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.
An eagerly-awaited Ram debut from this fabulous young duo! Two of Scotland's finest award-winning multi-instrumentalists, MAIREARAD (accordion and small pipes) and ANNA (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are truly captivating, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence. Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they are so in tune with each other's playing it's almost telepathic. Now based in Glasgow, Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. They have enjoyed many successes and count KT Tunstall among their many fans, gaining a huge reputation for their live performances. Their two albums - 2009's debut Mairearad and Anna, and 2013's Doubling - have both met with wide critical acclaim. They also perform individually with The Poozies, Blazin' Fiddles, Bella Hardy and Box Club and together in Scotland's only Celtic Big Band, The Unusual Suspects. The sum of the parts is enough but these two are much more than that - trust us!
http://mairearadandanna.com/£10 members/£11 non-members
STUART gave us an excellent night a couple of years ago, and this time he will be accompanied by Aberdonian fiddler CAROL. Stuart is a very fine singer, songwriter and instrumentalist (guitar & mountain dulcimer) whose songs recount tales of gypsy funerals, fox hunting, North Sea trawler fishing, dustmen, skinheads, 16th century prostitutes, fairground workers, emigration, piracy on the Irish Sea and the odd protest rant for good measure. Catchy, engaging and melodic he writes mainly in a 'contemporary traditional' style akin to Jez Lowe and Steve Tilston - tales of hope, death, love, life, the city and the sea - born of observation and personal experience. His new album 'A Yard of Ale' has gained some great reviews: 'This guy is clearly a talent. Pure class' (The Living Tradition), 'A great singer, songwriter - he writes really finely crafted songs that feel to me to be deeply rooted in the tradition' (Mike Harding), 'This is an exceptional release, one of quite formidable character' (FATEA Magazine), 'This collection of songs is really quite special' (Folk London). Quite!
http://www.stuartforester.com£8 members/£9 non-members
KYLE grew up in the Alaskan Bush where her parents were teachers. She immersed herself in the Yupik language and its songs, then as a young woman travelled to Cape Breton to study traditional Gaelic and Cape Breton fiddle styles. Once there, she struck up a friendship with fiddler Jerry Holland and wrote songs before heading over the sea to the Isle of Skye to learn Gaelic and its singing styles. Her own songs - beautifully crafted, assured & charming - echo the longings of her ancestors and narrate a range of contemporary issues in a similar way to James Keelaghan. Now Kyle has hooked up with rising young UK folkies and BBC Folk Award nominees JOSIENNE and BEN, who complement her sound perfectly. Classically trained then nurtured in Folk, they provide beautiful guitar & vocals and have recorded an EP, 'One Morning', with Kyle.
http://www.kyleannecarey.com£9 members/£10 non-members
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