The Ram Club
BBC Radio 2 'Folk Club of the Year' 2007
MARTIN SIMPSON CONCERT 28TH MARCH - TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM FRIDAY 21ST FEBRUARY
Tickets for Martin Simpson will be available from this Friday 21st February, either at the club (best) or from Bob and Maggie on 0208 686 9421. Don't hang about - it always sells out!
The Ram Club is one of the finest venues in the South of England for folk, acoustic and roots music. Our aim is to create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere to allow you to enjoy the music to the fullest. We meet on most Fridays at the Old Cranleighan Sports Club in Thames Ditton, Surrey and we pride ourselves in booking top artistes from the UK and beyond to perform for you close up in our convivial surroundings.
Friday night is Ram Club night, so come along and enjoy a great night out. With the odd exception we don’t sell tickets in advance – just turn up! The bar is usually open at 7.30pm and you can wait in there while we do the sound check before flinging the doors open at 8.15pm. If you’ve never been before just give us a try and we’ll make you welcome!
...and if you are a full-time student we’ll give you a generous discount.
'Our' BOB, as we all know, is one of the finest acoustic finger-style guitarists around - a man of many tunings with some known only to himself. "One of the best who is not doing it for a living", says Benny Gallagher, with whom Bob has collaborated for many a year. He has quietly honed his ability as a warm, engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour - never down too deep. Now released from his day job with the home office he's playing away more, gigging throughout these isles and as far afield as from Galway to Graceland. He'll never tire of the road but he'd go further if he had a boat! His playing and interpretations display rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and great technique - as fine as a beeswing. Bob's repertoire knows no frontiers, retaining firm links with the tradition and also including a splendid array of contemporary songs. Expect to hear material ranging from Robert Burns to Pete Morton, Archie Fisher to Hank Williams plus a smattering of pipe, harp and other tunes on guitar. But he takes most delight in the slip jigs and reels.
Tonight will be extra special as Bob will be showcasing songs from his long-awaited hot-off-the-press brand new CD 'After The Swithering'!
http://www.bobwood.co.uk £8 members/£9 non-members
A vibrant performer who champions traditional English Folk in all its glories. Singer, songwriter, melodeon, banjo, dulcimer and bouzouki player, bandleader, broadcaster, teacher, step dancer, sallow-faced wit, raconteur and all-round good guy, Pete is a 'one man folk industry' who represents the backbone of the folk revival. He's been a key member of numerous significant outfits across three decades - a much-loved duo with Chris Coe, the wondrous dance outfit New Victory Band, Bandoggs and political trailblazers Red Shift. His richly varied solo work takes in songs from the Tradition, dance tunes and his own potent songs.
http://www.backshift.demon.co.uk£9 members/£10 non-members
One of the UK's premier folk guitarists, multi award-winning megastar and a superb stylist, innovator & interpreter who has inspired 1000's of guitarists everywhere (and inspired 1000's more not to bother!). His versions of songs from artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Randy Newman & Hank Williams have become definitive and much-imitated, and more recently his own song writing has come to the fore, gaining him a BBC Folk Award. In fact, Martin has been nominated an astounding 23 times in the eleven years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw 5 nominations for 'Prodigal Son' and 2 wins. This year he has been nominated in four categories - TWO for Best Album, Musician of the Year, and Best Group with Full English! He's brilliant but you know that, so make sure you get your ticket in good time from Bob and Maggie Wood (see contact page) because it'll sell out! Tickets available from 21st February.
http://www.martinsimpson.com£10 members/£12 non-members
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