Upcoming Guests


            16th November 2017 8-00 pm

Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several years after spending their school years together in Hertfordshire.  After tentatively performing a few songs at their local Redbourn Folk Club, the group soon gained a great deal of interest on the local and national folk circuit, securing major support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country.   I saw them last year at Deal Friday Folk and decided to book them there and then!


BRIAN PETERS                 30th November 2017 8-00 pm

Brian Peters is one of the English folk scene’s great all-rounders: a compelling singer, a first-rate squeezebox player and a skilled guitarist.  Brian is one of the country’s best anglo-concertina players and is just as good on melodeon, while he’s also internationally-known as a leading performer of the great ‘Child’ ballads.  Although best known for traditional folk songs and lively English dance music, Brian’s act is full of variety and might include newer songs and tunes or wild squeezebox excursions into ragtime and blues.  Add his energy and dry humour on stage, and you have a truly entertaining performer.

 LYNNE HERAUD & PAT TURNER                11th January 2018 8-00 pm

Lynne and Pat are no strangers to FATD and are also well known at Broadstairs Folk Week.  Great fun fabulous singers and superb harmony sum up their wonderful skill as folk performers but it would only be fair to say "I wonder what is coming next!

 "SILK PURSE"                15th February 2018 8-00 pm

"Silk Purse" are mother and daughter Sue and Lyndsey Rule who for many years sang and played with Lyndsey's father and uncle Grant and Keith Rule respectively in the wonderful Kentish Folk Group "Pigs Ear".  Sadly Grant and Keith are no longer with us but their music lives on in the wonderful singing and playing of Sue and Lyndsey.  They have a wide repertoire ranging through traditional music to "Pigs Ear" songs and other contemporary songs performed mostly in the traditional style.  They are very much associated with the "Pigs Ear Folk Ale" which in 2018 runs from 31 May to 3Jun.  It is a superb festival and I have very much enjoyed Sue and Lyndsey's contribution to the festival in recent years just as I enjoyed the performance of "Pigs Ear" for many years before.  I am delighted to have been able to book them and I am really looking forward to their long overdue appearance at FATD!

  TOM McCONVILLE                    15th March 2018 8-00 pm

Tom was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road with clientele drawn from the Irish and Scottish communities. This is where he first experienced traditional singing and fiddle music  Tom’s musical journey started in the North East folk clubs in the early 70s.  Turning professional in 1974 he joined Bob Fox in a duo then folk/rock band Magna Carta to play all over Europe.   Every new venture brought great success and immense respect from his peers and public alike. Throughout his many collaborations he has continued his solo show at venues large and small. “A sandpaper-dry wit, eye-watering skill on the fiddle, great vocals... you just can't help feeling that a performance by Tom is like visiting an old friend” is how one folk club organiser describes him.  Renowned for his musical accompaniments, Tom has played on hundreds of albums. The list includes: Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Allan Taylor and Lindisfarne. Whilst he has shared stages throughout the world with Stephan Grappelli, Sean McGuire, Mark O'Connor, Paul Brady and The Chieftains, Tom has never forgotten his roots and is as happy in the intimate atmosphere of a small folk club as he is at the largest festivals. Tom McConville is a world class act!  We are delighted to have him back for his second appearance at FATD!

                5th April 2018 8-00 pm

Derek Gifford has been singing folk songs for over 30 years and is a full time folk performer known throughout the folk World as "Giff". He is an old friend of the club having performed at FATD both in his own right and as part of "Three Sheets to the Wind".  His style is based on the tradition but much of his repertoire includes contemporary songs which are written in the traditional idiom. Giff has set a number of Bury poet Keith Scowcroft's poems to music including 'When All Men Sing' which is fast becoming a folk song 'standard' across the world.  Whether accompanying himself on guitar or bowed psaltery, which his wife hates, or singing unaccompanied Giff's enthusiasm becomes contagious.  He also gives talks and workshops on the music to a variety of audiences. 'Birds in Folk Song' is a talk that Giff has given at both Broadstairs and Tenterden Folk Festivals, the latter only last month, October 2017, as he is a keen "birder", not a twitcher!  Doubtless when he is staying with me for this gig he will be out at Dungeness RSPB before breakfast!  Relaxed and confident, with sea songs, shanties and other chorus songs a speciality, Giff's festival and club performances are a real treat to encounter.  This will be a fun gig, don't miss it!

NOTTS ALLIANCE          17th May 2018 8-00 pm

More guest detail to follow.

Floor singers are alw
ays welcome 
on Guest Nights but you will need to book a spot in advance. 
Phone or e-mail David Pleasants on 01797 320518 or 07890 292467, david@plesbit.net.