View and/or print out a list of forthcoming guests – Ram printable flyer-January-Easter 2017

Or view our programme below:

Friday 31st March 2017 – Daoiri Farrell

A spine-tingling voice – with plenty of Irish magic

What a voice this man has. Daoiri sings with a spine-tingling purity and clarity – with plenty of Irish magic – and he surely lives up to the title of his recently released album “True Born Irishman”. No wonder he became the All Ireland Champion Singer at the Fleadh in County Derry in 2013. On top of that, he is a delicate and rhythmic player of the Irish bouzouki. Daoiri only began performing at the age of 23 but has made a great impact since. He has a masters degree in Music Performance – so we are in for another treat.

£10 members/£11 non-members

Friday 7th April 2017 – Dallahan

Up-to-date twists to an electrifying traditional Celtic sound

Expect something a little different from this fascinating foursome. The band members are from Ireland, Scotland and Hungary, backgrounds that bring unusual and up-to-date twists to their full-on electrifying traditional Celtic sound – by adding various international ingredients such as Latin dance rhythms, gypsy instrumental solos, and many more surprises. Jani Lang plays fiddle and sings, Jack Badcock plays guitar and sings, Andrew Waite is on accordion, with Ciarán Ryan on banjo, mandolin and fiddle.

£11 members/£12 non-members

Friday 14th April 2017 – Closed for Easter

£- members/£- non-members

Friday 21st April 2017 – The Teacups

“A cappella vocals as exciting as any complex instrumental fusion”

An exhilarating evening of high-energy harmonies is guaranteed as this unaccompanied foursome blast their way through a set made up of traditional and contemporary songs. The Guardian says they are “a reminder that a cappella vocals can be as exciting as any complex instrumental fusion” and they have been wowing festival audiences. Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn will be bringing with them their fun approach to singing, as well as their acclaimed debut album “One For The Pot”.

£10 members/£11 non-members

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

Friday 19th May 2017 – John Doyle

The finest player of Irish traditional music

Hailed by many as the finest player of Irish traditional music, guitarist, singer and songwriter John Doyle makes a welcome return to the Ram Club. His virtuoso fingerstyle and percussive strumming techniques create a broad range of moods and atmospheres, from toe-tapping jigs to sumptuous, melodic airs. Born into a musical family in Dublin, John formed Celtic supergroup, Solas, and has gone on to work with many top names in the folk world – Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. He has made many radio and TV appearances, featured on movie soundtracks and is always in demand as a skilled session musician.

£10 members/£11 non-members

Friday 26th May 2017 – Suntrap

Exquisite harmonies and a joyful approach to playing their music

The exquisite vocal harmonies of Sara Byers, Mary Wilson and Ram Club regular Sue Graves give this local four-piece the power to entrance and enchant any audience. Along with John Sandall on violin and viola, Suntrap boast a wide array of instrumental sounds: Sara plays guitar, accordion, banjo and whistle; Mary plays violin and Sue guitar and ukelele. Their repertoire extends from traditional folk, via self-penned works to their own individual take on modern classics. Together, they have an endearing stage presence and a joyful approach to playing that has always proved a winning combination on our stage – and caught the ear of a Brooklands Radio presenter who featured them playing live on his Cool Connections show.

£10 members/£11 non-members

Friday 2nd June 2017 – Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, with Emily Sanders

Surprises and laughter

Denny’s evocative singing does not simply call up images of the west of Ireland, it transports you there. Add in Chris’s warmly witty banter and concertina playing and Emily’s vocals and fiddle playing and the package is complete. This is a trio steeped in traditional folk music. Chris grew up in a Yorkshire home visited often by passing musicians, while Denny, born in County Limerick, was exposed to the music of the region from an early age, and Emily has been part of the folk scene for 20 years or more. Expect jigs, reels, airs and songs with a hypnotic vocal quality. Plus plenty of surprises and laughter.

£10 members/£11 non-members

Friday 9th June 2017 – Zak Hobbs

Young and emerging talent with a top musical pedigree

Zak picked up the guitar aged 11 and by 14 had played prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Royal festival Hall, thanks to his musical pedigree. Still a young and emerging talent, he is the grandson of Richard and Linda Thompson and is continuing in the family business of making wonderful music. He writes, sings and plays a mean guitar and banjo and says his core influences are English folk from the 60s and 70s, along with American roots music and country music of the 50s, giving his sound a vibrant transatlantic feel.

£9 members/£10 non-members

Friday 16th June 2017 – Georgia Shackleton Trio

Lively trio with a bright, sweet and toe-tapping sound

This lively young trio combine vocals, fiddle, guitar and mandolin to play a blend of old time, bluegrass and self penned material. Georgia, a graduate of the renowned Newcastle folk degree course, accompanies herself on the fiddle, and writes “wordy songs about other people”, taking inspiration from places and faces, as well as traditional, regional and early 20th century material. With her are Aaren Bennett on guitar and Nic Zuppardi, another Newcastle graduate, on mandolin. It’s a bright, toe-tapping and interesting mix of sounds, topped off with Georgia’s sweet lead vocals and tight harmonies.

£10 members/£11 non-members