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.
Jonathan Jones has been a regular singer at our singaround nights for many years. He has always loved to interpret the songs of James Taylor to our delight, but has written a few of his own that have passed into iconic status, such as Miss Nicotina and Country Boy Gone Wrong. He has accepted our invitation to have a feature night next Wednesday 30 September and we hope you will come to enjoy an extended mix of songs from Jonathan to enable him to make a donation to his chosen charity.
Bob has had a special buzz in his solo work since returning from a long stint as the Songman in the London production of War Horse. He has 30 years behind him as a folk musician, in a duo with Stu Luckley, with Tom McConville, then with Jez Lowe and Benny Graham in the Pitmen Poets. Mostly he accompanies his songs on guitar, but it’s his sense of community, living the songs he sings, that comes over stronger since his West End stage experience.
Milli specialises in Scottish and Shetland fiddle and has played with Alamootie and the Marc Block Trio. Jeremy is a singer-songwriter who plays with Moose Malloy. Both have gigged around Nottingham and the East Midlands for many years and are regulars at Carrington.
They will sing an eclectic mix of their self-penned songs plus some traditional songs and tunes on guitar and fiddle. When they play together Jeremy accompanies Milli on some of her tunes and she returns the favour on some of his.
Our guest this Wednesday 15 July is John Conolly who so enjoyed his gig with us 3 years ago that he wanted Carrington as the closing date on his countrywide 15 day tour.
John is best known for composing ‘Fiddlers Green’ when barely out of college, but in the last 45 years he has written dozens of songs, many humorous, although no others have been mistakenly called traditional. He accompanies himself on guitar or his trusty melodeon and is sure to give us a great night. Members can come in for £3, whilst entry for anyone else is £5, and we aim to start at 8.30pm so we can finish by 11.15 as requested by our landlord, and clear the room by 11.25pm.
We remain open every Wednesday over the summer then our guests for the next 3 months are: –
16 September – BOB FOX singer from Co Durham who’s just finished as Songman in ‘War Horse’.
30 September – JONATHAN JONES – home grown interpreter of James Taylor and Mark Knofler.
21 October – DOUG EUNSON & SARAH MATTHEWS – ex Cross o’the Hands and most of Cupola.
Hope to see you this Wednesday 15 July at 8.30pm.
The first thing people comment about this duo is Steve’s breathtaking guitar playing. They handle a variety of genres with ease. Steve is much in demand across the UK, Germany and the US. Steve Hicks and singer-songwriter Lynn Goulbourn first met at a gig in 2007. They quickly discovered a mutual love of folk, roots and acoustic genres despite very different musical influences.
Lynn developed her pure and powerful vocal style while immersed in the harmonies of West Coast rock, Motown and the folk performances of Steeleye Span, June Tabor and Joni Mitchell. In contrast, Steve’s blistering guitar work reflects his love of instrumental music and the influences of Moondog, Dusan Bogdanovic, Eric Dolphy and Kronos Quartet.
Steve started playing classical guitar at 13 before moving on to fingerstyle jazz guitar under the guidance of Duck Baker. Now Steve is renowned for his stunning arrangements of classic ragtime, swing jazz, blues, Celtic and early and modern classical pieces.
Sara was raised in Chicago with Irish roots that she renewed with ten years of living in Ireland when she wrote the Irish DADGAD Guitar Book. Sarah has been called ‘A great songwriter, traditional singer and a wonderful guitarist’ by Mike Harding, whilst fRoots has described her voice as ‘rich, matured and knowing as the finest distilled Irish malt whiskey’.
Admission for members is £4, whilst it’s £6 for anyone else.
Bronwyn Westacott is a singer songwriter who has been the musical director of the Clarion Choir for 25 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 29 April at the Gladstone.
DOVETAIL TRIO will be presenting England’s traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach. They impressed at the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival last June, which was their first festival appearance as a trio. They came together when Matt Quinn from Brighton a melodeon and concertina player met Rosie Hood a fiddler and singer with a particular interest in songs from her native Wiltshire.
They wanted a skilled guitarist to complement the mix so asked Jamie Roberts, who had a good grounding with Kerfuffle and was playing with Katriona Gilmore, to join them in late 2013. Jamie can flat pick or play in bluegrass mode as well, so whilst traditional songs from several sources feature in the album they have just recorded, these are leavened by more recent compositions.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard a younger singer and guitarist with a passionate commitment to a more egalitarian socialist society. Our club has often brought guests to Nottingham to let them showcase their songs. Alun falls into the same category as Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl, Roy Bailey and Billy Bragg.
Many of his gigs are outside the folk clubs in support of the oppressed, but he’s done his share of Folk Festivals and his songs are mostly rooted in the tradition