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WEDNESDAY 8th FEBRUARY
SALLY IRONMONGER & BRIAN CARTER

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Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter have been writing, performing and bickering together for nearly 20 years. They are an absolute one off. They have a quirky and distinctive style, with Brian’s unusual and accomplished guitar technique the perfect accompaniment to Sally’s unique, powerful voice. They sing songs about shipyards, prostitutes, trips to the seaside, self-deprecating amusing songs and protest anthems. They love what they do and their aim is to entertain, with songs that make you laugh or cry or just think.

“Great performers … and downright funny people, bursting with talent and entertainment skills.” (Kathy Dunn, Wessex Acoustic Club)

“Sally and Brian put on a brilliant show, firmly rooted in the folk music tradition, but including some hints of jazz and blues and other genres.” (Richard Death, Stratford Sub Castle)

“Music, laughter, reality and friendship! The Frogs love this pair of fantastic musicians.”  (The Flippin’ Frog, Rochester)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)

WEDNESDAY 8th MARCH THE DRYSTONES

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The Drystones are a duo with a new take on the timeless folk union of fiddle and guitar. Playing with breath-taking live energy, they earned a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and were awarded Arts Council funding for a 2022 tour of their new album. Alex Garden (fiddle, vocals) and Ford Collier (guitar, tin whistle, vocals) have had a strong musical partnership since their secondary school days. Able to navigate different traditions, introduce instantaneous changes of pace, and stitch together tunes and songs into an eclectic live set, The Drystones’ stripped back shows focus on the raw elements of their finely honed instrumental playing and it makes for an unforgettable experience.

"Very, very bold, inventive, intuitive ... I really like the sound of them"   (Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeats, BBC Wales)

"Indecently talented" (Mike Harding, Mike Harding Folk Show)

"With energy pouring out of those instruments..." - (Mike Norris EFDSS Classic Folk)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)

WEDNESDAY 12th APRIL
CHRIS ELLIOTT & CAITLIN JONES

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Award winning duo Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones have been playing music together since they met in 2014. Both proudly from Staffordshire, they bring a mix of traditional and self-penned ballads about place and identity, old and new. Driving guitar and bouzouki accompany haunting whistles and harmonium along with intricate and warm vocal harmonies. Expect to hear songs written for and collected from all around the Midlands and beyond, accompanied by the heartfelt human stories that inspired them. With their charming storytelling and warm Midlands humour, the pair love to take audiences to “an area of diverse landscapes, history and traditions”. In 2019 they released their debut album ‘Carry Me Home’ and their second album ‘Game Of Halves’ is now in the pipeline.

‘Experienced storytellers’ who bring ‘timeless quality’ to their music' (Bright Young Folk)

‘A strikingly accomplished first album, amply displaying the impressive compositional talents of both Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones’ (Tim Carter, Somer Valley FM, ‘Off The Beaten Track’)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)

 

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