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Saturday 3rd January 2015 featuring Apple of My Eye plus floor spots

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Apple Of My Eye are playing as guest act at TOOTING FOLK shortly after the release of their new album, Seven Tides.  The Apples are a 6-piece folk band with guitars, mandolins, violins, harmonicas, double bass, lots of voices and more! Originally from Bristol but now London-based, their music is a blend of influences drawn from English folk and storytelling, using intriguing, lyrically rich songs with multi-part vocal harmonies and traditional folk instruments.  Folk Radio UK says of the new album “It’s a work of considerable wit and imagination, built on their core strengths, blending some very fine playing with the exceptional use of their massed voices, to create something totally unique, quite unlike anything else you’ll hear this year. It is of course also beautifully arranged and recorded, put together with such skill that everything seems so perfectly in its place.”

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2014/11/apple-of-my-eye-seven-tides/

http://www.applesinlondon.com

There will also be floor spots too, so come along sing a song!  From 7.30pm, upstairs at The Selkirk, Tooting Broadway.

Saturday 6th December featuring The Bara Bara Band plus floor spots

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December’s TOOTING FOLK sees the hosts’ band play as the featured act! With a lineup reminiscent of an old-time string band, The Bara Bara Band consists of Rupert and Ruth on guitar and banjo, plus Boris on fiddle and Will on cajon. They play a mix of their own songs, traditional British songs and old-time American tunes. The band will be releasing their debut album in February 2015.

www.thebarabaraband.com

Saturday 8th November – featuring The Carrivick Sisters plus floor spots

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The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK’s top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo.

http://www.thecarrivicksisters.co.uk

There will also be floor spots as usual, so come along sing a song! We welcome performers from all corners of the folk spectrum. Do your own song or a traditional number, with or without an instrument.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Entry £6

Saturday 4th October 2014 – featuring The Coach House Company

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Since their formation at university in late 2010, five-piece folk band The Coach House Company are rapidly becoming known for their uplifting and wholesome sound through dynamic live performances in London and Cambridge. Inspired by the folk heritage of the British Isles, the band fuses traditional jigs, reels and folksongs with rich harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and compelling upbeat rhythms to create a unique folk expression. Original compositions and arrangements form the core of the band’s repertoire, which is also infused with influences from the classical and jazz domains.

The band is made up of Maya Amin-Smith (vocals/violin/mandolin), Patrick Milne (vocals/guitar), Héloïse Werner (vocals/cello), Marianne Schofield (vocals/double bass) and Colin Danskin (vocals/trumpet). The Coach House Company have recently performed at, amongst others, TV Nights at Ronnie Scott’s, the ADC Theatre in Cambridge, where they were described as ‘musically excellent’ in a five-star review from Varsity. 2014 saw the band undertake a solo performance at Cecil Sharp House, where their debut EP was launched.

http://thecoachhousecompany.co.uk

There will also be floor spots as usual, so come along sing a song! We welcome performers from all corners of the folk spectrum. Do your own song or a traditional number, with or without an instrument.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Entry £3.

Saturday 5th April featuring The Hot Rock Pilgrims

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Old-time/bluegrass group featuring Hubert, Bruno and Sam from the acclaimed Bluegrass/Irish fusion band Lands End, and Dan Edwards who is well-known for his superb guitar and clawhammer work with bands such as The So Last Century String Band, Solid Gone, Amy Harrison & The Second Hand String Band and most recently with Ben Paley’s Long Hill Ramblers.

There will also be floor spots as usual, so come along and sing a song! With or without an instrument, traditional or original. Or read a poem. Or do a dance.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Come along at 7.30pm to put your name down for floor spots. Entry is £3, all the door money goes to the guest act.

Join the TOOTING FOLK group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/359488827459547/?fref=ts

Like the page: http://www.facebook.com/TootingFolk

Saturday 1st March featuring The Lords Of Thyme

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The Lords of Thyme are a contemporary folk group from Northampton, formed after ex-Circulus members Joe Woolley, Tali Trow and Pat Keneally decided to make a record together. Now bolstered by the pristine voice of folk songstress Michelle Griffiths, the Lords are an emerging force on the live scene. Their appearance at TOOTING FOLK is the first show of a UK tour.

There will also be floor spots as usual, so come along and sing a song! With or without an instrument, traditional or original. Or read a poem. Or do a dance.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Come along at 7.30pm to put your name down for floor spots. Entry is £3, all the door money goes to the guest act.

Join the TOOTING FOLK group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/359488827459547/?fref=ts

Like the page: http://www.facebook.com/TootingFolk

Saturday 7th December – featuring Stuart Forester & Carol Anderson

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With his resonant, classic English-folk voice, South London-based songwriter Stuart Forester writes perceptive, narrative-rich folk songs that will stick in your head. He accompanies his singing with guitar and a bit of mountain dulcimer and will be joined by Carol Anderson on fiddle. His recently released album, A Yard Of Ale, has received excellent reviews.

http://www.stuartforester.com/index.html

There will also be floor spots as usual, so come along and sing a song! With or without an instrument, traditional or original. Or read a poem. Or do a dance.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Come along at 7.30pm to put your name down for floor spots. Entry is £3, all the door money goes to the guest act.

Join the TOOTING FOLK group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/359488827459547/?fref=ts

Like the page: http://www.facebook.com/TootingFolk

Saturday 5th October – featuring Dan Raza

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Singer-songwriter of exceptional talent, Dan draws on folk and country influences to produce spellbinding songs and is undoubtedly magnificent at weaving a tune. He has gained considerable acclaim on the live scene both here and across the pond, opening for Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Slaid Cleaves.

http://www.danraza.com/

There will also be floor spots as usual, so come along and sing a song!  With or without an instrument, traditional or original.  Or read a poem.  Or do a dance.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Come along at 7.30pm to put your name down for floor spots. Entry is £3, all the door money goes to the guest act.

Join the TOOTING FOLK group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/359488827459547/?fref=ts

Like the page: http://www.facebook.com/TootingFolk

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Saturday 6th April 2013 – featuring Green Diesel

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Green Diesel are a group of Kentish folk musicians determined to inject their own dose of electricity and youthful exuberance into the folk scene. Raised on the classic folk-rock sounds of Fairport Convention, Oysterband and The Albion Band, the band’s rich sound draws on a wide range of influences, as funk and klezmer sit side by side with Morris tunes and ancient murder ballads.

2012 was  hugely successful for Green Diesel. They gigged consistently throughout southern England including headlining the Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival, supporting James Yorkston, and playing to a sell out crowd at the June ‘Brighton Folk’ event. The band also travelled to Shrewsbury for a live  session for the BBC’s ‘Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk’.

Last year also saw the release of the band’s debut album ‘Now Is The Time’, recorded in a converted oast house with producer Roger Cotton. ‘Now Is The Time’ is a true reflection of the Green Diesel sound, and has been praised for its innovative original songs and high quality musicianship.

http://www.greendieselfolk.com/

We’ll also have floor spots, come along at 7.30pm if you want to perform!   Entry is £3.

Join the TOOTING FOLK group on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/359488827459547/?fref=ts

Like the page: http://www.facebook.com/TootingFolk