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

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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

You can now download our January-March 2015 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

8 March: AN AUDIENCE WITHOUT JAKE THACKRAY – JOHN WATTERSON as “Fake Thackray” celebrates Jake’s music, genius and humour

Tickets £10 on the door or £8 + 80p booking fee if booked online

john_wattersonJohn Watterson, an adopted Yorkshireman, was born and grew up on the Isle of Man, which is where he first saw and met Jake Thackray in 1975. He recalls a performance which had the audience in stitches and a chat with a very modest and self-deprecating Jake at the interval – ‘a huge talent who earned a standing ovation and yet was happy to have a pint at the bar and didn’t really see what the fuss was about’.

On learning of Jake’s passing in 2002, John decided that the songs were too good not to be kept alive, so he set about learning more of them. John performed at a memorial evening in Monmouth attended by Jake’s widow, Sheila, and two of their sons (who signed the back of his guitar – now a much treasured possession). ‘The scariest gig of my life – but such a privilege!’

John is a talented guitarist and vocalist and his appreciation and love of Jake Thackray’s music is obvious to his audience. His performance is a celebration of Jake’s life, his work and his genius –  a highly entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century.

Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one-off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman… Continue reading. →

15 March: MIRANDA SYKES & REX PRESTON Acoustic bluegrass and English folk on double bass, mandolin, bouzouki and guitar

Tickets £12 on the door or £10 + £1 booking fee if booked online

compressed MS&RP Sing A Full Song Album Cover - CopyMiranda Sykes and Rex Preston have a unique connection – which is a pleasure to listen to and plain to see when they share a stage together.

Miranda Sykes is well known as the third member of Show of Hands. She is one of the few female double bassists in England and is an accomplished singer in her own right. Miranda holds her audience spellbound: it is the emotional quality of her voice that makes her musical partnership with Rex so engaging, rather than the novelty of such an unusual musical pairing as the double bass and mandolin.

Rex Preston has a reputation as a fine and imaginative mandolin player and is a leading light in a new wave of British Bluegrass musicians. He is a rising star in mandolin-playing circles and with 20 years of playing behind him, he possesses a wonderfully sensitive musicality and a dexterous, flamboyant playing style.

The rare fusion of double bass and mandolin makes for one of the most exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene. Miranda and Rex interweave timeless, well chosen covers with one or two Preston originals. Their backgrounds, as well as skilful instrumentation and warm engaging vocals have shaped their unique sound.

Here’s Miranda and Rex performing “One Good Year”:

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