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

Coming up at TwickFolk:

5 March: FOXGLOVE TRIO: English and Welsh musicians unite with songs from around the British Isles

Tickets £10 on the door or £10 + £1 booking fee if booked online

The Foxglove Trio join us for a St David’s Day concert. Patrick, Ffion and Cathy bring together a wealth of talent and diverse backgrounds. Cathy Mason is a music teacher who limits herself in the trio to singing, and playing cello and guitar. Ffion Mair was awarded Best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011; she plays the whistle and brings a bit of bodhran to boot. Patrick Dean plays melodeon, cello and concertina; he is also part of ceilidh band ‘The Spring Heeled Jacks’.

The trio’s performances contain self-penned songs, traditional songs and pieces that merge music and lyrics old, new, borrowed and blue (to borrow a phrase).

Last time we invited the Foxgloves to TwickFolk, Cathy was unable to join them, so we’re looking forward to the full line-up joining us this year.

The video above is from 18 April 2015 at The Slaughtered Lamb in London, while below is a song from August 2015 at the Ty Gwerin (folk house) at Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru (the National Eisteddfod of Wales) in Meifod, mid Wales:

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12 March: HARP AND A MONKEY: Electro-folk storytellers + Jenni & Richard

Tickets £10 on the door or £10 + £1 booking fee if booked online

Harp and A Monkey made their London début at TwickFolk in 2015, and it’s great to welcome them back after two years that have seen their star rise across the country.

The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

Since their last visit, the band’s third album, War Stories, was released in July, 2016, as part of their ongoing project (part-sponsored by Arts Council England and The Western Front Association) to mark the centenary of the First World War. The band have been  performing new material and re-worked traditional songs (which strive to challenge stereotypes of the conflict) in unusual venues related to the war on British shores. The album has received outstanding reviews, with the likes of The Observer describing it as “bold and brilliant”. Support from BBC Radio 2 has been substantive, including sessions and interviews with Clare Balding (Good Morning Sunday) and Mark Radcliffe… Continue reading. →

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