The Ram Club
BBC Radio 2 'Folk Club of the Year' 2007
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.
Another Ram debut, fiddler DAN is from the USA while guitarist JAMES is from this side of the pond. Dan grew up in a musical family, taking up the violin at ten and spending his formative years absorbing a broad spectrum of musical styles including classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, blues and rock. In the 1980s he was introduced to the music of Shetland fiddler Aly Bain which sparked his keen interest in Celtic music. He's spent the last 15 years in Iceland as a successful session musician but visits the UK regularly to perform with his own Swing Quartet. He also appeared on several of the recordings of his late sister Eva. JAMES was raised on a diet of folk and bluegrass and has performed at sessions and folk clubs since the age of thirteen. After music college and a stint with Uiscedwr he met Dan whilst touring in Iceland and they just clicked. Together they add sparkle, shine, swing and scintillation to songs and tunes old and new. 'Nuff said, come see!
http://www.hickmanandcassidy.co.uk£9 members/£10 non-members
This band is brilliant! A five-piece from the Wirral comprising KEVIN BYRNE (guitar, keyboards, vocals), RICHARD WOODS (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), JOE TOPPING (guitar, mandolin, vocals, harmonica), CHRIS CHESTERS (bass guitar) & STEVE FINNEGAN (percussion), they are contemporary acoustic music at its best. By rights these young lads should be huge, like Mumford and Sons - and they probably will soon be if there is any justice in the world. They write and sing strong, highly catchy, melodic songs both thoughtful and upbeat, they harmonise wonderfully and their instrumental skills are top notch. They also throw in some choice covers in their own highly individual style and have a great line in banter. They'll make you laugh, they'll make you cry and they'll leave you wanting more. Last time they packed the place out, so come in good time!
http://www.elbowjane.com£10 members/£12 non-members
ROBB is one of the UK's finest songwriters. Much-covered, his songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend ROY BAILEY to acclaimed cabaret diva BARB JUNGR. Robb writes up-to-date songs, from the powerful & provocative to the witty & clever - songs that make you listen. 'A modern-day Dostoyevsky' said Dirty Linen magazine, while The Daily Telegraph made his CD Gentle Men 'Folk Album Of 1998'. And 'Winter Turns To Spring' is Tony Benn's favourite song! Always a thorn in the fat, overfed underbelly of politics, having done with Thatcherism he still has plenty of targets! Robb is also capable of the most touching songs about love, family, war and peace & translates and performs the songs of Jaques Brel. His new acoustic 'folkie-friendly' album is out on April 1st, with a newly recorded 'Best Of' soon after.
http://www.robbjohnson.co.uk£8 members/£9 non-members
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