BOB FOX: Return of the Songman + Lizzy Hardingham: Hertfordshire singer-songwriter

Date/Time Sun 12 May 2019 7:45 PM

Price Online - £11 + £1.10 booking fee; On The Door - £11


Bob Fox was born in 1953 in Seaham, County Durham, UK, the son of a miner who became a Co-op worker and then an electricity meter inspector. After discovering he could sing while in school he taught himself guitar and started singing in folk clubs while at the same time training to be a teacher in Durham, where he qualified in 1975. He commenced his singing career as a resident at the “Davy Lamp” Folk Club in Washington, Tyne and Wear in approx. 1970 and in 1975, teamed up to form a professional duo with fellow north-eastern singer (and fiddle player) Tom McConville for 2 years (1975–77). After this he formed a duo with ex-Hedgehog Pie singer, guitarist and acoustic bass guitar player Stu Luckley which performed all over the United Kingdom and recorded two albums, the first of which “Nowt So Good’ll Pass” was voted Folk Album of the Year by Melody Maker in 1978. Fox and Luckley became a popular attraction on the UK folk scene and supported Richard and Linda Thompson and Ralph McTell on major British tours. After ceasing the partnership with Luckley in 1982 to pursue individual projects, Bob has maintained a successful career as a solo folk performer for over 30 years.

During the 1990s, together with Benny Graham he developed a multi-media show documenting the coal mining communities of Durham and Northumberland, which led to the CD “How Are You Off For Coals”, featuring a selection of mining songs. In 2006 Bob, along with a range of other top UK folk artists, was involved in providing performances for the “2006 Radio Ballads” commissioned by BBC Radio.

In 2009 he performed in the part of “Songman” in the highly acclaimed West End production of War Horse which played in the West End for 18 months and was subsequently toured for another eighteen months around Britain, Ireland and South Africa.

Scholar Anthony Ashbolt describes Fox as “possessing one of the best folk-singing voices in England and he evokes the world of the miners and, in general, the songs of the northeast, with power and clarity”

The first video is Bob performing a song from Warhorse at TwickFolk in 2013. This is from Harrogate Theatre in May 2015:

Lizzy Hardingham is a folk inspired young musician gigging in and around Hertfordshire. Playing a mixture of traditional, arranged and original songs she uses her powerful voice and delicate guitar parts to weave a story. Since entering the New Roots competition in April 2018, Lizzy has gone on to be named runner up in the Royston Folk Club Young Artists competition and the Watford Folk Club Song competition. She has played at local folk clubs, venues and as part of folk events, new and old. Her debut EP, Long Story Short, has had success both at gigs and online, gaining radio play locally and as far as the Forrest of Dean.