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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.

21st March - Chris Fox and Jack In A Barrel Double Headline

Chris Fox is an independent musician and Loop station chemist who has worked his way through the Cambridge music scene the past few years, each year acclaiming greater presence at an increasing number of stages and festivals, including Cambridge Folk Festival. His music reflects thought provoking topics and humorous  insights on life with deep powerful vocals and varied and eclectic guitar styles that span the roots  lexicon of Americana, Folk, Country and Blues.


Jack in a Barrel are a seven-piece acapella group from Turvey, Bedfordshire. They sing a range of traditional and “sounds traditional” songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers like John Tams’ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd shanty and music hall number along the way.

They make the most of the seven voices in our arrangements, whether it’s to create a Wall of Sound or to produce close, squishy harmonies. There are always plenty of opportunities to join in, so come ready to sing. And watch out for their Spotty Dick.


Support - Paul Handyside

18th April - 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 - Lizzie Hardingham

16th May - Granny's Attic

Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George
Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who
play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men
are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original
music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the
country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their
years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

Support - TBC

20th June - Odette Michell

Odette Michell is a British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship.  Her vocal style has been described as "warm, intelligent and sitting comfortably amidst folk guitar in a timeless songwriting style" - and has been compared in similarity to the likes of Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell.

Things have been moving at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her 2018 debut EP 'By Way of Night'. The release garnered high praise and gained Odette her first national and international radio plays on both mainstream BBC Radio and Folk Radio stations.

​Born in Yorkshire with an Irish heritage, Odette grew up in a musical household and first picked up the guitar at fifteen. Inspired by the resurgence of folk and acoustic songwriters at the time, she began writing her own songs when she was just sixteen years old.   Growing up in the vibrant city of Cambridge allowed Odette to take advantage of the many stages and performance venues there, which included two early club stage apprearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival - her first appearance there was when she was just 22 years old. Now based on an 18th century dairy farm in the Hertfordshire countryside, Odette draws on these rich influences and life experience and weaves them together to form the basis of many of her songs.

Support - Craig Joiner

26th September - Edwina Hayes

Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Mike Harding among her fans and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England'.

Edwina was born in Dublin and grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire as a teenager, where she has been based ever since. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.

Support - Cotton Wool Mice

24th October - The BeauBowBelles

The BeauBowBelles are a four-piece band of foot stomping, harmony singing swing folkers. They dragged themselves from their classical roots through the earth of folk, the dusts of country and the fires of gypsy swing- gathering them all to their breasts before entwining and weaving them into a new blaze of sound.

The BeauBowBelles are a band who have struggled for 9 years with people being unable to say, spell or remember their name! For the record it is pronounced “bow bow bells” and their fans just know them as The BBBs. Recently they toyed with the idea of changing their name but decided they would rather spend their precious little time together writing songs rather than doing more admin. However, if you made it here then you know how to spell it.. or you followed a link… Either way WELCOME.

Self described as Alternative Swing Folk, The BeauBowBelles’ music inhabits both the story telling depth and heart of contemporary English folk with the more bawdy thumping accents of gypsy swing. All sung in beautiful three part harmony and underpinned by a classical expertise.

Support - Roswell

21st November - Bill Jones

Based in England’s North East but with roots in Staffordshire and India, Bill (Belinda) grew up playing jigs and reels in her dad’s ceilidh band, while singing pop and rock round the house. Her 2000 debut Turn to Me swiftly won the BBC Radio 2’s Horizon Award, and as Bill’s reputation grew, Panchpuran (2001) and Two Year Winter (2003) followed. Through Bill’s heavy touring schedule and as a third of the American/Irish/British Faire Winds trio (with Anne Hills and Aoife Clancy) Bill built a reputation as a singer with an exceptional voice and an entertaining stage presence.

And now, fifteen years after taking a short break, Bill is back, “with an exceptional album that confirms that this gifted performer still has so much to offer. Wonderful Fairytale features ten original songs (some written by Bill alone, some co-written with USA folk singer Anne Hills), plus two cover songs. Many have their roots in the folk tradition, whether they use a line of a traditional song in the chorus and rally against its theme (Wonderful Fairytale) or whether they’re modern rewrites of a trad song (such as The Cold Susquehanna).

Support - Karen Macwhinnie

1st 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 will be our second 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, and a range of other performers, but this is not a concert performance it is a community session designed for the enjoyment of all.

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.

19th December - A Winter Union

Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other. Expect soaring harmonies and exquisite musicianship as the 5-piece blast through a repertoire of brand new, specially written songs, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, and seasonal classics from both sides of the Atlantic.

2nd January 2021 - 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, The Dunton Community Garden and Jack In A Barrel.

There is mulled cider and real ale supplied by the March Hare Outside Bar, 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).

Also a free music session/singaround in the March Hare pub afterwards.