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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11th CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: JOHN KIRKPATRICK - Carolling and Crumpets

 

John Kirkpatrick peels away the commercial gloss of modern Christmas to present a heart-warming show which explores the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, and you have the recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay.

‘JK delivers all the boisterous bonhomie and seasonal good cheer  anyone could want’ (Joan Crump, English Dance & Song)

‘The inventiveness and dynamism of John's playing are just as top-notch as one has come to expect of such a perfectionist’ (Mike Greenwood, Taplas)

'Kirkpatrick’s buoyant presence and lust for this music sounds more rampant than ever’ (Colin Irwin, fRoots Magazine)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members,  £5.00 under 18s and students)

SOLD OUT

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8th THE LONGEST JOHNS

A welcome return of this Bristol-based, a cappella folk music band who virtually raised the roof when they appeared at Hambledon for the first time in 2016. The band was born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties and they perform both maritime songs and more unusual folk tunes with enthusiasm and fun. Their harmonies are well-wrought, with a majestic bass rattling the floorboards and a female member now adding a honeyed mezzo to the mix. Whether performing songs that are hundreds of years old or their own original creations, the Johns bring a new excitement to audiences wherever they go.

‘A magnificent vocal range and wonderful harmonies’ (Bright Young Folk)

‘I have been enthralled at the purity of their folk music, a cappella prowess.’ 

(Fritz Balwit, Audiophile Audition)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members,  £5.00 under 18s and students)

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12th WINTER WILSON

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)

‘Wilson's songs pull no punches when relating to the sights and sounds of everyday local life and are complemented by Kip's powerful and emotional voice.’ ​(The Telegraph)

‘Kip Winter's outstanding vocal talents and Dave Wilson's stunning abilities as a songwriter, composer, guitarist and singer welded seamlessly to produce a most memorable evening.’ (J​ohn Waltham, Living Tradition Magazine)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members,  £5.00 under 18s and students)

FUTURE EVENINGS IN SPRING 2020

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11th NORTH SEA GAS

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8th THE WILDERNESS YET

WEDNESDAY MAY 13th VICKI SWAN and JONNY DYER