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
Guest Night with Filkins Drift supported by Malc Gurnham
Another great and entertaining Monday night at the club with a huge variety of songs and tunes all for £10!
Unfortunatley John Mosedale was ill and after a few calls we were delighted that Malc Burnham (Bedworth Folk club) could step in at the last minute. He got us all thoroughly warmed up as he guided us through the choruses of ‘Red is the Rose’ and ‘Row me Bully Boys Row’ and more... but also gave us a really thoughtful song of refugees by Bob Kettle, ‘Coming Home Song’, thats still so relevant today and finished with a favourite by Stuart Marsden ‘Over the Lancashire Hills’ Thanks again Malc.

For those who hadn’t seen the duo Seth Bye (fiddle) and Chris Roberts (guitar) they probably hadn’t realised we were all in for such a musical treat. The club went instantly quiet as they began with the tune ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ and we began to realize how talented they really are. Throughout the night we heard lively and amazing tunes linked to their adventurous walking tour along the coast of Wales (50 gigs and 870 miles) or tune commissions take a listen to Just Yesterday Morning and Annable’s Jig and you’ll get a feel for how the two of them work so well together and their improvisations. They also gave us songs in Welsh folk songs such as Clywai’r Tabwrdd or Hear the Drums a lovely arragnement of ‘Sally Gardens’ and if you’re going to go one cover of a song what a great choice to do ‘Beeswing’ by Richard Thompson. If you missed them do watch out for them at the next festival.
Guest Night – Monday 22nd January – Bill Bates and Friends
A record audience since we moved to the Woodloes Tavern braved the aftermath of Storm Isha for our first guest night of 2024. Bill Bates and Friends. 
Sally was MC for the evening but she had little to do as Bill led the proceedings with his characteristic style of humour mixed with some serious songs.
Two of his own compositions, “Dating for you .com” and “I Won’t Recycle You” had the audience laughing and then on a serious note, “Madhouse” telling of his grandfather and father’s experiences in both world wars and latterly down the mines. 
Keith Donnelly joined Bill for a (sort of) Paul Simon medley and then Keith’s birthday present to Bill for his 60th, “May You Always Be Middle-Aged”. 
Keith was oined by Lauren South for “My Sister and Laura and Me”, two fiddle tunes and with Lauren on Shruti Box  “Overlapping Stories”. 

After the break it was the turn of some of Bill’s other friends. Rupe Barthakur gave us The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” and the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling”. 
In memory of the late Steve Boyer, who was a stalwart for the Warwickshire folk scene, Mick Cox placed a hat on a chair before he and Bill performed one of Under the Influence’s favourites, Crowded House’s “Fall at You Feet”.  Mick continued with Steve’s composition “Montana Sky” and Tom Waits’ “I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You”. 
Kev Crompton played alongside Bill in a few bands including “Time After Time” and together they performed Jimmy McCarthy’s “Ride On” and Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” both with great choruses which the audience joined in with. 
Bill had played with the Harvey Band for many years and they were reunited for one night only. The line-up included Lou (Bill’s wife), Alan Harvey, Mick Cox and Anne Bowden.  Steve who was the other member of the band was sadly missed at the event.   

Harvey’s set included Bill’s self-penned “Nancy” about when Bill saw a ghost of one of this school friends and “Warwickshire Boys” about the Warwickshire Regiment. Harvey’s trademark song Del Amitri’s “Driving With Your Breaks On” found Alan in fine voice. They finished their set with Steve Knightley’s “Galway Farmer” with Anne playing flute beautifully, especially since she hadn’t played for 5 years. 
Bill’s encore performed with Keith was “Sail Away” co-written by them and with its upbeat tune and catchy chorus finished the evening on a real high. 
Bill and his Friends generously offered the fee for the evening to charity and £400 was donated to Myton Hospice.
Performers Night - 8th January 2024 – 60s and 70s Theme
With an excellent line up of Performers, a superb set list of songs from those decades and an almost full house, the first WFC event of 2024 was promising and indeed did not disappoint.
Due to illness Sally the MC for the evening was replaced by guest hippy MC “The Love Child” (aka Robin) who opened the proceedings with Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco and John Denver’s “Country Roads".
Sue Harris, performing solo for the first time at the Woodloes Tavern, sang Sir Cliff’s “Travelin' Light” and The Everly’s “Devoted to You”.
Don, teaming up with Bob (Guitar & Vocals) and Ann (Fiddle) for their first visit to WFC, gave us Focus’s “Sylvia”, the Eagles “Desperado”, Paul Simon’s “Red Rubber Ball”, Ralph McTell’s “Barges” and Bob’s own “Creation Sings” not a 60’s composition but about his memories of his youth in the 1960s.
Songs from The Seekers, both old and new were Dora’s offerings with “There Never Be Another You” and “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”.
Rik entertained us with Melanie’s adaptation of A.A. Milne’s poem "Alexander Beetle” and a lesson in avoiding accidents in the workplace, Bernard Cribbin’s “Right Said Fred".
Jonathan Waller wrapped up the first half with the Commodores “Sail On”, Donna Summer’s “Right Stuff” and Squeeze’s “Up the Junction”.

The second half was opened with Keith Donnelly playing Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross”,  which demonstrated what a good guitarist he is, and then ruined it all by introducing his self-destruct guitar for his mesmerising version of “Bohemian Wellerman”.
Alan performed his own arrangement of Graham Gouldman’s “Bus Stop”, recorded by The Hollies, and Carole King’s “Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow”.
Dave avoided the alternative version of Smokey’s “Living Next Door to Alice” and the audience were equally disciplined. The Trogg’s “Love is all Around” was his second number and followed with a medley of 60’s rock classics.
Sue Phipps was an addition to the line-up and was accompanied by Chris  and Hannah Tobin for Hank William’s “Jambalaya” which, although written in 1951, was recorded by The Carpenters in 1974.
Chris and daughter Hannah (on Keyboard) then rounded off the evening… well almost… with Cliff Richard’s “I Could Easily Fall in Love with You” and Chuck Berry’s “You Can Never Tell”.
For the grand finale, as many as could fit on the performing area sang an unrehearsed but nevetheless singalongable version of  “Hi Ho Silver Lining” which the audience joined in enthusiastically.

A great night of musical nostalgia with a variety of different genres fitting nicely into the two decades.
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




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.
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.