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 onstage, and you have a truly entertaining performer.
Fri 9 Feb
This will be The Dovetail Trio's second visit to the club. The coming together of these of three proven young talents (Matt Quinn, Rosie Hood and Jamie Roberts) went down a with their highly distinctive style and sound. They achieve so much with just concertina and guitar and their three voices but what capable and charismatic voices! There's a really thoughtful, imaginative quality to the trio's fresh-hued arrangements of songs of almost exclusively traditional origin, and this gives rise to a unique richness of vision and execution.
Matt is a Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus and now a veteran of all manner of concert and ceilidh outfit, working for artists as diverse as Geckoes and Eliza Carthy). Rosie is an engaging Wiltshire singer and winner of the Fred Jordan Memorial. Jamie is one half of the multiple-award-winning duo Gilmore & Roberts
Fri 6 Apr
Nigel Mazlyn Jones plays 12 and 6 string acoustic guitars weaving sounds and creating atmospheres that have entranced audiences on the club and festival circuits since 1976. Widely known on the UK music scene he has toured throughout Europe both solo and supporting well known bands like Barclay James Harvest, Renaissance and Bob Geldof. Nigel has recorded eleven albums over his career. He loves the natural world, once working in conservation with the great apes for Gerald Durrell's Wildlife Trust, and living near the Cornish coast as he does these influences are woven into his music.
The duo Marker is comprised of Marilyn Campbell and Kerry Manning, who are resident at the Chichester Folk Club. Marilyn has been collecting and singing the tradition since the early days of the seventies when she used to sing, along with the likes of The Watersons, Jim Eldon, et al, at The Rugby in Hull. Kerry provides the musical accompaniment, on guitar, melodeon, bodhran etc., occasionally taking lead vocals on Marker's more contemporary songs.
Fri 23 Mar
Singer and harpist Rachel Newton stunned the audience on her last visit to the club with the sublime musicality of her performance. She specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music.
Rachel plays fiddle and viola in addition to harp and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. She was awarded a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for Best Music and Sound in 2009 for her work with the Rowantree Theatre Company. A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of The Shee, The Furrow Collective (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 Best Group) and also plays with the Scottish/Norwegian group Boreas. She was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and is Musician of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017.
Fri 20 Apr
Steve Turner is one of those artists who have been the backbone of the British folk scene but has been out of circulation as a professional musician for around eleven years. He was tempted back recently, in part by Mick Peat but, as he said in a recent article folk music seems to get into your blood! and four or five years ago he started doing a few gigs again and came gradually back on to the folk scene. Steve will be performing songs from Britain & America beautifully sung with brilliant accompaniment on English concertina, cittern, mandolin & banjo.
Fri 9 Mar
Tom Kitching has appeared at the club several times before, in a duo with Gren Bartley and as a member of Pilgrim's Way, and now returns with American Singer Songwriter Zoe Mulford. Raised near Philadelphia, Zoe took up the guitar and fell in love with the banjo during a twelve-year stint in Durham, North Carolina. Four years in Washington, DC introduced her to the community of contemporary songwriters and in 2006 she moved to the north of England. She invited Tom, described by Rock'n'Reel Magazine as "In the first rank of English fiddlers", to play on her latest album and the duo was formed.
Fri 26 Jan
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