Author Archives: Marion Smalley

Ruth Notman at Carrington Folk Club Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ruth Notman is from Nottingham and starting from singarounds at Mansfield Folk Club, she became a finalist at the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2007. She formed “Threads” with Bella Hardy, Saul Rose and Hannah Edmonds, then also gained recognition for her song writing appearing at Gate to Southwell in 2008. She made “The Life of Lilly” in 2009 to great acclaim enhanced with great production by Ich Mowatt at Sounding Post Studios in Giltbrook. Then life and training for a career in nursing intervened, but she stepped out to studios in London last August to record a second solo CD which should be ready for us to sample very shortly.

Tom Kitching and Zoe Mulford 8.30 pm Wednesday 17 January 2018 Carrington Folk Club

TOM KITCHING and ZOE MULFORD Weds 17th January 2018.
American songwriter, singer and guitar/banjo player Zoe Mulford teams up with English fiddler/mandolinist Tom Kitching for our first guest night of 2018. Tom was invited to the studio to provide backing for Zoe’s album “Small Brown Birds” but as they worked on Zoe’s beautifully crafted songs, Tom added his experience leading Pilgrims’ Way and ceilidh bands until it became clear that they should tour as a duo. Zoe’s song “The President sang Amazing Grace” has now been recorded by Joan Baez. Together they make music infused with energy and wit, both vital and deeply moving and we are really pleased they start the tour with us at the Gladstone on Wednesday 17 January, starting at 8.30 pm.

Paul Carbuncle Wednesday 13 December 2017 at Carrington Folk Club

Our next guest PAUL CARBUNCLE is a Carrington regular who has been very prolific recently in other venues on the Nottingham folk and roots scene.
Originally from east Kent, Paul is a punk-folk stand-up with a distinctive guitar style. He has just completed a CD called “Weasels” which he’s hoping you’ll want to buy for Christmas, perhaps remembering “Squirrels” from his last guest night in 2015. He writes brilliant songs such as “Chopping an Onion” or “Their Front Pages” which draw attention to human dilemmas or political manipulation in a direct way.
He also has a respect for the traditional canon of folk song “of and for the people” so sprinkles interpretations of these into his set to provide an entertaining mix, occasionally enlivened by the odd broken string mid-song.

Sam Carter Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Carrington folk club

Sam Carter has been described as “one of the most gifted acoustic guitarists of his generation” by Mike Harding, but those of us who saw him open ’50 years from the Summer of Love’ at Southwell with Cream’s “ Sunshine of Your Love”, know his wide range of expertise. His vocal and guitar style draws comparison with John Martyn and lyrically his perspective is closer to Richard Thompson. We expect Sam’s sets to include the 12 songs he wrote for ‘How the City Sings’ his fourth CD released a year ago, which are at times affectingly intimate and at others brimming with righteous rage. Sam said “I’m writing about my own life but also trying to give voice to the lives of others.”

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews Wednesday 18 October at Carrington folk club

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews have been singing in harmony and playing together for 20 years. Some readers may remember them as half of Cross o’the Hands and when they came to us in 2015.
Doug also plays melodeon and Sarah fiddle or viola for English and European dance sides, but along the way they’ve collected some of the best English folk songs which have enhanced their repertoire. They have also written songs about various Derbyshire events landmarks and towns, and their third album ‘Songs and Laughter’ includes several of these and emphasises how their relaxed and humorous delivery enhances their obvious writing talents.

Fundraising event for Framework Wednesday 4 October at Carrington Folk Club

We are pleased to announce that there will be a special fundraising evening at the club on Wednesday 4th October, in aid of the local charity Framework. We will have two guest acts, Cookie and Foreign Accent, performing for about 30 minutes each, one before the break and one after, with floor singers beginning each half. The evening is being hosted under the banner of “We Shall Overcome” (WSO), a nationwide collective organising events, mostly music concerts, at a local level to help local causes affected by austerity cuts.

Foreign Accent are a folk-rock band based in Nottingham. Their songs are drawn from Hungarian Folk melodies and poems, reflecting the origins of the band, along with other melodic sources including Indian and English traditional music. Here’s a sample:

Cookie is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Kimberley. His new CD “Fake Ballads & Tea Shanties” was the featured album on Roger Williams’ radio programme A World Of Difference a few weeks ago. Many of Cookie’s songs involve local themes, such as “The Cries of Nottingham”, “Old Lady Trent”, and “Ballad Of The Pretty Windows” (about the Fox & Grapes murder in Sneinton). Here’s a sample:

We Shall Overcome is a movement of musicians, artists, activists and community organisers who are angry about the human costs of austerity policies and want to do something practical to help those affected. Each WSO event is used to directly help the community in which it is based. At the Carrington Triangle Folk Club event we will be asking for cash donations for Framework, suggesting a minimum donation of £5. WSO is political in as much as it is anti-austerity, supporting charities helping those hardest hit by government cuts, but it is not party political. More information here:

Framework is a charity and housing association that helps homeless people, prevents homelessness, and brings opportunities to vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. More information here:

Folklaw 8.30 pm Wednesday 13 September 2017 at Carrington Folk Club

FOLKLAW are a 4 member band whose “exhilarating songs and music guarantee to get your toes tapping and your face smiling.” The acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals of Nick Gibb stand out but the harmonies, mandola and guitar produce inspirational songs and melodies tinged with subtle social commentary. In big venues like the Great British Folk Festival at Skegness, they have their powerful drummer, but on Wednesday 20 September they will perform for us as a trio, as we couldn’t fit them with a full drum kit on our Gladstone stage.

Bronwyn Westacott at Carrington Folk Club Wednesday 19 July2017

Bronwyn Westacott is a singer songwriter who has been the musical director of the Clarion Choir for 27 years. She looks for songs to fight oppression, discrimination, to celebrate the natural world, but above all with a message of hope, and for these to be sung by a mix of singers in four part harmony.
The songs she has written bring out her socialist principles, whether she them sings alone or with ‘Rosa’s Lovely Daughters’ who will join in some songs on Wednesday 19 July at the Gladstone.

Alice Jones at Carrington Folk Club Wednesday 21 June 2017

Alice Jones is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer from West Yorkshire with deep roots in the folk tradition. She accompanies her mainly traditional songs on piano, harmonium or tenor guitar, but sometimes only with foot percussion. Her sensitive and intuitive arrangements allow the stories to take centre stage, but they are loaded with a rhythm and energy that portrays her dancer’s heartbeat. She also draws heavily from her roots as an Appalachian dancer with songs from the Warner, Smithsonian and Cecil Sharp American collections, but will probably also include songs from her research with Pete Coe into songs collected in Yorkshire by Frank Kidson.