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And you can now forget about our performances being on the Thursday before the first Friday of every month - from now on it really is the first Thursday of the month (except for January when it is the second Thursday). Much easier than before!

  • Thursday 14th December: "Merry Bobmas"
  • Thursday 11th January 2018: Paul Simmonds (support from Caroline Kendall)
  • Thursday 1st February: John Forrester (support from Lawrie and the Volunteers)
  • Thursday 1st March: John Ward (support from the Cheer Up Mollys)
  • Thursday 5th April: Reg Meuross (support from Mike Reinstein)
  • Thursday 3rd May: Grace Petrie
  • Thursday 7th June: Tracey Curtis
  • Thursday 5th July: Sparrow
  • August: Annual holiday
  • Thursday 6th September: Wob & Joseph Porter (support from Meriel's Secret)


Merry Bobmas: Thursday 14th December 2017


A festive evening of Dylan songs. A good old-fashioned traditional singers' night of songs sung by Bob Dylan, hosted by Bobb Johnson and Bobber Stevens.



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Santa Bob

Paul Simmonds : Thursday 11th January 2018


Paul Simmonds is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and founder member of folk-rock legends The Men They Couldn't Hang. In 30 years of a richly varied career he has released over 15 albums and toured throughout the world, including high profile slots with David Bowie, Van Morrison, The Pogues and many others. His songs, including "Ghosts of Cable Street", "The Colours" and "Shirt of Blue" have become part of a rich folk canon that continues to endure and grow.

In 2017 Paul, with partner Naomi Bedford, released "Songs My Ruiner Gave to Me" to wide acclaim. He is currently recording again with the TMTCH team.

At Railway Roots Paul will perform a rare solo set, looking back through his catalogue and forward to the future. He will pay tribute to some influences and reminisce on the ups and downs of a life in music.


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 Paul Simmonds appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 11th January 2018

Paul Simmonds

John Forrester: Thursday 1st February 2018


John Forrester sings songs of travel, adventure, lust, discovery, friendship, love and weather. A fine performer with an easy relaxed delivery, a warm openhearted voice, an unshowy guitar style and an infectious personality.

As well as his own shows, he has opened for many artists including Show Of Hands, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Nick Harper, Rory McLeod, TV Smith, Sonny Condell, Robb Johnson, John Kirkpatrick and Fate The Juggler.


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John Forrester appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 1st February 2018

John Forrester

"...weaves together folk-rock with Americana feel to create a distinctive and immediate sound… passionate intensity and swelling arrangements … reviews are always subjective, but this is something special" – R2 Magazine, 5 stars

"songs to captivate … rousing and anthemic … an utterly accessible collection of subjective, openhearted, and honest musings" – FATEA Magazine


John Ward Trio: Thursday 1st March 2018


The John Ward Trio’s brand of folk music was born from John’s experience of life in a tough and gritty East Anglian fishing port that has seen more than its fair share of social change and decline.

The Trio's powerful three-part harmonies blend to give a rich life to John’s songs and to the traditional repertoire.  Accompanied by guitar, double bass, mandolin, harmonica, whistles and bodhran, and with the familiar, relaxed banter, stories and humour that John has become known for, the Trio delights folk club and festival audiences around the country. John’s unique style of bodhran playing and show-stopping solos are an audience favourite.

John has recently had airplay on Radio 2 and the Mike Harding Folk Show with the latest CD, "Sargasso".


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 The John Ward Trio appear at Railway Roots on Thursday 1st March 2018

John Ward Trio

 "A singer and guitarist to watch out for" - The Times

"The best trad folk music set I have ever seen. Literally." -   Attila the Stockbroker

"Love the album [Sargasso] … cracking songs" - Mike Harding

Reg Meuross: Thursday 5th April 2018


Reg Meuross has appeared several times at Railway Roots' prevision incarnation, the Hove Folk Club, and many will know him for the extraordinary intimacy of his live solo performances.

Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. His new solo album, "Faraway People", brings wide-ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written.

He tours continuously, both in the UK and as far afield as Australia and South Africa. His live shows are spellbinding, capturing the attention and the hearts of audiences of all sizes, from festival stage to folk club floor with his beautiful tenor voice, captivating lyrics and storytelling and mesmerising guitar playing.


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 Reg Meuross appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 5th April 2018

Reg Meuross

 "A singer and guitarist to watch out for" - The Times

"The best trad folk music set I have ever seen. Literally." -   Attila the Stockbroker

"Love the album [Sargasso] … cracking songs" - Mike Harding

Grace Petrie : Thursday 3rd May 2018


Grace Petrie began performing in 2006 as a solo vocalist and acoustic guitarist, and self-released an eponymous album that year, followed in 2007 by a second. In 2010, the advent of the Conservative-led coalition government influenced Grace towards an increasing emphasis on politically-focused songwriting, from a left-wing perspective. She made her debut appearance on Glastonbury's Leftfield stage at the invitation of Billy Bragg in summer 2010, and her widely-praised third album "Tell Me A Story followed".

Grace forms part of the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow alongside Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Leon Rosselson, Peggy Seeger and others. She has also performed gigs with other political folk artists such as David Rovics and Dick Gaughan, as well as political indie/punk rock bands.

She may look very young, but she's packed with years of talent and experience!


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 Grace Petrie appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 3rd May 2018

Grace Petrie


Tracey Curtis : Thursday 7th June 2018


Tracey describes herself as an anarchist, a vegan, an activist and mother, who is based in Wales. She writes songs of conviction that are laced with humour, and camaraderie for working people and the wider community. Hard-biting lyrics on many of the (far too many) political horrors of the day are counterpointed by her lovely voice and her simple, but perfect, guitar accompaniment. Her latest release, "Whatever's Left" (2015), charts the journey beyond protest singer, through political and personal change to emerge through shades of folk, Americana and country as a more mature songwriting voice. The result is a collection of songs that provide a soundtrack to the modern struggle, with politics and with love, that will resonate with listeners everywhere.


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 Tracey Curtis appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 7th June 2018

Tracey Curtis