arrive by 8pm and we’ll do our best to fit you in. Always a night of immense variety …and some surprises! £4 (performers free)


4th October The Jackie Oates Band  Singer and fiddle player attracting a huge amount of attention last seen here with James Dumbleton, now bringing a four-piece band with her. Since her time with Rachel Unthank and the Winterset her solo career has taken off with bookings at major festivals here and in the USA. Winner of a sheaf of awards and nominated as Folk Singer of the Year. £10/£8


11th October Chris Wood and Andy Cutting  A tour to celebrate the formation of this influential duo twenty years ago. A major force in English Folk music, Chris Wood (voice, fiddle and guitar) has gone on to become a major figure on the folk scene and winner of many awards and Andy, a highly regarded master of the melodeon, has played with Martin Simpson and Kate Rusby among many others. £11/£9


18th October Christine Collister with Rob Cross. ‘One of the world’s finest female voices’ Q

Unique blend of of soul, blues, pop, jazz, country and folk and today she remains as powerful, subtle and effortless as ever accompanied by ace guitarist, Rob. £10/£8


25th October Steve Tilston  Steve has been described as an artist of ‘stylistic versatility and consummate musicality’, ‘a complete guitarist’, a singer-songwriter of rare talent’ and ‘absurdly accomplished’. The writer of classic songs, The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine, Steve is a celebrated artist both in Britain and abroad and celebrates 40 years as a musician.   £8/£7


1st November   Michael McGoldrick and Friends   A welcome return! Michael is a master of the flute, whistle and uillean pipes and a founder member of  Flook and Toss The Feathers. He currently plays with Capercaillie and Sharon Shannon as well as his own band. Tonight he’ll be playing material from his previous and current albums and will be joined by some of the top names in folk music. Be prepared for a stunning night.  

Booking advised £12/£10


8th November   Hannah James and Sam Sweeney leading lights from Kerfuffle. Hannah’s also a cloggie with The Demon Barbers and Sam in the mighty Bellowhead . The duo was justly nominated for the Horizon Award at this year’s BBC Folk Awards as Best Newcomers. A treat in store. £8/£7  [Clive Gregson’s date has been rearranged for 16th May 2011]


15th November  Dick Gaughan Scotland’s top singer, guitarist and political songwriter brings us his passionate and inspiring songs.  Dick is unequivocally ‘on the left’ and is one of a very few singers to steadfastly and publicly espouse ‘the cause’ (Billy Bragg is a major fan!) £10/£8


22nd November  Johnny Dickinson  A highly acclaimed guitarist and singer who completely entranced us on his last visit. With his roots firmly in his native Northumberland he is a winning and laid back performer with an immaculate guitar tone and style that is totally unique.  Quoted as being ‘the most potent slide player in the UK’ – believe it! £8/£7


29th November Tom McConville and David Newey . Scintillating fiddle, a silky smooth voice, a wide grin and a dry Geordie wit-and that’s just Tom! Add  David on guitar and a good night is guaranteed. Tom was voted Musician Of The Year at the 2009 Folk Awards.

‘One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music. A true master.’ Seth Lakeman    £8/£7


6th December  John Kirkpatrick ‘Carolling and Crumpets’ Voted Musician Of The Year at the 2010 Folk Awards. Squeezebox maestro with a pedigree as long as your arm. Variety and entertainment of the highest quality.Acclaimed as a musician, composer, singer and songwriter, the ‘Renaissance Man of Folk Music’! Special seasonal show. £8/£7


13th December Belshazzar’s Feast Christmas Show. A seasonal show from this astoundingly good duo as seen supporting Bellowhead.  Breathtaking and wickedly inventive songs and music on oboe and accordion.  Their musical wizardry is only matched by their humour!  £10/£8


20th December Christmas Barn Dance with Itchy Feet and caller Elaine Barker Our usual Christmas Barn Dance with experienced band and caller to guide you through the moves. Cloggies…and mince pies. Happy Christmas!



Folk Club closed 27th December and 3rd January