Monthly Newsletter - Hitchin Folkus

September 2021

Hi Folks
We have decided to put in an extra concert on Sunday September 5th, just like we did 18 months ago, to make sure that everything is in place and running smoothly for the oncoming season.
It will be a double header featuring Chris Fox and Emily Slade, both of whom have been booked for next year's Costa Del Folk, and are starting to get into the swing of performing to real people again.   Members - £12, non-members - £14



For Covid protection we expect our audience to wear masks at least when mingling with others.  The balcony doors can be opened to increase ventilation, but the function room is fitted with fresh air system where existing air is extracted and fresh air drawn in, not recirculated.

The Market Theatre, Sun St, Hitchin, has a Bank Holiday Weekend Special on Saturday August 28th. An afternoon and evening of live music, free entry, starting at 1.00pm with the aforementioned Emily Slade.

There are a few tickets available to see Flook on Friday September 3rd
at the TADS Theatre in Toddington,



Live concert downloads are still available, details at the foot of the Hitchin Folkus page.


Keep enjoying the music, wherever you find it.


Concert downloads

With all venues now shut down all the wonderful singers who have entertained us for so long have had their income cut to nothing at a stroke.  Since the late 80ís I have been recording concerts at Hitchin Folk Club, and we thought that, if we were to offer whole concerts to download for a suggested donation of £5, it could take a meal out of the equation for our beleaguered musician friends. It could be as basic as that. So far I have received donations of around £5500 to send back to the artistes.

If you would like to have a concert, or lots of concerts, let me know what you fancy, Iíll ask you for a donation, suggest £5 per concert, and send you a link to the concert held on Google Drive or Dropbox for you to download. Here is a sample of 30 concerts that are available to try out the procedure. Just click on the link and you will have the choice, to listen to it where it is, or download it and listen at your leisure.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I_AZsZdebV80-2GQqkHQcdR03jnxCm0b/view?usp=sharing  Out of interest, nobody has yet correctly identified all 30 artistes!

At the foot of this page is a list of all the concerts that are available now, ready to go in one of the "Boxes" or ready to upload.  The recordings are limited to the concerts I did the sound for so, regrettably, no Bully Wee, Artisan, Huw & Tony Williams, Tannahill Weavers, Isaac Guillory, Show of Hands or anyone else who did their own sound.  Also, especially in the early days, acts would often not give me permission to record, the fear of bootlegs. It does, however, include most of 20 years doing the sound at The EntShed in Bedford, three Kimpton Festivals and three Mayfests.  Of course, the beauty of these concert recordings is that, unlike most live CDs, you get the lot, the banter, the jokes, the occasional heckles and even sometimes, heaven forbid, the mistakes. You get the feeling of being there, maybe you were!

 Take a look at the Who played when? page on our website from about 1989, the concerts with recording have R in the right hand column.  This doesn't necessarily mean that we have permission to share but, for the most part, we do, and we still have several permission requests out, hoping for a positive reply.

Please send your requests by email, not Facebook or Messenger please.  I am going to have to keep close track of who has asked for what etc and I think I can do that best with emails that I can shuffle into folders, goodmusic@hitchinfolkclub.co.uk

I will try to keep the list of what is available with permission below up to date, the rest is up to you to request!  

All downloads are offered on the strict understanding that they are for the downloader's personal use, that they will not copy it or share it, or any part of it on the web.

Available and uploaded, ready to go.

3 Boxes (Clive Gregson, Andy Roberts & Mark Griffiths), Acoustic Gathering (Ray Jackson, Jerry Donahue & Doug Morter), Albion Christmas 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood from Kimpton 2018, Allan Taylor 1998, 2010, 2016, 2018 & with Steve Tilston 2014, Amy Wadge 2010,2018, 2019, Amy Wadge & Luke Jackson 2019, Anna Massie & Mairearad Green 2014, 2015, Bernard Wrigley 1997(see below), Blair Dunlop 2013, 2015, 2018, Blair Dunlop & Lucy Ward split night 2012, Bob Fox solo 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, Bob Fox & Stu Luckley 1997, Boo Hewerdine 2010, 2015, Brooks Williams 1994, 2006, 2016, 2018, Brooks Williams & Emily Slade 2015, Brooks Williams & Steve Tilston 2005, Brooks Williams & P.J. Wright, Calan 2017, Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby 2005, 2009, 2011, Chris & Kellie While 2006, 2015, 2018, Chris While & Julie Matthews with opener from Helen Watson 2001, Chris While & Julie Matthews 1998, Chris Leslie 2015 & @Shutlanger 2015, Christine Collister 2004, Christine Collister & Michael Fix 2019, Christine Collister & Rob Cross 2010, 2011, Clive Carroll 2012, 2015, 2018, Clive Carroll & Johnny Dickinson 2004, Clive Gregson 1996, 1997, 1999, 2012, 2013, 2019, Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock 2017 and revisit Collister & Gregson 2015, Coope, Boyes & Simpson 2005, Coup de Grass 2011(Keith Pearson's bluegrass band), Craobh Rua 2018, Daoiri Farrell 2018, 2019, Daria Kulesh 2019, Dave Swarbrick 2010, Demon Barbers 2013, Derek Brimstone 2000, Edgelarks (Phil Henry & Hannah Martin) 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, Edwina Hayes 2013, 2019, 2016(with Emily Slade), Ember 2010, Emily Slade 2009, 2013(entshed compilation), 2017, Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan 2010, 2017, 2018, Fay Hield Trio 2012, Fred's House 2014, Gilmore & Roberts 2014, 2019, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar 2015, 2018, 2019, 2016/7(half night combination), Harvey Andrews farewell concert 2012, 2000, Hattie Briggs Trio 2019, Helen Watson 1998, Jackie Oats & Mike Cosgrave 2018(Kimpton Festival), 2018, 2019, Jackie Oates & Tristam Seume 2014, 2015, James Brothers 2015, 2018,  Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, Jez Lowe solo 2009, 2011, Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston 2017, Jim Causley 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, Joe Topping compilation, John Kirkpatrick 2013, 14, 16, 17, 18, Johnny Dickinson 2009, Johnny Dickinson & Clive Carroll 2004, John Tams & Barry Coope 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015, 2018, 2009, Johnny Silvo with Diz Disley 1997, Julie Matthews Olympic Ballads 2013, Karine Polwart, Annie Grace & Corrina Hewat 2008, Karine Polwart Trio 2012, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, Kathryn Tickell 1990, Kathryn Tickell & Alistair Anderson 1988, Keith Pearson's Coup de Grass 2011, Kelly Oliver 2016, 2018, Kerr, Simpson & Cutting 2014, Knight & Spiers 2018, 2019, Les Barker & Lesley Davies 1990, Les Barker 2001, Les Barker 2014, Liam O'Flynn 1991, Liz Simcock Kimpton 2017, Liz Simcock and Dave Ellis & Boo Howard 2016, Lucy Ward 2013, Lucy Ward & Blair Dunlop split night 2012, Lucy Ward Band 2014, Luke Jackson 2017, Martin Simpson 2005, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Andy Seward 2009, Maureen's 40th Anniversary concert with Chris & Kellie While, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson, Christine Collister and surprise intro by Jasper Carrott 2007, Mawkin/Causley 2009, Megson 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, Mel Harrold 1998, Melrose Quartet 2018, 2019, Mike Silver 2013, Mike Silver & Johnny Coppin 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, Miranda Sykes 2017, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston 2012, 2013, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Nancy Kerr solo 2019, Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne 2008, 2009, O'Hooley & Tidow 2015, Paul Downes 1997, 2000, Paul Downes & Phil Beer 2015, Phil Beer solo 2012, Phil Beer & Miranda Sykes 2010, 2011, P.J. Wright & Dave Pegg, Richard Digance 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, Robin Williamson & John Renbourn 2009, 2010, Sam Carter 2017, 2019, Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis 2019, 4 piece Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys 2018, Saskia Griffiths Moore 2018, Slaid Cleaves 2005, 2013, 2015, 2017, Songwriters' Circle with Boo Hewerdine, Brooks Williams & Emily Slade 2011, State of the Union 2014, Steve Knightly with Jim Causley 2011, Steve Tilston 2012, 2016, Steve Tilston & Allan Taylor 2014, Steve Tilston & Brooks Williams 2005, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe 2017, Suntrap 2010, Three generations of guitarists 2007(Gareth Pearson, Clive Carroll & Wild Willy Barrett), Tinderbox compilation, Vikki Clayton 1998, 1999, 2005, Vin Garbutt 1991, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, Wild Willy Barrett @ Mayfest 2001, Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection 2014, 2016, Wild Willy Barrett's Sleeping Dogz 2011, 2012,, Wild Willy Barrett's Roaring Touring 2019, Young'uns 2012, 2014, 2015. Zoe Wren compilation from 2016,17,18,19.

Bernard Wrigley has made a very generous offer. For every download of his concert he will chuck in a download of one of his CDs.  If you don't know already, Bernard is a very funny man, nick named the Bolton Bullfrog due to his voice sounding like gravel under a steam roller!

We have permission from various other artistes that I haven't actually uploaded anything for yet, some great concerts. 


Check out the past artistes at Kimpton Festivals, I have recordings of all the acts that have appeared in the Church venue.

Check out some of the artistes who have appeared at The Entshed in this quotes section, recordings of most of these are available.

Keiron & Maureen Jones


Picture gallery
Who played when?(work in progress, now adding links)
Directions to the club