Warwick Folk Club - The best in acoustic music: contemporary and traditional folk, country, blues, comedy, jazz and standards
Fortnightly on Mondays 8 - 10.30 pm at Woodloes Tavern (Sarah Siddons) CV34 5RN
Performers Night 4th December

A good turnout of performers and audience on a rather damp and dark evening were treated to a variety of different genres of music from club regulars and a newly formed local band.
Don organised the evening with solo performers in the first half and bands in the second. 
He opened with Steelers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle” and then his hall-mark, rag time “Diddie Wa Diddie”.
Maggie sang “Handsome Molly” and the “Ballad of Jesse James” and she was followed by Alan with three songs which included “January Man” and Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the West Country”.
The audience joined Dora in the Everly’s “All I have to Do is Dream” and Foster and Allan’s “After All These Years”.
Rik in a humorous mood gave us “Old Sam’s Christmas Pudding” a Stanley Holloway classic and “Bring Back My Turkey”.
Andrew Thompson who is becoming a regular at WFC did a couple of numbers including Bill Caddick’s “The Writing of Tipperary”.

After the break the first of our groups, Saans Lo, a newly formed quartet from Birmingham/Coventry – Adrian and Johannes, both on guitar, Lizzy on Fiddle and Amy on vocals  - sang four numbers, either penned by the existing band members or from musicians they had worked with earlier. Songs included “Wild Heart” and “Storm Watching”, the latter about standing on a hilltop observing the weather. 
Maggie then returned to beautifully sing Cyril Tawney’s “Grey Funnel Line”, acapella.
The Melancholy Brothers, Dave and Russel, opened their three song set with David Gates’ (Bread) “Make It With You”, then their own composition “Entropy” about disorder in life and finished with their own arrangement of Nik Kershaw’s “Wouldn’t It Be Good”. With their fine harmonies they certainly don’t go for easy songs to play or sing.
To end the evening Andrew had us all singing along with the shanty “Bold Riley”. 
A great night.
Guest Night with Daisybell supported by Dave Fry November 20th
The room was packed for a lively night with Daisybell a really popular trio playing songs written by Katherine Fear, occasionally by Anya Fay giving us a great mix of traditional folk and oldy popular songs. All the songs featured their strong harmonies and were arranged by the band for three lovely voices and a whole variety of instruments.

Dave Fry had the chance to be support as well as MC for the night and delighted us with some of his favourite singer songwriters including 'Cinderella Shoes' by Ron Trueman-BorderOne Sky and Jon Harvison 'My True Love' as well as getting us all singing and warming up the whole audience with Sail Away by Pete Glyde (all featured on his CDs) 

Daisybell didn't disappoint they energise the room with drama from the Folk Opera Polly Button, Katherine's songs and arrangements such as Magpies, Down at Upton Warren and Foxes drew out their harmonies but also allowed us to join in.  If that wasn't enough to our delight they covered again Les Barker's 'Hard Cheese of Old England', John Martyn's 'May You Never' and Nanci Griffith's 'Wish it would Rain' they even got Dave up Waltzing on the stage :)

If you didn't manage to come do track them down on Katherine's website

Performers Night 6th November
A good turnout with Robin, gaily attired, as our MC for the evening.  Performers shared with us all songs from the sixties, seventies and even nineties many of which came from America as well as their own compositions, traditional Autumn songs and historical tales of the Gunpowder Plot.  They included:
Melancoly Brothers covering 'Old 55' Tom Waits/The Eagles, Dora 'Red Rubber Ball' The Seekers, Gareth and Barbara from The Thrupenny Bits with a song of the Gunpowder plot, Alan Matthews' version of 'Don't Think Twice', John Finlay covering Neil Young's 'Needle and the damage Done'. Maggie's version of Gulf Coast Highway', Don's instrumental set of Morris Tunes, Rik's Autumn Leaves and Robin and Sally finishing us off with 'Bringing in the Sheaves'

And that's just a few of the songs we sang along to and enjoyed throughout the evening - if you play or sing don't forget to book a slot for the next Performers Night - it's only £3 :)

Guest Night with Huw Williams supported by Poachers Pocket 23rd October
An amazing night, all the seats including the Royal Box were full and we weren't disappointed!

Poachers Pocket warmed us up with their varied selection of original and traditional songs such a variety of sounds and instruments along with delightful harmonies.  Their set included stories of shipbuilding 'Willie Barkers Lament', stories of Farming with a very catchy chorus 'The Rook and the Crow', Tim Hardin's song 'Lady Came from Baltimore' and finishing with Rolling Home (the Canadian Pacific Railway Song)

Huw with Ben on Double Bass well what can I say the tale of Huw's life and career as only he could tell it.  We roared with laughter at his Job Centre exploits and loved hearing again songs such as 'Flanders March', 'People of the Heavens', tales of his daughter 'Song for a Teenage Daughter' and had no idea he was such an expert on 'Oklahoma'

You can really feel his songs such as 'Summer Before the War' and many of us identified with his mother and 'Mothers Day' we never knew what would come next and I suspect would all sign up to see him again anytime

As if the evening wasn't full enough we were also treated to a taste of 'DaisyBell' make sure you get a ticket to see some more on the next Guest Night.

What a treat for £10 and thanks to Maggie for keeping the evening flowing and all the Committee for moving all the chairs around before and afterwards.
Performers Night 9th October
With Dave Fry as MC for the night we were always going to have a few laughs :)

Our performers didn’t disappoint for just £3 we had such a variety of songs and a few tunes. Here’s just a reminder of a few.

Some had obviously folky origins such as Allan Matthews version of Leon Rosselson’s ‘The Fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper’. Yonderland’s original song Black Crow with what they describe as an ‘A’ Level Chorus! Andrew Thompson stirring version of ‘Grey Funnel Line’, Robin’s ‘Cold Haily Windy Night’ and Sally Crompton provided a slow tune composed by Amy Thatcher ‘April’s Child’

We sang along with Dora and a song from John Denver, John Findley gave us Stephen Stills ‘Four and Twenty’ Don played Blues on Ukele, Allan Richardson let us re-live festival moments with his ‘Let The Music Take Me’ and Dave Finished the night off with tales of a trip on the ‘City of New Orleans’ make sure to put the next one in your diary!
Warwick Folk Festival Fringe Event - 30th July 2023
There was a good turnout of performers and audience for the Warwick Folk Club Showcase at the Warwick Arms, one of the Festival Fringe Events. Most club regulars, not otherwise engaged in Festival performances that Sunday lunchtime, together with some artists who have not performed at WFC before, presented two hours of excellent folk music. A great advert for Warwick Folk Club. 
Club regulars Maggie, Alan, John, Don, Dora, Robin and Sally all performed two songs each including the traditional “Pretty Nancy”, Springsteen’s “Brothers under the Bridge”, Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind”, the traditional, “Lowlands of Holland”, Fivepenny Piece’s “Watercolour Morning” and Hank Williams' “Jambalaya”. 
Occasional visitors to WFC, “Poachers Pocket” (well two of them - Campbell and Carole), did two spots, and featured the traditional “Lowlands Low” and “New York Girls”. Carole also sang “Galway Shawl” solo and a-capella which got the audience enthusiastically singing the lovely chorus. 
WFC newcomers “LA” Lynda and Andrew Gibbons also did two spots which included the Eagles “Take it Easy”, Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” and the amusing “Swimming Song”. 
Sally was joined by her lifelong friend, Issy, who had travelled from Scotland, and they sang two Alan Bell songs including the lovely “Isle of Iona”. 
Acclaimed Birmingham singer/songwriter, Jon Wilks, dropped in to give us two songs before he headed for his set at the festival site. His offerings were the iconic “I Can’t Find Brummagem”, about how the city has changed and “Trial of Bill Burns under the Martins Act”, an early protest song against animal cruelty. They were both well received by the audience. 
As a finale to the afternoon Poachers Pocket returned to sing Canadian singer/songwriter, Stan Rogers’ “The Mary Ellen Carter” which had an uplifting chorus which was sung heartily by the audience. 
Thanks to all the performers and the audience, many of whom we know are not “folkies” but none the less enjoyed what they heard.