Programme

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Friday 6th December 2019 – Granny’s Attic

Exceptional young trio with an energy and sound of their own

A folk trio who attack the tradition with verve, energy and a style all of their own. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) are exceptional young performers of English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have played widely at clubs and festivals, earning accolades for their lively, yet mature, performances.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 13th December 2019 – Jim Causley Christmas Show & Ram Club Party

Time to over-indulge!

What better way to end the year than experiencing the full-on Causley Christmas celebration, featuring sackfuls of wonderfully uplifting music, great dollops of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence – and even a spot of panto! As well as all this, we can enjoy the Ram’s festive finger-food buffet feast in the bar, a wildly extravagant raffle with many exciting prizes, and perhaps a few surprises from the Ram’s regular performers. So make sure you grab a ticket. AN ALL-TICKET EVENT. Last few remaining. Buy tickets at a Friday-night concert or by post. Email ramclub@btinternet.com for details.

£TBA members/£TBA non-members


Friday 10th January 2020 – Reg Meuross

His gentle charm comes with a smart and evocative edge

We begin 2020 with a bang – because Reg is a genuinely big performer. His easy-listening style and gentle charm comes with an edge, as he both entertains and provokes in equal measures. He calls himself a “singer, songwriter and storyteller” and conveys his message with a smooth effortlessness underpinned by his great skill as a musician and his broad experience as a performer. Reg’s voice might be soft, melodic and soothing but his lyrics are smart and evocative. With a new album, Raw, to showcase, we are in for a fabulous start to the year.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 17th January 2020 – Bill Jones & Jean-Pierre Garde

A voice full of character, clarity and honesty

At last! Rejoice! The brilliant Bill Jones is back performing again after her 15-year family-inspired hiatus. This is fantastic news for all lovers of traditional music presented with contemporary freshness. Bill’s singing voice is full of character, clarity and honesty and her accompaniments on guitar or piano infused with uncluttered beauty. Alongside time-honoured tales of fisherboys, tailors and sailors, Bill has her new beguiling and bewitching album Wonderful Fairytale to draw on – plus the silky skills of Jean-Pierre Garde on violin and viola.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 24th January 2020 – Zak Hobbs

A class act that defies simple categorisation

Zak is a class act who defies simple categorisation – his engaging music spans many genres, moods and styles, including British roots, folk and pop, and American country. It’s a captivating and seductive mix, well worthy of a young artist with such a noble musical pedigree, Zak being the grandson of Richard and Linda Thompson. With a powerful voice and lightning fast fingers on the guitar fretboard, Zak will dazzle us again, just as he did on his memorable Ram Club debut two years ago.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 31st January 2020 – Jez Lowe

Magnificent ambassador for north-east England

Non-stop action man Jez Lowe – musician, novelist, producer, collaborator and more – is always welcome on our stage, whether alone or with any of his many performer partners. Most recently he’s been touring with The Pitmen Poets ensemble, before turning his attention to a solo tour. But it’s as a singer-songwriter that we know him best – he is indeed one of the best, and a magnificent ambassador for his north-east England homeland. As the BBC’s Mike Harding recently said of him: “No one else writes or sounds like Jez Lowe.”

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 7th February 2020 – Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis

Vibrant banjo with polished voice and guitar

He tries to deny it, but there really is little doubt that Jamie Francis is the best banjo player in the world. Or if not THE best, then very close to it. Either way, Jamie’s vibrant playing is the perfect fiery decoration for the polished singing and playing of the superb Sam Kelly. Sam lies at the hub of a collection of young and hugely talented rising stars, with whom he records and performs. But you just have to see this duo – their Christmas party performance on our stage a couple of years ago was one of the most explosive nights in recent Ram history.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 14th February 2020 – Newberry & Verch

Supreme exponents of traditional North American craft

April Verch and Joe Newberry are supreme exponents of their traditional North American musical crafts. April, from Canada’s Ottowa Valley, is a fine fiddler, singer and step-dancer who grew up listening to her dad’s country dance band. Joe grew up in Missouri playing the banjo and guitar and is also a fine fiddler himself. Their music is addictive – full of lustful energy gathered through the ages. These two, an ideal blend of youth and experience, inject vigour and artistry into their singing and playing. A real old-time treat.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 21st February 2020 – John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick & John Doyle

TICKETS ONLY – SORRY, SOLD OUT

When they line up as a trio, these three sparkling musicians rise to another level. They have known each other since they were teenagers and last year got round to releasing a debut studio album, The Wishing Tree, which has been described as “a thrilling trip through traditional, contemporary and original jigs, reels, ballads and more”. Their concerts just fizz with passion and vitality, and this will be a special Ram Club occasion.

£n/a members/£n/a non-members


Friday 28th February 2020 – Còig

Huge demand brings this stunning Nova Scotia four-piece back to the UK

The UK just couldn’t get enough of Còig when they toured in spring 2019 – and so the sheer level of demand for this exciting and invigorating four-piece from Nova Scotia means they are back and we have been lucky enough to book them. Multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Crowley, Rachel Davis, Darren McMullen and Jason Roach play a dozen instruments between them to produce fiery Celtic high-energy music that features driving tunes, haunting songs, infectious energy and stunning vocal harmonies.

£12 members/£13 non-members


Friday 6th March 2020 – Pete Morton

Treasured mix of humour, politics, emotion and comment

One of the most insightful and observant songwriters around, Pete can surprise his listeners with a simple phrase, a clever twist or a witty detour. For example, in his epic song, In the Days When Time Was Different, he conjures up images and ideas of which few would have ever dreamt. He also wrote the folk club hit Another Train. With a relaxed voice, uncomplicated guitar accompaniment and breezy patter between songs, Pete’s performances are a treasured mix of humour, politics, emotion and comment – he’s always one to look forward to.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 13th March 2020 – Hector Gilchrist & Friends

A special 80th birthday concert from a special Ram regular

Hector’s first experience of singing on a stage came at the age of 10, thanks to a headmaster who insisted any child with a voice should be heard. And what a voice it turned out to be. From his frequent floor spots, regulars at our Ram Club concerts will be familiar with Hector’s mellow, seasoned tones, his soft Scottish accent, and lilting, conversational singing style. He is an adroit and enthusiastic interpreter of songs old and new and for this concert, which marks his 80th birthday, he’ll be joined on stage by musical buddies from across the years.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 20th March 2020 – Quicksilver

Rumbustious and riotous hilarity guaranteed

An evening of rumbustious and riotous hilarity is guaranteed in the presence of Grant Baynham and Hilary Spencer – as they form one of the whip-smartest acts on the roots music circuit. Grant’s songwriting is uproariously funny and Hilary’s singing reaches every corner of the emotional spectrum, from deeply moving to soar-away levity. Grant made a name for himself with his witty and inventive contributions to TV’s That’s Life show. So if you enjoy the humour created by the likes of Victoria Wood and Jake Thackray, then you’ll LOVE Quicksilver.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 27th March 2020 – Lee Collinson

An artist from the very top drawer

Watching Lee Collinson play is sheer torture for every wannabe guitar virtuoso – his style and touch are fluid, melodic and completely enviable. But it’s a torture that quickly turns to pleasure and admiration – for Lee’s brilliance is perfectly matched by his appealing voice and his inspired choice of songs. We’ll get to hear music from several genres – folk, blues, rock, pop, jazz and more – performed with all the easy-going modesty and amiability you would expect from an artist who is from the very top drawer.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 3rd April 2020 – Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Electrifying duo that packs an ever greater punch

What a joy it has been to see these two young men develop their craft since their first visit to the Ram Club in 2015. Even then, with Ciaran still a schoolboy, their shows were an electrifying combination of Greg’s hard-driving guitar and powerful voice and Ciaran’s dazzling and award-winning fiddle work. A few more years of touring and with four albums under their belt, they now pack an even greater punch. Their playful on-stage jocularity remains endearing and their juxtaposition of traditional classics and modern gems is spot on.

£11 members/£12 non-members