20200131: Friday 31st January: Liz Simcock; Winter Wilson
Support: James Eisner and friends
Liz Simcock is one of the country’s finest female singer songwriters. Her songs - often autobiographical and highly personal - are immediately accessible to audiences and injected with poetry, emotion and splashes of humour. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter. Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her songwriting influences. Liz has made five albums. Friday Night Train Home, released in 2013, featured the virtuoso backing of Dave Ellis and Boo Howard. In 2015 and 2017 Liz toured with Clive Gregson performing songs from the Gregson & Collister back catalogue and promoting an album of brand new Gregson songs. As always though, Liz’s main focus is on her own songwriting and live performances. 2020 brings the release of her fifth album Winter Hill, a pared down acoustic album featuring one voice, one guitar and a handful of beautifully crafted and previously unreleased songs.
"Liz Simcock is one of the finest singer/songwriters around. With a strong, expressive voice and high quality songs her music is fresh, original and very entertaining." Acoustic Routes
When Mike Harding dubbed Winter Wilson as one of the hardest working duos on the circuit, he'd clearly done his homework. In 2019 aside from touring around the UK, Winter Wilson performed in Australia, Spain, Belgium and Canada. They also released 'Live & Unconventional', the long awaited live album that was recorded on tour and at Cropredy Festival last year with folk rock icons Fairport Convention. The reviews have been exceptional:-
"If you need evidence of just how special the duo Winter Wilson is, then Live & Unconventional delivers in abundance" Steve Caseman, RnR magazine
It is their live performance where these two really excel. Now in their 8th year as full-time musicians, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with sometimes hilarious humour and tales of life on the road. Kip (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) "simply has a voice to die for” ( John Roffey, Maverick Magazine), whilst Dave (vocals, guitar and banjo) is now rightly recognized as being amongst the top tier of British songwriters, with his songs sung throughout folk clubs across the UK and beyond. Together, their voices are sublime. “In 30 years of listening to folk music, I have never heard two voices blend so perfectly.” (David Aird, Chairman, Glenfarg Folk Club)
You will laugh; you may cry. You will certainly want to see them again!
James Eisner is a singer, classical guitarist, lutenist, teacher, arranger and entertainer who regularly performs at the Cambridge Folk Club. In 1998 he recorded an album of songs for tenor, lute and guitar, ‘Songs through the Centuries’. From 1998-2000 he directed the London-based Czech choir, London Hlahol. He started the Seiber Consort in 2007, to help promote the vocal works of the unjustly neglected twentieth century composer Mátyás Seiber. He currently teaches voice and guitar in Cambridge, and is particularly interested in the music of Eastern Europe.
Tonight James will be joined by Derek Wilcox, Ashlyn Armour-Brown, Anthony Brown, Miranda Armour-Brown and Susi Micklethwait to present a traditional English song about a racehorse, some varied Georgian songs with rich harmonies, and a 50s pop song!
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £11(door), £10(advance), £9(members).