Programme

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Friday 15th December 2017 – Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis / Christmas Party

Festive fun guaranteed

Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis are proven winners at the Ram Club, having played in a trio and as The Changing Room – two fabulous performances. Sam is a hugely talented and hard-working young musician with a memorable voice and Jamie one of the best banjo players you will ever see. This dynamic duo will set the party alight with their mix of old and new. Adding to the frivolities will be a table laden with festive fayre – plus a spectacular gallery of unusual raffle prizes. Huge fun guaranteed.

NB: This ticket-only event is ALMOST sold out. To inquire about the last remaining tickets, call Bob and Maggie on 0208 686 9421 or email ramclub@btinternet.com

£10 members/£12 non-members


Friday 5th January 2018 – Boo Hewerdine

A night to savour with a top-class songwriter

An old friend of the club who never fails to wow his audience with the beauty of his songwriting. Boo sees himself primarily as a writer – his recent album, “Swimming in Mercury” is packed with brilliant new songs – but proves with every concert that he is a top-class performer, too, with a host of hilarious tales and a faultless singing and playing style. He works regularly with big names in the acoustic music world (Eddi Reader, Chris Difford, Heidi Talbot and more), but we’ll have Boo to ourselves, making it a night to savour.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 12th January 2018 – Harbottle & Jonas

Lovely fresh sound, with sweet harmonies and great stories

David Harbottle and Freya Jonas bring a lovely fresh sound, using sweet harmonies and a range of instruments. This young duo, based in Devon, play music accompanied by great stories. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, and have been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing, who called them “Two Amazing Musicians”. They also had a beer named after their debut album; they’ve appeared on Italian and Irish television; and their music has been streamed more than a million times in 25 countries.

£9 members/£10 non-members


Friday 19th January 2018 – Cassie & Maggie MacDonald

Sisters with fabulous skill and youthful charm

Hailed as the finest exponents of Celtic music on the western side of the Atlantic, these lively and energetic young sisters from Nova Scotia are making a huge impression with their fabulous technical skill, youthful charm and perfect sibling harmonies. From gorgeous ballads to up-tempo fiddle-based tunes and plenty in between, Cassie and Maggie produce what has been called “an enormous sound” that becomes totally captivating. Their music is simultaneously from the past yet truly modern. Very special.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 26th January 2018 – Bully Wee Band

Larger-than-life band members combine to create a big event

It’s always a great event when the four larger-than-life members of the Bully Wee Band park themselves on our small stage and deliver their own brand of tuneful folk-rock. Ian Cutler (fiddle and keyboards), Fergus Feely (mandocello), Colin Reece (guitar) and Jim Yardley (mandolin, whistles) are wildly contrasting characters but the resulting blend of instruments, voices and knock-about humour makes for a glorious and varied evening, featuring tunes and songs both traditional and contemporary.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 2nd February 2018 – Harpers Ferry

An engaging and thought-provoking folk-rock/pop band

Expect something excitingly different from this bright and thought-provoking folk-rock/pop band that specialises in meticulously crafted songs and arrangements. Based around the core of its three founding members, this Gloucestershire group is currently a five-piece made up of Ben Harvey, Christopher Rayner, Pia Varma, Simon Frankton and Oliver Court. Their sound is an engaging mix of folk, pop, rock, country, Americana and blues and their lyrics are full of ideas about modern life and how to cope with it.

£9 members/£10 non-members


Friday 9th February 2018 – Night Fall

A top quality traditional sound

A new and highly accomplished trio of young performers, all graduates of the Newcastle folk music degree but who never met as students. Kate Locksley, who was part of a memorable and storming recent Ram Club concert by The Teacups, provides vocals; Dave Wood, who has played with Tom McConville and Malinky, plays guitar; and Kevin Lees, who has been guided in his craft by the likes of Kathryn Tickell, is a fine exponent of Scottish and Northumbrian traditions on the fiddle. A top quality traditional sound.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 16th February 2018 – Tannahill Weavers

An evening of pure gold in the band’s anniversary year

It’s a golden year for these globe-trotting masters of traditional Scottish music as the band celebrates its 50th anniversary. And we can expect an evening of pure gold as they call in at Thames Ditton between tours of North America and continental Europe. The band might be 50 years old but its inspiration dates back to social changes wrought by the industrial revolution and Roy Gullane (guitar), Phil Smillie (flute, bodhran and whistles), John Martin (fiddle, cello, viola), and Lorne MacDougall (one of Scotland’s leading young pipers) deliver powerful music and rich harmonies that stir, thrill and evoke images of a colourful past.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 23rd February 2018 – Emily Maguire & Christian Dunham

An inspirational singer and deeply moving songs

Classically trained Emily has toured with the likes of Eric Bibb and Don McLean and is often heard on radio, either when her deeply moving music is played or when she is talking about combating the stigma of mental illness. Emily makes no secret of being affected by bipolar disorder – negatively and positively, as even the dark times have provided space and inspiration. After two years out of action, Emily is back stronger than ever with a hauntingly beautiful new album and accompanied by Australian bassist Christian Dunham.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 2nd March 2018 – Ewan McLennan

Voice full of character and passion – and guitar skills to treasure

Ewan is a beautifully polished and cultured guitarist with a voice full of character. This former BBC folk award winner credits Martin Simpson and Dick Gaughan as influential in guiding him along a musical path that respects traditional songs and their role as social commentary. He is a modern-day troubadour and balladeer with a strong sense of fairness and justice, who fills his stories with a passion that is perfectly balanced by the peaceful serenity of his effortlessly skilful guitar playing. It’s a combination to treasure.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 9th March 2018 – 4Square

Bright and distinctive sound from a super-talented four-piece

This super-talented four-piece from Manchester has wowed Ram audiences before and will do again with a bright and buoyantly distinctive sound that is intricate and delicate but also powerful and driving. Nicola Lyons plays fiddle, sings and clog dances; Jim Molyneux plays piano and accordion and sings; Michael Giverin plays mandolin and guitar; and Dan Day plays percussion and sings. This is folk music infused with touches of jazz, Latin and a range of styles – from the seductive and harmonious to the seriously toe-tapping.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 16th March 2018 – TBC

To be confirmed

£TBC members/£TBC non-members


Friday 23rd March 2018 – Jim Malcolm

One of the finest Scottish singing voices, full of expressive warmth

Jim has one of the finest Scottish singing voices, full of expressive warmth, along with such a close affinity to the music of his native land that he can write new songs that sound completely rooted in tradition. Also playing guitar and harmonica, he gently transports his audiences north of the border with a style that has earned him such tributes as this from Mojo magazine: “Quietly, unforcefully and undeniably stunning”. A witty story-teller, Jim will just have returned from an extensive American tour before reaching Thames Ditton.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 30th March 2018 – Closed for Easter

£N/A members/£N/A non-members


Friday 6th April 2018 – The Hut People

A unique and hilarious duo with a big feel-good factor

An absolutely fascinating spectacle: Gary Hammond’s collection of unusual and quirky percussion instruments is extraordinary. And he plays them all with great aplomb. Alongside him is Sam Pirt playing accordion and daring to step dance from his chair. This is a unique, highly talented and hilarious duo who play folk music from around the world, underpinned by global rhythms – and they heighten the feel-good factor by inviting audience participation. They win fans and friends wherever they travel.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 13th April 2018 – Winter Wilson

“Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun”

Chosen to be special guests of Fairport Convention on their spring 2018 tour, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson will surely relish the intimacy of a Ram Club concert after playing to large audiences. The melodic duo also have a new album – “Far Off On The Horizon” – to showcase. Their songs tell stories of everyday life and are delivered with power and emotion by Kip and Dave. Kip plays accordion, guitar and flute; Dave plays guitar and banjo and together, as they say themselves, it’s all “tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun”.

£10 members/£11 non-members