Programme

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Friday 11th January 2019 – Trials of Cato

Foot-stomping tunes and tight harmonies kick off new season

A Ram Club debut for these three sparkling young musicians, following hard on the heels of the release of their acclaimed first album, “Hide and Hair”. We are in for a massive treat – these performers play with mesmerising dexterity as they subtly shift the focus from one to another. Already making a big impression on the folk circuit, the band’s repertoire includes foot-stomping tunes for guitar, mandolin and bouzouki alongside songs featuring tight harmonies, all with a strong traditional feel. A perfect start to the new year.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 18th January 2019 – Edwina Hayes

Smouldering voice, big tunes and hilarious stories

Listening to Edwina chat between songs is entertaining enough in itself – and then when she sings, her lovely voice becomes completely captivating. Her set is always dotted with hilarious stories and she has a knack for choosing songs with the biggest and most melodic tunes to play. An unostentatious guitar style keeps the focus on a smouldering voice that delivers with power, intimacy and sensitivity.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 25th January 2019 – The Outside Track

One of the most thrilling experiences in the folk world

This band has conquered the Ram audience before and will do so again with heaps of incredible virtuosity and energy. The five members – from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton island, Canada – are united by a love of traditional music, and include rip-roaring fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals in their stage set. The line-up is Teresa Horgan, Mairi Rankin, Ailie Robertson, Fiona Black and Cillian O’Dalaigh. You just have to come and enjoy one of the most thrilling experiences in the folk world.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 1st February 2019 – Megson

Witty, clever, stylish – we love these Ram Club favourites

It’s impossible not to love Megson, with their engaging sense of fun, their polished compositions that range from the witty and clever to the deeply moving, and their fine musicianship. Debbie and Stu Hannah have been Ram Club favourites since their first appearance as fresh-faced youngsters in Claygate. Still fresh-faced, they now have a growing family that serves to inspire their songwriting and stylish presentation.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 8th February 2019 – Liz Simcock

Classy singer-songwriter with a fluent, willowy warmth

There’s a calming mellowness about Liz’s performing – a silky, fluent, willowy, warmth that comes from both her personality and the delivery of her meticulously crafted songs. Liz played a lovely opening set for John Smith when he appeared at the Ram Club in October, which has whetted our appetites for another relaxed and intimate evening in the company of this gentle, funny and classy singer-songwriter.

£9 members/£10 non-members


Friday 15th February 2019 – Steve Tilston & Hugh Bradley

‘Big beast’ brings quality and experience

One of the “big beasts” of the folk circuit, Steve has a superb collection of recordings under his belt, as well as decades of experience on stage working an audience and a songwriting catalogue to be envied. A good friend of the Ram Club, he is a top quality solo performer but often chooses to collaborate with other skilled musicians. This time, he is accompanied by Hugh, who plays double bass and adds blissful harmonies.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 22nd February 2019 – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

One of the most watchable duos around

Exquisite and deeply moving songwriting twinned with superbly accomplished musicianship – as you would expect with a Lakeman in the line-up – make this duo one of the most watchable around. Kathryn sings with a delicate warmth and clarity that brings to life the subjects of their songs – and she plays sweetly on piano, too; Sean’s guitar playing is exemplary yet unassuming. Together they’re clever, charming and unpretentious.

£11 members/£13 non-members


Friday 1st March 2019 – Sunjay

A young man performing with maturity and making a name for himself

Sunjay is a young man making a splash in the music world. He also knows his own mind and performs with a maturity that can make any audience feel at ease. Initially inspired to play guitar on hearing Buddy Holly records being played at home, Sunjay has recorded an album of Holly’s songs and even has the glasses to match. But his repertoire stretches far and wide, embracing folk, jazz, blues and pop. He’s always a welcome visitor to our stage.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 8th March 2019 – James Riley

Thoughtful songwriter described as ‘awesome’, ‘exquisite’ and ‘phenomenal’

James makes moving, soulful and atmospheric music. He wrote his first melody aged four and was playing guitar by the age of nine. From his native south-east London, he later busked across Europe to Istanbul and returned with songs that became the source for his EPs, and now an album recorded in Nashville to be released in the spring. A deft guitar player and confident singer, he has been called “awesome”, “exquisite” and “phenomenal”.

£9 members/£10 non-members


Friday 15th March 2019 – Simon Mayor & Hilary James

Gloriously funny, inclusive and diverse

Simon is a mandolin virtuoso – so good, he wrote the book on how to play; Hilary is a smooth-as-silk guitarist and fine player of the magnificent mandobass – recognisably mandolin-shaped, but huge. They tackle genres from folk and blues to pop, jazz and even classical. Their shows are gloriously funny, inclusive and diverse – one minute an evocative Irish ballad, the next a comic children’s song and the next something by Handel.

£11 members/£12 non-members


Friday 22nd March 2019 – The Luck

Fun-loving duo with a refreshing and lively pop-country feel

This delightful and fun-loving brother and sister duo bring their refreshing and lively sound, with its pop-country feel, to our stage for the first time. There’s a ringing clarity to their vocals that creates bright and powerful harmonies – and their songs feature some mighty melodies. They developed their craft in the US after winning a Nashville songwriting competition. From London, Max Luck plays guitar and sister Esmay the bass.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 29th March 2019 – The Georgia Shackleton Trio

New and traditional material comes spectacularly to life

Beautifully atmospheric sounds filled the room on this band’s debut a couple of years ago. Georgia Shackleton’s fiddle and vocals set the tone, with Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin) bringing it all spectacularly to life: it will be great to have them back. Self-penned material sits comfortably alongside cleverly reworked traditional music, tinged with the original flavours of their native East Anglia.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 5th April 2019 – Tim Edey

Audiences sit open-mouthed in astonishment at his extraordinary powers

Tim’s extraordinary powers make him an outstanding player of any instrument he picks up. Simply admiring his mind-boggling virtuosity on the melodeon and guitar is a special treat – but add in his singing, some tremendous tunes and his bewitching sense of fun, and audiences sit open-mouthed in astonishment. Tim is unique and has played with the greats – including The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon and plenty more.

£10 members/£11 non-members


Friday 12th April 2019 – Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

Magnetic presence from a super-talented pair

More incredible musicianship is on the programme as this super-talented pair from the Scottish Highlands make a welcome return to the Ram Club. We can expect tunes both intricate and powerful from Mairearad on guitar, banjo and fiddle and Anna on accordion and bagpipes, plus songs to warm the heart. After a decade as a duo, and with similar upbringings, they work intuitively together, with a magnetic and appealing stage presence.

£10 members/£11 non-members