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EVENT FOLK FLAVOUR ACOUSTIC NIGHT
DATE Wednesday 15 April 2009, 8-11pm
Folk Flavour Acoustic Night. Open mic for all singers and musicians. All folk singers, musicians and acoustic artists welcome.
Every Wednesday 8-11pm.
VENUE Whitefriars Old Ale House, Gosford Street, Coventry
TICKETS free
DETAILS shay@fish.co.uk
 
EVENT Foster and Allen
DATE Friday 24 April 2009, 7.30pm
The beautiful melodies of Foster and Allen have made them a phenomenal success all over the world. Since their first hit record in 1978 - After all these years - they've gone on to record 18 gold award winning albums and to tour the world extensively.
And they release a new album this year 'Foster and Allen at the Movies'.
Don't miss the opportunity to spend a wonderful evening being serenaded by this well-loved Irish duo who have been together for more than 30 years and are still going strong.
VENUE Bedworth Civic Hall, High Street, Bedworth, CV12 8NF
TICKETS 18 (concessions 17)
DETAILS 024 7637 6707 / www.civichallinbedworth.co.uk 
 
EVENT Kate Rusby
DATE Saturday 25 April 2009, 7.30pm
Kate Rusby has become one of the British folk scene's best loved artists. With numerous awards under her belt and even an appearance on Top of the Pops, she is taking folk music to a new audience and a whole new generation.
She surrounds herself with some of the most gifted musicians in folk to provide many more shades as she blends the traditional songs learned in her childhood with her own intuitive song-writing.
VENUE The Royal Spa Centre, Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4HN
TICKETS 19
DETAILS 01926 334418 / www.warwickdc.gov.uk/RoyalSpaCentre
 
EVENT Warwick Folk Club : Flossie Malavialle
DATE Monday 27 April 2009, 8pm
Flossie is French but lives in Darlington. She had also been singing for years in France and that’s why she found it quite natural to turn up at the Darlington folk club one night to sing a song. She didn’t realise then that this was going to be the beginning of a new life in England for her. Songwriter Colum Sands says “Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song.” Her repertoire includes songs by Allan Taylor ("Roll on the day") & Kieran Halpin ("Making up the miles"); Edith Piaf's eternal favourites "No regrets" and "La vie en rose" and Jacques Brel's "Amsterdam" and "Ne me quitte pas".
She also loves songs full of energy or, as she calls them herself, full of "vavavoum" such as Bonnie Raitt's "The road's my middle name" and Kris Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee" (sung the Janis Joplin way.)
There's also space for ballads such as Keith Pearson's "More hills to climb" or Harry Connick Junior's "Sonny cried" as well as jazzy tunes like "Let's fall in love" or "My romance" and some French comic songs.
To start the evening there will be a short opening set of folk, blues and R&B from local group Little Mountain.
VENUE Warwick Arms Hotel, High Street, Warwick CV34 4AT
TICKETS ?
DETAILS 01926 403228 / www.warwickfolkclub.co.uk
 
EVENT Show of Hands
DATE Friday 8 May 2009, 7.30pm
An alchemist couldn't have come up with a more potent, magical mix than that of Phil Beer, who can, as The Scotsman observed, "play nearly every stringed instrument known to man" and the inspired Steve Knightley, described by Mike Harding at BBC Radio 2's 2007 Folk Awards as "one of England's greatest singer songwriters".
VENUE The Royal Spa Centre, Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4HN
TICKETS 16
DETAILS 01926 334418 / www.warwickdc.gov.uk/RoyalSpaCentre
 
EVENT BEDWORTH FOLK CLUB : Geoff Higginbottom
DATE Wednesday 13 May 2008
After eight years on the folk scene Geoff Higginbottom took the plunge in September 1986 and decided to turn full time. Geoff plays six and twelve string guitar, bodhran and appalachian dulcimer as well as singing unaccompanied. He performs traditional and contemporary songs on a wide range of subjects and from a variety of sources. Geoff can always be relied upon for a great evening's entertainment. Geoff is well known around the festivals and clubs. A powerful singer of shanties and a versatile entertainer. Expect a good sprinkling of trad songs and some cracking chorus opportunities.
VENUE The Conservative Club, Coventry Road, Bedworth
TICKETS 'jug collection'
DETAILS 024 7634 5568 / malc@bedworthfolkclub.co.uk / www.bedworthfolkclub.co.uk
 
EVENT Eliza Carthy
DATE Tuesday 15 September 2009, 7.30pm
Eliza Carthy is the winner of two Mercury Prize nominations and innumerable other accolades over a 15 year career. Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists from Paul Weller to The Wainwrights, Nick Cave to Joan Baez. Powerful, vital and exuberant rhythms, absorbed from her travels around the globe, characterize her highly original, self-penned music.
Eliza has been nominated for Best Singer in the BBC Folk Awards and 'Dreams of Breathing Underwater' has been nominated as Best Album and 'Mr Magnifico' as Best Original Track for the BBC Folk Awards 2009.
VENUE The Royal Spa Centre, Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4HN
TICKETS 16
DETAILS 01926 334418 / www.warwickdc.gov.uk/RoyalSpaCentre
 
EVENT Martin Simpson
DATE Wednesday 14 October 2009, 7.30pm
2008 was a fantastic year for Martin Simpson, starting with being nominated for no less than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, winning two; Best Album and Best Original Track. He has been nominated again this year, for Best Musician.
"Although it's his guitar virtuosity that's frequently lauded, it's as an interpreter of song that Martin Simpson really scores. ...Simpson is taking his place, not just as a hero for guitar-besotted acolytes but as one of the national treasures of English traditional music." BBC Radio 2 Folk & Acoustic Reviews
VENUE The Royal Spa Centre, Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4HN
TICKETS 16
DETAILS 01926 334418 / www.warwickdc.gov.uk/RoyalSpaCentre
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