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.
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.