*** COMING UP: Our guests on Sunday 28 September are VICKI SWAN AND JONNY DYER. Their TwickFolk concert is at The Cabbage Patch at 8pm and they will be giving a Nyckelharpa Workshop • a Swedish Tune Workshop • a Guitar DADGAD Workshop at the Patch during the day. Tickets will go on sale on WeGot Tickets shortly.
This Sunday, 20 April:
Easter singaround at the Cabbage Patch
Here’s how the Richmond and Twickenham Times (Friday, 26 July 2013) described our singaround singers’ night last summer, on 28 July 2013:
A singers’ night at TwickFolk is an informal, usually unplugged, gathering of singers and musicians. Non-performers are also welcome to come and listen. Usually we sit in a circle, and take turns to do one song (or tune) each. How many songs or tunes you get to perform in the course of the evening depends on how many people turn up. There is no need to pre-book, but it is advisable to check the website before travelling in case of any last minute changes to the venue.
Sue Graves, who is usually on the door to greet people when they arrive at TwickFolk, and is also one of the resident singers, says: “All the music at TwickFolk is live – and our singer’s nights give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story. If you just want to sit back and listen, that’s also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about.
“If you’ve come to a TwickFolk concert before, the first thing you’ll notice about a singers’ night is the different, much more informal, arrangement for the room – we’ll be sitting so that we can all see one another. We like to think that we provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Taking part in a singers’ night isn’t at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won’t be a microphone and you’re not expected to have reached a particular standard of musicianship. We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old. At singers’ nights we are all equal and you’ll be offered the same opportunity as everyone else if you want to contribute. All we ask is that you don’t talk while someone is singing or playing and, when there’s a chorus, we’ll be encouraging people to join in.
“Our definition of folk is very wide-ranging and if you come to any of our events including our singers’ nights you’ll find that we cover a great variety of styles. But all the music is acoustic, and at a singers’ night it won’t be amplified. But if you’re not familiar with folk music, you’d be surprised how lively, rhythmic and inspiring it can be. Do give it a try – you can be sure of a warm welcome.”
27 April: MELISSA GREENER (USA): Nashville-based “folk-crooner”
MELISSA GREENER made a great impression when she opened for Stephen Fearing at TwickFolk last year. Her songs captivate wit refreshing, quirkily crafted lyrics, dynamic melodies and percussive “groove”. All of this is coupled with a distinctive voice that can simultaneously command and devastate.
Growing up in Detroit with an intoxicating potion of Motown, standard torch ballads, “oldies” and classic rock, Greener’s singular sound evolved. The unique brew emerged as the fermentation of a classically trained soprano mother, who sang in the lounge of the Playboy Club, and a politically bent hippie father. Years living in Austin, Texas made their mark on Greener’s sound and style, but her lyrical influences go back to the books of poetry that she stole from the junior high school library – Dylan Thomas, Robert Service, Dickenson and Yeats.
Melissa’s newly released third album, Transistor Corazon, fuses modernist poetry with soulful 1960s’ Laurel Canyon.
Steve Price says that Melissa Greener’s ” fusion of melancholy notes and profound lyrics, coupled with her bare vocals creates a beautifully ethereal sound”.
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- 20 April 2014 7:45 pmEASTER SINGAROUND Bring a song or two, join in - or just come and listen!