|Shammick Acoustic programme|
Saul Rose & James Delarre: These two make a quite exceptional duo, combining thrilling fiddle performance with some of the finest melodeon playing to be heard on the folk scene. Having started playing melodeon when he was just ten years old, Saul has been a professional musician on and off since his late teens, and has played with some of the greats of the scene, most notably with Eliza Carthy and Nancy Kerr in the Kings of Calicutt, Waterson:Carthy, and most recently, Faustus. He also spent a year as ‘Songman’ in the West End production of ‘WarHorse’. His voice is rich and warm, and beautifully suited to traditional English songs. Likewise, James has been playing violin from a young age, mostly self-taught, and turned professional very early on, working with Jim Moray, Mawkin:Causley and others, and later appeared in a number of television series and feature films. The pair met and worked together at Sidmouth Folk Week some ten years ago and became firm friends, the music flowing whenever they get together. As a duo, they harness all the subtleties of traditional music while still producing an exciting and energetic display of musicianship. The joy with which they experience music together is hypnotic, captivating and addictive.
|May 12||Open Night:|
|May 26th||CLOSED FOR EARL OF RONE|
|Jun 9||Open Night:|
The Teacups: Comprising the talents of four graduates of Newcastle’s Folk and Traditional Music degree course, this a capella quartet has been singing up a storm across the UK circuit during the past few years, with acclaimed performances at Shepley, Beverley, Warwick, Sidmouth, Whitby and many other top folk festivals, as well as in Europe. One of their number, Alex Cumming, is no stranger to Shammick Acoustic – in fact, he regards it as one of his favourite clubs – having performed here with Nicola Beazley and with James Finlay. Now living in the US, he is a multi-talented performer and workshop leader in both countries. Kate Locksley, concentrates on songs and singing, whether it be with The Teacups, the all-female a capella trio Wychwood, or with the folk trio Night Fall. Rosie Calvert is another multi-talented person who teaches, composes,makes and plays instruments as well as singing, and performs with female trio Speldosa and in a duo with the other member of The Teacups, Will Finn, who she describes as ‘awesome’. As a whole, The Teacups provide “a proper feat of English folk songs sung with intelligence, heart, and soul.” Can’t wait!
|Jul 14||Open Night:|
Tim Edey: How can one man be a virtuoso musician on two such different instruments? Tim Edey is – on both guitar and melodeon he is quite exceptional. Originally from Kent but of Irish descent, Tim honed his style of playing by shutting himself away in his bedroom, listening to his musical heroes, and practicing until he could make the same sounds as they did – and then exceeded them! He has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/contemporary roots music, including The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Stockton’s Wing, Dougie MacLean and Mary Black, to name just a few! He’s now a name on the world stage in his own right, and is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever melodeon and guitar players, with a personality to match. An evening with Tim is a stunning mix of world music-inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, plus chorus songs for an audience to partake in, and above all, a highly entertaining night of musical genius.
|Aug 11||CLOSED FOR COMBE MARTIN CARNIVAL|
Quicksilver: Hillary Spencert and Grant Baynham: Probably one of the most eclectic acts ever to perform at Shammick Acoustic, and it’s been far too long since they did! Hilary Spencer trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has one of the most staggering voices ever to be heard on the British acoustic scene, with a breath-taking range of tone and mood. Previously known as ‘the voice’ of award-winning a capella trio Artisan, she also works with the Mrs Ackroyd Trio, performing the musical works of the renowned comedy poet Les Barker. Grant Baynham became a household name with his five years as resident performer on the ‘That’s Life!’ TV programme with Esther Rantzen. A formidable songwriter and guitarist, his energy and enthusiasm create a high-powered performance in virtually every genre imaginable, from Django Reinhardt to Bach. With the pair’s supreme sense of the ridiculous, and their polished musical skill, their partnership creates entertainment which is second to none. As Ned Sherrin said, it’s ‘comic song touched with gold’! www.quicksilver.com
|Sept 8||Open Night:|
Colum Sands: Colum Sands, one of the famed Northern Irish musical family, is a universally acclaimed songwriter, having performed in over thirty countries around the world. Not only that, but he often discovered that some of his songs had arrived before him, taken up by other performers such as Andy Irvine, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, and Roy Bailey. His songs and stories observe the minute and often humorous details of life, and are not afraid to quietly point out the absurdities and results of historical and political happenings throughout the world, from Northern Ireland itself to Berlin and Israel. With his touring, both solo and sometimes with the family band, and no less than nine albums to his credit, one wonders how he finds time to do anything else, but indeed he does. For many years he presented Radio Ulster’s Folk Club programme, as well as broadcasting a series of programmes of Radio 2, and a series for RTE Radio, plus a Radio 4 documentary tracing the work of early folk music collectors in Ireland. In addition he has produced countless albums for other songwriters and for traditional singers, been short-listed for a Grammy nomination, and been received the Living Tradition award for services to Folk and Traditional Music. But quite apart from all that, he is warm, witty, moving and funny as a performer, and whether performing to three or three thousand people, makes everyone feel as if they were sitting in his living room. Through the weaving of his songs, he has a gift of breaking down cultural barriers through choice words and eloquent music. Welcome, Colum!
|Oct 13||Open Night:|
Cosmotheka: The duo of brothers Dave and Al Sealy lasted for more than a quarter of a century as Cosmotheka, named after the music hall in Marylebone, West London. They made a huge name for themselves as performers of music hall songs, working initially on the English folk scene, but also doing countless radio shows and numerous TV appearances with the likes of Roy Hudd, Bob Monkhouse and Chas & Dave, as well as on ‘The Good Old Days’. Sadly, Al passed away in 1999, but Dave continued to pursue a solo career - more recently he has been joined forces with his son, Dan, to recreate some of the old musical mayhem for which the original duo was so famous. Dan, of course, grew up with the songs, but has his own take on the material. An accomplished professional musician in his own right his guitar skills and dry wit introduce a compelling new dimension to the collaboration. With Adam Barry on keyboard, they have picked up the trail from comedy giants like Gus Elan, Harry Champion and the rest, leading to a ‘Sweet Saturday: a bellyful of “Boiled Beef and Carrots”, a bellyful of ale, and a bellyful of laughs at some of the greatest songs ever written. For Cosmotheka, these absurdly comic masterpieces are no longer yesterday’s - they belong to today
|Nov 10||Open Night:|
Moira Craig & Carolyn Robson: Previously two-thirds of the much-loved harmony trio Craig; Morgan; Robson until the sad passing of Sarah Morgan, these stunningly fine singers have kept the music alive, mainly concentrating on their native songs of Scotland and Northumbria. Moira Craig is from East Kilbride, where music and singing was at the heart of family life, and although she left to work as a nurse in South East England more than thirty years ago, singing has still taken up most of her free time. She has long been recognised for her superb interpretations of traditional songs and ballads, winning Sidmouth International Folk Festival’s ‘Sidmouth Singer of the Year’ award, and contributing to the CDs produced by the Pastimes shop, and performing in Britain, Germany and the USA. Originally from the North East border country, Carolyn Robson has long been a professional singer and musician specialising in traditional folk song and dance. With a number of albums to her name, Carolyn also has a wealth of singing and teaching experience, has made countless club and festival appearances, featured on radio and TV, and is widely recognised as one of the country’s finest female singers. These two could charm the birds off the trees, and will have no difficulty in enthralling the audience at Shammick Acoustic.
|Dec 8||Open Night:|
WINTER WARMER with Vicky Swan and Jonny Dyer:A welcome return to Vicki & Jonny, who were last guests at Shammick Acoustic way back in 2011. This duo have impressive musical backgrounds, Vicki having studied at the Royal College of Music, and plays a huge variety of instruments, from various types of bagpipe to the nyckelharpa, a Swedish keyed fiddle, and is almost single-handedly responsible for the huge upsurge in the popularity of that instrument. Jonny too shows outstanding technical ability on guitar and other stringed instruments, and on piano accordion. His wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Rather than their usual traditional and original folk music, this time they come ready to charge everyone up for Christmas with their Winter Warmer show, a fun-filled festive evening of well-known singalong carols interspersed with famous Music Hall numbers and other seasonal favourites. Performed in Victorian costume, this will appeal to everyone, young and old, as they present their light-hearted, humorous and fun show. Come along and get in the mood!
|Dec 23||THE 17th MIDWINTER CAROLS NIGHT|