John Conolly Wednesday 15 July 2015

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.

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulborn Wednesday 24 June 2015

Steve Hicks
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 McQuaid 20 May 2015

SARAH-McQUAID-The-Sun-Goes-On-Rising-download-coverSara 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

Bronwyn%20Westacott1Bronwyn 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 Wed 15 April 2015

dovetail2_lighter_smallDOVETAIL 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.

Alun Parry Wednesday 18 March

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

Bella Gaffney with Bric-a-Brac Wednesday 18 February 2015

Bric a Brac2

Bella is based in Bradford having started her acoustic music career several years ago at the Topic Folk Club, Her lyrical songwriting has developed, enhanced by her backing trio, Bric-a-Brac. She has played at Otley, Holmfirth, Hull, Filey, Dent and Cleckheaton Folk Festivals as she is one of the few young writers with the vision to write great songs rooted in the tradition.
Admission is only £2 for members and students, but £4 for others. Bella and Bric-a-Brac are at Carrington Folk Club Wednesday 18th February 2015.

Jez Lowe

Jez LoweJez has been at the forefront of the UK folk and acoustic scene for 30 years now, sometimes solo and often with his band the Bad Pennies, he has 16 albums to his credit. He is among the most ‘covered’ songwriters and has been involved in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads. Whilst his roots remain in county Durham, he has followed his acclaimed “Heads Up” with his latest album “The Ballad Beyond”, look on

Stanley Accrington Wednesday 10 December 2014


Stanley (not his real name) is a songwriter who puts modern words to traditional tunes, some of which are pastiches or parodies. Some of his songs are humorous, others make a serious observational or political point. The song about the 3 Wise Women is particularly seasonal.

We hope he will also be playing live and talking on BBC Radio Nottingham at 6.15pm on Wednesday ahead of his performance but rather than just listen – see him live at 8.30pm.

James Keelaghan Wednesday 12 November

James Keelaghan pictureJAMES KEELAGHAN  is an internationally known Canadian folk singer-songwriter. Born in Calgary, Alberta, he is now based in Winnipeg. Many of the lyrics in his songs display a concern about social problems and justice in society.  His passionate mix of roots rock, Americana, and contemporary folk has established Keelaghan’s presence in Europe, Australia, and North America. He is making a rare appearance in this country with Hugh McMillan accompanying him. He is described by Time Out as “One hell of a good songwriter and as a guitarist his playing is practically faultless”.  He has marked 25 years of recording with a cd called History but also released ‘House of Cards’ a cd of ten new songs. “He displays a genius for finding his way deep inside big stories, building them outward from palpably intimate moments.” The Boston Globe