20171013: Friday 13th October: Showcase: Abel and Eade, Kelly and Woolley, Steve Warner
Abel and Eade
Singer-songwriters Rosie Eade (UK) and Randy Abel (US) build a spirit bridge between their contentious homelands via China, the Middle Kingdom! Separated by a common language and ravaged by endless television comedy-writing conflicts, America and Britain yet managed to spawn the roots-influenced sounds which gnarled and entwined - rose upon rose and briar upon briar - into the twisted acoustic cluster that would electrify the 20th century. Randy - vocals, resonator guitar & harmonica - and Rosie - vocals, guitar & penny whistle - speak to and from these traditions with utmost passion and a goodly measure of atunedness. This evening, they’re joined by guest fiddler Lesley Conquest.
"Lovely harmonies." Barnfield Music Club, 2017
Kelly & Woolley
Matt Kelly - fiddle, viola & mandolin - and Gary Woolley – guitar - combine fine uplifting renditions of classic Cajun and Zydeco standards alongside their own interpretations of folk ballads from Ireland, England and Scotland, in a wide range of material which now includes self-penned songs and tunes. Moving between driving chords and sensitive finger picking, Gary’s guitar work supports Matt’s excellent musicianship; their voices also combine beautifully. Their range of styles takes in foot tapping uplifting tunes and songs, and songs where you will be hanging on every note and word. Their first CD ‘Papers in my Shoe’, was released in 2015.
“… enthusiastic, assured and stylish renditions of classic Cajun interspersed with pleasingly individual renditions from a folkier repertoire.” Folk Roots
Singer/songwriter Steve, a finalist in Watford Folk Club’s Folk Song Contest, writes thoughtful, melodic songs about things that matter, about the world around us and the people in it. He says, “I like to write songs that make people think and sing songs that will make people listen."
“Whimsical.” Graham Robbins; “Well-crafted songs.” Liz Simcock.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £9(door), £8(advance), £7(members).