Wednesday 13 March - Steve Turner
One of the most cherished performers on the folk scene today, Steve Turner is a versatile singer and sophisticated musician who presents a wide variety of material with passion and differing shades of delivery. An assured entertainer, he has the ability to hold the listener rapt as the stories unfold.  Steve’s career is amazing: from The Geordie’s folk band in the 1960s, through winning a Melody Maker competition in 1979 to playing and singing as fresh as ever today, recently recording with the likes of Eliza Carthy and Martin Simpson. Steve brings a new depth and quality to song accompaniments on the English concertina but is also a multi-instrumentalist who accompanies himself on the cittern and plays tunes on mandolin and banjo.  “The best spot I've seen recently was Steve Turner - total intensive musical focus and a vast serious repertoire.” (Nancy Kerr);  “A shining example of the music the British folk scene is capable of producing.” (Folk Roots); “Steve Turner has been turning into one of this country's finest male singers and performers of folk-song.” (Swing 51, National Folk Magazine).  www.steve-turner.co.uk

Wednesday 10 April - The Sam Kelly Duo
Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis: As a child, Bristol-based Sam (guitarist and singer-songwriter) was inspired by his Irish grandfather who told folk tales, sang songs and played folk tunes on the melodeon. In 2016, Sam won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Attending Brighton Institute of Music, Sam then met Jamie Francis, a Cornwall-based banjo player, guitarist and songwriter. Jamie grew up surrounded by both blues music and Irish folk music and started gigging aged 12. Together Sam & Jamie play with youthful energy and deliver an assured and polished performance of exciting music and song, both traditional and original. While each has their own career, they frequently perform together at folk clubs, venues and festivals as The Sam Kelly Duo, 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 “Stealing the banjo from the clutches of Mumford and Sons”

Georgia Lewis from Bradford-on-Avon, has been hailed as the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years. In 2015 she won ‘The Future of Young Folk Award’ at Bromyard Folk Festival and later won the 'Ely Band Competition' at Ely Folk Festival.  In 2018 she  received a nomination for the Horizon Award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards .  "Georgia Lewis is a striking new artist. She plays accordion like it's in her blood and sings both contemporary and traditional songs with a character and raunch that makes the hairs on your arms stand up and take note." (Lou Rhodes, Lamb).  Along with Georgia, the trio includes the superb Rowan Piggott who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland surrounded by folk music.  Classically trained in England as a violinist and chorister, Rowan then took a Diploma in Jazz at Trinity College returning to his first love, traditional music for his subsequent career.   Felix "Flex" Miller inherited his passion for the guitar from his father during Felix’s childhood in Andorra.  Later studying music in England at Stratford College, Felix can play anything from heavy rock to classical but retains a special affinity with folk music.  He also writes and arranges music for guitar.  Together, this astounding trio should not be missed: “Georgia Lewis…is a young, exuberant & musically adept folk singer and multi-instrumentalist” (R2 Magazine); “…with the stage assurance of a veteran...she is fast becoming one of the most in demand artists on the club and festival circuit.” http://www.georgialewis.co.uk

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

ENQUIRIES AND BOOKING/RESERVATIONS: phone 023 9263 2719 or email: folkclubhambledon@hotmail.co.uk Website: https://www.hambledonfolkclub.com

Posted on Thu, 21/02/2019 - 17:11