Friday 26th August 2017 - 20:00
Members £3.00 Non-members £3.50
We’re joining Cornwall Folk Festival upstairs at the Churchill Bars, Molesworth Street, Wadebridge, PL27 7QW for a very special night.
Our principal guests are Brian Phillips and Pete Grassby, plus any other artistes passing through the Churchill Bars on the night.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Friday 11th August 2017 - 20:15
Members £8.50 Non-members £10.00
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.
He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’ Q Magazine
‘Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.’ The Telegraph
Friday 28th July 2017 - 20:15
Members £6.50 Non-members £8.00
A wonderful singer and guitarist from the Midlands (now based in Norfolk), who performs traditional songs of the British Isles, and creates new songs inspired by folklore and poetry.
Gemma won Islington Folk Club’s Trad2Mad competition in 2013, since when she has been increasingly in-demand at folk clubs and festivals.
Friday 14th July 2017 - 20:15
Members £6.50 | Non-members £8.00
A superb singer, guitarist and banjo player, Maggie is also the writer of some of the very finest contemporary songs, including ‘A Place Called England’ , for which she was honoured for ‘Best Original Song,’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and ‘Perfumes Of Arabia’,’which was recorded by Martin Carthy.
FRIDAY 9th JUNE. 20:15
Kevin & Ellen Mitchell
Members £7.00 Non-members £8.50
A rare visit to the South-West by two singers widely-regarded as amongst the very finest interpreters of traditional Scottish & Irish songs & ballads.
Kevin (from Derry) and Ellen (from Glasgow), bring a deep knowledge and empathy to their performances of these wonderful songs & have toured and recorded extensively.
SATURDAY 10th JUNE. 14:00 – 16:00
Kevin & Ellen Mitchell present: Songs From The Travelling Tradition
Members £8.50. Non-Members £10.00
Widely-regarded as two of the very finest of traditional singers, Kevin and Ellen Mitchell share a deep knowledge and profound love for the songs of Scots and Irish travellers. This special, two hour presentation is not to be missed!
FRIDAY 23rd JUNE
Members £8.00 Non-members £9.50
A very welcome return to Bodmin by this hugely popular singer and guitarist, from the North-East of England.
Acclaimed for his portrayal of Songman, in the West End production of War Horse, his collaborations with Fairport Convention, and Jez Lowe (and many more), and his powerful solo performances.
“Surely one of the great voices of the whole of the Folk Revival.” The Living Tradition magazine.
TOM McCONVILLLE & TONY WILSON
28th APRIL 2017
Members £8.00 Non-members £9.50 – advance tickets
Born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road, Tom’s musical journey started in Newcastle’s thriving Irish scene and the North East folk clubs in the early 1970s.
Renowned for his musical accompaniments, Tom has played on hundreds of albums by artists including albums.Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Allan Taylor and Lindisfarne. As happy in the intimate atmosphere of a small folk club as he is at the largest festivals, Tom is a class act!
Tom is a great player, and a terrific singer. He also happens to be a number one bloke too! Dave Swarbrick
JESS & RICHARD ARROWSMITH
12th MAY 2017
Members £8.00 Non-members £9.50 – advance tickets
Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are singers and musicians (fiddle & melodeon) who are well established in the traditional English music scene. They bring you powerful vocals, subtle accompaniments, lively tunes and a broad range of material that will have you laughing, weeping, tapping your feet and joining in the choruses. Jess & Richard’s latest project in conjunction with James Fagan & Nancy Kerr as the Melrose Quartet has earned them a nomination for “Best Group” at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. Other projects include Hekety, Glorystrokes, Crucible and Pecsaetan.
26th MAY 2017
Members £6.50 Non-members £8.00 – advance tickets
A versatile singer and multi-instrumentalist from the North-West of England, Mark brings a wealth of performing experience to his interpretations of traditional, music hall, and self-penned songs.
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
We’re back online! Bit of a blip . . . thanks for bearing with us as we get the site properly fixed and super ship-shape.
Adding in a few familiar pages, and a whole wonderful world of goodness knows what. Meanwhile, you can find us over on Facebook or twitter. Might even get an instagram thingamajig too. Eek!
Super excited to have Ollie King with us on Friday 24th February, with a workshop on the Saturday, Judy Cook on Friday 10th March, and fRoots December/January cover star, and Shirley Collins collaborator Ali Roberts with us on Friday 24th March.
Open House nights on all the other Fridays.
Tickets are all available on the door or in advance from our good friends in the Cornish Riviera Box Office, and at all Tourist Information Centres across Cornwall. Thanks, Andy 🙂
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Stephen Hunt shares the history of Bodmin Folk Club with Folk Radio UK.
Bodmin Folk Club – A Cornish Folk Legacy