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

Tickets for all our concerts are cheaper if you buy in advance  – in person, at a previous gig, or online at WeGotTickets (our prices are now inclusive of booking fees)

You can now download our current (October to December) 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

30 November: DAVE KELLY (from The Blues Band): solo and acoustic + Garry Smith

Tickets £12 on the door or £11 if booked online

Dave_Kelly_gifIf there is such a thing as a British “blues pedigree”,  Dave Kelly‘s sets the standard. He’s a blues craftsman – a journeyman who has served his time with the best.

In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters. He became a friend to Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker and played in their touring bands. Dave’s sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, first opened his ears to the blues, although his passion for rock and roll – and especially Buddy Holly’s work – remains intact.

In 1967 he joined The John Dummer Blues Band. After three albums and a solo project he continued polishing his style and technique with some of Britain’s finest players.

When The Blues Band was formed in 1979, the post of slide guitarist and joint vocalist was a foregone conclusion. Dave Kelly’s guitar and vocals form the backbone of The Blues Band’s distinctive sound.

After 21 years with the band, with his solo albums, duo tours with Paul Jones, and soundtrack work (including BBC TV’s King of the Ghetto and the Comic Strip’s Strike!) Dave is firmly established as Europe’s premier blues performer.

Dave performs “Two More Bottles of Wine”:

Garry Smith Resonator guitar player Garry Smith (shown in Alban Low’s illustration) makes a popular return to TwickFolk in the support slot.

Watch Garry perform “Moonshine & Turpentine”:

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7 December: KIM RICHEY and Gareth Dunlop: Bitter-sweet songs that weave emotions and tug at heartstrings

Tickets £12 on the door or £11 if booked online

kim richey 2Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim Richey from Ohio is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Her voice, pure, arresting and honest, makes you sit up and take notice.

Her early albums thrived on the progressive side of mainstream country, showcasing twang-pop sensibilities, a rich, rounded vocal tone and effortlessly sophisticated songwriting.

kim richeySince then, Kim has made her subtly psychedelic album Rise in Los Angeles with producer Bill Bottrell and the album Chinese Boxes, orchestrated with the help of Giles Martin.

With Neilson Hubbard she created the earthy indie-pop feel of Wreck Your Wheels and the smart, sensual understatement of her latest album Thorn In My Heart. The album’s songs show that Kim’s still discovering fresh angles from which to articulate matters of the heart, with fetching melodies that arc and bend in unexpected ways.

At TwickFolk, Kim will be showcasing Thorn In My Heart  and also the Nashville Session EP that she recorded with Gareth Dunlop this year.

Here’s Kim singing “Chinese Boxes” at TwickFolk in May 2013:

Gareth DunlopBorn and raised in Belfast, 25-year old Gareth Dunlop was invited to participate in a songwriting exchange between Belfast and Nashville, which put him on stage at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café.

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