C o n c e r t s - 2021
September 22nd - Other Roads
Other Roads are one of the finest contemporary folk bands to emerge in recent years. Based in the UK, they tour regularly in Holland, Germany, Denmark, Spain and New Zealand, and continue to gain an enthusiastic following wherever they perform.
Pete Abbott, Gregor Borland and Dave Walmisley draw upon their diverse backgrounds in Scotland, England and Africa to create an exciting and original sound. These talented multi-instrumentalists incorporate fiddle, bouzouki, guitars and mandolin with some extremely fine harmony singing. Their music is an exciting mix of traditional, contemporary and mostly original compositions, ranging from soft lilting ballads to foot-stomping Celtic fiddle tunes and choruses.
Expert musicianship, infectious enthusiasm and a touch of humour make their polished performances highly entertaining and extremely popular.
Support by Mary Hassett
October 6th - Edwina Hayes
The mix of Edwina's warm personality, sweet voice and self-penned songs create her distinctive take on folk-Americana. Although a well-loved northern lass (growing up in Preston and then settling in East Yorkshire), Edwina has also made her mark in Nashville, toured China and Australia and has opened for some impressive names such as Nanci Griffiths and Jools Holland. Her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over twenty million plays on You Tube. She was a founder member The Mile Roses and toured with them for several years. You may even have spotted her providing backing vocals for The Jon Palmer Band when they played at The Willows Folk Club two years ago!
The Guardian - 'Edwina is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter'
Support by Scolds Bridle
October 20th - Clive Gregson
2020 marked Clive Gregson’s 40th year as a professional musician, a big project to release an album a month throughout the year supported by a nationwide tour, before finally hanging up his bus pass and retiring from solo touring at the end of the year. Then came the pandemic and everything changed…
Fast-forward to autumn 2021… eight of the planned albums have been released (Clive was busy during the various lockdowns!) and he will fit in as many live shows as possible at some of his favourite venues, before calling a day on solo touring at the end of 2021.
Born and raised in Manchester and based in the USA for many years, Clive Gregson is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer of world-renown. Mary Chapin Carpenter named him as one of her favourite songwriters. Melody Maker described his band Any Trouble as the most exciting new rock 'n' roll group since The Pretenders and he appears in Guitar Player’s 1000 great guitarists list.
He’s one of the most respected songwriters of his time with a steady stream of stunning albums throughout his career; many other singers have recorded his songs. In 1985, he formed the ground-breaking partnership with Christine Collister and has toured with Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Nanci Griffith and Dennis Locorriere. As well as his instrumental guitar trio 3 Boxes and new band Raggedy Ass.
Still… it’s as a solo artist that audiences get to see the real Clive Gregson and the 2021 dates will be the last opportunity to catch Clive doing what he does best. See you there!
Support by Steve Canavan
November 3rd - The Snapes
Peter and Barbara Snape make a welcome return to The Willows. They have a great love of traditional British folk music especially that of the North West of England where they live - making them almost local. They have a well-deserved reputation for researching varied and interesting songs and performing them with commitment, passion and enjoyment. Their songs, with melodeon accompaniment, will draw you in to the stories they tell.
Closely aligned to their research and singing interests you may have seen them in their themed presentations. Cotton Town Chronicles are songs about working life during the age when cotton and coal where king in Lancashire. Most Truly Yours, about Anne Geddes Gilchrist OBE, with its focus on the songs she collected in her native Lancashire is a celebration of a remarkable woman who was a pivotal figure within the folk-song collecting community of the early 20th Century.
You will be immersed in the stories behind the songs alongside refreshing and convivial company with this deservedly popular duo.
Support by Paul Whiteley
November 17th - Dan Wilde
“engrossing and charismatic” — FOLKWORDS
“love it, love it, love it” - JEREMY VINE BBC RADIO 2
“simply beautiful” - CLARE BALDING BBC RADIO 2
Dan Wilde has been performing his own brand of richly observant folk both in the UK and around the world for the past nine years. In that time, he’s developed a growing fan-base and a reputation amongst those who know as "a fantastic songwriting talent who without a doubt will deserve and demand your attention” (Eclectically Challenged).
It is his profound lyrics, melded with a unique melodic sensibility, which shows the writer maturing into a poetic commentator and keen observer of everyday life’s patterns and tapestries in his songs akin to Damien Rice and David Gray. Dan’s words have been described as “deeply personal and introspective but engrossing and charismatic” (Folkwords) and they reflect his peripatetic restlessness.
Originally from Blackpool, Dan now lives in Cambridge — but his wanderlust has taken him touring through the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, the Czech Republic and Russia.
Dan has supported Rick Astley, Ethan Johns, Cara Dillon, Karine Polwart, Sam Carter, John Smith and Martin Taylor to name a few, and performed at some of the UK’s best-loved folk festivals.
December 1st - Marie Little
Marie Little is a native of Salford and now lives in the North East of England. She has been around the folk scene for many years and has appeared at clubs and festivals all over the UK and Europe. A well-respected figure on the folk scene, her CV includes a number of albums as well as TV, radio and Festival appearances. She was a firm favourite at Fylde Folk Festival!
Although Marie has had other commitments over the years; raising her family, running a pub, taking a degree and being involved with community arts and art therapy, she has continued to develop her wide range of music. Her material ranges from industrial and contemporary songs of social significance, through to music hall and country music, all of which have her unique stamp of quality.
Marie has never lost her old Salford chat and earthiness. This, along with her warm personality and choice of good quality songs delivered in a relaxed manner, has made her both popular and a must for folk calendars everywhere.
December 15th - Winter Wonderband
Saul Rose, Maclaine Colston, Jennifer Crook and Beth Porter have teamed up to celebrate the music born out of our great British winter with their mastery of the Dulcimer, Melodeon, Harp and Cello.
Expect great sing-a-longs, real foot stompers, beautiful ballads and lots of laughs as these great friends pull together all sorts of musical treats from their collective repertoires.
It’s not all about Christmas, but it is all about the time of year and how it brings us together.