Presenting live acoustic music in Twickenham most Sundays, usually at Patchworks, The Cabbage Patch pub, at 8pm (doors open 7.45pm)
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
Coming up this week and next
3 May: MICHAEL McDERMOTT (USA) – Rare solo UK gig for Chicagoan folk-rocker + Gemma Khawaja
Michael McDermott’s story is the classic tale of survival, perseverance, love and redemption.First came youthful innocence, a dream-come-true recording contract, a classic debut album heralded by the media, and a downward spiral with seemingly no bottom.
Michael got off to a fast start when he released his first album 620 W. Surf. The music media heralded him with comparisons to rock n’ roll’s greats: “The new Springsteen…Truly singular lyrics…Like Dylan”.
Author Stephen King, wrote: “Michael McDermott is one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock ‘n’ roll talent of the last 20 years.”
His career followed the classic path of boom and bust. Between his own self-destruction and the recording industry shakeup that marked the mid-1990s, McDermott found himself without a contract and awash in debt and self-doubt. In the last few years he’s found positive inspiration in his wife and daughter and scarred but smarter, McDermott is making more life-affirming choices.
This year he has released an album with his new band, The Westies – a rootsy Americana band. Michael has chosen TwickFolk for a rare solo show in the UK, making a small diversion on his tour of Germany.
Watch three songs from Michael, performing with his wife Heather Horton last year:
Gemma Khawaja is a Norfolk-based singer/guitarist from the Midlands performing traditional songs of the British Isles and creating songs inspired by folkloric customs, folk poesy & poetry. She… Continue reading. →
10 May: BEN BEDFORD (USA): Original songs with a strong sense of time and place + The Abrams Brothers (Can)
Ben Bedford draws on American history for many of his songs, which have have a strong sense of time and place.
Ben’s songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier’s wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. His songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative.
Here’s Ben performing “Land of the Shadows” , the title song of his second album:
“Beautiful and unusual songs that take the listener to the heart of the matter” – Diana Jones, singer-songwriter
“…with echoes too of Paul Simon’s soulful songcraft and Loudon Wainwright’s narrative force” – Sue Wilson, The Scotsman
“The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references for engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery” – Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Starting very young and having already performed at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry by the age of 12 and 15, John and James Abrams are the fourth generation of professional musicians in their family. The Abrams come from a strong tradition of Bluegrass and Americana music, and have since created a signature sound that… Continue reading. →