20200124: Friday 24th January: Newcomers' Showcase with Special Guests: Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter. Featuring Pembroke Tenneson; Dom Prag
Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter have been writing, performing and bickering together for nearly 20 years. They have produced 3 studio albums of songs about shipyards, prostitutes, trips to the seaside, self-deprecating amusing songs and protest anthems. They are an absolute one off. They have a quirky and distinctive style, with Brian’s unusual and accomplished guitar technique being the perfect accompaniment to Sally’s unique voice. They love what they do, and their aim is to entertain, with songs that make you laugh, or cry, or just think.
They have three albums to their credit, Cheap Day Return (2012), The Company I Keep (2014), and Pinch Me (1917). Although they're from Kent, where they're stellar performers, as winners of the 2016 Milkmaid Folk Song Competition, they also have an East Anglian connection.
“Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter put on a brilliant show, firmly rooted in the folk music tradition, but including some hints of jazz and blues and other genres. Mostly self-penned, their songs were moving and funny and quite catchy. Most of all, they were fun and joyous entertainers” Richard Death, Stratford Sub Castle, February 2019.
Pembroke Tenneson: Inspired by singer-songwriters of the 60s & 70s, some English folk and a dash of blues, Pembroke’s songs range from humorous takes on the morning commute and academic study to loves won and lost. He enjoys writing in diverse styles, drawing from a wide pool of inspiration and making dramatic use of his fingerpicked guitar work, harmonica and 4-octave singing voice.
In June 2019, Pembroke released his new EP, Sound of War, which features acoustic and electric guitar, vocals and whatever he had laying around his studio - old boxes, pencils, an ancient organ. On Sound of War, Pembroke explores possibilities, and shares his influences through a few carefully-chosen covers. He's now writing his next album, and will debut brand new songs this evening.
Dom Prag launched his debut EP Talitha and Other Songs in 2015, and since then has performed across 17 counties and in London, appearing at an impressive number of Folk Festivals, including Folk East (as part of Brighton band 'The Knights Project'), the Wickham Festival, and Wimborne, Purbeck Valley, Wessex, Bridport, and South Downs Folk Festivals.
Dom's music knits together British and European folk tradition, classical guitar: mining songs, unaccompanied singing, poems set to music (e.g. Keats, Larkin), compositions influenced by Schubert and Shostakovich, bluesy riffs and raw vocals. Throughout 2016 and 2017 he worked on the monumental Ferry Tales project, on the Isle of Wight, collaborating with poet Robyn Bolam and fellow musician JC Grimshaw in setting poems to music. Dom unveiled his debut album, Young Man on a Ferry, in December 2018.
‘Great playing, singing and writing and a lovely stage presence. Watch out for Dom, his star is definitely on the rise’ Julie Matthews (While and Matthews).
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).