Forest Folk Club is back!

We are pleased to announce a new list of dates in 2022, with a slight change of format, as for the time being we will have one event each month, always on a Sunday, but with a more flexible schedule to fit in with guest availability.

Cash only on the door please, £8 for guest nights, £2 for Singers Nights. Doors open at 7.30 for 8pm start.

Please see below for our event list and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!

 

Sunday 22nd May.   Singers Night

 

Sunday 12th June. Skinner and T’witch

Drawing on music-hall and vaudeville traditions, Skinner & T’witch’s show combines comedy and satire with folk, flamenco and theatre-style songs. Skinner & T’witch have released five albums; performed widely around the UK; and recently toured in both Australia and the US.  Website

 

 

Sunday Aug 7th. Winter Wilson

Singing out for the underdog in glorious harmony. Original songs packed with punch and emotion that will get beneath your skin, and all delivered with great humour.Pre-Covid, Winter Wilson had completed tours of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most of Western Europe, in addition to the UK. Their eight studio albums had all received rave reviews, and 2019’s “Live & Unconventional” (recorded on tour with folk-rock icons Fairport Convention and on stage at Cropredy Festival) was no different.”If you need evidence of just how special the duo Winter Wilson is, then Live & Unconventional delivers in abundance.” Steve Caseman, RnR magazine. Website

 

Sunday 11th September  Eos Evolution

Jan O’Neill, Jan Vaisey, Doug McLean and Ian Harvey have been stalwarts of Forest Folk Club for a period of around 40 years and have performed together in various forms over that time.

In 1998 the two Jan’s formed the close harmony duo Eos and recorded the critically acclaimed album “The Child Inside” featuring self penned songs as well as those of Nanci Griffith and others, both traditional and contemporary. A couple of years later guitarist and mandolin player, Ian joined the duo and Eos continued as a trio for several more years, after which Jan Vaisey and Ian continued as a duo, and frequent many live music venues around Bristol and the Cotswolds. 
Jan O’Neill and Doug formed part of the Forest Folk Band “Something Stirred” who, in the 1980’s recorded the album “Twixt Severn and Wye”and in more recent years recorded “Where Blossom Blows and Severn Flows “ as a duo. In celebration of these many musical years together,  they are presenting a feast of songs from all their various collaborations, culminating in a “supergroup” set of Eos’ music. Perhaps their appropriate new name should be Eos Evolution! Whereas ABBA can only manage to appear as holograms now, these four are appearing live (though probably minus the spandex!!)  Doors open at the Orepool, Sling near Coleford, at 7.30. Admission £8.

 

Sunday Sept 25th. Pete Morton

Pete Morton began his musical journey after he came across a  Buffy St Marie record. It was from that moment on he decided to become a folk singer. Discovering the songs of the early sixties protest movement, it inspired him to write and take his songs into folk clubs and beyond. For thirty years, Pete has been performing to audiences all over the world. Throughout that time he has been regarded as one the best on the contemporary roots music scene.  His latest album ‘A Golden Thread’ has received rave reviews with eight newly self penned songs, a Pete Seeger classic ‘Oh Had I A Golden Thread’, and versions of the traditional gems, ‘Barbry Allen’ and ‘The Farmers Boy’. Often referred to as an old time troubadour he has a compelling stage presence and approachable style that delivers an unruly mix of  humanism, politics, love, social commentary and humour all wrapping its way around the folk tradition. Website

 

Sunday Oct 16th  Hungrytown 

supported by David Nigel Lloyd

Rebecca and Ken met in New York City, where they had already been performing regularly–Hall as a jazz singer, and Anderson as a drummer for a variety of garage bands. Their introduction to folk music came later, when a close friend–who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis–entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar (which has since been featured on all of their albums). Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Rebecca Hall Sings! (2000) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown’s music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel’s hit series, Portlandia. Website

Supporting Hungrytown will be David Nigel Lloyd, who has been literally instrumental in the Bert Jansch “ Around the World in 80 Plays “ project, and by strange coincidence is also visiting from the US and will be in our area at the same time as Hungrytown! They know each other through the Bert Jansch Foundation project but have never met in person until this gig! The story leading up to this coincidence is fascinating and David will be sure to tell more on the night!During the 1990s, David was Bert Jansch’s former roommate’s West Coast Tour Manager (driver/sidekick). This roommate was Robin Williamson, whose song-poetry had been a formative influence on David. Read more about this fascinating project and David  Website

 

Sunday 13th November Compost Heap

Despite rumours to the contrary, Compost Heap is still thriving, just! Age does not weary us – or words to that effect. If you have not yet heard us, well, what a treat you have in store, and for those who have already had the pleasure, it’s on its way again.We sing! Traditional, chorus, shanties, join-inners, the odd ‘weepie’, even a touch of humour on occasion. Let’s all just get together and enjoy a good sing. Possibly not virtuosic but with vim, vigour, gusto and enjoyment. So, pn back the lug-holes, polish the vocal-chords and see you there

 

Sunday 4th December-The Jigantics 

The Jigantics are a four piece band who have become renowned throughout the UK and Europe for their dynamic live performances. Uplifting songs sit alongside thought provoking tearjerkers as The Jigantics take you on an emotional roller coaster of a ride. Expect the unexpected but you will leave with a smile”The Jigantics are Mark “King” Cole on Vocals, Squeezebox and Mandolin. The award-winning Sarah Kelly on vocals, bass and ukuleles. Keith Thompson on guitars and vocals and Martin Fitzgibbon on percussion, drums and vocals 

A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class.”
Steve Sheldon www.folkicons.co.uk

“Fantastic music… The Jigantics were a highlight act”
The Daily Telegraph

“What an amazing band! The Jigantics were fantastic. No wonder the place was packed out. What an absolutely brilliant masterclass in entertainment. The whole gambit of musical styles in a one stop shop. Witty, skilfull and up for a laugh, the Jigantics deserve every success in the future.”
Derry, Woodman Folk Club