Newport Folk Club

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JACK RUTTER

Date: MARCH 24 2022

Jack Rutter is a highly respected folk singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from West Yorkshire. His second solo album Gold of Shale is available CD/DL from October 4th 2019.

The release of his new album ‘Gold of Scar & Shale’ is set to confirm Jack Rutter’s place as a solo artist, singer and performer of traditional songs first and foremost, marking him as one of the standout voices of the folk, roots and acoustic music scene.

‘Among Britain’s finest traditional singers.’- Folk Radio UK

‘An outstanding performer.’ - The Independent

‘In the spirit of the old traditional singers, Jack Rutter takes a song, shapes it, lives with it and brings out something unique. This album makes my heart sing.’- Kathryn Tickell OBE, BBC Radio 3

CROWS

Date: MAY 5 2022

‘Crows’ were a popular feature of the folk scene from 1978 to 1988. The combination of four strong voices and expert musicianship gave them a simultaneously unique yet broad appeal. With the sad death of Ralph Jordan, in 2013, previously unreleased radio recordings were discovered. A ‘new’ album (‘Time To Rise’ Wildgoose Records), was released in 2016, and enthusiastically reviewed (‘All the songs are really inspiring….spellbinding’ Mick Tems ‘Folk Wales’).

Two of the original line-up remain in the revived band, Mick Ryan and Dave Bordewey .

Crows are now joined by Pete Harris (vocals, guitar, bouzouki) who worked in an acclaimed duo with Mick for many years, adding a unique blend of power, warmth and harmony to the band’s vocal mix. Dave Bordewey adds his astonishing high harmony lines and plays fiddle and mando-cello . Finally, the inimitable Paul Downes on guitar, banjo, mando-cello and harmonies, takes over from Ralph. All four are well known and highly respected performers in their own right.

For the new ‘Crows’, it is very clearly ‘Time To Rise’!

JEZ LOWE

Date: JULY 7 2022

We are very pleased to welcome back to the club one of our favourite performers

John Gerard “Jez” Lowe is an English folk singer-songwriter. Lowe was born and raised in County Durham, in a family with Irish roots. He is known primarily for his compositions dealing with daily life in North-East England, particularly in his hometown of Easington Colliery

REG MEUROSS

Date: SEPTEMBER 22 2022

The breadth and depth of Reg Meuross’s material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it.

Reg has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

Masterfully accompanying himself on his ‘44 Martin six-string guitar, harmonica, tenor guitar, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.

“…assured a place in the pantheon of great folk songwriters.” The Living Tradition

“Classic, with echoes of early Dylan, Tom Paxton and Leonard Cohen” Guardian Music

“The remarkable singer-songwriter that is Reg Meuross” Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3

“A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy

BILLY MITCHELL & BOB FOX

Date: TBC

Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse, Pitmen Poets) will lead you through favourites including Lindisfarne hits and classics such as Sally Wheatley, Meet Me On The Corner, Dance to your Daddy and more. Info at billymitchell.co.uk and bobfoxmusic.com

FAKE THACKRAY

Date: TBC

Jake Thackray’s satirical, witty and sentimental songs justly brought him fame in the 1960s and 1970s. John Watterson’s tribute is full of the warmth, humour and sincerity you’d expect from a lifelong fan. Expect songs that are exquisitely funny, incisive, irreverent, and gloriously un-PC. More info: fakethackray.com

To reserve tickets, simply EMAIL us. We’ll happily hold up to FOUR tickets until 7.45, then release them for general sale if unclaimed.


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