Wednesday 14 March -
Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis: Sam writes and arranges most of his material with his main musical collaborator, Jamie Francis. After meeting at university in Brighton and discovering a common interest in roots music, Sam and Jamie began playing together in a folk band, with Jamie (already a guitarist) learning the banjo because Sam was already the guitarist. They still often perform together at folk clubs, venues and festivals, providing inventive interpretations of tunes and songs in between (occasionally) funny anecdotes and stories of their misadventures. The outstanding Sam Kelly “Sam Kelly who I just love. What a beautiful singer!” (Kate Rusby). “A captivating performer...seriously…check him out!” (Sean Lakeman) - is joined by Jamie Francis “Exemplary Banjo” (Folkradio.co.uk) – two formidable talents together for this gig! www.samkelly.org and https://www.jamiefrancismusic.com

Wednesday 11 April – the incomparable ANDY IRVINE - Andy Irvine, one of the true greats of Irish music comes to Hambledon this spring and we are both fortunate and excited to be hosting him! A co-founder of Planxty and key member of other ground-breaking bands over the years such as Sweeny’s Men and Patrick Street as well as a compelling solo artist in his own right, Andy demonstrates the richness of an old-style troubadour in his performances. Widely travelled, a teller of tales and captivating musician, Andy’s repertoire is gleaned from over 50 years of music-making and includes traditional Irish songs, dexterous Balkan dances and his own compositions. Not to be missed! “His artistry is quite simply unique and his voice is as liltingly evocative as ever” (The Independent) "Often copied, never equalled" (Irish Times). “I guarantee that you won't be disappointed” (Gordon Potter: Living Tradition) “His wonderful voice, easy manner and luxurious playing brought stories to life with his music” (Northampton Arts Review). http://www.andyirvine.com


Wednesday 9 May - SAID THE MAIDEN -Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton; three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several years after spending their school years together in Hertfordshire. After tentatively performing a few songs at their local Folk Club, the group soon gained a great deal of interest on the local and national folk circuit, securing major support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country. The trio has also opened for many great artists including The Full English, Jim Moray, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon and Fairport Convention. They were also honoured to join legendary fiddler the late Dave Swarbrick on a successful UK solo tour in the spring of 2014, and have since performed in Germany and Portugal as well as across the UK. Their new album “Here’s a Health” was released to great acclaim in November 2017. "I like anything these girls do, they mean it! Their harmonies are extraordinary." (Dave Swarbrick). "Their combination of distinctive voices lacing intricate harmonies through original and traditional songs is supremely addictive." (Tim Carroll, FolkWords). "Rising doyennes of the folk scene...I can hear why Said The Maiden have already made themselves a healthy reputation, and I can also sense a strong measure of untapped potential." (David Kidman, FATEA Magazine). http://www.saidthemaiden.co.uk/ (Winner of Folking Awards “Rising Star” prize 2017.

Venue: The Youth Hut (between Village Hall and Vine Pub), West Street, Hambledon PO7 4RW                                       
Start: 8.30pm (doors open 8.00pm).  Floor spots and guests welcome!
Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members,  £5.00 under 18s and students)
Drinks: From Vine Pub next door (or bring your own).  Tea/Coffee available at the Club

phone 023 9263 2719 or email folkclubhambledon@hotmail.co.uk

Website: https://www.hambledonfolkclub.com

Posted on Thu, 22/02/2018 - 09:27