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Irish Instrument lessons and Sessions. @ The Hearsall Inn
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Ninebarrow @ Wurzel Bush folk club
Sep 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The acclaimed harmonies of Ninebarrow,

Host Dave Sampson alongside residents, Crybb and Craig Sunderland.

Free entry via note donation at half time.

Kevin Dempsey @ Atherstone Folk Club
Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Kevin Dempsey is renowned for his exquisite guitar playing and his superb songwriting. From the early days with Dando shaft, to nowdays with Joe Broughton or Jaqui McsShee, Kevin is not to be missed. Floor spots from Finger in the Jar and Brian Phillips.


Entry by donation, no set fee.

Arcelia (with support Dont call me Ishmael and Lucy Grubb) @ The Big Comfy Bookshop
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The core trio of ARCELIA is GAVIN ALEXANDER TERESA GALLAGHER & SIMON FOSTER and regularly joined by MARTIN ELLIOTT on bass and PERRY WHITE on piano.
Arcelia (pronounced Ah-KELL-ia – meaning ‘treasure chest’ in old Spanish) is a soulful folk trio from the valleys of Kent. An exquisite sound which has been likened to Crosby Stills & Nash, America, Paul Simon and Squeeze (they regularly perform and tour with CHRIS DIFFORD). They have also been in demand as a support act for the likes of Scott Matthews, Oysterband, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Boo Hewerdine, Michele Stodart and Maddy Prior.
Following up their 2014 debut Wrap Your Bones, on their new album Building on the Land the band continues to evolve into an exceptional songwriting and performing unit, further exploring everyday life and loves.
“Wonderfully warm harmonies ..” MOJO MAGAZINE

Don’t Call Me Ishmael
Don’t Call Me Ishmael are a band from Staffordshire who have morphed, over the course of three albums, into purveyors of rambunctious pop and heart-on-the sleeve romanticism.
With a wide-eyed commitment to making their point, intertwined with a fine ear for melody, they tread the line between Frank Turner’s hard hitting agit-pop and The Decemberists’ storytelling folk sensibilities.
A six-piece outfit containing two sets of siblings, Don’t Call Me Ishmael have an intuitive feel that such familial ties bring. As you would expect with a band that contains five vocalists, they produce razor-sharp harmonies and truth-soaked lyrics straight out of the Loudon Wainwright or Billy Bragg songbook.

Lucy Grubb
Lucy Grubb is a singer/songwriter from Norwich blending modern Americana with Country undertones.
Inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash, Lucy’s understated guitar rhythms and Country trilled vocal melodies hark back to tried and tested traditional Country song writing, expressing grief, sorrow and heartbreak. Although lacking life experience, Lucy takes her own emotional turmoil and communicates it through gripping lyrical content and storytelling. “One cannot help but wonder where some of those lyrics are coming from, she’s obviously another ‘old soul’ with a huge talent for expressive songwriting.” – Richard Shashamane
With nods to songwriter Paul Simon, Lucy focuses on writing about the truth in a way that sets her apart from other songwriters. Like Simon, Lucy often likes to add a spin to the tone of her lyrics, sometimes witty or sarcastic to enhance the storytelling experience. Ultimately what makes her songs stand out is the ability to take them and create meaning unique to the individual.
In 2014 Lucy made her debut appearance on BBC Introducing in Norfolk, followed by a performance at Open for BBC Radio 1’s Academy in conjunction with BBC Introducing in 2016. Later that year, Lucy supported folk singer/songwriter Lucy Rose at Norwich Arts Centre for Norwich Sound & Vision

Seats are first come first served so please arrive early.
IMPORTANT: If you arrive after the acts have started you will have to wait for a break in playing to enter due to the location of our doors.
We have a fully licensed bar serving hot and cold drinks, beer and wine and cake and crisps.
NO other food is to be brought onto the premises

Somerville Gentlemen’s Jubilee Concert @ Bridge House Theatre
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Somerville Gents flyer (click to open pdf)

2019 is the 40th anniversary of the release of the Somerville Gentlemen’s Band’s LP “Far From Home” To celebrate, original members Martin Cole and Dan Dorning are joining the current line-up
of Ted Crum, Jem Patterson and Phil Ferrar, with excellent new Gent, Peter McDonald, for a 40th Anniversary Jubilee concert on Saturday 21st September at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick.

Clemency @ Temperance
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome back Clemency who played to packed & enthralled houses at the Magic Lantern in December and March Singer-songwriters Nina Bailey & Ben Clempson collaborate to create an eclectic blend of folk blues rock. Another of their beautiful acoustic sets using just their two voices, Ben’s guitar & Nina’s cajon in our intimate candle-lit space is not to be missed!

Tickets are £6 in advance from the cafe or online (with booking fee). Any remaining tickets will be available on the door.

The Harvesters + Bruce Watson @ Warwick Folk Club
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Americana material with some traditional songs and plenty to join in with.
And of course we may be treated to a spot of Sue’s Appalachian flat-footing.

The opener tonight is Bruce Watson, on his first tour of the UK from Australia.

Irish Instrument lessons and Sessions. @ The Hearsall Inn
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Claude Bourbon @ Wurzel Bush folk club
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Claude Bourbon.

Hosted by Dave Sampson and Residents, Crybb and Craig Sunderland.

Crybb @ Stockton Folk Club
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Gary and Kate (Crybb) bring their brand folk to Stockton folk club. Many self-penned songs written about their home county of Northamptonshire, with the occasional trad or standard. Whistle, guitar, melodica, Bouzouki and harmonies.

Evening also features Warwick Village Band, Mick Bisiker, Rik Middleton, Peter Mason and Away With the Fairies.