Earlier this year we invited folk journalist Dai Jeffries to programme one of our evenings and he presented a double bill of KARA and Darren Black which proved to be extremely popular, so we've invited him to do it again …
Brian Willoughby is well known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band The Strawbs. Cathryn Craig is from Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter. Together they have a magical combination of folk, Americana and country.
Mark T performed at the club a couple of years ago as the Bouzouki-playing half of the duo, with Charles Spicer, specialising in historical and medieval music. last
Fri 25 Nov
£11 some concessions
The James Brothers aren't actually brothers and only one of them is called James: James Fagan is an Australian singer/guitarist/bouzoukist (as well as life/musical partner of ace fiddler Nancy Kerr), while Jamie McClennan is a Kiwi singer/fiddler/guitarist, but they do share a common love of folk, bluegrass, blues and bad jokes.
Fri 28 Oct
£9.90 some concessions
Magpie Lane is a five-piece folk band from Oxford, specialising in traditional English songs and dance tunes and tonight they will be presenting their celebrated Christmas concert.
They combine powerful vocals with vigorous dance tunes, performing inventive arrangements on acoustic instruments. Their line-up features: - Ian Giles - vocals, percussion - Andy Turner - vocals, anglo-concertina, one-row melodeon - Mat Green - fiddle, vocals - Sophie Thurman - vocals, cello - Jon Fletcher - vocals, bouzouki, guitar
"The bill-boards advertising their Christmas concert said 'Sold Out' - yet fans queued in the bitter cold fog in hope of last minute cancellations. Those of us inside were treated to a feast of seasonal carols, wassails, ballads and the Bampton Mummer's play … A great night and a splendid way to begin the countdown to Christmas Day." The Oxford Times
Fri 9 Dec
£12.10 some concessions
Moirai is a meeting of the musical minds of: Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Token Women, Fraser Sisters), Sarah Matthews (Cupola, Cupola:Ward) and Melanie Biggs (Boxtet).
Between them they play accordion, flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, traditional whistles, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet and three voices.
Moirai means 'Spinners of Destiny' and their performances weave the trio's instrumental talents with haunting vocals. The result: enchanting musical arrangements delivered with skill and a healthy dollop of humour.
Fri 11 Nov
£9.90 some concessions
Membership of the Music Institute folk club entitles you to £1 off the price of your own ticket for any of our events plus exclusive pre-booking of our special guest nights.
Thu 31 Aug
- Directed by: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
- Cast: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
Orphaned sisters Lale, Nur, Ece, Selma and Sonay live with their grandmother and uncle in a small Turkish village, when a harmless game with some local boys scandalises a neighbour. Funny, distressing and redemptive debut feature by Ergüven, in which even the conservative relatives are depicted with sensitivity; its Oscar nod and Cesar wins are thoroughly deserved.
Wed 9 Nov
Ever since the National University strike broke out, Sombra and Santos have been living in angst-ridden limbo. Education-less, motionless, purposeless, and unsure of what the strike will bring, they begin to look for strange ways to kill time. But their idiosyncratic routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Tomas, Sombra's kid brother. Unable to fit in amongst these older slackers, Tomas discovers that unsung Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the city. Tomas convinces Sombra and Santos they must track him down in order to pay their final respects on his deathbed. But what they thought would be a simple trip to find their childhood idol, soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery across Mexico City's invisible frontiers.
Doors open 7:30 - Cash bar available throughout the evening - Free popcorn!
Thu 1 Dec
Artist, Claire Harrison will be having a solo exhibition at the Guildford Institute of paintings based upon the local countryside. Claire had a studio in Farnham for many years, but is now based in Sussex and the majority of her work is based upon flowers and insects from her garden and the local landscapes of Surrey and Sussex. Claire has taught and inspired students at Guildford Institute since 2009. This exhibition will showcase Claire's work, consisting of large brightly coloured oil paintings, highlighting the miniscule on a large scale. Her colours are vivid and appear to glow from the canvas, because of her passion for colour. Claire wants to show that the tiny wildflower or bright beetle in a grass verge is like a jewel amongst the undergrowth. Claire's work explores the miniature, miniscule and microscopic, of both the floral and insect world, and she will often attempt to crawl under the smallest wildflower and photograph from below as if she was an insect looking up. Claire is fascinated with camouflage and often hides insects within her work by cleverly using tone to conceal these little creatures. Just as you need to search to find mini beasts in a field, the audience will need to pause to find all the hidden dimensions in Claire's work. This is because the bright colours are merely the surface, combining both impact and detail. Claire's fascination for patterns will be shown in her incredibly intricate pen and ink drawings, where she often depicts the many spirals found within the centre of daisy-like flowers. Having studied plants under a microscope for many years, Claire shows us they are not all that we perceive, but draws the intricate detail from both the microscope and the naked eye. This exhibition shows one woman's passion for the natural world around her, which she immerses herself within, showing us that creatures however small are magnificent. Claire has exhibited successfully across the UK in both solo and selected group shows and is featured in both public and private collections; selling to collectors in several countries including the UK and Canada. For more information contact Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH, 01483 451034. Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm. Occasionally there are private functions/lectures held in the exhibition room, so please call before your visit to avoid disappointment.
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