From: Sheila Miller [sheilamiller55_at_yahoo_dot_co_dot_uk]
December 2006 17:14
Cellar Upstairs, January to June 2007
Here is the programme for the Cellar
Upstairs for January to June 2007. I hope we'll see you all soon.
Have a good
Sheila Miller (club organiser, 020 7281 7700)
TIME: The club meets on Saturdays at 8.15pm at the Exmouth Arms, Starcross
Street, London NW1 2HR (just of Drummond Street, near Euston and Euston Square
stations; parking is easy).
INFORMATION: 020 7281 7700;
http://hometown.aol.co.uk/cellarupstairs (PUB: 020 7387 5440)
Members: £5, non-members: £6 except on nights marked *, when it will be £6 and
£7 (unwaged £1 off all prices). Membership: £2 per annum. (People no longer have
be members to attend the club.)
ACCESS: The club room is up a short
RESIDENT PERFORMERS: Peta Webb, Ken Hall, Gail Williams, Jim
Younger, Bob Wakeling, Sue Turpin, Frankie Cleave
6 JAN*: NANCY
KERR and JAMES FAGAN are a popular young duo who perform English, Australian and
other songs and tunes with various instruments. Nancy is the daughter of Sandra
Kerr, and James part of the Fagan Family, a big name on the Australian
13 JAN: CRAIG, MORGAN, ROBSON (Moira, Sarah and Carolyn, respectively)
sing traditional and other songs (for example, they do a very effective version
of Ralph McTell’s song Peppers and Tomatoes); lovely singing and great
20 JAN: ROY BAILEY is a very popular singer of political, children’s
and other songs. He used to perform with Leon Rosselson, some of whose songs he
still sings, Frankie Armstrong and the Band of Hope (with Martin Carthy et al),
and he has for many years done a show about songs of dissent with the veteran
politician Tony Benn.
27 JAN: MARTIN and SHAN GRAEBE sing traditional
English songs, many in harmony, and Martin’s own fine songs, many of which are
performed by other singers, eg, Jack in the Green, From Severn by the Somme and
Honiton Lace. Shan and Martin are very much involved in researching the work of
Victorian song collector Sabine Baring-Gould; Martin is the leading expert on
3 FEB: ANDY TURNER and MAT GREEN are two fine
musicians from Oxfordshire, who perform mainly English traditional songs and
tunes on fiddle and concertina. Mat, a member of the famous Bampton Morris (one
of very few traditional sides left in the country) has been known to do a solo
jig while playing the fiddle. Andy is a member of the group Magpie Lane and the
dance band Geckoes. He has also worked with Chris Wood, the Oyster Band and the
10 FEB: The NEW DEAL STRING BAND is the best American
old-time band in the UK, and is made up of Tom and Ben Paley and Joe Locker (Tom
is a legend in old-timey music, and the only person I know who actually played
with Woody Guthrie). The band performs American songs and tunes on guitars,
banjos and fiddles.
17 FEB: closed
24 FEB: RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE is a
trio of excellent and experienced performers (Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan
Stewart) playing English and American songs and tunes. All have played in
various other duos and bands, eg, Dave with his then wife Toni Arthur, and Pete
with Peta Webb.
3 MAR: Popular US duo BAYOU SECO (Jeanie McLerie and Ken
Keppler) come from Silver City, New Mexico, and perform old-time, Cajun and
Tex-Mex songs and tunes on various instruments and with great good humour.
Jeanie was first famous in the 60s as half of the duo Sandy and Jeanie.
MAR: LEON ROSSELSON is one of Britain’s great songwriters; he writes serious and
comic, political and other songs (he’d object to the “other”: “All songs are
political,” he says). His songs have been performed by many other singers,
including Billy Bragg and Dick Gaughan; songs include The World Turned Upside
Down, Across the Hills, Little Tim Maguire and Don’t Get Married, Girls.
MAR: TOM SPIERS is a very fine Aberdeenshire singer and musician, who performs
traditional Scottish songs and ballads. Brought up in a singing family, he knew
and learned from legendary singers such as Jeannie Robertson, Jimmy McBeath and
Lizzie Higgins. He was a founder members of the Gaugers, a very popular group in
the 1960s and 70s, and now plays in the trio Shepheard, Spiers &
Watson. In 2006, Tom was nominated as Scots singer of the year in the
Scottish Traditional Music Awards and the group was nominated as Scottish folk
band of the year.
24 MAR: BESKYDY is a popular band of fine musicians with a
lovely singer, performing eastern European and Klezmer songs and tunes, some of
which make people want to dance, while others are more lyrical or
31 MAR: - 14 APRIL: closed for Easter and Cyril Tawney day at
Cecil Sharp House
21 APRIL*: TIM VAN EYKEN is a very talented young
singer-musician, formerly with Waterson- Carthy. He won the 1998 BBC Young Folk
Award and is now nominated for two BBC folk awards (ceremony: 5th February
2007). He performs mainly traditional songs and tunes.
28 APRIL*: MICHAEL
MARRA is a witty, idiosyncratic Scots singer and writer of Like Another Rolling
Stone, Hermless, General Grant’s Visit to Dundee and many other great songs. He
accompanies himself on piano and guitar. He has a big following in Scotland, but
is still less well known in the south.
5 MAY: MICK SANDS is a man of many
talents. A Geordie-Irish singer with a very fine voice, he sings mainly
traditional songs, and also plays the flute, whistle and bodhran. He has written
music and been the musical director for many theatrical productions, including
two or three seasons with the RSC.
12 MAY: closed for Keith Summers weekend
and Watersons concert
19 MAY: EMILY and HAZEL ASKEW are a talented young duo
who perform mainly English traditional songs and tunes on fiddle and melodeon.
Former members of the Hampshire band Rubber Chicken, Hazel and Emily were
finalists in the New Roots competition and have been booked at Sidmouth,
Towersey and other festivals.
26 MAY: closed for bank holiday
2 JUNE TIM
LAYCOCK is an excellent singer and musician with a large repertoire including
traditional and contemporary songs. He plays concertina, melodeon and harmonica,
and has set many poems to music, including several that have been widely sung by
other performers, such as The Trampwoman’s Tragedy (by Hardy) and Row On, Row
On. He has performed with Magic Lantern, the Albion Band and the Mellstock Band,
and has played in five productions at the National Theatre, as well as plays at
various other theatres.
9 JUNE MICK RYAN and PETE HARRIS perform traditional
English and Irish songs and quite a few of Mick’s own songs, which range from
the sublime to the deliberately ridiculous. Mick is a very fine singer of Irish
songs in particular, and Pete is a skilled guitarist and accompanist.
JUNE* DICK GAUGHAN is a popular and powerful Scots singer who performs mainly
political songs, a few of them written by himself (eg, A Different Kind of Love
Song), as well as a few traditional and Burns songs.
After that, the club
is closed until Saturday 8th September.
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