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

TwickFolk has been presenting live music in South West London since January 1983. We are now one of the best-known and most highly respected hosts of live acoustic, folk, blues and Americana in South East England. We aim to book the best quality acts across a broad range of genres – traditional and contemporary music from Britain, Europe and beyond.

Coming up at TwickFolk:

22 May: Steve Tilston with Hugh Bradley: Great British songwriter + Linda Moylan

Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic An Acoustic Confusion and has been turning out quality albums ever since. Life by Misadventure, And So It Goes, Solo Rubato and Such and Such all feature first-class song-writing, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country’s finest writers. The instrumental Swans at Coole is testament to his guitar virtuosity. Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the tradition and included new interpretations of old favourites on his original recordings. Of Many Hands was his first “all-traditional” album; with unique arrangements of timeless classics.

Steve’s 2015 album, Truth to Tell earned him the FATEA Male vocalist of the year award. Since then he’s released Distant Days – new solo recordings of old songs and in early 2021 Such Times  showed that the ‘new stuff’ is just as good… Continue reading. →

5 June: Dan McKinnon (CAN): Thoughtful story songs and lilting melodies

Dan McKinnon was introduced to the music of Stan Rogers while hitching a ride to a folk festival in Canada in 1979. That brief encounter would never leave him. Although it wasn’t until several years later when in the midst of his history degree that Dan would finally marry his own natural storytelling voice and love of music, it was hearing Stan sing for the first time that remains his largest influence.

Many Atlantic Canadian’s first introduction to Dan and his music would have occurred while walking through the Halifax Farmer’s Market where, almost every Saturday morning for thirteen years he busked for any and all who would stop and listen. However, it was his first venture with veteran music producer, Paul Mills, that his fifth recording, “Fields of Dreams and Glory”, would introduce his music to the world stage. This CD amassed an amazing 74 consecutive weeks of international airplay – from folk radio shows and stations throughout Canada and continental USA, to Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Holland, the UK, Ireland, and Israel.

Thirty years of performing and six recordings later – from the coffee houses, pubs, and… Continue reading. →

12 June: Jennie Higgins: Album launch with special guest Paul Sartin

TwickFolk regular Jennie Higgins unveils her debut album, with the help of Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Faustus, Belshazzar’s Feast).

This project has long been on the cards for Jennie. Since she was just five years old Jennie has been singing in folk clubs across the West Country and dancing as part of a lakeland clogg troupe. The folk arts run through her veins and the traditions of the English folk scene is highly important to her both musically and academically.

Since 2018 Jennie has been academically involved in the folk genre through archive collation, library cataloguing and academic writing via her contemporary history degree. Writing a dissertation with the title “How do folk traditions create and imagined idea of an English past?”  Jennie began to talk about the issues surrounding women in folk music and the perceived loss of their stories.

A Kickstarter for the album was 110% funded and this evening will be the first public outing of the results. Each song tackles a different feminine experience and the album sleeve notes discuss  both the origins of the songs in the UK and their relevance to the female perspective today.

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