Hadleigh Folk & Acoustic Music Nights


Our main guests on June 1 were to have been the duo Oka Vanga, but unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, they have had to cancel. (We will be booking them in the future.) Instead, at short notice, we have managed to book Red Velvet, a Cambridge-based band who have been to Hadleigh before and who went down very well with our audience. Here is how they describe themselves:
Red Velvet is Deirdre Murphy (lead vocals) and Les Ray (guitar, mandolin, bass and harmony vocals), with Chris Fox (guitar, trumpet), George Harper (harmonica, whistles), Robin Gillan (guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin) and Colin Smith (percussion).
Red Velvet perform the songs of the outsiders, the outlaws and the dispossessed from the folk tradition that these times demand (the “red” part), along with a selection of songs of the heart with a jazzy, edgy, bluesy feel (the “velvet” part). The result is a passionate and sensual set.

Here they are playing at Ely Folk Festival a couple of years ago.

There is more information about Red Velvet on their website.

Our Featured guest is Stephen Foster Pilkington from Brightlingsea. He did a floor spot some time ago and we decided then that we’d like to hear more of him. He’s a difficult performer to classify – possibly a deliberate policy on his part.  His songs are funny and sometimes political. He performs solo and with rock bands.
You can hear more on Stephen’s Facebook.

Hadleigh Folk and Acoustic Music Nights are normally held on the first Friday of the month – from September to July at the Ansell Centre, Market Place, Hadleigh IP7 5DU.

We feature folk music in the broadest sense of the word. In addition to “traditional” and “contemporary” folk music, you can expect to hear hints of pop, country, jazz or even classical music.

Our doors open at 7.45 and the music starts at 8 o’clock.

Our 2017-2018 programme is now complete. Check here.

Each evening starts with a number of “Floor spots” – where anyone can come
along and perform: singing songs or playing an instrumental. In practice, it’s
advisable for would-be performers to contact us in advance to book a spot.

Next, after a short break, is our Featured Guest: a 30-minute performance from an
individual or group.

Finally, after another short break, our Main guest finishes the evening with a
60-minute performance. Our evenings finish around 10.30.

Entry price is £5.00. (£2.00 for under 16s)

There is no bar at the Ansell Centre, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks.

There is plenty of free parking within easy walking distance of the venue.

For further information, contact club organisers Simon or Val Haines on 07818 417780 or 07818 417781 or email aqwc71@dsl.pipex.com

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