Patchworks logo - CompressedPresenting live acoustic music in Twickenham most Sundays, usually at Patchworks, The Cabbage Patch pub, at 8pm (doors open 7.45pm)

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TwickFolk is a registered charity, no 1159059, and is affiliated to Folk21, a loose affiliation of folk clubs who are trying new avenues of gaining audiences

Tickets for all our concerts are cheaper if you buy in advance  – in person, at a previous gig, or online at WeGotTickets

You can now download our January-March 2015 programme. And if you also download this cover page you will then have a complete copy of our current publicity flyer.

See our YouTube playlist of highlights from previous TwickFolk events

Coming up this week and next

29 March: RACHEL HAMER BAND Traditional and contemporary songs from NE England

Tickets £9 on the door or £7 + 70p booking fee if booked online

Rachel Hamer BandThe Rachel Hamer Band are a folk band based in Newcastle. Its four members came together in 2013 over a shared love of music and song. They perform an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary songs.

Rachel Hamer is from North East England and has grown up surrounded by folk music, folk clubs and festivals. She has been influenced by the best singers in the tradition but retains her own unique powerful singing style.

Grace Smith is a fiddle player, clog dancer and singer from Teesside. She has grown up with folk clubs and Folkworks events, playing festivals and gigs. She is now a student on the Folk and Traditional Music degree in Newcastle as well as doing lots of performing and teaching.

Graeme Armstrong from Jedburgh is a fine guitarist steeped in the Scottish tradition.

Sam Partridge from Glossop plays an eclectic array of musical instruments including flute, whistle, harmonium, keyboards and, on occasion, the bassoon.

Listen to The Rachel Hamer Band perform  “Wreck of the Dandenong” and “The Pitman’s Courtship”.

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5 April: DEBRA COWAN (USA): Beautifully voiced singer

Tickets £11 on the door or £9 + 90p booking fee if booked online

Lunenburg1Following a life-long desire to sing and perform, Debra Cowan left her job as a California middle school maths teacher in 1997 and went to live for six months in Edinburgh, Scotland where she learned the art of unaccompanied singing.

Returning to the USA in 1998, she began travelling all over New England performing at any open mike within 100 miles of her new home in Massachusetts. Almost two decades later, this is where she is now: a full-time singer who bridges the old and new with a refreshing stage presence. She has released five full-length recordings, all of which have earned praise on both sides of the Atlantic and her songs have been included in five compilation recordings.

She tours extensively in the United Kingdom and in North America. Debra has collaborated with stellar musicians such as Dave “D M” Mattacks, Brooks Williams, Joyce Andersen and Bill Cooley (Kathy Mattea, Reba McEntire). She has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell”, was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks.

With a voice that blends Celtic and Appalachian styles, Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting with clarity and warmth a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk songs and encouraging the audience to join in on choruses and refrains.

Here’s Debra singing the Steve Tilson song “The Night Owl Homeward Turns” at Skipton Folk Club last March:

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