"CAPELLA" 16th February 2017 8-00 pm
Tony and Lesley Petty are two of the finest exponents of traditional Song from the British IIsles as well as some from America, France and further afield in wonderful harmony. They have travelled England and Wales, playing at clubs and festivals, and have also appeared in France, Holland and the USA. They hold a house concert once a year, held over a weekend, in the middle of the fields of North Kent, in the house if chilly or in the barn if warmer. The concerts and singing are augmented with BBQ, horse shoe throwing (highly competitive!), boules (even more competitive!!) and SPLOT. They have, until recently, lived up to their name and sung largely unaccompanied, except with an occasional bodhran, but, shock horror, last week at Faversham Folk Club Tony played a guitar on one song is this an indicator of more accompaniment to come?!
They were to have come to us in July 2017 but they have very kindly stepped into the breach at short notice and we may yet see them in July in a slightly different guise!
DEBRA COWAN 30th March 2017 8-00 pm
Debra is a great American singer and guitarist,with a special folding guitar! She left a career in Education to pursue a career as a folksinger and has spent considerable time living and working in UK including holding the Monday night residency at Sandy Bell’s Bar, Edinburgh’s premier folk music pub. She is Included in many compilations, notably the 2006 Free-Reed Records box set “RT-The Life and Times of Richard Thompson” and she has worked with many prominent musicians! For those who haven't seen her before I strongly recommend that you listen to some of the sample tracks on her website.
ISLA St CLAIR 20th April 2017 8-00 pm ISLA IS THE CLUB'S SPECIAL GUEST FOR 2017!
Isla St Clair is known to millions for her numerous television appearances including The Royal Variety Show, The Morecambe and Wise Show, and most notably as co-host with Larry Grayson on the BBC's long running The Generation Game which won her `Best Female TV Personality'. Her television series The Song and the Story won the coveted European award `Prix Jeunesse'. Born in Scotland Isla is one of Britain’s foremost traditional singers, noted for the depth of feeling she brings to her country’s music. At twelve she recorded the first of many traditional ballads for the School of Scottish Studies, and which are still used as reference works. Still in her teens Isla was soon in the top rank of British folksingers, winning several awards including `Best Female Folk Singer', and touring the world. Recently she received an honorary degree as Master of the University of Aberdeen for her contribution to traditional music. Isla takes a keen interest in teaching children the importance of traditional music and performs her specially prepared programme for educational establishments at home and abroad. Isla’s talent has also matured to encompass other aspects of the entertainment business and she continues to be busy with, television, radio, stage, presenting and touring in her live shows.
I think this short biography tells you a lot but as well as visiting her own modest website I strongly recommend that you visit her Wikipedia page as well.
If you only know Isla through her television work then I strongly suggest listening to her on You Tube. I had some problems loading some of her songs but I am fairly confident that this link to her singing "Farewell To Tarwathie" will work:
Farewell To Tarwathie
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