At the Northwick Arms, Ketton PE9 3TA
8 pm with doors open from 7.30 pm
Show £10 – bookings from email@example.com 01780 720 521
Show + Evening meal £20 – bookings 01780 720 238
Friday 27th April - Spring into Words and Music – Flanders and Swann, Duo Caprice
Three local duos will bring you some of the springiest, funniest and liveliest words and music for the season. So come along to hear them. Duo Caprice are Helen Smith on violin and Ben Smith on accordion. They play all kinds of cafe music including tangos, musette waltzes, folk dances and cafe favourites from around Europe and beyond. Romance and nostalgia abound and you are sure to recognise many of the tunes.
Stuart Hayday and Mike Baumer will sing the comic songs of Flanders and Swann. Michael Flanders and Donald Swann wrote and sang over 100 comic songs, interspersed with comic monologues, such as The gasman cometh, the Hippopotamus and the Gnu. In the 1950s and 60s they were one of the most popular light entertainers.
Lastly two local poets will bring some of their lighter verse to intersperse these two local acts. This should be a fresh and fun-filled tour-de-force by some our local musical and wordsmithing talent.
Friday 6th July - Deya Duo – Trad Eurodance from Flanders, Belgium
Deya are a young Belgian duo who play traditional dance music from all over Europe especially from central France and Brittany but with a wonderfully energetic and lyrical style. After having played as a duo for four years under the name Duo Goossens-Clerbout they went into the studio as Deya. They have now played throughout Europe but especially at the Boombal Festival in their home city of Gent. Their first CD with with guest Ward Dhoore on acoustic guitar. offers a fresh dance repertoire where it is difficult to stick to one particular style. Their songs have a Breton or Swedish influence, which also reflects in the names of their songs such as "Gavotte of my bones".
Deya recently organised a midwinter festival with the Firestarters of Leiden (Simon Gielen together with Nigel Eaton and Dave Shepherd who share a common past in the super group Blowzabella).
Thomas Clerbout on soprano saxophone and whistles, and Steven Goossens on diatonic accordion.
Friday 14th September - Moirai Trio – Concert and dance on saxophone, fiddle, accordion and voice
Simple French and English dances and great songs from three wonderful musicians who manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sounds and yet there are still only three. Add in some strong vocals and tight harmonies, sprinkle with humour and the sum is an enchanting evening of music, songs and dance. A mix of the traditional and the modern, sincere and quirky, an evening in the company of Moirai is not to be missed.
Jo Freya (also in Blowzabella) on saxaphone and whistles, Sarah Matthews on fiddle and Melanie Biggs on accordion.
Friday 5th October - Dai and the Ramblers - rootsy American styles as Cajun, blues, folk and gospel
Dai and The Ramblers are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from London's roots music scene over the last few years, and play in a style joining the dots between Cajun, folk and blues music. In 2014, they recorded their Cajun-inspired album Duw Duw with Grammy award-winning producer Liam Watson. The album was acclaimed by Ace records owned by Ketton resident Ted Carroll and Manfred Mann frontman Paul Jones. The four members of the band have a great combined pedigree, playing with the likes of Loudon Wainright, Richard Thompson, Van Morrison, Jeff Beck and The Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Dai Price on guitar and vocals, Alan Dunn on accordion, Rupert Gillett on double bass and Bob Loveday on fiddle.
Friday 2nd November - Iyatra Quartet – roots and jazz influenced classical quartet
Iyatra Quartet are one of the most exciting new music groups around at the moment. They are multi-instrumentalists who work collaboratively to create original, boundary-bending and joyful music. The London-based quartet have enjoyed recent performances at WOMAD, Songlines Encounters Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend and London International Arts Festival, as well as multidisciplinary projects with contemporary dance and live poetry. The group embraces a sense of journey in every performance, bringing a classical sensibility to a jazz like approach. Their debut album received as a 5-star album choice by fRoots magazine and a 4-star review in Songlines Magazine.
Alice Barron on violin, Rich Phillips on cello, Will Roberts on percussion and George Sleightholme on bass clarinet.
Friday 7th December FB Pocket Orchestra – hot jazz, blues and ragtime
The FB Pocket Orchestra will give us a highly entertaining evening of music, wittily and informatively presented, and featuring some excellent singing and musicianship. They are a 3-piece band who are reminiscent of many genres of music, ranging from New Orleans jazz to Palm Court style music. Their confident and vibrant music perfectly captures all elements of the 20s and the 30s taking us back to the age of hot jazz, blues, ragtime & popular dances.
Jenny Russell on clarinet, washboard and voice, Paul Stevenson on guitar and banjo and Ollie Corbin on a bewildering variety of instruments including tuba, accordion, cornet and bass drum.
Friday 4th January Salmanazar at Stamford Arts Centre
£10 Booking - Stamford Arts Centre 01780 763203
7.30 pm Workshop. 8.30 pm Bal
Cédric Martin, tireless virtuoso of the diatonic accordeon, is returning again to Stamford Arts Centre by popular demand for the 10th year. His annual visit to England has become an eagerly anticipated New Year fixture. This new trio of experienced musicians play very danceable and traditional French music exploring the roots of their respective instruments and giving them a new lively dimension - just the thing to lift the spirits and move the limbs into the New Year! The band includes some of the best traditional musicians in France. Everyone welcome, with or without partners, as beginners will be given a gentle introduction to the simple social and couple dances, and experienced dance partners will always be on hand.
Cedric Martin on diatonic accordion, Philippe Laussine on electric hurdy-gurdy and Sebastien Benoît on large and small bagpipes and whistles.
Friday 1st February Ranagri – Celtic folk and contemporary songs
Ranagri is a contemporary folk band of four musicians who have come together to create some exciting new music. Ranagri fuse celtic folk music with quality contemporary songwriting, enhanced by virtuosic instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies, all interlaced with vivid storytelling. The band mainly write their own music with echoes of Pentangle, Jethro Tull and new Celtic folk sounds - cemented by strong contemporary song-writing. They have recently been joined by Stamford's own Eleanor Turner, internationally acclaimed concert harpist.
Dónal Rogers on guitars, bouzouki and voice, Eliza Marshall on flutes and Irish whistles, Ellie Turner on celtic harp, and Joe Danks on bodhran.
Friday 5th April Norfolk Broads – four-piece female accapella group
The Norfolk Broads are a four-piece female ensemble who enjoy singing low-pitched folk songs about love, despair and dastardly boyfriends. They sing traditional songs from the British Isles and America, usually unaccompanied. They are drawn to songs that tell a story, and the people and emotions at the centre of those stories. From dark tales of murder and seduction, to ballads of love and hope, the Broads take these stories and reimagine them, their tight four-part harmonies bringing life back to long quiet words. The stories of women and their lives are a constant source of inspiration, and the Broads enjoy exploring this female side to the folk world.
Friday 3rd May Nefertiti in the Kitchen – Quirky cabaret duo from France
This highly original and talented duo will make their first UK appearance in Ketton. Their magical world of music, dance and song in a cabaret atmosphere will take you into the world of fairgrounds of the roaring 20s. But Tom Waits, Marc Perrone or Radiohead are never far away. Between electric accordion, music box, mellotron and other curiosities, the room will soon be carried away by their psychedelic cabaret! This rock cabaret mixes Kurt Weill and Tom Waits with trad jazz, blues, rock and folk.
Jen Rival (Cie Bluffonne) - singer, musician, dancer and actress and Nicolas Méheust (Dominique A, Chien vert, Strupx) – multi-instrumentalist.