Quiet Loner, known to the authorities as Matt Hill, is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist originally from Eastwood, now living in the Dark Peak. His most recent album, “The Battle for the Ballot: songs and stories from the fight for the right to vote”, is the result of a year spent as songwriter-in-residence at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. His previous three albums weave deftly between English folk and Americana, and between the political and the personal. He was one of the five founders of We Shall Overcome in 2015 and was so popular when he played at our charity event last October, with songs he’d written about local characters and places that we asked him back. More on http://www.quietloner.com/about/
Bryony Griffith is a fiddle player and singer from Yorkshire with a rich repertoire of English dance tunes and songs. She sang in ‘The Witches of Elswick’ but is best known for her role in the BBC Folk Award winning Demon Barber shows. She has recently been appointed as a senior lecturer on the new Folk Music degree at Leeds College of Music and has also released ‘Hover’ a well-reviewed solo album of traditional fiddle tunes. Mike Harding wrote “She sings beautifully, knows how to kick out a song and does it brilliantly”.
Our next guest is RICHARD GRAINGER on Wednesday 18 March
Richard began by being invited to join Teeside Fettlers 36 years ago, but made his first CD 3 years later and has about fifteen to his name. He has been the Artistic Director for Folk on the Moor and other Festivals in Yorkshire over the last 20 years. From his previous guest nights with us in 2009 and 2014 we know him as a fine songwriter who is “keeping the tradition vibrant and alive”, and a guitarist who “has a captivating vocal style.” He has recently toured both Italy and last September in New Zealand to emphasise the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage of discovery in HMS Endeavour, built in Whitby.
The 4 original members of Higgs Bo’sun were the musical core of Trent Navigation Company Shanty Crew and so met separately to rehearse the music for TNC performances. They decided to form an entity to sing and play the folk music of Britain and America, as most had performed over many years in groups such as Trenchard’s Folly, Bedlam and Earthreel. They are Will Walker (fiddle), Les Wilkinson (melodeon, guitar, tenor banjo, whistles, mandolin), Norman Randall (guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica) , John Thorne (concertina, melodeon, harmonica) and newest member David Martin (fiddle, bass guitar, mandola and mandolin). These ‘particles’ performed in 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse, City Arts Hockley and the Embankment Pub and look forward to playing for you at the Gladstone.
Our next guest on Wednesday 16 January 2019 is STEVE TILSTON.
Steve is one of our most celebrated songsmiths widely recognised in folk and contemporary music. His words, arrangements and subtle quite superb guitar playing could be no one else. It’s now 7 years since we last booked him at the club. We are pleased he’s agreed to come back because it is in the intimate setting that (as Robin Williamson wrote) he is appreciated as “One of the select band of songwriters with the vision to write great songs rooted in the tradition”.
The best examples are ‘Slip Jigs and Reels’, ‘The Naked Highwayman’ and his prophetic song of the financial crash in 2009 called ‘Pretty Penny’. These are included on ‘Distant Days’ his retrospective CD released in July. As Folk Roots reviewer put it, “Steve Tilston is that very rare combination of singer, songwriter and guitarist who actually excels in all departments”.
A surprise visit on a singers’ night led us to decide to book this couple before the year was out.
Sally is a superb songwriter, with a voice that doesn’t back down. Sally can be “Teasing, thought- provoking, foot-tapping, belly-laughing” and more according to her poster. She and Brian are well known in the clubs and festivals of the south-east, and we think you’ll want to know why. Our last guests have given them a ringing endorsement. “A good song needs a killer line. Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter know how to write a killer line. Personal songs that link into a much bigger picture sung with fine voice and able accompaniment from Brian Carter.“ Dave Winter of Winter Wilson.
‘Dave Wilson’s songs pull no punches when relating to the sights and sounds of everyday local life and are complimented by Kip’s powerful and emotional voice’ said the Daily Telegraph when reviewing their latest album “Far Off on the Horizon” earlier this year. Full time musicians for six years, it is in live performance that they really excel, with great songs stunning harmonies and fine musicianship. We had to put off their last proposed visit to the club when they got the support slot for Fairport Convention’s last winter tour, but at least they can give us more hilarious tales of life on the road.
Future guest nights are: – Wednesday 12 December Sally Ironmonger,
Wednesday 16 January 2019 Steve Tilston
Wednesday 20 February 2019 Higgs Bo’sun
Wednesday 20 March 2019 Richard Grainger.
Alden Patterson & Dashwood come from Norwich and combine rich vocal harmonies with fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin to perform beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes it influences from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. Their 2016 debut album “Call Me Home” was the Editor’s choice in fRoots which they played at last year’s Gate to Southwell. They have quickly followed it up with another album, “By the Night” gaining further fans at Cambridge, Warwick and Shrewsbury Folk Festivals this summer. They have been selected to support Show of Hands on their tour beginning on 1st November 2018.
We will have two guest acts, Bifocal and Quiet Loner, 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.
Bifocal are a recently-formed folk duo whose members will be well known to Carrington Triangle regulars. Elaine Chipchase and Phil Harrison are both fine singers and string-pickers whose diverse styles blend beautifully together.
Quiet Loner, known to the authorities as Matt Hill, is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist originally from Eastwood, now living in the Dark Peak. His most recent album, “The Battle for the Ballot: songs and stories from the fight for the right to vote”, is the result of a year spent as songwriter-in-residence at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. His previous three albums weave deftly between English folk and Americana, and between the political and the personal. He was one of the five founders of We Shall Overcome in 2015. Here’s his website: http://www.quietloner.com/about/
Greg Russell plays and sings with a maturity and emotion that belies his 25 years. He plays guitar and bouzouki but it’s his voice that’s been called ‘extraordinary’ and ‘full of character’. He won the 2013 BBC Young Folk Award then the Horizon Award in his regular duo with fiddler Ciaran Algar, but last year he released his debut solo album “Inclined to be Red” which was declared ‘a powerful statement’. He was asked to join the 40th anniversary production of “The Transports” and was musical director of “Shake the Chains” earlier this year gaining a 4 star rating from The Guardian.