Thursday, 21 September 2017

Singer-songwriter's got talent and he's not afraid to show it

Singer-songwriter's got talent and he's not afraid to show it

A FORMER Britain’s Got Talent finalist will be showing he’s still got it when he plays Nettlebed Village Club on Monday (March 20).

Norfolk singer-songwriter and guitarist Sam Kelly, who lit up our TV screens in 2012 aged 19, will be accompanied by Jamie Francis on banjo.

The concert, part of the current Nettlebed Folk Song Club season, starts at 8pm.

Fellow folk singer Cara Dillon, who recently played at the club, said of Kelly: “Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I’ve seen him perform live a few times and he’s amazing.”

Mark Radcliffe, who hosts The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2, was similarly impressed when Kelly and his band played a live session in the studio, calling their music “really fabulous stuff”.

A great 2016 for Kelly was capped by his winning the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Tickets for Monday’s concert are £13.50 in advance or £14.50 on the door. To book, call the box office on 01628 636620 or visit www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk

In neighbouring Stoke Row tonight (Friday), the Crooked Billet pub is hosting the second of two St Patrick’s Night celebrations with music from top Irish fiddle band Poteen, who also bring bodhran, pipes, whistles, string and Irish harp to bear.

Crooked Billet proprietor Paul Clerehugh said: “Poteen are guaranteed to get toes tapping with their infectious jigs and reels, playing traditional Irish folk music, uptempo Guinness-drinking stuff and of course all those great bar-room classics — Whiskey in the Jar, The Irish Rover, and so on.”

The pub’s full regular menu will be available, together with lots of Irish specials, and a £25 music cover charge will apply.

For tickets and table reservations, call the Newlands Lane venue on (01491) 681048. Meanwhile, over at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, there is a chance to see two Nettlebed favourites weave their magic.

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin recently performed at Nettlebed Folk Song Club as part of the Gigspanner Big Band line-up that recorded a live album on January 16.

Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre.

Tonight’s show starts at 8pm and tickets are £15. To book, call 01628 788997 or visit www.norden.farm

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