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All dates are the first Thursday of the month - except for every January when it is the second Thursday. So don't come along on 2nd January, because we won't be here!

 

John Hegley: Thursday 2nd April 2020 - CANCELLED

 

John Hegley's first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.

He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence.

He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women's prison in Columbia.

Web site: www.johnhegley.co.uk

 

The Briar Band

The Briar Band is a collection of musician/songwriter/composers: Gary Penalver (guitars vocals, percussion), Nigel Horn (guitars, dobro, bazouki), Melanie Smith (bass, uke, percussion, vocals) and Andy Melrose (guitars, mandolin, harmonica, vocals).

Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Briar-Band-2387983581487069/

 

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 The Cheer Up Mollys appear at Railway Roots on Thursday 5th March 2020

John Hegley

"In an ideal world, John Hegley would be mass-produced and sold in the shops. Not his books, they're already out there, but the man himself. Family life would be a lot easier if you could just open the cupboard and pull out your Hegley every time things got fractious, heated or miserable." - Kelly Apter, Edinburgh Festival

 

 The Briar Band appear at Railway Roots on Thursday 2nd April 2020

The Briar Band

Leon Rosselson: Thursday 7th May 2020 - CANCELLED

 

Leon Rosselson started writing songs seriously (and humorously) in the early 1960s and hasn't stopped yet. His early songs were topical-satirical (some of them were featured on TV's satire show "That Was The Week That Was") but he broadened out from there, absorbing different influences, from Music Hall to French Realist Song, and experimenting with different song forms.

He has performed in every conceivable venue around the country and toured North America, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia. He has written songs and scripts for Inter-Action's Dogg's Troupe and the Fun Art Bus, songs for a stage production at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, of "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and shows for performance with Roy Bailey and Frankie Armstrong, including the anti-nuclear No Cause for Alarm.

His song "The World Turned Upside Down" has been recorded and popularised by, amongst others, Dick Gaughan and Billy Bragg (who took it into the pop charts in 1985) and has been sung on numerous demonstrations in Britain and the USA. His Ballad of a Spycatcher, ridiculing the ban on Peter Wright's book, went into the Indie Singles charts in 1987 in a version backed by Billy Bragg and the Oyster Band.

Web site: www.leonrosselson.co.uk

 

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 Leon Rosselson appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 7nd May 2020

Leon Rosselson

"Rosselson is most often categorised as a folk singer, but his cutting sense of humour and refusal to simply play to a formula mean he does not always fit in here... His songs are far closer to pieces of theatre or self-contained radio plays than simple verse-chorus-verse, boy meets girl or maidservant meets lord of the manor." - Iain Aitch, The Guardian

Na-Mara: Thursday 4th June 2020

 

In recent years, Na-Mara (Rob Garcia and Paul McNamara) have built an enviable reputation for fine story-telling and musicianship , performing in venues and festivals across the UK, at events in France, Spain and Germany and on BBC Radio 4 and a plethora of internet and local radio stations. They consistently deliver new and exciting material to folk audiences with their own provocative material in traditional style on contemporary and historical topics; their English translations of songs from Breton, French and Quebecois traditions; and their take on traditional tunes from Brittany, France and the Spanish Celtic regions of Asturias and Galicia.

Web site: www.na-mara.com

 

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 Na-Mara appear at Railway Roots on Thursday 4th June 2020

Na-Mara

"Na-mara write fantastic songs and the stories grab you from the start..." - Folk London

"Na-Mara specialise in considered translations of songs from the French-speaking world, but even better are Paul's original songs exhibiting a keen sense of history." - fRoots

 

Anne Lister: Thursday 2nd July 2020

 

Anne Lister has always "made up" songs, and was surprised to discover that not everyone did. She started to perform at folk clubs at the age of 16, and the songs attracted attention from the start and she was soon booked at other clubs on a semi-professional basis.

Later, she formed the duo Anonyma with Mary McLaughlin, for five years. She then returned to working solo, and has released a number of albums, the latest, "Astrolabe", in December 2019.

She is no relation to Gentleman Jack.

Web site: www.annelister.com

 

Karandash

 

Karandash play traditional Eastern European and Balkan folk music from the Danube to the Volga. Balalaika, accordion, guitar and sweeping harmonies combine to create exciting music spanning Rebetika, Macedonian dance, funeral ballads, Jewish wedding songs and gypsy folk.

Web site: www.karandashmusic.com

 

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 Anne Lister appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 2nd July 2020

Anne Lister

"There simply are no finer song crafters than Anne Lister. She writes with the full power, beauty and grace of the English language, and the fire of the bards. One of a kind and absolutely not to be missed". - Massachusetts broadcaster Chuck Hall

 

 

 Karadash appear at Railway Roots on Thursday 2nd July 2020

Karandash

Jackie Oates: Thursday 3rd September 2020

 

Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire, with unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style.

Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond.

Web site: www.jackieoates.co.uk

 

Dom Prag

 

Dom Prag is a young folk singer/songwriter from Southampton. His voice, magical guitar energy and songs of passion, loss, comical social disasters and everyday fears, combine folk with blues and classical influences into gripping musical narratives. He has an interest in traditional songs, especially those about injustice, and with his inimitable arrangements and impressive guitar skills he is starting to make a name for himself on the folk circuit. He plays a battered but distinguished classical guitar, which used to belong to his Dad, who taught him to play.

Web site: www.karandashmusic.com

 

 

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 Anne Lister appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 2nd July 2020

Jackie Oates

"Standing out from English folk’s remarkable new wave, Oates has the finest voice of them all" - Independent On Saturday

 

 Dom Prag appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 3rd September 2020

Dom Prag

"We were lucky enough to have Dom open up a show for Chris and me, and we were both really impressed with him. Great playing, singing and writing, and a lovely stage presence. Watch out for Dom, his star is definitely on the rise" - Julie Matthews (While and Matthews)

Frankie Armstrong: Thursday 5th November 2020

 

We are delighted and honoured to welcome the great Frankie Armstrong to Railway Roots. She has worked with leading figures of the folk world such as Louis Killen, Ewan MacColl, Bert Lloyd, Peggy Seeger and Sandra Kerr - and, of course, with our own Robb Johnson, as part of the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow.

Since 1962, she has built up a repertoire of British songs and ballads, which, along with contemporary British songs, still form the basis of her musical vocabulary. Her repertoire consists of rural, industrial, music hall and contemporary songs – both her own and those of other songwriters such as Sandra Kerr, Leon Rosselson and Bertolt Brecht.

Web site: www.frankiearmstrong.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Frankie-Armstrong-546618542175686

 

Bird in the Belly

 

Bird in the Belly is a Brighton-based folk group who collect little known and forgotten lyrics, poems and stories from around the UK, and set them to their own "hypnotically original compositions" (fRoots).

Their sound is raw and bare-boned with "distinctively contemporary and earthy vocalising" (R2 Magazine), and harks back to the 1960s Folk Revival sound. Their debut album "The Crowing" was met with critical acclaim, the Sunday Express giving the album 5/5 and calling it folk album of the year.

Web site: www.birdinthebelly.com

 

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 Frankie Armstrong appears at Railway Roots on Thursday 5th November 2020

Frankie Armstrong

"Her voice conveys utter conviction and great humanity. She is an incredible story teller and has me on the edge of my chair listening to Tam Lin even though I've heard it dozens of times." - Maggie Holland, fRoots

 

 

Bird in the Belly

"Hypnotically original compositions" - fRoots