“2013 was a memorable year in folk music entertainment for fans of Twickenham’s Twickfolk – surely, one of the capital’s best events for folk music.” Read what Steve Price of YourTwickenham says about last year’s highlights and the great gigs coming up at TwickFolk in 2014
16 March: SUNJAY BRAYNE – Young blues-oriented ragtime guitarist reminiscent of Chris Smither, Wizz Jones, Ralph McTell, John Martyn & Jackson C. Frank
Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award 2012, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2012 & New Roots Competition Finalist 2012, Sunjay Brayne’s accolades are formidable for a 19-year-old.
It’s a testimony to how hard he has been working, travelling all over the country since the release of his first album Seems So Real, performing whenever and wherever possible. It’s no surprise he has achieved as much as he has, few so young are prepared to work so hard. The list of people Sunjay has supported is endless: Chris Smither, Phil Beer, a string of dates with John Renbourn & Wizz Jones, Terry Reid & even Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash!
Sunjay’s reputation is growing all the time and as it does the demand for his music grows too. Reminiscent of Ralph McTell, John Martyn & Jackson C. Frank, Sunjay, aged 19, is perhaps the last of the ”1960’s” guitar players. His voice is authoritative and ”brings a depth of meaning to all the songs he sings that belie his age”, yet it is somewhat underrated. Influenced by the blues, but drawing heavily from genres such as folk, country and rock, from here he can only go from strength to strength, having already built a solid platform with his many accolades.
From national radio play to mainstage festival appearances Sunjay Brayne is a real talent, staying true to his roots, doing things his/the old fashioned way. While many of his generation are relying on YouTube and praying that they go viral, Sunjay is out there playing the gigs, building his audience and getting better with every day that he’s out there. As Sunjay says, ”AC/DC didn’t need the internet, neither do I”.
“A great guitarist who can sound so much like me that it scares me. He can also sound like Steve Tilston. Come to think of it, he can probably sound like anyone he wants, including himself. Check him out.” – Chris Smither
23 March: CATHRYN CRAIG (USA) and BRIAN WILLOUGHBY (ex-Strawbs) Eagerly awaited return for Tennessee and Twickenham-fused musical collaboration
Brian Willoughby’s prolific career has seen him collaborate with the likes of Dave Cousins and he has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.
Cathyrn Craig is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as a singer and as a songwriter. She has worked as a Nashville session singer and has recorded with a diverse mix of artists including Shel Silverstein, Chet Atkins and the Righteous Brothers as well as featuring on Bill Medley’s Sweet Thunder album.
Both Cathryn and Brian have accompanied Nancy Griffith.
Craig and Willoughby’s latest album, Real World (2013), is a soothing mix of haunting vocals and pristine guitar. With songs such as ‘Time Has Proved You Right’ and ‘Two Hearts, One Love’ there is a profound sense of spiritualism in the duo’s songwriting.
30 March: HATFUL OF RAIN Energetic Sussex- based Americana quartet with Appalachian roots
Hatful of Rain are a Bluegrass quartet from East Sussex. Originally starting in 2009 as a trio releasing the EP Evangeline, they have maintained their traditional folk roots in their songs, of which can be found in their 2012 release: Way up on the Hill. Their shared microphone performances create an intimate, soulful atmosphere that is bound to captivate and inspire.
Chloe Overton (lead vocals, guitar & mandolin), Phil Jones (upright bass, clawhammer banjo, vocals), Fred Gregory (mandolin, guitar, vocals) and James Shenton (fiddle) combine Bluegrass, Americana and Old Time elements, comprising both traditional and original material.
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