Baldock and Letchworth Blues, Folk and Roots

the club starts at 8.30pm every other Wednesday at The Orange Tree, Baldock

Entry to the club is £8/9/10 unless otherwise shown

Club Programme 2018

Jan 3Supermoon (Elizabeth and Jameson) £8/9/10 www.facebook.com/hannahandgriff

A stunning collaboration between two rising stars of the UK folk/pop/rock scene, Elizabeth Jameson comprises Griff Jameson from Fred's House and Hannah Elizabeth of Said The Maiden.

Playing all over the UK with the trio Said the Maiden, Hannah Elizabeth's influences are very much planted within traditional folk roots. This is in stark contrast to Griff Jameson's recent musical history, where he has penned a string of quirky rock/pop anthems for Fred's House. Together, Elizabeth and Jameson arguably offers the best of both backgrounds; this is simplistic, classic song writing at its best: a stripped back, harmony-driven sound with guitar, violin and exquisite vocals.

Having already opened for the likes of Scott Matthews, Bob Fox and Richard Digance, the duo is also receiving critical acclaim for its debut EP0 ‘Supermoon’, along with an NMG Award nomination for Best Folk, Roots, Country and Acoustic Act… and an ever-growing fan base!

'Impressive talents…..will shine bright into the future.' FATEA Magazine

'Harmony-driven songs that linger in the memory.' Laurel Canyon Music (Album of the Week)

Jan 17The Boxwood Chessmen £8/9/10 www.theboxwoodchessmen.com

The Boxwood Chessmen is a four-piece semi-acoustic band from East Anglia and Middlesex, raiding a fabulous musical pantry stocked with the finest roots ingredients - folk, Americana, Angliana, hokum and a light dusting of swing, all delivered with panache and fun... They call it Gloriana.

'A band featuring several prominent players from the folk world, The Boxwood Chessmen create a fabulous musical stew combining the finest roots ingredients - folk, Americana, jazz, old time... pretty much anything goes - bringing tremendous musicianship to their many different styles. With something for everyone, delivered with panache and fun, this is a fantastic and highly entertaining band who went down a storm when they played one of my events recently. I'll be rebooking them asap. Terrific stuff.' - Kevin Buxton, Kontra Roots

Feb 7Gary Fletcher & Tom Leary £9/10/12 www.garyfletchermusic.net

Gary Fletcher is known by many as the brilliant bass player in The Bluesband. He is oh so much more. A multi-instrumentalist and leader of The Gary Fletcher Band, his one-man show reveals his eclectic taste, with folk and Americana prominent in the mix.

Dave Kelly suggested Gary for the bass job when, together with Paul Jones and Tom McGuinesss (Manfred Mann), plus ex- John Mayall/Eric Clapton drummer Hughie Flint, The Blues Band first got together. The success of The Blues Band was almost instantaneous and they were soon playing to packed houses, releasing their first album, appearing on TV and radio regularly, including the celebrated Euro-wide Rockpalast, and headlining at Glastonbury. Twenty plus albums and countless tours later, the demand continues to grow for their special and personal interpretation of the blues; thousands of excellent reviews have appeared in a variety of publications and early editions of their first album are now collector’s items. They are still going strong.

Tom's teenage years were spent surrounded by electric guitars and motorbikes and playing lead guitar in local bands. He moved to London, learned fiddle, mandolin and flute and became entrenched in the London Irish scene, eventually ending up in Oxfordshire, where he still lives. His involvement in the folk rock scene followed meetings with Dave Pegg and Ric Sanders in the early 1980s. Tom's career has seen him play with the late John B Spencer, Phil Bates (ELO), Clem Clempson, Steve Gibbons, Kevin Dempsey, Little Johnny England, Tanna, Zeus, Albion Morris and many more. He received three-star reviews in Q Magazine for his solo albums, Calm Waters and Off the Rocks. Tom has been in Feast of Fiddles since the outset and says, 'I feel blessed to have been in this band for the last 20 years and be with great people. I have many happy memories.'

Tom has played with two lineups of Lindisfarne and the Gary Fletcher Band. He is a beautifully tender player with a great gift for writing melodic tunes. Famous within the band for his laugh, among other things; his mirth is highly infectious. Great fun to be with and hilariously funny, Tom is just the tonic you need after a long, bad day.

'Gary Fletcher’s truly inspiring album, wasquickly picked up by Radio 2’s Bob Harris. Tender and stirring in equal measure, revealing the emergence of a major solo talent. That oft-quoted Blues Band axiom “We don’t bother the music industry and they don’t bother us” may well have to be overhauled.' - Roy Bainton

'At long last Gary Fletcher has emerged from the shadow of the Blues Band and has proved that he is a seriously talented singer/songwriter in his own right' - Amazon review

'A collection of strong songs performed with taste, intelligence and dignity and, while it may not rock very hard (the acoustic rather than the electric guitar is to the fore here), there’s a nice sense of space and atmosphere throughout.' - Maverick Magazine

Feb 14Valentine's Day Session - free

A session is a gathering of musicians, singers and audience - all out for an evening of relaxed fun and music. Come along and join us, whether you sing, play, or just listen! Everyone welcome, all very informal - participate as much or as little as you like.Love songs not mandatory!

Feb 28Les Cailloux £8/9/10 youtube.lescailloux

A trio coming directly from their beloved Morvan (Burgundy, France) mountains, with only one mission: to share their love of traditional Morvan music on diatonic accordion and bagpipes. They bring with them friendship and good vibes. There will be space for dancing !

Mar 7Rag Mama Rag £8/9/10 www.rag-mama-rag.com

Formed in 1991, the English duo Rag Mama Rag has consistently built up its reputation as one of Europe's finest Country Blues acts. Rag Mama Rag comprises ASHLEY DOW - Henderson acoustic guitar, National and Dobro resonator, bottleneck guitar, Weissenborn Acoustic Lap Steel, ukulele and vocals, and DEBORAH DOW - harmonica, washboard, percussion and backing vocals). Rag Mama Rag creates an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon has audiences' feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20s and 30s blues-based, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast ragtime sounds, early white country tunes, original compositions and many other regional styles of the period. Touring non-stop, Rag Mama Rag has played at many major festivals in Europe and beyond.

'One word that was on everyone’s lips after their set was “Brilliant!”' - The Chicago music Network – Trevor Knightsmith

'One of the few acts we rebooked on the night of their first visit. Wonderful stuff.' - Al and Sue, Baldock FBR

Mar 21Chris Lord Blues Express £8/9/10 www.chrislord.org.uk

We are delighted to welcome back this powerful and raunchy rhythm and blues band, producing classic blues, R&B and blues rock with exuberance and joy. The band is driven by the superb voice of Chris Lord, supported by a heady mixture of tenor saxophone and guitar, all built upon a first-class rhythm section. Together the band merges to weave a magical spell wherever it performs. Influences range from early artists like Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton, to the golden years represented by the Three Kings, all the way to more modern exponents of the art like Etta James and Beth Hart; but don't expect the same old covers - The Express take pains to dig out some rare gems of lesser-known tracks which always keep the night interesting.

'Chris Lord and her band were witnessed by a discerning audience who appreciated the fine voice, great musicianship and an interesting selection of covers: some unusual, some familiar but done with a twist ... A fine performance from Chris Lord and her Blues Express, I shall look forward to catching them again.' - John Mitchell, Blues in Britain Magazine

Floor spots and open night acts may be booked in advance by calling Alan or Sue on 01767 683583