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Concert Information

All concerts are held on Saturdays in St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Street, Dunton, SG18 8RR Doors open at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8.00pm.

There is a twenty minute interval and the evenings usually end around 10.30pm.

Tickets for all of our concerts are £12.00 per person (unless indicated otherwise below). Accompanied children under 16 are admitted free.

24th March - Pitmatics

Pitmatics is an exciting new folk band fronted by music industry producer and musician Charley Foskett. Original and cover songs tell powerful stories with great arrangements, superb musicianship and stunning harmonies.

Support - TBC

18th May - Fred's House

Fred’s House are an award winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70’s West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. This group of musicians have the rare ability to sweep you away with their gorgeous three part harmonies, moving lyrics, infectious melodies and uplifting grooves. Among their many influences are bands such as Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Swell Season and C.S.N.Y.

Since forming in the home studio at Fred Cox's house in 2010, the band have put over 500 gigs under their belt. Creating quite a stir on the live circuit, their reputation for their stunning and energetic shows across the UK is going before them. Gaining a following wherever they go, their fans or 'Housemates', claim their music is addictive and come to show after show. Fred's House scooped two awards at the NMG Awards 2013; 'Best Folk/Roots Band' and 'Audience Choice Award' as voted for by the public. Then again in 2017, they were awarded the prestigious 'Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award' presented to them by Syd's sister Rosemary, for continuous hard work and achieving at a high level for the past 5 years. They released their much anticipated debut album Bonnie and Clyde in April 2014 and the follow up album Faultlines in 2016 to critical acclaim, grabbing 4 and 5 star reviews across the board as well as emphatic press. Their latest album, Careless, was released at the end of 2018.

 

Support - TBC

1st June - Daria Kulesh - Earthly Delights Album Launch

We are very pleased to welcome Daria Kulesh to Dunton Folk to launch her third album, Earthly delights.

Daria Kulesh's upcoming third album Earthly Delights is a grateful and playful exploration of human nature: of love, desire, curiosity, ambition and other urges that drive us, both physical and spiritual. It retells and twists fairy tales, episodes from history, urban legends - rich old stories that are timeless, ever relevant and relatable. "Great battles of love and life" (Mike Harding) that we all live through, every day. Joined by a seven-piece band comprising some of the best musicians on the folk scene, with Jonny Dyer as the Musical Director, Daria will transport you to an enchanting fairytale world full of colour and flair, light and shade, passion and intrigue, where stories come to life and "songs aren't just sung, but lived" (FATEA Magazine).

Tickets £15.00

22nd June - Katie Doherty and The Navigators

Katie's latest project is a collaboration with fellow North East based musicians Dave Gray and Shona Mooney.

Best known nowadays for her work with theatre, Katie has composed music
for countless shows for companies like the RSC, Northern Stage and most recently the
award winning rural touring musical 'beyond the end of the road' produced by November Club. as a performer Katie has toured with and supported artists such as Kathryn Tickell, Karine Polwart, Ray Davies and Nitin Sawhney. her songs are food for the soul, Prepare for them to stay with you... 

Former winner of BBC Scotland young traditional musician of the year and founder member of folk supergroup The Shee,Shona's playing soars across any melody and enchants all in her path...

Tutored by the master of melodeon, Andy cutting, Dave travels the world with fusion group Världens band, lending his inimitable infectious, energy and joy to any music he touches...

Support - TBC

21st September - Trials of Cato

The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene.


Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, whilst living in Lebanon they spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues.


They moved back to the UK and spent a tireless year performing up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their musical development in the run up to their debut album proper – Hide and Hair - has been swift and sure. The trio may inhabit the folk genre with a grateful respect for its history, but with this album moving all the way from 18th century ballads to stomping dance tunes; they hope to twist its old bones into something febrile and contemporary.

Support - Chris Fox

2nd November - Rosie Hood and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

A folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire, Rosie Hood is known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances as well as being a member of The Dovetail Trio. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Immersed in traditional music most of her life, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is a folk musician and singer. Cohen has been a musician since the age of 6 and took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. Cohen is also a well-regarded singer and in 2014 won Bromyard Folk Festival's Future of Young Folk Award for singing. 

Support - Lizzie Hardingham

30th November - Belshazzar's Feast

On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces.

Each Christmas they present a collection of carols, songs and tunes all perfectly wrapped up in the familiar warming atmosphere of a traditional English festive time, combined with the duo’s unusual ability to introduce a perfectly pitched flavour of their hilarious humour that is always lurking somewhere just out there, grabbing the listener when they least expect it.

Tickets £15.00

3rd December - Songs and Carols at the Hare

An evening of songs and carols to celebrate the festive season. An informal collection of performers with a simple aim - to have an evening filled with song (and possibly a glass of beer and a mince pie).

This is the first (hopefully of many) Songs and Carols at the Hare and we invite everyone to come along and join in, or just listen.

Song sheets will be provided for well known (or perhaps half forgotten) carols.

Music will be provided by the March Hare session musicians, Singtastic (Dunton's own ladies choir) and Jack in a Barrel  (Acapella perfection from Turvey).

There is no charge for this event. All that we ask is that you come along and enjoy yourself.

Venue - The March Hare Public House, High Street, Dunton.

4th January 2020 - Dunton Wassail

An evening of fun and silliness involving morris dancers, a mummers play, singing and wassailing trees in the orchard, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (If you've not witnessed this you've really missed something).

Supported by Letchworth Morris Men, Bedford Morris Men, Brafront Guizers, Singtastic, The Dunton Community Garden and Jack In A Barrel.

There is mulled cider and real ale supplied by the March Hare, soup and hot dogs supplied by the Dunton Community Garden and more fun than you can shake a stick at. Get well wrapped up and bring a torch, and a saucepan lid and wooden spoon to scare off malevolent spirits from the orchard.

This is a free event.

Venue - Church Farm, Church Street, Dunton (behind the Church).