Programme

View and/or print out a list of forthcoming guests for Spring/Summer 2018 Downloadable and printable copy of the flyer

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Friday 7th September 2018 – Fara

An absolute blast with four brilliant young friends from Orkney

Four brilliant young women from Orkney built on their life-long friendship to form this scintillating group, made up of three fiery fiddles and a sweet sounding piano – plus perfect vocal harmonies and great tunes, both traditional and self-penned. Their Ram Club debut was an absolute blast and it will be a real treat to have Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price back with us to kick off the autumn season.

£12 members/£13 non-members


Friday 14th September 2018 – Luke Daniels

Combination of old and new described as ‘poetical’ and ‘intense’

Luke has a terrific musical pedigree as a BBC award winner, a former Riverdance band member and collaborator with the likes of Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and De Dannan. His recent solo shows have featured an original 19th century Polyphon “musical box” machine and his combination of contemporary and ancient roots music has been acclaimed as “intense” and “poetical”.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 21st September 2018 – Kevin Dempsey

Top quality live entertainer with a host of beautiful songs

Don’t be misled by Kevin’s unassuming, laid-back manner. Beneath all that he is a master performer on the guitar, an arranger, a singer and a top quality live entertainer with a host of beautiful songs. His wide experience and versatility make him able to turn his hand, and guitar, to many different styles and genres and, for a long time, he has been one of the most sought-after musicians on the UK folk scene and beyond.

£9 members/£10 non-members


Friday 28th September 2018 – Assembly Lane

Dynamic arrangements of music from both sides of the Atlantic

A quartet of young Newcastle-based musicians creating dynamic arrangements of traditional and contemporary material from both sides of the Atlantic. Niles Krieger is on fiddle and vocals, Matthew Ord on guitar and vocals, Tom Kimber on mandolin and Bevan Morris on bass. They blend ancient ballads and progressive bluegrass with rich vocal harmonies and instrumental flair. They’ve been called “exceptional”.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 5th October 2018 – Honey and the Bear

Harmonious and gentle melodies from a multi-talented duo

Beautiful and gentle sounds pour from this multi-talented duo who are inspired by British folk and roots music. Lucy Sampson, from Suffolk, plays guitar, banjo, double bass, ukulele and percussion and John Hart, a Yorkshire lad, plays guitar, bass and mandolin. They first met on a songwriting course in 2012 and together they are in perfect harmony whatever style of music they’re playing. Two excellent songwriters.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 12th October 2018 – Churchfitters

Original sounds from a thrilling and energetic band

One of the most thrilling, energetic and unpredictable bands around, who had our venue rocking like crazy on their 2015 Ram Club debut. They explore exciting ways of presenting folk music, making their sound fresh and original. The group performs both as a trio (multi-instrumentalists Rosie Short and Chris Short, with bass player Boris Lebret) and a quartet with the addition of French percussionist Margaux Scherer.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 19th October 2018 – Dave Ellis & Boo Howard

A voice full of emotion and crafted guitar technique

A top class duo and regular Ram visitors, Dave and Boo cover the full range of emotions in their songs, from the quirky and funny to the ethereal and deeply moving. Boo’s voice is full of emotion and her acoustic bass playing smooth and melodic. Dave’s harmonies and beautifully crafted guitar technique create a perfectly balanced sound that works in every corner of their fantastically varied repertoire.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 26th October 2018 – John Smith – a ticket-only event. SOLD OUT

SORRY – THIS CONCERT IS NOW SOLD OUT

We’re delighted to announce that acclaimed Devon guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith – as part of an extensive Canadian and European tour to launch his forthcoming folk album – will be gracing the Ram Club stage this autumn.

All tickets have now sold. By all means send an email to ramclub@btinternet.com to inquire about returns or being added to a waiting list. 

 

£12 members/£15 non-members


Friday 2nd November 2018 – Dan McKinnon

Sensitive and warm-hearted – and powerful story-telling

We’ll be transported to the wilds of Nova Scotia by the mellow and melodic singing of this honey-voiced performer. Sensitive and warm-hearted, Dan has been compared to Stan Rogers and is an equally powerful story-teller, singing and playing with lilting passion and skill. Steeped in the history of his homeland, Dan combines original compositions with carefully crafted interpretations of traditional material.

£9 members/£10 non-members


Friday 9th November 2018 – Jenkins’ Ear

A mighty fanfare of voices that conjures up the spray of the sea

You can feel the sea breeze and taste the salty spray in the music of Jenkins’ Ear. When their five strong male voices, including Ram Club stalwart Ian Palmer, burst into the rhythm of a shanty, it is a mighty fanfare that reminds us how vital such work songs have always been. But there’s much more to Jenkins’ Ear than the robust life aboard ship, as they blend in the delicate and the intricate with some fine musicianship, too.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 16th November 2018 – Dallahan

An international experience, from groovy to tender and graceful

A truly international experience as the Scottish, Irish and Hungarian influences in the band fuse into a montage of styles, from jazz, funk, pop and classical – but all rooted in traditional Irish music. Jani Lang (fiddle, vocals), Jack Badcock (guitar, vocals), Andrew Waite (accordion), Ciarán Ryan (banjo, mandolin, fiddle), and Bev Morris (double bass) sway elegantly between punchy, groovy, tender and graceful.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 23rd November 2018 – Wizz Jones

A ground-breaking guitarist; a living legend, not to be missed

An inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton and John Renbourn, Wizz has long been a ground-breaking guitarist with a dazzling blues-folk style honed on the 1960s busker trails of Europe and North Africa. He is also a noted songwriter whose composition, “When I Leave Berlin”, was sung by Bruce Springsteen – just one of many tributes and accolades. Wizz is a living legend of the folk circuit and we get to see him up close.

£9 members/£10 non-members


Friday 30th November 2018 – Máire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

‘Brilliance and beauty’

Not one genuine virtuoso instrumentalist, but two! As the Irish Music Magazine said, they have a “brilliance and beauty that brings tears to the eyes”. Chris is a master of his instrument and is witty, engaging and informative when educating an audience about the music they are about to play. Meanwhile, Máire takes her harp into uncharted territory, extending its boundaries into jazz, bluegrass and much more.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 7th December 2018 – Bruce Molsky

Captivating singing and fiddle playing from the mountains

Bruce’s songs are so rooted in America’s old-time mountain music that his stage should be the front porch of a log cabin, which would quickly be surrounded by admiring fans of his captivating fiddle playing and singing. Yet as a boy he was a “street kid” in the Bronx who only escaped New York for the hills of Virginia in the 1970s. Bruce has given us many memorable evenings in the past and we’re ready for another.

£10 members/£12 non-members


Friday 14th December 2018 – Goat Roper Rodeo Band / Christmas Party

An all-ticket event

This unique trio from north Wales took the club by storm last year and just had to be invited back as the star guests at our Christmas event. They call their style “cosmic country blues” and it’s lively, rocking and perfect for a party, with three voices, two acoustic guitars and an upright bass played by Tom and Jim Davies and Sam Roberts. Tables laden with festive fayre, spectacular raffle prizes, and a carefree and relaxed atmosphere – plus our amazing guests with their laid-back humour – will really set the party alight. Unmissable. Ticket details will appear here once finalised.

£10 members/£12 non-members