CHAPIN-WICKWAR first played at TwickFolk 11 months ago. After supporting Morrigan in late June they returned in October for a feature spot on a singers' night. This June we welcome Lisa and Sue back for a full concert and the launch of their new album, "No Heaven..."
We heard a couple of the new songs in October and they were excellent. Their performance will put you in mind of Janis Ian and Suzanne Vega, both in terms of voices and song-writing ability.
Sue and Lisa met in 2013 and have been singing together ever since. Their début album 'If...' was nominated for the FolkWords 2015 Album Awards for 'Best Album from a Duo' ("Lisa and Sue Chapin-Wickwar have with 'If...' created something thatâs so close to gorgeous the result is exquisite" - Tim Carroll, FolkWords).
One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story."
If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about.
"Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage.
There won't be a microphone.
"We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses."
Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.
Lowri hails from Newport. With a degree in jazz and pop, she has released albums in English and her native Welsh and appeared at Cambridge Folk Festival, Village Pump Folk and Celtic Connections, and had support slots with Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson, John Renbourn, Jim Moray, Jez Lowe and Richie Havens.
Lowri will once more be accompanied at TwickFolk by , as featured in our two videos from their last visit.
When Lowri and Lee played TwickFolk in October 2014, she'd recently released her latest Welsh language EP (Leaving the past). In February 2016 she released her latest English language album: to critical acclaim.
Lowri's previous album - featured accordion player Andy Cutting and renowned acoustic and slide guitarist Martin Simpson, both BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners. The album received fantastic reviews with a 5* review from Rock 'n' Reel (R2) quoting - "Lowri Evans has surely cut one of the albums of this or any other year. It's simply a dream".Her 2017 album is a live recording with Lee Mason, celebrating 10 years since their first album together.
Jeni became an instant TwickFolk favourite after her first appearance with Billy Kemp in 2013. This year sees a new chapter in her career and a return to the Cabbage Patch.
Jeni grew up in the coalfields of Appalachian in Southwest Virginia among a family of miners, moonshiners, and journalists. Her writing pulls the grit, gumption, and keen sense of observation out of that heritage like drawing water from her grandmother's well. A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and flatfoot dancer, Jeni is best known for the sound of the "born-in-the bone twang" of her voice and her true tales of mountain life.
For the last ten years, Jeni has toured as part of the critically acclaimed duo Jeni & Billy, spending nine months of every year on the road. This year sees the pair both emerging with solo projects. Informed by seven years of touring in Great Britain, Jeni's new collection of songs makes a love letter to the home of her ancestors and to her father who passed away in 2016. In her new songs, Jeni crosses oceans and continents to scatter her father's ashes.
In every song, Jeni's "true sense of place shines through - old as the hills, but brand new at the same time."Both videos on this page were recorded by Peter Knipe when TwickFolk 'temporarily decamped' to the Adelaide in Teddington. May 31, 2015.
If there is such a thing as a British "blues pedigree", 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 and the Comic Strip's ) Dave is firmly established as Europe's premier blues performer.
AGM at 7.45pm followed by a free concert at about 9pm Richmond Concert Society is proud to continue an annual event which allows subscribers to be involved in the creation of new music.
Students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) will be invited to submit compositions to a reviewing panel. The chosen composer will then be commissioned to write a new piece, especially for the Richmond Concert Society, to be performed by an ensemble of GSMD postgraduate fellows.
The ensemble will perform a short concert after the AGM, in which the new composition will be featured along with established repertoire.
We hope to continue this as an annual event, making the Richmond Concert Society an integral part of the creation of tomorrow's music and the discovery of tomorrow's talent.
This initiative has been made possible by a bequest from Mary Ryan. The winning composer will receive the Mary Ryan Richmond Concert Society Composition Award, bringing with it not only a financial incentive but, perhaps more importantly, a performance before an appreciative and enthusiastic audience.