Friday, 12 August 2022

Folk club’s autumn season is starting on the Outside Track

FOLLOWING its annual summer break, Nettlebed Folk Song Club returns on Monday with a new season

FOLLOWING its annual summer break, Nettlebed Folk Song Club returns on Monday with a new season of weekly concerts.

First up are the Outside Track, an award-winning five-piece band — vocals, fiddle, harp, flute, accordion and guitar — specialising in a Scots, Irish and Cape Breton Canada fusion of songs, tunes and step dance.

Having released their fifth album Light Up the Dark last year, the band is embarking on a run of 20 live dates starting in Toggenburg, Switzerland, tomorrow night (Saturday).

Five UK dates will follow, starting at Nettlebed Village Club, before the Outside Track fly out to America for a further 14 dates.

Folk club organiser Mike Sanderson said: “This amazing outfit is known as one of the most exciting bands on the circuit.

“They started our season a couple of years ago with a stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy.

“This is their only date in the south of England, so it’s not one to miss.”

Looking down the list of Monday night concerts that run until December 19, he added: “There’s plenty to look out for in this, the first season of our 41st year.

“New acts for use this season include headliners like Leveret on September 12, Lynched on September 19, Kris Drever from Lau in a special duo concert with Ian Carr on October 17, and the Furrow Collective on October 31.”

Shows not to miss, according to Mike, include Nettlebed club patron Phil Beer from Show of Hands combining once again with Gloucestershire singer-songwriter Johnny Coppin on September 26, and one of the last chances to see Coope, Boyes & Simpson on October 24 as they embark on their final shows before calling it a day after 23 years.

Looking even further ahead, Mike flagged up club resident Jackie Oates’s invitation evening on Monday, November 21, as one to watch.

He said: “On this special night, Jackie is inviting four of her favourite acts to perform for us. What a show this will be — just like a mini-festival in one night. The acts are Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidlow; Jack Hogsden, a young singer and musician from Sussex; Megan Henwood; and the trio Lady Maisery — including Rowan Rheingans, who as one of the Rheingans Sisters won best original track at this year’s BBC Folk Awards.”

Three nights that Mike thought might sell out fast are the full Lindisfarne band on Saturday, December 3; St Agnes Fountain on Monday, December 12; and — following the Christmas break — a special show by Seth Lakeman on Monday, January 30.

All concerts take place on a Monday night unless otherwise advertised and start at 8pm at Nettlebed Village Club in High Street, Nettlebed.

Tickets for the Outside Track are £13.50 in advance or £14.50 on the door. For more details or to book, call 01628 636620 or visit www.

• A season of five folk concerts gets under way at Norden Farm in Maidenhead on September 23, with a ceilidh led by Nedron’s Jig. This is followed on October 2 by The Lindisfarne Story, as told by former group members Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw. For full details, visit

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