Friday, 12 August 2022

A pretty interesting end to the season at Nettlebed Folk Club

YOUR correspondent hates to be the bearer of bad news — but at Nettlebed on Monday

YOUR correspondent hates to be the bearer of bad news — but at Nettlebed on Monday (July 20) it’s the last folk concert of the season,

writes Matthew Wilson

Following the traditional summer break, normal service will resume at Nettlebed Village Club on Monday, September 7, when Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention fame will welcome back the folk faithful.

In the meantime, though, it will be the task of Monday’s players to give the audience a rousing summer send-off.

Bearing that in mind, the choice of act is... pretty interesting.

PIG, also known as the Pretty Interesting Group, are made up of Hugh Crabtree and the back line of folk supergroup Feast of Fiddles.

Interestingly, you might say, there’s not a fiddle to be seen among the members of this five-piece folk rock outfit featuring members of the muti-fiddle institution that is Feast of Fiddles.

Who knows, maybe they fancied a change of scene?

Frontman Hugh Crabtree plays accordion and sings, ably supported by Feast colleagues Martin Vincent on guitar, Dave Harding on bass, and Alan Whetton on saxes and keyboard.

The PIG line-up is completed by one or other of a family of drummers — sometimes Dave Mattacks from the Feast, sometimes Carlton Hunt of Bible Code Sundays fame, but more typically Reading-based drum maestro Simon Price.

(The band have confirmed that Simon will be occupying the drum stool on Monday.)

PIG’s material ranges from classic folk through folk rock and some covers to good-time pub songs and community singing.

Their performance is billed as energetic and full-on, but also subtle and delicate by contrast.

Musical authority Ted Allnutt, landlord of the Nag’s Head in Reading, extolled PIG’s prowess, saying: “This band’s hot — what’s not to like? They quite shivered my timbers!”

Monday’s gig is at Nettlebed Village Club, High Street, Nettlebed. Stage time is 8pm. Tickets are £13 in advance or £14 on the door. For more details, or to book, call 01628 636629 or visit

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