We just wanted to let you know about some great folk gigs coming up in central London over the next few weeks, whilst not all of these are formal meetups members of the group will be present at each of them so we can arrange to meet informally.
Wör – Saturday 18th February – Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead
This promises to be a special evening, the young Belgian folk band are literally in the UK for a couple of days and are performing a special unplugged concert at Heath Street Baptist Church.
Back to the 1780’s! If it sounded good back then, why not today? With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Join us at the meetup and buy tickets here.
The Rachel Hamer Band – Wednesday 22nd February – Cecil Sharp House
The Rachel Hamer Band are an exciting new four piece folk band based in Newcastle. Fronted by Rachel Hamer, a powerful and emotive singer from Whitley Bay, the band sets the backdrop into which Rachel seamlessly blends to create their moving and intricate sound.
See Cecil Sharp’s House website for tickets
Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle –
Thursday 23rd February – St John on Bethnal Green Church
Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle three members of the BBC acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions will play at St John at Bethnal Green Church as part of a unique European tour. John McCusker is nominated for musician of the year at this years folk awards so this will be a great opportunity to find out why. The trio will also be performing from their new CD ‘The Wishing Tree’ due out in March. Several meetup members will be at this concert so come along and join us – tickets available here
Fairport Convention – Friday 25th February – The Union Chapel
Enjoy an evening of musical magic with Fairport Convention as the legendary band celebrates its golden anniversary year.
Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967 and throughout the intervening five decades the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. Tickets available here whilst they last
Shake The Chains – Monday 27th February – St John on Bethnal Green Church
Shake the Chains is an exciting new touring commission from celebrated UK contemporary folk singer songwriters and special guests that will explore the role songs have played in social change, resistance and protest. With an exciting lineup including Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and special guest Peggy Seeger – not to be missed, again several meetup members will be at this concert so please join us, tickets available here.
John Spiers – Monday 6th March – Green Note
John Spiers, known better in folk circles as Squeezy, has made a name for himself as one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation. Well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden in the formidable Spiers & Boden as well as his contribution to the massively popular Bellowhead – This intimate concert promises to be very popular so best book in advance, again several of us will be at this concert if you fancy joining us, tickets available here.
Coven: with O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery and Grace Petrie –
Friday 10th March
St John on Bethnal Green Church, Bethnal Green
Coven are a collective of three of the British folk scene’s finest, most formidable and forthright female acts, taking to the stage to celebrate International Women’s Day in a week of unforgettable concerts. The exquisitely harmonic songwriting duo and BBC 6 Music favourites O’Hooley & Tidow will be joined by the enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. Again several of us will be at this concert so please join us – tickets available here
The James Brothers – Wednesday 29th March – Cecil Sharp House
The James Brothers are James Fagan and Jamie McLennan, of Kerr Fagan and Emily Smith They come from the lands down under, Australia and New Zealand to be precise; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play. Tickets available here
Please keep in touch and let us know if you will be coming along to any of these concerts so we can arrange to meet, and feel free to leave a response on the group message board if you know of any more interesting events.