Sunday Evenings at 8 pm (doors open 7:45) at:
The Normandy Centre Denne Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1JF

Acoustic folk club - Licensed bar - Non members welcome
Admission varies between £2 and £8 (discounted for members):
Under 21s get free admission to all events.


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2017      

Sunday 5th March
 
Song and Dance

Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 12th March
 
Gilmore & Roberts
Gilmore Roberts

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk AwardsKatriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.

Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.
2015 saw the release of their fourth album, Conflict Tourism, which appeared on several end-of-year Best Album lists and received national airplay on both BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6music. Produced by Mark Tucker and featuring Matt Downer (Jamie Smith’s Mabon), Phil Henry (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) and James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Conflict Tourism packs a considered punch from start to finish.

Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.

Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and  Blackbeard’s Tea Party amongst others.

‘Hot property’ – fRoots
‘Gilmore & Roberts take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama’ – Q Magazine
‘Enthralling….consistently compelling’ – Pure M Magazine
‘Head and shoulders above their contemporaries’ – Rockin’ Magpie
Admission £7 (members £5)


Sunday 19th March
 
Open Floor

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 26th March
 
Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection
Wild Willy Barrett

Wild Willy Barrett, known as the Godfather of Grunge Folk, is a highly respected musician whose styles include folk, blues, gypsy jazz, reggae, bluegrass and punk.
Willy - has recorded Rasta Communication with Sly and Robbie, toured with U2, Police, Madness and many more, been guitarist for George Hamilton IV, considered for Brian Jones’ replacement in the Rolling Stones, recorded ‘The Contemporary Folk Guitar’ album with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap & Ralph McTell.
Mary - Willy was living on the Grand Union canal near Tring when he saw and heard Mary playing cello and dancing in the garden of a pub close to where his boat was moored and rushed over with the immortal words 'would you like to join my band?' Mary knew who he was, but confesses to being a bit suspicious as to whether it was the cello playing or her he was interested in.  Turns out, he was interested in both – they're now married.
John - a master of the Uilleann pipes, for whom these are interesting years: he's also played at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the Queen.
Aurora - originally from Nancy in France, Aurora's lively personality fits in perfectly with the quirkiness of the other musicians, and with her beautiful vocals in English and French.
Admission £8 (members £5)


Sunday 2nd April
 
Song and Dance

Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 9th April
 
Open Floor and Desert Island Folk with Dave Algar
Dave


Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome.

Tonight there'll be the added (counter-) attraction of Dave Algar being grilled by Caroline about his life in music - not least in Horsham Folk Club from the early days - and letting us hear his five favourite songs being performed.

Admission £2 (members £1)


Sunday 16th April
 
Open Floor and Spotlight on Hollie Rogers and Tom Holder
Hollie Rogers

This evening the Spotlight will be on Horsham based alt-folk singer songwriter Hollie won Horsham's acoustic Battle Of The Bands competition last year and has been featured in AAH Magazine as well as the Entertainment section of the West Sussex County Times. She plays with bassist Tom Holder and is promoting the release of their new EP, which launches on April 22nd at Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Hollie has previously been support act for Suzanne Vega, Midge Ure, Paolo Nutini, Ben Howard and regularly plays live sessions + festivals for BBC Introducing.

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd said, "Reminiscent of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, amazing voice!"

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome.
Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 23rd April
 
Kadia
Kadia

Kadia (pronounced kay-dee-­ah) are an acoustic trio from Bournemouth in Dorset performing a mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs, strongly rooted in the British folk tradition. They combine cello, fingerstyle guitar, 8-string ukulele and mandolin with three part harmony to create rich and uplifting music, interspersed with history and storytelling.

In 2016, Kadia performed on Main Stage 2 at Cambridge Folk Festival alongside La Vent du Nord, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, and Wildwood Kin. This adds to an ever increasing list of respected festivals at which they have played, including Priddy Folk Festival, Stogumber Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, Cornwall Folk Festival, Bath Folk Festival, Swanage Folk Festival, Wessex Folk Festival, and Wickham Festival.

Kadia have had the opportunity to support Jim Moray, Gilmore and Roberts, The Willows, Moulettes, Nizlopi, Jackie Oates, Chris Leslie, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, Jess Vincent, and Ninebarrow among others.
Admission £7 (members £5)
Sunday 30th April   Victoria Vox
with Jack Maher

The welcome return of Victoria Vox! She recently married singer/songwriter Jack Maher and she's bringing him to see the delights of Horsham.

Her infectious pop-folk-jazz style has earned her fans who truly appreciate her art.From the cover of the Spring Issue of Ukulele Magazine to the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Victoria Vox is making appearances everywhere—and rightly so. The artistry of her performances is both unique and endearing, captivating an incredibly diverse audience and drawing even the least musical of folks into her harmonious web.

Vox has been teaching workshops for ukulele and songwriting at ukulele festivals since 2006. She has also been a featured guest artist at the Center for Children (San Diego, CA in 2010, 2014, 2016) and her original song, "The Bird Song" was included in the New Zealand Ukulele Trust songbook for kids (2014-2016). She traveled to New Zealand in 2014 to perform "The Bird Song" alongside 2,500 children singing and playing ukulele. Vox has completed 5 school residency programs (2015 - 2016) where she worked with children on ukulele playing, singing, and songwriting. Originally from Green Bay WI, via Baltimore MD, she is newly based out of Costa Mesa CA, but tours across the USA and internationally at venues and festivals
which celebrate original music, French music, and/or the ukulele.
Admission £8 (members £5)

Sunday 7th May
 
Song and Dance

Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 14th May
 
Open Floor and Spotlight
on Jerry and Thea
(Pic to follow!)

This evening the Spotlight will be on Jerry and Thea with two short sets under the spotlights. Jerry has been a club member for some time and when he and Thea got together they've continued to grace us with their presence. An evening to look forward to.

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome.
Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 21st May
 
Open Floor

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)
Sunday 28th May  
Jimmy Aldridge &
Sid Goldsmith
JImmy and Sid

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are a highly acclaimed folk duo who play traditional and original music of the British Isles. Over the last three years they have built a reputation on the UK folk scene for arresting and moving performances. The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with sensitive musical arrangements and stunning vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.

They have been heavily influenced by the songs and singers of East Anglia, where they both grew up, but their music also reflects the diversity of voices within the folk world. Their debut album on Fellside Records was described as 'utterly absorbing’ with ‘excellent musicianship and sympathetic instrumentation twinned with fine harmony singing.

"To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists." The Guardian
"Every now and then an act jumps out at you and knocks you back. You’re in for a treat.” Mike Harding
Admission £8 (members £5)
Sunday 18th June   Cloudstreet N.B. THIS IS A DATE CHANGE - Cloudstreet's tour is delayed.
       

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