The Ram Club features some of the world’s finest musicians on stage every Friday night and is one of the most successful acoustic music venues in the UK. The atmosphere is informal and this is reflected in the warmth and intimacy of the weekly concerts. It is called a club but everyone, whether a member or not, is made more than welcome. Just turn up and pay at the door (we very rarely sell tickets in advance).
The concerts are held at the Old Cranleighan Club in Thames Ditton, Surrey. The bar opens at 7.30pm and the hall doors open at 8.15pm.
Friday 28th April 2017 – Ocotillo
Delightful fusion of the special sounds of Kirsty McGee and Robert Garson
Ocotillo is the perfect transatlantic fusion of Kirsty McGee’s dusty, soulful vocals and Robert Garson’s bluesy, gravelly tones performing songs they describe as “from the city and the desert”. Leaning towards an American “smoke-filled room” atmosphere, their voices evoke the textures of 1930s jazz, treading a line between Americana and jazz swing balladry with a nod to Cole Porter and Tom Waits. They play such unusual instruments as musical saw, bass flute, mbira, bowed glockenspiel and lap steel. An absolute delight.
£10 members/£11 non-members
Friday 5th May 2017 – Dan Walsh
“The real deal”, “an inspiration”, “consistently brilliant”, “breathtaking”
Virtuoso playing, a lovely singing voice and inspired songwriting make Dan one of the hottest acts around. He was nominated for the Best Musician prize at last year’s BBC folk awards and is acknowledged as one of the country’s – perhaps the world’s – finest exponents of the banjo. He has been called “the real deal”, “an inspiration”, “consistently brilliant” and “breathtaking”. Dan’s shows are an eclectic mix of styles, all rooted in British, Irish and American folk and all featuring his dazzling clawhammer banjo technique. Also a superb guitarist, with a lively wit and humour, Dan is full of surprises and really has the lot.
£9 members/£10 non-members
Friday 12th May 2017 – Ninebarrow
Traditional sound with voices harmonised to perfection
Their sound is totally traditional folk music – yet much of their repertoire is new and original, inspired by the landscape, folklore and history of the British Isles. Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere harmonise their voices to perfection and play a range of instruments, including keyboard, mandola, harmonium and ukulele. The duo, from Dorset, have been friends since the age of 12 and are steeped in folk music history, enriching and bringing to life their songs with witty storytelling. Having raised their profile significantly during 2016, they were rewarded with a Horizon Award nomination at this year’s BBC Folk Awards.
£10 members/£11 non-members