THE LEEN VALLEY BAND
The Leen Valley Band bring you authentic roots Americana, playing honky-tonk classics from the streets of Nashville, rip-roaring hoe-down banjo and fiddle tunes from the mountains of Kentucky, heart-rending soulful ballads and bluesy country/gospel… This all-acoustic band, featuring guitar, fiddle, banjo, dobro, stand-up bass, harmonica… and creamy-rich, high mountain harmonies, have a long-established reputation for memorable evenings of great musicianship and classic, old-time, good-time atmospheric music from the years before country music went glitzy. Drink your broken heart away to honky-tonk classics… then repent your drunken sins through rousing old-time, hell-fire gospel!
Expect to be reminded of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, The Everly Brothers, Skip James… and be introduced to a few old-timers you maybe never heard of…
Paul’s sensitive and yet fun approach to his live performances puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today.
He has been introduced as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world as you may see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but he considers himself as a singer of songs, rather than a guitar technician.
Paul has a rich musical background that has included working with Phil Beer, The Arizona Smoke Revue, Pete Seeger and, currently, The Joyce Gang. He has often appeared locally as a duo with Mick Ryan.
Anthony John Clarke was due to be our guest on Wednesday 20 April2016 but he has had to cancel at fairly short notice.
Based in Worcestershire, Kim Lowings and the Greenwoodhave been making a great impression since Kim went professional.
Last September they released their second album ‘Historia’ which contains mostly songs Kim has written but also a couple of traditional songs done in her own way. Kim plays Appalachian dulcimer and sings with an enchantingly pure voice, whilst three in the Greenwood back her with guitar, bouzouki, double bass and percussion. They got the audience at Bingham singing last October so we’re sure they can do the same at the Gladstone on 16th March.
Our next guests DAMIEN BARBER and MIKE WILSON regularly tour folk clubs together in January and February before the Festival season starts and they appear in their familiar groups of The Demon Barbers and the Wilson Family respectively. When they were last guests here, their album, “Under the Influence” had recently been released and we wait to hear if they have another. Mike and Damien have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.
Damien won the Young Tradition Award 25 years ago whilst a Norfolk teenager, but by then Mike as the youngest member of his family’s acapella group encouraged him. They both realised folk clubs need to keep the tradition alive. They always find plenty of clubs wanting to see them each winter, so do come to the Gladstone to see Damien and Mike on Wednesday 17 February.
Our next guest MARC BLOCK had a feature spot at our club 6 years ago ahead of his performance at Towersey Festival and has made regular appearances on the Nottingham folk and roots scene. He also fronted a Trio and ‘The Breezes’ but had been recognised by Elly Lucas and Lucy Ward who supported him on the release of his first album, “The Hawthorn Spring” in 2013.
Since then he also became regular driver and accompanist for Roy Bailey so has performed all over the country, benefitting from Roy’s vast experience of the tradition and current social issues.
Marc has always been generous in collaboration and for some of the night TINA TAYLOR will also be performing. She’s been involved in folk music since her teens and ran the Woodlark Folk Club at Lambley with Julie over several years. She became a familiar face at folk festivals but had taken a break from performing in clubs.
On Wednesday 30 December 2015 the club will be open as usual for a singers’ night. So if you would like a night out just prior to New Years Eve please join us.
Our next guest PAUL CARBUNCLE is a Carrington regular as well as being a regular entertainer on the Nottingham folk and roots scene.
Originally from east Kent, Paul is a punk-folk stand-up with a distinctive guitar style. He also writes brilliant songs such as “Chopping an Onion”. Like Billy Bragg, he uses his own ‘froots’ songs to draw attention to current situations or problems 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.
We didn’t want to end 2015 without highlighting one of our regular singers who could be standing on bigger stages in the next few years, so do come to the Gladstone on Wednesday 16 December.
Martyn Wyndham-Read is a gifted singer with a superb repertoire and a fund of stories.
A naturally engaging performer, his material originates from working on an Australian sheep farm as a teenager. He learned songs from the shearers and other bush workers and found on returning to England that audiences were pleased to hear his interpretations with his guitar. He has since popularised many songs from some of the greatest writers in Britain, such as Graham Miles.
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. 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.
Their third album ‘Songs and Laughter’ has just been released and emphasises how their relaxed and humorous delivery enhances their obvious writing talents.